Monday, October 31, 2011

Its moments like these...

Yes I failed, failed dismally in my Blogtoberfest aspirations.  I blame my life for getting in the way.  But never fear I am not upset by failure and so I shall carry on, posting when I can.  

I have actually been trying to get some time to post over the past few days as I wanted to share a story,  I'm not even sure why I have been thinking about or even if the retelling will do it justice but I shall try.

It involves a mobile phone of the early 90s analouge kind that you basically needed a wheelbarrow to move, something like this...
a bum bag (or fanny-pack as I like to call them) and a shopping trip to the old Paddy's Markets in Brisbane.  

If my memory is correct it was 1994 and we were shopping for fabric for my sister's formal dress because in those days housed at the top of Paddy's Markets was a floor devoted to fabric. I was with my sister, my mother and one of her friends and we had Dad's mobile phone (see picture above) .  As it was a brick, heavy and cumbersone,  my mother had in her infinite wisdom decided to clip it to the strap of her bum bag (don't get me started on how she even thought a bum bag was a good idea!).

Everything was fine until the phone rang and she went to unclip it only to discover it was caught.  I leaned down to answer it for her but as I did she moved.  I could hear my father but everytime I got close to answer him she would move again.  So picture this a woman turning in circles while her daughter follows her bent over, with her head about the bum reigon, shouting.  Because thats basically what we were doing.  I was trying to tell Dad that we would call him back while also trying to get her to stay still.
Believe me it was funny - a pure mintie moment.  Not sure if I've managed to quite capture the absurdity of the moment but even now 17 years later the memory still makes me laugh. 

I think everyone needs moments of pure comedy in their lives so I hope you too have a moment or moments like these, that you remember with a smile even if in trying to explain it something is lost.
And on that note I shall leave you till the morning when I will be back to say winner winner chicken dinner!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Action Plans were ahoy but now sunk!

So last Sunday I posted a list that looked a little like this...

... the interest of public accountability this week I will:
  • finish the shirt I started making for myself a month ago
  • finish and post the presents for P, T & N
  • email iPad cover design to K
  • get my bookwork up to date
  • begin tiding up the long neglected Puppy Dogs Tails website
  • make Christmas stockings for my children
so how did I go?

hmmmm.....

well I got two of the three presents made, they are just waiting for me to sew on the buttons which is what I am doing as soon as I am done here,  my book keeping is a bit more organised then it was and I have been thinking about the other things (Kate I need to test something first to make sure it works because if it does what I think it will do then your cover is going to be FANTASTIC!)  

I did however start the mammoth task of creating photo albums of my stash and adding them to my Facebook page.  Already 75 photos added and I'm not sure how many more to come...  I'm actually not sure I want to know how many more (or maybe that I want Big N to know....)

I also have reclaimed my sewjo and am excited about the things I have to make and the fabrics I have to work with.  So I am stepping away from the computer now.


Whatever your week holds I hope that there is happiness within it.




 
 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Home Sweet Home!

Yes I know I was only away for 2 nights but when you have 3 kids and no husband in tow 2 nights can feel like a life time! 

For a moment there I didn't think we would make it home - Sydney's labyrinth of one way streets and my GPS (or "talking map" as Little N calls it) seemed determined to keep me from leaving the habour city.  It may have taken almost 45 minutes and several wrong turns but eventually I found an entry to the highway and we were on our way! I'm not sure exactly what I was saying while I was driving in circles but Little N at one stage piped up "you can do it mum, you can find our way home!"  Nice to know he had faith in me even when I didn't!


Obviously I did find our way home - home to a house that was tidier then it had been in a while and a leg of lamb roasting in the webber, all courtesy of Big N. 

Its strange how driving all day can make you so tired so for now I am off to bed - but tomorrow I will be back, with pictures to share!

Night xx

 

 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Riding the creative mojo wave!

Whoops! I have definitely failed in my Blogtoberfest journey - it's now 3 days since I last posted! However I have been busy busy busy and come next week I will share the photos to prove it (and just quietly think what I've been making is just a bit cute!)

Why the wait? Two reasons - 1. The simple fact I didn't have time to photograph it all properly yet and 2. Remember my to-do list and the presents I had to make, well some of it means I can tick that box and I would like it to be a surprise so on the off-chance the recipient reads this blog I'm keeping it under wraps till it's been delivered!

Yesterday I also started photographing my stash. 75 pictures later I think I may be about half way through....

