Well, I missed the birthday

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mil's birthday was Good Friday and I didn't have the table runner finished, unfortunately. I am halfway through the hand quilting so now I am just hoping to have it finished before the baby arrives. However, having typed that I have to say that I would love it if the baby came early so if the project ends up under the bed for a while that will be no problem with me!


We had a wonderful Easter and the kids had a ball. Mr Duyvken and I both have family in Sydney so Easter and Christmas are always chaotic and more than a little exhausting. The day ended at my mum's place and she had prepared this beautiful platter of cupcakes but none of us could fit any in. Normally, I wouldn't be able to say no but we'd eaten so much by that stage (including mum's pavlova made with caramelised balsamic vinegar - delish) we all needed a nap. In fact, I feel like we need another long weekend just to recover. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Baby Names - 36 1/2 weeks

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Name negotiations are still continuing around here, I don't feel like we're close to having a decision made for either the girls or the boys name but I am having so many braxton-hicks contractions I think we might need to get our skates on! Our current top contenders are:

Girls
I like Willa, Mr Duyvken likes Juliet.

Boys
Max, Willem, Miles, Nate, Quinn.

Numbers? Me?

Monday, March 17, 2008

1 2 3 4

I just noticed that my blogger profile lists my work industry as 'accounting'. Interesting. I'm guessing that's the first industry on the list of options and as my current employment state is usually infuriatingly described as 'home duties' I probably didn't even bother scrolling through the list to see if there was anything that would adequately describe the random and infrequent things I've done to earn a little money during the 8 years I have been at home full-time with the kids.

I think I'll leave it though - accounting, despite it's bland and boring connotations is significantly sexier than home duties and probably carries a lot more street cred. Just don't ask me to complete your BAS :-)

A new bedside lamp

Monday, March 10, 2008


We've been having a lot of fun thinking about all the possibilities and opportunities afforded us now that we have our own house. We are no longer restricted by the rules of rental accomodation and can make our own choices regarding window coverings, where to hang picture hooks and painting walls. In our eight and a half years of renting we've enjoyed the full spectrum of 'neutral' from pinkish cream, apricot cream, straight cream (declared by Bristol to be Easter Lily) and the house that we've bought was painted a colour called China White before they listed it on the market. We may find that we go overboard and have to tone it down in a few years time but right now we're just in 'thrill' mode! This is the colour that I want to paint in G's room (it's a picture from potterybarnkids.com). She also needs a new bedside lamp so we're going to a lighting outlet store after school this afternoon to pick one out for her.


The bluish-grey on the walls in this room (also from potterybarnkids.com) would be lovely in J, C and the new baby's room. I don't have much of an idea about what to do in our room - I guess I need to spend more time browsing that Pottery Barn website, right?

Farewell summer

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


I'll miss you!

In progress...

My mother-in-law's table runner is coming along well. I have finished the piecing and am going to stop by the quilt store on the way home from school pick-up this afternoon to get some batting and a backing fabric. I didn't use the green in the photo above but chose a floral instead. They're colours that are in the new house the in-laws have built for themselves and hopefully they'll enjoy to use it.
I used vliesofix for the applique letters and it wasn't as easy to use and I was expecting. The paper kept peeling off before I had a chance to complete the cutting and it's already peeling off what is left of the roll that I bought. On the up-side it adhered to the fabric beautifully, it has been very easy to stitch through and it only cost me a couple of dollars. I will use it again, there's probably just some trick to it that I haven't figured out yet.
A note came home from G's school last week about the dinner dance fundraiser that will be held in a few months time. The main fundraising activity on the night will be a silent auction and they are soliciting donations. I am hoping to complete two stroller quilts before the baby arrives (one girly, one boyish) so I will donate the one that I don't end up needing. Of course, I have no idea whether or not I will be able to get this done in time. The baby will be here in 6wks and there's a lot happening between now and then so I will wait and see if I complete those projects before I put my hand up to volunteer!

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