Sunday, 31 August 2008

A finished LEGO playmat

Little L has this thing he does... likes to spread as much LEGO as possible throughout the entire house. I find it in the bath, in his room, in MY bed, all over the lounge room floor and everywhere else in between. From the first day he was given some LEGO (from my friends Jodie and Ella) which came free with a box of Sniggles cookies, he has enjoyed building, taking apart and building again. He tends to misplace bits here and there but comes up with something completely different if he can't find all the pieces he needs.
So I had this idea to make a play mat that had a draw string and could collect the LEGO pieces at the end of each day, and be put away neat and tidy. I looked on the web for a pattern of some kind but kept coming up with really ugly, badly made, versions of what I wanted. Yes, I had criteria that needed to be met. Firstly, it must be circular and double sided/reversible, secondly a draw string, thirdly it had to be strong and easy for a 3-4 year old to use. So I went ahead and made it up as I went.
I also added brass grommets/eyelets to make it extra strong, and it pulls in from two sides which makes it easier for him. I think it turned out pretty darn good. Luca was certainly pleased, and with the thoughts of a 4th birthday looming, he proceeded to let me know that "even more LEGO would probably fit in here Mummy". Hmmm.... we'll see.
Pulling the draw strings is easy (above), into a nice handy sack (below).

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Studio Time

Some serious tidying of my studio needs to be done this weekend. Little L is going to the Zoo tomorrow with his Aunty and Uncle, so that will be a huge help in tackling the enormous amounts of paperwork that haven't been filed since Remi was born. I want my studio to be organised. So many bloggers show their studios and they are just lovely. Beautiful colours, handy storage, and everything has it's own place. I think it helps if you have a whole room, not just a corner, although, mine is quite a large corner. I would probably be more inclined to take a visit down there if I could just walk in and get started, but I have to move too many things to start working. So that is my aim this weekend, oh, and to get some gardening done!

Friday, 29 August 2008

Seeds, Pods, Driftwood and Shells

I was looking around the house for some things to draw when I came across these really interesting seeds, pods,driftwood and shells. They have been in my bathroom, just sitting there in a bowl collecting dust since we moved 8 months ago. I keep looking at them and thinking how interesting they are, the shapes, colours, tones... all beautiful. I used to draw these types of things quite a lot, but haven't much lately. Hopefully today I will get some sketching done of them (after I do my housework of course). It's the weekend tomorrow- yay!

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Getting the vibe back!

I have been inspired to create, finding time to actually get out my materials has been a bit of a challenge though. I even visited the Art Supply shop today (baby was sleeping in the pouch), to get some lino printing things. I saw a little piece on Martha a few months ago about printing t-shirts for kids and have wanted to do my own since then. I have quite a few ideas, so lets see how we go.

Having boys, I am always looking for more creative ways to dress them in funky clothes that no one else has. I am not into sewing clothes for them, so my next idea was to print onto plain T's. Printmaking was my Majour at Uni, so I do have some idea what I am doing. It as been a while since I have used the good old lino block though. Back then, these rubber alternatives weren't even available, imagine what I could have been creating - so much easier to carve than the old brown crusty lino. I still have most of my old lino carvings somewhere, as well as etching and lithography plates from Uni that will never be used again, but I just can't get rid of them. Time to get on with it. I may have something to show next week if I can get the little one to have a long sleep today. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 27 August 2008


A big Congratulations to Anthea, John, Amy and Chrissy on the new additions to your family. Little Nick and Jack arrived safe and well this afternoon. Mighty effort Anthea! Best Wishes to you all. XOXOXOXOXO

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Winneremy Bay

We had a little outing today because the sun was shining and it was a really lovely Winter's day. We set off for Winneremy Bay and went for a bushwalk around to Bayview. Here are a few things we saw along the way.

There is this really long stretch of sandbank that goes quite far out, it's where tons of people walk their dogs, and the dogs have a swim. Luca had fun feeling like he was at the edge of the world. It turned pretty cold pretty fast. Bbbrrr!!!!!

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Stormy Weather

Oooh... look at the crazy weather today, I think we will stay inside.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Our Garden

My garden is starting to bloom, Spring must be on it's way. The weather is warming up during the daytime, but the nights are still C O L D!

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Lotus Quilt done

My sister finally quilted my Lotus Quilt that I made last year. She bought it to me they day they came and saw me in hospital when little Remi was born in May - oops, I forgot to write about it back then. The quilting she did on it was green in a continuous dahlia pattern, it is just beautiful! I just love the cheerful colours in it. Bring on Spring I say!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Playing with the kids.

So much fun! I love being a "stay at home Mum", I wouldn't change it for the world. I love my boys, and watching them grow and learn is wonderful. I love the mispronounced words and funny little sayings of a 4 year old who thinks he is 15. It is purely exhausting some of the time, but most of the time it really is just lovely. We spend time at the park, kicking the ball around in the yard, painting and drawing, playing LEGO, and pretty much having fun.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is next Friday (22nd August). I thought it was last Friday. I guess they are selling them early. They made me smile, so I got a couple of bunches. They make my house look happy too.

We had a few friends over today as well. Cake and a cup of tea (or Milo for me). Sun was shining, kids were happy, the conversation was stimulating. Oy... what is that little hand doing in the pic below - sneaky Brody!

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Beach Quilt

I am working on this quilt for Luca's bed. He has been using my Vintage Quilt which he just loves, but it is getting too worn out. The colours are fading , which actually makes it look better. When we went to Fiji last year I bought some fabrics to get started. I also had some left over fabric from a previous trip to Hawaii which I added, and some from a quilt fair I went to last year as well. They are 10 inches squares, and some smaller ones are joined together to make 10 inch squares. I think I will get some navy and white hibiscus for the backing and binding, and do straight line quilting on my machine instead of getting my sister to do it.

So, back to the sewing, I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Missing NY Friends

Not a day goes by when I am not reminded of our New York life and friends. Time flies ever so quickly, but we will always be forever friends across the miles. Missing you all.

Birthdays and Babies

Yesterday we went up to my parents home for Oscar and Dad's birthday BBQ. I got to see baby Eva and my dear friend Jodie. We had a little gift for them, as well as Dad and Oz. I like wrapping presents, especially girl ones, they are rare in our family.

Sunday, 3 August 2008


Nine today,
and we came to say Happy Birthday to you.
We hope you liked the LEGO.
Best Wishes and Lots of Love.

Friday, 1 August 2008