26 February 2016

February

You were emotional, or shall I say, "I was emotional?"

I was able to get some good work out the door... I helped with a logo design for Brandi Lopez Photography.




I was blessed with an awesome baby shower and awesome amounts of goodies in the mail (most of the edible stuff has disappeared).  Thank you, everyone!



Pregnant hormones are exactly what I'm blaming here.  Sheesh.  Anything and everything can bring a tear, or a down-pour.



It hasn't rained all month (I think).  It's the 26th and they tell me that it's not forecast to rain in the near future, either.  Sad face.



I have been busy, getting so tired that I wake up in the morning, have breakfast, do all the things that must be done, then crash on the couch and have a good little zzz.  It turns out that being nearly 8 months pregnant will do that to you.  Who knew?  Just because I have been "this" pregnant before does not mean, in any way, that I remember these simple things.



I have lovely swollen feet, which I am sure didn't happen last pregnancy, until after the pregnancy.  They can be fine, then half an hour later all blown up, again.  Yay.  When I'm sitting at the table, painting, that's when I can feel my feet beginning to blow up.  Gross.

I passed the glucose test!  It wasn't bad, I just felt sleepy and that was it.  Hallelujah.  And, thank you to everyone who sent a little prayer up for me!



Speaking of sugar, we recently had pancakes for dinner, with a mix of whipped cream, jam and maple syrup.  So good.  Why not?



Many of you seem to be loving this (above) piece that I did.  It is a custom order, but I will do my best to get more made and listed in the shop roomtoflourish.etsy.com .



So, summary of the last month... I'm well.  I'm busy.  I'm not busy at all.  I'm tired.  I'm still pregnant (until April).  I'm emo.  Haha.  Hopefully next month isn't too hard with this heavy belly to carry around.  We are getting very excited to meet our new little guy.  We're still working on a name...



Note to self:  get some slip-on shoes, tomorrow.


xx










19 January 2016

Hello 2016



2016, you are going to be a good year.  I can see many ups, many downs and many more ups during the course of this year.


Expected List for 2016:

- a baby boy in early April
- a lot less sleep for a few months
- a c-section
- many baby snuggles and sweet sounds of baby snuffles
- tears
- laughs
- swimming
- diapers (getting my American words... people know what nappies are, but only after you've kept talking for a while and they figure that, with the context, you're talking about diapers)
- learning a foreign language (American, see previous item)
- our boy starting Kindergarten (again, see previous item.  Kindergarten here is the equivalent of Year 1 in New Zealand).


Hopeful List for 2016
These aren't a given, but I'm hopeful for:

- a not-as-hot-as-last-year Summer
- some more new friends, I'm a little greedy
- baby beginning to sleep all through the night at an early age, months old, like our first boy
- faster recovery from c-section than last time (I'm trying to stay hopeful, last time was, in a word, 'awful')
- a super comfy and cute arm-chair in our lounge (to claim for myself)
- crafting/sewing/drawing/painting to not take [too much] of a back seat when baby arrives
- more blogging than once a month.


Thankful List for 2016

- the support of the people around us
- Mission68 and our awesome Pastors/worship team, volunteers and such that make Sunday mornings  a breath of fresh air (and tears, unstoppable, every time, bring the kleenex, every time)
- His provision of everything we have and need
- my incredibly supportive husband and my sweet boy(s)
- friends who call when I suck at calling first
- Netflix.  You don't have the selection I would have loved but you are enough, and that is enough
- Pandora.  Listening to my boy sing along to worship songs.  I have them on in the background often, his singing is the sweetest thing
- prayer
- peace that transcends all understanding, always.


2016, you are going to be interesting.  I don't think I'm ready for you, but with God, all things are possible.


xx



EDIT:  TODAY I'm doing the Glucose Tolerance Test.  It's going to be a little different than last time, but I'm still expecting to spew, so the word for today is: nervous!  Pray for me!






08 December 2015

Christmas is here

Has it really been that long?!

I've been so busy the last couple of months, namely baking a sweet little baby boy.  Making calendars, crocheting so many different things, painting, crafting, making.  I guess, just the usual.  Here are a few photos from my instagram reel that you might like to have a look at.

If you're interested in a little peek into my online 'wares, go check out my Etsy shop Room to Flourish.  The coloring-book I'm in the process of making, is currently on hold until next year.  I've done about 15 drawings that I love, but I feel like I need about 30 drawings before I'll feel like that's just enough.  Would you be interested in digital images, eg pdfs, if I were to list them individually?

In no apparent order:

A pretty painting (listed on Etsy). 

A quilt top, work in progress.  I'm working on buying pretty backing fabric. 

Another work in progress, a crochet blanket.  It's up to 20 squares, each one about 13inches wide. 

Some Christmas Bunting/Garland that I 'whipped up'. 

Some Christmas Tree decorations, listed in my Etsy shop, too. 

 Playing with watercolor paints.  They turned out so pretty, this photo doesn't really do it justice.

Some more things, made with love, listed in my Etsy shop

A little flat-lay (?) of my beside table, getting that calendar to 'work it'. 

Another play with watercolor, but also sharing a special verse to encourage. 

Enjoying the sun, crochet coasters I made, a cute bow, and my favorite pillow case. 

A picture of  my awesome bag (thank you Mum!) and a cute beanie I made.  Sitting in the sun on a cool morning. 

