Made it Monday: More Baby Stuff For Markets

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

So last weekend we had another baby market, and IDK, I think we might have decided to not really do them any more? It’s a big chunk of time, and when you have nothing better to do, that’s fine, but we got home at 3pm and all promptly headed to bed, and most of us slept until 5 or 530pm, and the baby didn’t wake up until 6pm. (Man, I have got to stop calling her the baby.) And then after that we had to deal with making sure the kids’ clothes/uniforms were washed for the week, and the house is TRASHED and we haven’t grocery shopped so there’s pretty much no fresh food in the house (there are the hundreds of freezer meals I cooked in the holidays, which is fab, but they need fresh veggies or salad to accompany, PLUS we *really* need to try to eat these down this week because I actually really need some freezer space this weekend for a whole bunch of baking that I have to do (er, have done? Will have done yesterday when you read this? That. Time travel, yeah.) *sigh*.

Also, I have a cold, and the baby not-baby has a cold, and neither of us can breathe, especially at night, oh what fun what yay.

Blah. I am being humbuggish. Sorry.

Made It things. Right.

Okay, so, BABY THINGS were the creative outlet of the week, because they needed making. My husband did most of the sewing (as ever at the moment), but still. I HELPED, OKAY? And even though the markets left us wasted and on the back foot for the rest of the week, the actual day was pretty good, and the kids were really well behaved, and it was nice to just sit/stand around for several hours with no major brainy commitments and hand stitch a bunch of the mats closed. That was happy.

Also, Mr Boy Child is getting old enough that he thinks he can be the shopkeeper now πŸ˜‰ Super cute.

Aaaand I just realised that I don’t actually have any photos of the NEW items we made *eyeroll*. We’ll have to do that sometime soon so we can list them online for sale. Bah. Also, humbug.

I am only four weeks through this term and already I am counting down until holidays. Oh well. Never mind.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Let’s See How Much I Love You Today

Sometimes, kids are really just there to teach you not to be a jerk.

Kid1 started Kindergarten this year, which involved a school uniform and, among other things, a school bag. Because the bag is uniform, everyone has the same bag. Because everyone has the same bag, the first week or so of pick-up involved opening bags to find which one had contents that I recognised. Clearly, this is not efficient, and a bag tag was in order. So bag tag shopping we went.

I was, to put it mildly, surprised and disappointed by the lack of range, especially since I was more than happy to consider keyrings also bag tags. But no, these were the illusive treasure of the Back-to-School season.

Eventually we found some that were about $5-7. They weren’t great aesthetically, but they’d do the job.

Mr5 turned up his nose. I could have just put my foot down, but I wasn’t that keen on them either, so I thought we’d keep looking for a bit. And then we hit the jackpot: Star Wars keyrings and bag rags.

The only problem? They were $15 each.

Dude, $15 for a BAG TAG?? NO THANK YOU.

But it was Star Wars, so Young!Spawn was naturally enamoured (even though he’s never seen the franchise, he’s obsessed with it). I consulted the husband via phone (again, it’s a measure of how unaesthetically pleasing the cheap ones were that I didn’t just put my foot down there and then) and he was like eh, call it a non-birthday birthday present.

*SIGH*.

I did narrow his choices to the Chewbacca or the R2D2 (the other options being Darth Vader or Marvel superheros which, while I enjoy them personally, encourage too much violence in my already physically active child), and he chose the R2D2, and I begrudgingly handed over my $15, and we went home and he was overjoyed to discover it came with a build-in torch (ah, THAT was the reason for the price hike) and we attached it to his bag.

Two days later, we were in the car together on our way to school. I’m tired and mostly silent (because this is my morning mien), and he is bubbly and peppy and loud (because this is his permanent mien, generally speaking). And then,

“Mummy, let’s see how much I love you!”

Confused, I glanced at him in the rear view mirror.

“I’ll flash my torch,” he continued. “And the number of times I flash it is how much I love you.”

I confess, I melted a little bit. Maybe I didn’t resent those fifteen hard-earned dollars quite so much now as I did yesterday.

“Sure,” I replied. “Go ahead.”

