30 November, 2008

Button Fairy's Party Day!

Ella's Birthday is Christmas Day!
So we have a "Party Day" around this time of year, when the weather is good.
And when her friends are around and not on holiday.

We still have a tiny family party Christmas afternoon, but it is so much more fun with your friends!

Happy Party Day Button!

27 November, 2008

my button fairy is very helpfull!

The sewing machine has been getting a serious work out just of late.
Making tiny fairy and Pixie sized bunting!

Which was then winded onto card.
The Button Fairy helped!

Small boxes were also painted.
Again the Button fairy helped!

Lables were made and attached.
Still the Button fairy helped!

And stuffed with goodies.
By... you guessed it the Button fairy!

While I downed lots of hot fresh tea.
For tomorrow will be a very big day!

26 November, 2008

how do you like them apples?

The book pear was such a hit, we have made some apples.

Twelve in fact, all for a small gathering this weekend.

Although the way Button is cradling this one we may have to make some more!

I did have a small brain wave about these...

We could make one for each of Ella's kindy teachers for Christmas, and thanks for looking after me but I'm off to school now!

24 November, 2008

body butter and a pear

Ella's eczema has been really bad at the moment.
The backs of her knees are the worst and because she won't stop scratching, the eczema has become a little yucky and infected.

At kindy there is a darling young lad that Ella is sweet on!
His very clever Mum makes all her own soap free washes and lovely body butters because she too suffers from eczema.

On Friday kindy pick up Mrs B arrived with this lovely gift for Ella.
Her own Jasmine and Vanilla body wash and Itch - Buster body butter.

Now this stuff is divine!
The body wash is like a moose and so soft and moisturizing.
And as for the body butter, I want to eat it!

Ella has been using the body butter for 4 days now.
Every time she fells itchy she gets the butter and puts some on herself.
Her eczema has gone from her arms and nearly from behind her knees.

So as a huge big thank you, Ella and I made Mrs B a Christmas Pear.

This was such a fun crafty project.
Ella especially enjoyed using the different coloured dyes.

We used this fantastic tutorial from Cheeky Magpies', book pumpkin and apple.
And changed the shape to a pear for Christmas.
You can make your own, just go here!
And make sure you check out the rest of Cheeky Magpies' wonderful blog.

Now because we have made our first Christmas decoration the kids want to put up the Christmas Tree!

22 November, 2008

A & P Show

When we went to Wanganui last week end (for Mum W's birthday) the A & P Show (Agricultural and Pastoral Show) happened to be in town.

When I was a kid this show was huge, with hundreds of farmers, their animals and equipment (tractors, ploughs, you know that sort of stuff).
And of course all the Horsey people competing in the dressage.

My favourite part was the Home Craft section, with all the home made cakes, biscuits, jams and preserves.
And the hand crafts, knitting, crocheting, quilting etc.
All the area Schools would get involved also and select the best crafts and art work of their student to be entered.
And the Race Course Lounge would be packed full.
I entered paintings and hand made crafts a few times.
And I seem to recall that the little sister entered a hand sewn doll as well?

And then of course all the rides!
Which we would go on until we were sick.

This year the A & P Show was abysmal, below is a photo account of the total number of animals!
There were no Farmers and their equipment, and even though the Horsey people were there competing, they were on the other side of the Race Course and you had to walk miles to see them.

Even the rides seemed sad,

There was a total of two people on the Ferris Wheel!

The Super Loop was however getting good usage.
Phil wanted to stand under it and catch coins that were falling out of pockets!

The Merry-go-round will always remain my favourite...

although these black horses are a tad scary!

I thought the smallish boy would have a ride on the motorbike, seeing as blue is his favourite colour...

but he followed his heart, and went with his first love...

The Home Craft section was very disappointing and tiny, but the quality of the crafts that were there was amassing.
I very much like this Baby Singlet and rightly so it's maker won first place and a special award as well.

There was only one entrant in the Crochet section, who took out all three prize placing, of which this wee bowl was my favourite.

And the best of the lot was this darling sock monkey, made by a 9 year old.
I absolutely love it!

To cure the disappointment we went here...

then home for a much needed cup of tea!

16 November, 2008

his first...

official leave me, I'm a big boy now, afternoon at knidy!

Got my bag, got my snacks, lets go...

down the street, with Ella leading the way...

across the road, watch out for cars...

up the drive...

inside to sign the roll...

put my bag and snacks in my locker...

off to play...

see you later Mum and Dad...

I'm having too much fun!