My son and I made the Christmas cards this year.  We both had a lot of fun! 

I prepared a pattern of an Elf beanie I made, and successfully published it.  Crochet pattern available here

I enjoyed an evening of steam blocking my crochet coasters and crocheting some earrings. 

 I began making a doll.  Just because I want to.  She'll get a wardrobe soon!

A close-up of my desk-top calendars

And last, but not least, some pyjamas I whipped up for my little boy (who loves them, phew!).


Have a Merry Christmas!!!!


xx
















19 October 2015

Tonto Creek Hatchery, Arizona

Well, this is more about our little off-road walk than the Hatchery... there were a lot of baby trout in the hatchery, though, they breed them and supply many of the lakes around Phoenix for fishing.  Pretty cool, and all up the road (Tonto Creek Road) towards the hatchery, you can go camping.  It was a very beautiful place to be.

There were a couple of car parks along the side of the road where we parked and decided to go for a wander along one of the marked tracks.


In the photo above, to the left, just out of sight there was a log across the creek for crossing.  To the right there were stepping-rocks which we only noticed on the way back (photo below).  These were much easier to cross.... without worrying that the kiddo was going to fall in.





One of the signs mentioned several types of local wildlife.  One in particular... black bears.  I didn't see any, I have no idea what time of  year they're more or less active, I have no idea how to be properly equipped in case we came across one.  So, in my mind, we were a little silly going for a walk, completely un-armed with pepper spray or anything else to protect ourselves.  Oops.  Next time, though, I'll make sure we're better informed and prepared.  The photo above is of, what looks to me, bear scratches on a tree.  You can tell quite easily that they're old markings and that the tree has had a lot of time to repair itself around the scratches.  These marks were about the height of my shoulders.


I couldn't help but stop every now and then, just to look up and take in the canopy.  It was gorgeous.  The fresh crisp air, the birds chirping, the different colors of the leaves as some of the trees were beginning to change into their 'fall' colors.


Oak leaves.  Now, all around Gilbert, around playgrounds and even in the closest playground to where we live, are oak trees.  They look a LOT different to these trees though.  The ones in Phoenix, where it's so hot and dry, don't grow very tall, the acorns are small and pointy, the leaves are small, about the length of my little finger and look more like a holly leaf.  Basically, the trees in Phoenix and around, have to rely on irrigation.  The sun is hot and heavy a lot of the year, and I get the feeling that oak trees enjoy cooler climates, rain and clouds.

But these oak leaves!  OH!  Big, round, oak leaves that were the size of my hand, reminding me of oak trees in New Zealand.  Each leaf looked so different from the next, I couldn't decide on one to take home, so I decided I could take them all home in a photo.

My 4 year old loves to play with the acorns around our apartment, the small, dingy ones.  He found an acorn in the forest here and called it a 'giant nut'.  I told him is was an acorn, and that's the way they usually look.




There were picnic tables at other rest-stops and even a camping ground that was located closer to the main road.  I am definitely looking forward to going back, either with a tent and ready to camp there, or with some food and supplies for a day trip.



xx









12 September 2015

How to weave in the ends of your crochet project

I made an amateur video for my youtube channel.  It sounds so fancy, "My YouTube Channel."  I recorded it on my phone, the lighting was a little too yellowy (is that a word?), but hey, it's clear and you can view it in HD if you want.

How to weave in the ends of your crochet to make the join almost invisible, as you can see (or not see) in this pic below.



This is my favourite way to finish off my crochet projects, granny squares etc.  It's tidy, it's clean.





Next week I plan on sharing my favourite join-as-you-go technique.  The photo below is an example of this type of join, the cotton I used and how much crochet I managed to get out of one 100gm ball.  All of the joining was crocheted in the final round of the square.



I'm looking forward to improving my video techniques, too.  I'll have to figure out the lighting... I might need to "simply" move my desk to the window.

See you guys next week!!



xx






13 August 2015

Pretty things

I've been carrying these old buttons around with me for a long time now.  Some are sentimental, others are just pretty.



I thought it was time to play with my watercolor paints, too.

I also had to solve a lost-coin problem, so I made a little coin purse for my hand bag.  Pretty coral.


This works like a draw-string, then I wind the pulled strings around the top and secure it to the button.  Simple.  It's strong.  I expect it to last a very long time.

Have a happy day!


xx







10 August 2015

Ponderings



That moment when you decide not to check a pen color in the store, because it might be bad manners, then you get home and try it out... only to find it really is 'terra cotta' like it says on the label (and not the pretty coral color that was printed on the label).  Silly me.


I love peonies.  I bought this fake one... it's beautiful, it's going to stay beautiful, and I'm probably going to buy more.  Here it sits wedged in the edge of our couch... that I also use for a yarn/project shelf.  My husband is not amused.


That nail polish.  But, that knitting.  Just a simple little project, garterstitch.


We went to our first ever Diamond Backs baseball game.  It was awesome.  Our 4yr old lasted the whole 9 innings.  Sadly though, the game was a draw and they went into the 10th inning.  We listened on the radio as we drove away.  D-Backs won!


I feel like it's been too long since I sat down and played with my dip-pens.  Honestly, probably about a week.  That's still too long.

I hope you all have an awesome week!

xx











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