Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Yes?

So then you guys must be VERY fond of me then, hey? haha

How are you?
I am still plodding along.
It’s been an extremely busy and tiring few months here … We have 2 weeks of school holidays coming up and I have some time off work booked and we are just going to do NOTHING! I am working the weekends, but otherwise PJ days is the plan ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and we might go to the movies one day and see Finding Dory {I wouldn’t be able to wait for the DVD. Yes, me not the kids haha}

I love Dory! Crush and Squirt are firm favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

This is probably going to be my last ever raggy quilt. It’s just getting too hard to find quality flannel here these days. Oh well … I enjoy regular quilting more anyway these days I guess ๐Ÿ™‚ This one is for my little niece! It’s a large single bed size and I am a little bit in love with it!IMG_8320Front.IMG_8317Back.
I have a brand new nephew! He was born last month on Star Wars Day {Mother of boys info I never knew I needed to know! haha}
May the 4th be with youHe is the most precious little bundle! I have started nearly finished a quilt for him. Then I need to get cracking on one each for my elder two nephews.
They have been waiting long enough so patient!
A sneak peek :IMG_8522It’s a simple square patchwork with meandering quilting. But it’s very cute ๐Ÿ™‚

I also have another top-secret project on the burner. As well as trying to get a bit of furniture painting in somewhere. I did do some painting a couple of weeks ago –
IMG_9257This is chalk board paint around my pantry entrance {… and this is the tidiest it’s been since we started using it haha The boys LOVE it!} There’s usually a small canvas covering the yellow phone point because we don’t use it and it annoys me to see it there. But I need to sand the spot for the hook …
Anyhow, I am about to crash!
Cya next time โค

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

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2016’s One Little Word

Thought I’d squish in one more post for 2015 cos it’s that time again.
Time to choose my “one little word” for the year.
It was an easy one, I have been settled on this word for 2016 for a while now :
Positive 3Last year my “one little word” was BALANCE.BalanceI tried my best to live it. Not sure how well I succeeded.
The last few months of 2015 were shitful crappy painful messed up pretty full on and I felt off kilter quite a bit.
Actually, life was probably anything but balanced for a while there …
I am surviving on positivity right now, so it seems apt to make that my word of the year!
What is your “one little word” for 2016?

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

2015 Here We Come!

I’m again not making New Year’s Resolutions.

Instead, from now on I will continue to make a yearly bucket list!

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2015 Regular Bucket List
1. Walk our Jack more regularly {we’re both too chunky!}
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2. Practice, practice, practice my Free Motion Quilting
3. Swear less {at least when the kids are in earshot}

4. Be more creative with my cooking
5. Say ‘No’ when I mean it more often
6. Save more / BUDGET better – we’re saving for a holiday to …

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2015 Sewing Bucket List
1. Practice, practice, practice my Free Motion Quilting {you’re not imagining it – this made both lists lol Can you tell I really mean it?}
2. Make a Churn Dash Quilt. I have some Best.Day.Ever to use for this one … Soon. Very soon!
Best Day Ever
3. Sew more clothes for the kids – they LOVE it when I sew for them ๐Ÿ™‚
4. Make a rainbow Plus Quilt
5. Make a Rainbow Reverse Wonky Star Quilt like this {A long-term goal that I’d like to tackle next year ๐Ÿ™‚ }

{I found this gorgeous example on Pintrest from Flutter Kat! }
6. Start using up all my scraps! I love scrappy quilts!
7. Buy as little as possible – Use my stash all up!
8. Log Cabin Quilt

{I found this one on Pintrest by Red Pepper Quilts and I LOVE it!}
9. This Quilt :

{I don’t know where to credit, I found it on Pintrest and it’s link is an error ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So if it’s yours I’m sorry, if you don’t want me to use it please let me know xo}
10. A Drunkards Path Quilt. I actually have this one cut out ready to sew … one day soon!
11. Get my nephew’s and niece’s raggy quilts finished {I am actually aiming at finishing these by the end of January! Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜€ }

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I will no doubt add to this list, but that will do for now ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2015 will be everything you hoped and dreamed of โค

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Another New Year …

Time goes by so damn fast!

I think I feel it mainly since I had my boys, they are growing like weeds and I need them to slow down!!

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Here they are this week with some of my little pet-minding clients ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the Christmas tree skirt I made for us this year:

Collage Christmas tree skirt

Now, I’m not really one for New Year Resolutions.

But I like to set myself some goals :

The first goal I have for 2014 is to eat better and lose some lard. I am so sick of being fat and would really love to not be perpetually uncomfortable any more!!

The second goal I have is to figure out what I want to do with my life and get moving in that direction.
I would like to do a TAFE course of some sort.
Even if it’s not exactly what I want, I need to learn something new and open up some opportunities for myself.

The third goal I have for myself is to try to complete one quilting project per month.
I know lots of quilters do heaps more, but I am relatively new to this caper and I don’t like to set the goalposts too far away. It sets you up to fail ๐Ÿ™‚

My fourth and final goal is very broad. It’s to be better.
By this I mean, do better; eat better; exercise better; be a better mother, wife, daughter, friend; work better; waste less time; stop swearing {a tough one for me cos I like it so much! ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha} …

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Whatever you have planned for it,
I hope 2014 brings all you dream for!

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2014 looks to be a busy one for us, my littlest man is off to Kindy 5 days a fortnight this year!!!!
I will miss him dreadfully! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I think he is more than ready for it.
So I will have 30 whole hours a fortnight to do something for me … the possibilities are endless!
I can sew un-interrupted, do my TAFE course, who knows! I had hoped to move to days at my current job but that doesn’t look like a possibility atm, so a change of jobs may even be on the cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, my lappy is going in for a service this week so I will pop back when she gets back and hopefully have some new goodies to show you ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s to a fantastic 2014 for us all!