I've also got a list of ideas about all kinds of things, from keeping a better track of the contents of aforementioned stash through to some products I want to try, and a whole swag of possible promotional tools for an online business run by a friend of mine. Not sure where this kick in the creative juices came from but I'm rolling with it!

And so I shall leave you now as I'm going to take my yarn and hook and sit on the verandah of my Sydney hotel watch the nightlife go rolling past. It's only early I know but from the sounds drifting in a few people may have started their Friday night at lunchtime!



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Monday, October 17, 2011

Nearly Bedtime!

Yes I am an adult but yes I still have a bedtime.  I make myself go to bed no later then 9:30 with lights out at 10.  If  I don't then I am up half the night finishing things off that just didn't happen during the day and then by the time I do hit the pillow its usually the start of the night shift for my children (and Little Miss E has suddenly decided she now needs to feed at night).   And go-time in this house is between 5 and 5:30 - regardless of what time I go to bed that is when my kids insist I get out of bed!

So although I have my sew-jo on and really want to put together the pieces I just cut out I know I need to leave them and go and tuck myself in for the night.  But with any luck tomorrow night I will have something to show of to you!  

Sweet dreams!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Action Plans ahoy!

Last Sunday I cheated on my post and instead of writing anything myself I cheated and fell back on the genius of Dr. Suess to fill my post requirements for the day.

But I have been thinking more about the quote I chose

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
Its from The Places You'll Go which is a favourite of mine but Little N prefers the nonsense of Fox In Socks (can anyone actually read that out loud without stumbling over the words?) and The Cat in The Hat Comes Back.  However I am hoping that as he grows he will begin to take on the messages within it and believe in himself and dream as big for himself as I dream for him (and Master Q and Little Miss E).

I want my children to believe that they can do whatever they set their minds to but I also want them to understand the meaning of hard work and the intrinsic rewards of doing good deeds.  I understand that I need to live the life I want them to live so that I can show them how its done.  But this isn't always as easy as I want it to be and I stumble and I fall but I pick myself up and keep on trying.  Which is something else I want them to understand - that they need to keep trying, that yes you may fail but if you didn't even try then you also failed.

And once again I've gone off on a total tangent from where I intended to go when I started this post.  Getting back on course now....

I did want to ask who gives themself an action plan for the week?  A goal they want to acheive, a job they need to complete? Who thinks about the direction they are steering themselves in?  I find that if I write a list I get a lot more done but I don't do it often enough.

So in the interest of public accountability this week I will:
  • finish the shirt I started making for myself a month ago
  • finish and post the presents for P, T & N
  • email iPad cover design to K
  • get my bookwork up to date
  • begin tiding up the long neglected Puppy Dogs Tails website
  • make Christmas stockings for my children
It may only be a little list but remember I have 3 children, we have swimming lessons, kindy drop offs, playgroups, and my bookwork hasn't been done since tax time!

What will you acheive this week?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Life is a garden!

I had a bit of a rough week.  Not as rough as it could have been and no where near as rough as that endured by others but in the land of H it was stormy.  Little  Miss E must be teething as my good sleeper has joined her brothers in their perpetual game of tag, where they take turns to interrupt my sleep. And as Big N was MIA with the crazy demands of his job it meant our usual counter game of tag (where we take it in turns to have our sleep interrupted) wasn't an option. 

Sleep deprivation is considered a form of torture and one my children are becoming quite the experts in its application.  So after nearly a week of very broken sleep I was running on empty and then a trip to the dentist completely drained me.  Master Q had fallen and hit his tooth a few months ago and had visited the dentist soon after as he had  developed  a lump on his gum.  I was advised to keep an eye on it - which I did and then on Wednesday noticed that it was swollen and angry looking - so back we went on Thursday,  We were on time but the dentist wasn't and my children were FERAL in the waiting room so I was already stressed by the time we made it in to the examination.  

Turns out its an abcess and the tooth will need to be removed and because he is so little it will need to be done under a general anethestic. I managed to keep myself together and get the kids strapped back in the car but then I just sat there and cried and cried and cried!

But it wasn't over yet.  Yesterday Little N had an appointment with a paeditrician as a result of his kindy being concerned about his behaviour.  Nothing much actually came of that appointment except a list of other people to see and assessments to get, which are now added to my every growing to-do list!  

And speaking of growing I am now back to where I was intending this post to be....

