Friday, November 08, 2013

Memory making

I can't believe that Mr M is nearly 4 months old. He's quite a sizeable bubba and I forget that he's still very young because of his size compared to other babies. So it's always nice to flick through our photos of him to see how much he has grown.

I've been trying to catch up my Project Life album which I'm putting together for him.




I've been using the Baby for Him Project Life kit that my friend Petrice gave me when I was still pregnant.  I started off printing my photos using Snapfish but it actually worked out better for me to just print them at home. It's more expensive (actually, a lot more expensive) but so much more convenient and I get to print them in the size I need so there has been a lot less wastage. I also used my super researching skills to find the cheapest place to buy the paper and inks for our Canon printer.

Seriously, even though this is not traditional scrapbooking, it can still suck you into this black hole. I've just been buying up so much of people's destash on the Project Life Facebook page and bits and pieces here and there. I even took Mr M out to Penrith to the Papercrafts Fair last weekend. He was a lot more patient than I thought he would be.

Anyway, when going through our photos of Mr M, I realised that I had quite a lot of crappy iphone pics which weren't really print worthy. I've since brought out my Nikon DSLR and am learning how to use it properly so I can get some decent photos.

All my other crafts have been put aside. I really just need to get the album up to date so I can put it to one side and finish knitting a top and sewing my quilt - both started when I was still pregnant.

I think in the grand scheme of things, we've been pretty lucky with Mr M. After a pretty horrific last year, I really do think I deserve an easy baby. If the Grand Juju up there gifted me with a colicky, hard to please baby, I would totally lose it.

Having said that, we are off to Europe next Easter, and hope that Mr M remains relatively easy. Tickets are booked (we took advantage of the early bird Europe flights) for Frankfurt, returning via Copenhagen. Our main destination is Switzerland as we'll be meeting up with my inlaws and sister-in-law and her family. I'm dreaming of snow capped mountains and a relaxing stay in a Swiss chalet. We're breaking up the trip on either end with stopovers in Dubai. I'm going to brush up on my singing skills and practice all the Sound of Music songs. Switzerland - the Vong-Rasmussens are coming!!



Monday, September 23, 2013

Where has all the time gone?

Wow, maternity leave is like this time warp. I feel like I'm constantly busy and the time just disappears. Even when I'm not so busy, I feel like my day goes by super quick.

Max is already 10 weeks old tomorrow. I still can't tell who he looks like. Me or the BFG. Although I like to think he looks like me. The BFG was really blonde with blue eyes when he was a baby - like "Children of the corn" blonde. The Asian gene is pretty strong! Max still has bluey-grey eyes at the moment, but we're not hopeful they will stay that way.


I really thought I'd go stir crazy spending every day with a baby who can't talk back. However, it's actually been quite fun. He's a great feeder and not a bad sleeper. Now that he's a bit more alert, when he's awake, it's a more interesting. I try to get out of the house at least once a day - even if it's a walk to the shops and back. The only thing is, he hates shopping. Every time we go to a shopping centre, the floors are too smooth and he just cracks it. He's more settled when bumping along the crappy sidewalks.


We still go through the arsenic hour, but both the BFG and I take it in our stride. We can go from this:


To this:


In the space of 2 seconds.

Yep, I have no qualms about whipping out the camera to take photo evidence of His Royal Unreasonable-ness.

 


Friday, August 09, 2013

A new WIP I finished a little while ago

Not sure why it's taken me this long to write this post. But I finally finished something! The BFG and I welcomed a new addition to our family - Max Chi Stenner Rasmussen. He came on the 16 July after I was induced.

Max

I can't say that childbirth is a great experience and can't really recommend it. My waters broke on the Sunday night, we were told to come in on Monday, and nothing happened. The BFG and I were so bored out of our brains inside the birthing suite (even though it was super nice - hello private health insurance!!). My obstetrician came to see me in the afternoon and said she'll induce me the next morning. So the BFG went home to feed the dogs and I stayed in the birthing suite that night.

