Monday, April 30, 2012

Sewing Keeps Us Warm

It seems not so long ago that we were hit with a cold snap, and suddenly Winter was upon us.
Yet again, that time has sprung up on us, fast, cold, and us so very unprepared.
We pulled out Eve's warm track pants and realized they were too small.
Eli had no warm pants at all, just cute little denim shorts. Cute, not quite practical.
So what was I to do?
Start sewing, what else?

First up, I made some pajama pants for my hubby...



I had to try them on, but they were so comfortable and warm I stayed in them for most of the day.
Next up were some nice warm pants for my little boy...


Then yesterday I finally finished these cute little owl track pants for my daughter...


They are so warm and soft and fuzzy inside, I wish I had enough fabric to make some for me!


(Yes, she is a poser!)


Then finally onto the matching pajama pants for my little boy...


Now I am hoping to find time to do some sewing for me.... Maybe?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Blogger Update, No Thank You!

I'm sorry I haven't been around.
Time management is not my thing.
When I finally sit down, ready to write and share with you the wonderful things I have been making, I hit a problem.
Blogger.
It's a love/hate relationship.
It was mostly love up until now...




Why, Blogger, WHY???
My biggest irk is uploading photos.
There is a fancy new uploader, which can be handy in some ways, but not if you are uploading from a URL. Only one.....image........at..........a...............time!
Slow, so very slow.
I decided to trial this new Blogger a while back, but quickly clicked on that "back to old settings" button.
Photos are important. I am a visual person.


I could sit here and complain about the new Blogger, and how much I want the old one back....
But I'd rather look at cute elephants.
:)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

When I Am Organized

Sometimes I have these days where I am super organized.
I get things done, I finish those never-ending projects, and get to tick things off my giant to-do list.
Yesterday, was one of those days.
The usual chores were done, washing on and a load hung up. Dishwasher swishing away while I contemplated our options for dinner.
I decided on a pasta bake, filled with veges I would not tell the kids about.

I wandered about and set upon my sewing machine. A short while later, I had finally finished these...


I am in love with them!
I didn't use a pattern, I chopped up some old pants that were stained beyond saving and used them as a rough guide.

Now when I say I have days of organization, it seems that they come with a price.
Can I use this as my excuse to not be organized as much?

I powered through those pants, and was so excited when I finally put them on my boy...


Well uh-oh!
They are too big, too loose and too long.
Those cute cuffs on the bottom have to be tucked up twice to fit the length of his legs.
They are so baggy and lose, we could fit two children in these babies!

As that classic, horrible song once said "Ain't nothin gonna break my stride!"
I kept on with my super awesome productivity.

I started preparing for my daughter's 3rd birthday party this Sunday.
I baked up a delicious gluten free brownie base for the berry brownie pizza I will be making.
I melted chocolate, coloured with my new powder dyes and dipped the cake pops that have been waiting in the freezer into the delicious liquid.
I experimented.
I made these, I call them "Sweet Treat Seaweed", to fit in with the under the sea theme...


I am not completely happy though. I was hampered in my search for fish shaped lollies and m&ms were all we had on hand.

Of course while I was doing this chocolate dipping, I had a little girl at my feet, eager to help with any taste testing involved.

I moved on to the next big thing on my to-do list.
The photo booth.
I have been planning this for months.
I have been collecting fun props for months.
I was ecstatic when we got our new fridge and the box it came in was perfect.

So I set to it, I taped white paper to the walls, to reflect the light so we weren't all dark blobs, I hung the cute spotty fabric I bought specifically for this and arranged it to drape perfectly.
I was so happy with my efforts.
I let it be, and started on the next big things.
Painting the pallets for the coffee table I am making.
I painted, my girl ran around playing and my boy made music with his noisy toys.

Next big thing on the list; the gazebo.
For my boy's party we ran out of time to put our gazebo thingy up and it was quite warm and sunny outside, we needed the extra shade!
So I decided I would be super organized and put it up now, a few days early, but still, I could move it down to the end of the driveway and all would be fine.
With some help from little hands, we had that giant up in no time.
It was new out of the box.
It wobbled.
A lot.
All I needed to do was wait until my hubby came home to help me move it and then peg it down so it would be ready to use.

