Friday, March 30, 2012

School photos

The night before school photos, baby bear #2 comes to me and says, "Mum.."  "Yes," I reply.  "Mum, I want a twisted rope bun for my hairdo for school photos."  As my eyes pop out of my head and my blood starts to boil, not to mention my already high blood pressure, I very calmly say, "but I don't know how to do a twisted rope bun."  And that super sweet baby bear says with all the innocence and sweetness she can muster, "Look on You Tube."

You have got to be freaking kidding me!

Anyway, being the wonderful mother I am, I go and look on You Tube and the result the next morning was...

Am I mother of the year, or what? 

She was happy. 

Can't wait to get the school photos back...if this hairdo is not a feature in the photos, Mumma bear is going to cry.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Needle cases

I love these little beauties.  Quick easy and very practical.  The D-ring means that you can clip them onto things so they don't get lost in amongst all your other sewing stuff in transit.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sneak peek

A little something I am working on...I quite enjoy the ease of stitching - it's portable and requires  less attention than matching seams and is generally very relaxing and pleasurable.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Half Square Triangles

Ah, these things drive me insane!  I have to admit it is one area of quilting that causes me no end of grief.  All those lines to draw and then stitch either side of!  Argh...

Until now.

Simply take two squares (I used charm squares) and sew around all four sides without removing the needle or back stitching.

Then simply cut the square diagonally from corner to corner, twice.  Open and iron and you now have 4 half square triangles in next to no time and without all that dreadful ruling.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Carmel

Tomorrow is Carmel's birthday! 

She gets to spend it with all of the kids, teachers, aides and office staff at our school.  She will get to go before the entire school to collect her birthday certificate and we will all sing to her. 

There will be a cake at recess for her and all the staff.

Carmel is also getting a present tomorrow, a special present.  You see Carmel is not only my friend, my colleague, my support, my inspiration, one person I aspire to be more like, someone whom I greatly admire and love, BUT she is most importantly the teacher of my Autistic son. 

She deserves a medal.  OK so we didn't quite give her a medal, it was an avocado a couple of weeks's OK, she LOVES them.

Tomorrow Carmel gets a box of chocolates and this...

Happy Birthday Carmel - I hope you know how much we love you, value you and appreciate all that you do!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Food for thought

I work with children.  I live with children.  I love children. 

I am supposed to be the one adult that they can count on to be supportive, honest, fair, genuine, understanding and loving.  Both at home and at school.  For my biological children and my school children.

I am a friend and a colleague.  I am supposed to be all these things here too...

But sometimes in the madness and chaos and busyness of daily life, I get so caught up and forget to tell these children how amazing and special and precious they all are...

Then I was sent THIS.  Please sit and watch and listen and see if it speaks to you as it did me

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I love the postie

I love it when the postie brings me parcels at work.  My students were so excited about the mystery package.  I let a couple of the boys take off the outer plastic bag (man those things are hard to open!).  They were having so much fun, that I let a couple more open the cardboard envelope...ripped apart like you wouldn't believe...and inside what beauties!  My students were nowhere near as excited as me - go figure!

We did then use some of the fabrics for an impromptu maths lesson on measurement (which is really funny when we use metric and the U.S.A. uses imperial, so I was doing this weird kind of quick conversion between the 2 and I think my students all know what a fat quarter is) and decided that the nice folks at Hawthorne Threads cut their fabrics generously. 

Now if I could only find enough time to put these treasures to good use...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday evening

A little something that I am currently working on...just wish there was a way I could incorporate stitching into the school curriculum every afternoon for an hour, or two, or three...