Sunday, September 25, 2016

Doll Ergobaby

I've been thinking about making a couple of doll-sized ergobaby carriers forever.  It felt so good finally to whip this one up!  I'm sure there are a bunch of online tutorials available, but that's not really my style.  Instead I gathered supplies, did a bit of guessing and pinning and cutting, and came up with this one.

The clip belt totally makes it IMO.  I just ordered some inexpensive bum bags from trademe and cut the belts off.  So simple and very effective.  And you know, ergonomic and all that, heh.

It's not perfect, but it looks cute on!  This one is actually for my niece, who is baby-mad.  She's on her way to France as we speak and I thought this would be a fun addition for her trip.  Eleanor is dead keen on one, and I did have in mind to make Garland one too, but actually this was quite an intensive project - it didn't take forever but there were lots of fiddly bits.  I think they can share, after all.  

The little baby bag was a total whip up.  I really wanted to get it all finished in one go, but I was pretty tired.  It's very simple and there were a couple of little sewing mishaps, but the fabric is super cute and it's filled with everything a little bubba could need.  I didn't get a pic of the contents, but I basically split one of these packs in half and added a doll sized towel and facecloth.

This pocket was made using a test swatch of Spoonflower fabric I ordered forever ago.  Spoonflower is the best!  So cool to be able to add some of your illustrations to a gift.

I'm hoping to work on Eleanor's one soon, along with other handmade gifts.  My maternity leave is juuuuust around the corner and I have many plans...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Adventures in Spring

I'm gonna admit it right now, homeschooling is the best decision we ever made. Which is not to say that we will never reassess, particularly if we find ourselves in the right schooling situation, but this year has been (mostly) SO much fun for all of us.

One of our favourite 'field trips' this term was visiting a local goat farm.  The kids (human ones) made the most of the 'experts' (some very patient family friends) and followed them around asking a trillion questions. I can guarantee that Garland now knows waaaaaaaay more about goats than I do.  

Sorry about the photo spam.  It was such a pretty day, I couldn't resist.  There were daffodils and what appeared to be a robin (!!!), a blackbird nest and some delicious cape gooseberries.  We came home with some strawberry seedlings and the sense of having spent the day perfectly.  #springtimevibes all over the show.

I love ticking off everything in our homeschool planner, but I love spontaneous field trips even more.  Of course, you don't have to be a homeschooler to have adventures like this, it you just end up with more days to choose from...

P.S. when (goat) kids cry, they sound spookily human.  We were all a little relieved when this bubba returned to its mama...

Book Review :: A Child of Books - Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

"An inspiring and lyrical picture book about a little girl who sails her raft 'across a sea of words' to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure where they can journey through 'forests of fairy tales', 'across mountains of make-believe' and 'sleep in clouds of song'. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him... But who will be next?"

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Beeswax Candles Two Ways

Ung.  I love the smell of beeswax.  Is there anyone in the world who doesn't?  Melting beeswax is even super yummier.  It really is such a versatile product for making handmade gifts.  I have a huge block set aside, and a bunch of different plans for it.

I made these candles a couple of days ago and they were ridiculously easy.  The dipped candles take a little more time and patience but they were still far easier to make than I'd anticipated. They'll make sweet little Christmas gifts for friends who don't mind imperfect looking candles. I might actually assist Eleanor in making the next batch, and who wouldn't want a lumpy candle that was handmade by a kiddo?!  No one, that's who.

Friday, September 16, 2016

WIN :: Hi-5 Auckland Show Family Pass - CLOSED

Winner announced via instagram.

Calling all Hi-5 fans! Who wants to win a family pass (4 tickets, 2 adults, 2 children, or 1 adult, 3 children) giveaway to the Auckland Saturday 1st October 1.30pm show?! Holla at me!
Hi-5 House Hits, bringing all of your favourite Hi-5 songs this October school holidays. And due to popular demand Hi-5 have announced more dates and new venues on their tour of New Zealand!

