Wednesday, October 31, 2012
They both enjoy tending to our small patch and I try not to be too precious about it all - after all we don't rely on it to feed us. I like them to have a go and if they end up planting all the bean seeds in one spot and not evenly spaced - well so be it. For me it's all about "planting the seeds" for the future.
The both enjoy eating beans, one of them more than the other, see this post, or this one. We saved some seeds from last years harvest to plant for this season. I planted some a few weeks ago and they are now making good progress. I'm really looking forward to "bean season".
The variety that we are planting are "King of the blues" runner beans. A purple bean that turns green once cooked. I've got a few seeds left over to send to one blog reader, would you like to grow some this year? Just leave a comment in this post and I'll draw a name by the weekend. Open to NZ residents only please, bio security and all!
Is there something that your children like to grow? If so let me know, I'm always on the look out for things for them to try.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Back when I was a child, you had to queue to be seated in our local Pizza Hut. I remember waiting and waiting, and finally getting seated and then fun with the free spinning tops and the paper place mats that had little puzzles and games on them. Also the best little red pencils ever that you got to take home! We didn't eat out much and if we went to Pizza Hut it was a really big treat. It's funny I can't imagine anyone waiting around to be served like that today. This was before the days of "all you could eat" pizza too, you ordered off the menu and again the waiting for the pizzas to arrive. I'm not sure how we ended up with the mini pizza box but I was inspired to make the above "pizza" out of salt dough to put inside. I can't really remember playing with it, but I'm sure I must have. Mum had it tucked away in her hot water cupboard as salt dough does tend to get a bit soft, obviously quite forgotten for many, many years. Miss E has added it to her play food collection and has been delivering my pizza ever since.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
|(not what I'm swapping by the way - just couldn't post without a pic)|
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
|(puzzle mr A and I did in the holidays - he's 3 and puzzle mad!)|
|(our favourite side dish at the moment - recipe below)|
|(wash cloth stack - growing!)|
We have been making this cauliflower side dish lots lately. It seems the WHOLE family love it! I love it not only for it's taste and the fact that EVERYONE will eat it but it's easy as well.
It's based on a recipe I saw on Pinterest. Preheat your oven to 180oC. Cut the cauliflower into florets, or chunks. Toss in a small amount of the oil of your choice. Lay on some baking paper on a tray and pop in the oven. Bake for around 1 hour. Turn a couple of times within that time. The cauliflower should go brown in places and a bit crispy. Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt and serve! Enjoy!
Monday, October 15, 2012
I completed a couple of special things for him though. The first was a little painting smock. I found at a local thrift store a printed panel that needed to be cut out and sewn up. It was only a dollar and I knew it was something he would like - he hates getting dirty! Or wet too! It was easy to cut out and sew and I only needed to add some bias binding around the neck and add some ties at the back.
The second thing I made for him was a shepherd's tunic for his preschool Christmas concert (great to have this done nice and early!). The girls are always angels and the boys shepherds. Most boys just have a tea towel over their heads and that's fine. But I had made an angel costume for miss E so it seemed right that I make some effort to make mr A a costume too. Also it will be great to add some more "boyish" costumes to our dress up box. The fabric was thrifted, crazy cheap like $0.50c or cheaper! It seemed to say shepherd to me. The pattern was easy and I think cutting out the pattern and fabric too longer than sewing it up! I bought the pattern last year when Spotlight was having a super sale. I thought it looked like lots of options for many costume making years to come. He tried it on and LOVED it, which is saying lots as he's a super fussy dresser. It just needs a "rope" type belt and a tea towel to finish the look.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
this top (before it was dyed). Some cotton lace from the edge of some vintage linen and a quick dip dye. It didn't turn out exactly as I had in mind and be being in a rush when I dyed it meant it wasn't the best dye job either. Neither of those things seem to matter to her, she loves it and has been prancing around the lawn in it today - in between rain showers that is!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|now you see them,|
|now you don't!|
As for kcwc, I have been sewing and cutting out over the last three days. I just haven't taken any pics yet. It's school holidays after all and I'm thinking I might do a wrap up post at the end of the week.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Miss E is wearing a number of handmade clothes made by me. I had actually pulled the green cardi (made in 2010) out of her draw as it had got too small and I didn't feel that she needed it. Well I was certainly put in my place when she declared that "the short sleeves made it the PERFECT cardi for warmer weather and when, you know mum, it's not so cold!" She's probably right about that too, rereading the post about making the cardi I now remember that the sleeves were never very long to begin with.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
and I liked the cut and fit, but it was, I'm pretty sure,
a nightgown. I was really looking for Summer tops and didn't need a nightgown. I thought maybe it could be transformed, a touch of dye, some length cut from the bottom and a wee bit of embroidery on the bodice and ta da! I must admit that when I was purchasing it, the lady at the thrift store commented on how nice it was and looked oh so very shocked once I told her I was going to dye it! She didn't really want to sell it to me after that. Imagine if I'd told her I was going to chop the bottom off it too! That's one Summer top transformation down.
this tutorial by Dee, but I wasn't convinced that bleaching was the way to go for me or this top, darker is more slimming right? Who doesn't need a slimmer mid section? I basically followed what Dee did, but with dye instead of bleach! It worked well and I'm pleased with the results. Transformation number 2 - tick!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
In other news, I'm going to be a stall holder at the Auckland Art and Craft Fair in December! Exciting and daunting all at the same time! It was a last minute application after I was accepted for another local fair. It seemed to make sense to craft for two fairs at the same time. So that's what I'll be doing!