Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
I received a package from Elke in Germany and she sent me a beautiful 3-dimensional paper snowflakes, 2 smaller ones and a delicate glass one. It's been so hot in Sydney and they reminded me of the cool weather that I love - I can't wait until Winter (even though we don't get any snow!). The paper ones were hard to photograph because there was a slight breeze.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Kinda "ewww" kinda "wowww" but more "ewwww" in this case.
When DH discovered it on Sunday it was about 20cm from the ground. Yesterday afternoon, I asked Alex where it was and she said, "Climbing up the wall" And there it was. I couldn't believe it.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
We loved everything (there's just too much to list) that Sima included, from the Sweet tart chews to the Cracker Jack popcorn and peanuts to the Pecans and Chocolate from Trader Joe's (absolutely de·lec·ta·ble I tell you!) and everything (handmade books and the stickers and cute gnome badges) in between.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Yesterday, after looking through what must be a gazillion pharmacies, I finally found a support for my thumb. It's called a Thumb Stabilizer by Futuro and it is fantastic, my hand is feeling much better, moreover, it doesn't allow my thumb to make any painful movements, so I can still crochet and write a little. It was one of those moments where you wanted to run into the street and yell at the top of your lungs! Honestly the best $29.95 I've spent in my whole life!
and I hope that you are too!
Sunday, February 4, 2007
In the middle of last year my wrist and thumb began to hurt, the Dr ordered an X-ray and ruled out any problem with the bone, saying it was the tendon. A physio that my Mom works with said that it was de Quervain's Tenosynovitis. All I needed to do was rest it and if I wanted, I would have a cortisone injection to relieve the pain. Well, it is months later and it still hurts, I have limited movement in my thumb and whenever it is bumped, a sharp, ripping pain travels through my thumb and up my forearm, it's really terrible. I haven't been able to rest it because I have so much to do around the house and since DH works 6 full days a week, I have little help. It seems unfair that I have to sacrifice my hand just because he expects things to be perfectly in order and spick and span. It doesn't help that I have a little one (the physio said that the condition is common among mothers because of the lifting they do) and that I have to carry most of the shopping bags etc because DH has a back problem (self-inflicted because he started lifting weights at 13 - craziness). Last night, DH accidentally bent my thumb by knocking it (which I demonstated to him the day before, is impossible for me to do) and the pain was like no other, I honestly thought that I had torn the tendon. I'm back at square one, not having any movement at all. So I can't do anything, not even crochet. Argh, I guess I just have to take care, wear a support and hope that it gets better without the need for surgery. I have the healthiest lifestyle of any one I know and I have so many things wrong with me.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I've just completed 3 ATC's for a Valentine's Day swap that I am particpating in. It is the first time that I've made these cards and it was a lot of fun. And being the impatient person that I am, the tiny size was just perfect, very satisfying. I'm looking forward to checking my mailbox next week!
On the way home from the bank yesterday, we stopped by at my favourite op-shop. It's one of those stores that no one really knows about, I mean they're no longer accepting any donations because they are over stocked! Alexia brought along her wallet (containing $1.50 that she had saved) to buy a toy for her little sister. She was so excited, going through the books and little knick knacks. A baby rattle, knitted teddy bear and toy hammer were some of the things that she was going to buy (but she changed her mind when I explained that her sister was either too big for or did not need those things). In the end, she settled for (with a little bit of persuasion on my behalf) a set of flash cards for 50cents.
So there they are, forming a colourful mosiac all over the living room floor. The only thing that I bought were three small glasses that were 75% the orginal prices. The price for all three? A whole 25cents! I am going to use them as bud vases or for storing buttons...
As I was photographing them, I noticed that Cami had climbed up and grabbed some peaches. That girl just loves fruit. My dad calls her "The Fruiterer" hehe...
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I don't know what they use to make the eyes but as with the duck, I've used felt. It just seems so thick though. Unlike Ducky (who nearly had it's head ripped off because of a tug-o-war between the Alex & Cami), Kitty has been sitting quietly on the shelf in the sitting room. But why do I have a feeling that one day, I'll find her with a limb torn off?
^Very easy to make bookmarks
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Kinokuniya finally had this book (ISBN483476348X) in stock. I have been itching to try my hand at some toy making and I highly recommend this book because the stuffies are so cute and the instructions are clear. I paid only AU$8.70 so it's way cheaper than most other Japanese craft books.
The handstitching was a bit of a pain, but once you get into the groove you hardly notice the time. I want to try out the other patterns but I'm having a hard time finding the right furry fabric and eyes for the bears.
Don't you just love the bright yellow felt?
It's so sunny!
Have a happy day everyone.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
What a fabulous site this is! It makes the world a smaller place for people like me who aren't able to travel because of financial and family issues. It is such a great, great idea.
I would like to swap books and magazines, stationary, notebooks and maybe some snacks too! I am only interested in small swaps at the moment.
