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Week the Third 

This week was an easy one, it came with a built in theme “Winter Solstice”.

I’m quietly a bit Wiccan and used to love Yule with a passion as I’d always felt like we missed out by having Christmas in summer and just nothing for all the bleak, freezing, always cold or too much heating months of winter.

Then I had kids and realised that if Christmas was in winter nine times out of ten someone would be ill.

Quite glad Christmas is in summer.

Anyway

This is the first time in about four years I’ve remembered the solstice before it occurred, looked up some age appropriate activities and followed through with them in about five years. So there is one big bonus point for Pintrest.

Bub loves birds at the moment. We have had a commercial bird feeder (lump of seed on a wire) hanging from our lone decent tree for about two months. Nary a bird has pecked. (I don’t blame them- it’s hanging from an ocky strap – it’d be a bit like bird bungee with bonus snack). It makes bub sad that birds don’t eat there so I thought we’d try and make something solstice-y & bird friendly.

I’d found this 

– Orange bird feeder ornament the night before and gotten everything together for it- except lard/copha  (Not a big fan).

Bub loooved eating her first orange pulp and I managed to successfully scrape out 80% of orange without shoving the spoon through the skin.

I thought maybe the string bit would be difficult but I shoved it through with a bamboo stick (can’t remember how to spell that word!) Then made the birds a little faux branch to wobble on by sticking 3 more straight through. I used extra string for less wobble. Seems to have worked.

Bub then loooved trying to eat native bird seed with mummy going “gah! No! Eeep!” as we filled the orange. With a teaspoon.

After it was filled and patted we tried to pick it up I realised that we would either have an empty orange and a trail of bird seed or we needed something sticky. Tablespoon of peanut butter. More bird seed. More patting. Then we headed outside. My god we should have worn coats!

Many thanks to M for tree climbing

After coming inside for bubs long overdue nap I remembered we were going to do this ice votive but I’d read about 5 tutorials for them and thought simpler was better at this point so instead we filled a small bowl with water and red food dye (clever mummy) and put a plastic cup weighed down with native bird seed in the middle and bunged it in the freezer. Bub loved holding the dye.

Then off we went for a nap.

We were going to make shortbread. But bub had enjoyed her orange so much I found this recipe for Orange Loaf and by halving the recipe & putting it in patty pans we has some  very yummy solstice cup cakes and a happy baby- loves cooking.

My favourite of all the Pintrest based ideas wasn’t really from a Winter Solstice pin at all – although there many on how to make amazing lanterns.

I’d seen this one on a pin for  Dilewale Crafts a few weeks earlier and loved it. I combined the concept with a template for Mhendi symbols that mean “sun’ that I printed on yellow paper and wrapped around a glass. (see here). (Yes- still in love with India, Yes, bub still loves Bollywood :))

With a tea light candle in the glass we had a beautiful lantern and a beautiful end to a lovely day.

Happy Winter Solstice to all.

And yes. I totally forgot the ice votive holder. Sigh.

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Second Week

Almost perfectly on time 🙂

So.

 I decided (after a week in which I hunted EBay for tshirts to turn into dresses and nighties, got trapped in Spotlight looking for a reasonably priced pillowcase then spent a day cooking mini cheesecakes for Michael’s birthday, (see here), realising they take as long as big ones, freaking out, Making a mug brownie as a cake replacement (actually really good- not a mug cake fan- but this was yum),  then eating really good mini cheesecake the next day. ) That I need some rules around this.

Or I’ll just keep cooking and sewing with occasional garden forays. 

And this isn’t a cooking blog. 

Or a sewing blog. 

This week I’m going to let it slide though because I made bub these : (yup- sweggings)(Or maybe swants )(nup sweggings is better)

And she loves them. And I love them.

I learnt from prior experience and followed the tutorial.

 Then I managed to stitch my hem over where the elastic needed to get through. The empty tube-y bit. About 4 cm before the end of the hem.

By this point I was fed up with my machine and bub was grizzly so I part machine stitched & hand stitched (I’m a hand stitching deamon)  a yoga waistband onto them- idea from here :(baby yoga waistband pjs upcycle- making them next :))

She chooses to wear them as much as a 1 1/2 year old can, they are comfy & it makes me so happy to see her in them.

Most importantly they made it through the washing machine.

Yay!

So if you have a bub and old jumpers go for it (be sensible- no cable knit) but they are really so good for Melbourne-ian Geelong-ian winter.
 (On another note my sewing machine keeps getting really loud and buzzy and thread from bobbin clumps in the stitches- how do I stop it? Any ideas? Sort of grrrrrthunkythunkythunkybzzzzz)

On top of that bub tasted her first baked cheesecake (see above) and loved it, we has left over Philly and I’d promised bub a garden picnic with cake.

I’m a bit careful with bub and sugar but I found these :

(how do you make an image a link? must read how-to bit of site)

Apple: she loves 

Cheesecake: she really really loves

So we cooked these. Bub helped. She woke up this morning asking for “cooking”

They were really easy – used a couple of bowls but very simple, especially as I used tinned Apple  (brilliant for bub & pie & crumble & cheap).



 So happy& warm bub. I did my Pintrest activity. We had yummy muffins (Or parts of) as we crawled around and then stomped around in our new boots. And all was good.
UPDATE : I made this today: 

(See Week 1 “Easy DIY nightgown upcycle”) works so well if you follow the tutorial – now a t shirt that was my cousins then my eldest that bub had loved because of the sewn on colour bits is now hers -so yes- follow the directions 🙂 (Oh – yes- they’re armwarmers – she insisted💜😊)