Saturday, September 26, 2009

Thinking about running

I've been doing a lot of thinking the past few weeks - about running and fitness and exactly what I want to do with that aspect of my life - now that it is not my priority.

I think that I do want to continue to have running as part of my life and that I need to work on making it part of my routine again.

I realise that I am going to have to make a concerted effort to get back to the mindset of regular training.

I need some points in the future to work towards and measure progress against.

Every month here in Canberra there is an organised run called the Women's and girls Jogalong. It is 6km and run through a big park kind of near my place. I was thinking of making this run a little goal to complete each month - to measure my progress against.

I do need a bigger goal at some point in the future but I also think that to get to where I want to be - I need to take small steps.

It is very appealing - now I just need to do something about it!
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Centered and Grounded

Hello ! I'm back - for how long - who know's! But anyway...

Yesterday I did the Canberra Times Fun Run, which is a 10km course down one of the main roads through Canberra, past parliament house and finishing up in the park that runs alongside Lake Burleigh Griffin.

For the first time ever I really wasn't in it to race myself or anyone else or the clock. I probably walked at least a 1/3 rd of the course. But - I hadn't trained and I knew I wasn't fit enough to run 10km.

However - Yesterday was 7months to the day that Harris wass born.

I spent a good portion of the run congratulating myself for even entering and for being able to run the parts that I did run. Afterall - it has been about 18 months since I have run much more than 5km.

I think yesterday was good for me because it was a bit of a turning point for me - doing the fun run yesterday made me realise that I have done what I didn't think I would be able to do. I had a baby and came out the otherside unscathed. I can still do the things I did before I had the baby. Sure - Harris makes my wants come second because he is my priority - but slowly but surely I have learnt to fit in what I want to do around him.

My whole focus on life has changed and the things that used to take up so much of my mental energy are not so important to me anymore.

He has made me centered and grounded - having hime has shown me what is truly important in life - having him has taught me to have much more respect for what my body is capable of - and to have more respect for how I look. In all honesty - I simply cannot believe that I ever criticised my body before.

I realised doing the run yesterday that before now I really wasn't ready to get back into running - to begin to do something that is purley for me. I did enjoy running yesterday and I remembered that I do enjoy running as an activity. It is empowering and makes you feel free.

so - here's to getting back into running aver the next year or so. I can't wait to be running fit again and to actually enjoy being out there!

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Sunday Saunter (on a monday)

Spring Green

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Home Made Baby Toys

One thing I have noticed since having my own little one is that you can never have too many toys. They do seem to get bored with the same toys over and over again. The only problem with that is that toys can be expensive!
Simple home made shakers using pasta and craft supplies and cheap plastic containers are perfect to keep things interesting for the little monkey!
To make these, all I did was take some clear plastic screw top containers purchased at a $2 shop and filled them with different sounding objects.
In this picture, the first contains some metallic bells, the second contains some puff pom poms and sequins for a very small soft sound and the third contains an assortment of macaroni, buttons and novelty buttons in different animal shapes - to give the baby something to search for in the jar.
To make it safe for baby to play with, I affixed the jar lid using some 2 part epoxy glue on the inside of the screw top lid - that way the lid can't be pryed open by little hands.
These toys are probably appropriate from 3 months upwards - however once your baby learns that jar's such as these can be opened it is probably best that they are used under supervision - just incase they manage to get past the glue!
This is Harris's very first attempt at painting  - he actually wanted to eat the paint brish more than paint with it - and it was rather messy - but fun all the same!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

What a busy Week!

Play School - The Show is coming to Canberra!
 The Ever Popular Television Show! Live in Concert.
Featuring Two Presenters plus the toys from the popular television show.
This show is full of active participation.

Play School, which celebrates its 42nd birthday this year, has featured some of Australia’s leading actors as presenters over the years.
These popular Play School live shows are specially designed to delight pre-schoolers and parents alike.
Each show features 40 minutes of songs, games and stories with many of the well-loved toys plus along with two past or present presenters from the television series.
The roars of approval heard whenever they appear on stage attest to the ongoing popularity of Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima and Humpty
.As with the television program, everything in the concerts is carefully paced especially for children.
There are songs to move to, as well as quiet times to just watch and listen.
The familiarity of the material totally engages the young audience for the 40-minute duration of the concerts
Audience numbers are limited per session so those children
can see and hear the show easily, and move about safely.
Friday 27th November 2009
Albert Hall
Commonwealth ave Yarralumla
All Tickets *$13.20
Adults at Children's prices. Infants under 12 months on the day of the concert are free

Phone Kids Promotions on 1300 788 028
or Book Online 

We are going along! It should be a whole lot of fun for the bubs!

Not a whole lot of crafting going on this week - we have been busy doing boring chore type activities.

I took Harris for his first swing ride at the park this morning - he seemed to really enjoy  himself!

