Friday, July 10, 2009

Trying to get my act together !!!!

Can you believe I spent 20mins on this blog post this morning for it to all dissappear before me as our computer had a freak out .... I was one nasty lady after that happened let me tell you sooooo here is a cranky version LOL !

I have really been struggling to get my act together over the last few weeks with sick kidlets & Mr Oooo still being in hospital.

It's especially hard when as soon as kidlets see that I am removing my sewing machine cover they become ummm what's the word ... Oh yes err 'helpful'.

And then there is Master G ....

Master G has a problem. A big problem !

He sees most of my fabric & any other fabric for that matter, sheets, blankets, towels as all his ... He carries around a blankie as it is but this isn't enough it seems. It isn't unusual to find him lugging around various soft toys along with his blankie as well as a queen bed sheet, pillow cases, various pieces of fabric & even a quilt cover ...

He has an addiction & I think only Betty Ford may cut it !

So me trying to do any sewing or even these photos for that matter has been, well interesting to say the least.

I apologise as always for the horrible, horrible photos & can say without a doubt that I will not be taking the ones I plan to use to show my wares off ... Wouldn't want to scare the punters off now would we !

Anyways here goes nothing ...

This is a 'Tiny Tin'

These will include :

Hat ( cotton or polar fleece )
Onsie or 2 singlets
Booties ( cotton, polar fleece or knitted )
Pram Blanket * ( Optional Extra )

Price - $50 ( if pram blanket is included it will be $70 )

I've made these with the idea that they are a great small gift to give to someone for their baby shower or a new arrivals gift.

The tins will be decorated & can be customised for an added cost this will mean they can be kept as a keepsake. All items will be in the tin & presented with this being wrapped in the pram blanket if this is then chosen also.

This is a 'Precious Pack' ( Basic )

These will include :

Mini Case or Box
Pram Blanket
2x Wraps
2x Onesies
2x Singlets
2x Socks
Softie ( 'loveknot' ball shown with other options available )

Price - $100

This is only a basic pack shown in neutrals but can be made in particular colours or themes & have various additions made to or in place of others to customise it with prices varying accordingly.

Other items available will be :

Cotton pants
Burp Cloths

I will also be making options like bath/ baby products available as extras such as Gaia, Method Baby & Brauers ( I believe every new mother should have these products on hand !!! ).

Most items will be handmade by me but I will be using store bought onesies, singlets & socks .... Although there may be times where I will be using store bought wraps also as my machine doesn't often like muslin !

I am really hoping that I can find a way to get my hands on a truck load more of the mini cases as these are not only make gorgeous pieces to display in baby's room but also have the option of keeping baby's items in as a memento to hand over as adults ! If I can't get enough of these then I will be going with a box that again can be customised as need be so that again it can be used & kept for later.

As well as the $100 pack I hope to have a less expensive option at $80 & then the possibilities are endless really for those who aren't worried about the price tag !

Sooo as I said these are only the rough plans for now but there will be more to come so watch this space !!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I think she is trying to tell me something .....

This is my cat sitting on my dining table / sewing workspace, whatever you want to call it really & every day for the last week she has been trying to knock bits & bobs off the table ...

I am unsure whether it's a hint to get back to sewing or whether it's a hint to get my stuff the hell off the table ...

Hrrrmm ...

Either way it requires motivation, which seems to be lacking at this point in time ...

But then maybe it's just her evil cat-iness that just wants to see her annoy the hell out of me as I grumble over the things I need to pick up off the floor every time I walk past !

Yanno if I didn't know any better I would think she is one of the most beautiful cats I had ever seen ...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Keepin' It Real !

Well I have decided to bare all & show the state of my kitchen after a days worth of mayhem in my house ...

I am sure to shock & have many ( including my own mother ) tutting away at the mess but yanno when it comes down to it there are more important things in our day then keeping the house pristine & like a show home !

So upon reading this lovely womans blog I felt inspired that if she could admit to it then so could I ... Admittedly I dont have as many kids so little excuse for the mess I have accumulated I figure if this at least makes other mums take a sigh of relief then so be it ...

Being a mum isn't about being perfect nor is it about keeping a perfect home so ....

This is the state of my kitchen at 10pm tonite.

Both boys were in bed by 8pm but it's taken till 10pm for them to be asleep & for me to tackle the mess so here are the before :

Now sadly I don't have a dishwasher *pouts* so I gave myself an hour to see what I could get done & whilst I forgot the photos of the stove filled with recycling that was cleared along with everything else ! I managed to wash & dry up along with getting the slow cooker back on so that I can freeze a meal for through the week ... Quite chuffed !

After :

A great giveaway !!!!!!!

This one is a goodie !!!!!

Do you love Oliver + S as much as me ??????

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

I know, I know !

I have been MIA for awhile yet again ...

I apologise, it's just been the house from hell around here of late. Kids being sick & then ever so kindly passing it on ... Not very pretty especially when playing single parent & having barely enough energy to leave the toilet for fear of not making it back there.

Thank goodness for 4yr olds who have learnt how to open baby gates & child proof locks to enable that he & his 22mth old brother get some form of nutrition !

So I can quite easily say my 'sew-jo' has left the building ... But at least I am on the mend & have finally been able to eat a full meal tonite, first in over a week ( bonus is I have lost 3kgs !!!! ).

I promise that there will be more ramblings over the next few days as my energy returns !

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Master G & the immature gut : Part II

This really has turned into a saga I apologise but I guess putting it down on here I hope that maybe I can help others even if just one other mother going through this stress but also helping people understand a bit more !

So back to it !

