Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
It's very surreal to be back here with both girls and to know that it's not just a holiday. The weather was freezing when we arrived and I hadn't packed any winter woollies but luckily the sun is out in full force today and I must go and get some sun block!
I'm posting this from the library because we have no internet access yet and we can't get broadband where we are - aaaaarrrrghhhhh what am I going to do? How am I going to keep up to date with all the lovely blogs I read? I see myself finding an internet cafe with good flat whites and no children - not so bad eh?!
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Saturday, 18 October 2008
It was very different this time because I knew I was making the blanket to donate. This really focussed my mind on the reasons for the need for donations and, of course, made me count my blessings over and over again. With the general frenetic pace of life and the ensuing chaos of an international move, I haven't always looked beyond the immediate picture and have sometimes got bogged down in what are, taken at base value, inconsequential things. Last night as I sat finishing the blanket, I thought about the girls having chicken pox, the chance that we may not fly out next week, the amount of work left to do if we do fly out next week and realised how lucky I am to have these so called 'problems' to contend with. Life is so precious it really is too short to worry about things beyond your control. Wishing you all lots of love and a very peaceful weekend. xxx
Friday, 17 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
The birthday cake! Now how much guilt did I feel that Cassia didn't have a homemade birthday cake?!!! We'd been up during the night with Maia for the previous few nights, most of the baking things are packed and I decided to take the easy way out - much better for me so why did I feel so bad?!! I couldn't leave it totally shop bought so Maia and I made it into a caterpillar.
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Today I left some dishes dirty
The bed got made around two thirty
The nappies soaked a little longer
The odour grew a little stronger
The crumbs I spilled the day before
Where staring at me from the floor
The dirt streaks on the window panes
Will still be there next time it rains.
"For shame, O lazy one" you say
And "Just what did you do today?"
I nursed a baby while she slept
I held a toddler while he wept
I played a game of hide and seek
I squeezed a toy so it would squeak
I pushed a swing, I sang a song
I taught a child what's right and wrong
What did I do this whole day through?
Not much that shows, I guess it's true.
Unless you think that what I've done
Might be important to someone
With bright green eyes and golden hair
If that is true, I 've done my share.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
These are a pair of curtains made up in a William Morris print which have been hanging in my wardrobe for a year since I bought them at a Jumble Sale. I had been awaiting inspiration, and was secretly a little afraid of cutting into them and then wishing I hadn't, but they are now packed away so will probably have to wait another year, or two, before they are given new life!
Not sure of the provenance of this fabric, but again a pair of curtains found at a Jumble Sale.
Now these are another matter entirely. I do not want to cut them up I want to use them and would plan a room around them! I don't usually go for fabrics like this when making curtains but there's something about them .... I don't think the photo does it justice but they are a beautiful rich green with the floral pattern picked out in white, pink and gold - in fact they don't sound great when described either. We'll have to wait and see where they eventually end up!
Thursday, 9 October 2008
- Sieve flour, salt and baking powder together
- Rub butter into flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs (I put mine in a processor and it works just fine)
- Stir in sugar, fruit and nutmeg
- Beat egg and milk and add to flour mixture
- Mix well with a fork, the mixture should be stiff but not too sticky
- Divide mixture into 12 and place on greased baking tray
- Bake at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes
The white container held chocolate and cinnamon butter which went on the fruit and nut loaf - as you can see someone wiped their finger around the dish - yes it was that nice!
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Saturday, 4 October 2008
The bad - I started this tanktop all the way back here and finally decided to do the front the other night. I was just going to rejoin the yarn to finish the last shoulder and held it against the back. Aaaaarrrghhhh I had done it wrong - all the way back to the shaping of the armhole! I guess I will unpick it one day but until then it will sit languishing in my knitting bag!
The ugly - I thought I'd make something for Cassia a while back and decided on a named wall hanging. So I was happy with the fabric square, I was also happy once I'd sewn on the letters of her name and then it all went down hill. I didn't really have the right material for the backing or binding but just wanted to get it finished so 'made do'. Why did I do it? I was working on it knowing that I wouldn't like the result but continued anyway. It's all out of square, the binding was atrocious and it's been stuck under a pile of fabric since it was finished! Lessons to be learnt - 1) be patient 2) sometimes you can make do and somtimes you just can't!
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Do you think the girls could go like this?!!!!!
A jar of apple jelly. Whilst we were at my mum's she made this and the colour is beautiful. They were very small, very red apples which produced this. When you ate them the red colour bled into the flesh hence the vivid colour of the jelly. Thanks Mum!
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
Nothing else to show at the moment because I left my bag at my mum's!
Saturday, 27 September 2008
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Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
- making playdough flowers
- making a hospital from playdough - and a boat to get the patients to the hospital!
- doing jigsaws over and over again
- making friends with a spider, who Cassia called Toad and despearately wanted on her hand - this actually took over half an hour!
- reading, reading, reading lots of books to Cassia
- drawing, gluing and sticking
- making and eating food
Vintage Rupert the Bear snap cards - aren't they just awesome? And great to see a golliwog!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
Saturday, 13 September 2008
I have now made 52 cupcakes in 5 days - waaaay too many!
The actual birthday cake is the one pictured above - an old family favourite. My brother and I always used to ask for this (he's going to be 40 and I'm 36) and I made it for Maia last year. When we started talking about this year's birthday she said straight away that she wanted a clock cake - a tradition continues! The recipe book is a copy of an old Hamlyn one that my mum had and I learnt to cook things out of when I was growing up. One Easter I went to the Book-a-rama in Tauranga and found the exact same book for $2 - I think the ladies were somewhat nonplussed at how happy it made me but hey! I've since found out that my sister has found a copy too so it's a real family book.
Just put the cake in the oven so all that's left to do tomorrow is the icing and decorating the cupcakes - and the girl's are 'helping' with that! It's strange for me to feel so calm and to be ahead of the game - fingers crossed there's no big hiccups tomorrow!