Wednesday, April 30, 2008
When I was hastily packing for this week away I wondered about the wisdom of bringing some sewing with me. I'm so glad I did though, there's something very peaceful about sitting down with a needle and thread. This little robot is the first of five for a childcare centre in Dunedin. I am making them in a range of bright colours with some new shapes, just to branch out a bit from my previous blue square ones. The cute box was $5.50 from Plastic Box, and there are a range of really delicious colours. Happy Wednesday, where ever you are!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
As you know, we are rather fond of knitted toys around here. My sisters are the main source of said knitted toys, and catching up with them this week has had the added benefit of receiving another fine example for our collection. This knitted cat (with knitted eyes, even! knitted eyes if you please!) was from the Presbyterian Support Services shop in Dunedin.
We said goodbye to Noelene today. I don't remember crying so much ever. The service was full of so many friends, so many different people.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Yesterday we took the afternoon off and went to Birdlings Flat, a wild and stoney beach just out of Christchurch. The sea is treacherous but beautiful, and the beach is miles upon miles of little perfect pebbles. Mum has a knack for spotting the special ones amongst all the grey, and we spent a good part of the afternoon walking up and down finding the agate and the schizt (sp?) amongst the granite and what-ever-else is there. She's always been into rocks, my Mum, and as a wee'un I remember geological maps stretched out across the floor of the playroom with her rock samples positioned on top. They all tell her a story about where they came from and what they've been up to.
On the craftin' front, I managed to get to Spotlight yesterday and got some new felt for the robot workshop. It felt good to sit down last night and start stitchin'.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
We left Nelson with very heavy hearts for the drive down to Christchurch, but actually the beautiful scenery on the way was so therapeutic. The sea around Kaikoura was every shade of blue and grey, and the autumn colours through the vineyards of Marlborough were golden and warm. We arrived as the evening set in, and went to Mum's place to see how she was doing. She is so amazing, she has everything organized. The first job that we got onto today was doing jobs around the garden. I love these pumpkins and butternuts in the shed, they are so cheerful and bright. I brought some sewing down with me to doodle around with in the evenings, but I haven't done any yet what with all the drinking wine, reminiscing, and feeling sad together. "Now say something pithy and wise" said my sister, who is supervising my blogpost tonight.
Okay then. "Always watch where you walk at the dump". That's a story for another post.
Friday, April 25, 2008
My Mum's partner, Noelene, died yesterday. Can I tell you a bit about how great she was? She loved my Mum, and loved her just being herself. She loved people and animals, and she was a great cook. She had a hilarious sense of humour and a quick wit. She loved jewellery, stories, bargains, and stories about jewellery bargains. You could just be yourself around her and she loved you for it. We will miss her so much. We're so glad we had you in our lives Noelene, we love you. Goodbye.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
I really wanted to get my brother this CD for his birthday (somewhat belated as it was last December) but it contravened my "only home-made gifts" rule that I set myself at the start of the year. I got it for him anyway, because I figure that buying NZ music is an acceptable exception to my rule.
I did, however, recycle the paper bag it came in into this robot wrapping paper, because as you all know I like doodling around making robots. Making them with a pen and paper is much quicker than making felt ones, I noticed. By the way, I have been commissioned to make another 5 robots! 01010100011001001001! That's binary for "Cool, eh!"
Friday, April 18, 2008
I haven't done anything especially creative myself over the last couple of days, so I thought I'd show you this great card that my nephew made for me a few years ago. I think he was about 10 when he drew this cartoon. I just love that cheeky monkey and the whole concept of having a sidekick really cracks me up too. It's a little yellowed because it's spent the last 4 or 5 years magneted onto the fridge door. I love homemade cards the best!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Last year I learned how to crochet, at last, after meaning to for I-dunno-how-long. What really inspired me to learn was all the great stuff on the no end in sight ripple along blog. So, the lovely Kim at work showed me how, and I was away. This was my first project, my chevron scarf. Now, I need to share a wee few disasters with you. First, the scarf is wider at one end than the other. Hmmm. Next, I bought wool out of the sale bin thinking "that'll do!" because it was cheap and it was my first project that I suspected may be a learning exercise anyway, but being cheap the wool is fearsomely scratchy and thus rather unsuited to being a nice cosy scarf. Last, the scarf is a little too wide, so that it bunches up around my neck instead of wrapping snuggly around. That'll teach me to just wing it with no pattern, to use cheapo wool, and to skip doing a test square.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Happy Wednesday to you!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Especially these red berries on the Coprosma...
This little gang of tomato plants that grew from a submerged cherry tomato looked very cute...
And these red berries on the Lophomyrtus were lovely too.
And another thing that makes me smile is that tonight I have two friends coming over to craft with me. What a cracker Tuesday!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Lets meet them now:
MAS228 "BIP BIP BEEP BEEP?"
MJJ2911 "HOW CAN I BE OF ASSISTANCE?"
MRL504 "MY BATTERY LEVELS ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW"
JLS0501 "011010010 0100 1000101010 0010101010101 000110010101010" (That one only speaks binary, sorry).
That's how I spent my weekend, how did you spend yours?
Sunday, April 13, 2008
They are my contribution to the "cakes and biscuits" stall at a fundraiser fair today.
They are from "School lunches and after school snacks" (Alison & Simon Holst), with a couple of my own additions.
Here goes: Chocolate chippie biscuits
75 g butter
1/2 c (packed) brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar 1 large egg
1/2 t vanilla essence
a pinch of salt
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/2 t baking soda
1 c plain flour
Melt butter, add sugar. Cool a little then add egg and mix with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Put in teaspoonful lots on a baking tray. I make 20 small ones per tray, because they're very sweet and rich. Bake at 180 degrees C for 10 minutes until golden brown. Cool and store in an air tight tin. Makes about 30 per batch at the size I make them.
Here's some other useful information: You don't need to press with a fork on the tray because they collapse into perfect round biscuits while they cook. More chocolate chips make them even more delicious.
For a more "grown-up" version, you can add 1 T finely ground coffee beans and some chopped walnuts, to give coffee, chocolate, and walnut biscuits. They are also extremely delicious.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Happy Saturday to you!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
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Monday, April 7, 2008
Now, some people are easy to buy for and some people aren't. My mum, whose birthday is rapidly approaching, is really difficult to buy for as she is just so darn practical. No, really. Here are some of the presents I've bought her previously, just to illustrate how incredibly practical she is: some organic garden fertilizer, some garden twine, stamps, envelopes, a vegetable knife...and lots of book vouchers. See what I mean? But even practical people, or perhaps especially practical people, need cloth bags to take to the supermarket. This one is loosely based on the tote pattern in this book, and is made from black cotton drill with green cotton lining, with a junk-shop doily made into a pocket. It's reversible as it happens, so if she is feeling daring she can flip it inside out and show off the louder print.