on persistent dreams & grown up plans

inventor dress up

It varies, from week to week, from pilot, to engineer, to inventor. Though I guess they all have an engineering kind of common thread running through them. He’s a child who loves to know how things work, who’ll question and think and question some more. As a toddler, he spoke early and spoke constantly – especially “why?”. “Why why why why but why mummy? ”

Kissing Fish AKA The Aussie Aviatrix Quiltalong

aviatrix feature

I am so excited to finally be able to show you this quilt. I have shared the centre medallion previously, but have had the final photos under embargo until this week when the quiltalong wraps up.   {round of applause for the excellent quilt-holding-and-foot-modelling skills of Mr Barefoot} It is a quilt, quite literally, built on blood, sweat & tears. From the three days of

end of year teacher care package

teacher gift

Am I the only one who tends to compare how much I like a person with how much I like a fabric I will be sewing with for them? When Beetle’s baby quilt arrived, I was blown away and touched on many levels, not the least of which was my beautiful friends had sewn with one of my favourite fabric ranges, which I’m led to

a-camping we will go…

  Now Beetle is getting bigger, the Phil & Ted’s Nest that we were using as a portacot isn’t really an option any more – it’s a fantastic little bed, and so quick & easy to set up, but being low & bendable, the little rotter can just push down & crawl out of it, and had, on more than one occasion recently, simply rolled

tea wallet {tutorial}

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As part of our teacher gifts this year, I made a little tea wallet for each teacher. We gave ours with a mug ($8 for a pack of four from Coles – $2/gift), a couple of TimTam Bites ($3 for a pack of 12 – 50c/gift), and filled the wallets with a selection of 6 teabags (a gift box of ten bags in each of

meine kinder

And then there were three! The final costume I made for Bear last month {see his Hogwarts uniform here and his Melbourne Cup Day get-up here} was a pair of lederhosen for a multicultural day to round out their cultural experiences unit at school. With the boys at school, Butterfly at preschool and Beetle napping, I set myself up in the front loungeroom with a

accio costume

ANOTHER dress up post, I hear you ask? Yes, indeed! This was actually the first dress-up Bear had, again as part of his cultural studies unit at school. This year, they were asked to dress-up for Halloween, and went trick-or-treating around the other year two classes. Luckily for me, I had wizards robes on hand, from last year’s Halloween concert for his drama school. The

what a puzzle

  The text arrived at breakfast time Tuesday. A usual, ordinary day suddenyl turned into a high-excitement, stalk-the-phone-all-day kind of day – there was a baby on the way! By morning teatime we were celebrating the safe arrival of (yet another) beautiful tiny boy for our group (or, at 9lb7, not so tiny). I had previously arranged with my friend that their gift would be

Off To The Races

This term, at school, Bear has been studying various cultures from around the world – their traditions, their history, their beliefs. Of course, with the first Tuesday in November falling firmly within the cultural explorations unit, home comes a note that as part of this, they will be discussing this “iconic Australian cultural event” (HAHA I see through you, cheeky, teachers. Passing off the Melbourne

of dresses and tiaras {blogtoberfest day 23}

Sitting in the hotel room, waiting for the mister to return from playing hunter-gatherer in the wilds that is BrisVegas, I watched as the small people bounced off the walls after a day in the car (disclaimer – no walls were harmed in the making of this holiday), and with one eye on them, and the other on the table before me, I sifted through