I headed inside and did a quick tidy and sort of the kids toys. More to go off to charity this week!
I recently changed my little man's room around as we were hit with such a cold snap. His cot was under the window and his little face would be freezing all night from the crisp air seeping in.
I love the way it looks now.
We have paint to repaint it, we just need that other necessary ingredient... TIME!


My favourite part, and most coveted item, is this armchair.


It oozes retro and it so comfortable, it makes those night waking and feedings a little more bearable.

Recognise this bunting?


I made it for the big birthday bash and now it is the only decoration in the room. We need to paint asap!

I was on a roll. So much done, and I had only one coffee in me.
I got dinner going as my dear hubby arrived home, late as work needed him for an extra hour.
Next thing I know the oven is beeping, the kids are whining and dinner is being eaten.
Well, by some!
Dinner, bath and bed fly by and the house is quiet.
I heat up my dinner and relax in front of my laptop screen, ready to watch the end of a documentary I started a few days ago.

I cleared my plate and saw two sad pears in our fruit bowl. We needed to eat them. But no one is a fan of pears by themselves.
So of course I whipped up a batch of choc chip vanilla and pear pancake batter for the kids' breakfast the following morning.
How organized is that!

I tucked myself into bed with the hope of getting a good night's sleep.
Nope, no chance!

My eyes closed and the baby monitor blared.
Up and off to feed the little one.
Back into bed, now it's 11:50pm, how did that happen?

I am woken by my girl crying out for me, I rush into her room.
She wants me in her bed.
She will not come out into mine, and will not go to sleep alone.
I climb into her bed and she snuggles into me.
It is 4am and I wonder what woke her?
I start to drift off to sleep when I hear the wind outside, it is picking up.
I hear banging, something is blowing around out there.
I ignore it and look over to see Eve is fast asleep.
I sneak back into my bed and climb under the blankets.
My eyes close and then it starts, the baby monitor calls out to me again.
I rush off to feed the little boy and when on my way back I see the time.
5:50am.
I know he will not go back to sleep, but I try to let him settle, as I listen to him chatting to himself in bed.
"Mummyyy!! Mummyyy! Where are you??"
She is awake.
He is awake.
My husband's alarm goes off and I give up on sleep.

Breakfast. What to have?
Oh yes, the pancake batter, thank God I was organized!


They were delicious, phew!
As we sat and ate our breakfast, I remembered the banging and thought I should check outside.
I remembered in my sleepy fog I had heard rain.
Oh dear...

I gave the kids some popcorn to share for an early morning snack and rushed outside.

First thing I saw was my photo booth.
The damp in the air had made it sag, coupled with the cat using it as a scratching post, it looked in a sad state.


I looked behind and saw the gazebo, which we had forgotten about..


Uh-oh...
The rain was coming down so I left it and rushed back inside as my girl ran out to see what I was up to and to show me something...
She had gone into the shower, in the few minutes I was outside, and had emptied a few big handfuls of conditioner into her hair.
It's too cold for her to shower now, and once it's one in, it's all in.
I haven't even had a coffee yet!
So I brushed it in and figured she would get a deep treat condition for the day and he hair will be silky soft after her bath tonight...


I looked over to see my boy, what was he up to?
Oh you know, the usual.


Emptying his bowl of popcorn all over the floor and watching the tv upside down.
As you do!

So this is what happens when I am organized.
At least I have these cute little smiles to get me through the tough bits...


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Welcome To My Home, Nigella. {RECIPE}

I did it.
I finally bought my first Nigella Lawson book.


I LOVE Nigella.
I LOVE the things she cooks, and the way she does it.
I LOVE watching her tv shows, they inspire me to create, not just cook.

I flicked through the book, drooling a little at the photos of food that I was desperate to make for my family.

I scanned for ingredients that I had on hand...
I came across this recipe...


Yes please!
I had some delicious chocolate chips sitting in the pantry which I purchased on special, a steal for such good quality!

