Sunday, April 13, 2014

15/52

ebe - helps his dad build a tree housemae  - pass the parcelace - babysits his nieceode - watches telly after his first blood nose   

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014

 

ebe – helps his dad build a tree house

mae – passes the parcel

ace – babysits his “niece” Susie

ode – watches telly after his first blood nose

    

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ten on ten

ten on ten

A collection of images from my day.

    

Seen this idea around the traps … can’t find it just now though – will link back when I find it.

 

ETA – Joining in with Rebekah (thanks Bron!)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

yo gabba gabba

virtù - yo gabba gabba pillowcases

I surprised my darling O. with Yo Gabba Gabba pillowcases that I made following Susie’s awesome tutorial. There are not enough words to describe just how much he loves Yo Gabba Gabba. Best show ever, according to him. The rest of the family love it too (I have caught his father singing  “Wriggle Wriggle Wriggle Wriggle STOP hold still” whilst he fervently  dances in the shower) but we are all partial to watching other shows too. With O its just Gabba.

virtù - yo gabba gabba pillowcases & O (1)virtù - yo gabba gabba pillowcases & O (2)virtù - yo gabba gabba pillowcases & O (3) 

I have another surprise for O in the coming months too… Yo Gabba Gabba live in concert. O’s first live show ever. Some one on one time with a parent (yet to be determined). I’m excited too – he is going to be blown away and beside himself I just know it!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

14/52

ace - no time for sitting back and relaxingebe - meandering in contemplationmae - wrinkly fingers after swimming lessons she dressed and ready to go to the 'crazy hat' school discoode - running towards me fully of glee  

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014

 

ace – no time for sitting back and relaxing in his rocker now, this baby boy wants to get up a take a good look around

ebe – meanders, deep in contemplation, as he waits for his father to vote in the re-run of the senate election

mae – fresh from swimming lessons, and with wrinkly fingers, she is dressed and ready to go to the “crazy hat” school disco (the hat is rather tighter than it originally was)

ode – running up hill to take me by the hand (I’m walking too slow)

     

   

Joining in with Jodi.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

and then I bunny-hopped through the intersection

kurt cobain died twenty years ago

April 8, 1994: Sitting in my brown sigma (very similar to this one) at the lights on David Street waiting to turn right into Macarthur Ave, Triple J played on the radio as usual. I can’t recall exactly, but no doubt the ashtray was over flowing and I had another cigarette in my hand, the window wound down. I smoked Styvies in a soft pack back then. Waiting for the lights to change I was already aware of two police officers on bicycles in my rear-vision window. I had nothing to fear or feel guilty about but I managed to feel paranoid nonetheless.

The song finished and Kurt Cobain’s death was announced over the air-waves. The lights turned green. Overcome with shock I bunny hopped the car through the intersection.

Kurt Cobain - died twenty years ago

Kurt Cobain b. 20 Feb 1967   d. 5 Apr 1994

    

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In tribute here is my favourite cover by the awesome Tori Amos

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

on my dresser

virtù - on my dresser

Walking down the hall and into my bedroom I noticed the eclectic nature of items crowding my dresser. Medicine for children full of cold, baby lotion, school banking wallets, perfume, knitting, a dummy and some other assorted knick-knacks. The collection says so much about my life just now. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

just a minute… in March

A busy month, celebrating my partner Dave’s birthday and enjoying summer’s last hurrah before the equinox and change of season. Now at the end of the month the kiddos are all taking their turns at being ill. Coughs, mucus, snot, tiredness and crankiness abounds. The cooler weather has bought a sense of relief too.

virtù - a sweet gift virtù - O water play at school pick up virtù - siblings having fun together

Listening: to the footy on the “wireless”. Well I’m not actively doing that, nor do I refer to the radio as the “wireless” – that’s my partner’s old man terminology - but now that the footy season is under way there is that familiar chatter and call of the game in the background of most spaces, inside and out, on a weekend. Also been listening to the occasional podcast here and there. I like listening to chatter on the radio – All Things Considered  and Life Matters are my traditional favourites but I have been trying to listen to new shows.

Girls_HBO_Poster

Watching: The HBO TV series Girls. It is cringe worthy, but even so I am enjoying it. I can so relate to it, from a time in my life that now seems so long ago. Watching it I realise just how old I’ve become. It is not simply a bitter realisation – growing old is better than the alternative, and watching these insecure girls making their way through their twenties allows me to appreciate that I have indeed become more self assured. Not entirely – I am still wracked with self doubt – but in other ways and I suppose at least I can now recognise it. There is more to ponder here… maybe I’ll be able to formulate my thoughts better when I start watching season 2.

