Can you believe it?

Friday, August 30, 2013


Nope, me neither.

OT

Thursday, August 29, 2013

One of the benefits of living in a construction zone is that there are always materials available when you need a bit of this and a bit of that to get something done. Like this morning when I was able to fashion a footstool out of a breeze block that was lying around. It's amazing what you can do with some laminated fabric, some batting and a hot glue gun. 



Hopefully, this will help JW sit still in class. She's very wriggly and isn't getting her work finished so the teachers have been a little worried about it. We've had a reward chart going this term but those gold stars just aren't enough motivation so she's booked in for an evaluation with a children's occupational therapist. That's going to cost $385 plus $95 for a written report which makes me think that I took the wrong course of study at university. She's perfectly capable of sitting still at home so I suspect that the things her teachers are concerned about (I blame Google) aren't an issue and that it is just indicative of JW's self-assuredness. She rarely seeks out affirmation (which is a good thing) so finding ways to encourage her can be more difficult than with some of the other little duyvkens (e.g. J will do anything for a pat on the back) but when she makes up her mind about something she is very determined. Hopefully, seeing mum and dad called in for a meeting with her teachers will make her realise that now would be a good time to start sitting still :-) Thankfully, she is a bright little thing so she hasn't fallen behind in class.
There are lots of physio aids out there for wriggly kids but they all seem to cost a small fortune and until we've had the OT evaluation we won't really know what she needs. Making this little footstool as an interim measure seemed more sensible than spending $90 on one that she may not end up needing. I've got my fingers crossed that this helps her get into a more comfortable position on her chair and that her teachers see some improvement.

C's Scooter Quilt

Friday, August 23, 2013




She has been sleeping soundly underneath this quilt for a while now but I hadn't given it a blog post all of it's own so here are some photos to bring the quilting record up to date.
Made with lovely organic fabrics from monaluna and linen, backed with pale pink minkee and bound in my favourite stripes.
Fais de beaux reves ma belle.

On G's Desk

Thursday, August 22, 2013



Ingenious. I can't quite believe that she's nearly 13. Her birthday party is this Sunday afternoon and her official birthday is next week. Perhaps not surprising after seeing creations like this, she has asked for art supplies as her gift.

I should be nesting...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013





...but there are piles of stuff in the centre of every room so that we can paint the walls and it's a little distracting. I am 35 weeks pregnant and the countdown is definitely on. There is still quite a lot of work to do here at home. We were feeling pretty good last week when we realised that in 3 or 4 weeks time we should all be settled into our new bedrooms but when I realised that in 5 weeks time we'll have a new baby I started to panic. Poor Mr Duyvken had quite a weekend putting up with my frustration about all the mess and disorder, and my irritation at our constantly moving deadlines, all whilst still getting stuff done. (He's a marvel). I know that it will all work out in the end but it is hard to see that the road ahead is short when it is littered with obstacles that I am too bloody pregnant to climb over. Writing a list of all the things that still need to be done made me feel worse but ticking a couple of things off that list on Monday made me feel a little better. What I really need is the perspective that can only be granted by a good night's sleep. My mylanta and magnesium pre-bed mocktail just isn't cutting it. Please drop, little one, so that the mama you meet is not the current frazzled and exhausted one but the one who has had a few nights of unbroken sleep and is ready for a few months of mid-night and early-morning feed dates with you.
And apologies, dear reader, for the whine.

For Baby

Tuesday, August 20, 2013




Little One has some lovely things waiting for her when she arrives. Those gorgeous slippers at the top are from Nell at DesignedForDelilah and they are so tiny it is hard to believe a foot will fit in there. But it will and I can't wait to kiss it!
The little swaddler and hat were knitted by Mr Duyvken's mum. They are truly beautiful and if this little girl likes being swaddled as much as the other 5 this is sure to get a lot of use in those first couple of months.

Recent Favourites

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Yummy lunches.

Flowers from Mr Duyvken.

Sweetie being his lovely self.

My kitchen windowsill - mid-afternoon.

End of the day braids.
Sourdough.

Stitching

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Little One is getting a quilt. I am making simple half square triangle blocks using light and dark fabrics. I am not yet sure how I will lay it out but, since it is 2013 and the zeitgeist is strong, it will probably be a chevron pattern.

Baby Name of the Week - The Outliers

Friday, August 16, 2013



I think I've covered the names that have a pretty good chance of ending up on this little one's birth certificate but there are a few still on the list. There are some gorgeous names here and a few that have been on our name lists since the very beginning.
Pepper (this is what Mr Duyvken calls the baby at the moment, he also likes Piper)
Harriet (shortened to Hattie)
Beatrix
Kipling
Frances (you have no idea how excited my mum would be to have a granddaughter named this the same year Pope Francis is inaugurated).

Tanglewood's Seagull

Monday, August 12, 2013



This year Book Week is being celebrated a little early at the kid's school. They were invited to bring a costume today from one of the three Book Week books they have been reading and using in their learning this term; The Coat by Julie Hunt, Tanglewood by Margaret Wild and The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen.

C happily went off to school with a box covered in red wrapping paper and with cardboard handles, JW took one of my jackets with a big red flower on the lapel  and the certainty that she can fly, and J really wanted to be a seagull. His took a little more doing but I am very pleased with the result. 1 packet of white paper napkins, some fabric, orange paper, a cap and some time yesterday afternoon and we pulled this together.


Glue, Glitter and Gratitude

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Crazy Hat Day 2013 - raising funds for a Habitat for Humanity build in Cambodia that a teacher/parent team is doing later this year. The kids enjoyed making these last night, chatting about the building we've been doing compared to the building Habitat for Humanity does and wondering about the food Cambodians eat all while getting glitter everywhere. C is more of a crazy hat crafter than a crazy hat wearer so, although she is modelling her fishbowl hat here in the photos and she did take it to school she actually wore a Minnie Mouse baseball cap. Compared to the regular school hat I guess that is a little crazy.

Baby Name of the Week - Lila

Wednesday, August 07, 2013



This week's name is Lila. Derived from arabic and persian words meaning dark-haired. The Layla/Leila/Lyla variations came to be used in the english speaking world after being used in Lord Byron's poem The Giaour. We would pronounce it with a long -i sound, as in:
'If I had to dispose of a body I would use lye.'
Meaning: dark-haired
Shortens to: ?

Weary

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I have found proof that this year is defeating me. This is a calendar I bought for myself just before Christmas and a pad of weekly planner sheets. Both were ridiculously over-priced but, in a moment of weakness, I succumbed to the beautiful merchandising in the Kikki-k shop. They are both still in their plastic wrapping. What was I thinking?
 

Nor have I finished any of the small quilt projects I hoping to enjoy this year. You win, 2013. Is it really August already?
I am trying not to think about that and focus instead on some of my favourite small things that I have been sorting and washing in preparation for the new baby, planning some small celebrations for the duyvkens who have birthdays coming up,


and looking forward to celebrating my sister-in-law's wedding in October when I will have a new baby in my arms, the renovations should be finished and I might be able to find some time to sew. 

Renos

Sunday, August 04, 2013







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