Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A spot of tea.

An elderly neighbour invited my children and I in for tea this afternoon (brave soul that she is!). We often speak in passing, about our gardens (theirs gorgeous, mine currently feeling a distinct lack of love in the wintertime!), our shared love of growing tomatoes, how big my kids are growing. Through the passage of our criss-crossing lives, we actually know each other quite well.

But I'd never been inside their house. So this afternoon, when they invited us in, I said yes.

I did pre-warn them: "You know my kids are going to touch everything, right?"
The reply" 'Don't worry love, we dont have anything expensive for them to break".

We walked inside, they put on the kettle, asked me how I took my tea (black with no sugar, thanks for asking), and a packet of biscuits appeared on a sweet little serving dish as if by magic.

My mr2yo needed the bathroom, so I took him.

We finished in the bathroom, and walked back out into their kitchen, to find miss4yo playing with a basket of toys, explained to be the great-grandchildren's stash that is brought out when they come to visit.

Then miss4yo needed the bathroom, so I took her.

We finished in the bathroom (again), and walked back out to the kitchen to find mr2yo playing his version of 'snap' with some well-loved cards he'd found. I sat at the table with my friend, sipping tea from a gorgeous teacup, with a saucer (!), and eating Shortbread creams.
They didn't mind that my kids made a mess. They told me that, for birthdays and Christmas, instead of buying their great-grandchildren more toys that they don't need (because they have so many) they are buying them something small and putting money aside for them for later in life (which won points with this toy-infested-cluttered-too-much-stuff housekeeper!). They played games and did jigsaws with my kids. They didn't mind when the toys were everywhere.

It was a lovely afternoon, and I'm glad that I accepted their invitation in for tea instead of returning inside my house to whatever 'important' thing I would have done otherwise.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Right yarn...

(100purewool worsted 3ply in 'Passionate', much more maroon and pink than shown), WRONG pattern for it (Garden City by Sheryl from Shortly Stitches which is a lovely lovely pattern- just not in this yarn!).




Right yarn (Bendigo Woollen Mills 'Luxury' 8ply in 'Iris Mist'), right pattern (Olearia, by the very talented Tikki).





This photo was taken in the afternoon sun at my kitchen door- I turn into a bit of a reptile in the winter and I'll gladly sit on the floor if it means I can get warm!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Exciting things ...

Exciting things have still been happening, with all that knitting going on.
I went to my first preschool Mothers Day party (well, unless went when I myself went to preschool [which is the year before school starts here in Australia, more school-preparation focused than daycare generally, but not compulsory for all children, most kids that attend go 2-3 days per week]).

I had to take one of my old shoes, and my beautiful miss4yo and I made this creation.

I wish I'd taken a photo of the display to show you all, but just picture lots of painted shoes hanging up like this one!

Another exciting thing that happened was the start of Pay-It-Forward 2011 - no, I wasn't organised enough yet to send off my two packages, but I recieved mine, from Clare @ Green Valley Crafts

The gorgeous handmade tag- love the lace!
 The package itself:
And where it went (on my shirt) about 15 seconds after I ripped open the package :) I would have taken a face-included photo but for some reason that day I wasn't feeling particularly photogenic!

So Mummyzilla and Ottomania - please email me (latenightcreativity at hotmail dot com)your postal addresses and any ideas for what you'd like me to make for you/your kids - I'm feeling a bit idea-poor but I'd love to get a start on your items :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I know.

I know it's been over a month. I know. I know I haven't posted. I know you all will have been wondering where I am, what I'm doing.
The answer is: knitting. And knitting and knitting and knitting! My business is going really well, which means not much else has been happening in terms of general craftiness.
But today... Ah today. The stars magically aligned enough that I had about 3 (count them, three!) hours at home, ALL BY MYSELF. That is completely my way of recharging.

So I did a bit of this:




And, excitingly enough, I got out my sewing machine (for the first time in months) and finished free-motion quilting my boys first quilt (more reflections on that to come), made the binding, and machine sewed on one side of the binding.



All that is left now is to handstitch the other side down and it will be done. Today was awesome!
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