Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Advent Calendar Finished

Pockets with numbers printed on canvas cloth

Stitched with green rick rack edging and red polar fleece (originally 'red carpet' from Pip's birthday party)

Rick rack edge - the pockets were really thick to sew - next time I won't use this method to sew one up...

Added little dolphin beads to each pocket so that...

After the verse (printables from here) is taken out of the pocket and read, the dolphins jump through the hole punched 'hoops' to secure it to the front.

Closer look at the dolphins (I had 4 colours - they were leftover from a previous beading endeavour)

Idea is so that once all 24 cards are read, you can read the whole Christmas story on Christmas Day.

All set for Dec 1!
Will probably add to this next year but this will have to do for this year.  Ethan looked decidedly disappointed that there were no food 'rewards' attached to the reading of the Scriptures... so I may put the lollies in after all... as an added incentive!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Frugal Christmas

This year I'm trying really hard to utilize what's already around to get festive.  The Advent calendar is getting there but I got a little sidetracked and worked on little pine cone trees.  The red tags were from a British Paint Red Colour Card that I had lying around.  And little Chinese tea cups worked well as 'pots'.  Perfect.

Monday, 28 November 2011

It Is Well With My Soul

One of my favourite hymns.  The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
- Phil 4:7

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Aprons - A Change of Heart

I used to think aprons as anachronistic and dowdy superfluous additions to the kitchen.  I mean how does putting on an apron change the tedium of the tasks at hand?  How wrong I was.  I decided to don one some months ago and found the mere act of putting it on seemed to supercharge me.  It was as if the deliberate act of putting one on indicated that I meant business and was ready to put effort into whatever it was I was doing.  So I am an apron convert.  What's more, I find that the more cheerful the attire, the better I feel and that makes for a right frame of mind when tackling day to day chores.

Friday, 25 November 2011

One Project Finished and Another One Begun

Joining Rhonda from Down To Earth with her regular Friday On My Mind Feature. Elving is on my mind as Christmas draws nigh.

One Project Finished

And Another One in the Works...
Linking up to Funky Junk Interiors - Hand made gifts.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Dressed and Ready

Remember how elving (wooden peg dolls) has started in our household? Here they are dressed and personalised for the family they are going to.  Now to make the block of wood they are supposed to sit in.

Mum, daughter, Dad and 2 sons and pets

Cat and Bunny

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Proof is in the Bread

I usually use my bread machine to knead our bread using the Dough setting and then bake it in the oven in tins or as buns.  I've found however that the loaves always seem to turn out denser than the store bought ones.  So on a whim, I tried this time to 'proof' the yeast first before adding it to the other ingredients in the bread machine and found that the loaf turned out fluffier!  I think I will do this in future.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Music In The House Again

Thanks to Old Nellie, there is dulcet music floating through the house again!  Had to do some running repairs on her - you can see the original yellowed ivory keys and the whiter 'fake' ones I bought to glue onto the keys that had lost their original ivory keytops.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Down The Back

Slugs got to these before we did :(

The strawberry patch with a lone rosemary bush and flowering coriander

Bed 2 with tomatoes and blackberry bush at the back

Ripening blackberries

Blackberry flower

Blackberries forming

Ripening strawberry - I hope we get to this one before the slugs do.

Pumpkin or rockmelon vines against back fence - I plan to add a trellis to grow them vertically.

Tomato flowers

Guess who's hiding in the strawberry patch?

On the hunt again.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Our Weekend

Babushka nesting dolls - a bargain from the thrift store at the school fete

Blue nose pets having a tea party

Cooling off in Grandparents' pool - it was a hot spring day at 35C!

Fun indoors building a house of cards

Fun with daddy

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Wooden Peg Dolls

Elving has begun in earnest.

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.  As featured in SouleMama

Friday, 18 November 2011

Tilly shares

Who's this wanting a share of the pickings?

Okay - only after I'm done.

A Speech

School speech to convince community that she's ready to take on leadership responsibilities

What's a speech without a makeshift lectern?

Thursday, 17 November 2011

A New Gate

My makeshift gate into the vegetable patch needed replacing with a more permanent solution.  The makeshift gate was actually a concertina type contraption with an existing bamboo trellis.  You can see it just on the far right of this picture

Bamboo gate next to chicken coop
New gate

More functional that's for sure!