I love thinking about what Christmas card I am going to do each year. It always involves photos of the kids in some way. Trouble is I get grand ideas THINKING about it and don't actually get started till around now!! So today is the day that I might start putting something together. I should post the last few years that I have done here at some stage!!!
But I got this lovely one from Christina...(sorry no link today)
You have to put the house together, spinkle the seed, and add water!!!!
The kids are loving watching it grow!!!!! Sorry also no info on where she got them.....Bit rusty....I WILL get better!!!!!
Have done a bit of sewing lately for a young lady named Jemima. So of course Jemima from play school had to feature!! This Jemima was born on October 31st....Halloween!! So this was the result..........
I was very happy with the result....completely made out of stuff I had in the cupboard already!!!! Gotta love that!!!!
Finally for today I have finished some jewelery orders for some very patient customers!!!
Okay now finally for today...... my lovely girls helping Santa last Saturday night....this really is it!!!!
Well it has taken me this long to do a post because every time I have been on the computer ready to start I have been getting distracted reading everybody elses!!!
Needless to say it was absolutely fabulous!!!! I can't believe it's been so long now since Christina and I jet setted off to Melbourne....time it's a wierd thing!!!
Here are some fun shots we got from my new Instax mini camera. They are a lot of fun....the new age polaroid!!!
All the girls were great fun, I did 2 of Stephanies classes which were wonderful and I came away feeling like I had learnt so much. I was also lucky enough to get a spot in the hugely popular face painting class with D J Pettitt which was also awesome. Didn't do any of Bernies classes, but got to meet her...what a great gal.
The photo on the far right is me with my new pal Diana, we sat next to each other in two classes. She was extremely lucky on the first day winning the prize during class AND two prizes in the raffle that night. So I rubbed her arm and sat next to her the next day and it WORKED....I won the class prize that day!!!
Met soooo many great new peoples!!! I will be adding them all to my sidebar ASAP!!!
Here is some of the work I started in Steph's class......
This little tree which I think I'll call "temptation" seeing it's an apple tree!!....and
This guy going for a ride under a hot air balloon!! I have since added resin BUT my old resin had gone a bit yellow, I had no patience to wait till I got to town to get new stuff so I used it anyway. Turned out okay....but yeah I should have used better resin!!!
These photos were a bit hard to get so sorry about the quality!!! I still need to get a good shot of the book I made in Stephanies next class. I'll post that next time.
Here is the painting I did in DJ's class......
I loved everything I learn't here.... I couldn't wait to do another beach girl using what I had learnt!!
I can't recommend doing an art retreat enough to everyone....it is a fantastic experiance. This was my first but certainly won't be my last!!!
My little man has been busy too........
Lovely yes.......BUT don't be fooled by the natural looking bees and aboundance of flowers........the bees are on TV !!!...... a sign of the times????
Our third baby turns eight today.... She's a lovely little thing!!!
Her birthday though has been marred by an incident at school for which she is missing out on her party......one of those not so fun moments of being a parent!!!
When ever I write the word "crochet" I have to look it up first, I am never quite sure. I also feel like I'm saying "on guard!!" .....Don't worry about me...I think I need some sleep!!!
The little brown fellow is from a new playstation game called "little big planet" and his name is sack boy. I made a few of these at christmas time for playstation minded people. I have forgotton where I got the pattern, but it was on etsy, so if you go there and search "sack boy" You will find it.
There is also a free knitted version on the web somewhere!!! Helpful with links aren't I !!!!
The lion was my own made up pattern...he is for our friends new baby......Here is my baby holding her new baby....And yes I came away clucking!!!
I have been busy doing some new paintings........
Blurry photo above....sorry!!! Should be more like the one below
This was just playing around with some oil sticks on brown paper with pencil over the top......fun!! I need to do some more!!
Finally I have these little houses finished!! They took a lot of thinking about which meant I was nearly over them before I began. But I am really happy with them now. I could't get excited about the house theme at all.....and the size of the project is so small they are only about 3cm square if that!!!
As well as that there was 40 odd to do....but I decided to paint them all white and use them as mini canvas's. They all have the same thing, a little skipping girl and have "skipping in the house" written at the back.
So WHY? did I do all these.......they are for a swap which will be happening at the Creative soul retreat in Melbourne this March. I can't wait for three solid days of being creative without interruption!!!
Her are some photos of what the kids got up to with each set of visitors we had over January. Mr.A had to show off his tractor to everyone. My husbands father built this for him when he was 5 so it is 37 years old. But we have revamped it with a new motor and paint job. Needless to say it's very popular!!!
It's actually made from an old washing machine!! My Father in law is very clever at building great things from nothing. He's not feeling that clever anymore though. He came out for his tenth lesson on how to use his digital camera. This time I wrote LARGE notes in the manual to remind him. Must be horrible to get old and not feel as switched on as you used to. He is getting really frustrated, loves to watch his grandson on that tractor though. The first time A drove it Hubby stood on the back, his Dad was there watching and got all welled up remembering that is just what he had done.....Life is great!!!
Little Miss B is after them on the mower!!
Here is Miss.C on the right with her friend from Adelaide.
I don't know where January goes!! We have had a lot of visitors staying with us during this month, as well as friends staying in our closest town who we catch up with. Don't get me wrong I LOVE having them stay and all the excuses for drinks and great meals....but it just makes this time of year fly by!!!
I guess it comes with living in a place which is a really popular, summer, beachy holiday spot!!!
Having all four kids home every day is fantasic, lazy mornings and all that, BUT there is just one problem.........mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum
mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum,mum........get the picture!!! OMG that is doing my head in.
I have got them started on a big art project so when ever one of them says they have nothing to do I can say "work on the painting!!"
They have just been "going for it" I intend to do some work on it towards the end...pull it all together then hang it in our new room!!!
I also have a new toy...........
Ive been having a great time with this getting lots of 70's looking pics of the kids.
We had a great Chrissy dinner with Christina's family and Marion. The Mc Queen's brought their Fairy floss machine. Our kids thought it was quite the novelty having one right there and they could just about have as much as they wanted.
They set it up in our new extension, which as you can see is not quite finished....but getting there slowly. I have been meaning to blog about it before now...I'll get there one day!!!
Making Christmas cards turned out to be quite labour intensive this year!! Me and my big ideas.
Firstly I made 200 small laminated dolls (50 of each child) which had to be all cut out and then cut again once laminated.
Then I made a quick background for them to go in. I put a hole in the top of each one so any friends or family who wanted to pop them on the Chrissy tree could!!!
So this it what the final card looked like....worth all the work I thought!!
Also I have been doing some small plates as place cards for Christmas day. (also did them for the dinner with my crafty peeps Marion and Christina because I knew they would enjoy them.)
They are a bit of work and I still have quite a few to go!!!
I am thinking about taking orders for these next year...starting in Sept. or October of course!!!