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April 29, 2008, 9:44 am
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Abraham turned 26 yesterday!
In the seven years I’ve known Abraham we’ve been through a lot.
We’ve separated and gotten back together multiple times, we’ve shared some pretty intense tears and some incredible laughs, we’ve been through thickness,through thinness, through sickness, through poorness and through health ( although we’re still waiting on the wealth…)
Abraham has stuck by me through the times where I was so close to not even sticking by myself and he’s forgiven me for things I will never forgive myself for. He’s given more back massages than most masseurs, he’s mopped up after me, held the bowl and dabbed my brow, he’s given into my (usually bad) dvd choices, put up with my whiney folk music, educated me in the world of hiphop, gotten used to my eccentric style and obsessive thrifting, learned to put up with my parents (who are lovely, but rather complicated) and always told me I’m beautiful no matter how large my bottom was.
Oh, and did I mention he’s the most amazing Dad? From the moment he caught that child he’s been besotted. And the feeling is very mutual.
He is (you are) my soulmate and the most incredibly human being I’ve ever met and I’m so very blessed to have you.
Happy Birthday baby!



April 25, 2008, 6:47 pm
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I scored these two gorgeous cardis this week at the op shop, brand new with tags! They’re by my favourite ever cardigan makers Glengyle. They’re 100% pure virgin lambswool (aren’t all lambs virgin?) and they’re made in New Zealand which is awesomely awesome. I have quite a number of cardis by these fantastic people now, after inheriting some from my nana when she passed. So good, I really recommend them.
I recently went on a bit of shopping spree and bought a few ‘new’ things for Winter (plain black cardi, plain black skirt etc.. basics.) and from now on I’ve decided I’m going to try and only buy things which will see me through the first few months of a pregnancy. No, no I’m not pregnant yet but I’m doing some positive thinking (or is it wishful thinking?) and hoping that it’s not going to take us too long to conceive and I don’t really want to be left with a whole bunch of stuff I can’t wear until afterwards.
It’s been talked about a fair bit in the blogging realm lately, how lacking in style the current maternity scene is. Since the ever-lovely Tricia became pregnant she has been looking into it and is working on changing this and I love that. (and I love this new flickr group!)
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I, for one, was hideously style-challenged during my terms. I was as big as a house and dressed accordingly. I think alot of it has to do with the lack of motivation during pregnancy, the tiredness and the generally feeling huge, bloated and gross. But I’ve made a solemn promise to myself that should we have some luck and fall pregnant again, that I’ll not resort to wearing the same full stretch yoga pants and tshirts everyday, but will endeavour to make and buy things which will result in me still looking as good as ever. Any thoughts ladies? What did you/would you wear (or what are you wearing?) and what would you do differently?



April 24, 2008, 8:36 pm
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My grand plans for the week have unfortunately been a little mislaid due to Aesop’s case of the pox and his subsequent time off from preschool (or work as he would have you call it.) I had hoped to get some serious sewing done, and have another lot of things listed by this weekend, but it’s looking more and more like it’ll have to be before next weekend. These things happen, huh?
The poxed boy seems to be feeling just fine though. The itching is yet to start and the mood is fairly chipper for someone so spotty. And I’m pleased to report we’ve done pretty darn well stuck inside together the last two days which would normally have been spent apart. We’re both such strong personalities that it doesn’t take much time for us to drive each other completely nutty.
I have, however, managed to cut out another pile of the (very successful! thank you!) brooches, and nearly finish two cardigan/hoodie hybrids. And of course post off the piles of orders I received after the last update. I’m very humbled by how much interest there is in my work at the moment. Thank you!
A few said things occurred yesterday though. My trip to the post office was the final straw for me, and I had to give in and put up my postage prices after ending up $15 out of pocket once everything was sent. I despise the fact I have to charge such ridiculous prices, but I really just don’t have any choice. I hope people understand.
And the other sad thing? I realised I’m running out of cotton, and felt and that I need a blind hemming foot for my machine. Not the end of the world, right? Yeah.. except when you look into how much these things cost, and how much they’ve gone up in the short time since I last bought felt and thread! Shivers!
Looks like I’ll be buying a lotto ticket this weekend.



April 23, 2008, 9:06 am
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Our poor boy has been struck with a case of the chicken pox!
The little spots started appearing yesterday morning, after two days of being a little bit grouchy. So far he’s a little miserable and easily upset but luckily he’s not too itchy yet and doesn’t seem to feel too bad.
Poor thing! And you know what? I’m feeling a little sorry for myself about it too. I don’t feel old enough to have a child with chicken pox! To me it feels like just a few years ago I had chicken pox!

I’ve been feeling this way a bit lately.
Part of me thinks having a child/children young is the best thing ever. I mean, I’ll have time to make up for anything I might be missing out on once the kids are out of home, right? Even if the next one takes a year or two to arrive, and doesn’t leave home until 20, I’ll still be under fifty! But on the other hand at the moment I’m watching all of my friends heading offshore and studying, and planning their lives out, not including children for another five or ten years!They basically can head off and do what they want when they want and they are making the most of it.
And the friends I spend the most time with are all in their thirties with children even younger than Aesop. They’ve travelled, partied, and done the things they needed to do and now are settled down and conversations are filled with talk of buying houses and mortgages, things we’re a long way off even being able to consider.
I guess there’s nothing I can, or probably even would, change about the situation but it does get me down a tiny bit down every now and then. I guess I should take a leave out of Aesop’s book and just forget about it.

Who needs to think about chicken pox when there’s dvds to be watched, morning tea to be eaten and toys to be played with!



April 21, 2008, 9:57 pm
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I work Sundays and Mondays at the cafe, so my blog is always a little quiet over the weekend.
It’s hard to find time to take pictures, especially now that it’s almost dark when I get home! So most weekends I’ll give sunday and monday a miss with posting, or just post a few pictures I’ve taken over the week.
(Like these ones of my op shop haul on Friday. Some fabric and a really amazing book about crochet with great photos and even better diagrams and patterns.)
Hope you all had a great weekend. I’m really looking forward to this week, I have grand plans. See you tomorrow!



April 19, 2008, 7:32 pm
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Now that I’m back in the swing of this sewing and blogging thing I thought it was about time I started doing a few more wardrobe remix shots too. It’s a really inspiring thing to do. I find I put more thought into what I put on and am far less likely to just stay in my jim jams all day. hah. So voila, here you have what I wore today!
Black Le Spec sunglasses – Farmers.
Blue dress- Mr Bo Jumbles
(I have another one exactly the same in a lighter shade and one size smaller! Spooky!)
White banana basket- St Vinnies in Nelson
Black and white flats – The Warehouse
Over grown hair taking over my face – waiting to organise a haircut!
Notice the sweet blue sky too? It’s finally stopped raining!

(Thanks Abraham for taking the photo, you’re great.)



A little shameless self promotion.
April 18, 2008, 8:55 pm
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I’ve just added seventeen things to my etsy store. Just thought I’d boast a little about how I’m finally getting that mojo back and being a productive human being. I’m really happy with how the brooches turned out, and I can’t wait to finish off the other sort too and put them up.
I’ve just downed a moro bar (sorry waistline!) and downed a lift plus in hopes of getting in another few hours of sewing tonight while Abraham is out playing poker with his friends. Next weeks Etsy update should be just as awesome, now here’s hoping I can start selling a little more! hah.