Tuesday, 1 February 2011

School's in!

Today was the first day of a new school year for my three kids. They are busy children. I love to have them home on holidays - they busily set about amusing themselves by 'making stuff'.

Miss 15 decided she wanted to make herself a pencil case. She found my Amy Butler scraps and went to town:

This little project signifies the emergence of 'a girl who sews' to me. Armed with Oh Fransson's excellent wristlet pattern, she made this entirely by herself.
The 12-year-old boy's obsession with origami continues unabated. These holidays it was all about increasing complexities ... 
... and decrease of scale. The smallest of these is just a half inch tall!
And Little Miss 9 contented herself with prolific drawing in every colour imaginable!
 
For me, there was some time to finally conquer the dreaded 8-way pinwheel seam. This is part of a project to be published later in the year, so 'Mum's the word'!
The first day back for another school year leaves me a little melancholy that my time with my kids is flying by. For one reason or another I have had Colin Buchanan's 'Be Strong and Courageous' in my head.




Be strong and courageous the Lord of the ages
Holds all his little ones safe by his side
Be strong and courageous the Lord of the ages
Holds all his little ones safe

Do not fear the fire / darkness / enemy
Do not fear the water / sadness / poverty
Do not fear the thunder / sickness / eternity
Jesus has conquered them all

This was written as a message for children, but today I feel like it was written for me!

So today the house is quiet and there is time to catch up with all the jobs that have been on standby.

Bloom x

P.S. By the end of the day I was singing U2's 'Helter Skelter' in my head. What does that say?! School's in session!




When you get to the bottom
You go back to the top of the slide
And you stop and you turn
And you go for a ride
Then you get to the bottom
Then you see me again


Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter

32 comments:

  1. You and your kids are so artistic!! Wow!

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  2. What talented young ones you have there! Thank you so much for sharing their artist ventures with us.

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  3. They obviously take after their mum in the artistic department! Sometimes I am really inspired by my kids' drawings, I love it. Hope the extra craft time eased the back to school blues. Time is passing very quickly, they are little for such a short time or at least it seems. Best of luck for the next school year.

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  4. Your kids amaze me..I would not have thought it was your daughter's work with the pencil case..beautiful work! Your son..fantastic origami..I'm in awe of his patience! An artist is surely growing up in your little one...so well drawn and coloured. I am having a simple little apron giveaway if you're interested...yesterday's post.

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  5. this is a fabulous pencil case! the one i made looks a bit simple in comparison, Im going to have to lift my game! Great creations from the tribe, and love the pinwheel project too!

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  6. You do make clever kids!!!

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  7. What artistic and talented children! I can really see Miss 9's drawings as fabric designs. I know a few projects I could use them in.

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  8. What a gorgeous blog you have. I was attracted to it via Flickr and because my sir name is Bloom! I too went back to school as did my youngest son doing year 12. It all goes so fast and the things your children make are precious. I am sure they had a great day back.

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  9. What a talent kids you have!

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  10. What artistic kids you have! The origami reminded me of a boy I taught a couple of years back - he could make really little ones like that too!!

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  11. Looks like you've all been very busy creating.... I especially love Miss 15's new pencil case!

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  12. Wow! Both your kids are so creative, I especially love the pencil case

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  13. Love Miss 15's pencil case. I should have commissioned her to make me one. Could find one big enough for me so I have a boring toiletry bag. Will have to put one on my to-do-list. All their craft is beautiful.

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  14. No need to look elsewhere for inspiration with the work your kids are doing - fabulous all of it and partiularly love the young artist's work! Happy stitching!

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  15. Lovely work by all three of your children.... each an artist in their own right...
    Hugz

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  16. What a "beautiful" holiday you all had. Your projects are amazing!! So glad I dropped in this morning. Very inspiring.

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  17. That drawing with the houses on the hill would make a great quilt!

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  18. LOVE that pencil case! Fantastic!

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  19. Wow, how talented is your daughter?? That pencil case is far better than anything I could make!

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  20. you have some very talented kids!!! wohoo! I think you should turn those drawings by little miss 9 into fabric! They are wonderful!!! My kids weren't into drawing at ALL, so I don't have any of that wonderful artwork like that! :( If I did, I would immortalize it in a quilt!

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  21. You must glow with pride seeing such creative talents flourishing. I think it's truly wonderful, Bloom.

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  22. charlie and lola is one of my favorites that my little girl watches, and that picture is awesome! so talented!

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  23. Amazingly talented family! Must've been in the front of the creative queue when God was pouring it out I reckon!
    And isn't it cool how He can speak to you through a kids' song?! Gotta love a bit of Colin Buchanan to start your day!
    blessings to you and yours,
    Shani

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  24. Thanks for sharing your kids' fabulous creations! I can't wait til mine are able to do something a bit more than stick figures and squiggles. Although they do look fabulous too sometimes!

    I'm totally hanging out for your tips on how to conquer the 8-way pinwheel seam! Please share!!

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  25. I loved reading this post, the talent your family has is wonderful and so creative.

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  26. You have some very talented children there :) I love that you encourage their natural abilities. Too many people try to stifle that in kids. Yours are blessed to have you :)

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  27. what a creative house for the holidays.......we ahve a few more days until we start.........what year are the kids in this year?

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  28. Your children obviously received your creative genes! What amazing creations, all of them! Your blog is lovely.

    I will be keeping Queensland in my thoughts and prayers today for sure.

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  29. What creative kids you have, i oly wish my creations would turn out half as good.

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  30. Oh such a great projects! Love them all you are such a creative bunch! The origami is awesome, the bag is so beautiful and the drawings are so full ofcolor! What a big splash of crearivity!

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  31. Love this pencil case. I went to Oh Fransson's site, and have been unable to locate that tutorial. Do you have any idea where I can purchase this? Thanks!

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