We arrived at the Childrens Hospital around 10am & were finally seen around 11am. We went through everything with the lovely doctor but as always we got someone who just sat there perplexed by what we were saying. She got the lucky chance to witness one of his poo's as well as seeing him feed which helped her see that he did need to see the GI. He was also weighed to find that he no longer weighed 9kgs like he did in Jan but 8.7kgs. We were asked to wait back in the waiting room until she worked out with her team leader what our plan of action would be but hopefully she could get an earlier appt for us with the GI.

Approx 5mins later she was back out asking whether we made the appt for Dr Jackson through his private rooms which we had. I knew then she assumed that was through the Outpatients Clinic which had a longer waiting list but no that was his private rooms sadly. She then asked whether our Paed ( no longer our Paed btw ! ) had another number because being Good Friday he wasn't going to be in his rooms & whether he really wanted us to present here at this hospital. We didn't have one of course, thank God & I had to tell a white lie about presenting at this hospital .... I was desperate & by this stage I just didn't care !!!

The Paed had given me a letter on the Wed after me breaking down yet again ( only 2 - 3hrs sleep a nite does that ! ) it stated that G was to be admitted for observation. Now I know he meant our local hospital but that wasn't written on the letter nor did he state that to me .... Simple really.

So off she went again to return to say they had just spoken with Dr Jackson who wanted us admitted immediately. My heart jumped for joy but came crashing down in the next breath because the reality of it hit. I was then advised he would be put straight onto an Nasal Gastric tube with continuous feeds. My heart sank & I felt sick. We were asked to wait till they were ready to do the procedure.

I was shaking when they took us through & when they laid him down to start I could hardly breathe. Then they started & he screamed so loud & in so much pain I wanted them to stop but just started sobbing myself. He wouldn't swallow for them so it was taking longer than expected & he was freaking out. Heck so was I. They ended up having to calm me down afterwards.

He cried for 2hrs non-stop after. I felt like the worst possible mother. What made matters worse was that we had to go back out to the waiting room to wait on his bed. So I paced that room with so many watching us both crying our hearts out. I wanted to rip that darn thing out & run for my life. I wanted to protect him in any way I could. I felt like I was inflicting so much on him & that he would hate me forever. DP tried to take him off me to calm him down so many times but there was no way in hell anyone was taking my baby away from me.

With us both being upset they took us through to another area which had a cot we could have used for him to sleep but he was still too distraught to be away from me so he finally dozed on & off in my arms.

15mins later we were taken to the ward & his bed. The nurses were amazing & just lovely ! They showed us around as we had a parents room, kitchen, toilets & showers as well as a kitchen area for the kids food etc & a play room. G was then put onto the continuous feed with the pump at 45mls an hour. We were started on Neocate LCP as it was though he was reacting to the Elecare & he was ! By the evening he was happier. I got a little sleep, more than I'd had in weeks. I was also shown how to look after the milk pump & how to refill etc. This freaked me out a little I have to say but it became like second nature in the end !

I was really starting to doubt myself by the morning because while G was still unhappy etc he hadn't vomitted since having the tube & hadn't even done a poo for them to see what I was talking about !!! I kept thinking they are going to tell me I've wasted their time then send me packing !!!!

Then the gorgeous wonderful Dr Jackson walked in ( can you tell I love this man ! ) I was in shock as he wasn't oncall that weekend & being a holiday weekend I was told we wouldn't see him till Tuesday but he came in specifically to see us ... Bless

He asked me to be patient because he knew I wanted to run for my life & let him show me that this will work & that no I wasn't imagining it & that he wasn't a happy chappy etc. Basically he had a large blockage in his bowel which was then leading to diarrhea because it would overflow around it etc. He was so sore from the GORD ( Gastro-Oesphageal Reflux Disease ) which is why he hated the tube going down but with meds we would get it under control & stop the acid & pain allowing things to heal. He heard his congestion also which told him that yes he had intolerances & possibly allergies but the main sign was his poo ! Which I have for all that time said was wrong wrong wrong !!!! It was showing that he was reacting etc but still no-one did anything !!!! But he advised we needed the next few days to truly see what was going on.

I didn't say a word he recited off all his symptoms & knew exactly how I felt without me saying a thing. I burst into tears & he told me to never give up & to always trust my instincts because I am always right ... Again can you see why I love this man !!!!

He then said he wouldn't see me again till Tues because he wasn't even meant to be there but would go through it all then & was hoping we would have good result by then. He was to start back on Zantac & Losec ( liquid this time ! ) along with suppositories & Movicol which would help clear his bowel. All being administered twice a day.

G was perking up & all was going well. He would still gag from time to time but still no vomitting but he had started to move his bowels again & his poo was still vile. We then were able to start sending stool samples off & told they would take blood come Tues for testing also. Early that nite his temp lowered to 34 which was a stress because it showed he was dehydrating so an IV was administered but by 7am he was back to 36 which had us all happy !

By Sunday he was a different baby ! He was happy & lively full of colour, playing with us & smiling at all the nurses .... Who of were all there to visit him of course ! I was so freaking happy & totally over the moon ! He was still in some pain & his tummy was still funny but I thought heck we have come so far that's fine by me ! I thought we would be out once Dr Jackson saw us on Tues !

Tues came & we saw Dr Jackson in the afternoon who was happy the blockage was finally moving but he still saw that his gut wasn't reacting like it should. Not much else was gone over as he wanted to make sure Mr Ooo & I were both together so we understood more. We were to trial an oral feed in the evening then again in the morning. That nite he managed a temp of 38 only for a few hours though cheeky bugger !!!! Think he liked keeping them on their feet !

