Friday, June 27, 2008

After School Goodness

I don't know about other children but mine are not interested in eating at school. I've tried really hard to come up with brilliant lunch time snacks but apparently eating interferes with play time so they need something that is really quick to eat. That used to be wholemeal bread with nutella until a new child with a nut allergy started in Julian's class and now he can no longer take that. I've come up with 100's of suggestions, I've been given 100's of suggestion but finally I've given up. He now takes a muffin for recess and a salada with butter for lunch. That's all he will eat - anything else and it comes back with him after school. This stressed me a little and then I figured, he has a healthy breakfast and I give him healthy snacks after school and then he has a good dinner - that will have to suffice.

This is today's healthy snack. It's what we call the Froozie. It's a cross between a Freezie and a smoothie. I generally put in any fruit that seems good that I have on hand. Today's is made up of pineapple (frozen), raspberries (frozen), orange (sweet and juicy), and mango juice. Blend it all up until it's smoooooooth. Because of the frozen fruit, it's really very cold but it tastes like a little bit of summer and it goes down a treat.

Sometimes we put yoghurt in it too - but today we didn't have any :(
I can almost see the vitamins and minerals pumping around our bodies!!


Thursday, June 19, 2008

quilt number three........and counting

Here is quilt number three.
I made this from a jelly roll that my niece, Madi, bought me at Hettie's Patch. I wanted to do something a little more challenging than my previous two quilts but not something too taxing.

In hindsight, I think I could have made better use of the jelly roll but it is lovely (even if the quilting is very haphazard). I also could have made making the nine patches easier by sewing strips of the jelly roll together in 3's and then cutting them - maybe next time!

Mum and dad came over to look after Louis for a little while today. When I got back I found my dad ensconced under it, reading a good book. So, if it's good enough for my dad, well then it's good enough for me.

Emily's finally finished her quilt top that she started a while back. It would have been finished sooner, but school got in the way. We are waiting until she starts her holidays to buy the backing and wadding and start the process of pin basting and quilting. I think it's going to be a big job, but she's up for it!

This is how the finished product should look. She plans to stitch in the ditch and then stitch just inside the square as well which should keep her busy for a while!


ps a big thank you to donna for her yummy scone recipe. i made them for my mum and dad today and they went down a treat! my mum, the scone and pancake queen, loved them and wanted the recipe for herself.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pleased to meet you

It was so lovely to meet other local bloggers at the Biggest Quilting Bee at Hettie's Patch. From left to right: grannyloz, the stitching room, me and em, ausrose and quiltygal. I have to say I really appreciated the opportunity to meet these girls that I have developed an email/blog relationship with. Anyhow, I was way too busy chatting to take any other photos (or eat anything), but if you want to pop over to Hettie's blog you can see photos of the beautiful quilts that were displayed. One day I hope to have something worthy of displaying.

I was a very good girl and didn't buy any fabric - but Emily, who doesn't get many opportunities to shop there, had to buy a little something.

Emily with her Parisienne fabric which she has great plans for. She just needs to find a few more fabrics to go with it. This girl is gonna have to get herself a job to support her habit. lol.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Bugs, bugs and more bugs

We've been a bit sick in our household lately. Last week Julian and Louis were sick then on Sunday I woke up with the dreaded cold and then on Tuesday Julian woke up with the 'louis virus' as he likes to call it. So, not much has been happening here lately.

On Wednesday I managed to get to my quilting class and I have to say that despite my foggy head my blocks actually worked.

More to the point - I made triangles! I can't believe it. I'm so glad I went as I had been feeling pretty poorly but I figured I would feel just as ill at home moping around doing nothing. It was a wonderful distraction and I came away with such a sense of achievement!

I also managed to finish of Julian's scarf this week. I started it about a week ago, just using up scraps of wool I had left over from other projects. Julian commented on how much he liked it and so I decided to give it to him.

Emily is very, very jealous. She believes it would look perfect with her new orange coat. Julian's prepared to share a cost.

I've almost finished the binding on my jelly roll quilt and then I think I might have to start on a quilt for one of the boys. Any ideas? I want to make a quilt that will grow with them (ie not a quilt for a little boy). Julian loves the colours of fire - yellow, orange, red and blue. Louis is not fussed but would like red in it - because red cars are fast.
Any ideas, hints or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Better go - I have to be in town soon to meet Emily for an appointment. I should probably leave my wallet here though as Spotlight will no doubt beckon.......


Monday, June 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Karen

Today was a special day for us. Julian and Louis had a mental health day and together with my mum and dad we went to Kadina to say Happy Birthday to my niece Karen. It was such a lovely day and we had such a great time.

The boys had so much fun at Karen's house with all the toys she has set up for the family day care kids she looks after.

Julian and Louis hadn't been to Kadina for a looooong time (Louis was 5 months old and Julian just over 3) so we took them into town to have a look around. Mum offered to take them to the playground whilst Karen, Dineke and I went to the quilt shops to spend all of Karen's birthday money.

We had a lovely picnic of pies and pasties in the park - it's such a lovely playground for kids!

Then we had a cup of tea at their house before heading home again. It's a longish trip but the boys coped well with it thanks to ipods and the fact that Julian got up at 4.00am to ask if we were going soon, then5.15am, then finally at 6.25am (I think he was a little excited) so they both fell asleep!

We're home again now - I left the house in a bit of a hurry this morning so I best go do some dishes and a bit of tidying.

Happy Birthday Karen!!!!


Sunday, June 1, 2008


Last weekend I decided that as Emily was much better we would have a lovely weekend doing lots of things. Then Louis woke up on Saturday night and crept into bed with a fever. He woke on Sunday morning with a sore throat and headache and was very, very poorly.
Later that morning, Julian got stung by a bee and had an allergic reaction - so it was off to doctors, chemists and home again where he rested. In the late afternoon he complained of feeling cold and tired. Yep, he had a fever too.

Convalescing on the Couch

So, my week has consisted of doing the absolute basics in the house and lots of nursing. Julian, much to his disgust, was fit for school on Thursday, but Louis only really started to get better yesterday.

Guess who woke up this morning with a sore throat and a headache????

And the question that begs to be asked - "Who is going to nurse me?????"

On to better things though. I did managed to do a bit more quilting.

I've actually managed to sew my binding on to the quilt and now I am hand stitching - which may take a couple of nights but I actually find I like doing it. I never realised how soothing hand sewing is.

Before they got sick, we managed to get out to the shops as both the boys had a bit of money to spend. Julian bought himself some Indiana Jones Lego which he's had much fun with. He's also become Indiana Jones himself, and is forever jumping off things and swinging on things and dodging imaginary obstacles. I'm not sure if the furniture is going to survive.

Louis got himself a beautiful red scooter which should do him until he can get his much longed for, very fast, red mazda. The good news is that Julian is now allowed to use his scooter again. The bad news is that Louis insists on scooting all the time - both inside and outside the house. I'm forever getting my feet run over by the thing and tripping over it too.

Well, I'm off to convalesce - perhaps with a nice cup of coffee and a freshly baked muffin?

Hope you all have a good week.