Tuesdays nights are my nights to go out to a craft class. I get to sit there and have someone tell me what we are going to do and what the next step is. This might seem a strange thing to do as I craft a lot, but I find it great to sit back, just enjoy creating something and not over thing it. Which is something we all do as crafters, over think it.
Along with the craft there is a great bunch of ladies to see and chat with each week. One of those ladies gave me a chocolate free Easter gift this year which set me off on my new lot of creations.
With this gift of string (pictured on the right above) I turned it in to a basket (on the left).
But then I could stop. Working with the twine is a lot harder as it is not as soft and smooth but the smell is great and I felt I was back at the farm while working on each piece.
Plain twine with a label to write on.
Twine on the bottom and string on the top.
and finally twine and string blended together.
We have moved a lot and I mean a lot.
By the time we started having children we slowed down on moving, but in saying that my son is 9 now and has lived in 8 different houses already. With only 4 of them being our own home we have braved the rentals also. So the one thing I always wanted to do of marking a door frame with my kids heights was a no go for us. When Jack was little I started a fabric wall hanging that we used as a height chart but the fabric became dirty. Not being able to wash it in fear of some height marks washing off was making it look a little gross so I finally made a wooden take with us chart.
My sister loved our height chart and put an order in for a Bell family one so I thought I would show how it was done. Tan’s furniture is a darker brown so I use the same darker stain as the stool but added some water to lighten it enough to see pen marks.
Next is the painting which I love, the repetitiveness of all those line was something I enjoyed, weird I know but I love having a pattern to work with.
So it’s as easy as that, three hours of painting. Now it’s ready for delivery.
I think every Mum gets those lovely bunches of flowers that are really weeds and that big smile to go with it.
The next comment from my little one is “put it in water Mum”. The problem with most the weeds/flowers I receive are that they have very short stems. I found these little milk bottles are a great size to hold them.
Weeds seem to have a very short life and fade as the day goes on. My weeds get a added pretty boost with this cover so once they start wilting the vase still looks pretty.
Once the flowers have gone it is easy to remove the cover as it has an elastic top. Wash the bottle and then slip the cover back on. Now ready for the next lot of flowers.
We have a tradition of putting up the Christmas tree on the 1st of December. I’m not sure why the tradition started but it has been this way since my husband on I got together 16 years ago.
In the start it was really me putting up the tree while Aaron commented on placement from the lounge, which worked of me and my need to have it certain way. Then once Jackson come along Aaron became more hands on. I found myself sitting back watching Jack and him set up the tree reminding myself I could rearrange it later. Now this year I feel it is going to be Mummy and Daddy referring our two little gems put our tree. It will be so much fun, I hope our little tree survives the event.
I started on the decorations and now looking forward to the December 1st fun.
Knitting Balls for the crafty people,
and Mini Wreaths.
I love Summer time for the outside dining. Sitting out the back in the afternoon watching the sunset is a great time of day and ending it with dinner outside completes the summer life for us. But the one thing that freaks me out are flies on the food. Now hubby said my idea of completely fly screening the outdoor area will lose the outside effect. He may have a point but I am not telling him that, so the next best thing for me is food covers.
These lovely food covers are also a great way to brighten up the table.
And my favorite dandelions.
I was looking forward to setting up my daughters room once we moved back into our own home. Knowing that I could paint walls, put in nails to hang picture was a little bit of a rush after renting for 2 years when we were away. I set about picking a theme that would suit her and I liked the idea of lots of colours and butterflies all around her walls. I have seen wall decals of flying butterflies in black and pinks but I wanted more colour in her room and the pricing had me wondering if it was worth it. I could paint them on but knew I would be changing her room to a new theme as she got older so what I did needed to be removed easily. The solution to all my crafting blocks is Pinterest, I honestly don’t know what I did before this. I found some ladies putting fabric on the wall by ironing it on. This was not such a good idea as ironing and me don’t go well together and adding a painted wall would not end well. I found some pins that used starch to stick the fabric to the wall and after some tries, fails and changes to the recipes I finally got it right and very happy with the results.
They start from the power point and go up to the top of the wall and split to go in both directions around the room meeting over her name.
I added some circles to the wall above her dresses and after they had set I hot glued some buttons to spell out her name.