On Wed he was soooo unhappy about feeding again it was quite distressing at times so I refused to push it onto him as I didn't want to cause a bigger aversion. When he did take some he kept it down which had me jumping for joy, so the IV was removed as we decided things were going so well ! We then saw Dr Jackson again that afternoon where he explained more of what was happening & what would happen from here on in. His poo was showing his bowels were still inflamed & reacting ( Allergic Colitis ) & True Lactose Intolerance this explained why he was always sweating & hot along with vomitting like a trooper ! He also had the start of Aspiration Pneumonia. He explained that had he been left any longer things would have become very very serious for him. He also has slow motility & that his colon is extra long which is why his bowel doesn't clear normally this along with his intolerances were causing major havoc. His gut also wasn't emptying like it should & he was aspirating into his lungs so he was started on Erythromycin. This is commonly used as an antibiotic & most will know it as this but it was originally made for this job in allowing the gut to drain. So I had a little freak about the antibiotic issue but being that we are using like 1/8 of what is normally needed to activate it as an antibiotic its all good. His liver function was a little low they think because of all the time that was spent on so many various 'normal' formulas & breastfeeding his system just became totally overloaded. Normally babies quite happily handle breastmilk as its the ovbious food source but for Master G this isn't the case his system simply can't handle it !

We also talked about it being a good chance that Boof has the same issue obviously not as extreme but similar. He asked to see him on Thurs but sadly it never happened cause Boof was at his Gran's but when we visit later he will see him then ! We are just to cut out a lot in his diet to at least give him a break for now.

G also should never have been given the oral vax for Rotavirus as it's something that can be a big cause of problems with kids who have GORD & other bowel &/or gut problems !

Thurs saw him taking his oral feeds much better but only 60mls or so & still made him unhappy. The continuous feeds were taken down to 20mls an hour but when we saw Dr Jackson again he was still concerned about how he was coping so he was given a break overnite with just being on continuous feeds at 45mls an hour again. He also wanted solids started but was happy for them to wait till Fri when seeing the Dietician. We were to start rice cereal again even with what happened as he believed that it was the GORD & bowel issues causing this reaction not the FPIES as standard Farex showed the true reaction. G poo'ed while he was there & was very happy because finally he was doing the right stuff LOL !

Its all about poo now my life !

I missed the dietician coming in on Fri !!! Dr Jackson came in that afternoon & advised we would now go hardcore over the weekend so we could leave Monday or Tuesday ... I was over the moon ! It meant leaving the NG tube in while trialling as well as allowing him one last nite to rest before stopping the continuous feeds through the day & giving 130mls every 3hrs. The idea of doing this was to see as to whether he could tolerate what he needed this way orally or whether we would be going home with the NG & pump ! We had to start solids on Sat as this would help the GORD as well as his weight issues. They figured it was best we trial it while there because if anything went drastically wrong help was at hand ! So I actually went out & bought stuff to do so myself.

Dr Jackson advised he was away at a conference till Tues but would be sending his team member who we also saw daily to check on us Mon with another great GI looking after us over the weekend. He would definitely see us in 4wks though for our review.

Sat saw us start solids & they have been a complete nightmare with him being hysterical over them & he didn't use his mouth properly so we had to see a Speech Therapist in the end which took many months to see him take anything. He didn't even like to touch the food & freaked out but the oral feeds were going great guns & he was taking 130mls each feed with no vomitting. He would still gag etc but all was staying down !!!! The meds were working yippppeeeeee !!!!

Later that nite the bugger pulled his NG tube out !!!! I couldnt believe it !!! I had been so watchful over him because he would get irritated & that was the first thing he would grab for & this moment i turned my back he did it ! We decided not to put it back in because it was to be removed Sun evening if all continued as it was going anyways so unless things went wrong from here on he wouldnt need it.

Sun wasn't really eventful but knowing the light was at the end of the tunnel & we were nearly going home had me happy ( 10 days in hospital was enough for me ! ). The other GI came in & laughed saying that G obviously knew it was time for the NG to go & that it was our sign heh !

I finally got to see the Dietician on Mon !!!! She was lovely & very helpful with a huge list of foods that G can eat as well as recipes ! Obviously we had to be watchful of anything else that would cause an issue but taking things slow would stop any issues before they became a real problem. She also asked for him to be re-weighed so we could see how that was running as she could give me details of what we needed to do otherwise.

Dr Jacksons team member came in & was happy with our progress. We spoke about his reluctance still about taking solids & that we would try our best to get him to eat. He was to be kept at the 130mls 6 times a day every 3hrs because this allows his gut to drain properly & also keeps his bowel moving. I also made it known that he still seemed to become cranky after the rice cereal like it made him crampy so was advised to keep trying for a week to see how it goes otherwise to try some other foods that he would take. I was given all the details for his meds etc then advised when all of that was ready we would be going home .... Yipeeeeee !

G was re-weighed before we left .... To find he had gone from 8.7kgs to 8.3kgs in a week & a half & this was even after being on continuous feeds !!!! So the dietician was contacted again so she got some details organised & came back down to us. We had to give him extra formula to up his calorie intake because this was the only way his system would take on enough for him to gain weight. It was a hard slog for awhile but we got him up to 9kgs where he seemed to stall again for a number of months as we trialled him off the extra calories.

We also think the reason for his stalling was the few dairy & soy trials that were done during this period which left him a complete wreck for weeks after. So we stopped the trials & at 12mths we went to Neocate Advance which has the extra calories being for the older child & this saw him hit 10kgs at 15mths & 11kgs at 18mths .... He is now classified as 'average' LOL !

