15 January, 2013

a month of moments - late (late)

baby room 3

Pregnant again (that is, last year, not again-again!), I wanted to make a place to welcome our newest family member. I knew he was going to be boy number three, but still wanted a space that was not too boyish, that was, well, lovely to be in. So, months of pinning images of other nurseries, lights, crochet works etc all resulted in this:

bub room2

It's not a classic boy room but I love it for my wee pickle. Love the Helen Dardik print that ties all the colours in the room together and makes it fun. The other two prints we have in the room are also etsy finds, from seven star and nevertheless. Oh! and we also have a typography-style print designed by my very talented designy sis in law, with all of baby pickles' vital statistics.

[Oh, and of course my beautiful Billee the oobee by Leslie Keating - Billee has now been a very special companion for all three of our baby boys].

I was going to post this on the thirteenth for a month of - late, but I am, well, running late. You see, the mobile/lampshade is still incomplete - I still have to rethread the crochet motifs onto that magical invisible quilting thread, and have about another dozen that need threading. Oh, and the mat. Still unfinished - I have the binding half done... nearly there! Whilst searching for the binding I found some pre-cut baby short pieces on my wip pile for little pickle (now two) - if I sew these this week they may just fit baby pickle.

It seems that not only can I not complete my crafty projects on time, I also can't blog about them on time! Anyone else out there guilty of the same crime?

Perhaps an appropriate crime though for a post titled "late"... ;)

Chat soon xo

03 January, 2013

a month of moments - sweet

Hello again!

Three days in and still posting! How long is it that they say it takes to form a habit? Another day into the month of moments - I am starting to get out and about and read about your moments too - thanks for sharing!

Not sure if I have mentioned it here before, but The Gherkin has anaphylaxis for nuts. It's pretty common now, so I won't go into details about what it is etc (you can get some really good, reliable, Australian information here), but if he comes into physical contact with nuts he gets severe hives, and if he eats nuts his airways would close. Yes, we have an epipen. Thankfully, he has never eaten nuts. Partly due to very good luck, and partly due to overly conservative parenting - we have not only avoided food with nuts, but also those that may contain traces of nuts, and those manufactured in a plant that also processes nuts.

This means that our Gherkin has never eaten chocolate. Or icecream. Nor has Little Pickle. Imagine his/their delight then, when last week I found some completely nut-free chocolate, and took it home as a treat.


Chat soon xx

02 January, 2013

a month of moments - sleepy

Hi again!

Taking inspiration from the month of moments, here is my post for "sleepy".

This little stitchy thing was one of my very first, and I did it last year when I was spending a ridiculous amount of time commuting to work. Yep! Did this on the train. As my first attempt, I was determined not to buy any new threads, and just use what I had. I remember when one of my friend's husbands asked me why I was stitching a dead rabbit, to which I responded, if the rabbit was dead I would have done this for eyes X X. Now I look back on it, I would probably add eyelashes. Sadly, in a family jam-packed full of boys, there was no use for it after it was finished (too much pink), so it has been relegated to the "one day this might be good to use for something" box.

We have a terrible time with bedtime here. With a two and three quarters year old and four and a half year old sharing a room, nights can either be very lovely, with bedtime stories, lullabies, cuddles, and just so much sweetness, or completely chaotic with tantrums, screaming and, yes, poo jokes. We have a pretty standard routine, which involves my reading the same book last before lights out, and then followed by two songs. Sadly though, this is often not enough. Tonight though, was a Good Night.

Cowboys and cowgirls, sweet dreams in the hay, til you saddle the sun and ride into the day.

(from Lasso the Moon - our favourite night time golden book - always read last).

Chat soon xx

01 January, 2013

a month of moments - brand new

Happy New Year! And here's wishing you only the best for 2013 - love, laughter and new adventures.

After way too much quiet, I have decided to try just one more time, to revive this blog. I miss summer pickles, and the crafty goodness and inspiration that I used to enjoy through this blog, and your company.

So, thanks to the gals at justb, I am going to join in on the month of moments. I am hoping it will get me into bloggy habits I can continue for the year. You can find out more about the month of moments here.

Very predictably, the photo above is my post for "brand new".

Chat soon xx


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!