Won't go into more details, but I was induced the following morning and he came just after lunch. I asked for an epidural when the gas and the TENS machine failed me and I seriously thought I was going to completely lose the plot.

From this experience, I am grateful that I kept my health insurance up to date and went private. I felt so crap after the birth that I couldn't imagine being in a shared ward had I gone public (yes, call me a princess). I really appreciated having my own room, my own bathroom and the really lovely midwives at the Sydney Adventist Hospital. I was in hospital for a week (difficulties with breast feeding and Max losing more than 10% of his weight) and was quite ready to go home even though I was going to miss all the help from the midwives.




Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Maternity leave!

I'm finally on maternity leave. The last few weeks of work were starting to wear me down a bit. The travel into the city, trying to get stuff done and just general waddling everywhere. But as the last few days were looming, I started to feel a bit ansty about finishing up as well. I feel this way a bit when I go on holidays as well, like I can't truly relax and to think I will be on extended leave!!

When the quilt and craft show was on a few weeks ago, I took a few hours off work and went down to have a look see. I bought some Quince & Co yarn in Finch from Suzy Hausfrau (and met Renae and RoseRed) while I was there.

So of course I felt the need to start working on it immediately. This is Blithe by Kim Hargreaves. I'm making it in a size I hope to be back to after I give birth. I seriously can't believe how much weight I've gained (but then again, it's not like I've been depriving myself).

Blithe - Kim Hargreaves in Quince & Co Finch
I also put my name down for a weekend beginners quilting class and finally got a spot. I only managed to get to two sessions as my due date is very close and probably won't make it to another one.

I was wondering if I should go to quilting class, but having attended two, I've learnt so much. I'm a bit disappointed I won't be able to go for a while and I did need some help doing this - the Cogs and Wheel pattern by Denyse Schmidt. The curves were a bit of a challenge!

Cogs & Wheel - first block. I'm making this in a Queen size.
The other thing I'm about to start doing is creating a Project Life album for the new member of our family. My lovely friend Petrice got me onto this and also gave me the album and baby core kit. Scrapbooking has never really been my thing, but Project Life is this massive easy version of keeping a photo journal. I actually can't wait to start!

Project Life
Pregnancy update - Today I'm 37w+5 (so the baby is pretty much cooked). It's no longer breech (thank goodness) but is posterior so hoping it will still turn before I give birth. We're still having a large baby and with that, all the concerns during a natural delivery. My obstetrician doesn't seem too concerned and we've discussed pain relief and I've decided to just go with the flow rather than come up with a rigid birth plan.

I've packed most of my hospital bag (still missing the all important snacks, magazines and music to get through the pain!!). The baby room isn't completed but I'm not all that concerned as we're planning on having the baby in our room for a bit AND the BFG is taking 3 weeks off work. I'm sure even with our relatively slack "get it done" attitude, the cot will be put together at some point.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Long weekend in the mountains

This June long weekend was the BFG and my last chance to take a mini break together without children! So you can imagine how desperate I was to actually go away (because I'm a real freak about FOMO - fear of missing out).

Seeing as I'm pretty heavily pregnant now, we decided it best that we didn't fly anywhere. So we decided to go to the Blue Mountains and seeing as I'm such a procrastinator when it comes choosing where to stay, Lillianfels was booked out and had also changed their packages by the time I was ready to book. Instead I booked us into the Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa which is a grand old guest house (with decor to match!).  The funny thing about this place is that it's like stepping back to the 1800s. Their restaurant belongs in the 80s. We decided against dinner at the hotel when we saw "Portugese supreme" on the menu.

View from our room
It wasn't as cold as I was expecting but it was nice to get out of Sydney. We didn't really do very much which is kind of what we wanted to do. We had lunch in Leura, dinner at an Indian restaurant in Katoomba and just checked out the Scenic world - but we didn't end up going on anything as we had gotten there a bit late and when we tried again the next day, the queue was way too long.

