31 July 2012

Sewing! (And selling?)

The last few crafting projects I've finished I've forgotten to take photos. You'd be forgiven for thinking that I only talk about sewing and never do it because I often don't have anything to show you!

Well, not today!

Over the weekend I finished off some presents I was making for friends who've just had new babies. (One each, that is.) And I remembered to take photos! When I was pregnant with Tristan, I found online some tutorials for making a cover for the baby capsule. The idea really appealed to me as I was expecting my second winter baby and I remembered well the problems we had trying to keep baby Elliot warm and dry on our travels. At church the last couple of weeks, I noticed our friends doing the old blanket-draped-over-the-capsule trick to keep their wee girl covered, and I thought to myself, "Jess! There's a good opportunity to make something easy and fun and practical! Yay!"

So I did!

I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.

I'm thinking of making these to sell. What do you think? Do you think anyone would be interested in buying them or are they so simple that anyone who wants one would just whip one up themselves?

(Also, it's my birthday! Yay! I do love birthdays.)

27 July 2012

Teaching self esteem?

In a hostel in Marseilles, France, 2006

I've just been going through old photos for an up-coming post and something struck me.

How do you teach someone to have a healthy self-esteem?

I have always thought I was fat. Always. Well, as far as I can remember being aware of what I looked like, anyway. I thought I had a big, wobbly tummy. Right since my tweens. And yet, I look back at photos of myself, even from only 4-6 years ago (pre-children!), and see how gorgeous I actually was.

(L) Outside the Coliseum, Rome, 2006 and (R) Roman Forum ruins, 2006.

How did I never see that?

'Driving' a bus during a youth group 'Amazing Race', 2006

And it gets me thinking about my own daughter. I don't want her to grow up thinking she is less than the beautiful person God made her - inside AND out. If she ends up with my figure and not her Papa's, I don't want her to have hang ups about it. But how do I teach her what a healthy self-esteem looks like if I don't possess one myself? Any ideas?

Holocaust memorial, Berlin, Germany, 2006.

January 2009

25 July 2012

WW#15: That scarf!

My camera batteries were going flat today. I had time to fire off one self-timered shot and a few close-ups. In the interest of self-conscious preservation, I have just about cropped myself out of the one self-timered shot I got. Which is better than what I WAS going to do - not include it at all! The main event is my beautiful new scarf anyway.

I won it from this beautiful lady in a giveaway on her lovely blog, Create Hope Inspire. The first thing one of my friends said to me this morning was, "That scarf!" And then proceeded to tell me all about how lovely it was - and isn't it just?! Beautiful. Thank you so much Miriam!

Outfit breakdown:
Scarf: Gift/prize (originally from Trade Aid)
Top: Millers ($5)
3/4 pants: Thrifted
Shoes: K-mart ($12)
Earrings: Postie ($3)

All in all a pretty affordable outfit!

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18 July 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Keepin' it simple

I had grand plans for my outfit today, but despite my best efforts, they ended up down the gurgler! I've had a cold for about a week now and it's been getting worse not better. Today my schnozz is so stuffed up that if I shut my mouth I am sure I would suffocate! It makes for some attractive, open-mouth breathing at my place today, my lucky husband.

Anyway, like I said yesterday, I had planned a good outfit, but when it came time to throw on my clothes all I felt like was grabbing something simple and easy to wear that didn't involve too much thought. (Or digging around in my messy pile of clothes that need to be put away...)

Note to self: Use mirror when putting lipstick on next time...

The hat is my new favourite, and it features today because I didn't have time time to shower and do my hair properly BEFORE going out this morning. It's a glamorous life, I tell ya!

Outfit breakdown:
Hat: Farmers
Red top: Farmers
Purple merino singlet (peeking out the bottom there!): Warehouse
Pants: Free from a seller on TradeMe!
Shoes: Thrifted (getting a bit tatty now!)

Well, as soon as my husband gets home I'm going to have a big long hot shower and kill two birds with one stone: unblocking the nose and fixing the hair!

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17 July 2012

Lately We've Been...

I feel good today. That is worth remarking upon, because I haven't really felt as such lately. I think the goodness is a combination of sunshine after rain, being back in our term-time routine, getting some exercise and my sister taking the big kids out for a couple of hours this morning.

Mum's health situation is - praise God! - looking much more positive than it was a few weeks ago. Just over two weeks ago, she was dying. Literally. We sat together late one night and planned her funeral. But somehow, my mind refused to grasp hold of the fact that it looked like she was slipping away. Maybe that was God's way of protecting me from emotional turbulence that I wasn't yet ready to handle?

Thankfully, she is in a much better place now. God provided her with a doctor who came at her issues from a completely different angle, suggesting two simple, naturally-occurring elements (potassium and magnesium, or, K and Mg. Woo hoo, I've still got some chemistry brain left!) to treat her symptoms. These have worked so effectively that now Mum has gone from taking a plethora of different drugs at different times of the day, to taking almost nothing! I can hardly believe it. She's not completely out of the woods - as yet there is no diagnosis as to what is causing all these issues to surface. Mum has been admitted to Auckland City Hospital to see a multitude of specialists to try to get the ever elusive 'big picture' of her health. We continue to pray that a light-bulb moment would be had so that she can continue to move forward.

We have been loving having Sarah home! I know it's been a busy and stressful time for her, but it's been so wonderful to just be able to hang out and see each other in real life. Skype is great, but face to face is 1000% better! Today Sarah picked up Elliot and Rosie and took them for a special outing - a drink and special cake at a cafe and a play on the playground. The kids loved it, of course! And I thoroughly enjoyed the time to myself!! What with everything going on lately I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed, so some mucking around, me time was just what the Happy Fairy ordered!

Catching the shining , floating dust in bed on a Saturday morning. Yes, I really am that good of a housekeeper.

Apologies for the quietness around here lately. (Was that a tumbleweed that just rolled by?) Blogging has had to take a back foot while I've been in survival mode. This week I'm trying to lift my game a bit - get the attitude under control, get out of bed on time and get back to where I need to be! I'll be back tomorrow with Wardrobe Wednesday - I'm already planning my outfit...

Love to y'all,

I have to leave with this last photo. blurry, but cute, right?

04 July 2012

Oh yes, it's Wardrobe Wednesday!

Well, it's been crazy round these parts.

My Mum has been very sick. Her health situation is ridiculously complicated, and lately it's been looking like we might not have her with us for too much longer. Today has been an alright day, maybe even involving some hope. We still don't know, and at this point we can't bank on Mum's future here on Earth, so we're down - but not out!

Something fabulous to come out of this not-very-nice situation is that my sister flew home from London yesterday! She's been away since January 2011 so it's been so wonderful seeing her again and hanging out.

With all this going on, I totally forgot it was Wednesday! My favourite Wardrobe day of the week! I wasn't wearing anything special today, but here I am:

It is wet wet wet at the moment, so the only prerequisite I had when getting dressed this morning was that I wanted to wear my flat boots!

Add a pop of my favourite colour - red - and you have a serviceable outfit for the day.

Cardi: Warehouse
Merino top: Glassons
Black top: Jeans West
Skirt: Warehouse
Leggings: Postie
Boots: Farmers
(Oh how flash and fabulous my wardrobe is!)

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