Wednesday, July 16, 2014


A bit of this and that lately...

My Mum, post-op after she had surgery for a hole torn in her macular (the back of her eye).

 This was her first outing post-op. We took her to Bobbin Head to get her out of the house so she didn't get cabin fever and start climbing the walls. It was a challenge - she had to keep her head down pretty much all the time for the first 2-3 weeks post-op so the gas they had put in her eye would put pressure on the tear. Not fun for her. Or her neck and shoulders (which were really sore the first week). She did get to watch some sail boats going by though, and we took a short walk (which was all she was allowed to do) down one of the tracks - and she commented that it was nice to get into the bush where it was quiet.

My baby boy, who decided to tangle with the sprocket and chain on the pedal go cart while his biggest brother was on it (and whom thankfully was back pedaling - not pedaling forward - or it would have taken the end of his finger right off!!!).

Two trips to emergency - one at our local hospital on the day of the aforementioned accident, and the other the following day to Westmead Children's Hospital, where the plastics team cleaned, checked for damage to tendons, removed the destroyed fingernail, and stitched it all back together again. I have to say, I am now a fan of general anesthetics. Holding my baby while he quietly went to sleep for the surgery (while he was watching the surgeon and his assistant blowing bubbles no less - it was pretty funny - looking back on it), not having him yell and cry from the pain, and not having to hold him still are a big plus in my books. To those who worked personally with him, I send you a huge thank you.

Here  is his sock-clad (to keep it clean...ish) fist. If anyone knows of a way to keep a 2 year old still while they take a photo of their hand... let me know! LOL

Today would have been my parents 54th wedding anniversary. Makes me both smile, and just a bit wistful.

And the final one... nursing the rest of the family, as one after they other they fall plagued with some nasty flu bug. One that delivers high temperatures, listlessness while sleeping and vomiting. Yes, there is washing banking up... and it's the "clean" stuff - the general wear clothing that isn't decorated with former meals.

To those wonderful people who signed up to be pattern testers - you really made me smile! And I thank you. I WILL get the pattern to you, right after I pick up things off the floor, do the dishes, put on another load of washing, dole out copious quantities of panadol/neurofen/antibiotics, fall exhausted into bed.

I'll be back soon with some more buzz...

Flying away now!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bee a Pattern Tester

These little guys would like a few pattern testers to make sure they are fine for general crocheting happiness.
Drop me an email or leave a comment letting me know if you are interested.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crochet Bees + Pattern Coming Soon!

Well it's been a little while since I've posted anything substantial around these parts. Things have been rather quiet on the blog front in fact... even if at home things have been anywhere from the usual busy slog of household things, having my mum here on several occasions for medical reasons, and the school slog.

BUT. In all of that my hook has been playing, I've been drawing a little, painting a little, cooking tasty treats, and attempting to source interesting things with a certain theme in mind.

Remember these little balls of yellow sunshine that I posted about back in May?

Well here is what they turned into!

After lots of looking around for a pattern that I liked, I decided to stop wasting time and just make one myself. I'm looking forward to making it available, but it hasn't had any pattern testing yet, so if you are interested in testing it out, please send me an email. I'd hate to get you making something that has bugs! (Bees are fine! ;) Oh boy. The humour is a bit wonky at this hour.)

These little fellas have given me endless smiles. I made the wings from ovals of lining fabric scraps left over from my wedding dress... ehem... some 12 1/2 years ago. Yes. I hoard things.

What kinds of things do you hoard? Tell me I'm not the only hoarder out there! (Please? Pretty please?)

Hope your day is full of buzz-i-ness. :)

Check out my link party page to see some of the great places I'm sharing this project. :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Orange and Raspberry Smoothie - Cheers!

I don't care that we are just over one week from winter (one week!!!), the weather has been so gloriously warm that I couldn't resist something fruity and cool with lunch today.

I give you...

The orange and raspberry smoothie!

Pretty sure this isn't an original idea, but it was so basic to make and so incredibly delicious that I thought I'd share it anyway.

2 oranges - cut in wedges and peeled
Approximately 1/2 a cup of frozen raspberries

Put ingredients in food processor (I used the jug that came with my Bamix) and process till it's basically smooth.

Pour into a pretty glass and enjoy!

I will say that this makes enough for a large glass - or 1 1/2 smaller glasses. And I did have to fight the boys off to get ANY. Little Clam would have drunk all of it if I let him (he got the half glass), and Baby Starfish (who's not really a baby anymore) tried to scarf all of my glass full.

So go on, get off your computer and go make one! You can come back and thank me later! ;)