Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The biggest challenge with the arrangement is simply storage. We don't have enough space in the wardrobe for their clothes and shoes so we've had to get a little creative. Grace's clothes are stored in a freestanding wire drawer unit in the wardrobe and each child has a plastic tub for their shoes that slides under the bed. We also go through the clothes a couple of times a year and pack away or donate the clothes that no longer fit them so that the drawers are only used for things they can wear now.
Most of the toys live elsewhere in the house so the bedroom is really just a room for sleeping. It means that when one child is napping the other children aren't tempted to wander in and disturb them. The kids don't wake one another if one cries out during the night although they do all tend to get up together at around 7 - 7:30 in the morning.
The house we bought and are moving to in Nov has 3 bedrooms and we plan on having 2 children in each room until we get around to doing a renovation where we will move the kitchen, create a 4th bedroom and build a garage.
My skills as a photographer leave a lot to be desired but I've included some pics of the kid's room. We are renting so the house is 'rental cream' like all the other places we've leased but I'd love to paint the skirtings and doors white and put some colour on the walls. I can't wait to do some decorating when we move into our own place! Here's the spot for changing nappies on the end of J's bed as there isn't space in the room for a change table.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
We have found a new place to live and will be moving in sometime in mid-Nov which isn't that far away when you think about it. I am not looking forward to packing everything up and moving again but knowing that we'll be able to stay in our new digs for a long time is making a difference. In the 8yrs we've been married we've moved 8 times and frankly, we're over it.
On the upside I am 12wks pregnant and the morning sickness has lifted! This is an odd sensation for me because I haven't had it lift so early before but I am enjoying it and the extra energy that it's affording me.
I still haven't made any quilting progress as my sewing machine has been packed away until this house is auctioned later this month. Then, things can fall back into their regular rhythm and the sewing can recommence. Luckily the cold weather hasn't hit Boston so little Agatha wouldn't be using her quilt yet even if I had finished it.
I've been getting back up to date with some of my favourite blogs in the past few days and thought I would share a few links.
Yarnstorm has delightful pics of her baking and sewing projects as always.
Two Straight Lines whose posts I always enjoy.
The Happiness Project which always has something thought provoking for me to read.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Forgive the photo - throwing things on the floor is not the best way to photograph them!
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I'm getting to grips with our new camera so there will be a few photo posts over the coming week. Hopefully, there will be marked improvement in the quality of the photos. I guess that depends on how well I read the manual, right?
Monday, July 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
J's quilt is coming along nicely, hopefully that will be at the hand quilting stage soon and I can get started on piecing these lovely tulip blocks.
The adventure race on the weekend was fantastic! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and I am already looking forward to doing it all over again. The weather was against us, as was my very limited mountain biking experience so we finished cold, wet, muddy and at the very back of the pack. Hopefully, next time it will be sunny and warm.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The house has a number 8 embroidered above the door. We're not living there anymore which will give you an idea of how long this project has taken!
We've had some beautiful crisp, sunny weather this week. G and I are doing our first adventure race tomorrow. Kayaking, moutain biking and trail running through some of the beautiful Royal National Park just south of Sydney. I'm very excited about it but also a little nervous.... fingers crossed it all goes well!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
I only own 1 quilt book and 1 quilting magazine so I don't have much to go on but I'm sure I've already done enough web searches to crash Google!
I'd love to hear some ideas if you've got any. This will only be my 5th quilt and there are so many things I want to try it will be hard to limit myself to 1 or 2 things! I could always do another sampler...
The stroller quilts are bound and ready for the baby's midwinter arrivals. I am so excited about meeting these little bundles. Newborns are just breathtaking!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Really, I didn't know what to say... The first fabric she selected is the pink, cream, brown and yellow stripe at the bottom of the picture and the other fabrics she selected to go with it. She was all about flowers yesterday, as you can see. So, now we just need to settle on a design and then I can get started. That sounds easier than it actually is, I have no idea what I am going to make apart from knowing that there will be a throw size quilt and a dolls size quilt. The first stroller quilt is almost bound and the second is ready for binding so they should be done shortly. A few more nights on the couch with a good light and I'll be ready to move on to my new projects!
Monday, April 23, 2007
I speak french but the website's ordering process is quite intuitive and was very easy to use, I think even a non-french speaker would be able to figure their way through it.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
A friend shared her rocky road recipe with me on the weekend and it was so fiendishly simple I had to try it out. You only need 3 minutes - seriously.
Start with this -
And you end up with this -
Melt the chocolate in a ceramic bowl in the microwave at 600 watts for 1 minute, stir with a metal spoon and return to the microwave for another minute at 600 watts. Take 125g of marshmallows, cut them in half (I used kitchen scissors), stir through the melted chocolate and pour into a slice tin lined with baking paper. Put it in the fridge to set and then cut into squares. The original recipe calls for jubes (my friend used Gummi snakes) but I prefer the chocolate, marshmallow and nut combination myself.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
I am all unpicked and about one quarter of the way through the (re)quilting. Hopefully I will have some photos to share over the weekend. I briefly considered the idea of continuing with the fans but tossed it aside pretty quickly. Starting again with the squares isn't going to cost me much time and it should mean that I am much happier with the end result.It's hard to see the bigger picture when I am engrossed in something, not just in craft projects but also in life, and I am trying to make a habit of pulling back regularly, reflecting on where I am at and making sure that I am on the right track.
Monday, March 26, 2007
When my darling dad died in 2004 a few days before J's birth we were heartbroken. The cards and notes we received meant more than I had anticipated. The cards where people had taken the time to include memories of him were especially comforting to read. Somehow, knowing that his loss was being felt by others made a difference. It didn't lessen our grief but it did make us smile and give us a chance to learn about the impact this very modest and wonderful man had during his life.
I reflected on the time we had spent with her, the delight she took in playing with G, the funny stories she shared with us about when Mr Duyvken's mum was a child and how warm and welcoming she was despite being so sick even then.
Much to my surprise, there are plenty of online sources for sympathy card etiquette. I shouldn't be surprised of course, there seem to be websites devoted to all manner of esoteric things but who knew there would be a website called http://www.how-to-write-a-sympathy-card.com/ ? They all seem to offer good advice, except perhaps for the comment on the http://www.ehow.com/how_3843_write-sympathy-card.html site saying:
Losing a pet - Remember that pets are just as important as people. A sympathy card would provide a little comfort at a time of loss.
WHAT?! Methinks somebody needs a reality check.... but I digress.
My tips for writing a sympathy card are simple - share some memories of the person who has died and write from the heart. You may never know how much your words will mean...
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
I particularly love the warmer colours and am looking forward to stitching this together. I think I'll just leave them as they are and not do the 4-patch blocks for this project. I should have enough fabric for backing and binding in my stash so the only think I will need to buy is thread - how good is that?!
I bought these fabrics as a bundle from Keepsake Quilting and I wasn't sure what to do with it once it arrived in the mail. In retrospect I think the squares were just too big for me to imagine the possbilities, as soon as I cut them into smaller pieces and started playing with them I could see it starting to work. Quilter's eyes, like sea legs must take some time to develop.