Hi-5 House Hits tour will be the biggest Hi-5 concerts yet and not only that, they will feature all of Hi-5's best loved songs for you to sing and dance to.

You will learn how to do the coolest Hi-5 dance moves making you feel like a Hi-5 star! From big classic hits like L.O.V.E and Making Music with the whole Hi-5 gang, to sweet solos, duets and trios from your favourite Hi-5 friends.
Of course Chats and Jup Jup will be joining in on the fun and plenty of other surprises!

Just leave a comment to enter, easy peasy!  Entries will close a week from now, go go GO!

Book Review :: Neffy and the Feathered Dinosaurs - Joe Lillington

"It was a very special day for Neffy the Microraptor - she would be taking her first flight.

But when Neffy spread her wings she didn't know what she was supposed to do! Will she learn in time to join her sisters and escape the predators on the ground?"

This is the ideal book for fact-collecting kiddos (age 4+), with a sweet little story that makes for perfect bedtime reading. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sweet Mother's Kitchen - Wellington

Sweet Mother's Kitchen in Wellington has been on my to-visit list forever.  We really had to battle fatigue to get ourselves there, but I'm glad we did.  It was a nice, easy-going way to finish our little adventure.

Book Review :: Shield - Rachael Craw

Shield - by Rachael Craw

"Evie is out of options. She must comply with the Affinity Project - obey their rules, play their deadly games, give up Jamie. And her losses keep growing. When she decides to help a small group of Shields trying to affect change, Evie finds herself in the firing line. Counsellor Knox is intent on revealing her secrets and shackling her to the Affinity Project for life. To protect her family, Evie must betray those closest to her."

Friday, August 12, 2016

Maranui Cafe, Lyall Bay

As a finale for our midwinter roadie, we planned such a quick trip to the Wellington.  Time enough to visit some favourite spots and a few new ones.  We were fortunate enough to travel from Palmerston North with a friend, who was happy to tour the bays with us before she went home.  Such a pretty way to enter the city, bypassing all the city bits (for now) and heading straight to the water's edge.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

'Return' - Aaron Becker

'Return' - Aaron Becker

Stories without texts are automatic favourites in our house.  We love words, too, of course. In fact, we have to send Eleanor to bed with a notebook and pencil, so that she can save words to look up in the morning (parentals currently performing dictionary duty, but guess what she's getting for her birthday).

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Birdwoods, Havelock North

I tagged our midwinter holiday as a road trip, but it really wasn't.  We seriously cheated!  After a few hours in Auckland we caught a plane to Napier and spent half a week there, with my sister and her family.  Definitely a luxury, but so worth it.  

Friday, July 29, 2016

'Goodnight Everyone' - Chris Haughton

'Goodnight Everyone' - Chris Haughton

Big Bear and the other animals are sleepy and ready for bed, but Little Bear isn't tired yet.  Basically. A simple premise and a very cute little book.  The kind you would read in a really nice slow voice to make everyone feel suitably sleepy.

24 Hours in Auckland

Happy Saturday, y'all!  I'm SO happy to be here, that was one loooong week!  Getting back into the work routine is not easy, so I'm gonna take some time to reminisce about the adventure portion of our recent school break, starting with our speed-dating sesh with Auckland city...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Homeschool Field Trip: Farm Visit

A few weeks back we visited the lifestyle farm of a friend of ours.  The kids have been listening to Dick King-Smith's 'Sophie' stories, so farms, on any scale, held quite a bit of appeal.  Some of our homeschool group made the trip too, despite the gloomy weather.  Last term was pretty quiet when it came to homeschool outings (we made up for it in the holidays).  I think we'll have to up our game a little this term.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Holidays is Here!

Holla if you're excited about the school holidays!  #iam.  Okay, so it's maybe a little different.  For me, holidays mean NO work, NO homeschool and plenty of sleepy lazy mornings.  My kids are probs gonna fight and go monster crazy at times, but that's like, normal life.