Well, it's Tuesday night and the boys are gaming in the loungeroom. That means that I can sit down and do some more blogging, whilst periodically yelling at the kids to "GO.TO.SLEEP." at the top of my lungs.
So much for separating the little buggers. That lasted about three weeks before I caved into Matthew's very real fears, and Gracie's quiet pining. So now, Matthew's room has the addition of Gracie's bed, and Gracie's empty room now holds her computer and both their drawers, books and toys. Sigh.
But the very late nights have had a bad effect on both of them, as they will do absolutely anything now to stay awake past 8.00pm.
I do not resent the intrusion into 'my time' quite so much. But I am concerned that it is going to have a really bad effect on their school work. So, I am going to become a lot more strict about not being so approachable when they sail forth out of the bedroom for the tenth time..... I hate doing this, it goes against my grain so badly.
Recently inspired by the beautiful Darlene I have been taking classes and doing more beading. This has been really theraputic when I have just not been up to doing anything strenuous like dyeing or sewing.
A few weeks ago, Moni went to Sydney with the express goal of meeting the fabulous Mika, and asked me to make some really colourful 'stuff' for her to wear. OK. (Mika is very artistic and many in his family are beaders apparently). She did get to meet him, but not because of my necklace. She is an amazingly single minded woman, is our Moni.
So I made this:
Sorry, it's on its side, I am too tired to 'turn it around'. This was extremely good practice for looping the old headpins I can tell you! I was thinking garish and glass, so most of these beads came from the Dread Spotlight.
For the next trick, I took a class in threading 50+ bloody 4,mm Swarovski's and Delicas into a ring. I love this, but in order to not loose the 'knack' of the pattern (which took nearly 30 minutes to sink in), I made about four in the following nights. I'm due to do some more, very soon... as soon as the Ott light I ordered comes through. My eyes are old and gnarled...my knees are blind.... Apologies to Python.
I also saw the other green and pink ones in a beading magazine and made them on a whim. The other two rings are more of a 'what was I thinking!', but again, unless I make at least one thing from a bead magazine, I will not buy it. End of story. So I am making a few projects that aren't quite me, but at least allow me to get the magazine with a clear conscience... well, sorta:
Then there's the watch!
I wanted something in your face to wear. Having lost my absolute beloved watch which saw me get married and have two children and went to the USA, I now don't have any qualms about betraying The Watch. So, I did another class which primarily taught wire wrapping headpins and eyepins Wee:
Sorry, my photography's not that flash... flash..get it?!? Oh how I wish I could go back in time and eradicate the DoodleBops.
Lastly, today I got me new super accurate scales for weighing dyes. I am sick to death of my current electronic ones, especially when I am tipping dye in, ever so carefully and the next second the weight jumps up by five grams. Methinks not too accurate!! These suckers even weighed a piece of plastic for goodness sake! It also came with a 100gm calibration weight, so when it's outta wack, I can rewack it, as it were. Cute huh. Someone the other day was wondering why these would be so popular on eBay, she didn't think weighing dye powder would be so common. Er, expensive powders do get weighed on these poket scales, but they're sure as hell not procion dyes!
Bah Wizzers! I now know that my watch is 12.13 gms. Cool.
Along with my order of Steam A Seam 2 I got the latest Julie McCullough pattern:
I am going to make a few of her dolls in hand-dyed fabric to hang at the Fair. Hee. I must be tired, I just typed 'Fart' instead of 'Fair'. Mebbe there's something in that!? I am thinking of a violet, orange and emerald green colour scheme for these little ones, with Angelina wings.
Serendipitously, the Darlinge brought these home tonight, as he thought they might be useful for dyeing or craft. Hah! These will be perfect for measuring out the really weeny amounts of dye! Chav party shot 'glasses' do have some uses other than getting Chavs shot at parties.....
Wot a thoughtful, clever Darlinge he is an' all.
That's enough blather for tonight. Time to go raid the pharmaceuticals in order to stop my back, neck and chest from complaining.
Darlinge won two different games against Eric tonight! Yee-Haa! Noises stopped coming out of the kids room at app 8.38, double yah hoo yippidy!