Monday, March 31, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014 

What a big week!

Iris – we've finally moved Iris into the cot. Here she is, in her new room. She's just dropped her babushka, hence the shocked look.
Nora – her birthday morning called for fluffy skirts, crowns and umbrellas.
Oscar – atop Papa's ute watching a truck remove a skip bin.

Last weeks favourite, brand new Aubrey and his proud big brother Ellery.

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Some little felt shoes

My mum's friend bought this absolutely gorgeous felt slipper pattern in Holland. As soon as I saw the little duck design, I knew I had to try and make a pair. The translation was a little tricky to follow and the original pattern called for multiple layers (I imagine a necessity in those cold European winters), but I cheated and didn't even line mine.

They were definitely trial and error, I've never made anything quite so fiddly with felt like this. ... as you can see I started blanket stitching around the first bird, then realised it was a bit tricky with such tiny pieces, filled in with some crude stitches before settling on a kind of applique. I originally made them entirely by hand, but then I reinforced around the base with some machine stitching.

Now that I've made the pattern, I have so many different ideas for little felt slippers floating around in my head. Its a little exciting.

Oh, and they look adorable on Iris, I have my fingers crossed that it will actually get cold enough soon (maybe round easter) so she can start wearing them.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Out to lunch with my family. My children look so happy when surrounded by people who love them.

Iris – having her ear nibbled by Papa.
Nora – her face is so expressive.
Oscar – all smiles.

My favourite from last week was Claire's beautiful girls, sisters, Eulalie and Marguerite.

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In the morning

I've always been a morning person. I remember as a child waking up excited about the possibility held by a brand new day. Every day. Rain, hail or shine. In my teens, there were summer mornings watching the sunrise in the backyard pool as I swam lazy laps before school. In my early twenties my favourite shifts at the hotel were I worked were the breakfast ones, where I got to catch the train over the harbour bridge at five-thirty. When Rodge and I moved in together I used to delight in sitting and discussing everything over breakfast, as we watched the clouds fly past*, before we'd head our separate ways to work.

Then I had children. I am absolutely no longer a morning person. I now drink coffee every morning or I get even grumpier. I actually have to concentrate to not bark at Oscar, when he wakes up, excited, as I used to be, about the brand new day. I miss being a morning person.

So over the next two weeks, I've made a vow to myself to fix this. So that I wake up happy every day, even if I've had a night of broken sleep, full of feeding babies and toddler nightmares. Can't be too hard right?

My new self-imposed rules to become a morning person start with the evenings –perfectly clean kitchen after dinner (nothing makes me grumpier than waking up to mess), no screens after nine (that'll be hard), bed by ten.

Are you a morning person?

*Not the nicest weather, but our view looked like this, naturally, I miss that too!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

We spent the weekend down the south coast for a beautiful wedding. I took heaps of photos, but unusually, for me, not many of my children!

Iris – with her Papa.*
Nora & Oscar – asleep after spending the afternoon on the beach.

*Wearing this dress.

Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Iris – she loves her siblings. Holding duplo giraffe gifted by Nora and topped with a fireman hat by Oscar.
Nora – post swimming babycino time, an almost weekly ritual.
Oscar – He tipped over a rain filled wheelbarrow to make mud, which he wallowed in for a good ten minutes however he was unimpressed with just how 'dirty' it was!

Em's gorgeous snap of her three altogether was last weeks favourite.

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Crayons + Toys

It feels virtually impossible to be creative these days. Three children and the mess and chaos that are part and parcel of that seems to consume most of my energies, creative or otherwise.

A friend of mine was doing a sketch project, 40 sketches in 40 days and she generously asked a whole heap of her facebook friends to join in for the last 10 days. So of course, I did. And it was wonderful. Maybe 'quick and dirty' sketches of my kids' toys using their crayons (and encouraging their added scribbles) will be all the drawing I'll be doing for the next few years but this is definitely a project I'll have to continue.

Monday, March 3, 2014


I'm posting my stills monthly this year. These images sum up our February.

1 + 2  Yearly escape to Kiama.
3  Minnamurra rainforest.
4  My girls, playing with dinosaurs.
5  After a very impromptu (and naked) swim in the river at Woronora. Lucky I always have a scarf somewhere in my bag.
6  My dad's awesome yellow eggplants.
8  Look at that! Two sleeping girls after a visit to the museum.
9  February ended with rain, just like began.

Linking with Em.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Iris – belly kiss giggles as we wait for the little green man.
Nora – teddies, bonnets and undone hand-me-down sneakers.
Oscar – at St. James Station, we're heading to check out the dinosaurs. Trains and dinosaurs makes his perfect day.

Joining in with Jodi.