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I’m blaming Winter for my slackness in posting a photo last week… better late than never, right?!

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They were most certainly doing something naughty just before I took this.

They were most certainly doing something naughty just before I took this.

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Anouk already bosses Delphi around - just like any good big sister!

Anouk already bosses Delphi around – just like any good big sister!

A portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week in 2014.

Linking up with Jodi.

A love song to a hat.

A pointy little pixie hat
Making kids look sweet
They run and skip through winter days
Warm, in cold wind and sleet.

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This little bonnet is one of my favourite things to knit, so much so, I have lost count of how many I have made.

This was the first Pixie I knitted.  Way back in 2011 before Anouk was born.

This was the first Pixie I knitted. Way back in 2011 before Anouk was born.

It’s super simple to make – basically, you knit a rectangle on straight needles, fold it in half and seam it together using kitchener stitch, add something to tie it up with and you’re good to go.

It can be knit up in any size yarn in wool, silk or cotton depending on the climate and can be sized up or down to fit any size head (this is great for me seeing as Anouk has an adult sized head and kid hats rarely fit!)

Delphi, the cutest pixie ever.

Delphi, the cutest pixie ever.

Every time I dress the girls in their bonnets they get so many compliments.  There’s something super cute about making kids look like woodland pixies, their faces framed and a little pointy bit poking up at the back of their head.  It’s also great that little ears are covered on super cold days, of which we have many at the moment.

Anouk modelling a recent version (Sarah, if you're reading this, it will be in the mail next week!)

Anouk modelling a recent version (Sarah, if you’re reading this, it will be in the mail next week!)

Anyway, you can find the pattern here (if you’re on Ravelry) and here (if you’re not).   If you’re not a knitter, you can purchase them, and some other gorgeous styles at Typically Red on Etsy.

 

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I just realised I completely forgot to post a picture last week.  Whoops.  Here we are though, halfway.

They really love playing together and it's adorable seeing Didi trying to keep up with what her big sissy is doing.

They really love playing together and it’s adorable seeing Didi trying to keep up with what her big sissy is doing.

Linking up with Jodi.

Dear Girls – Going bush for a birthday.

Dear Girls,

Last week was your Dada’s birthday.  Seeing as he had a pretty crappy start to the year, I decided to plan an extra special day, doing all the fun things he loves to do.  He’s not an easy man to buy presents for, but he does enjoy the simple things, family, nature, cake and home cooked meals so that’s what we gave him.

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We started the morning with big cuddles and egg and bacon muffins.  Delphi, I believe this was your favourite part of the day as you ate more bacon than is right for a 10 month old.

With bellies full and morning tea packed we all piled in the car and headed off to explore Bungonia State Conservation Area.  Rather than head up the highway, we took the long route around the back of Lake George where you, Anouk were able to see some wind turbines. You’re amazed every time you see them… maybe you’ll be an environmental scientist of some sort when you grow up!

Family selfie.  The girl genes are strong around here.

Family selfie. The girl genes are strong around here.

Delphi, in your typical style, you slept the entire way, which was probably lucky seeing as Anouk is going through a stage where every time she sees a cow or sheep she yelled, “COOOOOOW” or “BAAAAAAAAAAAA” at the top of her voice until we acknowledged them or her. I’m still not sure what the point is… but when you’re 2 and a half it doesn’t matter what your mama thinks.

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The rock formations were a cubists dream.  Figurative, Non-figurartive art... or something!

The rock formations were a cubist’s dream. Figurative, Non-figurartive art… or something!

Anyway, the Forest was great for small kids.  There’s a few lookouts that you can drive right up to and being a Wednesday, we only saw one other person.  We spent a bit of time exploring at each lookout and sat down in the sun for some birthday cake.  Didi, you got to crawl free, and eat leaves like there was no tomorrow and Anouk, you fell in love with a big rock and couldn’t stop cuddling it.

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On the way back, we stopped in the town of Bungonia so I could take a look at the old Catholic Church.  It has some really pretty lead light windows and an air of sadness to it.  With so much more beauty in its grey walls than many of the monstrosities being built today, it made me thankful for heritage listings.

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I’m thinking of painting my front door this colour.

 

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Afterwards we drove back via Braidwood where we had a sandwich and a look at the op shop before heading home for a nice dinner and more cake. Once home the best present of the day occurred when Delphi, you started walking with your little trolley!  Well done young thing, a happy birthday present indeed.