We converted the sandbox into a veggie garden this morning.  Its nothing fancy and not very big but hopefully in a few months we will be eating our own tomatoes and beetroot and making pesto with fresh basil.  I am still tired but there is something about getting my hands dirty in the garden that seems to recharge my soul.  I have once again found a suuply of the patience that my kids demand in abundance and my to-do list no longer seems an insumountable task.

I once read a plaque in a garden that said 
Man's first home was a garden so let all that pass through here feel at peace and rest for a while 
Its nothing fancy but here is where I found my peace this morning 

Friday, October 14, 2011

No other word for it...

ex·haust·ed/igˈzôstid/

Adjective:
  1. Drained of one's physical or mental resources; very tired.
  2. (of resources or reserves) Completely used up.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Boardie Blowout!

So I just attempted a "Boardie Bonaza" on the Puppy Dogs Tails page but it appears it was more a boardie blow out!  Guess its just as well I got distracted by a visitor and didn't spend the grocery money on a designer dress for Little Miss E in a charity auction (I was seriously considering it even though the reality would be that I would never actually let her wear it).  Luckily for me (and my bank balance) I had a friend call in about the time the auction finished and by the time I made it back to the computer they had closed the bids.

Hopefully there was just too much going on in the FB world tonight and my little sale got overlooked.  I have found though that while people say they want handmade for boys they don't actually want to buy it.  And I am trying to keep positive about the total rejection of what I thought would be a hit but telling myself I can now get my store set up on Oz Handmade as I actually have stock! 

And its really not as bad as it seems,  I had four pre-orders online and one locally from the inital photo I posted.  And the new Facebook means a lot of things get missed and I only decided 3 days ago to have it so didn't really get much of a chance to promote it.  Don't you love how I can justify things - stick around long enough and you will learn all about my "price per wear" and
do I xx hours of wear love it?"  economic theories. 


But they really are stories for another day as I really need to tuck myself in and get some sleep as its one of those rare moments when all 3 of my little ones are asleep at the same time but guaranteed they will start tag teaming each other to ensure I don't get much sleep of my own soon enough.



Monday, October 10, 2011

With a little help from my friends....

This popped up today on my Facebook feed...


I generally don't pay to much attention to these kinds of things but this one got me thinking.

I remember a teacher saying to me that as an adult you are really lucky if you have a true friend for each of the fingers on your hands.  At the time I didn't really understand what he was talking about but over a decade has passed since then and I know realise what he was saying.


I also know that I am lucky, I have some wonderful friends who I know will be there for me whenever and however I need them.  In fact one of them ended up at the "business end" when Master Q was born, while another was beside me holding my hand.   Big N couldn't be there and they stepped up with no hesitation. 

I have friends who I may not see or even speak to for months on end but I know that when we next catch up there will be no awkwardness, that our conversation will pick up as though we had last spoken only hours earlier. 

I have friends I see regularly, who don't wait to be asked what they want to drink but put the kettle on themselves and make us both a cuppa, who help
hang the washing and think nothing of running the vaccum over the rug before they leave, or giving my kids a hug or a scolding depending on what the situation requires.

I have friends who I have never met - women who i have connected with online and who I am desperate to meet in real life and intend to very soon.

I have relocated 3 times in my life now - once as a child, once as a young single woman and once as a married mother with another on the way.  Each time I left friends behind and each time I made new ones.  I may not have the same shared history with the people I only meet this year as I have with those who I shared history lessons with but that does not make them less of a friend.   I believe that in the same way a blank canvas holds so many possibilities for an artist so too does a new friend.  There is a whole new chance to create a shared history and connections and each friend you make adds something to the person you are.


And I am already beginning to wonder what friends I shall meet through this blog - the people who will find me and the people I shall find as already I am seeing connections, finding similarities and seeing my own quirks reflected in the words of others and it excites me.  

Another saying I like is that there is no such thing as strangers - only friends you haven't met yet.  So friends shall we meet? 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Where will you go?

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!





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Saturday, October 8, 2011

One of those days!

Yes I missed a day but yesterday was just one of those days.  

You know the ones,  where nothing goes right and the best idea would just be to get back into bed and ride it out by taking refuge under your doona.  Of course when there are kids in the equation that just doesn't happen.

Considering  had been up since the wrong side of 5 am after a night of very broken sleep all in all it was going ok and we were right on track for an early night (especailly as Little N was so tired he took a cat nap on the couch and then was asking for dinner so he could go to bed). Just after 5:30 I had 2 boys in bed and a tidy(ish) house. My plan was to feed Little Miss E and get her settled then sort out the present for a birthday party this morning before tucking mtself in for an early night as well.  However by 6:30 I had 2 boys not in bed, overtired and very hyperactively feeding of each other's sillyness.  There were weetbix crumbs all over the couch and family room floor after Master Q decided he would help himself to a snack.

