Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's so nice to be back!


I have missed my blog.  I have piles and piles of photos that I have been bursting to post but time has escaped me.  Well that is going to change.  I am going to make more of an effort - I promise.  In fact just sitting here now looking at these few photos I am using, has put a smile on my face.  They are colourful and most of all they have a memory attached to them.  So, for the time being, I am back and I'm happy!! 

And what a lovely surprise it was to log on today and see that there are so many new followers! That has made my day.  I feel very privileged that people are taking the time to stop by and read my posts.  Thank you so much.

So the last time I did a post was back in July and we'd just had a fairly big earthquake.  I had initially thought we'd escaped any damage but it turned out we did get a big of cosmetic stuff.  Nothing compare to what folk in Christchurch went through so I feel almost fraudulent mentioning it.  Then in August we had another big earthquake.  That was a scary one - it felt as if the house was picked up, twisted and plonked back down again.  A bizarre sensation.  My children were at school but they had been having so many practice drills, that they took it completely in their stride.  And even after we got home with two friends in tow, the children would calmly call out 'earthquake' with each aftershock and we'd pile under the doorways again.  Little troopers!  It was me who was the anxious one.  Earthquakes freak me out completely.  We have a bus stop near my house and I find myself freezing to the spot when I hear a rumble, only for it to be a bus's engine outside on the street.  It's the same darn noise as an earthquake about to hit.

Enough of that, onto some more cheerful things.  

A few months back I bought a gorgeous little wooden 'treasure holder' from the op shop.  It was in pretty bad condition but for $4 I promised Miss 6 that we could bring it back to life and she could have it in her bedroom with all her wee treasures on it.  A few coats of paint, some pretty scrapbooking papers and a new felt back to stop it scratching the wall and voila!  It's adorable and soon to be filled with all sorts of girly bits and bobs.
 

It's certainly an improvement from what it was anyway.
There has been a bit of crafting with the kids too.  I was trying out a new circle hole punch and decided it might be fun to try and make some papier mache bowls with them.  So out came the glue and and some gladwrap on top of bowls and away we went. The kids loved it.  They were very specific about what patterns they wanted.  We did two layers so that one would show on the inside and one on the outside.
  
We left them to dry for a few days then gently peeled them away from the bowls we used to shape them.  They turned out brilliantly.  The kids were thrilled to bits with their creations.  We have made more of them since, they are addictive little things.
 My bowl made a colourful addition to one of my craft storage units.  Love it!
  
This is the cowl I was trying to post about last time but I couldn't get the photo added.  I love this mustard colour.  It's such a great, speedy pattern and a pleasure to make. I have sold a few of them now - yippee!
  
More colourful treats.... My wonderful friend Ange had a trip to the UK in August to visit another wonderful friend Tans (hi darling girl!).  I missed Ange like crazy and couldn't wait for her to get back and fill me in on all the details of her adventure.  I was sooooo jealous when she said she'd been to a Cath Kidston shop.  And then the gave me these!  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  How anyone could possibly want to actually use them as tea towels I don't know.  They are far too pretty.  I think I want to make something out of them instead.  I couldn't stand the thought of them getting damaged in the kitchen even if it is their prime function.  How spoilt am I?  Thank you Ange - I love them.
I seem to be on a roll with friends spoiling me (no complaints here that's for sure!).  Sue from Five Course Garden is a friend of mine who has recently become a crochet convert.  She is a very talented lady and not only is she super speedy with her crochet creations, she is a whizz on the sewing machine too.  She made me this amazing crochet hook holder out of vintage fabric and a fab woollen blanket.  I love it.  It's the perfect size to pop in my bag with a ball of wool when I fancy a spot of outdoor crochet!  I think Sue was planning on selling these on Felt sometime soon so keep an eye out for them.
The garden had been looking atrocious after the storms a few months ago.  We didn't manage to save this lovely hedge that had covered our side of the neighbours garage.  So instead, we coloured it with chalk and made our own floral wall.  Miss 6 did the low ones and I stretched as high as I could on a chair.  Next time I will get a ladder to do the rest!  I'm really tempted to do it in paint.  It would be far more cheerful than looking at a grey concrete wall wouldn't it?
I have planted these beauties in our front garden.  I adore dahlias - I love their symmetry.  These have made such a difference to the look of our home.  We've got a few little ceramic toadstools dotted about for the fairies in the garden now too.   It's gone from being a fairly contemporary garden to a very sweet, cottagey garden full of colour and I love it.
Such a simple pleasure, but one I'm really proud of because I have never ever planted a flower before and successfully grown it to a stage that it could be picked.  Woohoo!
Bella has loved the winter season and has spent most of her days parked in front of the fire.  In a dolls bed with a pillow for a mattress and a fluffy blanket no less.  I guess when you get to her age, you can do whatever you like.  Now that the weather is warming up she is having to find other places to sleep and cool off.  But no matter where she is, she always seems to know when I sit down with my crochet and she will be on my knee in a flash.  Beautiful girl.

