Thursday, January 26, 2012


It wasn't my intention to take January off, but it seems to have happened.
Hello bloggy friends!!!
Wow 2012 arrived, and we hit the ground running .... so many things to do, prepare and plan for - yes, life is busy, busy, busy right now.
So let me bring you up to speed ....
I am spending most of my free time doing this at the moment ...

Scrapbooking .... Boy Child bridges to Boy Scouts next month (for anyone familiar with the Scouting program, this is a big deal, marked by a banquet). We get to do a table display of our sons journey through Cub Scouts. Now you know why every waking moment is being spent with photos and adhesive in hand ..... 5 years of Cub Scouting needs to be scrapbooked in 2 months!!!!

I also made a decision at the beginning of 2012, that we needed to pay better attention to leading a more healthy lifestyle (if you're a girl, you know that means that "D" word ..... I have chosen not to use it, as it dooms me to failure every single time:-) As part of this Boy Child and I decided we'd run/walk a 5km race each month .... that's our aim anyway. So last Saturday saw us fulifilling January's goal ....

I walked 99% of it, and ran 1%. Boy Child left me in his dirt, but was waiting with a big smile on his face, and a Well Done Mom hug, at the finish line. He did it in 35 mins, while I did it in 55 mins ............It was in under an hour, and that was my goal!!!!

I've made a few little things too ....

I'm busy making some jammie pants for my wiggly little nephew ..... my sister is tired of struggling to do the poppers up on his baby gro's, so this should solve that problem. So tiny, and so cute:-)

Who doesn't love a little piggy!!!! This is my January ornament for YOE III. The pattern was a freebie on Wee Wonderfuls, and ever so fun and easy to make.

The Blooming Flower Cushion continues to grow slowly ..... it is still proving a joy to make.
I have a creative list a mile long, of projects I'm wanting to do ..... I just need to get through February, and then things will return to a more normal pace ....

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WELCOME 2012 ....


I hope it is the year that all your dreams come true.

I am not a big New Year person - while I like the idea of a fresh start, something about it causes me a fair amount of anxiety. It's one of those things that happened after we left South Africa and our families behind, and moved to the US. I guess 7 years of uncertainty, insecurity and feeling like you don't belong, can do that to you. However, it's here now, and I plan on trying to make it a fantastic year!!!!

I'm popping in to show you the progress I've made on my Blooming Flower Cushion!!!! Sadly the yarn didn't arrive in time for me to finish it and have it wrapped and under the tree. In a way, I'm a little glad about that, as it's meant that I can enjoy making it. The pattern is one of Lucy's (Attic 24). She writes such fantastic tutorials, she has a real talent ..... not to mention that her work is just gorgeous. I did struggle with the first few rounds of this cushion - why I don't know, because the directions are so clear. Once I got the hang of it though, round and round I've gone creating row upon row of beautiful petals .... ahh, floral perfection!!!

Isn't it pretty? It is for Girl Child, and I've chosen colors that work well with her new bed linen. I still have a few more rounds to go .... it's got to grow to 14 inches across, and then of course there's all those loose ends to sew in.

There's some other floral goodness in our house too. Once the little table top Christmas tree was relegated to the garden for planting, I could once again fill my pretty, little thrift shop jug with some gorgeous flowers ..... Ahhh, I just love these. They make me smile.

The only resolution I've made this year, given that very seldom do they ever get kept, is to try and be better about staying on top of all things housework!!! As I've mentioned before, I have never been top of the class when it comes to this, as much as I wish I was .... perhaps this will be the year:-)