At later dates we spoke about all signs pointing to somethin like FPIES ( Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome ) this was later ruled out but he does react in a similar way ( read more HERE & if you have the stomach THIS video shows how cruel it really can be ! ).

We are now just off being 22mths & whilst he again has stopped gaining we are happy with where he is at because 11kgs is excellent !

We have trialled dairy & soy again with horrible results as before so I have put my foot down & refused any more being that if all goes well in the coming months he will leave the Neocate behind & exist on Rice Milk ... Not so bad really when dairy isn't as great in terms of dietary needs as it's made out to be ;) It will be a case of seeing how his system copes without the Neocate as a back up. We also find that Gluten can have a similar effect but I wouldn't say it's anything like Celiacs !

THIS BLOG belongs to the mum of the little boy in the above video & so many of her posts have me nodding along especially THIS & THIS because I relate to them so easily ! I often think that our reflux problems are over only to find when I reduce the medication we go backwards so quickly & then the problem of finding doctors who 'get it' is so terrifying as many just don't !

So whilst a lot seem to think that food allergies & intolerances aren't anything major because they see friends who may get a little rash or the likes this isn't the case with many others !

For some it means they stop breathing etc, for others their system shuts down which means these are life threatening issues ... Not something mild & not something to be taken lightly !

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What happens when a toddler is sick & hysterical ...

They fall asleep in front of the telly, after screaming for around 4hrs first though of course ...

Things are just going from bad to worse around here we now have chest infections, tonsilitis & ear infections ....

But a bit of this is getting done inbetween all the groaning & whining ....

Will hopefully get to Part Two of G's story soon !

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Master G & the immature gut ... Part One !

I have been meaning to wrote this up through the week but with sick kidlets getting worse that became a distant memory !

Ok the heading ain't that great but c'mon I was trying to make it sound interesting ...

So here goes, about Master G !

He was born in the wee hours of Thurs 9th August '07 ( 9/8/07 very cool birthdate ! ) after a fairly long yet wonderful labour that I fought hard to acheive after a traumatic experience with Boof. So all was wonderful we were all on a high, nothing could go wrong ... Or so I thought !

We left hospital on Friday after we were both given a clean bill of health ... I assumed that our feeding problems were due to my inexperience ( I 'failed' with Boof due bad advice & being unsure of myself like most first time mothers ! ) & because we were getting to know each other & figure things out. I continued telling myself this for a good week until we realised something wasn't right but the CHN who came to our home visit advised I just needed to feed him more & things would happen, he was dehydrated but not to stress at this point. I had great friends this time round who gave great support & advice about breastfeeding but I still couldn't get him to feed right. I couldn't understand it !

After a few weeks of tears & screaming on both our parts I sought help through my local CHN clinic who found him to be even more so dehydrated this time, advised me to top up with formula due to this & spoke with a LC who came out to see us a few days later. She was lovely & ended up spending 3hrs with me even though it was only meant to be a 1hr slot because I guess she saw how distressed both of us were. She was very concerned with the way he would feed, pulling off, arching, screaming, refusal etc so of course Reflux was looking very likely. She was worried that yet again he was dehydrated & that I would be best using formula top ups until I could see a doctor to get his reflux sorted.

The doctor we saw at first refused to give us any medication saying that I was best to use some reflux strategies ( keeping him upright, change my diet etc ) & that while he was dehydrating & losing weight like he was I needed to use an AR formula then I was to come back at least weekly unless he dehydrated again ... I blindly went along with this, he was a doctor he knew best right !

We ended up having G in being force fed, syringe fed or on an IV a number of times but often I refused to take him in because of the way we were both treated. I was treated like a mother who was either insane or making her baby sick & I was beside myself. After a few weeks of this the doctor finally gave G some Zantac which helped a little for a few weeks but then seemed to stop when again because he was losing more weight & dehydrating the finger was being pointed at me. His 8wk vaccinations rolled up & before I could even ask about whether he should have the new Rotavirus oral vax due to his Reflux issues this doctor shoved it in his mouth & then proceeded to jab him with the needles & somehow managing to bodge them so that G bled for over 2hrs from one wound site & cried non-stop. This doctor then turned to me after all of this & just doing a so called physical on him & asked me whether he was a boy or a girl ... I was horrified !

I walked out of that office quite beside myself !

A few hours later G still hadn't stop crying & screaming, his legs had swelled up, he wouldn't let us touch his legs & he started to make himself pass out. He then stopped moving his bowels for days on end.

Another few weeks passed, G was now vomitting all the time & across rooms with ease. He looked grey & was either screaming or out to it for hours on end. So I proceeded to beg this doctor for a referral to a Paed ... I have no idea why I trusted this doctor to even pass me onto someone who could even be somewhat trustworthy but I was distraught & my baby needed help.

This Paed basically told me it was all my fault & that I was the problem & that my almost 4mth old had behavioural issues ... I refused to seek any help after that.

I somehow managed a few more weeks, tried various other formulas etc until DP dragged me down to the g.p he had started seeing & who we have come to now trust who basically took one look at me then G & referred us on to another Paed for an immediate appointment.

This new Paed seemed ok because he couldn't believe that G was only on the dosage he was on of Zantac so upped it immediately & gave me a plan for what else I could do as it was nearing Christmas & of course he would soon be on holidays. I felt relieved & happy that someone was doing something ! But was worried about the feeding issues but was advised it would settle once we got the Reflux sorted. Ok.

Early January saw a baby that didn't scream as much but was still often dead to the world & that's the best way to put it, he still wasn't gaining any of the weight he lost, was sweating all the time & was spewing bucket loads even hours after feeds. He was still refusing a lot of feeds so I was syringing what I would in even though it mostly came back up ! I kept thinking every time I changed a pooey nappy that something wasn't right but I didn't know what.