So I enlisted the help of one sweet-toothed toddler, and soon enough we had a warm tray of deliciousness under our noses...


And in our mouths!

(By the way they are HUGE cookies!)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

150g soft unsalted butter
125g soft light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, fridge-cold
1 eggs yolk, fridge-cold
300g flour
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
1 x 326g packet choc chips


Method:

Preheat the oven to 170*C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

Melt the butter and let it cool a bit. Put the brown and white sugars into a bowl, pour the slightly cooled, melted butter over them and beat together.

Beat in the vanilla, the cold egg and cold egg yolk until the mixture turns light and creamy.

Slowly mix in the flour and bicarb of soda until just blended, then fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop the cookie dough into a quarter cup measure and drop onto the prepared tray, placing about 8cm apart.

You will need to bake these in batches, keeping the bowl of dough in the fridge between batches.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges are lightly toasted.

Cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


These cookies can be made up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container. Will keep for a total of 5 days.

Baked cookies can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Defrost for 2-3 hours at room temperature.
Unbaked cookie dough can be shaped and frozen on a lined baking trap until solid. Transfer frozen dough to a resealable bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake direct from frozen and add an extra 2-3 minutes to your baking time.

ENJOY!
:)

Monday, April 16, 2012

April Photo A Day #16 Flower

Photo A Day Catch Up..

#7 Shadow

#8 Inside Your Wallet (Photo lost in the Instagram abyss!)

#9 Younger You


#10 Cold (Another photo lost in the Instagram abyss!)

#11 Where You Ate Breakfast


#12 Stairs


#13 Something You Found


#14 How You Feel today (Another photo gone!)

#15 Sunset


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Easter Weekend

Last night I was watching the old movie Titanic.
Yes, embarrassing, I know. I was home alone with the kids and they were tucked up in bed fast asleep.
So I tucked myself into bed with my fluffy dressing gown, winter pjs, a quilt and feather doona and of course a small handful of mini Easter eggs.
We have experienced a cold snap and I know understand why the last person living here put in a fireplace. Which has since been removed, and no form of heating put in it's place.
We do layers, layers of clothing during the day, and even more layers at night.
I did plan on taking the kids out by myself yesterday for a walk up to the shops, but it was too windy and cold.
Instead we stayed in our pjs all day, drank warm milk drinks, snuggled up under blankets and watched Disney movies.
It was a good day.
Today is about the same, but with dark and ominous clouds hanging overhead.
Scrap any plans to leave the house.
But at least I am out of my pjs.

In my hours of boredom, coupled with my inability to sit and watch a movie without doing something, anything else at the same time, I looked some stuff up.

Like, the most expensive movies ever made.

I was surprised to see the kid's movie Tangled at number 2, $260 million to make!


I read this sweet article about male prisoners taking up knitting:

I looked over the photos I have taken in the last few days...


Easter morning coffee, I ate one egg then felt so sick I stayed away from chocolate all day!


A blue wig arrived in the mail and it made me want to change my hair colour drastically...


So I went blonde... Or at least I tried to!
(And yes, I had a teeny bite of the chocolate bunny but the nausea came back and it was put away lightening fast!)

With my horrible blonde/orange hair, we visited family for Easter lunch.


My boy LOVED his great nana's swing!


We visited the local Easter show and saw some cute little ducklings.


Took some silly photos in-between.
Of course.


Visited more family.
And played bongo drums.
LOVED it!

While he played bongoes, she relaxed with a cup of warm tea...


I got some new cloth nappies for my boy in the post, and promptly put them in to soak...


I finally finished sewing some pj pants for my hubby...


More fun mail arrived and we got a little silly...


And somehow I squeezed in a quick trip to the hairdresser to mend my very broken hair...


I.
Love.
It.

All in all, it was a pretty amazing weekend.
:)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter

Not much talking over this weekend, I'm sorry, my husband is trying to overdose me on chocolate!
For now, check out this free printable for Easter...


And I will definitely be doing some of these next year when the kids are a little bigger...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012