Friday, 30 November 2012

First Crush

A couple of months ago, Miss M told me she was going to marry Alec from her class.
"Oh? What is it about Alec that you like so much?"
"He has cool hair."
Oh. Well, she is only 6 years old. Seems a good enough reason to me!
And I thought nothing much more about it........until she started sobbing last night.
"Darling! What's wrong?"
"Alec isn't just on holiday. He's moved away. To a country on the other side of the world! I didn't even get to say goodbye! And I'll never see him again!!!" And she continued to sob; an hour of inconsolable sobbing!
What?? She's only six! Is the world really going to end?? And did I ever feel like that with my first crushes??
The funny thing is, I can't remember most of them - I actually came across an old journal of mine while packing and I scanned through it, only to discover my lamentations over a boy whom I can no longer remember. Who was this boy? My grand passion sobbed out on to the page, unrequited love - like most of my crushes.
And isn't that what a crush is? Unrequited?? In Miss M's case, not so, it seems - Mr Alec had told her he wanted to marry her, too.
Some detective work (a gossip with the class teacher) uncovered the details of Alec's departure - his family have moved to a country town - not unlike what we are about to do, only in the opposite direction. Even so, this seemed to placate my eldest's concerns - Alec's living in WA. It's okay. He's not so far away. Maybe she might see him again?
And off she trotted, to giggle with her friends.
Her first crush - she may not remember when she grows up, but I will!
Do you remember your first crush?
Have a great weekend!
Sam xx
Photo of National Geographic Magazine, February 2006 - something else I found while packing!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Knitting again

...and working on a new Mara Shawl, this time in a Charcoal Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Classic.

Slowly, slowly......

Creatively Clever people over here.

Sam xx


Making relish for Christmas presents - a surprisingly calming activity when negotiating the mechanics of bank finance approvals and purchase contract deadlines!
Sam xx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

By the way.....

.....we had our offer on that house accepted.


I guess we will be filling it with lots of love and happy times!!


Liverpool Tunic

Hmmmm. My muslin Liverpool tunic is looking suspiciously like a school uniform. Or like one of the old Qantas hostie uniforms without the style and panache of the originals!
Not quite the result I was looking for, but more the fault of the fabric I chose than the design itself. In fact, I'm loving the pattern! Just not loving the fabric quite as much as I obviously did when I bought it earlier this year. I reckon the Liverpool tunic is most successful when teamed with a fabric with a large scale design.
This version has the short sleeve intended for the hot weather but I think the elbow or 3/4 lengths would be more flattering for me next time. I have secured the ties in front for display but they are actually intended to be tied at the back.
And, funnily enough, it also helps if you follow the detailed instructions! I kept second guessing them a couple of times only to find out that each time I was WRONG!!
And so, after having a little break from this garment with just the cuffs, buttons, buttonholes and hem to finish, I shall continue on. I haven't made a shirt for about 15 years so it has been fun constructing this one. And I want to finish it. I need something new to wear!
At least, until I make another......
And I am still having fun sewing and not packing boxes.
Sam xx

Friday, 16 November 2012


.....because sewing is much more fun than packing boxes!
Sam xx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


We did some serious house hunting on the weekend and, after an extremely dissatisfying and exhausting Saturday, we went to see one on Sunday morning with my sister-in-law's family.
It was perfectly situated and looked really promising. As we approached the house, we saw the owners and their boys driving away. My 10 year old nephew M, who was sitting in the front of his family's car, recognised one of the boys - he was in his class.
Did M like him? Was he a nice boy? No, not at all!
Still, G and I liked the house. M wasn't so sure - he was visibly rattled as he walked through it, but I assured him that we would put some positive energy and love into the house if we bought it. We put an offer in straight away.
But now, after lots of game playing, feet dragging and poor form shenanigans from the owners, I reckon that M's instincts are spot on!
It's not the house's fault, but I do believe that we will be continuing our search for a new home this weekend. And not dealing with that awful agent again, either!!!
Sam xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Schoolhouse Tunic #3

I can't knit for a while, so I'm sewing instead!

Schoolhouse tunic #3 in a grey linen bought from Spotlight earlier this year.

Gotta love a good pattern, but I will be trying the Liberty shirt by Amy Butler next.

Sam xx

Friday, 2 November 2012

Did you know?

Our home studio

Did you know that intensive house cleaning in preparation for selling a house can result in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I do, now!!

Sam xx