Sunday, 30 October 2011

Fun Day Activities

Pip's school had their bi-annual Fun Day today.  It started off with a cake to bake (orange cake as per Rhonda's recipe)

Icing sugar and ready to go to cake stall at Fun Day

Entertainment provided by Concert Band

Getting ready with friend for dance item
Dancing to Pink Panther


Saturday, 29 October 2011

De-Brooding Chickens

I guess it's one way of de-brooding them.  One of the many unexpected benefits of chainsaws in the backyard.
De-brooded chickens once more roaming the backyard

Guess I'm not the only one excited about it

Predator in the hiding

Some things don't change though - Miss Nutmeg still persists in laying amongst the pebbles

Friday, 28 October 2011

Sewing an XBox Cover

Joining Rhonda from Down To Earth with her regular Friday On My Mind Feature.  Modified this pattern to stitch up a cover for the XBox.  I think my maths was a bit off.  It's too short!  Thinking about sewing a skirt for it - might be a bit too girly for it though.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

The Start of The Day

Pics depicting my morning...
Morning light breaking

Reflecting on family and blessings

Wondering if I'll ever hear the dulcet notes on the flute again

Breakfast dishes

Bread on the rise - honey oat bread modified recipe from Enchanted Moments

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A Repurposed Single Bed

This garden bench was originally a single bed.  I found my inspiration from here.  Painted it white and voila - garden bench.  Trimmed with rice sacks stuffed with old pillows.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Let My Teaching Fall Like Rain

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew,

like showers on new grass,

like abundant rain on tender plants ~ Deut 32:2

Monday, 24 October 2011

Homemade Sandwich Wrap

Days are getting warmer here in Sydney so I decided to stitch a sandwich wrap for Philippa following these instructions with a few modifications because the plastic wrap that I had wasn't large enough to fit the 30cmx30cm size of the cloth I cut.
Cut 2 pieces of Cloth to size (30cmx30cm)

Right sides together, with plastic sandwiched in between, stitch 4 edges leaving a hole on 1 edge to turn out

Turn inside out

Stitch edges again to reinforce

I sewed velcro on opposite ends of 1 side and snap on buttons on other sides.

Velcro closed.

See how because the wrap isn't square that I needed to modify it so that it would sit nicely after closing?

Closed sandwich wrap.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Make Do Play

Creative play requires that you find other purposes for ordinary things.
Small container as workspace - you never have enough when you're baking up a frenzy!

Little scrap piece of cloth acts as towel in the bath.  Cotton cleaning wipe is a cushion.

Home stitched blanket for bunny to rest on

Who would've thought that scrunchies (hair ties) can double up as bean bags whilst watching TV.  Bangles as home decor - really radical!

Friday, 21 October 2011

This moment

{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, savor and remember.  As featured on soulemama

Shade for the chicken coop

Joining Rhonda from Down To Earth with her regular Friday On My Mind Feature.  Now that the trees have been pruned and removed, the vegetable garden is flooded with light... but then so is the chicken coop.  Some sort of shade is required with the weather warming up to give the girls some relief from the afternoon sun.  So shade is on my mind... any suggestions?  Currently there is a passionfruit vine just growing over a section of it but I'm not sure it will be adequate.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Hydrangeas (Annabel)

Pretty posie with lavender and seaside daisies

Look what arrived in the mail!

Hydrangeas (white flowers) repotted and allowed to settle in before planting out in the garden
Tilly smelling (eating) the roses (artificial)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Unsuccessful Fruit Fly Trap

In our efforts to decrease the number of flies in the backyard, we put up a few different contraptions.  The fly paper was a hit.  This one was a miss.


Monday, 17 October 2011

Garden Tidy Up

The garden was getting overgrown and some of the trees have now resulted in too much shade for the vegetable patch in the back so it needed trimming.  Whilst that was being done, there were other palms that I decided did nothing to the general aesthetic of the garden, so they had to go.  After consultation with Council and some arborist quotes, the result.  I'm still trying to get used to all that light... I might yet regret it in summer when shade is such a blessing.

Before - Palm Tree.

After
Before - Palm Tree

After
Before - 2 Palms and overgrown Photinia

After - Palms gone and Photinia trimmed

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Goings On

Rat that Tilly caught a few days back made an unceremonious appearance again and this time it was quickly disposed of by yours truly into the compost bin

Wooden Elephant jigsaw piece on our bookshelf

Nutmeg is officially un-broodified - the others have decided to go broody on us which equates to our current eggless state

Gratuitous photo of Tilly on Pip's loft bed