Thursday, July 31, 2008

6 Random Things

I have been tagged by my sewing buddy Lisa to write six random things about myself.

Here are the rules ...
1. Link to the person who “tagged” you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know your entry is up.

Okay so here we go - and I apologise for being so boring.

1. I have never ever watched a Bond film.

2. I have never eaten crumbed steak either.

3. Snr HB and I honeymooned in Greece and on the Greek Islands and would rate it as one of our most memorable/favourite places in the world.

4. I have two birthmarks - yep 2. One on my right ankle and one on my left shin. The one on my ankle is a port wine stain one and the one on my shin is just your average everyday looking generic kind of birthmark.

5. I have now lived in Qld for most of my life (23 years so far v 11yrs in NSW) but at State of Origin time I will always back NSW - mainly just to piss Snr HB off who is a staunch Qld/Bronco fan.

6. I have a cousin who has the same name as an island and to be honest I have never ever heard of another girl with this name. Her name is Martinique.

Okay who shall I tag...I dont think I have 6 friends but here goes.

Judge Superbonus - this could be the nudge to get him out of semi retirement.
Emma (over at Sampaguita Quilts)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tooth Fairy Duties

Well tonight I have to play tooth fairy for the second time. However this time we actually have a real life tooth to deal with (last time he accidentally spat it down the drain when brushing his teeth).

What do I do with the tooth?

Do I keep it or throw it?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Things I ponder

Why are elephants always called Ellie?

I am starting to get a real complex about this one.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I read about the "Pay-it-Forward" gift exchange from my fellow sewing buddy Lisa

How does it work?
The first three people who comment on this post will get a handmade gift from me sometime in the next 365 days. All you need to do is "Pay-it-Forward" to 3 people on your blog in exchange. Just leave me an e-mail address or blog link so I can contact you for your address to post your gift, as well as a few tips on likes/dislikes kids/no kids etc (No responsibility is taken for the shoddy-craftmanship of the handmade gift you may receive. Remember I'm a newbie sewer :-)).

Visit here if you would like a bit more information about the ideas behind Paying-It-Forward.

Comfort Food

It is actually cold here today, I was starting to wonder if we were going to get any real winter weather at all.

So in honour of our first real cold, windy, rainy day the day you dream of when you are in your cold heartless air conditioned office that you were at home snuggled under a doona watching a dvd or reading... Suckers... I made some yummy cream of cauliflower soup with a splash of brocolli thrown in for good measure. It is so warm and yummy.

I hope where ever you are, that you are snuggled up and your belly is full of yummy warm foods.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Round Neck Dress

Well I finally finished it last night minus the buttons and buttonholes. I tried it on the girl this morning sans the buttons etc so still not sure if it will fit around the neck properly but it is a gorgeous style and once you have one up your sleeve a relatively easy dress or top to make.

Oh and Jo this is not the post I promised you either...

Monday, July 21, 2008

This is NOT a post for Jo ;-p

Sorry Jo I know you have been waiting patiently but this is not the post I promised you. It is coming though.

Instead I have been making Cranberry Chilli Jam (which incidentally last time I made I used Jo's homegrown chilli's) I actually got the recipe from the 2007 Christmas Edition Family Circle magazine and received rave reviews over Christmas - especially from my vego cousin who loved it with his cheese platters etc. Check out my new stamp I bought from the dollar shop - isn't it groovy.

My other little project was to finish Jnr's Blanket bag to take to school. This was a rather last minute holy crap school starts tomorrow I should have finished this weeks ago project so therefore I am not 100% happy with it but it will do. If you dont look too closely it is not too bad looking but if you are someone who can sew please dont sacrifice me to the sewing gods or goddesses for bad craftmanship..

And the last one is of the two gorgy girls - well just because I can.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Old Red Barn Quilt

This quilt over at Old Red Barn is going to go to a new home.

The fabric in this quilt is just beautiful. My fabric obsession is going to send me to the poor house. At least my cardboard box home will have lovely fabric lining if nothing else.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A productive evening

It is amazing what one can get done when they take a few steps away from the computer.

This evening I either started or finished a few of my 'in progress' projects.

I sewed all 30 squares for Jnr's dino patchwork bag. (I really need to finish that one before school starts next week.)