Knitting: Finished a chunky pink jumper for M and started another pink sweater her in a stash busting effort. Also started knitting wash cloths in response to this request. Trying not to hang out too often in Ravelry – so many great knits I want to add to my queue…

a top for me

Sewing:  Actually finished sewing a top for myself this month. I started this project as the summer started in 2012 and then stopped with just the next binding to attach… and then it sat and sat for over a year. Granted I was tired pregnant and then with a new baby, but even still that must set some sort of record for slow progress. I love the colour, love the butterfly pattern but pretty much hate the polyester material. It just doesn’t breathe. I’ve never bought material like this before, but it was an impulse buy – heavily reduced at Spotty. Also finished off some shorts for the boys, a dress for the girl and a quilt. reading dirt music at the beach

Reading: Dirt Music by Tim Winton at the beach; old fashioned newspapers – the ones printed on paper to show my children what they are before they become extinct; and Strawberry Shortcake Phonics Readers with M. who is super enthusiastic about learning to read. virtù - baby snails in the garden

Gardening:  There was a council verge collection this month. Lots and lots of cleaning out the shed and tidying up the garden. Found these baby snails on the bottom of a geranium leaf. They’re super small. It left me wondering how snails are born. Haven’t googled it yet. But it is fascinating that they start out so small, their shells translucent like. Not a fan of snails in my garden though, drowning by beer is my favoured solution. Leave a bit of beer out in a take away container at night, at least they get to have a party before their demise.

virtù - shell hunting in the waters

Playing: At the beach. I’ve come to notice that our family actually spends quite a bit of time at the beach. We had our last swim for the summer on Dave’s birthday. I knew at the time it would be our last swim, it is commonly hot on his birthday and then in just the few weeks until my own the season changes. E. was dunked a proper for the first time by a decent wave, head bashed into the sand, chin grazed with gravel rash and what he regards as a near death experience. There were many declarations about him never ever ever swimming at the beach again, but a couple days later and he conceded that perhaps he would one day swim in the ocean again. He’ll have to wait to the next summer now. We have been to the beach since, on a mission to collect shells as part of a school assignment. O found it a challenge to stay out of the waves and not get wet.

virtù - last swim of the summer

So how has March been for you?

If you want to JaM along with me be sure to leave a link in the comments section.

ice cream at the park

ice cream at the park quilt - a giftice cream at the park quilt - detailice cream at the park quilt - signed

I started making this quilt last year after I read this story . Already I had been making it in my mind, thinking of the fabrics that I had, the colours that I wanted to add and the design that would suit best, and after making a tiny bassinet quilt for my own babe I set about making this one. I’ve named it  Ice Cream at the Park because the colours remind me of ice cream (not sure why – I don’t think I have ever eaten blue ice cream) and subsequently I have noticed that in the patterned fabric there are indeed some images of an ice cream cart.

I contacted my local member hoping that he’d be able to obtain a delivery address for Latifa, it intended recipient, who is an asylum seeker in indefinite detention. I can’t fathom what that must be like, not to know a date in the future when you’d be free to take your children for an ice cream at a local park – a simple pleasure that I, winner in the geographical birth lottery,  take for granted. I was so pleasantly surprised that he (or a staff member) got back to me within twenty-four hours with contact and delivery details. My own politics being on the left of things it is unlikely that I would ever vote for him, but it is nice to know that he’s working for me all the same. Actually he seems like a pretty good bloke, bit of a thing for polo shirts but I can forgive him that.

It took me a while to decide how to label this quilt. In many ways I think this has been the great hold up in getting it finished – that and raising four small children of my own. In the end I decided on “Sally Made” because that is was I have put on the two of the four other quilts I have made (the other two have been “Mama made” since they were destined for my own children) and then added “for Latifa’s baby, Farus, Australia 2013”. I searched and searched through newspaper articles looking for the baby’s name. The receptionist at the detention centre couldn’t pass on any details about the baby or Latifa due to privacy reasons – that by the way I totally respect. Hope the journalist got bub’s name right. Even though I didn’t finish the quilt until this weekend I went with “Australia 2013” because this is where and when baby was born, and to me that is very important to document.