We (as in I) did get to check out a few vintage and old wares shops. The BFG who does not share my love for vintage just goes to me "so how did all this vintage shit end up in the mountains?". Which, if you think about it, is kind of true. How is it that all along the way up the mountains, then Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath are full of vintage shops??

I still enjoyed looking even though I didn't buy anything (I did see a couple of vintage sideboards - but we will have to wait till we redo our house to fit one in).

Green bakelite!!
I had a pregnancy massage at Yindi Day Spa. While they had the massage bed with the hole for your belly, it still took me a couple of minutes to fully relax into it. But once relaxed, the massage was great. Especially seeing as I've been suffering from lower back pain.

High tea - Lillianfels
While we didn't get to stay at Lillianfels, we did go for high tea to try to relive one of our earlier dates. Last time, we were there for hours and nibbled daintily on the sandwiches and sweets. This time, there was no modesty and being the old married couple we are, totally hoed into the food.

Great weekend away and just to think, the next time we go away, it will be a family of 3!!

Speaking of which - pregnancy update.
I had an appointment with my obstetrician today (33w+4d) and unfortunately, the baby is still in breech position which could mean an elective c-section. There is also a possibility that I might have gestational diabetes - even though she didn't think it likely but still need to go through the 2 hour test. AND - wait for it.... I'm having a large baby! Ugh... Might be around 4kg but I'll have another scan at around 37 weeks to double check.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Burda sew-a-long

So the Burda-sew-a-long which I joined (hosted by The Curious Kiwi and Modern Vintage Cupcakes) ended in May. I'm a couple of days behind in posting about it. I have several excuses. Firstly, trying to get the right fabric without spending a month's salary. Second was having the energy to work on it. And third is the fact that Burda instructions are completely diabolical!

I'm making Burda 7587 - a swing jacket in View B (the shorter one).

The problem is that I've never tried a Burda pattern before and I really struggled with the inserting the collar. I sat on it for 2 days and realised I still wasn't getting anywhere. Obviously, this isn't such a popular pattern as there were hardly any other bloggers out there making this and giving suggestions on how to do this.

I eventually found this post on the Collette blog on how it was supposed to work.

Crap shite instructions from Burda

This is what I ended up with last night when I finally sewed the sleeves together. It's not lined, the hem hasn't been done and the buttons and button holes are still missing at the moment. 

When I tried this jacket on, I realised that it is NOT flattering at all. Especially for short people like me who currently looks like an Oompa Loompa. The collar is too big and it looks like a dressing gown. 


Unfinished
I think I'm going to ditch it and not waste any more time on it. That's kind of depressing but what heck. I think I need to just accept defeat. When I mentioned it to the BFG this morning, he goes to me "I tried to tell you that jackets like that don't look good on you. They're made for really tall skinny women. Remember the pumpkin jacket?"

So so true! The pumpkin jacket was this really cute one from French Connection a couple of years ago that I wanted to buy but it did have a $300 price tag. The BFG at the time didn't think it was going to be flattering but suggested that I try it on anyway. His first words were "You look like a pumpkin". So that was the end of that.

Now, what to do with a half finished jacket? If I donate it to Vinnies, will someone take pity on it and finish it up?

Anyway, to more uplifiting news. As of today, I only have 4 more weeks of work before I go on maternity leave. I'm so excited because it means I can actually have some time off work - absolutely guilt free!

Pregnancy update - I'm currently at 32w+3d and I feel huge. My lower back is killing me most nights so sleep has been difficult. We're still debating about names and we pretty much have everything we need. The BFG and I went to the Baby and Toddler expo and what I thought was going to be a 1 hour trip, turned into 4 hours, in which the BFG nearly went postal.


My belly and the pram blanket I'm knitting


Monday, May 20, 2013

Nearing the end of Autumn

My sisters and mother went to Vietnam for 2 weeks and asked me what I wanted. There isn't very much from Vietnam that I really want as I find most of the quality of their things a bit meh. When I went 4-5 years ago, I just got clothes made which was very cheap and the quality very good. But seeing as I'm on my own sewing binge, I asked for fabric.

