Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 9

The Double T. Although it's more like a quadruple T, but who am I to question.

I could make a tiny dolls bed quilt if I stopped here. I won't though or I'd have no blog content to post.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Day to Day: Introducing Ace

This is Sally (and Luke):

Sally is our 7 year old corgi who has recently hurt her back right leg. The vet has basically said that there's nothing they can do and to bring her in when she's ready. Well, we've been keeping her pain medicated and we don't want to lose her, but we know it could happen any time.

The kids (and Steve and I) are going to be devastated when the time comes.

So, what's one to do?

Find a new puppy to ease the pain a little.

Preferably not one 7+ hours drive away. But when searching for a corgi, one has to take what one can get. They are hard to find and after ringing basically every breeder I could find listed in NSW, we had no choice.

Kate, Luke and I set off on an adventure to Grafton. We stayed overnight at Nambucca Heads and continued the trip the next day.

We made it to Grafton and set our eyes on to this little guy. Ace.

He was the last puppy left out of his litter. He took to the kids straight away. Luke had a ball having Ace chase him around.

We filled out all the paperwork and we could officially leave with our new Jarrett family member.

This is Ace on one of the stops we had on the way home:

We struggled to all agree on a name. Luke wanted Max, I liked Astro, Steve liked Mork and Kate kept changing her mind and Amy wanted to call him princess. Hmmm.

I was flicking through a website with popular dog names and we saw Ace. That was it. His name was chosen.

He is a fantastic puppy (as was Sally). He has slept through the night since we got him. He loves to bark at the cats who just look on in utter disdain. He still loves to chase Luke. He loves a good belly scratch. He has a penchant for shoes, but a simple 'nuh-uh' seems to do the trick.

He won't stay still except for when he is asleep, which is quite often. He runs around one minute, and the next, he has flopped on the ground and he is asleep.

And Sally, well, let's just say she seems a little happier too:

Love my corgi babies.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 8

This week is the Greek Cross. It's the same as the Churn Dash, but the colours are kind of inverted to make it look different.

I think it looks completely different. Surprising what a colour change can do, really.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sewing: A quilt for Kate

I took the kids to see How To Train Your Dragon 2. I figured I'd check out the Spotlight almost next door as I was on the hunt for some specific yarn. Well, lo and behold, there's a 40% off fabric sale.

Kate found some flannelette that she really liked.

I didn't say anything, but I'd already bought a drill version of the same print months ago.

I told her I could make her a quilt and that could be the back if she liked and to pick out some fabric for the top.

When we got home I went to my stash and pulled out my 'bloody bear' piece of fabric as Sarah and I like to call it.

Kate was not impressed.

With the fact that we are both awesome and have the same taste in fabric, or for another reason, I do not know.

But anyway, she's decided on equilateral triangles. Let see how that goes, shall we.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 7

Week 7 is brought to you by the block Card Tricks.

I am starting to think that this quilt might turn out all right. Although I have an awfully long way to go to find out.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Project Life: March

I was really stumped with this layout as there was just so much red! Although, what did I expect, it was the Museum of Fire?!

In the end, I just started sticking stuff down, although looking at it now, it seems a little boring. But as far as I'm concerned, done is better than perfect.

I must say, we had a really nice time at the museum. The kids seemed to like it, especially the firetruck ride. Or it could have been the McDonalds lunch afterwards. Either way, we had a really nice day out.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Craft: Crochet Baby Blanket

In between uni semesters I wanted a mindless project that I could sit in front of the tv with.

I found this gorgeous ripple blanket on ravelry and decided that was the one!

A lady I used to work with is pregnant so I thought a nice little pram blanket would be cute and wouldn't take me too long to complete.

She doesn't know what she is having so Steve suggested I leave the pink out, which to me meant leave it in.

Firstly, I chained 152 stitches but it didn't look big enough.

So I followed the pattern and added the rest. Big mistake. A chain is never as long as the finished product.

This blanket went from being a pram blanket, to just a blanket.

I didn't think I was ever going to finish it.

I would race myself on the train to get three rows completed in a trip.

It took me a solid two weeks, but in the end I got there and she loved it. Well, she said she loved it...

