Wednesday, April 16, 2014

a ribbed cowl..

I joined Kate and Tam for a little hook-a-long last week, we all had the same cowl pattern in mind for a snugly winter warmer.  They both used a delicious purl soho yarn, I used a deep dark alpaca from my stash, and we all followed this lovely pattern.  

If you're after a quick and easy project this is the go for sure.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


a portrait of my children once a week every week in 2014..

olive: morning tea on the beach, and a mouthful of sand covered pancake, mmmm!

james & eddie: I was taking a photo of something different altogether, then while editing I noticed your clasped hands, and my heart felt full.  I love how much you love one another..

It might be safe to say that appearances of Harvey will be very few and far between in this space, he makes himself deliberately scarce when he sees me taking pictures..of anything!

joining Jodi @ practicing simplicity for the 52 project..

Friday, April 11, 2014

one indulgent hour..

I don't crave time to myself, I'll usually get to where I'm going and feel a bit lost without my gang, but today when the opportunity presented itself I took advantage.  I took myself and my crochet out for a coffee where I could sit quietly and enjoy the view.  I have to admit, it was nice being able to drink the coffee and enjoy the 'way too big for one' tart uninterrupted.

I was going to dash off to the supermarket straight after, but instead went for a wander along the back beach. Time to breathe in the air, watch the waves and not really think about anything in particular.  

I was only gone for an hour, but it was all I needed.  I was happy to get home to my baby eating a vegemite sandwich and nattering away, my boys still in their pyjamas and still playing the lego video game they were playing when I left.  Happy to get back to a load of laundry and to make a lasagne for dinner.

Although I don't crave that time, I know its good for me and I know I need to make a regular habit of it. Its good for all of us.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


a portrait of my children once a week every week in 2014..

olive: you potter here and there babbling sweet nothings all day long. I adore the way you amuse yourself for hours on end..

it's just the girl this week.  The boys have been difficult to capture lately, they're finding it all a bit tedious, and so appearances of them may be less in this space.  I suppose that's what happens when they grow.

linking in with Jodi and the 52 project..

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

that end of term feeling..

I'd already made the plans in my head while lying there on my pillow at 5am this morning, trying desperately not to let my mind wake or my eyes open.  I didn't make the bed in the hope of returning with her for a nap on this warm autumn day.

Of course she had other plans, as close as we both may have come, sleep we did not.  It was nice though, sitting back watching her unwind.  At first all excited to be in the big bed with mumma, a little bit cheeky, threatening to dive off the edge, hide and seek under the sheet, sitting straight and throwing herself back into the softness.

Then, gradually she slowed down, quietened her sweet babble and began to relax.  It's always a struggle as we come to the end of term.  Finding the energy to get things done each day becomes such an effort. Throw in endless nights of disturbed sleep, twilight shoots almost every day, and we're all just a bit short tempered and worn out.  School breaks up at the end of the week and the holidays will be most welcome!

Even though we'll continue to work, not having school runs or schedules will be a nice change of pace. Jammie days, lazy beach walks and just making it up as we go.  Time to breathe in the sea air and ease ourselves into the cooler, and possibly quieter season.

Aaaahh, does sound good.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


a portrait of my children..

olive: you've mastered those stairs and zip up and down, taking time to peek over and check in on the rest of us..

harvey: this is how I find you often, just taking her in..

james and eddie: the excitement of starting scouts together, you could not stop talking about it, I think its going to be so good for you both..

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

making for a cause..

When it comes to making, there's nothing more fun or fulfilling than making for someone else.  I get pretty excited about starting something new, especially when its for such a wonderful cause. My little 'helper' was pretty excited about visiting the cotton stash too, untangling her contribution was a craft project in itself.

Beautiful Cath at My Bearded Pigeon has put a call out for some wash cloths for the Days For Girls project. I couldn't wait to make a start on these, and if you'd like to contribute pop on over to her blog to grab the details. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014


a portrait of my children..

olive: a much needed beach walk to pick some wild posies after a rough night and a screamy morning..

harvey: every now and then I catch a glimpse of my baby boy within the surly, serious pre-teen..

james: this week its army, and endless questions about world war one..

eddie: morphing into a ware wolf..

Seriously, those two and their imaginative play, its endless.  I cherish the way their little minds work, watching them and listening to their games is simply the best thing ever.

joining jodi's 52 project...