Mid Week Rambling

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That’s right – HAPPY HUMP DAY everyone!
Not that I know why I’m excited – I work Sat/Sun/Mon/Tue this weekend … so it’s kinda like a long weekend in reverse or an anti-long-weekend! lol

Oh well … I don’t mind cos I must admit, I am absolutely loving my job right now! I spoke to my boss the other day and she has okayed me holding a DIY class on make-your-own Chalk Paint! Yaay! Very excited :) And next week I am going to try making my own Milk Paint! If only finding powder pigments weren’t so hard! Do any of you know where I can find some that won’t cost an arm and a leg??

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Not much is happening on the sewing front for me right now.
This might be hard to believe, but I have been sewing for the last year or two on a Blow Mould, fold out table in our living room! haha
Anyhow, I lent our 2 fold out tables to a friend last week and I took it as an opportunity for a clean up.
The same day I found this amazing wooden table/desk on Gumtree!!

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It’s on castors and needs a bit of a tidy up, you might be able to see I’ve already started to sand the drawers? One needed a little repair too and I put them back in to take a quick pic … The yellow/orange varnish has to go!
This baby is super sturdy tho! And she fits my cutting mat well. Exactly what I was looking for!
I will at last be able to sew above medium speed without the table shaking and supplies falling off from the vibrations! :D
Hopefully I will get the make over done including a quick wax today, and get her in and being used by tomorrow!

And not before time either! I’m running late on August’s Bee block! :-/ September’s is up already and I hope to get them both done before Friday … Speaking of Friday – It’s my little man’s birthday!! I can’t believe he will be 5 already!! He has requested a Minecraft cake and I was pushing for Creeper. He has narrowed it down to Enderman. *phew*! Of alllll the possible Minecraft cakes, this would have to be the easiest!

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I am starting a detox tomorrow. Not sure what to expect, but I am going to be very strict and stick to it all. Even the nil-caffine rule! :-/ Not sure how that one will go! lol Wish me luck!

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Check out this fun Quilt Block quiz! I found it over at the Missouri Star Quilt Co. blog, Cutting Table. You can take it by clicking the pic :

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Sew, which Quilt Block are you? I’d love it if you left me a comment to let me know!
I got ‘Flying Geese’ which is interesting since I have never made a flying geese block. Like ever! haha
Might have to add something with them to my to-do list …

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Well … that’s all I have for today. Will try to squeeze a quick update in early next week – Cya then!

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Excitement to the MAX!!!

Look what has just arrived on my doorstep!!!

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It’s the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint prize pack I won from Kartina Chambers blog {I mentioned it HERE!}

I can’t wait to get into it!!! They are sew pretty!

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I have recently upcycled a cheap TV cabinet for the boy’s new playroom {I am re-arranging and re-painting all the rooms}.

I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for it. It is lightly shabbied and waxed.
This is the before and after :

Kids TV cabinet makeover

I will take some better pictures of it and share in a future post.

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I recently tried my hand at making my own chalk paint and have started a little project with it :

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I am in love with the colour! It is sooooo bright and beautiful!!

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I am also going to try to make my own milk paint in the next few days!
When I have done so, and used it, I will do a special post rating the 4 in my own opinion. So stay tuned! ;)

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Don’t forget to check out my new Manic Mumdays Facebook page!
It’s easier than ever, just click ‘like’ on the icon on the right hand side –>

Thanks! Cya next time,

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

New stuff … Like a Manic Mumdays Facebook page!!

Sew, I thought I might start up a little facebook page for Manic Mumdays!

You can find it HERE!

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I’d love it if you would head on over and ‘like’ it! And appreciate it muchly if you shared it with your friends too! Thanks in advance ;) :D

The main reason I did this is cos sometimes I want to share something short …

For instance.

Last night I was doing the folding. I wash for all about once a week … And last night I folded 21 pairs of my eldest baby’s jocks. Twenty one! How does one kid wear 21 pairs of jocks in 7 days or less????