And I told her to have fun finding all my mistakes! Especially the night I had a cider and thought it would be a great time to do more of the blanket!!

I even linked up to my first craft link thing over at Not Just A Housewife. I'm starting to get the hang of this blogger shiz.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 6

This week is titled: North Wind.

Now, before I get carried away with thinking how awesome I am (don't look at those points) can I just say that there has not been one block that I haven't had to unpick at least one seam.

You'd think I'd have the hang of it by now, but apparently not...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Craft: Red Spray Painted Chairs

My neighbour had a garage sale and I picked up these two chairs for $5 each.

They weren't red to begin with.

That was my doing.

I had wanted to try my hand at spray painting some bright red chairs for a while now and I figured these would be as good as any chair to have a go with.

I sanded these puppies back like crazy to have a nice smooth surface.

The first chair, I didn't do an undercoat on. I just started spraying.

There was one fundamental thing about red spray paint that I did not know.

It's kind of translucent.

So off to Bunnings I go to get a tin of undercoating paint for the second chair.

I used 2 tins of spray paint per chair because , truth be told, I'm a bit heavy handed and I wasn't getting the finish I wanted, so I just kept on spraying until I was happy!

But in the end, they turned out good enough.

And I reckon once I make some cushions for them, they will look even better. (Stayed tuned)

And here's another photo of Pixie:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 5

This week is brought to you by the Churn Dash.

I'm slowly getting the hang of this paper piecing and I've realised that in order to do it successfully you need patience and a good iron.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 5

I know what you're thinking: when will this road trip end?!

Don't worry, I was thinking the same thing by the end of it.

But this is my last post, I promise.

After the zoo, I conned Steve into driving us out to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

I was not expecting there to be so many dishes. Or so big!

We went to the visitor centre to have a look around. There are some really cool displays. Like a spacesuit:

A piece of the moon from the Apollo 11 mission:

And a 1:1 scale model of the Rover and a human Luke robot:

After we had finished reading and learning about space and astronauts, we headed back into the city. We still had time for one more place, so we settled on the Royal Australian Mint because we didn't think it would take us long to get around it.

Here's another family photo, minus Amy. Ignore Stephen, he doesn't like having his photo taken:

Then on to the displays about how to make coins and old currencies:

More displays. These ones were more interesting though as they featured coins that had been stamped incorrectly:

Where else but the mint can you spend $3 to get a $1 coin in return?!

And that, is that.

A weekend of family time, enjoying each others company and learning stuff too.

A perfect weekend, really.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 4

Brace yourselves for day 2 our our road trip.

So we started off by going to the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Which of course, we got there early, so we drove around and found a bakery and had a second breakfast. Mmm.

Back to the zoo. So, we get there and well, we look around.

I get another awesome family photo. These are the only family photos I seem to get...

Then into the aquarium we go. The kids love the sensory pool where they can pick up shells and touch things.

My kids can have a pretty wicked sense of humour at times. It makes me proud, I must confess (because we all know it's from me, right).

And here's a photo of some sort of monkey and the only reason why I am putting it here is because it was actually looking at me. It was probably thinking, what the bleep are you looking at, but whatever.

Onto the big cats. These white lions were absolutely beautiful.

And so were these ones, but this one scared me. I mean, look at that pacing figure eight he has carved into the ground. Not good.

Onto the monkey that loved Luke just a little bit.

It's not a great photo of the monkey, but this little guy was following us every time we tried to walk away from his cage. Apparently if you talk in a really high pitched voice and raise your eyebrows, they will 'talk' to you. Well, this one would not stop! We stayed here talking to him, his name is Coco by the way, for ages. Although he was probably thinking similar thoughts to the other monkey.

Stephen even got to pat a wallaby.

And so did the kids, but by the time Amy had had her turn, the wallaby had had enough and pushed her hand away. I don't blame him. Although I do feel sorry for the next kid that was about to try and pat it. Patting overload.

And that was the zoo. It was a great size as it wasn't too big and exhausting. The enclosures were really large which gave the animals some much needed freedom, or as much as you can get being locked up in a pen. The kids really liked it too. The fact that there was both the zoo and aquarium made it so much better in my eyes!