I finished sewing the doll's quilt for my nieces dolly bed birthday gift (now just need to do sheets and pillows) also will make one of the green shirred dresses with the leftovers and a summmer pj set.

I also finally finished the second pj set for Baby Hillbilly. I tried something a bit different this time and 'appliqued' (well I think that is what I did - not very well mind you but not bad for a first timer)a ladybug on the el cheapo skivvy. I really really love this combo of fabric.

I now need to finish the second pair of offcut pj's for Jnr, his dino bag a couple of surprise gifts that I can't mention on here and a round neck dress that I cut out yesterday as well as my Chelsea Bag. I am hoping that the Chelsea bag turns out well as I really love the style/design and would love to be able to make them as gifts.

Okay best go to bed as no doubt the Little One will wake very soon - who by the way has started rolling so I suppose I can not leave her on the edge of cliffs anymore...

Crafty Goodness

It is a nice feeling to be able to give someone a gift that you have made all by yourself.

This gift is for a little girl who has just entered the world.

Some polka dotted bassinette sheets, a bib and a crayon roll for the new big sister.

Fingers crossed the new mum is so tired and worn out from the new baby girl that she doesn't notice how bad my sewing is.

I haven't actually even posted them yet but lets assume the new mum is also too busy to browse the net.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Washing Fairy Does Exist

Its true I captured evidence today ala David Attenborough style. However the drawback of having the washing fairy visit means it would also appear that the washing fairy is also acting in the capacity of "use all the toilet paper fairy".

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Dress

I just love this style of dress on little girls in summer. Took me about an hour but that included rethreading my overlocker. Plus lots of fiddly ironing with the straps. I am scared of ironing so probably took longer than the average joe. Will attempt a matching headband or 'scrunchie' to match. Also have enough left over to make one for the Little One - even though I swore I would never do the matching outfit thing this fabric is just way too cute to waste. Might even have to attempt matching bloomers as I hate seeing a nappy uncovered.

Okay edited to add a picture with Baby Hillbilly wearing her dress (excuse the singlet underneath but it is winter you know).

Friday, July 11, 2008

Worlds Worst Googler

My friend Mothership has just confirmed for me that I truly am the worlds worst person to use google. I truly do suck at it. That is why from time to time I will ask inane questions that people will say why didn't you just google it - well because basically I suck at it.

I need your help Blog Reader

This my dear reader is what is called a jelly stand/bag and I need one but do you think I can find one....NO.

Have you seen one in your travels or know where I can purchase one?

I am desperate...please help me.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Tooth Fairy

Will no doubt be making her debut appearance at Chez Clampett very very soon Jnr has 2 loose teeth.

My baby boy is growing up way too fast.

We have constant wiggling and he is deigning to tell us what foods can and can not be eaten due to aforementioned teeth. We then discussed the rituals of the tooth fairy. Jnr has since learnt at school that the tooth fairy may not be real, I told Jnr that the tooth fairy only comes to those who believe. Jnr's quick reply was "Oh but I believe...."

3 Months Old

It is that time of the month again this really is going way to fast and I feel like I am already thinking about Christmas (I know crazy) and returning to work.

Everything plodding along just dandy we are getting heaps of smiles and Heidi now gives me big giggles when we are getting ready to hop into the bath. She is just pure delight even if she is starting to take advantage of all the cuddles. The scary thing is that she just loves to watch us eat, how ever will I hold out until she is 6 mths to introduce solids.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

No surprise really...

Stating the bleeding obvious really but I am a sucker for an online test.


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cool Parenting Must Do's

Okay so yesterday we learnt the Bus Stop, today The Robot. I am thinking tomorrow we will have a go at The Sprinkler.

Every kid must have at least some of these moves in their dance reportoire.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I truly am the queen of procrastination. I like the pressure of leaving things to the last minute.

However my procrastination comes at a price...

I have the hairiest legs ever seen on a woman. Even Snr Hillbilly gasps when bare legs are spied at present. Some of the hairs are 3cm long (yes I measured with a is state of origin and I am bored). It has been roughly 13 weeks since my last waxing appt. I don't know what I do with my days but generally at about 5pm each day I go "oh shit I haven't rung to make an appointment".

Maybe when the ponytails under my jeans really start to poke out and look odd will I make an appointment.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Water Cooler Conversations

Imagine the riveting conversations I can have with myself now...

The life and times of a stay at home mum.
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