Sunday, May 27, 2012

Autumn Crafting

The girls and I have slowley found a rythym to our days whilst A is away at school. It has taken us a while because almost two hours a day are taken up with school drop off and pick up and we also need to accomodate baby L's sleeps.

Last week H and I did a craft using some of the beautiful autumn leaves that we are lucky enough to be surrounded by at the moment. These leaf transparencies are so simple yet so effective.

We simply folded a long piece of waxed luncheon paper (with the wax sides together) then I rounded the corners. We opened up the paper and arranged the leaves to our liking.

When we were happy with our arrangement we closed the paper and then I used a warm iron which melts the wax and keeps the leaves in place.

When placed in a window they are beautiful (but hard to photograph well!)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Recent Treasures

First up here are the little fairy's and a wee fairy tee pee that I made for H's Birthday. I think that they are so sweet and I love playing around with different embroidery stitches.

A little over a week after H turned 3, a little friend turned 3 and I made another fairy in a little pouch as a gift.

Fairy and pouch to gift to a friend
Some recent op shop treasures include a pair of double bed sheets with matching pillow cases. I really love this style of vintage florals but this set is causing me a dilemma - not sure if I will cut these ones up or save to use as actual sheets on the girls beds.There is also a more  modern floral pillow case which I think will one day become a summer dress or tunic.

A stack of cloth napkins. We started to use cloth napkins for each meal when the children transitioned away from wearing bibs. Because we use so many I was pretty happy to pick up a bunch of new ones. These have sweet hand stitched accents

I also found these place mat and napkin sets at the same shop as the napkins. They are little works of art. Not sure yet what I will do with them but I just had to bring them home with me.

Well I have finally finished my studies so I am planning to spend a lot more time in craft projects and to share them all here.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Babies birthdays - part 2

First I have to say that I cannot believe that my little boy is 6, my goodness {but I think I say it every year – lol}

wow - six years ago . . .

We started the day of course with snuggles and presents. A’s gifts were set of Tashi books – we read the first book or two last year from the library and he is thrilled to have more Tashi stories.

this boy loves books

A started attending a circus skills program each week last term and we decided to get him a spinning plate and Jester stix – two of the manipulatives that he has been using in the program.

spinning plates is harder than it looks

H has watched the trick stix each week at circus and was glad to finally give them a try

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The birthday boy wanted a dragon cake!! and Spaghetti Bolognaise for his birthday dinner. The spaghetti was easy though Hubby and I made fresh pasta to make it a bit more special but a dragon cake! Thanks to Google images I was able to find a diagram that illustrated how to piece together a dragon and then the next day discovered the same dragon cake in one of my cookbooks. 
A was very pleased with his cake

I feel very grateful that Hubby had the week off work so that we could spend these special days with the children. He took the older two out in the morning for a trip to the big hardware store (a favourite destination for our children) made even better because of the school holidays and the craft activity that was running. I spent the better part of the morning on the cake. It turnd out really well. 

We had planned to have a quiet afternoon tea and while it was very nice there was a LOT of cake and I think next time we may invite a little friend or two over even if we are not having a party as such.