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17.9.14

DIY Hand painted Skirt

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I made this skirt ages ago (more on that later). It just never really clicked with me. I mean, it was always just OKAY in my mind. A good staple, but a bit boring. Do you what I mean? I'd been playing around with the idea of hand printing fabrics for ages but I didn't have a specific project in mind. Then it hit me. What my skirt needed was some personality. It needed some zing. What it NEEDED was some hand printing. I played around with the idea of handprinted triangles or parallelograms, but after a failed experiment I decided to go with imperfect swipes with a paintbrush.

Zing badabing. It was just what this skirt needed.

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I used a bronze textile paint and an acrylic paintbrush, laid the skirt out (with newspaper inside the skirt so that the paint didn't bleed through), and had it! It was a simple project that I knocked out in an afternoon. After the paint dried I set it with a hot iron so that the paint wouldn't wash out.

Now I have a skirt that I finally love.

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16.9.14

Link Love .001

Man, why do weekends feel like they go by so fast?*

This weekend we enjoyed spending some time with Audrey's cousins who are up visiting from Masterton. We miiiiissssed them.

This weekend we also did some tidying up outside, gardening, ate some fish and chips, and generally enjoyed the good weather. I could get used to Spring.

What did you get up to this weekend?


Link Love:

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source: Serious Eats

  • The Serious Eats Field Guide to Asian Greens - I've been venturing out into the unknown and have started cooking with various Asian greens. I found this article really useful in decoding these new-to-me veggies.

  • I want to make this. Or something very like it. Watch this space.

  • Speaking of making things with wood. I bought a Kreg Jig Mini for  myself for my birthday and I'm totally excited and just a little bit nervous about getting over my fear of power tools.

  • 4 Ways To Turn A Hem  - The Coletterie has been running a blog series on all things hems. I found this article and the accompanying photos very helpful! Hemming sounds like it should be easy but it can be tricky to get it just right. If you've ever found yourself out of your depth with hemming then I highly recommend this blog series.

*Wait, it's Tuesday already? HOW?!

12.9.14

Hello! I missed you.

It has been, um, WAY too long since I've last blogged. I kinda took an unplanned, indefinite break from the blog. I needed a break and I needed to evaluate whether blogging was something I ever wanted to continue with or not.

And? Well, I missed it. At first it was nice not having to worry about blogging, then as time wore on I realized I missed the creative outlet that it gave me. And I missed YOU guys, though heaven knows *heh* that I'm on Instagram enough.

Annnnywho. I thought the blog needed a bit o' scrubbin up as a celebration so I gave the blog a bit of a facelift. I like.

I leave you with this and a promise to return soon. I've got lots planned for this little space:

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11.5.14

That time when Audrey cut her own hair

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
HER BEAUTIFUL CURLS! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

I looked at her freshly chopped hair with big eyes and calmly gave her a hug and handed her back to her papa. Then I walked into my room, closed the door, and I cried big fat alligator tears. We were in the other room when it happened. Phil walked in the lounge to get the girls dressed when I heard, "Oh no! Audrey! What have you done? LOVE! IT'S FINALLY HAPPENED!!" My first thought was, "We don't have any markers? She couldn't have drawn on furniture."

We had just finished watching Tangled and finished the part where Rapunzel's hair is cut short and Audrey wanted to cut her own hair too. We've watched it a dozen times but I didn't think that she'd actually TRY it!

After my sadness subsided we parted her hair differently and trimmed it all over to um... blend it in. And actually it's not so bad! I mean... it could have been worse right? And it'll only take another three years for it to grow out again. *big deep breath*

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I told her cutting her own hair was very naughty but that hair doesn't matter, she is still beautiful. And then I kissed her cute little nearly-3-year-old cheek and reminded her that I love her very much.

Phew. The adventures in motherhood.

Happy Mother's Day to me! ;)

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9.5.14

Frozen Pre-K Pack: review

Awhile back I saw that Wendi recommended a downloadable Frozen Pre-K Pack for toddlers. I hadn't seen the movie yet, so I book marked it for future use. Yaknow, just in case. Well, we eventually saw the movie and, you guessed it, Audrey is in love. She's added her favorite Frozen songs to her growing list of Disney songs that she sings around the house all day. So when I introduced the idea of sitting at the table and doing a few pages of "Frozen work" a day, she was KEEN.

There's some great activities that range in complexity to keep Audrey on her toes. There's pre-writing practice, cutting practice, Which one is different?, finish the pattern, size sequencing, Frozen Movie strip puzzle, counting practice, memory cards, and a load of other things.

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Audrey LOVES it.

I LOVE seeing her serious expression as she sits at the table and arranges her pencils just so while she's waiting for me to set up the next activity for her. She takes her "frozen Work" really seriously, you know.

I LOVE seeing her focus as she tries to suss out the activity and how her eyes light up when it *clicks* for her. She smiles and claps as we celebrate her success together.
It's really fun!

It's really opened up the door for us to work on things together. Today she asked me to show her how to write the alphabet so we worked on her letters together. Yesterday we played a memory game! And she's really really good at it. *ahem* (she whooped me) These activities are perfect for keeping a toddler occupied on a rainy day. WIN!

So yeah. Fun stuff. Give it a go. IT'S FRREEEEEEEE! http://www.overthebigmoon.com/frozen-pre-k-pack/

5.5.14

sixteen, seventeen, eighteen

”A portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014."

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My girls. I'm so proud to call you my own.

I love you.

Love, Mama

Previous portraits here:


Photos taken by my brother in law, Peter. Thanks, Pete!