Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 3

When we go on holidays, I always try and find the cheapest accommodation. Because I am tight.

The first thing I looked at when we decided to go on our road trip, was to check out hotels. I headed over to Booking.com and put in the dates, number of people and hit search.

Then filtered by price.

I picked the first one on the list of course.

The place I picked was Forrest Hotel and Apartments.

I must say, having the room all heated for us when we walked in was a really nice touch, because you know, the middle of winter in Canberra is really cold.

We were on the bottom floor of the apartments.


I'm trying to convince Steve that we need a modular couch. He doesn't think so:


And the master bedroom, where I must say, considering it was the coldest night in Canberra (-5) since winter 2013, we didn't feel it at all:


After we checked out our lodgings, we decided that if we stopped, we wouldn't get going again. So off we went to Telstra Tower.

You may (although probably not) remember photos from way back here. I apologise if they are too similar.

The tower from the base:


An updated photo, although Steve is missing:


We decided to stay to watch the sun go down. We made 2 mistakes.
1. It was really bleeping cold and windy.
2. It takes less than 1 minute for the sun to actually set.


Without a word of a lie, the time stamp on the next photo is only 57 seconds later:


Afterwards, we went out for dinner. Nothing fancy, well except for that rocky road sundae Kate and I shared at the end. Pure bliss in a glass cup.


And then because we were basically in a food coma which was combined with sheer exhaustion, we went back to our hotel and went to bed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day to Day: Why I Write

This post is part of a blog hop. I've no idea where it started from and like all good chain mail, no idea where it will end.

If you've found your way here from Georgia's Inner City Stinge blog, then I would like to take the time to say hi!

The questions are:

Why do you write?
I started this blog almost 9 years ago now. I can honestly say I started because I was jumping on the bandwagon. It was something new and shiny. Once I started I found my blog useful to go back and look at the things we did when it came time to journal on my scrapbooking layouts. I keep this blog as a remembrance tool, somewhere where I can look over my life and smile at the things we've done, the places we've gone and the creative things I have made.

How does my writing differ from others in it's genre?
I don't know that I am different from the other crafty people out there. I don't know if I have a special voice. All I know is, I like to share my crafting endeavours and a little bit of myself.

What am I working on?
The question should be what am I NOT working on? I am always scrapbooking, project lifing, sewing, crocheting, thinking and dreaming of crafty stuff to make.

Do I write what I do?
Yep. You can't really fake the crafty stuff, I guess.

How does my writing process work?
For me it's pretty simple, if I have a project, I write about it. If we have done something, I write about it. If I have some photos to share, I write about it. I don't share everything though as I'm always worried that people won't want to read my content. I need to stop thinking like that, because at the end of the day, my blog is about me for me, and that's all that should really matter.

So, now I have become the link in the chain, I am forwarding it on to:

Rachael of Fat to Fit and Fabulous by Forty
 Rachael started her blog 6 months before her 40th Birthday, debating whether she was going through a mid-life crisis and freaking out by focusing on exercise and trying, trying, trying to eat better.

Helen's blog is all about her adventures in growing her own produce, foraging for local produce and supporting my local community on a shoestring budget and loving what she does.

And now here's a photo for good measure:

 

Yes, that's a photo of Pixie, sitting at the kitchen table.

You're welcome.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 4

This weeks block: Friendship Star

It doesn't look friendly.

It totally looks like a ninja star.

Seriously, google it and try and tell me it looks friendly.


Dammit, I just realised I have left a selvedge in.

Just when I thought I was working this shiz out...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 2


Does anyone actually know what that big wavy wood thing represents out the front of the museum? Honestly, I'd really like to know.

So we arrived here and before we even set foot in the door, there may have been at least one child complaining of sore legs. Sigh.

But we pushed on.

I didn't take a photo of it, but at the very beginning there is a revolving room that has a brief history of Australia showing on the screens. Amy was a little bit freaked out by this. Again?! It was over soon enough and off we went in search of historical artifacts.

The kids really enjoyed looking through the people gallery, probably because it had things they could relate to like PlaySchool and The Wiggles. The kids did not think my rendition of the rocket clock music from PlaySchool was very good. I say they don't know what they're talking about. Although they may have a point with the bopping up and down.


At the beginning, the lovely lady at the information desk gave us Trail Blazer booklets for the kids to look up fun stuff. The pig head with two bodies was an interesting one. Sorry, I really should have taken a photo of that!

Anyway, it was great as there were some exhibits that the kids would not have ordinarily looked at. like this cannon, where you get to feel a piece of ballast.


Here's the men in the family, in trouble as always and having to put on shackles:


Oh look, I even make an appearance! Amy took this photo of Luke and I, and I thought I would include it in my post for no reason other than to say 'hi!':


And the kids seemingly doing what they do best, playing on a damn screen:


And this photo because we got lost and could not find our way out of the museum. Really, an exit sign would have been helpful.


