Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ermm, Happy Mother's Day?

So my darling Mother doesn't have to see Ian's Muesli every morning when she checks if I've updated my blog here is a quilt I just finished :)
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Next up I have Charlie's baby quilt which is really not a baby quilt seeing as he'll be five in September (how did that happen?!?!) and is probably single bed size. Am I crazy to be considering hand quilting it?

I wouldn't normally point out faults but you can see how the fabric has pulled with the quilting lines in this quilt so some of the squares do not look "square", it's because I can not seem to get an even feed through my machine, even with the walking foot. So maybe hand quilting is the answer...

I have nearly finished one practice piece of hand quilting. That means I'm ready right?! Well doing Charlie's quilt would give me a lot of practice (and it would be a great 10th birthday present, ha).

We'll see. Any way, Happy Mother's Day for Sunday Mum. I love you xxx. I love the rest of you too xxx.

Mx

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ian's Muesli

With Ian's new grain avoiding diet I have been making his breakfast "cereal" from scratch. I laugh because I made this a few times before Ian's change and he refused to try it, now I'm not allowed to let it run out. Luckily it is very quick and easy to make.

It is based on the Coconutty granola from the first I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson.

Ian's Muesli

  • 200g coconut flakes
  • 80-100g shredded coconut
  • 100g almonds
  • 70-80g cashews
  • 70-80g macadamias
  • 70-80g cashews
  • 60g pistachios
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 70g coconut oil (melted)
Roughly chop the almonds, macadamias, cashews and pistachios. Add to a large bowl with the coconut flakes and shreds, and sunflower and pumpkin and chia seeds. Warm the coconut oil if needed and pour over the mix stirring it through. You can add the cranberries now or after baking. Spread out over two or three large baking trays and bake for approx 15mins at 120-130 degrees celcius. Leave it to cook for a little longer if you like it more toasted. Let cool and transfer to an air tight container. 

Ian has it with rice milk for breakfast and I have it as an after dinner snack on top of vanilla greek yoghurt. So delicious!

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Hope you have some lovely plans for Easter, even if it they are just to stay home like we are.

Mx

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Camera Club

Now that Mia is 2 and I'm not worried about driving 50km's and half an hour away from her for an evening I have joined the local camera club in the next town. I am excited to be getting back in to my photography this year.

I went to my first meeting last week and it was good to hang out with other enthusiasts and get feedback from a professional photographer on the photos I submitted. Our theme for the month was water drop...

These are just a couple of instagrams of my attempts. These were taken on my big camera but I can now wifi images from my DSLR to my iPhone with the eye-fi card I got for Christmas. Fun.

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I was heartened to get a silver for this photo of Mia and Pa that I submitted in the open section. The guest judge suggested photoshopping or cropping out the edge of the poster(?) at the top far right of the image. I find it hard to be objective about my own photos especially if they are of my babies, because the subject matter makes me love them regardless. I will go back and do that edit when I get a chance, I should also probably clone out that out of focus straw in the lower right too.

Our theme for next month is Mono Portrait. Just another excuse to take more photos of my babies! Which reminds me, I need to keep plugging away at last years photobook. I'm also shooting in RAW now too, so I've just subscribed to Adobe's Lightroom CC (which is bundled with Photoshop) but I haven't used it yet or done anything with my RAW files!

I hope you are all snapping a few pics of the special people in your life.

Mx

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Imogen's Quilt

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This little quilt is all washed and crinkly and ready to be delivered to it's intended, who is almost but not quite one! I have another just the same but with different fabrics basted and ready for quilting too. The intended for that quilt has turned one already however... Perhaps I shouldn't mention that Charlie's quilt top is ready for basting and this year he is turning 5! I have the backing and binding ready to go but have just had a thought that I might piece a block for the back if I can find one of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon (rem, nope nothing like that out there, probably for the best!).

I let my friend pick out the fabrics so I can't take credit there. I did choose the pre made Liberty binding though and found I couldn't run my needle along the fold like I normally do and had to do little catching stitches, so as sweet as it is I think I'll stick to making my own.

Mx

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Baby turns 2

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This time two years ago I was in denial that I was having contractions and was actually in labour (you can read Mia's birth story here). And now Mia is having her afternoon nap and sleeping off a wee bit of celebratory sugar....

