20 March, 2011

crafting up a storm (aka babies babies everywhere) and switcho-chango! time for daddy to stay at home

It must be the time of year... in our life there are babies being born or due to arrive, everywhere. Which always, always leads to a busy crafting life. I am quilting (having bought my first ever rotary cutter and self-healing mat - oh my, no looking back now!) and yes, crocheting again.

Found some gorgeous crochet blankets in Candi Jensen's lovely book and I'm playing around making one in autumn colours for a certain recently autumn born boy... the commute to work I have my needle and wool out, and half double crochet like mad until I have made it to the CBD and crossed the bridge. And back home again. Four skein of wool down and I am still going... photos to come soon, I promise! though am not sure how to photograph blankets... perhaps I need Little Pickle to pose with it...?

On other news, our home life has been tossed into turmoil yet again. Mr Pickles and I have decided to trial a role reversal for a few months... Mr Pickles is now stay at home dad, and I am off to work mummy. Not sure if I hate it yet, but I am not entirely comfy with it. I thought that working, being recognised for my brain etc would be a lot more fulfilling than this. I know that what is fulfilling is making the boys feel better when they have been unwell (as they have been recently with the dreaded gastro),  making them laugh, building something together with them that we can all enjoy. But, having said that, work is also great sometimes. It is fantastic being recognised for my brain. It is incredible holding a challenging and intellectually stimulating conversation. It is good to have some adult company. And I do love dressing up to go to work!

Mr Pickles thinks this first 2 weeks of switcho-chango! have been extremely intense. That he has learnt more about his sons in the past two weeks than he has known all along. That this job is hard work. That he can't work out if he hates it yet, but he's not entirely comfy with it.

Who knows how it will end? But in the meantime, we are trying something new, and the boys seem to be enjoying it.

How about you? ever taken time away from your usual life to try something new?

Have fun xo


to my other half who puts up with the mess, makes me happy and keeps me sane.
to my beautiful boys who give me so much i want to remember and make the everyday something to treasure.
to my mum who alway let me play with fabric and the good scissors, and who knows a lot of songs.
to my dad who was always happy for us to make a mess and who laughs at us when we deserve it.
to both parents for making sure i still got the work done.
to my dear friends for listening and for sharing the laughs.
and, to you for visiting!