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Baby Shorts and Escapism

These are the little shorts I have made for Harris this summer, all made from refashioned jersey shirts and pillowcases.

Below is a sequence of an attempted escape in progress - luckily it was foiled by mummy.

Cheeky little nappy butt!

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wardrobe Refashion Attempt #1

Here is what I started out with:

And this is how it ended up:

I'm not entirely impressed but it's not too bad for a first attempt. Unfortunately - although it looks wearable - it's not really. The shoulder straps keep falling down and the under arm piece is a llittle too high cut for my comfort.  However - I don;t mind the pattern and I think I will have another go at it with some adjustments.

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Sunday Saunter

As I was sauntering around the blogs for this week I caught a glance of the lovely Smaggle donning a sweet vintagey looking pinafore - and it got me all inspired. Here are some favourites:

What's inspriing you this Sunday? 

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Handmade Home Beach Blanket

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Originally uploaded by Andjx2009
I just finished zipping up this lovely blanket made from recycled sheets and pillowcases so that Harris and I have something to sit on outside so we can enjoy the coming warmth of Spring.

It was a fairly easy project, however, my machine really couldn't cope with the bulk of fabric in the blanket and I don't think I'll be making another one anytime soon (The arm on my sewing machine is quite short).

The blanket can be found in the oh so lovely book "Handmade Home" by Amanda Blake Soule - the eternally inspiring lady who is fast becoming my mentor for natural parenting.  Her blog Soule Mama is here.

I have decided that I have serious issues with Bias binding and that we are not friends.

The hardest part was actually keeping the baby on the blanket once we got outside. He isn't really one for staying in the one spot for too long and thinks that grass is tasty.



What you makin' Mama?

 I can help? No really I can!
In progress is a nice picnic blanket - made entirely from thrifted fabric and as given as a project in the book by Amanda Blake Soule - Handmade Home.
It is a lovely book with lots of family friendly projects based on aiming to use the things you have.
In reality right now I am procastinating from making the bias tape for the outside of thie rug.
Ho Hum... off I go
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Summer Skirts

Here is a few pics of the skirts I have made for this coming summer. Super easy to make - no pattern required - just some pretty fabric. I have another 4 or 5 lined up to make - so that should see me through.

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Delicate Delicate New Life of Spring

Sometimes I wish I knew how to make pictures bigger on blogger so that it did them justice a bit better.
Yesterday I wore a skirt and a tank top all day and the maximum temperature was only 16 - but to me that was plenty warm enough to stop wallowing in the depths of winter clothing.
What can I say - the warmer months make me happy!
Below is a pic of my latest haul from the Salvo's. Looking at it now I have actually already used most of it to make shorts for the baby for summer. I'll post a pic later on. I often flick through the vintage patterns at the salvo's just to see what might happen to pop out at me. This one did the other day - I thought it had a nice sillhouete. If anything - it will make a nice summer frock to throw over swimmers at the beach. 
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Smashing Smock!

This top is the smock project from the Anna Maria Horner Book - Seams to Me.

I made no alterations to this one - except for adding some ties so that I could nip the top in a little at the waist. However if I make it again, I think that I w ould like to take some fabric off the arm sleeve edge and just bring it in to expose my shoulders a bit more.

I am a size 12 and made the Medium in the book and it fits quite well.

I just used plain cotton fabric with no stretch.

I am by no means an accomplished sewer and I found this project easy - but I did have to study the instructions very thoroughly.

I will most likely make it again - next time I am going to make it in all the same fabric rather than the contrast.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wardrobe refashion

Eeek! I have have taken the pledge to commit to wardrobe refashioning for the next 2months!!

From over here. The pledge goes like this:

" I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself for the term of the contract. I pledge that I shall create and craft items of clothing for myself with my own hands in fabric yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. "

I do need to make one caveat though - at some time in the next couple of months I am going to need to go out and buy some plain white singlet tops and t-shirts. Being pregnant all last summer has left me with very little in the way of top half coverings and as I practically live in singlets and t-shirts when it is warmer - I can't get by without buying just a few.

I figured that I was pretty much doing this at the moment anyway - so why not take the challenge. That and I need to live simply and be thrifty for the next few months. I enjoy the concept and idea of it - but have been too lazy to do anything about it up till now.

Last week I made 4 skirts and I have plans for another 4. Yesterday I cut off a pair of old cargo pants into shorts and found a really nice pair of black shorts at Vinnies.

I'm ready to see just how creative I can be - AND - I really like the environmental aspects of a challenge like this. I absolutely hate the throwaway nature of our society and clothes sold in the shops now are so expensive considering they are made in China by people who may be living below the poverty line.

When I do come to buying those singlets I need, I'm going to do some research into a brand that is made in Australia I think.

I'll post a pic of my thrifting and sewing later on.