There's that wooden wave thing again. I'm so curious about the meaning behind it.

By this point, the kids had had enough and secretly so had I, and it was after 2pm so we could actually check into our lodgings, so off we went in search of our hotel.

Good times, Canberra.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 1

Last week, Steve and I got a little idea in our heads that we would take the kids away for a weekend. We decided on Canberra because it's only a few hours drive and well, there's just so much to see and do there.

Especially because we like to torture our kids by taking them to places like museums and stuff.

No seriously, they love it.

So, Saturday morning at 7.30am, we headed out. It was such a glorious morning.


We got down there and headed straight to Questacon.

Is this place not one of the most fun places on Earth?!


I seriously have so many photos, I don't know where to start!

Here's Amy and Luke on the ramp to the top of the building. Amy was seriously freaked out by this. So of course we jumped up and down on it to try and make it move.


Here's some photos of us trying out the experiments.

The one where you can make water jump at a certain frequency:


 The one that makes you feel like you have floating arms:


The one where you build a pyramid out of other shapes, or a kind of pyramid because you've given up:


Hey, it looks good to me, but that's probably because I built it.

This uber-cool light room thing:


And because we all love playing games where we can't possibly win (I'm looking at you Monopoly!), we all had a go playing air hockey against a robot. Robot wins. Every. Single. Time.


This was such an awesome way to kick-start our weekend! The kids had a ball and hopefully learned something too! Steve and I also really enjoyed it as it is not just for the kids.

Next up is the museum. Joy of joys.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 3

This weeks block is titled: Untitled 1.

They name things as well as I do...


Now, this block is super dooper dodgy as I tried to paper piece without cutting my block up into three separate pieces. It totally didn't work and I left myself unpicking and resewing and almost throwing it out.

But you know, once it is in a big quilt, no one is really going to notice how bad this individual block is. Right? Right?!

Sigh. I can only improve from this point.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Scrapbooking: Funky

Another layout from the retreat I went to in June.

I love this photo of Amy and I remember blogging a little snippet of it back here.


I'm totally digging anything that is woodgrain at the moment (it's been a long moment, honestly). Oh and how awesome is Crate Paper's Boys Rule range?! I can't wait until the Project Life range comes to our shores! I'm going to be all over that.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day to Day: It's about time.

I'm one of those people who are built for comfort. I like to be comfortable in my clothing, footwear and well, life.

So when I saw an advertisement for Pantene Beautiful Lengths, I thought, awesome, I don't need to cut my hair for a while!

Now at this point in time you may think that I'm not really comfortable, and that I'm really just lazy.

You are possibly correct.

So anyway, I decided that was it, I'm growing my hair.

It has taken me so long to get it to this length, I'd say close to a year.


By now, I was just so over having long hair. It either ended up in a ponytail or plait everyday.

It was time.


Yay! It's gone!

Although the girl who cut my hair gave me the most awful haircut I have ever, ever had. I will never go back to that salon as it's the second time I've walked away feeling very cranky.

Regardless, the reason for cutting my hair is a good one and I'm so happy I was able to contribute to such a good cause!

Check it out here: LINK

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 2

Back again with another block for my quilt.

This week it is the Sawtooth.


Before I started making these blocks I watched quite a number of YouTube videos and read instructions on how to paper piece.

They all said it was easy.

Now I'm not going to call them liars because I'm sure they aren't, but I'm awfully close.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks

My friend Sarah picked this book up at the local op shop for $2.


Turns out she wasn't much interested in making a million tiny little 4 1/2 inch blocks to make a quilt.

So I, of course, offered to take it off her hands.

Once a week, I am going to create a block from it. It's going to take me ages to get this quilt done, but I figure one block a week is not overwhelming manageable.

The first block is Shoofly. Mine looks a little bit like this:


I really shouldn't make that picture so large, because then everyone can see how dodgy it is.

Anyway, it's my first attempt at paper piecing and let's just say, I can only improve from here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Scrapbooking: Dad

Another Polly Scraps (Scrappy Canary) April Showers kit share!

This time it's a layout featuring a spunky man and some pretty cute kids taken on Father's Day 2013.

(What do you mean I am biased?)


I am totally digging my CTMH stitching ruler, can you tell?

I had such a fun time creating with this kit and my sincerest thanks to Polly Scraps for having me as a guest designer! :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Project Life: Polly Scraps Kit

I was super excited when Ruth from Polly Scraps (Scrappy Canary) asked if I would like to be a guest designer! Yes, please!!!


The colours were gorgeous and I had so much fun creating from this kit! I had already started my March title when I received the kit, but I didn't want to wait another page, I wanted to get stuck into it straight away!



Now for some close up shots:



The next double page spread:


 And the close up pages:





And that's a couple of my Project Life pages using this awesome kit! :)