Well I think that will do for now.  I've got lots of other photos I want to post but that will have to wait for another day.

It has been really lovely to sit down and write this.  I'm feeling motivated again!!

See you again soon.  Have a fabulous week.
Leah
xxxx


8 comments:

  1. Leah, it was so nice to see your post! I'm sorry that you've had a hard time with the earthquakes, kids are incredibly resilient aren't they...I hope that you've left the earthquakes all behind now.

    Love your makes, especially the little wooden storage unit, that's really cute. I love dahlias, so pretty, we have had some in our garden this year which have been glorious....I now need to take them out as we've had one frost already and I risk losing them, must admit not sure what to do with them, must Google it!

    Looking forward to seeing and hearing more of what you've been up to, its hard to keep up with everything sometimes isn't it....I have about five posts of pics from the summer which I'm just going to upload sometime, although random, I don't want to miss them out!

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  2. Hi Leah - its lovely to hear from you again. I am sorry you lost the hedge; I get upset when plants die. Your Little Ones sound very brave in the earthquake. I would have been terrified. We had a tiny tiny one here (UK) a few years ago and I was pretty scared by that. I look forward to your posts in the future. Lily. xxx

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  3. Oh that treasure keeper is darling! I love it. It could be a cute mini dollhouse also. The photo roll call was lovely. Bright colors and patterns. Did you improv that cowl? It's like Victorian modern chic.

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  4. Leah, you have been missed my friend. Love all your photos and projects. you are such a lovely Mom. hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. Welcome back Leah, its good to see you posting again with so many lovely photos! Sorry to hear of your worries with the earthquakes - I cannot imagine how frightening that must be, and to have to keep calm with the children - they sound amazing with it all! Its good that the schools too have got them used to knowing the drill without panicking.
    Love all your pretty makes, the cowl is lovely!
    Gill xx

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  6. Hi Leah, nice to see you back. I love all the projects you've worked on from crochet to projects with the kids. Our high school art teacher did bowls like that one time with the students. Someone used comic book pages and it turned out looking so cool. I would like to make some! Fun stuff! Sure hope there haven't been any more tremors around there. That would be scary. When there's any kind of earthquake in Iran, they say we can feel it here. I didn't the last time it happened a few weeks ago but a friend said she noticed it. Great idea to decorate that plain wall. There's a graffiti group here that is trying to do the same with blank spaces in this country. It definitely needs some color to liven it up so I am all for painting images where there's just blah. :) Bella is so beautiful! Have a great week. Tammy

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  7. Leah, I'm so glad to see you again! What a gorgeous lot of beautiful things you've been making. My fingers are crossed for you that the earth stops shaking and stays that way.

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  8. I haven't been on here for ages, and am about 9 months behiind on my own blog... and have missed your posts terribly. So was truly excited to see your lovely post today, and then realised that its been up for a few weeks... and I could have had the pleasure sooner :-) Thanks for sharing your life and love of colour darling girl. T xxx

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