We saw the Paed again & this saw him tell me not to worry about his bowels but that we could go onto a prescription formula called Elecare & see how that went.

At first this seemed to work brilliantly & all our troubles looked to be in the past ! G was gaining weight like you wouldn't believe, he was still screaming most nites though & was now pooing at least 5 times a day which was thick dark green sludge. I was told this was normal & that if I felt neccessary I could try Losec for the Reflux pain.

Within hours of him having Losec he screamed & became a writhing mess. Over the next few weeks we had gone backwards & he was losing weight again, dehydrating, sweating & down right miserable. I was told this wasn't possible & that all these symptoms that I kept coming back with can't all be happening & was now going back to where I started & being told that I was either imagining it or that I was making him sick.

He was now also coughing & had a rattling, wet sound in his chest along with pooing up to 15 times a day. This wasn't normal !

I spent the majority of Febuary & early March going backwards & forwards to this Paed begging for help. I had a great friend who came along most of the time now for support who had started trying to get me to think of taking G to a Pediatric Gastroenterologist who was at the time watching me go through something similar to what she too had gone through but couldn't push me but after one appt she was so furious with the way I was treated & the mess that G had become & me along with him that she made an appt for us !

The Paed had rolled his eyes through the entire appt & made me feel like crap yet again. I ended up crying after getting frustrated with him & he then seemed to feel sorry for me *roll eyes* which saw him write out a letter for me to take to the local hospital if things got bad enough over the next few nites but " I probably wouldn't need it because most stressed out mums find that just having this type of letter in their bag makes them get through those hard nite " .... I wanted to kill him.

Problem with seeing the GI was that appt wasn't until September because this GI is so flat chat, I cried my eyes out wondering how I would cope.I wasn't sleeping & I needed help yet no one would listen to me when I said something was wrong with him so I honestly started belieiving it was me. It was all my fault.

By the middle of March I was beside myself & upon advice from a few friends I had made on the net after hunting down those who could understand my stress I decided that a trip to the Childrens Hospital was my last option to get heard, the GI I had the appt with actually worked within the hospital as well as privately so I had a good chance of at least getting an earlier appt which was my aim !

Wow this is becoming a saga so I will continue this next time !

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fisherman Pants !

Well here they are !

As I said in my last post I am quite chuffed with them !

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More giving

These plus a pair of pants that I shall show off in my next post are all part of a swap from a forum I am a member of ....

I went a little overboard but really wanted to spoil this lovely mum cause she just recently lost her dad & she really deserves it !

So I made a polar fleece vest for both her boys ... These aren't as good a quality as I'd hoped really but my poor machine after the last few weeks of going through denim, cord & other fleeces has gotten cranky it seems ! Two cute little fabric baskets which are easy to make & are always handy which I also popped some spare fabric into along with a CD case for her to house the video used at her dad' funeral .... I thought it deserved something a little special.

The pants I made are Fisherman pants with the pattern from HERE I am actually quite chuffed with how they turned out so am hoping to make a few for myself next summer & will also make some as gifts I think !

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wow it's almost been a month !!!!

I was finally able to reply back on ANZAC day & got all excited but alas I couldn't log in the following day & have not tried since because I was so cranky !

I really have so much to catch up on & loads to post about ... As always crappy photos included HAH !

So I finally decided tonite to get over my little hissy fit & post .... So here goes ....

I have had the excuse that the boys ( and even myself ! ) have been rather sick though which I can at least hope to get a note to excuse my absence ... Mr McBoof of course is always up & about within days while poor Master G gets knocked around for weeks ... Master G is yet again sick & looks like I am going to have to get used to it now being the season of sickness !

This photo taken the other day makes me go aaawwwwwww .... Nothing beats cuddles with someone when you are sick !

And in light of Hoppo Bumpo's post about Allergy Awareness week I shall hopefully share a little part of the journey we have had with Master G in his short life so far at some point through this week !

It isn't an allergy issue but what falls under an intolerance but for him is just as life threatening ... I just hope that more people take note of these issues as they are very real for many of us parents.

We aren't being neurotic or depriving our kids of 'having a little fun' we are making sure that they don't become seriously ill or worse. It is a very big reality for some of us & it's not something to be taken lightly, I know it's hard to understand at times when you aren't living it but please take notice & listen to those when they speak of their child's issues. You can never learn enough !

Friday, April 24, 2009

Lest We Forget

"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the evening,
we will remember them."

Thank you to all past, present & fallen diggers.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Houston we are having problems !

Transmission seems to be down.

Due to what always seems to be only MY issues with anything electrical around here I am having major iss-ewes with anything that seems concerned with Blogger ....

So no I am not AWOL because I am being a lazy git, I actually do have good reason at this point in time !

Posting generally isn't working so I am wondering whether this post will be in vain & really only be me talking to myself, which really isn't all that unusual ..... Hrrrrmmm

Anywhos it seems to also be cursing me with being unable to even view ANY darn thing to do with blogging ...


Not so great either when dealing with two sick boys, one of which has this mummy unable to sleep due to him having trouble breathing of a nite & this means mummy is left meandering around in Cyberworld not so great at those points when one tends to Google ones childs symptoms either ....

This mummy truly misses catching up on glimpses into peoples crafting lives *sob*

Hopefully this is only temporary but hey we are talking about someone who managed to totally kill a Photobucket account .....

Friday, April 17, 2009

Beyond Pink and Blue - GIVEAWAY !

