Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Yarn Along...



So, so excited and happy with how my Granny Hottie turned out!

It was just the pop of colour my week needed..

It has been gifted now and my friend was over the moon with it, and im so glad I kept the progress off social media, because she loved that it was a surprise!

You can find a tutorial over at Foxslane. 

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In other yarny news. I've made good progress on the High Waisted Baby Overalls (Pattern on Ravelry by Abby Belnap). 

Tonight I've just begun the ribbing at the chest, so I really hope they'll be finished and ready for their Ta-Dah moment next week! 

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Reading list looks much the same as last week:

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Reading aloud to Roman)

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The Far Traveller by Nancy Marie Brown

add in:

Heaven on Earth by Sharifa Oppenheimer

- Slow progress on the reading this week though as Caspian has been sick with cold/flu symptoms for the first time ever and has just wanted to be in Mama's arms.

x Shara

Joining in with Ginny

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Friday, 12 September 2014

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A few weeks ago, I said I was excited to cut into some black linen to make a waistcoat for Roman.

Well, as is always the way with sewing for me at the moment, it became a process. Tracing and cutting the pattern pieces, then cutting the fabric on another day. Then waiting for Kaleb to have some time off work last week, so I would have the oppurtunity to see it together mostly uninterrupted. 

I made a few mistakes along the way, and I surely won't be taking close up photos of things like shoulder seams, which are quite haphazard. 

But overall, I really love how it turned out and I'm glad I went for a size 7. It looks like it will have enough room for growth and will last him some time.

I used silver snaps instead of buttons, but I've promised myself that I'll practise buttonholes soon.

Roman really likes it and wore it many days straight until I really had to insist that it went into the wash!

The pattern is Burda 9990, in case you're wondering.

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I ordered some time ago and only just received a Citronille pattern, Balthazar.

A gorgeous tunic top for boys or girls. I'm hoping I'll be able to make the boys one each in a light cotton for Summer.

x Shara


Thursday, 11 September 2014













Early Spring has brought some warmer days with it, and we've been enjoying them by spending our afternoons in the garden.

Leo tends the Basil seedlings and marigold garden, while I do some weeding. Then we check the Mulberry tree for ripening progress. And while they are a little way off, Leo insisted on eating one anyway.

There were no Magnolia blooms today, but a few buds.

Then we ventured across the road to see if we could spot any Water Hens on the pond. There were 2, and Leo declared that they were, in fact, "SeaGirls" not Water Hens! 

On the way back home, the setting sun was shining in our driveway in just the way that makes me sigh with gratitude for the beauty of the natural world.

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On the subject of adorable mispronunciation: 

Leo calls Pimples - Nipples
Roman calls Bok Choy - Bonk Choy

I don't have the heart to correct them, it always brings a smile to my face.

x Shara









Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Yarn Along









A few random yarny bits & other things:

• a Kotori Jacket - design by Shara Lambeth (not me! But another wonderful Shara, who designs awesome knit and crochet pieces! Find her on Ravelry)

• a Mio Hat - another of Shara's designs.

• Marigold garden - planted and tended to completely by Roman and Leo. This was a few weeks back and they are really flourishing now.

• Spring Painting by Roman

• our Spring table in the lounge room.

• two Pixie hats I completed recently to sell, both went to new homes within moments of being on Facebook! 


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Roman and I finished the BFG by Roald Dahl (finally!) and have started on Willy Wonka & The Chocolate factory. Did you know that it is Roald Dahls birthday on September 13? We're going to watch Willy Wonka and make a Chocolate Cake to celebrate! 

I've started reading The Far Traveller by Nancy Marie Brown, but I haven't got very far yet. I've been watching Lark Rise to Candleford in the evenings while knitting, then going straight to bed.

x Shara

Joing in the Yarn Along

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Friday, 5 September 2014











Last weekend, we spent an amazing day at our new friends property. They live about 10 minutes from us, down in the Obi Obi Valley. It seemed like paradise to me and reminded me a lot of my own childhood.

They're a homeschooling family as well and have 3 boys and a lovely little girl the same age as Caspian. I've never seen 1yr olds interact like these two. Sharing an apple back and forth, cuddling and sometimes leaning in for kisses! It really cracks us parents up!

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Since we were there to celebrate with their oldest son on his birthday, I thought I'd share the gift I made for him. 

I was certainly a bit worried about wether an 8yr old boy would dig a crochet beanie, even if it was a Minecraft Creeper! It was all unfounded though and I'm pleased to report it was his *favourite* gift of the day! Roman was happy to model the hat for me - he is beginning to take an interest in Minecraft as well.



x Shara










Saturday, 30 August 2014






~ Pink Ash




~ Grevillea Flowers






~ Brisbane Wattle


We spent a wonderful morning at the Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens last week. It had been my Mums birthday the week previous, but busy times kept us from seeing her then.  

We shared a delicious morning tea at one of the many gazebos around the gardens and wandered around for about 2 hours. 

The boys spotted lots of birds and at one point we could hear a frog croaking. They sat so still for a good while, attempting to determine where the frog might be hiding.  

We missed a couple of sections as Caspian was ready for a nap, so we're looking forward to going back soon.

x Shara