Thursday, July 28, 2011

My little boy is now 6!!

He had a few friends around for a play and some party food. The big present is a flight to Wellington tomorrow and he is very excited. We played the flour game. None of the kids had played that before and it was a big hit.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Recycling- upcycling Merino Jersey

Well I have been doing my upcycling again. Two old Merino Jersey's from the Op Shop. Eli will not wear knitted wool as it is "too scratchy". So as Merino is soft I tried that - with what I think is great success. Eli wears it and thinks it is cool - certainly a good result. He loves the longer sleeves with the holes for his thumbs and it came in handy in the snow recently. I think this is what I am going to have to do for the next few years to get him to wear wool. I do not believe polar fleece to be as good as wool. So this cost $9.00 for the two ladies jerseys and about 2 hours of my time. Normally I just whip them up on the overlocker but I went all out and stitched as well as overlocked and finished it all correctly. Not bad hey.

Snow everywhere - First on the Lewis Pass and then at home

In the snow getting a good break in the journey

Our own back yard!!

Big snow fight going on.

Collecting the snow for the fight. 
We went to Motueka for a few days last week as Aaron had work there and we had not seen my parents for ages. Great trip. On the way up and the way back we only stopped once. At the Tarn at the beginning of the St James Walkway going into Cannibal Gorge. The lake was frozen over and we went skating on it and the snow was knee deep but icy. Thinking this was the only snow we would see meant we spent ages getting cold and having fun. BUT then we come home and have amazing soft lovely snow (which today has turned to very crunchy dangerous icy covered snow)

Another finished project

This is for my nephew Jack's 2nd birthday. I started with a his and a roar but then took two months to do the stitching for the dragon breath. Why is that?
The dragon pattern was from an Australian magazine - patchwork and stitching. Don't know volume number. I turned the bag into a backpack by adding two straps on the back of the bag. Filled with goodies for the long haul flight to England in September.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I walked inside at bedtime yesterday to find the boys trying to convince me that they should sleep in front of the fire. I said,"Not on a school night". Eli was on the cell to Dad who was saying that I should let them. Convenient for him when he is in Hamilton and not here at our house dealing with grumpy kids because they did not get enough sleep!

A very crowded knee

We have had the girls with us a bit lately as Dawn has not been well. On Monday night everyone, including the dog, wanted to be on Aaron's knee.

Looks like a full table.

A walk uphill and a soak in the outside bath

Last weekend we were privileged to be able to use our friends bach at the Hurunui river. On Saturday the weather was amazing and we climbed the huge hill behind the house. Well i only went about a 1/4 of the way but was really pleased as I actually managed to go uphill. But didn;t want to push it too far so Aaron and the boys went on to the top.

busy boys

Aaron near the top

As it was getting dark we decided to utilise the outside bath. Absolutely fantastic, though it took a bit of practise to keep the wood under your bottom so that you did not burn your behind!!

A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....