Friday, September 26, 2008

On the move

We have found a home
Some serious packing will need to be done - crafting will be put on hold and packed up but with much excitement as it will be unpacked into a nice room and off the dining table.
I have plans for this room to be my new sewing/kids play room with easy access into the yard.

16km's away from our current house means a gradual infiltration into the community.
As we only looked at, applied for this house and got news of acceptance today Bronte will go back after 2 weeks holidays for 2-3 days at her old school (to get all her belongings and say goodbye) and then move to her new school, we will be able to move a few activities next term but for this year a travel in sometimes heavy peak traffic will mean some long days.

We are all excited and a little anxious to be moving in a short 2 -3 weeks time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Summer Sewing

Pack or Sew?
Sew of course.

Heat exploded through Sydney for the second weekend, sweaty kids needed something cool to wear with a little sun protection - so what better reason than to make a few dresses to run around in.

2 Peasant dresses - 2 different looks.

Apron Peasant Dress

I am thinking the apron bit needs something (embroidery maybe?), and possibly a removable sash to pull it in.
The Cherry Dress

We have this book at home but it was not until I finished making the dress that I found the book after not reading it in quite a while and noticed the resemblance - I just hope my craftsmanship is as good as in the books and it can be passed on for many years to come.

Since making the dresses the temperature has dropped again and dress wearing will have to wait - maybe on the weekend?

Note to my mum - I was able to send on one large bag and a box full of soft/other toys to the charity bin so we have almost de-cluttered the house now - and just think I have a few less metres of unused fabric (these were from my pile)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

This Is......what I want to be when I grow up.

I had to think about this for a little while but not too long - I really believe I am living the life I always hoped for.
It was always my dream to be a mum. I can remember way back when I was 5 years old playing in houses where there were little babies and cuddling them and trying to look after them.

I trained as a child care worker then went on to become an Early Childhood worker continuing on with the looking after kids theme- my favourite age to work with would be 6months - 2year olds and spent much of my working life making a profession caring for many little mites - most of whom still touch my heart and it scares me to think some of these would be in their early twenties now.

I must say that I am very much loving my 3 year old and have found her great nature and wonderful personality to be easy to hang with - my 8 year old is a little more challenging and I need to sometimes stop and remember she is still little and in need of guidance and boundaries without negativity (Bronte can be extremely sensitive and this can prove patience pushing).

Sometimes the boundary between motherhood and profession blur and I think I should be more than a mum/carer, I have a desire to be a business woman/fashion designer/craft extraordinaire but mentally that all seems too far away/too hard/not me - I feel like my mind is a blur of a little bit of this and a little bit of that - but when I truly look at everything I love it comes down to anything child focused of quality -My girls really enable me to be immersed in my love - KIDS.

Thanks to bugandpop for choosing this weeks theme a great one to reflect on.

What do you want to be when you grow up - are you/have you fulfilled your dreams?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Rental Nightmare in Sydney

MMMMM If you haven't already read from my previous posts, we are on the hunt for a new home......and boy is the market frightening.

Today I turned up at this house
and there were about 100 families waiting to go through - even with a 40 minute wait on getting the door opened there were still about 50 groups going through and the photo does the property justice, it was not jumping out saying try and take me.....

as I was driving home passing another open house (crossed off my viewing list as it said NO PETS) I thought I would stop in just to satisfy my curiosity) Well it was gorgeous, I want to live there BUT what do we do with our beloved cat Jessie - How could I move my kids, turn their lives upside down with new schools etc. and leave their pet behind.....Anyone looking for a fat Black Cat?

Last on our list was this very large family home with a price at the top of our range I am not sure what to do - It has all the space we could use but it was quite higgilty piggilty a bit of a Harry Potter Home - what I thought was a linen cupboard in the dining area was actually a secret bathroom, complete with bath. The pantry (fitted out similarly to that in a restaurant) next to the kitchen hidden behind a door was a large under stair cupboard and half of the roof was turned into a loft complete with a great tunnel cubby hiddy hole the kids had a ball running through the house finding all the hidden rooms but it truly was not everything we are looking for - But was close enough for Bruce to get to work without having to pass through one set of traffic lights (YES he was very keen on this aspect and it is only around the corner from where he was raised)

included 3 Lock up garages in 2 buildings and a yard at the side of the property which was big enough for another house........ this is the front room which begins it's individuality......

This house has the potential for a great play room for the kids complete with inside cubby and tunnel, I could have my own sewing/computer room, a family art room, a study for Bruce But it is much need of a week long clean and a paint would be nice (only they want an extra $125/week for the painting) so we would forgo the painting.

We have been through others which are too small/short term lease only/ on or about to go on the market for sale/NO PETS/too expensive etc etc.....

