Summer Holidays

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

G goes back to school next week and we're in the winding down stage of the holiday having friends over, organising school supplies, planning school shoe shopping expeditions, etc but a couple of weeks ago when the holidays seemed endless and the weather was perfectly summery we made some very special memories. We took the kids on lot's of day trips visiting the park, the aquarium (J's absolute favourite) and spent a couple of days up north at Mr Duyvken's parent's place. We visited a water park while we were there and while it was pretty crappy and run down the kids had a ball. I want to get this photo enlarged and crop it to just show the delight on J's face and the water splashing around him.


I have put all the quilt projects aside for the moment and am catching up on some scrapbooking. Well, I call it scrapbooking but really I am just putting photos in albums and writing the odd piece of commentary. I haven't done it for over a year and I wasn't up to date then so I have a lot of catching up to do. I was in a good groove for a while printing out a few photos each month and getting them straight into the album and that is what I am hoping to get back to. I am hoping to be up to date by the end of Feb and then when the cooler autumn weather arrives in March I will turn my thoughts to fabric once again.

Craft hopes and inspiration for 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

1. This lovely fabric from retromummy makes me want to sew a soft babooskha shaped doll that is small enough for newborn-sized hands to grasp and unembellished so it can be sucked on and chewed and the babe gets bigger.
2. I loved the ripple crochet blankets I saw on a few blogs through 2007 (yarnstorm, posie, white country) and will need to dig deep into my memory banks to remember the crochet we were taught in Mrs Rosen's yr 5 class at Our Lady of the Rosary primary school. Actually, when I think about it, a disproportionate amount of my time at primary school seemed to be spent on crafts. Macrame, tooling leather, crochet, beading keyrings - we did it all. It definitely looms larger in my memory than any academics that we covered, although I am certain we did our fair share of that too. Perhaps they were secretly running a sweat shop?
3. I really do need to finish J's single bed quilt and now that I have a few successfully completed quilts behind me I feel well-equipped to do this. Besides, I really should finish it before I fall out of love with the fabric and before he grows out of his love of animals!
4. And of course, G's quilt which we bought fabrics for last year and which she keeps changing her mind about. I am leaning towards a flying geese quilt for this and might just get started on the sly. I am sure once she sees the quilt coming together she'll like it. She's been paralysed by the multitude of choices available and even though I keep reassuring her that this won't be the last quilt mummy makes for her she really wants it to be 'just right'.

Pointless Confetti Quilt

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Agatha's quilt is finished and already in the mail on it's way to the colder climes of Boston. Hopefully it will add a little extra warmth to her trips in the stroller and the car. I neglected to measure it before I sent it but it is basically the same size as the stroller quilts I made for my niece and nephew in June.
I am very happy with how it turned out. The pointless confetti blocks were initially a cutting error but I think perservering with it and using irregular strips for the sashing to create lines that are roughly straight give it enough visual structure to still look good. I kept the curved edges when I attached the border fabric but tried to make the finished quilt as square as I could. I had my usual anxieties about attaching the binding, which is probably why I posted it as soon as it was completed. I didn't want to be looking at it second guessing myself. I do think the binding is too wide for a quilt this size but I wasn't about to take it off, cut it back a cm and start again, LOL.

If you feel like over-eating

Monday, January 14, 2008

I can recommend this book I gave Mr Duyvken for Christmas.
The Essential Madhur Jaffrey
I bought it on the recommendation of my sister-in-law and her husband who have used it for the past couple of years and always produce delicious indian dinners. It took me a while to get hold of it because I hate pushing the stroller around big shopping centres and tend to frequent smaller places instead. That does mean that I know lot's of delightful local bookstores and their owners but it also means that the choice can be somewhat limited. I had hoped to get to the wonderful Cooks for Books store before Christmas but I realised on the 22nd that there wasn't much chance of that happening so I ended up sucking it up, heading to Westfield at Hornsby and found the book at Borders.
We've eaten a few things from it so far and it's fantastic. It puts my local indian restaurant to shame.

Naming Babies - third trimester

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I am in my third trimester already, I really can't believe that I am only a few months from holding this little one in my arms, and the naming conversations with Mr Duyvken are ongoing. I still have a strong preference for Willa if we have a girl but I am finding the boy's name harder to settle on. Probably because I have a strong feeling we will have a girl. Mr Duyvken has a strong feeling we are having a boy and the ultrasound technician was dealing with a very unco-operative subject when we had our 19wk scan so we are still in the dark. I will probably have another ultrasound later in the pregnancy to check that the placenta has moved a safe distance from the cervix (it was closer than they like it to be at the 19wk scan) and if I give in to temptation I might find out.

Until then our current favourites list looks like this:

Girls
Willa
Niamh
with the middle name Monique after Mr Duyvken's mother.

Boys
Hugh
Quinn
Willem
James
with the middle name Robert after Mr Duyvken's father.

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