Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yes I have been AWOL, but I'm back now!

Allright so it has been busy, busy, busy over here.

H has started school and is LOVING it. He is handling it very well and sopping up all the info on a daily basis. He has started reading and so loves the achievement of completing a whole book (Word counts between 25-35 words!)

Z has had a big couple of weeks.
*3YO kinder has begun. He has decided after a couple of not so sure days that maybe having it all to himself is a pretty good thing after all!
*Childcare had changed, his big brother is no longer there and so he has lost his someone familiar to play with at outside time and this was quite upsetting for him for a couple of weeks but he is now settling in better. His little brother has started and occasionally he helps out to make him happy when he is sad.
*And home has changed as well because his big brother isn't home all day so boredom took approximately 1 hour to set in, 10 mins if you count ABC kids was on for the first 50 min!!!! So now Mondays are gardening days and we are working on adding structured ish stuff to do on the other days until he gets the hang of the extra brain space and starts to do his own things.

T has started childcare, he has had 2 full days so far and is part way through his third. He took a bit of getting used to it but seems to be fine if I just drop him and leave. He is really clingy while I am still there and then calms quickly once I'm gone. He is quite familiar with the carers too and recognises them so he is feeling more at home there. Also if he gets really upset they go and get Z and he cheers up very quickly and once he is right Z goes back to his usual room. Just needs to know he hasn't been completely deserted I think.

And on to the craft.

Finished the cardy for the Summer challenge at my LYS and remembered to hand it in on the final day, it had been finished for a week or so but I just kept forgetting to drop it off. Just added the buttons and off it went (forgot to take a final photo, oops! Might drop in at the store and get one, they are all on display in the front window) The submissions for the challenge all look wonderful. Lorraine has also started up "Slash your stash for the Bushfires" and is accepting 30cm squares which will be sewn together to make blankets for those that have been affected by the fires. So if you are interested, more info can be found on her "news" page.

Have finished sewing up the white cardy for A&O's little girl, just need to do the neckband and the buttons and I can hand it over.

Haven't done a lot of knitting recently as I have been doing some sewing for the Toy Society for their Bushfire drive. Dropped them off at Meet me at Mikes last week. So here the are:

They are two coloured, one each side. The star fish have stitched markings on one side and eyes on the other and the "rainbow fish" have an eye on each side and a silvery sparkly scale on one side like the fish in the story. (Wiki link, Amazon link). My kids loved playing with them so hopefully the kids that are given them will like them too. I gave two other fish, not shown here, to the friend at school who lost her sister. For her to keep for her own kids, or to pass on to people she knows who have been affected as she sees fit.

Hopefully I will gte back on track with the knitting and setting up of the shop as life settles down here after the madness that has been February.

Back soon!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Yesterday was a good day

There was a big sewing bee yesterday in Brunswick, hosted by Nikki, to make bags for the rainbow comfort packs which will be delivered in a couple of weeks time. It was a fantastic day with heaps of people cutting sewing and embellishing bags, t-shirts and hairbands.

In an email I received at the conclusion of the day Nikki wrote"...80 bags, 22 t-shirts and 21 hair ties were finished. More bags went home with people to finish later and post back."

Now it feels a little better.

If you would like to make a bag to be used in this project, there are some instructions here and they can be sent here for filling, or you can fill them up yourself and then send them in.

Happy sewing!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Bushfire sun

The sun looked eerie as it was setting this evening. The smoke from the bushfires has rolled into suburban Melbourne. Colours are all wrong. Everything has a tinge of yellow to it. The smell is everywhere, especially on the clothes that were hanging on the washing line over night.

I have been making toys for the Toy Society to distribute to the bushfire kids, my kids think they are great so I'm hoping they will bring at least a small amount of cheer to these kids. Tomorrow I am joining a working bee over in Brunswick to make cloth bags for Rainbow Comfort packs being organised by Monica at Beyond Pink and Blue. We have donated Gluten free food for the Diamond Creek relief centre, and new clothes and sheets as well.

It doesn't feel like it's enough.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Handmade Helps Out.

There is a new blog here that lists items for sale/auction with the proceeds going to the Bushfire Appeal.

Have a look at what people are offering and if you like and buy, you know our cash is going to where it needs to be.

It also provides addresses for where goods can be dropped and other things you can do to help out like donating blood or fostering hurt animals.

Have a look.

Every little bit helps.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Victorian fires

For those that know, yes my parents do live in Churchill, and yes they are safe.

They are fortunate to be on the other side of the hill from where the fire started. The fire headed away from them, but threatened at least one friends house. Dad helped them prepare their house, which thankfully was not in the fire's direct path.

Feeling pretty sad though as others we know through kinder/school may have lost a sister and her kids out at Kinglake, they are still waiting to hear whether they have been found or not, it may take some time for news to get through.

If you would like to make a donation you can do that here.

ETA Our friend from school has learnt that her sister, sister's husband and two kids did not survive the fires on Saturday. They are getting a lot of support in this difficult time.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bushfire victims toy collection

The Toy Society is organising a toy collection over the next couple of weeks for children affected by the bushfires in Victoria. Go here for more details.

If you would like to donate something please let them know their email address is:

I think I'll be busy for the next couple of weeks on this project.

I hope all of your loved ones are safe and sound.


Monday, February 2, 2009

A new friend and the first day of school

Yes, as predicted H decided almost instantly after delivery of Z's Minisaurus that he too needed one. He chose red, yellow and orange and his dinosaur was instantly designated Fireysaurus. He is beautiful as well see...

There's just one problem. I had to make a bit of a patch on his underside to keep his stuffing in because there was a bit of a weakness in the orange felt. I thought we had it licked. H had his first day at school today and took Firey with him to keep him company and when he came home his underside looked like this:

H said that he thought the problem was that he received too many kisses! I have confirmed a sneaking suspicion, the orange felt that I bought from a different store is definitely not up to being made into toys....Bugger! Will have to buy some orange from the original store. Oh well. He's happy about Firey and doesn't seem fazed that he's a bit explodey and is happy for me to keep it until I can fix it.

Doesn't he look fabulous in his uniform?