Monday, 31 March 2014

Open-Centre Star {tutorial}

1. Lay a square flat and turn diagonally.
2. Fold in half.
3. Fold the right side into the centre line.
4. Fold the left side into the centre line.
5. Fold the bottom point up to the centre line. Glue all folds with a glu-stick. Repeat  steps 1-5 until you have 8 points.
6. Assemble each point on top of the previous point, bottom side edge along the centre line, gluing as you go.

7. Tuck and glue the last point under the first.
8. Using a small dab of glu-stick on the underside of each point, stick you window star on a window.

I use kite paper, however any decorative paper would work well (you might need to use stronger glue though). Scrap booking paper would be great, especially if you intend to use your star on a wall instead of a window. I've also seen small stars used to decorate a wrapped gift! The possibilities are endless and since they are so quick to make, it's a good last minute activity.

The internet is full of tutorials for different shapes, colours and sizes. Your only limit is your imagination!

x Shara

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Feeling thankful for:

• a little baby who has learnt the art of sitting up!

• 3 boys chatting in their pyjamas. A glimpse of the friendship that is forming between them.

• an abundance of rain that has seen us kept indoors for most of the week.

• a large undercover area downstairs. Plenty of room for running and jumping and drying washing on said wet days.

• that my children love to play on these amusement rides even if Mama has no coins!

• days that are so full, some of us can't stay awake during dinner.

• a visit with a dear friend who needed some distraction from waiting for baby. (Pleased to say that a baby boy, Israel, arrived last night!)

I hope you've found some moments of gratitude this past week!

x Shara

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Feeling thankful for:

• the ability and tools to cut the boys hair. It saves us around $50 at the barber. Plus, we have a lot of fun experimenting with weird and wonderful styles before buzzing it all off.

• my Mum taking the big boys for the whole day on Saturday. To the beach for swimming, fish & chips and ice cream. They had a great day!

• a wonderful local library. We visit every Thursday afternoon as a family. It has a delightful children's area that keeps the boys occupied while Kaleb and I search out books.

• Caspian joining us at the dinner table.

• 3 little boys all in a row at the dinner table. 3 little boys who all love to eat!

• Sunday morning sleep ins! 

• watching Kung Fu Panda 2 with Roman and giggling non stop together, because that movie is so funny. 

I hope you've got many moments to be grateful for this week!

x Shara

Friday, 21 March 2014

8 Months

This little cherub turned 8 months today! He's not yet crawling, but he's certainly become mobile. Shuffling, rolling and pushing himself around the living room to get to what he wants. Usually a plate of snacks that one of his brothers has left behind!  Exciting times really, when they go from baby to crawler!

x Shara

Monday, 17 March 2014

Autumn Mandalas

{by Mama}

{by Leo}

{by Roman}

Yesterday's craft activity went a little off course, in a good way!

I love mandalas, all different types, and thought that using dried beans would be a good way to tie it in to Autumn. 

I kind of explained what a mandala was to Roman and showed him some examples on Pinterest. 

The thing with Roman is, is that he doesn't really get into arts and crafts when there is an end product set out for him. Bless him though, he tried to follow along, but it was easy to see he lost interest pretty quickly. In the end, he went his own way, drew a caravan, added glue, and then used the beans to so the outline. I'm glad he found his own way to enjoy the craft. I sort of think the caravan looks a bit like Australia, which led us into looking at maps to compare!

Of course Leo just did his own thing from the start, ending up with a fun, mixed media piece ;)

As for me, I'm not arty at all, which is why I often like to follow a formula - play by the rules, so to speak.

Anyway, regardless of the end products, it was really great to sit together for a couple of hours and just do art.

x Shara

Sunday, 16 March 2014

This week I'm thankful for:

• wonderful time spent with family and friends celebrating Roman's birthday.

• finishing a knitting project that has taken much of my time and brain space!

• a husband who handles middle of the night vomiting children much better than I do.

• a beautiful linen skirt my Mum found for me at the op shop for 50c.

• lovely, happy packages waiting at the post office for me.

• an awesome rainy week, filling our tanks, followed by a beautiful, sunshine filled weekend.

• listening to Roman read books, all on his own, with just the occasional help from me. It's opened up so much independence for him. Reading is awesome!

I hope you've found much to be thankful for this week!

x Shara

Friday, 14 March 2014

"Now We Are Six"

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I'm as clever as clever.
So I think I'll be six
now and forever.

 Author: A.A. Milne

What an amazing day! 

We woke very early, before 5am! Roman opened his presents and had a special breakfast ( a favourite cereal that is only for birthdays! ). Off he went to school, showing off his new watch!

After school he had 4 friends (and siblings, 12 children all together!) come over for afternoon tea, play and birthday cake. 

It rained all afternoon, so I resigned myself to having an indoor party with a lot of noise. Thankfully, after the food was eaten, the sun came out and so the children ended up in the mud, of course!

A simple party, with no fuss, worked perfectly.

Now all 3 boys are fast asleep! Which is great because we have another birthday party to attend tomorrow morning!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

x Shara