And this is what I got - 3 metres of it. I'm thinking it can be made into a dress of some description.

Fabric from Vietnam

Our weekends are still filled with taking the Stooges to the dog park. This park is massive. We found a new path which loops right around. In between making sure the Stooges don't end up in the creek and facilitating (or preventing) them terrorising other dogs, it takes us a good 45 minutes to get back to the car which I think is probably plenty of exercise for dogs of their age.

Autumn

This weekend, I drove down with my mum to Goulburn to get some photos of things I'd like to sell. Mostly farm stuff - tools, generators etc. On the way down, I decided to stop at A.aace sewing centre in Liverpool. I first found them when I was trying to find a place that will fix my old Empisal sewing machine (the one that cost me $10 and another $110 to fix). I wanted to get my little Elna Elnita serviced. The guy who owns the place is great, he'll do it while you wait. His wife (I assume it's his wife), on the other hand is just plain cranky all the time. She was kind of like that the last time I went and no different this time. But because I'm quite happy with the service and I was going to drive through anyway, I thought I may as well go there.

Anyway, it now works great and seems to go pretty fast for such a small machine.

We stopped at Goulburn Diggers Club for lunch and they have a great view across from the park with all the deciduous trees still yellow and red.

Last of the autumn colours.
We were also going to rush back to Sydney on Sunday for my older nephew's birthday. I can't believe he's 4 already!! It seemed like not that long ago that my sister brought home this little michelin man. Anyway, like last year, he asked for a dinosaur cake but this time in orange. It must have been baby brain or something but I had to call the BFG when I was at the supermarket to ask what colours made up orange as there wasn't ready made orange food colouring. Seriously, my mind was just blank!

This is the third time I've made this cake. I decided to bake the cake in Goulburn on Saturday night and ice it when I got back to Sydney on Sunday. That plan was a complete FAIL. The instructions for the tin suggests using vegetable shortening to grease the pan so that the cake can come out easily. I decided to just wing it and just greased it with butter. Needless to say, the cake stuck and refused to be eased out of the tin. I ended up having to just break the cake up to get it out.

So we had to leave Goulburn early the next day so I could get home to bake the stupid cake again. This time, I just did what I should have done the first time round and used copha. The cake came out easily enough and it was just a matter of piping it. As you can see, not exactly a skill I've actually mastered.

When I was doing the piping, I said to the BFG that I am NEVER making this cake again. At the party, my second nephew, who's birthday is in September claimed that he too would like a dinosaur cake! 


Dinosaur cake

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bloglovin

I tried Oldreader since Google reader went kaput, but I noticed a lot of my feeds weren't updating and it just seemed so blah. Anyway, I've switched to Bloglovin, but if it disappoints me, I'll be ready to move too!

Don't know why I need to claim my blog - but here goes:
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Sunday, May 05, 2013

A weekend of fabric and quilts

My plans for Sunday fell through. A prospective buyer for the greenhouses on the farm couldn't make it which meant I didn't need to go down to Goulburn. I took advantage of the spare time to go visit the Eastwood patchwork quilters exhibition at Brush Farm House

Since my sewing binge and sudden interest in quilting, I was super excited that this exhibition was practically within spitting distance of our house.

These are some of the quilts that caught my eye. 








Brush Farm House

Brush Farm
A lot of the quilts were quite traditional and I think I'm more of a fan of the modern quilt. Some of them are so so busy!

On the Saturday, there was a garage sale around the corner near us where the woman's grandmother had died leaving behind the world's biggest fabric and haberdashery stash. I showed a lot of restraint and only picked up a small box of fabrics (actually if I had more time, I would have gone through more boxes). The blue and white piece is a John Kaldor design, which is no longer available in Australia. It still has the original tag from David Jones when they used to have a haberdashery department.

