Thursday, 20 December 2012

Busy hands

Our kids always hit the ground running when holidays roll around, all eager to 'make stuff' and do things that the demands of the school term haven't allowed for. They have all been enthusiastically creating.
Miss 17 has most helpfully taken on the task of gift wrapping, priding herself on making each a little different.
She has also declared her intention to learn how to crochet and as her first project has chosen to make a double bed blanket - she doesn't do things in halves! It is currently 240 chain long and 1" wide. Photographic evidence of progress to follow at a later date :) 
The boy has been madly folding origami Christmas ornaments from old French texts to sell at a local pop-up market.
He has been selling his kusudama too. He first began making these a couple of years ago, and has refined his skills to a point that I can't match and others are willing to pay for!
This is his (and my) first market experience, and he is quickly learning the intricacies of maintaining adequate stock, filling custom orders and balancing his till at the end of the morning! His customers have been very kind and encouraging. I suspect he is quietly busting to have an 'origami'free' day to indulge in Minecraft!
Our littlest bloss has been keeping our strength up with morning tea chocolate creations.
She has also been beavering away in her room making gifts for family. It is such a pleasure for us all to see her returned to her happy, creative self after such a tough year with sickness.
And me? Well I'm mostly racing about like a lunatic as is apparently normal at this time of year. But just occasionally I find a quiet spot and a few minutes to stitch the bind on my latest little quilt.

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  1. Such a creative bunch of kids you've got! Look forward to seeing what they get up to over the holidays.

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    1. They are a busy lot! They wear me out a bit, but I do love that they all instinctively desire to 'make stuff'. They are never bored!

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  2. That paper (the keep calm one) is fantastic! And I love those paper ornaments, just gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Jess! The 'Keep Calm' paper is from Typo or Cotton On here in NSW. Not sure if you have them down your way. Cute huh ?!

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  3. How Lovely!
    I am afraid Minecraft wins hands down in my house with Mr 14! I do have a Miss 17 who is happy to do her bit. Merry Christmas.

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  4. I'm guessing your dining table looks like ours - like a craft bomb has gone off. Christmas certainly seems to inspire kids to craft, although your children are taking it to a new level (that origami is incredible!) Hope you all enjoy your artistic endeavours!

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  5. Such a busy creative household, aren't holidays the best!

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  6. have a great Christmas to you and the family......

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  7. Merry Christmas Ros - wishing your family a wonderful and healthy 2013.

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  8. It's great to see each of your children and yourself pursuing creative passions with wonderful results. I love the bright colours on your quilt, looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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  9. Sounds like you are having a lot of fun getting ready for Christmas :-)
    Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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  10. Does he ship his Christmas ornaments to Australia? So beautiful!

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  11. I love the paper star ornaments that your lovely boy made for me! They are hanging on the tree and everyone's been commenting on them. The packaging was so sweet too! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas! x

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  12. Papercut is so neat! Congrats to him on his accomplishments!

    Here is a link you might want to read. Your pattern from long ago.... http://www.carryingsunshine.com/2/post/2012/12/kellys-quilt.html

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  13. Nice to hear you are all very busy and such a joy to hear your daughter is still well :)

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  15. My son is a Minecraft addict too (part of the reason this HSC thing is so stressful as we have to drag him away from it).

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