….. See? A funny line or two on a facebook post, but not something I can base a whole blog post on, right?

Or this.

I have been suffering from a dry scalp the last few years {Strangely enough my hair/scalp just hasn’t been the same since having the kids – #256 on the list of things ‘they’ don’t tell you before you have kids! ;) } So I have been researching natural treatments on Pintrest. {Follow me on Pintrest HERE!} And last week I treated my scalp with warm olive oil and rinsed it with apple cider vinegar ….. Since then I have only washed with a water/bicarb mix and rinsed with a water/apple cider vinegar mix.
My hair hasn’t looked or felt this good in a looong time! I am off for a trim tomorrow, and I am very interested to see if my lovely hairdresser thinks it’s improved from her perspective too :)

Or this.

{Which I am MEGA excited about!!!}
I recently won an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint pack from one of my all time favourite blogs – Katrina Chambers {of The Block fame}
See? Excitement!!!!! I am hanging out for it to arrive so I can playyyy!
I made over a tv cabinet for the boy’s playroom last week using Milk Paint, and I will share a pic in the next few days :)

Well, I am off to crash as I have been on the go since 5.30am – a 10hr day at work! … A big one for me and for my poor tired little babies <3
I will be back with some updated quilt and tv cabinet pics soon!

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon ~ Issue #2

Ok, Sew I told you last time I did this I found the perfect spot to launch off my next 6 Degrees of YouTube Game.

Here it is. I’m starting at a big Bookmark Of My Life song – Train, Drops of Jupiter {#1}

Second pick is from one of my fave 80’s/90’s bands! Darius Rucker has in the last few years forged a successful solo R&B and then Country Music career, but I love this one with his old band. It’s Hootie And The Blowfish, Let Her Cry {#2}

The next one I clicked just cos I like it :) Matchbox 20, 3AM {#3}

Hmmm where to go now? Maybe another just cos I like it :) Semisonic, Closing Time {#4}

I could go with another Semisonic. I quite like them … But here’s Soul Asylum, Runaway Train {#5}

hmmmm the final pick!
I love this band they are one of my all time favourites! – U2, With Or Without You {#6}

*EDIT* THink I have the vids fixed now, sorry! x

*Sigh* I’m off to watch some more memories while I sew! Maybe I’ll start with a funny Vid next time :)

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Sad Days

The world lost one of it’s very best shining stars today. I know I’m not breaking news here. Unless you’re Amish, there’s not much chance you could have missed it. I haven’t been this devastated over the death of someone I have never met since I can’t remember when.

These are just a couple of my favourite of his many movie triumphs:

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I watched Patch Adams just last weekend. And yesterday I taped Aladdin for the kids to watch this weekend. He will remain one of my favourite actor/comedians.

I first saw it a couple of years ago, but this quote is something that will stick with me forever, it’s so profound in its simplicity :

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It speaks right to my heart and soul. I often say a person can be all alone, even in the largest of crowds.
I think it is a little peephole into the sadness you could sometimes see in his gorgeous, mischievous, twinkling eyes.

Depression is a dangerous, insidious darkness that does not discriminate. Even the most {outwardly} bright, happy, funny people can be overcome. I won’t pretend to know how it feels, I am one of the lucky ones. And I think those dealing with depression day in, day out are so brave and strong. It must be so very, very hard.
I wish that we who love them could share some of the burden.
I wish with all of my heart that they would reach out. And that a helping hand is there to grasp.

