Saturday, August 11, 2012


I've finally made a granny square blanket. I've wanted to for a while so when a dear friend had her third baby earlier this year, I leapt at the chance to make one for him.

I made one big giant granny square - I used this Lion Brand pattern.

To finish off, I used this edging from the wonderful attic24 blog.

I realised a couple of things about my craft. I'm very very slow at crocheting. I thought I could whip this blanket up so quickly but I am so very slow! Need to work on that!

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Household Guide to Dying - A review

A good friend of mine recommended The Household Guide to Dying to me a couple of years ago. I have only just gotten around to reading it!

I'm not sure what I expected this book to be about. I should have guessed it was about dying from the title, but somehow, I decided the title was a when I started reading and realised the book was about a 37 year old dying mother I thought the book would make me fall to pieces. How could a book about such an emotive topic not get me down?

Well, it did get me down, a bit. But it also kept me enthralled, gave me hope, filled me with amazement at the power of love. In the end, I did enjoy this book, the characters were very likeable and engaging, the story line quirky and fun at the same time as being serious and meaningful.

The narrator's relationships with her daughters and her determination to leave a legacy for them was heart rending, but beautiful at the same time. Her acceptance of her own death was very moving. Delving into her back story was really interesting.

Definitely will read more by Debra Adelaide!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge

Am I up to the challenge? I think so.

I plan to do the Australian Women Writers challenge this year. I'm aiming to get to the Franklin-Fantastic level and in terms of genre, I plan to be a "Devoted eclectic".

Coincidentally, I finished off 2011 by reading a book called "Shifting Fog" by Kate Morton - which I loved, so I am quite looking forward to this challenge!

I have started well - half way through January and I have already completed my first book - "Me and Mr Booker" by Cory Taylor. Stay tuned for a review soon!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

School holiday fun

ChingyPingy and I got to spend a couple of days together this school holidays - just the two of us, no little brother, no play dates, just us!

It was so lovely, 5 nearly 6 is a really fun age. We went on a bit of a shopping spree and I bought her lots of random little goodies, an activity book, a bracelet that turns into a cat figurine (weird I know, but it's true!) and a necklace. That afternoon, we kicked back and I read a magazine while ChingyPingy did her activity book. Along the way, I explained multiplication to her and then explained why 11 - 4 is the same as 10 - 3. Unexpectedly fun!

The next day, we decide to renovate ChingyPingy's doll's house. The doll's house was made by her great grandfather for her aunt. It's a great doll's house but it was getting a bit run down - and the lino floors were a bit out of date, so we have been slowly renovating it over the last year or so.

That day, it was time to paint it. This is what it looked like when we started.

We ripped off as much of the flooring as we could, then painted the outside of the house. Miss 5 asked for pink paint of course - so I think we'll have to repaint the roof something a little more subtle, in the interests of our eyeball health!!!!!

I will post a picture of what it looks like with the pink paint on after we do the next coat.

Then in the afternoon, we finished off the kirigami ball we started months ago. It was from a cool little Djeco kirigami kit

The other holiday crafting we did was to make these gorgeous crepe paper flowers from Alex Toys

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Identity Crisis

Or a game of cat and mouse?

Loving Susan B. Anderson's Itty Bitty Toys! This book has turned out to be worth 10 times it weight in gold - I've made toy after toy and they've all turned out beautifully.

A few months ago, some good friends of mine had a little baby boy. I wanted to give them a knitted toy and rather than decide between a cat and a mouse I knitted up one of the reversible toys in Itty Bitty Toys. Sooooo cute!!

Look - it's a mouse.

Now it's a catmouse!
 And now it's a cat.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Catching up

How slack am I??

Two and a half months since my last post! Really, really slack.

Well, I have no excuse. I've been crafting up a storm, so there shouldn't have been any problem! Anyway, to make up for it, I'm going to endeavour to do a catch up post every night until I have caught up.

So, today's post is going to be about the beautiful ABA forum. I joined this forum when my Mr McGillicuddy was a few months old. I wanted a bit of support with my feeding troubles and this was the perfect place to go! Two years later,  I am still hanging around there, for the wonderful warm people and the fabulous parenting tips.

One of the ladies on the forum had a health scare last year and we all rallied around to try to do things to help. One of the things we did was to all knit or crochet squares for a blanket. Another one of the ladies was going to stitch all the squares together, but the arrival of her gorgeous second baby meant life got a bit busy so I offered to finish it off.

A couple of weeks ago, a group of us met up to present her with the blanket -

I think it turned out well! The seaming wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I can't wait to make another blanket now!