Tuesday, 27 September 2011

School holidays day 1 - the Melbourne Show

We went to the show yesterday (3rd time with the kids so far - we go every second year) and this year finally remembered to pre-purchase tickets from RACV, which is definitely the way to go! From our place it is quicker and cheaper to drive and park at the show. We ended up staying for 7h and 45 mins (as calculated by Tigerboy on the way home), and had a great day. Loved the frisbee dogs show, the Hi-lux driving team (bringing back memories of the good old holden precision driving team from the 70's & 80's), and the boys loved the freestyle motocross, and monster truck!

We saw the queue at he animal nursery and weren't going to go, but as we were on our way out it was very quiet there so we went and had a look. Lots of very cute calves & sheep just walking around to be patted and adored, and the cutest donkey foal & goat kids (I have a particular soft spot for donkeys & goats, so could have taken one of the kids home, maybe offer a swap???). One little goat suddenly spotted his mum, jumped over a hay bale and ran over to her at the other side of the shed, bleating what honestly sounded like "muuuum muuuum" - even the staff nearby laughed at how much it sounded like "mum".

Love, love, love that our 10 1/2 year old and 8 year old boys still love seeing all the animals (and are happy to have a calf suck their fingers, and a chicken peck at a freckle), the quilts ("like nana's), craft and decorated cakes; enjoy a cup of tea and scone with jam & cream at the CWA cafe (thanks to Fiona for introducing us to it on our first trip to the show 5 years ago!) and managed to wait about 6 hours before even mentioning show bags! (Harry Potter and Bertie Beetle for the Jedikid; Dirt Bike magazine and Warheads for Tigerboy).
A quiet day at home today - with aching legs from walking around all day yesterday!- sorting out toys and kid stuff, ready for the first stage of the new purpose built (by my H) lego desk/shelf for the boys' room to be moved in (and the lego to finally move OUT of the lounge room!).

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

my new favourite bag

I made this bag from another "Sew Hip" pattern. I am trying to make at least one thing from each issue - so I can justify buying it each month!
Their patterns are good, but sometimes the instructions leave a bit to be desired... and the photos don't always  match what the description and pattern say!
I made this one in denim & added an interior pocket. I didn't really like the way they made the strap, and the pattern was a bit vague (or maybe that was just me....) so I just made a plain denim strap, but added in for decoration a nice old leather look buckle I bought years ago.  The front pocket is a gorgeous "sewing notions" print from Rathdown Remnants, which is probably where I got the denim from too.
RR have a great full page ad/bio in the latest "Frankie" by the way! I have been waiting months to read it, I was in the store ages ago when the manager said to the staff that he had "just been on the phone to someone from Frankie  magazine "(which he had never heard of!).

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Craft group last night

Craft group was on last night at the PO; hello to the lovely ladies from the nearby table who came to have a peek at what we were doing ! (making fabric necklaces, photo soon).  We will be back again in a fortnight, see you there!