I’m so thrilled with how it has turned out. I really really love it. I am pleased too about this because it is hard for me to part with it. I could easily have saved it for my own babe and enjoyed it. Knowing that I would have it for myself make it feel like a better gift. I’ve sewn all my hope and dreams for a safe and prosperous future into this quilt. I know it is such a small gesture but as my eldest son recently reminded me as I dragged him around Spotlight starving one afternoon directly after school pick-up to get more fabric for the binding “every small gesture counts”. I was super chuffed and proud of him for these words. He and his sister were about to totally crack it and have a meltdown that afternoon (I’d forgotten to pack any snacks which was my bad) but when I explain who we were shopping for they really pulled it all together and were passionate about getting the fabric and allowing me the time to get the binding on. The entire family celebrated its completion, we all feel that we’ve put a little bit of ourselves into it.

Today it is in the post and on its way…

  

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Ice Cream in the Park Quilt

1005mm x 1320mm x    (39½” x  52”)

cotton printed fabric from stash + cotton solids from Spotlight

grey solid for sashing, binding and backing

100% cotton batting

in the ditch machine quilting

Sunday, March 30, 2014

13/52

mae - wears a balloon on her head (as you do)ebe - my scientistode - not feeling wellace - a book in hand

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014

    

mae – wears a balloon on her head … as one does.

ebe – my budding scientist – he’s been learning about mixtures at school and makes his own at home

ode – snuggles in my bed to watch telly when he doesn’t feel well

ace – has a book in hand

     

Joining in with Jodi.

 

A quarter of the year gone already, here are some portraits of taken with my mobile phone – just a bit of fun really – and yet they provide such lovely insights into the most special  people in my life.

my mob

1. ebe a Freo supporter   2. mae getting her hair cut   3. ode LOVES cups of tea   4. ace takes it all in

Saturday, March 29, 2014

six months

ace - six months

My baby boy is six months old already. With each child the time has flown by faster and faster. I truly ruly can’t believe my babe is half a year old already, and yet somehow it’s hard to think of a life without him.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

binding

sewing on the binding

So close to the end. It has been my intention to finish this quilt for such a long time. Sewing the binding is all that remains. Life in all its forms; weather, children, schedules, illness, celebrations - has been in my way. Today though there was time to make a little progress, cuddled up with a sick kiddo in bed watching ABC 4 Kids stitches were made. Tiny steps towards an end.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

12/52

mae - climbing the rocksace - tummy timeebe - cleaning the guttersode - wants to climb on the roof

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014

  

mae – climbing the rocks on the groyne

ace – tummy time and smiles

ebe – sitting in the frangipani cleaning the gutters

ode – wants to be on the roof too!

   

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

goofy brother time

virtù - skateboard shorts for my little boysvirtù - skateboard shorts for my little boys (2)virtù - skateboard shorts for my little boys (3)virtù - skateboard shorts for my little boys (4)

My boys goofing around together in their Mama made skateboard shorts. They sure do have fun together – the littlest very tolerant of his older brother’s play style. So sweet. From the moment little Ace was born there has been an incredibly strong bond between them, O very possessive and protective of his young sibling. I watch them sharing jokes, glances, a common understanding.

The drill skateboard fabric was purchased before O. was conceived – the original intention to make some shorts for E. These shorts were started last year before summer, but one thing or another has prevented them from getting finished. Finally ticked of the list.

Linking up with Leonie and Kirtsy.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

in preparation

virtù - pink chunky rolled neck sweater

A pink chunky jumper for my Ms. M ready for the colder months. I’m quite chuffed with myself for having this ready before the wintery seasons begin. Also pretty stoked that I was mindful enough to knit it up in a size worthy to grow into. No chance of it being modelled by M. just yet though (it looks a bit distorted on the adult sized hanger), the weather is still too warm for it. There are signs of changing seasons though, colder mornings and evenings.

Loving this pattern so much. Last year I knitted one (sans pocket) for my big boy, now I am starting to dream of one more for little O. No new yarn though, I’m stash busting yarn too!

Ravelled

Sunday, March 16, 2014

11/52

ace - kicking backebe - my thinkermae - writing on her Dada's birthday cardode - enchanted with his Dada's birthday candles   

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014

 

kicking back – baby is ace sure is one laid back baby, even with two teeth threatening to break through any day now. It is perhaps only a matter of weeks now until he will be too big for his bassinet.

thinker – this boy of mine has a mind that just doesn’t seem to stop. There is always something going on in there.

Dada’s girl – mae writes a long message on her father’s birthday card. Devoted to her Dada she really really wanted it to be special, her message was full of love.

my birthday? – Ode hussled in on his Dada’s birthday cake candle action, it was ablaze.

   

Joining in with Jodi.