Saturday, 29 August 2015

Setting up house

It's now been just over a week since the kids and I moved into our new home here in Canberra. And what a busy 10 or so days it's been! I collected the keys on the Thursday morning and headed back to the townhouse in time to meet the removalists. Our move from Tasmania has been so smooth, I can barely believe it - almost no breakages (just a wine glass) and in no time the house was looking like a home!

On the Sunday we invited some friends over and finally got the chance to properly celebrate Sofia's 2nd birthday as well as having a mini-housewarming. The kids are really settling into the new place... there is enough space for them to run around outside, and they're so happy having all their toys again!

I've been slowly organising my sewing and craft things. I no longer have a room dedicated to my sewing, so the challenge now will be to keep my 'nook' tidy.

I still need to hang some pictures on the walls, get a new power outlet put in so that I can actually plug in my sewing machine, and finish unpacking the last couple of boxes.

Despite it's small size, the townhouse has rather good storage. Just past my "craft nook" I have our bookshelf, and then there is a double pantry... but just one side is more than big enough for our food (who needs so much space for food?!). So naturally, I've stolen the other side to store my sewing, scrapbooking, and general study things.

This weekend has been just as busy as last weekend! Sofia was invited to a birthday party, I squeezed in a mountain bike ride, and we also headed to the lego expo much to Alex's excitement.

However we finally have a quiet moment at home... Sofia is having her afternoon nap and Alex is happily playing with new lego. I think it may be time to make myself a cuppa and pull out a needle and some thread...

Until next time xx

Friday, 14 August 2015

My baby girl turned 2!

Sofia turned 2 on Thursday... growing up so fast. She had a lovely day, starting with presents then cake at childcare, and ending the day with more presents, and more cake!

From my tiny little bundle, to my tiny little toddler... it's so wonderful watching her become such a joyful, cheeky, loving, clever and confident little girl.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the next year has in hold. Happy birthday my darling girl!

Until next time x

Monday, 10 August 2015

Finding a routine

I've now been in Canberra for four weeks and we're starting to find our little routine. The kids are settling into their new childcare centre, I'm enjoying my work, and we've found a place to move into! We move in two weeks, and Alex in particular is very excited that "the truck will finally bring our stuff". I think once we get our belongings and set up home it will truly feel like we're not just here temporarily!

In the meantime, I've been finding some time to stitch where I can. I've worked some more on Alex's quilt and I'm happy to say it's nearly finished :) When I need a change, I've been working on a project for Sofia which I mentioned back in February. It's coming along and I'm really happy with it...

Alex's quilt has taken me three years (I started mid 2012!). I wonder how long Sofia's will take?! Talking about my cheeky girl, I can't believe she turns 2 later this week... 

Unfortunately this year she won't get a mummy-made gift... I've been tempted with a few ideas however as my sewing machine is currently somewhere between Hobart and here it's somewhat tricky to whip something up! I might have to make her a belated something. 

Until next time x 

Friday, 3 July 2015

On the move again

In just over a week I'll be moving back to Canberra! It's all happened very quickly.... A few weeks ago I was offered an exceptional job opportunity and as things started to fall into place I found myself making the decision to accept and move the kids and my life back to Australia's capital city. Both the kids have been accepted into a great childcare centre and Alex starts school next year anyway so the timing actually works quite well. We have temporary accommodation sorted and will start the search for a home once we get there, the ferry is booked and arrangements are in the process of being made for removalists. Now to think about packing... Hmmmm... Or maybe some quilting instead.

I've always been the queen of procrastination! Although as I'm yet to get boxes to be able to pack (and the option of using a packing service still hasn't been ruled out yet), there's not much I can really do in the way of packing anyway as yet. And with a few annual leave days up my sleeve, plus a project that really needs finishing, it just makes sense ��

This quilt is one I'm actually yet to share with you. I started it about a year ago for my dad's birthday (he had a big one last August). I managed to finish the quilt top in time for his birthday and therefore "gave" it to him with the promise I would finish it off soon.... 

Well. Yes. Soon.... I seem to say that a lot. I pinned it altogether before Christmas but since then it's been sitting in my craft room waiting for me to find time to pull out my machine and start the actual quilting process. Suffice to say, between work, the kids, trips away, soccer, family time etc that time just hasn't manifested... So here we are. I figure if I manage to finish it within the next week it's one less thing to bring to Canberra! But we shall see how I go... So far it's been a bit slow going ��

Until next time xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Cold nights

The nights have quickly turned cold here, perfect for curling up under a quilt and relaxing in front of the TV with some stitching... or even better, hand-quilting that very same quilt that's keeping you warm!

Alex's quilt has been getting attention a lot of attention lately, and I'm so excited that it's nearly finished! I'm really happy with how the quilting is turning out—I've not done much hand quilting before, and not using this heavier pearl thread which just seems to glide. Progress seems to be coming along really quickly, and I just have a little bit left that I want to add.

I have also started stitching a label for the back. Alex loves seeing me working on his 'blanket' and asking when he can use it.... hopefully soon!

Until next time xx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

United Stitches

I've had limited free time to stitch, but every chance I have had has been spent stitching samples for Rosalie Quinlan. She sent me five designs from her "United Stitches" quilt to help her out with...

They're small designs but with heaps of detail! I loved using the vibrant Cosmos threads.

Each pattern comes with two of the same design so you can swap with a friend - such a great concept! These got put in the post back to Rosalie yesterday, but I'm hoping to get some time soon to stitch some up for myself :)

Until next time xx

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The boy turns four

Last week my baby boy turned four...

So grown up already :)

We decided to keep things low key this year, so we just invited grandparents, plus four of his friends over for afternoon tea. Alex had so much fun playing with new toys and his best mates. I made him a dinosaur cake (as per his request) and he seemed to have a great day!

Until next time xx