Tuesday, June 29, 2010

weekend: part 2

When not hanging out with the family over the weekend I tried to get some sewing done. After much thought I have decided that I am going to try and sew to sell. I have settled on making boys pants. I have had many problems over the past nearly four years trying to find pants that are simple enough to look good, yet interesting and comfortable enough for a small boy to want to wear and most importantly that fit! I figure there must be others out there that have had similar problems.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the ones I am working on

They are all at varying points is the pant making process. I didn't get nearly as much done as I would have liked to over the weekend as I had some overlocker issues so in the end I decided to give up and made myself a new dress instead.

I don't need an overlocker for that!

Monday, June 28, 2010

weekend: part one

This past weekend we went to the beach. I was reminded again just why I love living here. Even in the middle of winter the beach is a great place to go. In fact I prefer the beach in winter. In summer it is hot and loud and busy whereas in winter it is peaceful and almost deserted. I grew up very close to this beach and my brother and I spent hours here all year round, with our parents when we were very young and then on our own when we were a little older. Visiting it always brings about a sense of calm for me, its so familiar. A little like going home.

A friend recently asked what she can do to to encourage her boy to be more active as she was worried about lack of interest in anything physical and said he would rather sit and play lego or create things. In our house we seem to be having the opposite problem. What I would give for the boys to spend longer than 5 minutes sitting at any one time. It seems that as soon as I have set something up for them to do such as play dough or painting they are already over it and I just have to pack it all up again. They would both much rather be running or jumping, throwing or kicking. I am desperately trying to encourage some creativity in them as I love to sit and create something and would really like to be able to share this with them. While walking down the beach I suggested to A that he could collect things to take home and make a collage. He promtly picked up a shell he liked the look of, ran down to the water and threw it into the ocean. Perhaps I am fighting a losing battle?

Located right alonside the beach is the Lions Playground. Called this as it's creation was funded by the local Lions Club. This playground has been here since I was a small child. I have so many memories of coming here from a really young age and many of the structures are still there. I really love that my children can enjoy the same things I so enjoyed as a child.

Things such as:

This horse and...

This train and.....

This whale and....

This rocket slide

Perhaps one day they will bring their children here

Thursday, June 24, 2010

a sunny afternoon

This afternoon the sun finally shone. It has been a while. Yesterday was cold and wet and made for a very miserable day. A day I had had such high hopes for too. I had planned to go thrift shopping with a friend. We went to 11 various thrift, secondhand and antique shops and I have not one single thing to show for it. It was such a disappointing day and the soggy wet made it seem so much worse. However today the sun came out and everything seems a little bit better when the sun is shining.

A sunny afternoon is just perfect for...

Playing with trucks and stones....

Sailing in your pirate ship...


Feeding chickens...

Checking for eggs...

And chopping enough kindling to get us through the next lots of rainy days.
Fingers crossed for a sunny weekend

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

a wet sunday

This past Sunday was wet and cold. I spent the morning sewing pants for the boys which they insisted on wearing straight away

Blue ones for the small one

and black for the big one.

After an amazing roast lunch at my mums we spent a lazy afternoon.........

playing with bead frames.......

and making roads with wooden blocks

Sunday, June 20, 2010

a sore nose

This is what a 3 and a half year olds nose looks like two days after they fall on it.

It still looks pretty painful but A. assures me it doesnt hurt at all anymore.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

and so it begins....

My very first post......... This is somewhere for me to record my life with my family, the things we do and create.