26 Feb 2011
24 Feb 2011
Later that morning, entering her surgery she takes a deep breath as she surveys the giant queue of patients waiting for her gentle bed side manner and medical expertise.
Lucky her receptionist has laid out her instruments. First cab off the ranks, one Ms. Rella. "Now what seems to be the problems Cinder?" queries doctor.
"Let's listen to your breathing, shall we?"....mmmmmm. Quizzical look from Cinders and head shaking from Dr. Bijou.
When Bijou began "playing doctors" we couldn't resist this little wooden set made from sustainable timbers. She absolutely loves it!! It came in a cardboard box which lasted all of a second so I'd been meaning to make a little bag for it. When I stumbled across this old calico bank bag in my mammoth clean out I remembered my "make do" motto for this year and promptly set about re-purposing it for Dr. Bijou. Trés simple!!
22 Feb 2011
21 Feb 2011
Even in it's most raw state it it still a thing of such beauty to me. Lovingly tended to over many days this bed head will be transformed. Oh how I adore a diamond in the rough! Shine on!!
What delicious things have been re-discovered this week?
Many moons ago I chatted to you about my irrational fear of birds....and other wildlifey things! I mentioned a particular incident involving my loving big brother. A memory so vivid and horrendous I hardly feel I can unlock that vault. Who knows what will fly out! ;) Cue eerie music and flapping noises.
Upon reaching their grand destination (Wildlife Currumbin Bird Sanctuary) and handing over their gold to in turn receive small platters of Rainbow Lorikeet food (read: sloppy, honey-ish bread and water) they perched upon a wee log and waited. And waited...and waited. Where were the jaunty feathered friends who were proclaimed to land ever so lightly on ones platter and sup at the delicate nectar? Well, the evil brother overcome with boredom and general evil-ness decided to "bump" the good and kind princess showering her with the sweet smelling sludge.
As the King and Queen tried to mop at the princess's blouse with satiny kerchiefs a flock of lorikeets was spied. Without further ado....they descended, perching merrily upon the most delicious and most abundant feeder (i.e. the princess!!) and nibbled and clawed until their bellies were full and their hearts content. The end.
19 Feb 2011
On the other hand... my haphazard approach to sewing often ends with a crumpled heap of fabric in the corner scowling rudely at me as I hurl expletives at it! Oh so many a project has befallen this dreadful fate.
I know the old adage, "measure twice, cut once" but in my land of "what's the worst that could happen?!" I tend to cut before I look. And hence far too many beautiful fabrics have been butchered under my rather unskilled hands. Expletives aplenty!!!
So when it was time on this crafting adventure to give quilting a whirl (actually, the big girl bed is screaming for one!) I simply knew this wasn't one I was going to be able to wing. Enter the most perfect local quilt shop ,their bevvy of brilliant teachers and two and a half hours on a Wednesday night of me time sans the poppet!
And you know what I've learned so far? I kinda like me!!
So this week joining in with Maxabella Loves, I am ever so grateful for learning! From learning how to use a rotary cutter to cut fabric as opposed to giving myself an impromptu manicure....to learning to sew slower than a grand prix driver in order to actually make seams even (who woulda thought!!!). But most importantly...learning that I am perfectly flawed, just like every other wonderful human being out there. I will stuff things up...I will be useless at others....I will throw fabric...and expletives. But that's who I am! And I'm still learning just who that is.
15 Feb 2011
Perhaps that's why Hubby and I chose a bed with a particularly long winded preparation. Yes, under our house is the most exquisite antique cast iron bed head and end in dire need of a makeover. Mon petit poppet may well be a teen before the final unveiling!!! So in the mean time two new sets of Mumma made "big girl" pajamas will have to suffice. Heavenly vintage sheets were lovingly snipped and stitched together using some shorts and a t-shirt as a guide to create cool and comfy PJ's for my girl. And little Miss Independence absolutely insists on putting them on herself! I wonder where she gets that stubborness from? Mmmmm!
Must dash, I have a hot date with a wire brush, a tin of Kill Rust and some off white paint. On second thoughts....perhaps I'll go and gaze at my babe sleeping soundly in her cot....capture the moment and remember it....always :)
12 Feb 2011
And then there's the wonderful menagerie of animals. Baby bunnies with sleepy eyes, cheeky and colourful koalas, a super hero frog complete with cape, cuddly elephants, cats of every shape and size, a birdie or two ...and a pea green dinosaur!
A motley crew of 196 softies (and growing by the day!!!!) so individual, so unique....so special!! All so very different yet sharing one common trait. They are all made with love and meticulous care and given so, so generously for the children affected by the Queensland floods.
And my beautiful bloggy friend Bren sent these handmade tags (she and her special little man put them together...Smiles!!) to attach to them. Ta very muchly gorgeous girl...and wee Jude.
I am proud and honoured to say that box loads have been sent off to the Lockyer Valley for distribution amongst some of the hardest hit areas. My lovely friend Mel of Retro Bird has offered her support not only with 10 of her much loved dolls but by handing out "Hope Softies" to children affected in the Ipswich area. You're an angel! And my divine Momle has after copious hours with her ear glued to the phone made contact with none other than the head of flood donation distribution for the Salvation Army! All those munchkins out there who've lost everything will now receive a piece of handmade love!
9 Feb 2011
A basketful of large coloured buttons....soft and squiggly pipe cleaners....
an active and very inquisitive mind.....a wee bit of guidance from Mumma....
such concentration...such persistence and determination....such fun...
A lovely morning of colours, counting, straight, curvy and round.... wrapping and threading....of experimenting and learning....of sheer delight!
7 Feb 2011
But then there are those items that you're just not sure of. Usually when conducting such an exorcism...ahem, I mean clean out, I would stuff said garments back in the wardrobe only to rediscover them next time we clean out. Not this time. All these things were popped in a box near my dressing table and I have forced myself to wear them this week....and see if they're worth keeping. The dress that can't decide if it's a top.....ta-ta! A hot pink frock too short to be legal....see ya later alligator. But this old Sportsgirl number. Teamed with a leather cuff and funky sandals to add a bit of edge I think I may just have breathed life into this old gal. Saved on death row!!
5 Feb 2011
When we bought this house I lovingly nicknamed it the "house of sheds" as the entire backyard was a virtual labyrinth of sheds, bird cages and little nooks and caverns. As time wore on the name stayed but the love of the monstrosity that was my backyard waned. Some of the bird cages came down before the poppet came but two sheds and an acre of concrete remained!! That is until today.
Without notice my Mumma Bear and Papa Bear arrived mid morning as Hubby began the arduous and trés hot task of gutting the first shed (oh yes, the previous owner was a toiling fellow who liked to line all of his wee buildings with chipboard using a veritable assortment of screws, nails, bolts etc.) before pulling it down. Falof knew Hubby was in shed demo mode and thought he might need a hand. They have been here more weekends than I can count. From the initial carpet ripping up time the day the house settled to the countless hours of Mum painting and Dad relentlessly chipping off layer upon layer of lino in the kitchen as we swanned around Paris on a European adventure!
They have always shown their unfailing love and support for me regardless of my many loony ideas (including this mammoth task we call house renovating!) and for them I am so very grateful! Love ya to the moon and back Momle and Falof!!!
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