Friday, April 16, 2010

Wee Birdies

I love birds, and I really enjoyed sewing these, inspired by the tutorial here. I would still like to make them into a mobile, but haven't found appropriate bendy sticks yet. They're a nice simple handsewing project if you want a little something to keep you busy while you're watching helps alleviate that feeling of "time-wasting" we Mums get when we're not "getting something done."
To my chagrin, my children don't really go in for soft toys, even though I would relish the opportunity to sew them all sorts of cute softies. But these have been surprisingly popular, perhaps because they fit so nicely into a child's hand, or a real birds' nest.
Speaking of telly, I am currently loving: The Beautiful People, So You Think You Can Dance and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. You watching anything good?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Beloved Sling

I love this wrap sling so much, I don't know what I would have done without it. And I think my babies probably feel the same way. From snuggled on the front as a newborn, to the back for housework and on the side for hanging out, it has been worth its weight in gold.
Amanda Blake (Soulemama) writes so eloquently about babywearing here; I could never communicate that as nicely as she has. Her piece totally sums up the way I feel about carrying my babies in this nurturing way. For an extremely thorough, instructive website all about babywearing, I love Mamatoto.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bush Walking

Dear Kangaroos, we had a lovely afternoon yesterday, walking through your bush with our friends.
Jimmy really loved the dirt ...
I loved the beautiful glowing scenery...
and Kees loved that quality, squishy mud.
Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter Jarmies

Ooh wee, I get a little warm fuzzy feeling every time my little ones snuggle into their new pyjamas!
And they're matching! Matching, I tell ya.
Cute stuff for boys. I love it.

And early morning cups of tea (very early) observing golden spiderwebs and little finches in the front garden. And Jimmy toddling around: I love that too! Although I'm not too sure about his rather early ability to push a stool up to the bench and climb up to reach items on top! They sure do keep you on your toes. Sigh...

Venturing into Emo Land...

Esmi Doonan is not really the flowery for her birthday I ventured into Emo land. I think maybe a bit more black would be better, but she was happy with it and that's what matters. Esmi is probably more pre-Emo anyway. ;0) We love you lots, Esmi!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter

I'm glad that the contents of this Easter basket didn't set the tone for the rest of it! Banana peel would be a slight disappointment for those of us expecting CHOCOLATE. I'm happy to report that Easter was, in fact, full of joy, fun, laughter and sharing, whiling the afternoon away with egg decorating, egg and spoon races, three-legged races, Duck-Duck-Goose and the compulsory egg hunt. And then trying to minimise the children's chocolate consumption before our delicious shared dinner!

Happy Easter, friends!

Friday, April 2, 2010

This Morning

This morning I am loving: Jimmy in a pink nappy, breastfeeding and reading this book, and the autumn sunshine on my cheerful, cosy new flannelette sheet. Happy long weekend!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Peppermint Mag

My life has been changed by reading this magazine. I thought I was pretty green, but now I'm inspired to take things to a whole new level. Did you know that it takes 2000 litres of water to make just one cotton t-shirt? There are so many eye-openers in this mag, but it isn't guilt-inducing and has lots of great eco-conscious options for when the urge to buy new clothes does hit. It's informative, thought-provoking and pretty. I highly recommend you read it. I'm not sure where else it's available, but I know you can get it at Bliss Ecowear in Paddington. (Thank you for the lend, Martine, and may I pass it on before it gets back to you?)