Monday, June 27, 2011

People who Inspire: Handmade Exhibition at Lady Denman Museum

There some very talented people who volunteer there time at the Lady Denman Heritage Complex. I've always loved history and when I was younger I dreamed of working in a Museum. Just over a year ago I started volunteering there, its only one day a month but its a lovely day, where my name is Christine and not MUM!!

Recently the Director of the Museum decided to put on an exhibition showcasing these talented people. As you can see from my photos there is a treasure trove of talent quietly volunteering there time here at this wonderful museum.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Shopping Guide: Beautiful Butterflies

It is s such a joy to have a daughter after having two boys.  Miss H makes me smile everyday and she is not the little Tom boy I thought she would be - she loves hugs, dolls, pink (yuck!), flowers and butterflies.

Butterfly - Original Artwork by Amelia Herbertson

Art Print - Strawberry Butterfly Fairy by Art By Jaz

Anais Butterfly - Hair Clip Duo (You Choose One Set)
 by Bliss Clips

Magnolia Bunting Vintage Doily Crochet Upcycled Wall
Hangings Butterfly Brown
by Domum Vindemia
 
Reusable wall decal 'Possum Butterfly'

 by Poss and Wom

Paige Butterfly Beanie by C Percy Designs

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Red Nose Day

In the last 24 hours I have been reminded about the great work that SIDs and Kids do around Australia.  Why?  Well because a customer asked if I could make a tiny beanie (head circumference of just 19cm) for her nephew who was born at 25 weeks and unfortunately didn't make it.

I of course said Yes. So with a tear in my eye I created the set shown below using a couple of different patterns as the basis to make this tiny set.  Initially I thought I could use the crochet pattern I got from the Treasured Babies Programme, which is an initiative of SIDs and Kids Victoria, but it was too big.

In the end I based the sizing on my daughters 30 cm Berenguer doll.  The booties have been made so they simply slip on, the cardigan has wide armholes so it will be easy to put on the baby without hurting his delicate skin and the beanie has cute little ears as this is what his Aunty had requested.  The set was made using 100% Pure Australian Baby Wool, which is soft to touch and won't scratch the babies skin.  I donated this set free of charge to the family as I didn't feel right charging someone for something so special.

To be honest I've found making this set very emotional, never before have I had a connection to the outfits I make for the Treasured Babies Programme.  Every stitch has been done with love and I have prayed that God has helped my hands make the right size for this very special baby.

I showed my Husband the finished booties this morning and he couldn't believe how small they were and he mentioned how lucky we are to have never experienced the loss that these parents were going through.

Please buy a Red Nose this month and support this wonderful organisation.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Seven Questions in Seven Minutes: ParentRooms.com.au













Name: Bek Cook
Business Name: Parentrooms.com.au

1. What is your favourite Colour? Fuschia pink

2. What is your favourite font?  American Typewriter

3. Who would you like to be stuck next to on a long haul plane trip? 
My hubby (I love being with him!) and then Bill Clinton (such charisma!)

4. Who has taught you the most about blogging? 
Probably Megan Augman from Crafting an MBA and also 'ProBlogger' by Darren Rowse & Chris Garrett (I am still a work in progress obviously)

5. What is your favourite item in your range? Why?  
I don't have physical products, but the favourite thing in my work is finding parent rooms in places I wouldn't normally think of , like the births deaths and marriages office in Parramatta.  Sometimes you're not going to the shops but still need a parent room when doing business etc, so finding the obscure parent room locations is super helpful and means you don't feel obligated to spend at a cafe etc just to use the toilets/change table.
6. What do you like best about your blog?
Seeing the stats go up since launch date some time ago. People are recognising it's a great resource and are using it to find out where the good and bad parent rooms are. I love that.

7. If there was an academy award for blogging and you won it, to whom would you thank? 
I would thank my daughter for being the inspiration for the blog; My hubby for his undying support, continued encouragement and IT know-how; and all the parents out there who keep telling me 'this is a great idea!'.

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I have known Bek for a number of years now.  She is the proud wife of one of my dearest friends.  I think this blog is a great idea as I have often used parentrooms, some which have been great and others that have been down right disgusting.

Bek is running a competition this month with the winner receiving a $35.00 gift certificate from C Percy Designs. All you need to do to be in the running to win this certificate is submit a parent room review with photos to info@parentrooms.com.au or upload them to Parentrooms.com.au Facebook and be there favourite entry for the month of June.

So when you are at the shops over this long weekend why not pop into your local parentroom, take some pictures using your phone, write up a brief review and send it to Bek.  

For $35.00 you can get a child sized beanie of your choice with ear flaps and postage!  That's a pretty good deal.  

Friday, June 03, 2011

I'm still reaping the rewards of being a Girl Guide

I started in the Guiding/Scouting movement just before my 7th Birthday.  I was involved in the movement until I was approx  23.  I spent 16 years of my life learning new skills , meeting people and being outdoors.

I met my best friend Andrew at the 9th Australian Venture (9AV) in 1994.  At 9AV I also met my friend Dianne who in 1995 introduced me to her Rover Unit, which included the love of my life, and now Hubby, Brett!
Source:  BBC World Service: Learning English

My time in the movement taught me many skills.  Who would of thought putting up and mending those horrid teepee tents at Camp Tara would be helping my small business today! 

Man I hated putting up those tents, I always feared the stupid things would fall down on us in the middle of night - I also envied the Scouts who got to use modern tents.  This photo is the only one I could find that we used at Camp Tara, this photo is from 1910.  They were still in action in the late1980/ early 1990's (no wonder Gumnut aka Mrs Toutz taught use  how to mend them!)

Today I've spent the morning amending my draft Ashleigh Beanie pattern.  Most of technical stuff has been in my head and I didn't realise how much was missing from my written pattern until this morning.

Toddler Size Ashleigh Beanie
with earflaps
RRP $30.00 plus postage
One of the things I had omitted from my pattern was the use of the Whipping Knot to finish off the plaits on when earflaps are added. Actually I had forgotten what this knot was called until today.  I've been tying this knot on and off for the last 23 years without calling it a name.

To find out how to do a Whipping Knot check out Wikipedia's  'Common Whipping' page (hee hee that sounds funny).

So how many of your were pare of the Guiding or Scouting Movement? 

What skills do you use today that you developed whilst being part of the movement?

Till next time

Christine