Archive for December, 2016

Dec 27 2016

Opening my Swap from Jo.

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The day finally came to open my swap. The swap was organised by  I was partnered with Jo of  Jo is amazing with all the sewing and knitting that she does. She even sews laundry bags for soldiers. Check out her blog.20161221_105522Look a whole box of pressies for me! I was so excited. Alycia and Cassandra helped me to unwrap the gifts. We all got a massive buzz opening all of the items. Jo, you are amazing. 20161221_105536The first item is this really cute bear pin cushion. Isnt it adorable?20161221_105603My next favourite items are the jar covers. Wow, they look really time consuming to make. They are beautiful, I just want to look at them.20161221_105904Jo, stacked them on top of a jar that was filled with cardboard blackboard tags with some white chalk. I can see these lining up in my pantry. If you have a pattern for these I would love to make some for my friends. I am too selfish to share these because I like them too much.20161221_105734Here is a lovely pastel coloured bag that folds into a smaller little bag as seen in the following picture. Jo even sewed my initial on the front.20161221_105911You do amazing work, Jo.20161221_110230I love these face cloths. The yellow one even has my initial on it. They are so soft and colourful. Thank you for all of your work.20161221_110323This is one amazing Christmas decoration. It looks very complicated. A lovely and unique addition to our Christmas tree.20161221_105722In this little sack is some hot chocolate, mini m&ms, and mini marshmallows  in little tubes, very cute.20161221_110345A bottle cover that matches the bag. It is insulted too! 20161221_105613 A lovely little cross stitch card to work on.20161221_1104320Here is a creepy photo of Cassandra smelling the yummy chocolates. They didn’t last long with 6 in the house and two visitors. Saying that we all got a couple each, so thank you.20161221_111716Thank you once again, Jo. I am very thankful for everything that you made for me. It has also been good getting to know you a bit. You are a woman on  a mission.

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Dec 17 2016

When they breed.

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The hippos have bred. 20161217_200317I went a bit nutty and made anfew of them. Three I sewed by hand and two I made by machine. The ones made by hand are the better ones, the shape worked better.20161217_200306
Meanwhile the tadpoles are pretty much gone. The pool changed colour overnight. 20161217_151844Cassandra got in two days latter and collected some of the leaves down the bottom. The filter is working overtime. We did find a couple of live ones, thankfully I didnt drink it.20161217_130422

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Dec 15 2016

Busy, but not that Busy.

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The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind! Another trip to Bendigo.20161204_150908Everything that the children do has a Christmas event. Gifts go out to all teachers.

We had a family gathering for Christmas.20161208_200918 It was nice to see my Dad again. He is a busy man these days, but it is good for him, for us to see him happy with my step mum.
We have had a few visits to Gma. She is in a respite place right now, and it is a lovely place, but as the saying goes ” there is no place like home”.
Cassandras birthday is next week and she asked for the pool to be clean. 20161213_144104After scooping out hundreds of tadpoles to be re homed at a local pond, 20161213_145640I shocked the rest with a bucket of chlorine. I started praying that the next door kiddies wouldnt come outside because the fumes got pretty bad. Today it is blue, and I have been scooping dead tadpoles out like a njnja.

I have been working on a gift for my inlaws, but I cant put the picture up yet. I hope that they like it, because I do.

Oh, and here are the two monkeys that I was suppose to show you in the last post.20161130_084840
Today while I watched a YouTube video on homesteading I hand sewed a felt hippo. I love him, he is so cute!20161215_195029

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