How cute are these !!!!!!!

These are Underwater Besties

Micador make these gorgeous little textas that are not only great for drawing but to also make friends with !

'Twist off their heads to draw up a storm. Non-toxic, washable and tough, means they're friendly for the littlest of folks to use.'

Other Besties sets are: Fairy Tale, Puppies, Barnyard, Dino, Jungle. $13.00 per set of six.
They come with collector stickers too.

BPAB are giving them away to a lucky person commenting on their Blog so how could I resist !

See HERE for more details !

Go on, you know you want to !!!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Question ....

I have a question although I doubt I will get many answers as I don't think that many read this blog LOL !

If you were given a small tin filled with a few goodies for a new arrival would you want the tin decorated so that it's suitable for use or would you just class it as packaging & wouldn't really care ?

I know that sounds odd & cryptic & I shall try my best to get some photos up tomorrow nite so you can have a sneak peak of what I am talking about ...

I have had a few ideas of late & am tossing through a few of them & what will work ... We shall get into what goes into the tins when I show off what I am talking about !

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cubby house fun !

I remember as a kid making cubby houses indoors through my school holidays with either our dining room chairs or with our dining table ... Depending on my mood & my allowance of t.v viewing of course !

I also remember the year my dad & I came up with an elaborate model outdoors which involved our outdoor table, umbrella & many, many sheets ... It was wonderful & always brings a smile to my face.

I Remember waking up at un-Godly hours ( damn now I know where it comes from ! ) & running out there every morning through the holidays with pillows to camp out for the day only allowing adults in when bearing gifts of food, new books or toys !

I do believe it even resurrected itself later in the year for another round of holidays !

Our cats would use it as place to, well, just be cats & sleep really but I loved having their company & to be honest I cannot even remember how all my time was spent in that little sheeted hut but I can remember it being something I loved.

My kids it seems don't do elaborate ... Well at least not yet at this point ( I shall endeavour to change this ! ).

My attempts to do various throws over the chairs etc was all a bit too much it seems ... They preferred this & well who am I to say it isn't at least a little fun !

Lunch was promptly eaten sitting down for once & all without screaming at each other !

Please excuse faces ..... We are 4yrs old now & that means one cannot simply obey our mother when asked to smile because we are obviously well on our way to teenage-dom .... Dear God shoot me now !

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Kids & their parties ....

No, no this isn't going to be a rant about terrible teenagers & parties of the notorious 'Corey' type ...

Boof is going to his first birthday party outside of my friends kids ...

A little boy from Kindy has invited him to his party tomorrow.

I am soooo happy because it's for a little boy that I know that he has become close with & the teachers call them ' little old men ' because they have their own ways of doing things & stick together like glue.

It also means that we as parents have the opportunity to meet his family & get to know them which I look forward to because they will be going to the same school next year, so I really hope this starts a strong bond between them.

So I guess this means I shall have to be on my best behaviour tomorrow to impress .... Oh the burden !

Anywhos I decided to take the plunge & make a few items for this little boys gift .... Game I know but hey ya gotta take that leap sometimes ! If they don't like/ appreciate them so be it but hopefully they will at least be useful which I am pretty sure they will be !

One pencil roll .... 20 Bloody pencil slots later .... Won't choose that pack of pencils again !!! How many kids really appreciate that many shades of blue, green & purple anyways ?!?!?!

I used a basic cotton with a dinosaur print, a fat quarter & some denim for a more rustic look on the outside ...

And a library bag that I sorta stuffed up but hey it still works ! Oh & it probably should have a thicker heavier weight cotton for durability but I liked that they matched so I just used the quilters cotton as the block at the bottom which will hopefully keep things in check !

Inside I have a dinosaur colouring pack with a 'Hairy McLairy' CD & read a-long book ... Gotta love Hairy !!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Heading my way ....

Just a quick post I am afraid ... Pretty poor form I know but things have just been so blah !

I wanted to post this so that I can give a huge shout out to a lovely lady who is in the process of doing my new header ...

I have updated the basic form for now so I can at least look at it !!!

So to the lovely Jo ... I really appreciate this *hugs*

*shakes fist at a lazy Mr Ooo*

I do have a funny story that I will have to share another time ...

It involves a 4yr old, hospital, foam & a nose *rolles eyes*

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Giving & recieving ...

So the last few weeks I have just been so overwhelmed with all the appointments for both G & Mr Ooo that I just haven't had the energy to post ...

I have been reading though ...

My nite time cuppa just wouldn't be the same if it wasn't sipped in the glow of the computer screen reading a little into other peoples lives !

I just can't get enough some nites !

Anyways so I have also participated in a few more swaps around the forums & the latest being a 'Jar Swap' ...

A jar ( or as some have taken to tins & boxes ) filled with crafting goodness that can be passed onto another in the hope that its useful even if maybe not something you would normally get yourself !

I ended up going possibly a bit overboard & decorating my tins ( couldn't resist because after all they are then useful to hold things ! ) then stuffing them full of all bits & bobs for two very lovely ladies ( I did also send another to another lovely lady to apologise for the lateness of a project for her but sadly forgot photos of these ! ).

Now remember at the start of this blog I apologised for photos I would submit due to my terrible lack of photography skills & the fact that anything electrical hates me with a passion. Well this is another post where the photos are truly lacking ....

I swear I don't know what I did this time ... It worked earlier in the day & I got photos of the boys but these are truly terrible ! I think Mr Ooo fiddled with something ... Yes that's it, he fiddled with something & it's all his fault !!!!!

This was the one that arrived in the mail for me today ....

When I saw I got the Sock Monkey material I couldn't have cared what else was in there LOL !

