Sunday, September 18, 2016

Halloween Decorations

 Halloween might be a little while off, but my brothers and I sat down this morning to make some early Halloween decorations using paints and paper. It was great fun, we made a huge mess and I ended up with cat whiskers painted on my face.

 I actually were just making snowflakes to entertain the littlest whilst Mum and the others practised their music. Well I had the idea to paint the snowflakes, and then they became black, red, and orange.

My personal favourite

Pretty colours!

The black didn't come out as vividly as I had hoped.

 Well at some point Gabriel decided that he'd challenge me to make a Skulduggery Pleasant head cutout, so I decided to give it a go and see what happened.

Skulduggery Pleasant's head.

All of my decorations... plus a leaf.
Some of the glorious mess we made.

 We'll probably be stickytaping them to the window later today. Hopefully they'll look nice!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Events and Outings

Arden and Willow attended a creative session at PICA with some other home ed families and had a great time experimenting with filming and creating artistic presentations.  The guy running it was involved in the HOME project we participated in for PIAF earlier in the year, so that was a nice connection.

Arden, Irving and I went for a bit of an adventure around East Perth, looking for treasure in the hard waste and enjoying the beautiful spring day, earlier this week.

Golf Club discovery!

Finally made it to the park, and found this beautiful sorrel flower.

Grumpy with myself for putting the sling on, with my new stockings!  Velcro and stockings do not mix.  :/

More treasure from our walk.  Scrubbed up as good as new.  Irving and I had a busy morning de-rusting this with bicarb.

Our local ravens have been bringing us gifts!  Doughnuts and popcorn yesterday.

Irving had a tropical dinosaur cinnamon and peanut butter milkshake feast. 


Since people were sick around here,  I've been a bit slow about posting what's been happening.  So here are some recent crafts.  I finished off a new bra, in green gingham, and I'm feeling very pleased with the results.  This is the first bra that I've made that has straps that are really comfortable.

I started making Damien another knitted tie.  It's looking good so far, and I've been surprised by how much I like the colour combination.  (I'm using some left over wool out of my basket.)

I finished some jamies for Irving.  He's very pleased to have some that match Arden's.

Irving picked the red buttons from my stash of vintage buttons.

Arden and I have been working on a block of crafts relating to how people clothe themselves.  He did a small project on our lap loom and made a cape for a teddy bear.  We were also lucky enough to come across WAFTA doing some demonstrations on weaving, book binding and basket making. 

Getting set up.

Shuttles are ready.

Making progress

One completed cape!

Teddy modelling the cape.

Arden and I have moved onto spinning this week, learning to use a drop spindle.

Arden has almost finished his pyjama pants.  He is up to sewing the hems, and we threaded the elastic into the waist band yesterday.

Gabriel finished has handsewing project, and is very happy with his new tie.

Gabriel started using the sewing machine yesterday, generally experimenting with it, and getting a feel for how it works.  He is making a book cover for his first project on the sewing machine.

The start of the book cover.