Sunday, September 9, 2007

Spring is Here and Busy Hands are Happy Hands

It is so hard for me to choose between sewing and gardening, especially when the sun is shining and there are floweres everywhere I look. I am LOVING all the blossoms in all the gardens and am very pleased to say I have plenty of my own even though my garden is only 18 months old.

My chooks are happy chooks and laying each day and their yard is no longer a soggy mess and they are busy going scratch scratch scratch and eating up the silver beet.

My deadline is fast approaching for the hand over of our friendship quilts. I am having a little bit of trouble with this one, but my family have decided to go to the Simpsons Movie this morning, so I am going to have a couple of hours "quiet time" to just nut it all out. I need to finish it TODAY! Oh ... but the garden ...














I think the creative genes are moving onto the children, as I am delighted to report that they have ALL been making things and busy rather than all the nit picking that had been going on when they couldn't go outside into the fresh air during the winter months.

My youngest was inspired by Better Homes and Gardens and has been building a plane with his dad for his bedroom. Just the finishing touches to go now. It's been a great father and son project! It is a little (or rather quite big) book shelf/shadow box, when finished.














My other boy decided out of the blue to make a person out of wood for my sister's garden. Some garden art ... now that's my boy! I'll certainly ecourage that. I liked it so much I asked him to make me one, and thankfully he was feeling flushed with success and has decided to work on mine today.....and my daughter was very quiet in the bedroom and I was wondering what she was up to, and she came out with a present for her mum, a lovely oragami lady. I love it when we are all making things and busy with our own projects. I feel at these times I must be doing something right as a parent - much more pleasant than the usual squabbling. Maybe they are all just growing up and getting just a little more sensible. A proud mummy was I yesterday. I will hold onto these thoughts and pictures to get me through when things go "belly up" as I'm sure they will anytime soon!!

I am still loving the bright fabrics and enjoy them sprawled all over my sewing room floor. It reminds me of projects of my own, once I meet my deadlines and obligations! Spring is definitly here in Ballarat, and Busy Hands are Happy Hands. Only 2 more weeks to go of school until another set of holidays and no reports to write this time either.................The house has suddenly gone quiet .....I think they have all gone to the movies. That is my queue to get sewing, so I must away and get on with it........Oh how I love the weekends!!

10 comments:

Jodie said...

Annie, it does sound a bit like family bliss at your place.
I love all the making....and that plane is so cute - will we get another photo when it is one the wall?

Jenny said...

I know what you mean about the garden and spring! Your garden looks beautiful. Your kids have certainly got your creative gene. Only two weeks left-I've got three-not that I'm counting!!

Cathy said...

what clever children you have - I just love all of the stuff that they have made. You should be so proud of them. Love the plane - your garden is lovely, yesterday hanging out the washing I thought how gorgeous spring is and how it makes you feel so alive.

Donna said...

What a lovely post Annie. Love the 'red-barron'.

Chookyblue said...

hey Annie you flower pics are great and to decide wether to be in the garden or sewing it is a hard decision when the weather is beautiful........why are you no reply blogger I couldn't reply to you comment........

Bren said...

Hi Annie
Just looking at all you and the kids have been creating is very inspiring. I agreee with all that your garden is certainly smiling...which must bring smiles to your face too!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Hi Annie,
Love your flowers. I really enjoyed my garden this year for the first time in a long time.
Sharon
redgeraniumcottage.typepad.com

Kate said...

Hey Annie, they are lovely presents, but I think that you well deserve averything you get. Did you get the quilt finished? I went to "Spot on Pots" on Sunday and bought a few urns to plant my roses in. I hope they can do as well as yours. Your garden is so inspirational to me.

Chookyblue said...

go into your profile and tick a box show email.........reply to this message it you can't work it out then we can email privately back and forwards

Bron said...

Hi Annie, seeing all of your Kaffe material has reminded me of my Kaffe project promised for my Mum - I can't wait to see yours! Love the picture of the cherry? blossom against the blue sky. As for the jumper felting, check out your local op-shops now; mine are having sales to get rid of winter jumpers (not that they are expensive in the first place)and you may just find a treasure!