Garage sale bargains
Today, apart from the quilt exhibition, I also managed to FINALLY get myself to the Crowle Foundation's fabric cave. I can't believe I didn't come here earlier. I've always known about it but for some reason just never got around to visiting. It is a fabric and haberdashery lover's heaven. There was so much fabric, notions, embroidery, cross stitch STUFF! If it's textile related, you can bet it can be found there. I can't believe we used to live within walking distance and I didn't go!

I was specifically looking for some coat fabric to make this Burda coat. Someone on my DUE IN JULY facebook group had made it and I think it would be good for my ever growing belly and the fact that winter is soon upon us.

I bought some stripey wool-like fabric (really not sure if it is wool) and some chocolate brown coat fabric (but this will be for another project as there is only 3 metres there).

I'm also doing this for the Burda sew along that I've joined. I'm not sure how I'll go tackling a coat but according to patternreview.com, this is a good beginner's pattern.


Fabric cave haul and pattern for my Burda sew along
This weekend, we also bought the Stooges another cushion. We previously got them one of these Bono Fido weatherproof futon beds for their kennel, but we thought that since it's going to be winter soon, they should have something to sit on during the day. They love it and has not moved off it all day today.

Stooges on their new cushion
I've also managed to get some sewing done this weekend but I'll save this for another post.  So I feel like I've had a super productive weekend.

Pregnancy update: Today I'm 28+3 weeks. The baby is kicking like mad and seems to react to everything I eat. My back is killing me most days and sleeping has not been great. I find sleeping on my side really uncomfortable and each time I turn around, it wakes me up. Needless to say, I'm pretty much awake by 5.00 am. I really should go for a walk when I get up (like how I used to go for a run), but walking with a bowling ball in front of you isn't really that easy or fun.

Let's just hope the back pain eases as it's currently my one main bugbear about being pregnant. As of tomorrow, I only have 8 more weeks of work. If the baby comes when he's supposed to, then I'll have about 3 and half weeks of free time to myself! Can-not-wait!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sewing Binge

I've been on a real sewing binge lately. Finished this top from Make It Perfect. It's the waterfall blouse which can be used as a maternity top. The fabric is from my stash. The blue/grey fabric at the bottom, I found at my local Vinnies for $3 (I think there were at least 1.5m there). So it was bargain.

It was quite fast to make. Took me around 2 nights after work but probably can be whipped up in a few hours.

Waterfall blouse
This weekend, I took the train down to Goulburn to meet with a real estate agent. I'm a bit sad, but I'm looking at selling the farm. I'm quite sentimental about it as it was my first property and my Dad put a lot of work into it. And he loved the place. But I know financially, it's the right thing to do as the maintenance on the farm is probably too much. My mum is happy to move back to Sydney and I think it will give us some peace of mind to know she's close to help if she needs it (not that she can't take care of herself).

On Sunday, I drove down to Canberra with my mum to go to the Bus Depot markets. Crazy right? They were having a retro themed market that day and I had marked it in my diary for a while. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with it as everything was just so expensive! But it was still nice to see all the things I'd like in my house.

Oh well, I've been spending enough money lately so probably a good reason to watch my finances. I saw this cute caravan out the front. Parked on astro turf - what's not to love?

Old bus depot market
I had been itching to finish this quilt but had to wait till I got home to finish the binding. I stuffed up when I was cutting the fabric for the arrows and ran out of the green for the binding. I wrote to Sisters and Quilters (the Etsy seller I originally bought the kit from) and she still had some so I bought the extra I needed. Talk about fast shipping. I got it within a week - shipped from the States.


Pow Wow Quilt
I machine stitched the binding on one side and hand stitched the other side. I thought I'd get bored quickly but it really didn't take as long as I thought it was going to. This is my first quilting project and I'm amazed at myself that I didn't completely stuff it up. I'm imagining my new baby holding onto it like Linus from Peanuts.
Pow Wow Quilt




Sunday, April 14, 2013

Weekend relaxing

I've been following Buttontree Lane for a little while - not for her quilting but to see the clothes she makes, but I am keenly reading her quilting posts now. She did a review of her Elna Lotus sewing machine and I was thinking - cute! I need to get my hands on one of these. Like Michelle says, these machines goes for hundreds on eBay and Gumtree.