Thanks for a fun day girls, love Mama. x

P.S. For anyone interested, this was the cake, however I used 1/2 a cup of figs and 1/2 a cup of dates and didn’t ice it.

A good way to spend a day.

Even though I live in the country, one of my favourite things to do is take a drive to the country. It’s something that Nick and I started doing when we lived in Melbourne as there were so many different towns and landscapes to explore outside of the city limits.  Now that we live back in the Canberra Region, we don’t want to forget that there are acres upon acres of mountains, farms, rivers and bush to experience in our own backyard.

When my sister recently visited, we got up one morning and headed off down the highway to check out the Long Track Pantry at Jugiong.  I have been meaning to go since my friend Skye recommended it and some of you may remember I blogged about it here, when I shared their brownie recipe.

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On the way out we stopped in Yass where we visited a couple of op shops.  Happily, they were both stocked with a variety of extremely quality items at proper op shop prices and we each came home with a few bits and pieces.

One of my finds.

I was immediately drawn to the myriad of greens the artist used.

By the time Jugiong was reached both babes were sleeping and so Ali and I drove through the verdant hills and took in the peace and quiet.  We were blessed with a bright, sunny Winter’s day that really showcased the beauty of the landscape and in many directions we could see sheep and cows dotting the paddocks and here and there we caught a glimpse of the Murrumbidgee River sparkling its way back towards home.

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When we finally pulled up to the Long Track, we indulged in a steak sandwich, a ploughman’s lunch, hummus and bread and some giant hundreds and thousands.  Every morsel was divine and the steak was cooked perfectly rare.

After lunch we grabbed some takeaway coffees (which were excellent) and headed across the road to the playground to work off some steam before heading home.

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The trip was an easy one with our destination just a hop, skip and a jump from home and sealed roads the entire way. I’m looking forward to heading back down there for lunch again soon as there were some great looking desserts we didn’t get around to tasting.

Ready to go home!

Ready to go home!

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I skipped posting last week as we were coming off the back of two-kid tummy bug and my lovely sister was visiting!

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This is what playtime after four days of illness looks like... also, Anouk's birdsnest hair at its finest!

This is what playtime after four days of illness looks like… also, Anouk’s birdsnest hair at its finest!

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The Arboretum swings are great for cuddles and fun!

The Arboretum swings are great for cuddles and fun!

Linking up with Jodi.

A Motif a Day to Crochet During May.

People that follow me on Instagram or Facebook knows that during May, I took part in Motif Day May. It was the brainchild of the lovely Kate who blogs over at Foxs Lane, whom you should definitely check out if you’re into farm stuff, craft stuff, beauty and kindness. Anyway, Kate invited her internet friends to join her in crocheting a motif a day in an attempt to unwind, meditate and craft, ‘just because’.

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When I decided to join in, my initial thought was that I could learn a new motif every day, then the reality of my lack of skill and time hit. I didn’t want to give up though and chose to stick with three different motifs in a variety of colour combinations.  They were all designs I could crochet in ten minutes and all would turn out approximately the same size. I only used 8ply wool that came from balls leftover from other projects.

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During the month, I confirmed something about myself I’ve had an inkling of for a while.  I find it completely impossible to do a project just for the sake of it.  Every single thing I make has to be practical, it’s use and owner settled upon before I pick up a needle, hook, cake pan or jar.  I guess it’s a nice trait to have as it reduces waste and also means I am usually using my time wisely.  The flip side is that I don’t have many ways to relax… thank goodness for yoga, hey?!

There's only 30 here as one ended up being used at pottery.

There’s only 30 here as one ended up being used at pottery.

I really love taking part in bloggy group play alongs.  I don’t really have many crafty friends around here (however, if anyone wants to start a group, let me know!) and by following #motifdaymay on Instagram, I was able to connect with some pretty cool ladies from the world over.  It was so interesting to see how everyone else took the idea of a motif a day and ran with it.  Kirsten made a beautiful shawl just in time to wear during the Northern Hemisphere Spring, Heike really explored different techniques (all whilst travelling around Australia, so make sure to check out her blog if you’re into that kind of thing) and of course Kate showed off her amazing crafting abilities and made some beautiful colour choices.

Anyway, I’m going to keep going with my motifs.  I may not make one every day but when I find ten minutes here or there, I’ll whip one up (instead of looking at god knows what on Facebook) and eventually I’ll have enough for a blanket, so be sure to stay tuned!