He held up the tiny R2D2 torch, awkwardly constrained by the weight of his bag, and flashed so I could see it in the rear-view.*

Flash. Flash flash flash.

Y’all, the kid loves me.

For the next week, every morning, this became his routine. “Mummy, let’s see how much I love you.” Cue five million flashes.

Y’all, the kid loves me.

And you know what? The R2D2 is missing its legs now, and he doesn’t really care about it either way any more, and I could have just spent $5 on a dodgy-looking tag that would have adequately done the job. But kids don’t see things the way we do, and it was totally humbling for the thing I resented acquiring to become the means by which my kid expressed his love to me.

I’m pretty sure there are many things in my life that I resent ‘acquiring’ that turn out, in the end, to be expressions of love. And I’m pretty sure that if I was better at looking for them, if I practised so I could get better, there’d be a lot less resentment in the first place. And that’s not a bad lesson to learn from $15.

 

* It’s not a very bright torch.

Made It Monday: Party Decorations!

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Well, I was planning to show you jellyfish today, but since I switched party themes πŸ˜› you get a cow garland instead. This is literally a third of the decorations for the party DONE, and the party isn’t for a few months. The aim is to have it all pre-made and ready to go so the actual party is as little work as possible – more on that on Wednesday πŸ™‚

For this garland, all I did was find an image on the interwebs that was licensed for reuse, figured they’d look cute at about four to a landscape-oriented A4 page, figured out I’d need about 18ish to go the length of the table, plus a couple so it can drape nicely makes 20, printed 5 pages of 4 cows, cut them out while watching TV, and then just ran them all through the sewing machine to string them together.* All up, it took about half an hour while zoning out and watching the aforementioned TV. Not too shabby.

* If you’re going to sew paper on a regular basis, use a separate needle for it. Paper blunts blades faster than fabric, which is wh you also don’t use your good sewing shears to cut these cuties out πŸ˜‰

Garland of cute cartoony black-and-white cows strung together.

Close-up of one cute cartoony cow from the garland

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Made It Monday: Sort of?

So, I literally haven’t made anything in the last week, which is sad. This is mostly because my health is not great right now, and three hours of uprightness is enough that I need to go lie down for an hour, which is SUPER FUN and REALLY HELPFUL for my to-do list. Much tears and sadness.

But anyway, you know all that cake and party stuff I’ve shared the last couple of weeks? Yeah. I have the baby’s party ALL PLANNED OUT, with menu and shopping lists and everything.

Yesterday, we went to the Sydney Easter Show. Turns out the kid is OBSESSED with cows. Who knew? And when I mean obsessed, I really actually mean it. The cow pavilion was like her own private Heaven. So much cute πŸ™‚

But what this means is that now I’m faced with a decision: run with the party that’s already planned, or switch and incorporate cows somehow? Because it’s not *actually* my party, and because she likely won’t be this obsessed with cows at any point in her life again, I’ll probably switch – BUT NARWHALS, Y’ALL. **NARWHALS**!!!!!!! *sniffles*.

…I guess it’s back to the drawing board. This is what I get for trying to be organised this year πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

#MadeItMonday: Snuggle Blanket

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

This is literally the only thing I have made this week apart from school resources and the occasional bit of uninspiring food with which to feed myself + fam, so you know. Snuggle blanket it is.

And no, I didn’t just randomly decide to make a blanket in the midst of one of the more chaotic weeks of the school year; this was a purchase through the family Etsy shop πŸ˜‰

Close up of sewing machine foot in the process of stitching white or cream satin binding to a baby pink cotton fabric with a darker pink 'classic winnie-the-pooh' print on it. The scene is dark, lit only by the light of the sewing machine.

 

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

#MadeItMonday: Baby Pretties

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Pretty baby things this week, because brain = dead and – confession – I haven’t actually really made anything this week. I mean okay I probably cooked food and made lesson plans and STUFF, but you’re getting baby things. Because I figured you’d prefer that to a powerpoint on how to use quotations, which, while an INCREDIBLY AMAZING RESOURCE, is probably not so interesting to the vast majority of the population.*

So. Pretty baby mat. Rawr.

baby mat drawn up into a sack with dark denim on the outside, a baby pink cotton fabric on the inside, and baby pink twisted rayon cord drawing it all together. baby play mat laid out on floor with edge flipped over to show underside and upper side at once. Upper is baby pink cotton fabric with a classic Winnie-the-Pooh print. Under is dark denim. Pink twisted rayon cord edges the denim. A toy sack (which lies flat as a baby mat) made from dark denim on the outside, a baby pink cotton fabric on the inside, and with a draw-cord of twisted rayon cord in blossom pink.