Recently, an Elna Lotus Elnita came up for sale on Ebay but the owner was on the Central Coast. This is the pretty much the same model as the Elna Lotus but it just doesn't have the flaps that make up the case. It just comes with a soft case. I ummed and ahhed about whether I wanted to bid as it meant having to drive about an hour to go get it and I don't always have access to a car.

I figured I could always bribe one of my sisters to take me or take the train. I was hoping this one wouldn't go for the price of the Elnas with the flaps. I put in my maximum bid and woop woop, got the winning bid. The seller offered to deliver it to me for $30 so I took him up on that.

I got it this morning.

Elnita Lotus ZZ
I don't actually need another sewing machine as my sister has pretty much lent me her Janome machine on permanent loan and I also have a vintage Empisal machine which works great - except it's a real bitch to load the bobbin which is probably why I don't use it as much as I should.

It is just so cute! I love it already.  I'm also looking into doing a quilting course but need to find one that I can do on the weekend as weeknights feel too hard and I'm not keen to be rushing from work.

Anyway, since discovering the leash free park, we've decided to take the Stooges there every weekend if we can as they are just so excited with the freedom. It's a bit easier on me as it means I can let them run around without having to walk too fast along with them (I'm so unfit since I got pregnant!).

However, while the dogs love it, it's quite stressful for me as they have never really been properly socialised with other dogs. My parents, pretty much kept them on the farm and they led a very sheltered life.

Every time another dog comes bounding towards them, I completely freak out. The BFG seems to take it all in his stride and seems to have a lot of faith in the Stooges and that there won't be any doggy carnage.


Leash free freedom
Back to my relatively productive weekend, I'm trying to finish off this quilt for my sister. She started this when she decided to try her hand at quilting. At the time, she didn't have a sewing machine so actually hand stitched all the blocks. It's been sitting around since 2005 (I think). So I pulled it out and pieced them all together.

I went to Material Obsession to pick a backing fabric and hope to finish this soon. I think her plan to make this bed size is not going to happen. I found it quite hard to get all the blocks to match up as they weren't exactly the same size.

I'm just making it into a sampler she can hang on the wall.

Quilt sampler
Update on pregnancy news, I started doing pilates at a physio near my work. I realised that I need to really get my abdominal muscles in better shape. Particularly since they have been MIA forever. But I've finally made 25 weeks and I think the second trimester "goodness" is starting to kick in. My skin is clearing up a bit and I have way more energy than I remember in the last 4-5 months.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

A colourful weekend

Someone on Ravelry who lives close to me was destashing some "taste of Wollmeise" and so I took some off her hands and went to pick them up on Saturday. These are pretty small balls and so I'm thinking about knitting baby things with them. I've been wanting to try this yarn for a while but couldn't be bothered stalking the website for updates.

Also, there always seem to be some one in the Aussie Ravelry group destashing surplus skeins anyway.

Taste of Wollmeise
While picking up the yarn, we went past a leash free park and so we took the 3 Stooges to see how they behaved. Two of them were all right but we were quite cautious with Charlie so he was on and off the leash. Off when it was just us and on again when we saw other innocent dogs or people.

Leash free - except for Charlie



This weekend, I also managed to finish something. This is the "Bits" kit by Hanne Falkenberg which the BFG bought for me in Copenhagen last year. It still needs to be blocked but I'm so glad it's done. This seemed to have taken forever. The cotton yarn is quite splitty and not that great to work with. But I really love the bright green contrast.

I really like the idea of kits - pattern and yarn selected. That's because I really do suck at colour. I generally pick the same colours over and over again and find it hard to pick good coordinating or contrasting colours.


