For all the mama’s + papa’s, you rule!

Today I was at school dropping off my youngest when I saw a lady crying because she had forgotten to bring something for her child to take on a trip. There were other girlies comforting her. So of course I was eavesdropping, because I can’t help myself, and went up to her to say ‘don’t worry about it, I forget everything!! I even dropped off my kids to school the day before they were meant to start…… twice!!!’ (true story).

It made me think about how hard us parents are on ourselves. The number of times I have rung up my mother in law in tears about what a bad parent I was and how I would be solely responsible for ruining their lives is countless. She in her infinite wisdom always tells me ‘Honey you are doing fine’.  Aah how comforting those words are. One time I called her up crying and she said ‘honey, drag them up, we all did’ That has been the best ever advice given to human. I thought well if she and others of her kind have ‘dragged’ up their kids then I was doing just fine after all.

I was reading a wonderful post by the excellent Girl like the sea on Instagram talking about how she felt like her day was an ‘epic fail’ Firstly the girl deserves a medal! She homes schools three kids, one being a toddler and still finds the time to make the most divine bits and pieces. I love reading her posts, she is so honest. She was waxing lyrical about the chaos that she see’s as her life. Also another new sewing mate, the stitcher and gatherer who has 5, count em 5!!!! kiddlings and is also wonderfully honest about her struggles on instagram. If only we could all be a bit more honest about how we are feeling then we wouldn’t feel like such failures. We might not get as stressed about the house being untidy, or the kids not having a bath for a night, or the fact that we screamed at them again and I must be the worst mother on the planet because no one else does that!

I thought this would be a good time to list a couple of my EPIC parenting fails just to make you all feel a bit better. I am happy to take one for the team.

1. Went into mother in laws house with eldest two and new born. I was flustered and exhausted. Nobody mentioned how crazy three would be! New born was sleeping so put him in the spare bedroom and continued into the lounge room. When we were finished I left and put the keys through the mail box. Oh dear! I had failed to collect said newborn from the spare room. I actually burst out laughing, thinking far out! This is like Home Alone for babies!! What do I do? Do I call the Fire Brigade? Do I smash the door down? Common sense prevailed and I called my mother in law who was around the corner. Thankfully youngest slept through the whole thing.

2. Same kid aged 1  1/2. Left him with my mate Sandesh so I could drop the other two into the bottom playground at their classes. Then I went to get in my car and as I was sitting there I thought to myself, wow, this is great without all of the kids. Sandesh called me just as I was about to take off and said ‘umm are you coming to get youngest?’ EPIC FAIL!! I had totally forgot and was about to drive off! Again youngest was totally oblivious.

3. I have dropped off my kids a day early to school after holidays and this figure would have been higher had I not had very brilliant friends reminding me.

Okay these are just a very small selection, there are loads more but you get the picture. Thankfully they are now 14, 12 and 9. They are healthy, hilarious excellent human beings and although I fail daily I thank God that there are more wins. Oh, and they are alive so on some days that will just have to do.

This parenting lark is really, really hard. Beautiful, wonderful, life changing and I wouldn’t give it up for anything ever but it is really hard. So my point is people that we have to give ourselves a break, we have to remind ourselves that we are doing the very best we can at this moment in time and even if thats a bit crap it’s still the best crap we can manage and thats okay. You know what we do give them, love! And even we  are at our worst they still know that they are loved and thats the best gift you can ever give them.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you mothers and fathers  who care about how you are doing with your little humans you are doing an amazing job whichever way you are doing it.

Love this quote, it say’s it all.

‘All the world is a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed’ By Sean O’Cassey

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#300pencilcasesforAfrica update

Hello All,

It snowed, yay!!! well maybe a centimetre or two but thats good enough for me, still counts!

Just thought I’d give you an update on how we are doing with the #300pencilcasesforafrica 

I put out a call for any sewers to help me out on my quest to give the kiddlings in Kenya a real treat.

I was so touched by the response. I had the wonderful soisewedthis regram and constantly plug the efforts. As a result the lovely Cathy made 10 of the most beautiful pencil cases along with her daughter.

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The very same soisewedthis made a whopping 25 cases that are winging their way to me as I type. They are so gorgeous with fun linings.

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I have also had a lady that I know knock up 20 in a day!! Can’t wait to see those! And another from my children’s school making another 20! And not forgetting two of my lovely friends Dawn and Katy coming over to help me bash out as many as we can on Thursday.

Here are my humble offerings although I am still sewing like a maniac to get another 100+ finished by this Saturday.

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So people, the running total is an amazing 159!!!! So we are well on the way to achieving the 300 needed.

God bless you people for the lovely comments, the help, the prayers or just for looking. Have a great day!

Pom pom perfection, part 3.

Good evening All!

Hope you had a glorious day?

Okay, so here is the third and final instalment of my pom pom tutorials.

This way of making these little bundles of joy is really easy and one of my favourites (before I tried the fork way of course). I remember when I first tried it I thought, far out, this is so quick!!

Let’s jump straight in!

For this tutorial (bah ha ha like I’ve done loads of other ones) I used the Clover large size contraption. For all of you in the UK you can find one here.

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Looks complicated I know and when I received it I nearly cried, well, I put on a worried face. But hopefully we can demystify this little wonder.

Let’s start off by opening it, taking a look and getting ready to pom pom ourselves into a frenzy……… aaaaaaand breath.

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There are two bits on each side so four altogether.

Just get your wool (I used Rowan big wool which is perfect for this project and makes it even quicker, yay!!) and start winding. Make sure you hold the two prongs together when you first start winding otherwise it can be a bit wonky to begin with.

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Keep going back and forth until you have a nice fat bundle of wool.

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Make sure you end up at the end where it folds into the middle so that you can pull the wool through and start winding in exactly the same way on the other two bits. The side you have just finished should fit snugly back into the middle. Sometimes because I wind so much on I have to shove it in a bit. You can see by the picture that you are passing the wool through and starting at the hinge end on the other side of the pom pom maker.

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Once you have finished and closed both sides you should have a lovely looking thing like the one below. I am so easily pleased!! I really do see this as a thing of beauty.

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Now the exciting part! Get your trusty shears out and follow the grooves on the side and start cutting.

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The best thing about this wool is that when it’s cut it looks like sea anemones……

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Cute huh!

After you have finished all the cutting this is what you are left with:

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Almost there. Take a long piece of wool and starting at the bottom tie it around the pom pom through the middle grooves thusly…..

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Tie about three very tight knots, not sure why just makes me feel like it’s more secure. Then we open the blue bits like so,

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And then the middle bits easily come apart revealing the loveliest ball of yum ever!

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Isn’t that pretty! And how easy was that.

So there you have it. Pom pom tutorials done!! I can now cross that one off the list.

Hope you enjoyed this and if you have any other ways of making these things then let me know!

Big love from me and the pom pom’s

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