Wednesday, March 30, 2011


If they can do this to my lino...

what might they do to this...
I hate to think. But I am onto the way of big plastic tubs with tight lids.

By the way, I have changed the rules. A few people emailed me and said nice idea but they don't want a size 7-8 dress. Fair enough. I will make you a smaller one if you would like that and you win.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Giveaway- your money for a good cause and I might giveaway this dress to you!

EDITED TO ADD- I have changed the rules, I can do that you know. If you win and you want a different size I will make the same pattern up in a different size (1/2 is the smallest size and 9/10 is the biggest)

A little while ago I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous dress (thanks Karen) while at the same time contributing to raising funds for flood effecting people in Queensland.

Now it's my turn to offer something up for the Japan Quake appeal
My contribution is this wrap dress, it's made using the  Farbenmix 'Anna' pattern and is size 7/8- but that is give or take a lot because of the nature of the pattern- it ties at the front (you don't see the front tie) and at the back- so will be longer on a smaller child and tunic top style on a larger/ taller child. My daughter is a reasonably tall 8 year old, and it's slightly above her knees in this photo (the dress is new- she's only wearing it for modelling purposes)

The detail across the bottom- would have been nice if I ironed it...

The instructions  below are basically swiped off Karen's blog, but I am pretty sure she'll be cool with that (and I will tell her).

This giveaway is open to everyone, around the corner or around the world.

I will cover all postage costs regardless of who wins.

To enter this giveaway you must click this link and donate $5 to the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster (this link goes to Australian Red Cross but I don't mind really who you donate to as long as you have proof of donation eg. receipt number, you could also donate to Save the Children for example, they do paypal)

You may enter as many times as you like but each entry / donation must have a separate receipt number. (eg: donate $5 ten times if you want to donate $50- then comment ten times with your receipt number, I know this is cumbersome - but that's how it works!)
After you have done this, return here and leave your comment with your receipt number.

If you don't have an account to leave a comment you can click on my profile and email me your name and receipt number and I will comment for you.

Please feel free to circulate the link to this page to anyone you think might be interested.
I will use a random number generator to draw a winner on Sunday 3rd April (my time in Victoria, Australia)
Together all our small donations can make a huge difference.
Also- you need to leave me an email address where I can contact you if you win.
I know we have been called on to donate alot already this year, and I am not going to go on a rant about what you can or can't, should or shouldn't do with your money, but the Red Cross 'by line' is 'The Power of Humanity' and I find that encouraging in hard times like these, so go on, do what you can!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

More giving required

My blog header promises "Crafty fun and the goodness of Home Economics"...well, there has been a bit of that lately, but if you look at my right sidebar you'll see that  I am also interested in  "being human and caring for others, being part of a generous community, doing what you can in a difficult situation" and the like.

To this end, I would like to direct you over to the master list for the Japan Quake Appeal coordinated by Jojoebi at A Bit of This and A Bit of That. Recently we crafty bloggers and our friends raised nearly $100,000 for the Queensland floods (cooperatively through putting up auction/ raffle items and donating money to Red Cross for our chance to win said items) . Legends!

I reckon we can pull it together again. Head over and donate some money if you can, or put up an item to raffle. Jodie is leading by example there. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I don't have much to say, in the face of more devastation. It's hard to hear about, hard to watch, and for me, hard to imagine or comprehend.
But I just read this and thought it was good stuff to be reminded of.
Take care of you and yours.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sincerely grateful

This is my first 'grateful' entry, although I have read lots over the times and other peoples gratitude is very grounding and lovely.

I am grateful for my son, his health and his initiative
(and my daughter of course, but this isn't her story) 

This week he went on school camp, to Canberra, the bus took about 8 hours apparently.
I was anxious, he was away Monday to Friday- the longest he has been away from home (he's 10, in grade 5).
I was anxious because he has food allergies- he has coeliac disease (allergy to gluten which is found in wheat, oats, barley and rye)- not immediately life threatening, but eating those foods can make him sick. 
He also has a severe, life threatening nut allergy and requires an epipen (adrenalin injection). So I was entrusting him into the care of other people (get the nervousness?).
I rang the camp, I spoke to the camp manager. He assured me that nut and gluten free dietary requirements were 'easy'- I felt like he had his head around the issues and felt loads more confident about sending him off.

My son got home yesterday. Exhausted, he'd had a good time. Within 10 minutes of him being home, though, he's told me that 'they gave me a fruit and nut bar today'. 
WHAT?- that's me on the inside, on the outside I keep my voice normal (well try) and try to gently get more information...apparently the other kids in his grade got a little pack of Arnott's bickies but because he had special dietary requirements he got a "fruit and NUT bar". I wonder what genius didn't realise that a fruit and nut bar might not be the best snack for a 10 year old with a life threatening nut allergy. I am horrified.

But, the GRATEFUL bit- my son thought it was odd, read the label (BLESS HIM) and told the teacher that the camp site had given him food that he couldn't have. I am so thankful he showed initiative and was smart and well equipped to deal with a very dodgy situation.

I am so so thankful  he read that label.

I will be contacting the camp site on Tuesday...wonder how that conversation will go.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Softies for the children of Christchurch

This woman is busy coordinating a softie drive for the children of Christchurch. I appreciate her efforts, thanks Leonie.
If these little guys can help comfort a small person in the middle of turmoil then me making them is more than worth it.
and from a different angle
This elephant is made using an Audrey and Maude pattern "Edward/ Elouise" I think. I gave him bigger eyes. I constantly have softie's eye issues. Oh well, practice, I spose.
He will be accompanied by a few angels, these are a Rosalie Quinlin design, and the perfect size for small hands.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"We'll have lots to eat this winter, won't we Mother?"

Last December, Nat took me around the sights of Washington and, amidst the pinch myself  'is that really the United States Capitol' kind of moments,  I took this photo at the National Museum of American History
It  made me smile and think of home. I love this poster!

Mr. Apple solved the tomato bottling malaise of a few days ago ...bottled in two litre bottles! So now we have 11 litres of sauce (surely that will do us for the year?) in massive bottles that make me laugh.

Our 'larder' is looking pretty healthy
Thanks to those who commented on my other post, written when I was 'over it'.
Yes, I do (most of the time) think it's worth it.

Grow your own
Can your own!

Autumns well done, so well done

Again I say, to quote Echo and the Bunnymen "Everybody's got their own good reason why their favourite season is their favourite season"
Happy happy Autumn everyone.
Heck, in celebration, why don't I try something that I haven't done before.
Here's one for the eighties chicks!