I was tired, I didn't have the energy to get cross, all I could do was cry.  And then out of desperation I rang Big N who is working crazy hours at the moment which means we barely see him.  Luckily he answered and luckily he could get home.  In the time it took me to make and drink a cup of tea he had the kids in bed (and asleep) and the house turned back to rights. And then like a fairy godmother he was gone again.

So if I was to write a gratitude post for this week then it would be on for Big N, my knight in shining armor.  Once again he saved the day.





 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Crunching the numbers!

Just a quick post tonight as I really need to get some sleep!  We've in the first week of Day Light Savings and I'm still not sure how I feel about it.  We had it when I was a kid growing up in New Zealand but after spending the majority of my adult life in Queensland it became a distant memory.  Relocating to NSW last year we caught the end of it but this time around we are here from the start.  But I didn't want to post about DLS tonight so more on that in another post (as I am hoping  someone will be able to explain it to me!)  Tonight I want to talk about numbers



How 'bout this for a number? Six. That's how old my other daughter is, eight is the age of my son, two is how many times I've been married - and divorced; sixteen is the number of dollars I have in my bank account. 850-3943. That's my phone number, and with all the numbers I gave you, I'm guessing zero is the number of times you're gonna call it
                         (so who can tell me the movie this is from :P)


The numbers I want to talk about aren't as exciting as those of Erin Brockovich but they are "my numbers"

121- is the number of followers I have on this blog
648 - is the number of fans on Puppy Dogs Tails
96 -  is the number of fans on Or Elsie!

And while I know its about quality not quantity I wanted to post these here so that at the end of the month I can come back to them and see where they have gone. 

Will more people discover this little project and like what they see enough to stick around?  Will my shamless self promotion see more fans adopting my Facebook pages (which reminds me I must start shamelss self promotion).  Who knows what story the numbers will tell us in a month but stay tuned as its sure TO BE CONTINUED!







Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A boring post - Blogtoberfest day 3

So I've had a few ideas for posts chasing each other around my head today but I had a very cheeky monkey who just would not go to bed tonight. I think that he just wanted some mummy and Q time and was happy "helping" me. As a result I decided to skip the lists of things waiting to be done on the computer (photo editing, invoices, emails, blog post) and ignore the sewing piled next to the machine and we snuggled on the couch with knitting instead. He finally fell asleep and has been transferred into his own bed now but I've also transferred myself to my bed and my posting abilities with the iPad are somewhat visually impaired - but I will make up for it tomorrow with some very pretty pictures I promise!

But before I tuck myself in I will say I'm still deciding if I like daylight savings or hate it. We caught the end of it when we moved but this is the first time we've really experienced it, am loving the "sleep-ins" but think I need to just ignore what the clocks say and just keep doing things at the same "time" ... And that means bedtime!

Nighty nighty!


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Monday, October 3, 2011

Habit or Addiction?

I once heard or read somewhere that it take 21 days for something to become a habit - so with 3 days down the question is will I make it through another 18 and form a habit?  At this stage I am thinking it just might.  I am sure its the chance to win something that is drawing people in but the comments that are appearing on other posts are reassuring that I am doing something right! 

And now I am wondering what the difference is between a habit and an addiction....


hmmm...  brb

And now I know -  according to the free dictionary

  A habit is recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition

whereas addiction is the condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something

not much between them other then a matter of opinion it seems. 

I am currently trying to break my Facebook habit, or as Big N would call it my Facebook addiction.  I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking Facebook exists in its own time continuim that allows it to suck oodles of time out of your day.  Much as I would just like to deactivate the reality of it is most of my business comes through Facebook so instead I am setting myself a limit - I am going to attempt to only be socially "online" for 15 minutes, 3 times a day.  Of course I have given this blog and shopping (and researching said purchases) an exemption from that - if you stick around long enough you will soon realise just how much I loooove online shopping (I will have to emphatically label my online shopping habit an addiction!)


So someone remind me in 21 days (which would be the October 24th) to update you on if I have managed to curb my Facebook addiction! 

So I just scrolled back up to the start of this post and realised that where I ended up wasn't where I was intending when I began.  Opps! 

