Thursday, June 23, 2016

TEN {Sequin Birthday Shirt}

Each year we make a birthday shirt. Just to mix it up a bit I ocassionaly trial different types.

This year we tried sequins! I had sequin ribbon here and shirt was $3 from Target. Done!

Sequins were a bit more fiddly to work with than I thought - you have to do a stitch behind every sequin to 'capture' the thread holding them together. My writing turned out a bit wonkier than I wanted as they moved around a bit while sewing but Miss 10 was happy with the outcome.

^^ Heres an example that I was working on laying out the ribbon in running writing. Turned out this shirt was too tight. Lucky we checked before I spent all the time sewing the ribbon!

Previous Birthday Shirts:

Letters {ONE} Birthday Shirt

Felt and Fabric Birthday Shirt

Ribbon Birthday Shirt

Reverse Applique Birthday Shirt

Zig Zag Stitched Birthday Shirt 

Spotty Reverse Applique

2 Birthday Shirt

Recycled Corderoy Pants 5 Birthday Shirt

Felt and Fabric double layer 10 Birthday Shirt

Felt Cat and Reverse Applique 11 Birthday Shirt

Felt Snowflake and Stitched #6 Birthday Shirt

Bleached Out Number Shirt

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Winter Solstice 2016

^^ WOOD! We are running low. Thanks to kids and neighbours for collecting.

^^ Blessings to burn in the fire to release. We are mid school year so always need learning help.

^^ I've just learnt how to crochet stars. I'm starting now for Christmas but thought they went well with the longest night of the year.

^^ First technical? Day of winter.

^^ Mega Mallows. Took me ages to Eat!

Our family has done a small winter solstice family tradition the past few years. Usually it involves watching the sun set and having a fire and warm yummy food. This year I've added the tradition of making some blessings, wishes, thoughts that we will pop in the fire.  Basically write down something you would like to release to the world. Some people like to give thanks for all the blessings and challenges each year brings. Some opt to write life difficulties to let go of them, but I think we will write all the things we are grateful for and for positive things we want to release into the world. I'll let the girls write their own. We've wrapped them with some rosemary (just because thats all I had - anything would be fun)

See our previous celebrations:
2015 (the purple sky last year! We had takeaway hot choc)
2014 (too warm for a fire)
2013 (we were sick, a perfect way to get snuggly)
2012 (it was a hot day!)
2011 (there was live music, and we built our own fire without the MR)

Solstice is the 21 June. We will probably do ours a day early - but there isn't much difference between the shortest day/longest night of the year, compared to the second shortest right?! (a few mins) I'm sure any day this week will do. As its also FHE night we will do a small lesson about being grateful for the seasons, the sun and stars, nature and creation.

The astronomical definition comes about as the winter solstice is the day when the Sun is at its furthest north, it is at its lowest in the sky and the length of daylight is the shortest in the year. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the southern hemisphere.

Now to tuck into bed and enjoy the longest night of the year!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Camping {Wivenhoe Dam}

 ^^Our sweet set up

^^Canoeing all weekend

^^ We saw lots of kangaroo's and Pelicans

^^One of the mornings was really foggy. Couldn't see the other side at all.

^^My first time in a canoe in a LONG time. I think I have a fear of deep dark water.
I was scared when we got far out!

^^Heart Cloud. The clouds had been amazing for a few weeks April/May. White and fluffy and big.

We went to Captain Logan Campground Wivenhoe Dam for the May Day Long weekend.

We spent two and half days camping with about 30 people that we knew and about 90 in our group. We loved it. The kids had automatic friends to play with and it was nice to know that if you forgot something (inevitable) you could just ask the people in the tent next door or five up!

The campground is right on the water so it was perfect for the kids to go for a swim, or paddle and canoe. It made for lovely sunsets. There were no mosquitoes (could just be the time of year) and it was super peaceful and quiet (crazy animal noises at night can freak me out sometimes). We did see plenty of kangaroo's and pelicans and woken by kookaburras, but nothing nefarious :)

We packed for the cold but it was unseasonably warm. I was actually HOT in the tent! Crazy.

Showers were $1 for 3 mins which is surprisingly long enough. I pushed two kids in at a time.
Tent Sites were $25 night with $8 extra per child (a little $$ if you have a large family I felt)

The camp area is quite hilly so I was worried about sleeping downhill. A tent pad area is scraped back from the hills to give you a bit of flat area. I had put this campground off for this reason (thinking it was not flat enough for our big tent) but the one positive is that it means the tents are spread out and you arent in anyones pocket. The gentle hills give a good space between each allocated area (definitely needed with our loud family) so what I thought was a negative turned into a positive in the end.

It's been a long while since we've been camping for a few reasons so I was very happy to get the kids back out there. A whole weekend no electronic devices, kids amused and no grumbles or fighting?
Yes Please! Camping is hard hard work (thanks to the dear Mr who does the hard yards!) but worth it.

Other Camping Reviews of places we've beeen:

Neurum creek
Flanagans Reserve
Elanda Point

Somerset Park

Sharp Park Riverbend

Monday, May 16, 2016

FHE LESSON {Speak Kind Words}

We set a challenge for each of our kids to find a inspirational poster/saying/meme during the week in preparation for this FHE

Opening Song:  Let us Oft Speak Kind Words #232

Opening prayer:

We had each family member share their inspirational quotes/posters.

{you could print/display some. We had some from New Era magazine}

Discuss. Point out what you like about them.

Why can inspirational posters be motivating? Why do we feel good?

Is it much nicer to hear kind words than demeaning words?

For the Strength of Youth: {Under Language}

Good language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others invites the Spirit to be with you. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith, hope, and charity.

Warning scripture against anger, contention, rumours, foolish and vain imaginings
3 Nephi 11:29-30
Proverbs 16:32
Helaman 16:22


We put a chair out in front and had each family member have a turn sitting in it.
As they sat their each person said "I love you...... {insert answer}

{For some reason this may feel uncomfortable and sometimes silly to me but it is always the sweetest game - and sometimes makes you think deeply for kind words and reasons why you love someone}

Closing Song:
Closing Prayer:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sunrise 2016

Each year we try to see the sunrise at least once 2010  2011 2012  2013 2014  (didn't blog 2015)

This year we decided Good Friday was the day.

And it was a good one!

^^ Leaving home 5am

 ^^ A plane flew over adding to the awesomeness. The trail stayed for ages.

^^ We took our own wood because having a fire in a wood bbq is the best. This weekend we were able to feel like camping without going camping which is great because we are unable to do so this year. It feels so good to get up to see the sunrise. It also felt good to have a nap at 10am cause I was tired!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter 2016

Each year I try to do a little Easter Craft. I was pretty excited to make these cute fella's this year.
These will serve as our Easter baskets this year. Each girl can put out the bunny pillow to be filled.
Pattern found via Willowday

Past Projects Here: We still have and display some of these
Fleece Bunnies  (gah how cute was Miss N!)

Easter Tree Decorating 2016

Because its a tradition for me to photograph it. They were so tiny once doing the same thing.




We made Onion Skin/ Serbian Eggs again! I love the process. Tutorial Here

We've also got our wheat grass tomb blooming.   Tutorial Here

And thats it for this year. I'll add more if anything special happens :)

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