Tuesday, September 30
Monday, September 29
Sunday, September 28
Saturday, September 27
Friday, September 26
We had a couple of days away from home- some may call this a holiday, but anyone with kids knows that it is far from that. Kirsty and I went to Rye with our respective kids sans husbands during the school holidays. Eloise and Alexander played well, but got on each others nerves by the third day, as it was pretty intense. The twins too were intense. They are not keen of the old portacot - they never have been, but it is always worse when you are worrying about disturbing other peoples sleep. They quickly learnt how to climb out and spent most of the night in bed with me "sleeping"! Our respite was walking to and along the beach and sandcastles. You can always keep kids interested in building one with the promise of jumping on it!
So, after this break, I was certifiably exhausted. I don't know how single mothers do it - a big shout out to any because it is hard work. I was happy to be home - to know what the kids may break or hide, and not to have to worry about their cries - and to know that their dad was their waiting, and happy to help. Our homecoming was celebrated by a great firework show - no really, it was. We ventured outside to investigate the bangs only to be greeted with the sky lighting up in a really professional show. We don't know what it was for, but we appreciated it nonetheless.
Thursday, September 25
Wednesday, September 24
We went to the zoo today. It is a funny place. The kids seem to enjoy it and we focussed a lot on the patterns that we could see- the zebra stripes, the tiger stripes, the spots on the giraffe - even the rings in the wooden logs around the place. The last place we stopped was the gorillas.
They were sitting in their area - which is all set up to look and 'feel' natural. The zoo is currently undergoing upgrades to increase the natural-ness of the animals habitat and the elephant and orangatang exhibits are great, but back to the gorillas.
We first stopped at the top and could just see one but they were fairly far away, so we wandered around a little further to a lower section that was glass, on their ground level. There was a gorilla there - looking very pensive. There were two other people in this area so it was quiet and we were simply observing. He was looking at us and we were looking at him, and we were all still. Then he started to move - pose in fact, reclining on one elbow, which got a great reaction from us, looking, pointing, taking photos. This spurred him on more, with him sticking his tongue out- the crowd started to grow as did the noise of appreciation. Then another gorilla came racing down and banging on the windows - to gain our attention or surprise us, not sure but both were true. Then this gorilla proceeded to steal the show. This is my issue. On one hand it is great to have a place where you can go and learn, see the animals etc etc, but on the other hand, there is no chance to see them as they would be in the wild- basically because it is not the wild and those animals couldn't go to the wild. Alexander and I talked about it on the way to the beach - imagine if your loungeroom windows were a viewing deck for other people, or even gorillas. Would you act differently for them?
Tuesday, September 23
Sunday, September 21
Step 1 - Draw the image you wish paint onto some contact. Draw it on the front side so you don't need to flip your image.
Step 2- With a craft knife, cut along the areas where you will need to paint- ensure you save all of the pieces.
Step 3- The piece of stencil which is you border, remove the backing and stick it down in position.
I had decided to paint the yellow first, so I put in also stuck the R down as this was going to be red.
Step 4- Paint first colour and set aside to dry.
Step 5- Once dry, stick the remaining pieces over the areas that you have painted. In this case, I stuck down the star pieces over the yellow.
Step 6- Remove stencil for second colour. As you can see, I have now removed the R and covered all the yellow.
Step 7 - Paint second colour and set aside to dry.
When I am using the contact film, I leave it on until the stencil dries. Once it is all dry all the contact can be removed. For the image above, I drew the outline with a permanent texta. I don't know the brand of the fabric paint I use because its not on the labels - however I got it from a school supply catalog, however any fabric paint and sponge roller will do the job.
Hope this helps you - Nic
Saturday, September 20
Friday, September 19
Oh - Claire did leave today, and she was very touched with the gift. (the other parents were a bit miffed as they didn't know it was her last day - finally our little boy is giving us information from kinder!!)
Thursday, September 18
At home, (after a quick call to the kinder teacher to confirm the information) I decided on a kinder recovery pack with a simple rectangular heat pack for relieving her stress, and some hand and foot lotions that were in the present cupboard. Alexander helped sew and stuff the heat pack and he drew the 'thanks' card himself. I used calico for the inner pocket of the heat pack and sewed six even pockets to it which were filled with linseed and lavender oil. This means it is not to thick or heavy but still does a good job. Then I made a pretty outer cover which is sewn over it without the sections showing. It all came up pretty well really.
Wednesday, September 17
Sometimes boys will be boys - and mine are obsessed with building and food and if you can combine the two you have their undivided attention. So, I have been stockpiling toilet roles for a while now, and as a result of a movie night last night (Mamma Mia) there were some left over maltesers - however not very many!
So we built this marble run, and with the lack of marbles in our house used the maltesers which was much more fun. We looked at angles to increase the speed and you only got to eat them if they came all the way through - so there were no gaps either.
I haven't spoken much about the runnings of the house for a while during this creative time, but tonight Alexander was so sweet and caring I have to share it. We were having dinner - sans the big squirrel tonight and we were talking about where he was. He is supporting his sister, who is currently prostesting against the local council who want to push through a motion for a multilane freeway to be built through her home in the country. We discussed protesting, and your right to have a say, but the people that make the decisions may not always agree with you. I was amazed at how much he was understanding. He then went on to say that he didn't want a freeway to go though the farm - it would be too noisy down there. A true fact. We talked that they may have to move, and the sweetest little look came over his face as he suggested he could continue to sleep in the boys room, and his Aunt could have his room, and his uncle (who often stays over for work) could continue to sleep in the lounge. How thoughtful to give up his room, but what a giggle that they have to sleep in separate places!
Tuesday, September 16
We weren't so visibly creative today but we were upskilling for future projects. We were working in the vegie patch to get it ready for some summer planting. The other job Alexander and I did was banging down all the raised nails in the deck. This deck will need some attention prior to the heat of summer, but he was really good with the hammer - what a surprise.
The boys enjoyed playing outside and continue to develop. Oh - and yes, their pants are the same as the ones I made Alexander some time back. Sorry Robyn, I have so much of this fabric that I could possible make every reader of this a pair and then some. We could look like the von trapp family. Funnily enough - I dont have any - my thighs are not made for cords let alone striped fabric - oh the horror!
Speaking of horror I had to include this picture. Our dog, Imelda - yes she is trying to pick a lemon. Why - because not only does she chase them but she also eats them. I am sure they are not great for her diet but I cant get her to stop! You can also see that she has eaten through the fairy lights. Obviously these will have to come down - at least they are no longer a risk to her hanging herself!
Monday, September 15
Sunday, September 14
Throughout this month we have been talking about colours and seeing art in the everyday. This week in our vegie box delivery was a red cabbage. As we were having a BBQ, it became an artistic coleslaw. Alexander helped cut and grate the ingredients, and loved the patterns from the cabbage. I think this picture may become the basis of something? I loved the ways the colours jarred against each other - which I got to see up close when I was picking out each one of the bottle of peppercorns that spilt into our finished salad!