Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Winter Sun

It's the end of winter school holidays here, and it's like I've had two weeks annual leave from my life. Normally I am working on the computer, responding to emails, listening for the phone, and keeping an eye on the clock so that we're at school on time. But when we go on holiday over to our favourite spot in Golden Bay, there is no computer, no phone, my watch stays in my suitcase, and there is just the noise of the waves and the goings-on of small children.

Now this space of interweb is kind of like my memories, so I'm going to be honest so that I remember it honestly later. The noise of children is often lovely, especially when we have friends over. However, there is also plenty of this sort of thing:
"Muuuuuuuuum Harry used a grumpy voice with me and it hurt my feelings" and then "Muuuuuuuum Sylvie keeps interfering with my sandcastle and she won't give me any peace and quiet".
If I handle it right I can talk them into going back down onto the beach, down the little pathway into the winter sun.
And if I'm really lucky they forget their argument, and walk off after the tide to see what it left behind.
That leaves me sitting at the picnic table with my cup of coffee and my knitting and my thoughts, all of which are pretty nice most of the time.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

May contain violence (viewer discretion advised)

When I have big projects on like, oh, for example, crocheting a blanket (yes, still going), I sometimes need a small project that I can start and finish in one go, just to experience the satisfaction of finishing something. Making cards is a particularly satisfying project in this regard, since we always need them, I don’t like buying them, and my own rather questionable taste often makes me laugh.
For making cards, I have a box filled with pages torn from old magazines, tatty books destined for the recycling, or, sometimes, perfectly good books that I cut up anyway. Yes! It’s true! I’m a little ashamed but I’m telling you because I’m semi-confident that you won’t judge me. I also have a razor ruler to cut nice straight lines, and plain cardstock.
I hope you are still reading after my confession that I sometimes cut up books. I’m going to show some cards with pictures cut from a perfectly good book right now, can you handle it? Can ya?
The book: Action Man. From: The Hospice Charity Shop, $0.50.
Oh dear oh dear oh dear, violence and guns as well… I don’t know about you, but a part of my childhood was reading Commando comics, and these sorts of pictures give me a warm nostalgic feeling more than anything else. Anyway, my 7-year-old boy loves these cards, and what mother wouldn’t love that??
Moving right along, here are a series of gift tags made from a perfectly good Yates Garden Guide:
Well, I think that’s enough crazy book-cutting antics for one day. I hope you are all exhilarated rather than shocked and affronted.
Have a great weekend everyone!

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Funny Boys

Funny boy Number 1: My dear sweet little lad in his medieval outfit, all ready for a party a couple of weekends ago:
Crown and sword: Piggy bank busters, $2 each.
Cords: Postie Plus
Boots: No. 1 Shoes
Frown and belt: Model's own
Blue top with gold trim: Made (poorly, hastily, but with all of a mother's love) by me ( pattern McCalls Easy Stitch'n'Save 5216 made up in blue stretch velvet). Actually, I scared myself by how much I liked that stretch velvet. In my continuing fight against the tyranny of good taste I think I may have to sew myself something in it soon. 
Funny boy Number 2: My husband, who has been referring to this penguin popularly tagged with the name "Happy Feet", as "Sad Oesophagus".

Funny boy Number 3: Mr Thompson; his silly ideas made me laugh, his 'apology' made me laugh even harder, the irony of him throwing a sickie to avoid the furory was just delicious, and this protest gilded the lily of the whole sorry affair. Current events in NZ this week have been so entertaining.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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