Friday, 12 September 2014


A few weeks ago, I said I was excited to cut into some black linen to make a waistcoat for Roman.

Well, as is always the way with sewing for me at the moment, it became a process. Tracing and cutting the pattern pieces, then cutting the fabric on another day. Then waiting for Kaleb to have some time off work last week, so I would have the oppurtunity to see it together mostly uninterrupted. 

I made a few mistakes along the way, and I surely won't be taking close up photos of things like shoulder seams, which are quite haphazard. 

But overall, I really love how it turned out and I'm glad I went for a size 7. It looks like it will have enough room for growth and will last him some time.

I used silver snaps instead of buttons, but I've promised myself that I'll practise buttonholes soon.

Roman really likes it and wore it many days straight until I really had to insist that it went into the wash!

The pattern is Burda 9990, in case you're wondering.


I ordered some time ago and only just received a Citronille pattern, Balthazar.

A gorgeous tunic top for boys or girls. I'm hoping I'll be able to make the boys one each in a light cotton for Summer.

x Shara

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Early Spring has brought some warmer days with it, and we've been enjoying them by spending our afternoons in the garden.

Leo tends the Basil seedlings and marigold garden, while I do some weeding. Then we check the Mulberry tree for ripening progress. And while they are a little way off, Leo insisted on eating one anyway.

There were no Magnolia blooms today, but a few buds.

Then we ventured across the road to see if we could spot any Water Hens on the pond. There were 2, and Leo declared that they were, in fact, "SeaGirls" not Water Hens! 

On the way back home, the setting sun was shining in our driveway in just the way that makes me sigh with gratitude for the beauty of the natural world.


On the subject of adorable mispronunciation: 

Leo calls Pimples - Nipples
Roman calls Bok Choy - Bonk Choy

I don't have the heart to correct them, it always brings a smile to my face.

x Shara

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Yarn Along

A few random yarny bits & other things:

• a Kotori Jacket - design by Shara Lambeth (not me! But another wonderful Shara, who designs awesome knit and crochet pieces! Find her on Ravelry)

• a Mio Hat - another of Shara's designs.

• Marigold garden - planted and tended to completely by Roman and Leo. This was a few weeks back and they are really flourishing now.

• Spring Painting by Roman

• our Spring table in the lounge room.

• two Pixie hats I completed recently to sell, both went to new homes within moments of being on Facebook! 


Roman and I finished the BFG by Roald Dahl (finally!) and have started on Willy Wonka & The Chocolate factory. Did you know that it is Roald Dahls birthday on September 13? We're going to watch Willy Wonka and make a Chocolate Cake to celebrate! 

I've started reading The Far Traveller by Nancy Marie Brown, but I haven't got very far yet. I've been watching Lark Rise to Candleford in the evenings while knitting, then going straight to bed.

x Shara

Joing in the Yarn Along

Friday, 5 September 2014

Last weekend, we spent an amazing day at our new friends property. They live about 10 minutes from us, down in the Obi Obi Valley. It seemed like paradise to me and reminded me a lot of my own childhood.

They're a homeschooling family as well and have 3 boys and a lovely little girl the same age as Caspian. I've never seen 1yr olds interact like these two. Sharing an apple back and forth, cuddling and sometimes leaning in for kisses! It really cracks us parents up!


Since we were there to celebrate with their oldest son on his birthday, I thought I'd share the gift I made for him. 

I was certainly a bit worried about wether an 8yr old boy would dig a crochet beanie, even if it was a Minecraft Creeper! It was all unfounded though and I'm pleased to report it was his *favourite* gift of the day! Roman was happy to model the hat for me - he is beginning to take an interest in Minecraft as well.

x Shara

Saturday, 30 August 2014

~ Pink Ash

~ Grevillea Flowers

~ Brisbane Wattle

We spent a wonderful morning at the Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens last week. It had been my Mums birthday the week previous, but busy times kept us from seeing her then.  

We shared a delicious morning tea at one of the many gazebos around the gardens and wandered around for about 2 hours. 

The boys spotted lots of birds and at one point we could hear a frog croaking. They sat so still for a good while, attempting to determine where the frog might be hiding.  

We missed a couple of sections as Caspian was ready for a nap, so we're looking forward to going back soon.

x Shara

Thursday, 28 August 2014


Delicious Dahl

2 tablespoons, coconut oil
2 small onions
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon, salt
1/2 teaspoon, black pepper
2 teaspoons, curry powder
1 teaspoon, turmeric 
1/2 teaspoon, chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon, chilli flakes
400ml coconut milk
3 cups, water
2 cups, red lentils

Cook onion & garlic in oil, stirring frequently, for around 5 minutes.

Add spices, coconut milk, water & lentils.

Bring to boil, stirring.

Reduce heat & simmer for around 15/30 minutes. It may cook quick so stick around and stir every so often to ensure it doesn't burn.

Can be served a number of ways. Some fresh parsley or coriander is a nice addition. I like chopped spinach too!

Knitting: a rainbow pixie hat!

x Shara

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Yarn Along...

For some time now, I've been dreaming about a really simple half granny crochet scarf. I knew I wanted it to be green or brown, and so I began to search for just the right colour. 

I found this brilliant earthy green at Quince & Co and fell in love. It helped that it's called "PARSLEY"....

It took me one movie and a bit of an evening to do the whole thing, including two icords, which I attached to the top corners for ease of securing.

I've already worn it on many occasions, and always get a compliment, particularly on the colour!

2 nights ago, I started reading:

So far, so good. I'm quite obsessed with Viking women, so I'm hoping this will prove to be a good read....

x Shara

Joining in with Ginny!