Saturday, April 11, 2009
Cut a rectangle of cardstock (we used scrapbooking paper/card). Fold the top down, say 2cm or half an inch. Fold the other end up the other way - this will be the bottom. Cut notches up to this fold line (see photo).
Create a cylinder and tuck one end under the upper fold. Stickytape along the join. Stickytape the notches flat, to create the base of the basket. Add a strip of paper/card (folded in half for more stability) and tape it to the basket for a handle...
...and viola! An easy basket for chocolate treasures!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I'd been looking forward to trying out Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket for about nine months, and finally got to making one for our new little man, Jethro. Picked the colours out from my stash before he arrived on the scene, not knowing if he'd be a boy or a girl, but that pink doesn't look out of place on him!
It's a great pattern, mostly for the surprise factor, how it all comes together so neatly. I'd like to try it next with a varigated yarn - less sewing in of ends! Not that I mind sewing them in, actually. It can be even more meditative than simply knitting, I find...
Jethro can't wait to get his hands on it! How satisfying! I must say, I was glad to have another boy, cos now the jumper or two I made for Jasper (which he's eschewing, too cool for woolen sweaters) will get a second go... =)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Piper took these shots, and I wish there was one of the soup. It consisted of: beans, beetroot leaves, dandelion flowers, spring onion tops and other odds and ends. No doubt very healthy! And we did eat some!
I do not believe that "employment outside the home" is as valuable or as important or as satisfying as employment at home, for either men or women. It is clear to me from my experience as a teacher, for example, that children need an ordinary daily association with both parents. They need to see their parents at work; they need, at first, to play at the work they see their parents doing, and then they need to work with their parents. It does not matter so much that this working together should be what is called "quality time," but it matters a great deal that the work done should have the dignity of economic value. (p. 68)
Monday, January 26, 2009
A space to read in bed with a cup of tea for a little while - always a lovely treat, one that doesn't come along too often these days!
So really, what a lovely birthday, matching my mellow, home-body state at the present...
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Step 2, in my experience, is reading through the camera manual so that you become familiar with your tool. I was annoyed for weeks cos the exposure setting on the aperture-priority mode of my camera was set one stop up, so everything was over-exposed, to the point where I couldn't use the images at all. And yet, using a short depth of field (ie. playing with the aperture) is one of the easiest ways to add focus or interest to an image. So finally I pulled out the manual and sorted out the solution. If I was really motivated, I'd write down the solution I found, so that next time I don't have to wade through it all again.
The next step, Step 3, that just seems to roll out, is to regularly and deliberately take photos. Making a regular photoshoot space, if you like. For me this means a space where I approach my photography as a creative act in itself, rather than using it to capture other physical creative efforts. Using the lens to see moments of beauty all around me. Experimenting with colour and effect. Seeing a place, seeing life, in a new way.
On Sunday we were at the Prahran Market, our old haunt, with some friends. The kids were having fun on the carousel, so I attempted to capture the moment...
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
But the other morning, Piper decided she wanted to make a dolphin out of felt, which required a bit of parental presence. I probably took over the project, like did the sewing round the edge really need to be blanket stitch, or could I have just let her at it and see what happened? It's hard for the perfectionist in me to let go...
Found a picture online and printed it off as a pattern/outline.