Sunday, July 21, 2013

Two Maidens and a Pillow Fight

We love visiting the Abbey Museum Medieval Festival each year.
The girls always dress accordingly, this year with matching gown styles, in their chosen fabrics and trimmings. Braided hair and demure smiles transformed them into Princesses for the day.
Zeb donned his dragon decorated tabbard and his knight's stance.
We watched the jousting, the sword fighting, and the pigs roasting.
We played Medieval games, laughed at the puppet show and ate fudge.
Zeb played with his super-safe-sword-softie.
India bought a bow and arrow and fancied herself an archer.
Elara had a camel ride.
We loved it.

Winter Break Wrap-Up

Practiced: doing our own hair; and spreading our own toast
Read: A Thousand Splendid Suns; and Thor
Sipped: hot Chocolate; and fizzy apple juice
Created: person art; and presents for new cousin-on-the-way
Watched: Epic; and Bones season 6
Listened: Katie Herzig; and The Great Gatsby soundtrack
Played: schools (with the toys); and scuba diving school
Ate: okinomoyaki; and lazy breakfasts
Enjoyed: the petting farm; and craft morning with friends
Built: dinosaur playground;and  Lego cities
Cooked: honeyjoys; and crumbly fudge
Dressed: as superheroes; and Indians
Marveled: spiders building their webs; and rare sunny, blue-skied days
Organised: the boy room; and books by colour
Loved: time with each other; and non-fighting children.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dragon Ball Z Me

If only you had an artistic sister who drew huge portraits of you to hang on the wall!
Actually, this poster size portrayal was the result of an accidental misunderstanding at the printers, but the talented sister part is real! 
Perhaps I have a Pixie-photo-family fear, but I am always reluctant to display family shots. 
 This image feels much safer, especially at this more reasonable size!
This sketch is a small reflection of some of our family interests, one image for each family member. It hangs next to a painting done by Elara at Kindy, and some of my favourite fabric (from the 1001 peeps range), framed.
When this artistic sister of mine was younger (and she is nine years younger than me), we would watch Dragon Ball Z (a Japanese Manga series) together. We would pretend 'power-up' and laugh at the extremely slow process of power transformation in the series. Receiving this hand drawn DBZ style birthday card, while I was in Japan, gave me plenty of birthday happiness!  This one is of my sister and I, surrounded by some of our shared loves (can you guess them?)
If you would like a quote for a portrait commission or to just drop over and give her some love, you can find her blog here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sly and Crafty

A rare spontaneous sewing day.
I decided to slip in something that wasn't a ballet bag, tablecloth, dress-up dress or other item on my to-do list. 
I made masks. Like a fox!
Sneaky, right?
The idea came from these gorgeous creations.
I let the girls choose their own fabrics and they both love them. 
And because I couldn't leave out my superhero boy, I changed the design slightly for his.
It's possible that stealthy sewing is one of my favourite kinds!
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