Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Coming full circle, or when a little bit of education can go a long way...

I never really wanted to write about religion, but I'm feeling an overwhelming sense that I need to release some thoughts which are, quite frankly, making me cross, what with the current debate about the teaching of religion in schools. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A day of blessings...

Today Nellie was inducted into the Hall of Catholics. That great hall full of prayer and guilt and rosaries and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today Nellie was baptised.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Have a heart this weekend...

Do you love these hearts? They come from a kids craft site called 4 Crazy Kings. I love them because they are dangly and bright and very basic, made from cheap plastic beads and glittery pipe cleaners and would look really great hanging outside in a tree or from a verandah, catching the breeze and twinkling in the sunlight.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Melbourne Marathon :: run for CPEC

I confess this post is a blatant request for money. Fundraising support, that is!

As you may know from More about Jack... my son has quadraplegic cerebral palsy and attends the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Glen Waverley twice a week for therapy sessions with similarly affected children.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Clickety click :: cardy update

I have been, as my husband says, on the click-clack sticks. But oh! how this cardy has been trouble getting started! I swear I knitted and unpicked that ribbing 6 times - in the end my mum graciously offered to do the ribbing as I was getting to a point where I couldn't look at it anymore - so I feel a bit guilty because it's only just begun and already I'm cheating! But sometimes knitting is just like that.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

All loved up :: sibling rivalry.

One of the really nice things about Jack right now is his affectionate nature, particularly with his baby sister Nellie. This morning they were both on the couch as I put on my shoes  and he was very happy snugglng into her, rubbing his cheek against her head and giving her kisses.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Moments :: this ol' lemon tree.

It appears that our lemon tree has renewed teenage vigour, though it's teenage years are long ago. As you can see by the picture, it is heaving with ripe fruit with more coming on, yet it is in no way the model of good fruit tree health.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I heart Bill

I'm a little bit in love with Bill Granger. It's true. Especially since his new series 'Tasty Weekends' began on ABC TV two weeks ago, my crush has grown a little stronger, particularly as the settings are glossy travel magazine-style like the Essex countryside and sand dunes on a glorious Sussex beach in the type of holiday accomodation I always dreamt of.

Friday, August 12, 2011

When it's time to give up, even though you both love it :: breastfeeding.

I think I breastfed for the last time ever last night. I say 'ever' because in fact I thought it was the night before, but my boobs were sore last night so we breastfed as a last hurrah, and it was lovely.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A favourite crafty site :: Craftzine

Don't you love these pencils? They are on one of my favorite craft sites, Craftzine. I look at these pencils and think of Moonface and Silky and the Angy Pixie, and also how they would probably sell for about 10 bucks each in a cute stationery shop - but they can be yours for the cost of a few woodworking buttons and a packet of pencils from the $2 shop!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Real Piece Of Knitting...

Well, I may be getting ahead of myself, but I have decided to knit something Real. I enjoy knitting but am not confident and have limited myself to small projects like beanies (lots of them!) and the occasional easy baby cardy, mittens or blankets. But I've decided to step up to the Big Girl knitting plate and knit something for myself. A Real Piece of Knitting.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Small (crafting) achievements

It's been a weird week, coming off a busy weekend with Jack's birthday party (for which we were blessed with excellent weather and fine friends and family) to Jack's fitting for a Second Skin on Monday, to Chadstone on Tuesday and churning through mountains of washing at home yesterday, hence, no blogging. This weekend we will be spending some time in lovely central Victoria in Woodend with Rob's family to celebrate his dad's 70th birthday, and given the weather forecast is inclined towards indoorsy activities, I've decided to dust off the knitting needles and try to use up some of my wool stash to knit something.