Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm clearly crazy...

I've spent the last few weeks telling anyone who will listen that I'm clearing the decks, ready for the start of our house building. I've been giving up my commitments to various groups, and trying to whittle down my craft projects to just those that relate to the house. Sounds sensible right? Except any of you that know me well know that that's not me. I'm a bit manic most of the time, I have a million projects on the go all over the place, I have more ideas than time and I'm always thinking of new things I want to do. So it should come as no great to surprise that yesterday, when I'd had a couple of ciders with the fabulous Mel of St Mel - I agreed to create a sculptural piece for a group art show she is organising as part of the Chillout Festival. And as the website states, it's only four weeks to go. This piece I'm talking about hasn't been started- it hasn't even been drawn, it's just in my head. Oh and it's also 2.8 metres high and requires about 8 metres of knitting and crocheting. And some welding. Oh and did I mention I don't even know now to crochet? Or weld?

Well we must aim high. We must dream big. This is how I like to learn- on the fly. Just work it out. Just do it. Expect to either see not a lot of me in the next few weeks as I work madly on this, or you'll hear a freakin lot of stressin out! Either way, it's gonna be rad. I do love a deadline, and it's nice to be so inspired and to be able to share (hopefully share) my creation with friends. Shit- better get to work! 

Thursday, February 9, 2012


A wool wrapped bracelet! I've had lots of comments on these so I thought I'd share the process. Not that there's much to it, but hey, I like to keep things simple! It was inspired by a hair comb I saw on Pinterest, but didn't pin and now can't find- if anyone knows it let me know. It's a great way to rad up an ugly old bangle- maybe one you have or maybe you can thrift one or two. Anyways, heres what I did.

You will need: Old bangle/s, wool scraps, scissors & a hot glue gun.

How to : Choose wool colour, secure end to the inside of the bracelet with a drop of hot glue (flatten it out with your finger) wrap, wrap, wrap (nice 'n tight!) and secure end with more hot glue. Continue until totally covered, voila! The black & white one I did by wrapping two colours at the same time. 

Easiest makeover ever? This get's me thinking about all the other things you could wrap- bottles for vases, earrings, necklaces, hair clips, rings. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thank you Dita!

4 1/ 2 years of breastfeeding, 28 1/2 months of pregnancy, and two tired boobs later, here I stand. Wow, they've done a lot my boobs. I'm proud of them. But I they've done so much, changed so much through these different stages that I don't even know what size I am anymore. None of my bras fit me, even though they are in about a million different sizes and shapes and they all make my boobs look saggy. It's the bra, not the boobs okay. I remember Oprah once telling us that we must have a good supportive bra, I think Trinny and Susannah may have said the same thing, so it must be true right?
So thank you very much Dita Von Teese for releasing your Target collection right at this very crucial moment. Very kind of you. So I'm off to Ballarat to brave the madness that is the designers for Target shopping chaos. A public apology in advance for any injuries I may cause in my quest for post child rearing perky-ness.

*** Edited to add- The people of Ballarat barely noticed the arrival of Dita, it's certainly not known for its fashiony-ness. I was all alone with racks of beautifulness. I've gotta say, I love her collection. The items I got are gorgeous, well made, supportive and a little different. Oh and very reasonably priced. Love it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rambly things...

Well judging by how late we left the pub, our first book club was a roaring success! It was so divine to be sitting around with such an amazing bunch of women discussing things of an intellectual nature- hearing some different perspectives and sharing stories. Just divine. The only down side being how tired I was yesterday which narrowed my days achievements down to only the making of ginger ninja's. 

Today however is the day to lodge our septic tank permit with the council, which means only one more permit to go (the building permit) and we can officially start building!! We have our owner builders license and we got our energy rating done (7 stars woohoo!) so it's all systems go! I'm really excited, of course, but also really apprehensive. God, I have to be the project manager of a house build.  Me! While I still have breastfeeding brain and slight sleep dep and three kids to wrangle. Me who would rather be knitting! We'll I'd best get my head around it I suppose, and fast! Okay off to the council I go...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Yay for today!

School holidays are over (a quiet yay!), No.1 is at school, No.2 is at kinder and No.3 is asleep. Ahhhhhhh.... bliss. Now I can be with you my dear blog and you my dear sewing machine! I can hold a continuous train of thought for more than 3.2 minutes. I can go to the toilet without interruptions! Gosh I could even make a phone call and actually hear the person on the other end. Amazing! I can eat chocolate openly and read my Sookie Stackhouse novel in the hammock. And speaking of books, tonight we have our very first book club meeting- another reason to be excited, so I made this bag to celebrate! Do you like it?

Are you in a book club? Our very first read was Indelible Ink- by Fiona McGregor. Have you read it? What did you think? I thought it was very insightful and I loved the descriptions of Sydney in the summer heat. Being a lover of tattoo art I enjoyed that aspect of the book as well, but I must say I didn't much like her horrid children. Poor woman. 

Anyway, hooray for the new school year, and hooray for mama's everywhere having some time for themselves! Hope you have a wonderful monday.