<3 Rest in Peace Robin Williams. And thank you for all that you gave <3

Please. If you or a loved one need to talk to someone, please consider calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.
KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Unfinished …

I had a shocker 24 hours yesterday!
It started when I had the battery replace on my car Monday and didn’t stop til I got home at 6pm  last night! *phew!*

Interestingly, I just made a typo on the title – put “Unfunished”
That wouldn’t have been untrue either! haha

As I have mentioned before, I joined in the Australian Kate Spain Charm Swap hosted by the fabulous Ms Midge

Melissa {Ms Midge} arranged a fantabulous bunch of prizes and a “Charm-Along” to show off our gorgeous bundles.
I had been {slowly} working towards the cut off date. But alas … the afore-mentioned shocker 24 hours has been my undoing! I intended to get the top completed Monday night and get some pics taken in the morning. Blog. Link-up. Easy … Right?
Yeahhh … not so much! When I didn’t get quite completed I was going to finish and take pics in the morning.
Nope, no go then either.

Sew. I am out.
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And what makes it even sadder is the fact that I have found my MOJO!! haha

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…………………………………………….. Or Sew I thought!!!!
I was just now reading my emails {mainly blog posts I am addicted to ;) } while I worked on this post, and I followed a link from Molli Sparkle’s Kate Spain beauty to Ms Midge’s Linky Party for the Charm Along.

And ….. saw this :

“All you have to do is link up your project at the bottom of this post before 5pm WEDNESDAY THE 6TH OF AUGUST, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA TIME, and the winners will be chosen and announced Wednesday night here on the blog.”

eeeeekkkkkk!!! I am still in this! haha

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Back now!
Off I went to buzz the rest together and I am happy to announce I am DONE!
I finished!
And you are reading the blog post to prove it! ;)
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Stitch the HST’s together :)
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Sew pretty!!
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Trimming, trimming, trimming!
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Pretty chains!

Here it is!!! Sorry I am cutting it so fine Melissa! hahaIMG_4242

{Geez I hope my tired brain can work out the Linky part! – this is popping my Link Party Cherry ;) }
KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

EDIT : I should add, she’s a Queen Size :)

Some Days Are Diamond

… some days are stone. Some times the hard times won’t leave me alone.
Some times the cold winds blow a chill in my bones.
Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.
Gotta love John Denver for ‘Where-I’m-at-today-lyrics’ haha

I don’t know if it’s because it’s Winter, {Winter gets a bad rap from me cos I don’t like the cold ;) }
Or if I just lost my MOJO …
But I am reallllllly struggling to put a nice block together the last week or two!

Whatever it is, it always seems to happen when I am on a deadline!

As I have mentioned before, I participated in the first Aussie Kate Spain Charm Swap run by the lovely Ms Midge this last month or two.

Sew … Ms Midge has a fab competition happening that we have to enter our projects made with the Kate Spain charms! I spent a big chunk of my weekend and a few nights of last week cutting, stitching, cutting again and then trimming 448 Half Square Triangles {HST’s} for my project.
Simple, right? WRONG … I have been struggling to match points and am really regretting my whole idea now :(

I laid out the block I am aiming for here :

KS Charm Along

Sew far, sew good.
Start sewing them and fall in a heap! Gah!!

I also made my July Bee block over the weekend. It was HST’s too and I tell ya! It took so many goes to get it right!!
I was afraid I was going to fray the seams from too much unpicking!!

Bee Block ~ July

Pretty block, hey? Our July Queen asked for bright happy colours. I liked the combo enough to cut one for myself in the same fabrics – Did I mention I was going to make a quilt with replica blocks from this Bee? Anyhow, it was lucky I cut mine, cos I did fray the corner of one when Betsy decided to have a hissy fit! {She is due for a service but I am pushing her so I can finish the KS project :) }

A lady I know thru my other hobby – timber work/furniture make overs – is moving back to the US next month and I am hoping to buy her Janome to keep as a spare. I’ve always thought I’d love a second machine, especially when I am sewing with 2 different colours and it’s a pain to change the thread haha. Perhaps I should find a second overlocker too! :D

Anyhow … here’s hoping a good sleep will return my MOJO and I get this quilt top done by the weekend!

Linking back to Ms Midge where you can find details on the Kate Spain Charm Along and Swap :)

KS Charm Along pin

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