Teeth and tracks

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Yesterday was a big day, Charlee had to head into hospital to have some baby teeth removed under a general anesthetic. She was very anxious and stressed about it all but the nurses were really good and she went through with everything very bravely. All up she had nine teeth taken out. So she is quite sore and miserable today.

While we were busy, the boys were equally as busy. Trent took the day off work to take the other kids to school and look after Noah. They spent most of the day mucking about in the excavator. We have been planing on cutting some pathways through the yard for a while. Our property is on a pretty steep hill and it’s hard to walk around, so Trent has cut through a few flat pathways.

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It doesn’t look like much at the moment but once the dirt compacts and settles a bit we will add gravel then plants to the edges. The idea it to create a more landscaped look rather than just open space between trees. So lots of little garden beds and pathways.

He also dug up an area for the vege patch and leveled out an area where we hope to put a studio in the future.

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Like I said, it doesn’t look very pretty at the moment but it will eventually.

Crafty stuff

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While my finger was recovering the other week, it was too sore to carry on with my knitting/crochet projects so I decided to start a little cross stitch instead. All the materials were picked up at an op shop. They came in a kit with a very tacky teddy bear design, so I designed my own little welcome sign instead. I love the old fashioned look of it compared to the modern reference to wifi. What more do you need in life to be happy?

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My starburst granny blanket is coming along slowly. I must admit that I haven’t touched it in about three months, however I did take it along to craft group with me on Friday and finished off another row. I only have two more yellow rows to go and then I may add a boarder. It seems a shame to quit now so I’m determined to get started on it again.

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This gorgeous bundle of hand spun yarn arrived in my post box yesterday, it is my first ART4ART swap item (if you have no idea what I’m talking about you had better head over to my other blog and go find out). I have decided to knit myself a pair of fingerless gloves with it, I’m just deciding on which pattern to use.

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I made another dress for myself using the same pattern as the last. This time I managed to get Koby to take a photo of me in it.

That’s about all for today, at the moment I’m enjoying a coffee and a bit of peace while the boy plays outside. It doesn’t matter how cold it is, he still wants to be out there all day.
At the moment he is messing about in the woodshed trying to stack bark.

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Quick pillow-cushions

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I picked up these three vintage linen tea towels a while ago at an op shop. I was always planing on turning them into cushions for the couch but I could never bring myself to cut them in half (to turn them into square throw cushions). Then the other day I had an epiphany. I don’t have to cut them! It turns out they were all the perfect size to turn into pillow cases instead.

You can have pillows on the couch instead of cushions right? Why not

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All I did to make them was cut one coordinating fabric to the same size as the tea towel, plus I added in a little flap to tuck the pillow into, sewed up the edges and I was done. I think it took about 5 min to make each cover.

Besides being good cushions, with so many little bodies over on the weekends we are always in need of pillows and blankets, so now we have three more pretty pillows for the girls to fight over.

Sewing for me

I’ve been inspired to do a bit of Spring sewing for myself lately. After much rummaging through my own patterns and also online I came across this pretty 50′s day dress pattern in this ETSY store, which has a huge range of other patterns available. Now the method used for this pattern is not for the faint hearted. If you have little to no sewing experience then I don’t recommend them. They come with no “sew a to b” type instructions at all, just the basic pattern and instructions on how to scale the pattern pieces to your size based on your measurements.

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After much fluffing I managed to get the pattern pieces scaled. I made a mock up of the bodice out of scrap fabric to make sure it would fit and discovered that I had to alter the pattern quite a bit.

I am a typical “Apple shape” body type, I’m very round in the middle (hardly any defined waist) but I have narrow shoulders, skinny arms and legs. I also have a short torso, so I had to mess around with darts and shortening the length of the bodice.

Once that was sorted the sewing part was easy. I chucked a bit of a tantie last night when I tried it on half way through and felt like a potato wearing a tent. But I woke up fresh this morning and plowed along to finish it up regardless.

Once I tried on the finished dress I was happier than I was last night. I still wish I looked like the pretty girl on the cover, but it does fit and once I find a nice belt to cinch in the waist a bit more it will have a more fifties look.

I couldn’t get a decent photo of it on me on my own so here it is up on the wall for now.

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The fabric is a vintage cotton sheet, it is quite heavy weight so it isn’t really “floaty” when I’m wearing it. I am planing on making another in a lighter weight cotton though which will have more swish to it.

Now I just need some sunny spring weather and somewhere important to go so I can wear it.

Sometimes blogging is hard

Especially when every day seems quite uneventful, repetitive, ordinary or you have already shared photos on Facebook or Instagram. I forget about this poor sad little blog and often wonder whether anyone (besides my mum) even reads it LOL

But I can’t bring myself to get rid of it just yet, so it will remain here quietly waiting for me to post occasionally.

I slammed my finger in the car door last week and smashed the nail. The finger itself was only mildly fractured thank goodness but it has rendered me pretty useless over the past week.

Besides that we have been having some pretty cold weather still that has dusted the surrounding hills in snow. We headed up to get some more wood last weekend and ran into a heap of snow instead. It made the job more fun but not much wood was collected.

Charlee is booked in to have eight baby teeth removed under a general anesthetic in two weeks time. Not fun. And not cheap.

My gallery show also opens at the end of next week, everything is complete and ready to hang. Thankfully it was all done before I decided to smash my finger in a door…

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