Holidays and making days

Term one is over and with Easter the holidays have started…

We spent Easter Sunday with family and a trip to the beach. In between eating chocolate that is.

After the second tropical cyclone in as many weeks, the weather was superb, and the beach laden with treasures for the finding.

The children and my brothers made a beach hut over three days. It was a architectural feat and a sight to behold!

It was ALMOST warm enough for swimming. For me it was perfectly warm enough for photography 🙂

There’s been plenty of making taking place now school’s out. The children have been making some very nice mice... these are much tidier than the slime they spent yesterday concocting!

This is a lovely free sewing pattern from Ann Wood, lots of fun and suitably small and cute!

They look pleased with their efforts don’t they?

Billy doesn’t look so happy with his new make… Maia lovingly crafted this finger knitted scarf just for him (matches the mice!).

In other projects at our house, my Hygge is coming along well:

I really enjoy making the cross stitch on crochet. I’ve never cross stitched before, but its very relaxing (once you get the stitches in the right place that is). The single crochet is getting a little mind numbing, but easy to work on in front of the TV after work in the evenings 🙂

What are you working on, any good holiday projects for kids you can recommend?

Mini cats and dogs

I love small things, Ive never been able to resist a tiny… anything.

Im drawn to  miniatures, especially little toys and such, tiny enough to fit comfortably in your hand. In fact I have a whole shelf dedicated to tiny knick knacks – a number of which date back to my childhood.

This weekend I’ve been making tiny crochet pets by Lucy Collin. Ive made many of her mini animals over the last few years, I love them all. The vast majority are free patterns and they are quick and easy to make, all in one, minimal yarn changes and almost no sewing of ends. Always adored, firstly by me and eagerly by my children who always beg and plead for me to make just one more…

No surprises, then that we’ve had 5 new cats and dogs join the family this weekend!

A pug named Petunia, two cats – Shadow and Paws, a Jack Russell named Jackie and a Dachshund (with a green jacket) by the name of Dash…

Perfect little pets, so well behaved and suitably tiny 🙂

Small enough to fit one, or three, in your hand.

And perfect for cuddling up with in bed at night (or slipping into your pj pocket):

Don’t you love that angelic sleeping pose Carter has for the photo?

That’s more like it…

Both he and Maia love them, and even though they are quite un-eastery, Maia has made an Easter movie about them! I can’t upload it onto the blog, but Ill do my best to load it onto the Green Dragonfly Facebook page shortly edited: when someone tech savvy enough helps me do it – I can’t seem to share with the page only my (personal) friends, fb is not in my good books!

The weather has been a bit dire of late, so I’ve also made good progress on my Hygge. Ill pop back in a day or two and share some update photos with you all.

What are you doing for the long weekend? What projects are you working on? ~ J xox

 

Stripy

From rock love to sock love…

This week I made these socks, it was my mission. I actually began them mid winter last year, and gave up a quarter of the way through the first sock.  All that yarn changing, I mean who can remember to switch yarn every three rows?

Billy though, was happy to see me out of doors after days of rain (flooding in some parts of our country).

So with almost maniacal intensity I spent this week knitting. Before breakfast, knit. Waiting for kids, knit. At swimming lessons, knit. Turns out that if you use all those pockets of time you can in fact fit a lot of (in this case) knitting in.

Deliciously soft, the blue yarn is merino -possum mix. So soft and cozy for my toes. They are, Im pleased to report, a delight to wear!

He’s a good looking cat, isn’t he? When he’s not bringing rats in anyway…

OK, enough photography. That’s his come inside and feed me face. Jxo

Rocking and rolling

DSC_0468Tron rock hiding 5Recently the children have been obsessed with painting rocks. These rocks are decorated and hidden in various parks around our city – Hamilton – for others to find, love and re-hide. Dubbed Tron rocks (colloquially Hamilton is known as the Tron), this simple process has brought much joy to our family.

Tron rocks

And as a result, the win for me, lots of family outings on rock finding and hiding missions!

Tron rock hidingTron rock hiding 2

Which is a win-win I’m sure you will agree.

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Somewhat more sedately my crochet project is coming along nicely…

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The motif for this section reminds me of the cheery faced pansies growing in my garden.

Pansy

I’d forgotten how quickly and effortlessly crochet grows, and the colour palette is gorgeous. So bright and uplifting!

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So that’s how we’re rolling here just now, I’ll leave you with this pic of the kiddos and Dad at the balloon ‘night glow’ last weekend. Oh they loved it, all the way from riding their bikes there, all kitted out in high vis with their bike lights on before the sun had even set, to finding friends in the crowds and dancing crazily with their glow sticks. They really were rocking and rolling! Jxo

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Oh what a beautiful day…

My Sunday was a lovely day, here’s a summary – in pictures:

Start the day with a little early morning water colour… it was chilly sitting in the shade!img_1848img_1884

My support crew went tree climbing! IMG_1833

Follow up with a hot chocolate and chai to warm up:img_1850

And maybe a little more sketching… she doesn’t look very happy in this photo, but she was, sitting there happily chatting away 🙂img_1865

Back home take a wander in the garden – I made delicious fig and ginger jam last week  – might need to cook up some more before the birds eat them all…IMG_1909

We also have an abundance of grapes, a little later than usual…IMG_1901

And some color here…IMG_1904

and there…IMG_1903

Help Maia decorate the Easter tree (glitter + pinecones!)…IMG_1911IMG_1914IMG_1917

After dinner, time for feet up and work on my crochet… which happily is coming along nicely. No more little ‘design features’ to report 🙂img_1892

And that was my day. Lovely!

What’s happening in your world? ~ J xo

 

Hygge progress 

This photo was taken a moment after I realised I am one stitch short in my shawl…

Arrrggggh! 

It wasn’t until I began the second pattern of the cross stitch that I thought it was looking slightly off centre…

I now know, after counting and recounting that I am one stitch out. 

When did that happen? 

Right from the first row….

What to do?