Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Sometimes Monday mornings just call for staying in your PJ's and crafting. And what better way to craft than to make animals out of recycling. Unfortunately for us single-use cardboard and plastics are a part of life, but we do try to reuse things before they go to recycling.
Lara and I made a giraffe, and an elephant out of old containers and cardboard rolls, with our trusty roll of masking tape-I may have taken that cue from my good friend Play School. We have a packet of googly eyes that will probably last us forever, and some pipe cleaners (I have no idea where they came from) that make brilliant giraffe ears, elephant trunks and spiders legs. I was also pretty impressed with Lara's creativity to make some bird wings out of masking tape and put them on a straw.
Children are amazing, they need the tiniest nudge in the right direction and they sore. Since this crafting morning together I've been able to leave Lara to "do crafting" independently and she has made some great looking lady beetles and spiders out of the lids of sour cream containers, stickers and the reused pipe cleaners. I guess this is what parents did before batteries and televisions. It isn't always easy, but when it works it's bloody brilliant.
I was pleasantly surprised by how long these DIY toys held up with a two year old and eleven month old playing with them. They probably lasted three weeks before their legs were too beaten up to stand, and that was when I removed the tape and put all the other materials back in to the craft box.
Of course I had a heap of fun making African safari animals. Who wouldn't?!
Monday, 7 March 2016
My babies are growing up far too quickly. The latest smack in the face realisation of this came last week when we went to Taronga Zoo. Lara (two years and five months) and Olivia (11 months) stood and talked to the meerkats. Of course, Olivia wants to do everything Lara does at the moment, which is gorgeously ambitious and a major pain in my ass.
It melted my heart when Olivia got all excited talking to the meerkats (albeit completely ignoring the sign not to bash on the glass), and Lara proudly supported and guided her little sister with a gentle hand on her back. Just quietly I think it's safe to assume that Lara is pretty proud of her little sister.
|Daddy meerkat asking Lara if he can look for treats in her hair.|
|The Chameleon who entertained us and the masses, so much personality.|
Friday, 19 February 2016
For a long time now Mark and I have been talking about making concrete pots to contain two of my many hobbies; candles and succulents. We had made a few prototypes that weren't anything amazing, but were scattered around the house and garden anyway. Then all of a sudden my sister and her now husband wanted concrete pots for their wedding; so the deadline was set and we gladly accepted the mission. Naturally Mark worked on making the best looking concrete pots around. My husband the perfectionist, made beautiful vessels for me to work with...the only problem is, he still hasn't taught me how to make them, and I don't think he has any plans of making them for me this weekend, thus my creativity is currently on hold.
|I love the combination of smoothness with air bubbles.|
Now I have a growing collection of coffee cups and containers waiting to be reused as moulds or succulent beds (which makes me feel a lot better about all the 'single use' containers that we purchase) a whole heap of succulent babies that need homes, and of course a desire to make more candles in these gorgeous industrial looking pots. Making things makes me happy, it makes my husband happy, and it makes my children happy. I'm yet to inform Mark that Lara has put in a custom order for another little pot plant for Olivia's room though. Lara claimed a tiny succulent for her room, and has watched Mum and Dad make these things that she likes, so it is perfectly normal for her to ask us to make more.
|Propagating succulents-don't start, it's addictive!|
As I sit here gulping down a cup of caffeine in desperation to get the energy to do housework, I'm thinking about being outside in our backyard making things as a family this weekend...and stopping myself from going outside and pottering around right now. Plus, it's Friday, and I'm seriously looking forward to a glass of white wine tonight-which gets me to thinking about making a concrete wine cooler, it would be much harder to knock over after a few too many drinks.
Cheers All, have a great weekend!
|Turns out flapjacks can look good.|
|Candles and succulents.|
|This is where I want to be; planting out in the sun.|
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
So much is happening out in the veggie garden at the moment. Lunch and dinner salad both came from the backyard, despite the battle I'm currently having with fruit fly. I say battle, but I really haven't been doing much defence other than removing fruit that has been attacked, and doing my best to keep the garden bed tidy. But today I had had enough, and I upped my ante. I removed every tomato that was of harvesting size and have brought them inside to ripen on the window sill.
Soon I will start researching what to do about fruit fly. Organic gardening is hard, I don't remember it being this hard five years ago, but I keep reminding myself to stick it out and nature will get back in balance.
In other news, the worm farm that I purchased on line from Compost Revolution as part of Lara's Christmas present has finally arrived, and she loves it....the last few mornings we have been outside straight after breakfast feeding the worms and the chickens. Man I love the little person that she is developing into. Each night I think about everything I haven't done, but obviously I'm doing a lot right to have such wonderful children.
|My little farmer girl.|