I also have to admit to squealing with delight over it with Mr Ooo looking at me with an expression of total confusion ... Apparently it's " just fabric " pfffft they never get it do they !

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The long & the short of it.

I realised with all the wacky weather of late that the boys are rather lacking in the warm clothing dept. so I recomissioned a pair of trackies that belonged to Mr Ooo after he decided to clear out some old clothes ... I've only been trying ( read : begging ) for him to do so for what ummmmm almost 4yrs now !!!! But hey it worked in the boys favour it seems !

I am not sure how Boof's pair are going to fit as he wouldn't let me try them on him ...

They aren't red nor do they have spiders or webs on them ... Nor does Spiderman wear them or anything like it so I am told ( with a foot stomp to boot ! ).

Surely even Spiderman has trackie days ?!?!?!?!

Anywhos I have a feeling they will be too short as I was caught out when cutting them due to the way I cut G's ... Whoops maybe I can convince him they are 3/4 trackies ... That will work right ?!?!?!

Maybe if I can find someone to alter a picture of Spidey wearing trackies .... 3/4 style no less ....

As for the short, well I have had these sets sitting waiting to be sewn for what oh errrrr .... *cough* 3mths *cough*

Just basic elastic waisted 'shorts' in a puppy dog print ( quilting weight ) with a store bought Tee that I have reverse appliqued in the messy fashion style that I lioke !

Again basic elastic waisted 'shorts' in traffic print ( quilters weight again ) to go with a shirt I scored second hand that is a pretty darned good match even if I do say so myself !

Now no, you aren't going mad & seeing things neither am I for typing 'shorts' in the above descriptions as these too come with a story ... Heck what doesn't in my life !

See being that I cut these out 3mths ago in the hope that they would be sewn fairly quickly I actually thought that by now Master G would have grown & because I had plans to put cuffs to fancy them up a bit I figured " nah he has grown surely so better not ! " ....

Why do I not learn to measure ....

Master G hasn't grown, he is still my little short stuff ! So the 'shorts' are rather long & a rather odd sort of length so I am pondering whether to just leave them & let him wear them through next summer because I now do have to face facts he isn't the giant his brother is.

I mean he isn't tiny but due to his rough start to life he is a lot smaller than he should be & a heck of a lot smaller than his BIG brother ... Let's put it this way G at 18mths is still wearing stuff that Boof wore at 10mths !!!!

Slight difference there.

So I am pondering whether to make them shorter or just leave them ....

Wonder if the Spiderman trick will work with the youngest too ....

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Soooo what have I been up to !

Today wasn't very productive as there was lots of running around to appts & all that BUT !

I can show off a few things that have been taken off the WIP pile !

These are a few little hats I have made up for some newbies & I also have 4 ( 2 girlie, 2 boyish ) set aside for comfort packs along with matching taggies & love knot balls.

I also managed to find some cool items to put into my older kid versions as I wanted something rather than clothing or the likes especially when expert crafters are doing those already & will put me to shame ... I came across little packs that have jigsaw puzzles the kids can colour themselves, a puzzle book, stickers etc & also a book that teaches you how to make really cool paper planes ( also includes funky marked paper to help ! ) ... And yes I did buy one for meee -y eerrr boys umm yes for MY boys !

Problem has been that I am stuck as to what type of bag to make for the newbie items being that a newbie doesn't need a bag of any type ...

Bar the one that mummy ends up needing to use that turns from a gorgeous little funky number that can be held in your palm to the gigantic suitcase that houses the kitchen sink plus more !

Dear Lord I just had a lightbulb moment ...

I actually think my brain still works ... Is that possible ?!?!?

Is it possible for my brain to start actually functioning like it used to ?!?!?!?!

I will make up some basic playmats that fold into a little bag to house said items ....

Gosh I am great ...

Heck just ask me ;)

So I will have 4 newbie packs & 4 older kidlet bagged items to send off this weekend !

The following are two bags my mum has asked me to do for her scooter .... They are still unfinished as I need to get some binding to finish the edges & sort out the correct measurements for the strap on the larger one.

Not the funky ' I look like I belong in Italy ' scooter ( as much as she would love one ! ) but the ones that tend to belong to cranky oldies who want to run you down or at least make sure you loose all use of your achilles heel !

My mum is disabled so this is her way of getting out & about, now there are options for the scooter such as bags, baskets etc but the larger shopping bag she had on the back ended up falling off all the time & she only wanted something basic anyways. So the larger one will be at the back of the seat & the smaller one will be at the controls to throw in all her non purse items for easy access.

I totally cheated though .... The majority of both bags are made with placemats !!!!

We found these at Big W for $1 when her local store had some weird sale thing going on in the haberdashery dept. ( got me some fat quarters for $2 each !!! ) & they had these on a shelf so we grabbed a few so I could make these bags & one for her wheelchair also ... I am actually quite happy with how they turned out cause well they were placemats after all LOL !

Now as for the rest of the WIP pile .... Only 599* more items to go ...

* Please note 599 may actually be a slight exaggeration on my part !

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Getting some bags done ....

Soooo after a nappy type bag I made up for a charity auction got lost in the mail I have since offered the lovely lady the option of me making an Amy Butler Diaper Bag ... With a few variations !

Of the fabric I had at the time she chose this :

I adore this print & am hoping to make myself something lovely out of it too !

So teamed with denim we have the makings of a bag & heck look I've even cut it all out as well as managing to get a few seams sewn tonite !!!!!

I really do need to get my butt into gear !!!!!!