Sunday, January 7, 2007
So after seeing so many beautiful knitted projects in various blogs I really wanted to try it! I borrowed a couple of knitting books from my local library and bought a cheap ball of acrylic wool to practice with. That wool was so nasty, and never again, I vowed to myself, would I knit with cheapo wool, unless the project calls for it. Self striping yarn looks so good, and often it's used for making socks, I asked for any kind of sock yarn at local craft stores but they all told me to go into the city. Luckily, I decided to try and look for some sort of colourful yarn at Lincraft and alas! Hidden in a tub of only-one-left balls of yarn I scored a ball of Paton's Patonyle sock yarn! For only au$3.99! I later saw it online for au$7.60.
Cami was supposed to model it for me but as I put it on she squealed with a mischievous delight and ran away.
Here it is on Alex. As you can see, the rib has made it curl up and it wasn't my intention to make a skinny scarf. Ah well, at least it's cozy. Alex is also wearing one of her own creations. I bought her a set of children's beads for Christmas and she made quite a few bracelets and necklaces. Only 2 have survived the jewellery stretching monster that is Cami.
I'll end with a detail of our hedge in the front garden. It's finally Summer in Sydney, with temps of 35Celsius.
I hope it's also beautiful where you are today.
Monday, January 1, 2007
The sands of Shoal Bay, with the entrance to Port Stephens in the background, Yaccaba on the left and Tomaree on the right.
We returned safely from our holiday on New Years Eve. It was the first time in 3 years that DH had a week off. The girls had such a blast and we were at the beach everyday. DH found a coupon in their local newspaper for dolphin watching at the kids fare of $9.90. Kids under 5 were free, so we only paid $19.80 for the both of us, which is the normal full fare. It was lucky that we caught the earliest trip as there were only about 20 of us on board so we were able to scuttle about according to where the dolphins would pop up.
Nelson Head and the beginning of Shoal Bay. We had private access to this side of the beach.
Alex is very fearful of the water, It's very frustrating! I was trying to teach her how to float and she kept on screaming, I can't blame her though because I remember when my dad used to take me into the water and I used to cling on for dear life. I think I'll have to look up some learn to swim classes for both the girls while it's summer.
Fingal Bay at low tide. Can you see the strip of sand linking the beach to the island? That's Fingal spit, and you could walk across it at low tide. We didn't do it because there was no way that I could carry Cami all the was along the beach AND across the water. Besides, all I could think about was that scene from The Ten Commandments where Moses parts the sea and then it tumbles on all of the Pharoh's men.
It was our first family holiday, and even the first time DH and I went away together. It was a positive experience and it was soooo good to get away from the stress of city life. We're already starting to plan our next trip up to the Gold Coast. Alex will be starting school next year. I'm feeling a little nervous about this since here in Sydney it seems we only have a choice between Public or Catholic school. It's like I'm going to lose control over her and her mind will be corrupted with what her teachers and peers say. I've read that some bloggers home-school their children, I have no idea how that would work but it sounds appealing to me.
r e s o l u t i o n s
1. Be more PATIENT
2. Eat more wholesome organic food, start a vege patch.
3. Make more of an effort to keep in touch
4. As DH said last night, "Time doesn't stop". Make the most of everyday.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sack races which I despised because I would always fall over and come last.
Comforting hugs from my mom.
Nervously performing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” on stage.
Surrounded by family.
Waiting up for santa.
Things have really changed.
A trickle of relatives come over and drop off gifts.
Everyone sighs. It’s not the same anymore.
A husband who doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
People are getting older, harder of hearing.
But still a feast on the table… for lunch with my husbands family.
A silent celebration for me.
Merry Christmas & Keep Safe
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Shade that I picked up at Freedom a couple of years back, I collected a lot of homewares before we got a place of our own. Visitors always comment on how good it looks, I guess it is because our walls are a pale gray and your eye is drawn to it as soon as you enter our home.
Our bedroom door, 26 is the date of our anniversary.
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Unlike the other times I have visited the fabric bins were full to the brim. I was able to score these beautiful pieces which were not even scrappy but full rectangle and square shapes. I should have stuffed more into my bag, at least 4 more pieces could have fit, but being the first time I have bought stuff in the 'bagging area' I was scared that they might say that it was too full iykwim (I later discovered that they encourage bags to be full to the point of no air space! doh!). The grey fabric on the left is a heavy cotton and it is huge, the next 4 are sheer and perfect for curtains the grey/green one with white stripes is beautiful and soft, I will made cushion covers out of them (might go back tomorrow or monday to scoop up the rest) and the last is a delicious green vinyl. I've never seen fabrics like this at spotlight or local craft stores, I think they would be pricey.
I picked up these three cones I'm not sure if it's wool but I'm planning to use them for gift wrapping and other crafts, unfortunately I am not a knitter!
I also stuffed in some small pieces to embellish some of my projects. Not bad for $5.00 a bag.
It's such a nice day in Sydney town. We will be having breakfast with Santa tomorrow it should be fun for the kids. Speaking of which I captured this moment today:
Cami is finally a year old and they are starting to play and share. My mom was right, the more the kids the happier the home. But I think I'll stop at 2 kids, it's just enough for me :o).