Bits - Hanne Falkenberg
I also managed to persuade my sister to take me to Balmain to finally visit Calico & Ivy. I heard that they were closing down which is disappointing, but were having a clearance on their quilting fabric and Liberty of London fabric.  I was going to buy some Liberty fabric but even at $45 per metre, I still felt that was a bit spendy (especially seeing as my sewing skills are still a bit iffy). 

What I did end up with was a new quilting pattern by Denyse Schmidt and enough fabric to make the cogs. I'm attempting a queen size this time for our bed. The lady at Calico & Ivy was really helpful with picking out the fabric - like I said, I really suck at colour and would probably just buy a mish mash of cats vomit.


On Saturday night, I had a bit of an epiphany. I've been practising free motion quilting on bits of scrap to see if I can do it for my baby Pow Wow quilt. I've concluded that it was probably a tad ambitious to try free motion quilting for my first quilt.

Luckily, my sister who's sewing machine I am using was going through a quilting thing at one point and had bought both a darning foot and an even feed walking foot. I looked up some tutorials on youtube and have decided to just quilt using straight lines. Once I decided to do this, it seemed like such an easy solution! I'm going to do this pattern on the quilt.

Even feed walking foot
Felt like it was quite a busy weekend!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Easter - well needed break

The BFG had plans for us to go to Coonabarabran and at the eleventh hour, changed his mind. So we had 4 whole days with no plans to leave Sydney. I was secretly happy but also freaking annoyed about it as I could have organised a trip to Tasmania or somewhere nice before the baby comes.

Anyway, I'm generally quite unproductive when faced with long stretches of free time. This long weekend was no different. I've been quite tired from work and the idea of being able to sleep in every day was very appealing.

We organised an easter egg hunt for my nephews but did this in the front yard as we didn't want the dogs finding the chocolate first.

I also managed to attend my monthly book club meeting (we read Steve Job's biography - I really enjoyed this book - boss from hell but I can appreciate the dedication to good design). I made this cake to bring as I had some oranges that have been sitting around for a while. I also added a lime as our lime tree is now quite prolific. Seeing as I can't have the lime with gin and tonic, I have to find other uses for them.
Whole orange and lime cake - recipe here
Today, I went to Castlebrook Memorial Gardens to see where my father's ashes were interned. It's quite a lovely spot and I'm glad we chose it. I do think that a lot of funerals and creating memorials are more for the living than the dead. My dad would have thought it was too much trouble.
Castlebrook Memorial Park

In loving memory
When I found out that I was pregnant, I ordered a baby quilt kit off Etsy. I finally managed to finish the quilt top this weekend and have basted the quilt sandwich together. There are about a gazillion mistakes but what the heck, I'm pretty happy with how it has turned out for my first!

The pattern is called Pow Wow and the hardest bit was getting all the points to be pointy. I'm using a cotton batting and a chevron backing (not shown).  These are really bad photos off my iphone so hopefully will be able to get better ones when I finish it.

I'm still deciding whether or not to try my hand at free motion machine quilting it or just hand quilt it. I'm worried that I'll stuff it up with the machine (it will take ages to unpick) or I'll get bored very quickly if I hand quilt it. 
Pow Wow Quilt


Pow Wow Quilt
The dogs have also been really happy seeing us home quite a bit this weekend. I think they get really bored at home by themselves even though we have a large backyard for them to run around in. The BFG tries to take them out for walks as much as he can but Charlie (one on the right) is getting a bit nutso in his old age and gets quite anxious and aggro when we walk them together or encounter other people and dogs. We basically have to walk them separately which is a bit of a pain.
Snowy and Charlie keeping an eye on proceedings inside the house.
My pregnancy is progressing quite well. I can finally feel the baby move so that is exciting. We can't agree on names so will be a hot topic of discussion in our household. We still have to set up the nursery which I'm dreading as it means I lose my craft room. I'm going to see if I can still save a bit of space for me but I have so much stuff that some of it has to go. Where, I'm not sure as our house really lacks storage. At least I still have about 3 more months to procrastinate.