I have also decided to make one for myself ... Yes yes Mr Ooo I doooo need another nappy bag damnit *stomps foot*

This is the fabric I found the other week that I have decided on !

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dear Blog ....

Dear Blog,

Yes I have been distant ... I apologise.

I am just feeling so overwhelmed atm that I have felt the need for space.

No it isn't you, it's me ... Really it is.

In the wee small hours I find myself unable to admit the truth ... But I shall do so now as I do believe in truth & honesty especially as being the foundations of a great relationship.

I have not done anything more than sew a few bits & pieces as well as cut up various items that will be sewn in due course.

There I said it ! I know it's no excuse but I have had to deal with sick kidlets & little motivation due to this which has just left me spent, with little more to give to our relationship.

I promise to work harder at our relationship, I promise with all my heart.

I realise this is a two way highway that we are travelling & I need to give you more than you have had of late. It isn't fair you not recieving any attention from me, you deserve better. So I will be better.

Please forgive me.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Just Do It !

Hopefully within the next few days I will be able to send off a few little items for those who truly need it !

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A few items on the go ....

I would love to say I have something witty to say in this post but I'm afraid I don't ....

I am cranky as all hell & ready to attack anyone that so much as dares to look at me sideways with a pair of scissors ... Not the good fabric shears though !

Anywhos onto sewing stuff & all that ...

This is just one of the taggies I've gotten done over the last few days ... I just am a sucker for the bears so decided to show this one off !

These following items are going to be made into two gorgeous baby blankets ....

I am then making pram liners with the dog & cat fabric along with taggies, love knot balls & some softies in all co-ordinating fabrics ... These will then be made up into little packs for sale ....

I just wish I could shake this mood ...

Really I am far more feral than my boys right now ....

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I got me some reading to do ...

These are sitting on my chest of drawers .....

Problem is to find the time to do so without kidlets crawling all over me & to also get myself into that head space to do so ...

Alot of these aren't light reading material .....

Yes yes I know 'The Tales Of Beetle The Bard' isn't exactly one you would call mind altering or life changing LOL ! But being that I actually have now read most of 'My Sister's Keeper' due to being able to read a story here & there from it has meant it's kept it's place in the pile.

I have also read 'White Thorn' & 'Garden Spells'. The latter being the fluff book after such a heavy read ... I adore Bryce I really do but my God how he really writes tales that break your heart ! I love true stories & things that make you think but sometimes my head isn't in a good enough space to cope with it.

I got the majority of these at Christmas & I was stoked to say the least ... I LOVE books ... I just don't get to read as much nowadays. The aim however is to change this ! I will get through this pile by March & will then be able to post the second picture of another pile ... I will do it !!!!

Now as for that sneak peek !

Here are Master G's pants in their glory ...

The pictures suck because he refused to give up 'Baby' & refused to stand still .... Oh the joys of toddlers !

Doesn't this look say it all HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA !

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sooo how's that heat .....

I know ....

What happened to me posting every second day & all that ...

I am going to be making up for it in the next few posts ! Promise !

So yeah the heat, pretty bad huh ! We have been melting as it is sitting around the 40 degree mark on a number of days with a few 42 or so added to the mix but that last few have only seen us hit around 38 or so. Still bad enough when kidlets don't cope very well.

It's meant for mostly indoor activities which I sadly have to say entails, lounge, books, dvd's & a hell of a lot of fluid !

This is the boys for a lot of the day ....

Sitting on the floor rocking out to music videos ... Yes my kids listen to Lily Allen ... Really ... No I'm not concerned about the lyrics ;)

It keeps them both happy as larry even if fighting over the little wooden xylophone as they play along !

I am so grateful we aren't in Melbourne anymore ... Been awhile since we were there mind you ... Well before ferals ! But they certainly are blistering through some really rotten temps at the moment ... See they just have to admit that Sydney is better heheheh ... Had to get it in !

Anywhos this has also meant for incredibly lazy meals & I have to say I am really loving Quesadillas right now ! Yummo ! But we have also tried out a few new things one of which being the following ....

Cauliflower pizza .... Yes you heard me !

Oh c'mon now !!!! I am serious & yes it's possible ... Trust me !!!!!

Grate some cauliflower then for every cup of grated cauliflower add an egg ! Then add as much grated cheese as you want !

For the boys this means none so I just threw in a dash of Nuttelex & tapioca flour to help with binding because I also excluded the egg !

I can see you still looking at this screen like I am insane & cannot fathom the idea but really it's yum !

This is the poisoned pizza before cooking in the oven ... So it's for Mr Ooo & I ... Poison in this house consists of anything dairy or containing dairy or soy ... Oh & then there is the fructose, egg & wheat issue also *sigh*

Just take the fun out of everything it does buuuut moving along !

This one is the boys which sorta looked more like a base I would say ... Due to the flour I would imagine !

Anyways you cook the base in the oven for around 20mins on 220 degrees celsius & then basically start treating it like a pizza base ... Add toppings then throw under the grill for it all to melt into an oozy gooey mess !

This is the end result for the boys ... Yes please note that cheese has been used as a topping on part of this as Mr McBoof can actually tolerate cheese nowadays but only in small doses !

Would you believe that's where the photos end as the batteries died ....

It was all very yummy ... Master G wasn't totally convinced but then he is the fussiest eater of all time due to his issues but suprisingly Mr Ooo & McBoof were quite pleased with it after the initial horror of the idea !

Me, well, I am super pleased ! I hate cauliflower with a passion !!!! It means I can eat it & not need to sit there acting like I am enjoying it ! Oh & its a knife & fork pizza btw !

Here is a sneak peek of the pants I made up for G the other week ... Too cute !