But on the plus side I have now posted for public accountability my new Facebook regime and I invite you to reassess your own online habits (or addictions as the case maybe).  And now I must leave you... there is shopping to be done!

Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Random Rambles - Blogtoberfest Day 2!

So I've just been pimping myself out in an effort to drum up interest in this little venture.  Much as I hate shouting myself out I've spammed up my own FB wall and now I'm just waiting to see what it does to the numbers - with any luck I'll crack 100 fans this month :P  I think the reason I feel so dirty is because I was doubling up and trying to promote the board shorts and skorts I'm sewing up for Puppy Dogs Tails

Got a few done today and have more cut out so hoping to have enough to stock a "shop" soon but putting them on the back burner tonight make some ruffley shorts for a lovely lady whose order grows each week.  Started with a Superhero cape , shorts and monkey set for her son (which reminds me I must take photos of this!), added a iPhone pouch for herself and just so her Little Miss doesn't miss out, now the shorts.  I need to get in the post before it ends up needing a shipping container!

On a totally different topic I got an email about a comment left on an earlier post - but the comment hasn't actually appeared.  It was a lovely comment and I am off to stalk the author on her blog

And still on the topic of stalking blogs the Blogtoberfest list is alread at 180 - at a rough guesstimate thats about 5 blogs a day to explore if i want to get through the whole list and thats only if it doesn't get any bigger.    So guess I better stop writing and get reading...


Happy Sunday everyone!
 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Did someone say "Giveaway"??

I'll be the first to admit that I constantly second guess myself when it comes to making things.  I'm sure I am not alone in seeing "faults" in things I have created that I only I can see.  I also tend to worry about my fabric combinations and will sometimes spend days deliberating about what fabrics to use together. 

I have discovered that Big N seems to have an eye for finding combinations that work - he usually puts things together that I wouldn't but they always seem to sell and often become combos that will be requested for custom orders.   So when I was deliberating about what to use from my stash to trial a new pattern of course I asked him.  In our usual fashion we made less then flattering comments about each other's choices and he ended up challenging me to make up two outfits - one in his choice and one in mine and put it up for public debate.



So I have - and without telling you which is my choice and which is his - here they are: 






Both outfits are a size 12-18 months and consist of a dress made using an  Owlybaby pattern and matching bloomers.  The dress is designed to sit above the knee so it doesn't hamper crawling babies!  Once I get hold of a baby the right size I will get some modelled shots.  


I'm hoping you love them as much as I do and if you would love to get your hands on one its simple - all you need to do is leave a comment under this post telling me which colour combination you prefer - pink or orange, before midnight on October 31st.  I will then use one of those random number generators and the person who made corresponding comment number will win the outfit in the colour they preferred, with postage paid within Australia.  (Thats not to say you can't enter, or win if you are outside Australia,  just that you will need to cover the cost of posting it to you).

Bring on "Blogtoberfest"

Apparently its been well over two weeks since I last posted....   I say apparently because I am not sure where that time went. 

I must admit looking back we have been busy  - I took my kids on a 5 hour drive to Dubbo to meet up with friends and visit the Western Plains Zoo.   The Zoo is fantastic but the pre-summer heatwave that had been teasing us for a few weeks decided to hit with a vengance and we were totally unprepared for it.  By the third stop Little N was refusing to get out to the airconditioned car and Master Q and Little Miss E were asleep in their seats.  I am thinking we will go back next year when Big N can come too and take our bikes and ride around instead of driving!  Our friends followed us home from Dubbo and have been staying this past week which of course has made us busier then usual - as has the addition of Winston to our family.


Winston is a minature schnauzer puppy with a name taken from the list of suggested name in Mutt Dog  Little N's favourite book.  We tried to explain she was a girl puppy be he was determined that Winston would be the name of "his" dog.  We can't fault the level of responsibility that he has shown towards her and the name has already grown on me so it looks like Winston is her name!


We also celebrated Little N's 4th birthday.  Again I am not sure where that time went, but it must have gone somewhere as I picked up another 2 babies along the way :P   Anyway as it was a birthday there had to be cake and this year my little monkey wanted Curious George



Anyway the point I was initally trying to make when I started was that yes I have been slack with posting but that that is all about to (hopefully) change - I have just signed up as participant #32 in Blogtoberfest which basically means I have now made a commitment to be here in all my blogging glory every day for the month of October.  I've also got a bit of a competition up my sleeve and at this rate with my current limited readership odds are pretty good for winning :P


With any luck you'll still be here come November and there will be a few more people keeping your good compnay!