* If you’re part of the minority who would actually really be *interested* in a powerpoint on the subtleties of quotations and how to use them to prove your point, feel free to shoot me an email through the contact form in the menu, or leave a comment here, or contact me on social media etc etc etc and I’ll share it with you πŸ˜‰ <3Β 

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Stop! Hold everything!

Just officially noting that blogging is temporarily on hold due to the following:

Small People Mum & Bub 20150601_082230

Happy upcoming solstice, end of financial year, and whatever else there is to celebrate. I’ll be back at some point, although we are also moving house in 6 weeks, so life is rather chaotic. In the meantime, be good, have fun, and go read all the free stories up on the Darkness & Good site πŸ˜‰ Rah *\o/*

Fact: Gender Stereotypes are Stupid.

Son is 3 years and a double handful of weeks old. He never stops moving, loves throwing balls, kicking balls, catching balls; driving cars, trucks, buses, trains; makes dinosaur noises and squeals like a pig; would live in a sandpit if he could convince adults this was remotely plausible; and his current favourite colour is pink. Pink castle stickers, pink pencils, pink counters when we attempt to play Connect 4.

Gender stereotypes are the stupidest things in the world.

Link-a-Bet Soup ;)

Wow, it’s been forever since I did a link-a-bet. I think maybe not since the blog lived on Blogger! o.O But anyway, tonight: a selection of Things I Have Found.

 

First of all, I am tremendously excited. My writing – I hesitate to say idol, because in my social context that’s a no-no, but you know what I mean πŸ˜› The writer I admire most in the entire world and who I want to BE when I grow up answered an oddly stupid question from me on her Tumblr. Behold, Maggie Stiefvater on whether or not a writing career is fun.

Also in writing-related things, this highly awesome graphic of The Story Coaster (if a book was a roller coaster)! πŸ˜€

In non-writing-related things, this stunningly beautiful post on “What I Won’t Tell You About My Ballet-Dancing Son” prompted a tear or two.

And in popular news, Elizabeth Esther says it best: Miley Cyrus. How predictable of you. She also has wise words about the importance of moderation in parenting, as in all things, reminding us that Princess Excess is just the other side of the Princess Banning coin.

Sarah Bessey agrees: maybe Barbies aren’t so evil after all. πŸ™‚ I’m really feeling these ones. I grew up with Barbies, as well as copious dogs and horses (especially Puppy in my Pockets! The originals, not the scary modern onesΒ [website music warning].), a few dolls that my sister loved and I ignored, a million billion and a half stuff animals, home-made marble mazes, lego houses, books, trampolines, drawing pencils, and more. The Barbies were just one facet of play – exactly how any of these things ought to be. Moderation. Not just for assessment!*

*(Sorry, that was a bad joke only Canberra college [yr 11/12] teachers will get.)

And speaking of teachers, Twitter is the newest ThingΒ for us; have you heard? πŸ˜‰

And finally, should you happen to be a) a teen or teen-at-heart, b) in Canberra the first week of October, and c) at a loose end for entertainment, I have recently discovered that the second (there was a first?!) Festival of Australian Children’s Literature will be on sporadically throughout October, but mostly in the first week.

 

There. Linkage for everyone!Β No, wait. I see one base uncovered.

Here, for the science crowd. I don’t think I’ve linked you yet to the Mars One expedition? Well, watch that space (haha), because if all goes according to plan, people will be living on Mars in a scant decade: the first humans are scheduled to land late in 2022 or early in 2023. And it’s not too late! You can still apply to be one of them! Though this is probably the bit where I mention the fact that it’s a one-way ticket…..

 

Right. Now we have linkage for everyone. /nod. My work here is done. I’m off to bed.

Night!