Since you said plzzz ;)

More piccies for Auntie Hayley, etc...

Sienna designed another gift for Cedar, drawing a tree next to his name (her writing) - she wanted me to make a hat, so I scanned it and printed it in a few sizes. Sienna chose the size and I transferred it to fabric and embroidered it before making a snug stretch knot hat. Sienna did say the tree was supposed to be to the left of 'Cedar' but I pointed out that there wasn't enough room there! I love her tree drawing and writing, it's a very cute hat :)

These next two are from today, trying to capture the cuteness of his awake 'look'...

Last Saturday while mum, dad and my nan were still over from Adelaide, us girls (mum, nan, Kell, Lana, Sienna and I) went out to Miss Marple's in Sassafras and then to 'Happy Glaze' ceramic painting in Ferntree Gully. Sienna painted a fairy and a unicorn (and had a meltdown when we had to leave them there for firing!) while I painted this tiny mug and saucer for Ash to have... it turned out really cute I think :) I just had to take photos today as I expect it to break fairly quickly, LOL.

I did this layout a few weeks ago when Kell was over for scrapping... next week goes back to routine, so hopefully we'll be having one scrap / craft day a week again - yay!


Cedar Rhodes Quarmby was born at 7:25pm Wednesday the 15th July, weighing 3.9kg / 8lb 10oz and measuring 53cm long with a 36cm head circumference. Thanks for all the warm wishes and encouragement!

We came home this morning and are getting settled in at home, I'll post more pics and stuff later :)

Just so you know...

Most of the time, no news is just no news ;)

This layout is called 'Hideaway', featuring lyrics from The Weepies' song of the same name. I made the page about a year ago but it was just recently published in Scrapbooking Memories - I think the current issue, or possibly the last one. It's also kind of what I'm doing at the moment - hiding away! Other than tests and appointments I am mostly sticking around home.

Yesterday I had a great scrapping day with Kell and got one page done from start to end, I'll share when I've gotten around to photographing it!

Have a great week everyone :) Next week I'll introduce you all to Cedar, he'll be here by then.

Baby, it's cold inside

Well, it's colder outside (or at least, I think it is!). Took the kids to the playground yesterday afternoon, but as soon as the sun dropped behind the trees it was just too chilly and we came home again.
On Monday I finished what I'd wanted to get done in our bedroom - in the immediate sense, anyway - including finishing the white wall, putting up a photo of Ben and I (our official 10th anniversary shot, we've decided!) and swapping out the painting from the lounge room to go above our bed (though that wall is still the old off-white, hasn't been painted yet).
And in the interest of full disclosure, this is my 'creative space' in the left hand corner of the room... though in all fairness, half the scrap supplies you can see on the desk are actually Kell's.

The boy we are waiting for is still in here... and I am wearing these wrist-warmers and this scarf pretty much all day every day, inside our house. Most of this week I've concentrated on doing my MYOB data entry for the last financial year, which I finished last night.

The other day I had a fire going for most of the day, which was lovely, but we generally try and limit it to evenings and just have the reverse-cycle in the lounge going during the day. A heater for our room is on the shopping list for the weekend or next week at least! I also really want to take Sienna to see The Fox and the Child, but since it involves a city trip (or close enough to the city), I'm not sure when.
The new SC came out yesterday... my contribution is this layout of Sylvia looking gorgeous on her wedding day a few years ago

And last, but not least, Ash being silly in his new hoodie, which he loves...

Baby corner

Part of our re-organising the house involved making a corner for Cedar in our nice big bedroom (the room that was the kids shared room last year). I've been painting the walls white, and repainted some furniture white as well as making the new cushions and window seat cover which I've posted before.

Anyhow, yesterday I put up some pictures on the wall as a finishing touch and Ben hung the baby hammock (not pictured) on the other side of the room near my art/sewing desk. I figure we'll use both the bassinette and the hammock depending on what he or we prefer at the time. So, at last, here is Cedar's corner...

The chest of drawers used to be covered in different fabrics in Sienna's room, now it is covered in vintage houndstooth wallpaper. I picked up the bassinette from a local op-shop for $10 with stand :)

This photo mobile was a pregnancy gift from Kell, the art cards from Wee Gallery (I bought them from The Hip Infant stocktake sale) suit perfectly and are designed for babies. The Cedar poster is by Kal Barteski (same as the one Ash has in his room) and the two Sheepworld pictures are from a calendar Sylvia sent me a couple of years ago - when I was in Germany last I took a liking to Sheepworld :) One says "You are the noodle in my soup" and the other "You are my hot water-bottle when I'm cold" (in German).

The funky cat comforter is Deglingos and I bought it from Urbanbaby, the gorgeous David Fussenegger blanket was a gift from my sweet friend Kate!

The softie sunflower (below) I made for Ben years ago, the photo is one from our anniversary shoot in April with Monkey Gumboots in Hobart. There are a few toys and details around from 'My Neighbour Totoro', one of our fave family movies. The 'Baby Sleeping' sign was a gift from another gorgeous friend Megan - I can see it being very handy to stick on the bedroom door and teach the kids to obey it!

About a week ago Sienna pulled out some white polar fleece from my stash of fabric under the window seat and declared to me that she wanted to make Cedar a blanket. Why? "Because I haven't made one." Well, naturally ;)

So we worked together on a collaborative blanket - Sienna taking charge of decoration and design, while mummy did the sewing, embroidering, and generally putting it together. All of the drawings - leaf, flower, hearts and suns - are hand-drawn by Sienna. For the leaf and flower I transferred them to the fabric (in the exact locations she specified, of course!) and added fabric. For the suns and the hearts she drew them directly on the fabric and cut them out herself before sticking them on the blanket, I just embroidered them on.

The clouds I cut out for her, she found them a bit tricky, and she stuck them on where she wanted. Whenever I asked 'are you sure?' about where she chose to put things, she was really insistent. "Just where I put them, mummy". Funny girl :) The words she wrote on paper and we cut around it so she could stick it on to the blanket, I traced it with a fabric marker and embroidered them in her colour choices. When I explained that she could add a kiss or hug by using an x and o, she thought that was a fantastic idea. She said it had to be 'ox' - "Because I always say 'cuddle kiss'!".

She is quite pleased with the result (I added a little blanket stitch around the edge as well) and wrapped it up today in vintage sheet music. It was a fun project, and really sweet of her. She is so random in her creativity, it's quite interesting to let her lead the way and see what she comes up with!

Forever Barbie

I took Alannah and Sienna to the Forever Barbie exhibition at Federation Square yesterday... lots of ideas for making them doll clothes, they both loved all the sparkly outfits best ;) I let each of them choose one Barbie to buy, which was quite funny - Alannah chose one she had seen before at Target and wanted, it has a bath tub and two dogs. She was very excited that the Barbie's knees bend, which her other Barbies don't. And it is apparently so wonderful that her pink lipstick matches her pink ruffly shirt!

I liked Sienna's choice - though the outfit is a bit skimpy, LOL. As soon as she saw it she was desperate to get the Supergirl barbie. It's actually a collectable, with a certificate of authenticity inside the box, but nevermind that now ;). She is actually Sienna's first Barbie, all her other dolls are Disney (Giselle and Edward, Jasmine, Mulan and Ariel). So it's been all about superheroes since then.