Monday, July 20, 2009

Going for a drive

Cot quilt/wall hanging in progress. Applique has been fused on, but not yet sewn down. Pattern is from
I'll have to make some t-shirts for the boy with similar car appliques.

And finally ... on the bee sting front, Laura's foot is now the size of a balloon, is bright red and rather itchy. In some areas the skin looks about ready to burst. The poor little thing is being VERY stoic. Other than asking hopefully for more medicine she doesn't mention her foot. Robert's sting has redness the size of a 10 cent piece and that is it. Lucky boy!!
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bees 2, us 0

Robert and Laura were stung by bees within 2 hours of each other yesterday.

Bob's been stung before and we are confident that he isn't allergic. (Hard to believe given he was convulsing with pain and unable to tell us what hurt. We thought he'd hit himself in the eye with a tennis ball).

Laura hadn't been stung before and it is clear that she is allergic. Just a local reaction hives or breathing difficulties. Just a lot of swelling. Poor little thing woke up crying in the night. She was stung between her toes and is now swollen from the tips of her toes to her ankle. We're off to see the Dr shortly as it might be infected. There has been red streaking from the puncture, travelling up towards her ankle.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Calling all readers ... Parental advice needed!

I am sure this is an age thing ... however my 5-year-old and my 4-year-old are constantly getting into little disagreements, which become a war of:
"I'm telling on you" ...
"NO I'm going to tell first" ...

Most of the arguments are over minor things, which I really don't need to know about. eg "Mum, he banged his recorder onto mine". Some are more serious, such as hitting/kicking etc.

I'm after advice on how to get through this stage. I do want them to be assertive and stand up for themselves without needing an adult to resolve the minor argument. I also want them to know when the issue is severe enough that an adult does need to be told.

Part of my concern here is that there is some bullying starting to happen at school. Just some nasty catty girls stuff "You can't play with x because she is my friend and not yours" ....."I won't miss you when you go away on holiday"...."You are fat". Also forcing someone to play a certain role in a game when the child doesn't want to play. (And my daughter isn't the one bullying). Of course I want to teach her coping skills and when it is appropriate to involve an adult.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I have a job!!!!

After being a stay-at-home Mum for the last 5.5 years, I'm returning to work part-time. My position involves technical writing, software testing, research and various other things ... pretty much a Jill of all trades.

Here is a picture of my latest sewing WIP. Can you guess what it will be?
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Doll mattress & quilt

Ages ago I promised the kids I'd make some sheets etc for their dolls & teddies. I've finally finished the mattress for the large dolls' bed.
And a quilt to fit the bed.

It has checks on one side (with the boy prefers), and cats on the other side (which the girls prefer).

I did some (rather bad) stippling on the quilt.

I now need to make two more doll quilts so that each child has their own.
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Margaret Sling Bag

I made this bag using the free pattern from Oh Fransson! The main fabric and lining 100% cotton quilting fabric from Textile Traders, two layers over very light interfacing have been applied to the main fabric, and flannelet has been used as interlining. It features a vintage button from my Grandmother's button stash.
I love my fabric choice for the main fabric and initially I liked the slight padding from the interlining. However, I'm not in love with the bag. The strap slips off my shoulder, and the bag is a bit too floppy for my personal taste. (Mind you, I suspect that a stiffer version of this bag wouldn't suit the style).
I worked hard at pattern matching the side seams and I'm very happy with the result.

Here you can see the detailing of the pleat, which makes the bag nice and roomy.
Conclusion: I'll be using the bag for a library bag and I won't make up the pattern again. It just isn't me. I am considering buying some more of the main fabric and making a new bag in a different style. I have recently purchased some patterns from Nikki at Nicole Mallalieu Designs which I am looking forward to making.
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The passing of time

It has been quite a while since I updated, so brace yourself for a number of posts. Let me start with family life....
We're half way through the school holidays. Hubby was also on holiday with us for the first week and consequently the alarm clock wasn't waking us up at 5:30am. BLISS. We are also developing the art of 'playing asleep'. We hear the pitter patter of little feet, feel the stare of little eyes ... and we keep snoring. Eventually the little feet pitter patter back to their bedrooms for some (mostly) quiet play.
One morning we were roused from our 'slumber' by calls of "Come and see what I've done" and this is what we found:
Five jesters balanced on an elephant and one VERY proud 5-year-old.
On the last day of term, Kindy had a 'sleepover' for the kids teddy bears. Patch the toy dog had a lot of fun. However, the toys got up to a bit of mischief during the night and made a huge mess of Kindy. Toys and food were strewn everywhere and we found Patch wearing lots of necklaces, having a picnic with another teddy.

Apparently before the children arrived at Kindy to find the mess, the gardener came past, saw the mess and thought Kindy had been broken into. He apparently cleaned up the mess and (I am assuming) reported a break-in. The teachers then had to reconstruct the mess from the teddy bear party before the children arrived.
The rainbow quilt has found a new home. I've decided that it should live on the bed of a rather delighted little girl. Now I need to make two more for the other munchkins.

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