Monday, June 9, 2014

Gift Idea: Story Stones and Custom Storybook

It's birthday season here at the moment. Not only are the four of our birthdays in the next two months and baby brother due in August. We also have a huge portion of our friends/family with birthdays at this time of year!
So it's been sewing, crafting and creating fever around these parts!

A special friend received an outdoor adventure kit with a hand sewn camouflage bag to store all of his explorer tools.
We created a sewing kit for my niece to create her own picture to sew onto hessian like Miss Daisy has been doing.
I have butterfly wings in progress.
Place mats and hand towels on the go.
And a few others I shouldn't mention as they're heading to new homes soon!

But I decided on something different for my nephew who turned two last week! Story Stones! We've done story stones before, pirate themed, Hungry Caterpillar themed and Red Riding Hood themed. All as gifts!
Miss Daisy decided that a space theme would be good and helped me to paint details onto the stones... we were going to make a drawstring bag for them but at some point she came up with the idea of writing a book to match the stones! Brilliant!

I'm so happy with how they turned out. Miss Daisy dictated the story to me and we decided on which stones would be used throughout the tale (I helped a little here where needed to ensure all the stones got mentioned!)

And then whilst looking for treats to put in the pass the parcel we offered to make Miss Daisy found this box!! Perfect!!

And of course it's always nice to see your handiwork being admired by it's young recipient! I know there'll be so much imaginative play possible with these stones and the cute little book to inspire too!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Musings

Yesterday was Mother's Day here in Australia, that day in the year that's devoted to making our mums feel fabulous. My day was fabulous... but it was also challenging.... hubby slept in not I, a sick baby, a car/carseat to clean (from sick baby!), locked out of the house, copious amounts of washing, etc etc... 

However it made me think about all the other days in the year when I am celebrated and blessed by both my husband and my girls. The days where I'm given a sleep in, a break for the afternoon, small gifts, whispered I love you's and my expectations of this one day in the year were easily muted.

We're spending many of our mornings by the fire now that Autumn has come in full force. The trees are changing and I love hearing Miss Daisy's recollections of this season from last year! Li'l Peppa is enjoying the leaves and marvelling at the colours too!

We're still a family of makers. So baking, sewing and other handiwork are always on our agenda. Miss Daisy loves those special moments together that are reserved for when Li'l Peppa is in bed... as do I!
This is her first 'real' sewing creation and she's slowly completing it in her own way and her own time.

Our little boy is growing and I love feeling him moving about... aware that this could be our last baby I am trying to relish in each moment of this pregnancy and soak it all up!

My sewing table is piled high with gifts and projects and I've actually got a run sheet showing me the order in which I need to have them all done! But it's keeping me accountable and motivated so that's a good thing I suppose! The girls enjoy seeing fabric become something and I love sharing that with them too... although it's always a case of make one to keep and one to giveaway as they fall in love with every piece!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A little of us

Life has been changing around our parts. Li'l Peppa has weaned which has left me relieved to have some time where my body is mine before the baby comes mid year! Although the growing bump makes me wonder if my body has been mine at all in the last 5 years!

Miss Daisy made an absolutely gorgeous flower girl for one of my best friends last month. It was a beautiful wedding for a gorgeous couple. 

The girls are forging a friendship that is wonderful to witness. But Li'l Peppa is also gaining confidence and asserting herself more (if that's even possible!) So we can go for deep friendship to conflict quite quickly! Pink plate anyone?!?

I'm finding I can set them both up with the same activities lately and not have to modify what we're doing which is a nice change. Although Miss Daisy's attention span and attention to detail still surpasses her little sister by a lot!

Most of all I love that my loves are becoming their loves. Miss Daisy requests to sew and bake almost every day and we all love to explore our bush surroundings. 

I'd love to know who's still reading over here! I have set new priorities with blogging nowhere near the top... And it's been a wonderful change. 

However, I miss the interaction over here and the ability to record what we're doing so I'm finding my feet and will blog here irregularly with boring details of our life and insta-fied photos of our happenings!

Would love to have you with me!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baby #3!!

A little of our days. 
- There is a baby on the way!! 
- We've been keeping busy inside and out. So nice to see the girls play and forming a lovely little friendship. 
- Our peach trees have us a huge bounty! We ate lots straight from the tree, made fruit leather and jam! And of course a delicious peach crumble or two!
- Miss Daisy has started attending preschool one day a week. Li'l Peppa wishes she could go too and finds it hard to leave each week!

The blog will be taking a back seat a little for me as I focus on growing this new baby and nurturing my gorgeous girls.