Monday, 13 October 2014

A New Friend

I'm thrilled to have finished and gifted this little cutie to a precious new babe. A dear friend (who is also a very crafty Mama) birthed this week and I only finished this little soft toy gnome the day before. The pattern is from Ravelry here and made from various scraps of sheep's wool, cotton and alpaca wool. We're so excited to have another play mate for our camping trips and general adventures of life, and hope this little doll might become a good friend too. The pattern fits in with the Rudolf Steiner teachings of simple, natural toys for small children. There is no face so that the child can play creatively with the dolls emotions - rather than the doll always having a big smile. It can be imagined to be awake, asleep, happy, sad, excited, angry, scared etc. The gender is also able to be decided by the child, or changed each day. Encouraging creative play is so important to children's growth and development and understanding of the world.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Happy International Babywearing Week!

It's International Babywearing Week everyone! So here's the what, why, where, how, and when of our babywearing experiences and some cute pics. In fact quite a lot of pics. I'm a little obsessed! Share the experience!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September in the Vegetable Garden

Spring is here! Lots of growth happening at our place at the moment. The purple beans are up - after we planted them together with some little playgroup friends. It's great for the kids to rush over and see the little shoots up through the soil. Elijah exclaimed recently "Mummy the Calendula is open" and my heart exploded with joy and pride. Ha, I think that makes me a nerdy herbalist. Our greenhouse has some successful seedlings on the go and its getting warm enough for them to transition into the ground. We've had some nice rain lately too, so everything is getting bigger by the day. We'll have broad beans to pick in no time! Loving the colours of the purple broccoli, beetroot, calendula and purple carrots. Eating a rainbow is easy around here. I've been making freshly picked herbal tea of peppermint and lemon balm leaves with calendula petals - ideal for settling nerves and cleansing. The five chooks are also laying about one egg a day now - so we've got loads of eggs to eat. We've been eating a lot of my Quinoa and Vegetable Mini Muffins and frittata. Looking forward to getting all the Summer seedlings into the ground in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Third Birthday Patchwork Quilt Cover

My biggest, who was once our littlest, is about to turn three. I can hardly believe it! I wanted to make him something special that would get loads of use. I also wanted to utilise some of the large stash of fabrics that have been gifted to me recently. This patchwork quilt cover was made entirely from scraps of quilting cottons that were given to me by a dear friend and backed with a sheet. Would you believe it's also my first ever patchwork. I'm so pleased with the colour combination and the design. Elijah loves it too! It's been nice for Eli and I to work on it together and I was so proud when he exclaimed to his Dad tonight "my doona cover IS a doona cover now". I love watching his patience develop in waiting for big projects to be finished and then his appreciation for the completed piece. Just another benefit to giving handmade!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

August in the Vegetable Garden

I'm so excited about how well our veggies are growing since moving to Melbourne 10 months ago. I've decided to try and keep a monthly photo record of what's happening. I'm also starting a garden journal so I can keep track of when I planted each seed or seedling and how they went. We've had a few days of beautiful Winter sunshine lately and getting out in the garden has been so nice. The smell of the daphne flowering is divine! I love how easy Winter veggie gardening is - you just watch it grow.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Granny's Apple Slice

My Dad's mother, my Granny was a country baker and preserver extraordinaire. She lived her whole life in regional Victoria. The Country Women's Association, the local lawn bowls club, the church auxiliary, the show society and countless family occasions all to benefit from the myriad of treats. She showed her care and concern by bringing food (and flowers usually). One particular was our favourite. Granny's apple slice. My brother even said the other day that he thinks the apple slice was the first food he ever loved. My Granny now has Alzheimer's Disease and is in full time care. She can't talk to us or bake anymore. At a recent family get together I brought her apple slice to share. It was just as divinely sugary and buttery as ever!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Heirloom Baby Blanket

This is a luxuriously soft and oh-so-beautiful baby blanket I recently finished for a dear friend's new baby boy. It's the Heirloom blanket pattern from 'Vintage Knits for Modern Babies' - I do love that book! Knit in Blue Sky Alpacas organic worsted cotton in colour 'sleet'. The first time I've knitted a blanket and my biggest ever knitting project. The yarn is so silky soft and the pattern very easy after a few rows. All the hours knitting allowed for lots of positive manifestation for a wonderful birth and life for this new babe. I did have some doubts around one third of the way through: Would I finish it? Would it be appreciated? What will I do if I make a mistake I can't fix? What if one of my children pull it apart when I'm not looking? In the end, that's just all part of the meditation for me. I can learn to let go of the fact that all those hours of knitting might be pulled out in only a minute of my back turned, or that it might not be finished in time for the baby's birth. I'm very very very proud of how it turned out, and my lovely friend did appreciate it :) So excited to welcome new babies to this wonderful World. 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Digging Deeper

We're here. A family of four. Emma, Joshua, Elijah and Amélie. Lots of things have changed. We now live in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and have done since our little girl was only three weeks old (she's eight months now!). Life is very different building our new home here, away from many friends and family. We're happy though. Really happy. Individually, and as a family. People ask "What's been going on?", and I can only think to answer with how many loads of washing I've done. So here's some of what else fills our days. 

Monday, 8 July 2013

Creamy Celeriac Soup

I remember the first day I heard the word 'Celeriac'. I was in a first year Food as Medicine lecture and I remember thinking - "Did she mean to say celery?" It soon became evident that this was an entirely different food and my sheltered regional upbringing was obvious! When I was asked in the supermarket this week by the checkout assistant "What's THAT?", it brought back those memories. 
Celeriac is a root vegetable in the celery family which is bulbous and has a thick pale coloured skin - which you cut off. Inside is flesh that looks a bit like parsnip really. Being a root vegetable it is packed with minerals and fibre, and perfect for soups and roasting. Give it a go! 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Dehydrated Fruit Snacks

There's been such lovely sunshine the last few days! Nothing like a frost in the morning and then sun on your back during the day. I'm loving it! I've had my dehydrator out making some snacks - which are so easy. I've had a surplus of apples so I made what Elijah likes to call 'apple chips' as well as some apple and rhubarb fruit roll ups.