A very casual lunch with a couple of her little friends and blowing out of candles and Mia is pretty happy with this birthday thing.


The rest of the cake has been given away because Ian is off sugar and apparently my children don't like chocolate cake! The cake was pretty delicious and very easy. I have been wanting a piece of chocolate cake, specifically the kind that is usually available at random road houses and mostly for the icing, but the petrol station at York has failed me the last two times I've stopped in. I had to take  matters in to my own hands. Luckily the icing was spot on.

Mx




Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fountainhead We Love You

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We've had a very significant turn of events at our place. Coming home from our caravanning holiday, which we took in a desperate attempt to help Ian's depression and things only getting worse made us realise that the doctors and their drugs were not going to help us at all (but really we already knew).

The blessing in all of this is that we found an amazing treatment/retreat centre in Queensland where Ian spent the last three weeks of November. I put one husband who was at the bottom of the pit of despair on a plane and received a non-medicated, ten kilos lighter, glad to be alive husband in return. The change in him is amazing, it's like they work magic over there, though I know Ian did the work of examining his beliefs and releasing things from his past.

We keep being told that the most important step is acknowledging you have a problem, but then what? We had the hardest time finding good help. Sending Ian to the Fountainhead Organic Retreat has been life changing for our family and though not cheap is the best money we've ever spent and worth every penny. I'm just so grateful that somebody finally helped us.

I hope you are all well and able to appreciate all that is good in your life!

much love
Mx

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Caravaning

Just a few of my favourite photos from our last minute caravan trip down south. It was nice to spend some family time together and I'm glad to have some photos taken with the big camera for our photo book this year, I thought it was almost going to exclusively be Instagrams!

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Mx

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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That's how old I am today :) We had friends come up from Perth on the weekend to celebrate and warm the bowling club a little before we have our official house warming. It was wonderful, I am happy to report that the house worked really well for a party and sleeping six couples and a couple of kids.

We've been in the house for over seven weeks now and I am in love! It really is making life better and easier. I still intend to do some before and after photos, but who knows when that will happen....

Mx

Sunday, September 21, 2014

We're In

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But don't be fooled, these photos were taken in my pajamas on the Saturday morning as the first load from the old house was being strapped on to the truck. The new house is still pretty much a disaster. What a trauma! I never want to move again!! Well not for the next ten years at least anyway...

It was a mistake not to pack everything in boxes before we shifted. Large pieces of furniture got shifted on the first day but so much was left behind and then all of that got dragged over and emptied out of its box in order to reuse the box (if it even made it into a box). So much little stuff! It was like a shit explosion at the new house.

All of this wouldn't have been as traumatic if it wasn't for cleaning the old house and weeding and tidying the massive garden that had been only intermittently maintained over the last three years. My mother is a saint. She came twice and weeded that garden by hand from sun up to sun down, for days. Even whilst she was unwell with a cold. I'm not sure that it's right that a 37 year old woman still relies so heavily on her mum, thanks Mum!!! I don't know what I'd do without you!

I will post some lived in photos once it isn't so shamefully disorganised, and hopefully the painter can make it soon to paint all the doors and trim. It is wonderful to finally be here.

Mx


Friday, August 22, 2014

Moving

We have one more sleep in our old house, the only house these two munchins have ever known or would remember.

I am over the moon to be moving in to our own home, and can't wait to leave behind all the annoyances of living in an old house that needs some love and attention, but I know a part of me will get nostalgic tomorrow seeing empty rooms where we have done so much living.

I wonder how the littles are going to go with it too. We are only moving to the next street in our small town and we have been going to the "new house" since not long after Mia was born, but I suspect there will be some tears when Charlie realises we will no longer be living and sleeping at the "old house".

I'm in total denial over the fact that this is actually our last day in the old house as I've only packed one box from the kitchen and one and a half bookcases..... but I rationalise this by telling myself we're paying three extra weeks rent and it will all be okay. Truth is I think I'm just so overwhelmed I don't know where to start. I'm frozen in inaction :|


I was hoping the guy that has been fitting internal doors all week would be finished by today so I could clean AGAIN and take some after photos before we move all our crap in. I love the spaces without all our stuff cluttering it up, I will use that memory to help with my purging and shedding efforts which I'm happy to report are going rather well.

I hope you'll all be having more fun than I'm anticipating having this weekend.

Mx