Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Who am I to argue with the gift requests of the queen of thrift, whose inside Charity Shop track brings all kinds of goodies my way. This visit it was some amazing dark red vintage buttons, and a loan of her pinking shears.
And the postman has been busy again with Moopy fabric goodness from
Soo (who also sent some lovely fabric for me!)
Thank you so much you guys - The Minimoopy love experience is coming along nicely. Although I am anticipating post-craft-fair let down after the busy weeks of planning and making. I am steeling myself and setting up a few post-fair projects to get my teeth into.
But so many bloggers seem to feel a bit bruised by the experience. Any tips for overcoming the blues?
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Less easy was this weekend's baking challenge. I told Mark he could pick a style of cupcake to make for Daddy's Birthday and this was it - toffee tumbles.
Now don't get all excited, that was the illustration in the book. But make them I did - 3 billion choux pastry marbles later....
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Last weekend I got round to it and today I had the chance to pick up the upholstery tacks to finish it. It's base is a cork board, so it can be used with thumb tacks, or you can just slide your bits and bobs under the ribbons (which are twill tape in this instance).
Both my boys have versions of these in their rooms and they are fab for keeping hold of all that kiddy paper that just cannot be thrown away, but is ruined in seconds if left within reach. I'll take this to the craft fair and see if any commissions come out of it.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I mentioned a few days back that Philippa had sent the boys a 'Make your own Peg People' activity bag, but I wanted to show it to you, because it was amazing.
Ta-dah. He's a peg spaceman (or space alien, judging by the green head and antenna and single leg). We even drew a background for all the great space adventures he is going to have. Thank you so much Philippa - this one is going to run and run I'm sure!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
I have always been a huge fan of kids parties, we've done a monkey party, an underwater party (twice!), a barnyard bash and a building site. But this year, I have run out of steam.
As a child I loved my parties, lots of party games, stuff yourself with tea and a fab homemade cake. But last year I encountered party games resistance big time.
Now I admit, my son is a have-a-go hero - he's never met a game he didn't want to play or an activity he wouldn't try. I fully appreciate that not all kids are built this way, but I wasn't expecting the number of children in tears that I had last year. I swear I wasn't a party ogre - not participating was fine by me, but when you throw a party, you want the kids to have a good time and in my book, howling isn't part of the fun. So this year I have caved in and for the first time its to the gym for a trampoline party.
The thing that probably bothers me most about abdicating my parental party responsibilities is giving up on a theme - it may be cheesy, but our kids parties have always had one. I like the fact that it gives you a starting point for invitations, decorations, games, food - everything really. So the naff invitations supplied went in the bin and it was thinking caps on for a theme for a trampoline party. I was finding it tough, until I remembered Mark's affinity for road signs. So here are the invitations.
I'm thinking yellow tableware and perhaps an inflatable kangaroo (please have one party shop). Any other inspiration you guys?
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Angela's family sent cute handmade robot hand puppets, jacks in a bag, personalized fishy notepads, rubber stamps, stickers, feathers, beads, key rings, books - the goodies just kept on coming.
Philippa and her daughter sent us a great put together kit to make our own peg people (more of that another time..), books, soap, a crinkly winged birdie (my personal favourite) and a cute world map to show where we live in relation to where they live. The irony of this is that it turns out that 10 years ago, Philippa and I lived 2 streets from each other. Of course, we didn't know one another then - in fact, 10 years ago in the other universe that was 'life-before-children' I knew very few of my neighbours.
Andy and I both left home for work every day and returned without a thought for what went on in our street in our absence or the mini-dramas being played out behind the bay windows all around us. Now I am embarrassed at how self-centred we were. One of the joys of my children, for me, is the way in which they have given our family roots.
I love running into friends and acquaintances when I'm doing my errands. I feel valued when my neighbours ask me to feed their pet, or put their bin out, or water their plants. I am tickled at the fact our postman always brings all the 'working household' parcels to me to pass on when the workers arrive home. A sense of community is a real gift.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
and Em, who sent me much coveted Martha tea-towels too!
These Moopies are really going to be something.
I can't really intersperse my posts with any wickedly exciting crafting either, because I've just been churning out more and more of the same stuff - the curse of mass-production!
I do, however have two very exciting teeny tiny swap packages to share and two boys who have been in crafting heaven, but they might have to wait until tomorrow. This back at school lark is all well and good, but there are lunchboxes to wash, uniforms to iron and early nights to be had. Roll on the weekend.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
He had a great morning - Montessori is puzzle heaven and he's a connoisseur - paradise. And me? I have to admit I blew my morning drinking tea with a friend, but I am determined to make better use of my time next week.
Look what the postman brought... a package of minimoopy fabric from Caroline. I asked for scraps and she sends loads of gorgeous cottons, beautifully ironed and a fabby 100 card (in honour of my 100th post). Actually that caused some very quizzical looks from my tea-drinking buddy, because even on my very worst bad hair day, I look a few years short of a century.
Monday, September 04, 2006
And did someone send a special message to the park to say it was Autumn? Because look what's been falling off the trees.
So if life gives you conkers, make conker art.
Or at least try to, before small feet discover the joy of kicking conkers.
Neatly fielded by my nephew Matt.
The boys had a great weekend with their cousins' visit to round off the summer. It's school tomorrow, so no more early morning blogging for me. Strictly up, in the shower and out the door - sob, sniff.
Friday, September 01, 2006
The craft fair that I've been banging on about is in a little over a month. It is a charity event in aid of Home Start, which deals with families in times of difficulty or distress. My table fee and 10% of my takings go to the charity. But I wanted to do something extra and had been racking my brain for a good idea.
I'm sure you've seen plenty of Minimoopies inspired by Carly's pattern floating about blogland (only I can't show you any, because Blogger's on a picture free jag right now). She has very kindly allowed me permission to use her pattern for a 'Minimoopy love experience'. This bundle contains a copy of the minimoopy pattern and the materials to make a minimoopy of your very own. I want the whole price of the 'Minimoopy love experience' items to go to the charity.
If I can get enough volunteers, children may be able to help make their own design there and then on the day. If not, I plan to have a big basket of fabric so they can at least pick out their own colour combinations for the pattern to be completed at home.
Oh - fabric - and that's where you sweet generous bloggers come in. Now I have some scraps, but probably not enough (because believe me, I'm going to be selling the love experience for all I'm worth and I'm a good salesperson!). As a little 100th post gift to me I wondered if I could ask you to sort through your scraps and send any Moopy-limb-sized bits my way. Please e-mail me if you might be able to help.
And Carly, a huge thank you to you for your generosity in giving me permission to share your pattern, which is generally only for personal use, but in this case may get to spread a little love and raise some much needed funds.
Now I'm off to bake a little something to celebrate 100 posts.