Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Yesterday I was meant to be tidying the house in preparation for her visit, but I think I was in complete denial of her coming. Surely it was all just a dream. Instead of tidying, I made this cute little pouch. I had no purpose in mind for it, I clearly just needed some craft therapy.Perhaps I'll gift it to a friend who is just crazy about owls.
Monday, 29 March 2010
We popped down to a local market in the morning, which proved very fruitful (more on that later) & then headed off for a lovely bush picnic.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Samuel, I love you more than anything & I am so proud to be your wife. You give me constant love, support & inspiration. I feel happy & complete when I am with you.
I promise to love & support you in our life together. Whatever life may bring, I will be by your side.
I am lucky to be marrying my best friend & I give you all my friendship in return.
I Kitty, take you Samuel to be my husband, knowing in my heart that you will be my constant friend, partner in life & my one true love.
One year ago, I married the man of my dreams & haven't looked back. These words still ring true in my heart & will do forever. It was the most perfect day, a beautiful start to our journey.
Friday, 26 March 2010
I do hope the little fella comes out soon, I don't know if I can take another 2-3 weeks of this. Of course, I know I will if that's how it's going to be... I'm just sending subliminal messages on the off chance he let's me have it my way.
So in bed I am with a cup of tea, crocheting away on my ripple blanket & listening to the Neil Young that's drifting out from the shed. It's just started drizzling outside & the air is sweet & cool. I do love Autumn, it's the most perfect season in my book.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Other finds have been of the vintage linen sort. Like these too cute for words pillowcases. I'm yet to decide if I should use them for their intended purpose... or cut them up for crafting. I don't know if I could ever pull the scissors on these.
Anyway, I've come to terms with the situation & plus, having a hoarder for a husband does have it's upsides. Many things have found their way out of the shed & into my possesion. Like a beautiful sewing chair from the 40's, several antique trunks, a lawn croquet set & these two pairs of fabric shears. Mudda was a seamstress in her day & these are straight out of her collection. Now she's a bit away with the fairies... so trust me when I say they're better off in my hands.
They just need to be cleaned & sharpened & they'll be as good as new.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
I've been stitching away at this little quilt for a few weeks now & it is now all done & ready to be thrown up on by a wee little monster.
I'm so glad I didn't have to piece the front together, the hand stitching took long enough & let's not talk about the binding...You can see how ruley truley excited I am by the goofy grin on my face. Why is it so hard to smile nicely when I'm in front of a camera?
So you might see a bit more of me over the next few days... there's alot to show.
I'm not feeling too cranky either, so consider yourself blessed that you wont have to listen to too much rambling.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
My days at the moment are spent pottering about, a little crafting, a little cooking & lots of organising. The hospital bag is packed & all last minute baby items have been purchased, just in case the little man decides he's coming early.
We made a trip up to Melbourne on the weekend, where I was treated with a lovely afternoon tea. It was so good to catch up with the girls one last time before I become a mama. Everyone bought a plate of something delicious & we sat & chatted our little hearts out in the back garden. We were spoilt with gorgeous gifts too & everyone helped decorate three onesies for him to wear.
The crochet hooks have been quite active, with amigurumi animals & the ripple blanket on the go. These booties & helmet were whipped up too. The helmet is my own pattern & I'm going to post it soon... I just want to make sure it fits a newborn head before I do.
Crochet is definately my craft of choice right now. I can sit on the couch or curl up in bed & still be very productive. Top stuff.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Samuel & I like old cars. We both have a list of five cars that we would one day wish to own. Not all at once necessarily, just throughout our lifetime. One of the cars on my list is a Daimler 2.5 or a Jaguar Mark II (they're exactly the same body, just different engines & badges).
The drive into Melbourne takes us about an hour & a half. Driving along the monash is extremely boring & to entertain ourselves we play a game. We both choose a car that we hope to see that day & then we keep our eyes peeled. One day last month, I said we'd see a Jaguar Mark II. All day we drove around, doing our bits & pieces & nothing interesting was seen. We were headed up Church st in Richmond in the late afternon, when Samuel exclaimed that there was a Mark II up ahead. It was actually a Daimler & just so happened to be the very Daimler we used to pass. By this time we were right behind her & for some mad unknown reason, we followed her. We stalked a car through the back streets of Prahran! The poor bloke driving it, I don't know what he must have thought. He eventually pulled into a carpark & started making his way into Lodge. We quickly pulled up & introduced ourselves, who does that? So strange! Anyway, we got chatting & found out that the car belonged to an old man who had recently moved into a home & was no longer capable of driving. The man we were talking to, was his power of attorney. We told him how much we loved the car & if the old fella ever wanted to sell, then please consider us as potential buyers. We exchanged numbers & over the next few weeks, it was decided to be sold & a price was decided upon. Samuel & I had discussed the maximum we would pay & when the old fella set his price, it matched ours. See, meant to be.
Last Saturday we went & picked up my new car & after doing all the paperwork & meeting the old man, we set off home... only for the heavens to open up & hail golfballs! I took this as a good sign as we sat in the car on the side of the road. The car luckily didn't suffer any hail damage as panels were made out of thick metal in the good old days. We waited for the freak storm to pass & set off home.
So this is Ingrid, my 1966 Daimler 2.5. Don't be fooled by her pretty looks, she's very unassuming (there's a V8 under her hood). She's not interested in going fast though, a lady of her age likes the quiet life. One day she'll get a new interior & a respray, but for now she's just swell.
Thanks for listening to my long tale about two crazies that stalk cool old cars.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
The ripple blanket is coming along at a cracking pace.
I've been stitching away at this little floor quilt too.
I purchased this cute vintage fabric a few years ago, knowing that one day it would be a quilt for my babe. The hand quilting is simply following the faux stitches printed in the design.
And finally, a sweet amigurumi lamb is slowly coming to life.
I haven't forgotten the story I promised to share on monday. I'll try & get a photograph today to share it with you soon.
Thanks Kirsty for hosting.
Monday, 8 March 2010
My bump's lookin pretty good too, if I don't say so myself (how's the ego?). I've put on 15 kilos now, I'm so impressed.
Tomorrow I'll show my latest acquisition. She's just beautiful & no she isn't an animal.
Oooh... "what it is?", you ask.
We're slowly putting the room together for our little one. A mix of handmade, second hand, hand me downs, gifts, treasures from our childhood & 1940's furniture.
A group of items are congregating on top of the robe until they find their place :: Old golden books & winnie the pooh books found at markets :: Books given by beautiful sister & friend :: Yoshitomo Nara bookends :: Toys made by the mama :: Bunnykins set & duck cup from Samuel's childhood :: Lark ball from Nana & Grandad :: & other various ephermera. And over on the bed, sit's a gorgeous little bear made by the wonderful Jess. I can not get over how amazing this little guy is. If you ever want something special to give to a little person in your life... a bear by Jess is definitely the go. I can't recommend her highly enough.
He's hanging out with Victor, who was given to me when I was born.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Basil has been split & re-potted & a new pot has been found for an orchid.
I received a beautiful cumquat tree for my birthday from a friend, this too has been matched with a pot.
Friday, 5 March 2010
I have a strict rule now, no more dogs. Three is quite enough! From now on any newcomers must be of use to the farm. Let's think egg laying, snail eating, grass eating, poultry protecting, milk producing, wool producing, etc. You get the drift.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned, for those of you in Victoria a long weekend.
We're planning on popping down to Inverloch to catch some of the jazz festival, picking up a delightful old car from melbourne & on monday welcoming my boys to the farm. Very exciting!