Should we take the Harry Potter House in the nice area which is big but but....but? I would love any assistance in making my mind up.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This is.....what I do with a spare 10 minutes.

10 Spare minutes? Yes I can find 10 spare minutes generally once the kids are in bed I find many more minutes to play with - I could use them to clean, unclutter, make lunches but instead I can be found doing one of many things - crafting, blogging or more so reading other more talented bloggers, flicking through a mag, or watch trash TV -yes I am a bit of a sucker for the box....

On Saturday The girls and I had a few spare hours at the most perfect little kiddies beach (Palm Beach Sanctuary Point - 3 hours from home)

Unfortunately over the next few weeks any spare minutes will be taken up with house hunting - Yes the rental market in Sydney is enough to send even the sanest insane - packing, cleaning and uncluttering and wishing I had done more in the wasted spare minutes of life - that is until we are resettled and all those spare minutes lure me away from work.

Thanks to Hoppo Bumpo for suggesting this weeks theme. If you have a spare 10 minutes and would like to read what other's do with their spare 10 minutes head on over to three buttons to see who's playing.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Life as a Refugee

Yesterday I took Bronte out of school for the afternoon to take her to Sydney Olympic Park to learn about life in a a refugee camp set up by Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia Whilst the kids didn't quite get it all, it was a good learning tool - I was both amazed and shocked by the experience.
Learning that refugees often arrive at camps set up by this privately funded organisation with volunteer doctors, nurses and other personal through extreme conditions. one at camp families are set up in a very small tent with each person being allocated 20 litres of water per day and a small plate of rice, maize and beans - mixed with a mixture of water and oil - there is no green vegies, fruits or meats. Once a camp is a little more settled more permanent structures are set up - the aim is to provide 3 square meters per person which is rarely met. An aim of 1 toilet per 20 people is allocated and is set up close to tents to encourage use. Illnesses and various outbreaks are common as is malnutrition in young children.

Tours were provided free of charge by returned field workers, their time and effort was worth while and very much an eye opener. There are 2 more camp set up's in Australia during September - click on the above link to see where.

The task of collecting water for each family member is often given to the girl in the family at about 7 - 8 years of age - often having to carry this water up to 500 metres - here Bronte can barely lift it.
During our visit Sydney Morning Herald Photographer Peter Rae took some shots of the girls playing inside the tent and one of his remarkable photo's (quite large) was featured on page 3 of the most read papers in Sydney headed Sydney shock: a refugee camp at Olympic Park - National - I also very much agree with his caption on this pic this tent was rather tiny, I have to duck down to squeeze through the opening and the bed behind was not long enough for Bronte to stretch out.

They are also featured in the related multimedia - Life in a refugee camp.

As it happens when I arrived home from this trip my husband had news of our owners selling our house so we are now in the process of having to find new accommodation - I could not even com template living in a tent and the thought of downsizing any accumulated furniture is daunting enough, let alone the number of weeks we have to search for suitable accommodation. Some food for thought.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hold that thought.

50 scrappy fabric bag bookmarks made for Bronte's school fete


Photography through the eyes of a 3yr old

These roses are over 1 week old and still look great

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Father's Fun Day

Happy Father's Day DaddyHe thinks he's in heaven with a Wonderful Family Day to Wisemans Ferry about 1 hour north west of home.
Rides on Tea Cups,

And a view to die for (Overlooking Wisemans Ferry) And what do you do when you get home from a great day out?
Sit in the car and have a pouting photography session -He wants a house in the bush? OH!

but to top off Father's Day a Yummy Daddy's favourite Roast Lamb with roast potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots and beans, followed by fresh strawberries and ice cream puts a smile back on thier faces.

This is....My favourite band of all time.

One Hit Wonders.

I saw these guys perform in Martin Place Ampitheatre in the early 90's on my lunch break and fell in love. They are a Sydney Covers band who play various one hit wonders - some of my favourites are -
My Sharona -The Knack
Turning Japanese - The Vapours
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
I Love Rock & Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
What I like about you - The Romantics
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
I want your love - Transvision Vamp
The Impression that I get - The Mighty Bossstones
Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Black Betty - Ram Jam

To be honest though I have only seen this band play twice - one in the city and the second time a few years ago accidentally on a night out with the hubby but all the same they are great and play great music.

I have never been one to develop a strong commitment to a band/musician/genre and instead am happy to listen to a variety of music as long as I like the sound. My taste in music has changed and changes depending on my lifestyle and whats on around me at the time and I have to say that Top 40 hits have generally always been my general listening habits as they are familiar due to commercialism. Some music from the past I still enjoy like the above mentioned and more and some music which I loved growing up makes me cringe and recall crazy times in my life which I would rather forget about.

Thanks to CurlyPops for thinking of this weeks This Is theme, challenging me to think about my past.