Sunday, August 30, 2009

Here, have some crafty type stuff

Adam made me an arm guard for archery, since he made it I've only hit myself with the string once, no more huge dramatic bruises for me!

Arm guard for archery

I've been doing some more tablet weaving, I'm still experimenting with patterns and I'm kind of wishing that the 5.8m batch was a bit more interesting.

This took 2 weeks of picking it up when I was watching TV in the evenings.

Tablet weaving finished!

Two different patterns, the bottom one I've finished, the top one I've just started.

Two patterns

And I finally got around to making some more jewellery on Friday:

Botswana agate necklace

Botswana agate necklace

Sodalite bracelet

Sodalite bracelet

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kids say the funniest things

Jo Tamar has a post up over at Wallaby which was prompted by one of those emails that gets forwarded around. The email was a series of questions about mothers and the cute/amusing/weird answers from 2nd grade kids. Jo's post focuses on the assumptions behind the questions and the implications of some of the kid's answers and you should pop over there and have a read and join in the discussion.

Some of us have asked our own kids the same series of questions and because I can I'm going to share with you the answers Tom gave me.

Q1. Why did God make mothers?
God didn’t actually make mothers, evolution did.

Q2. How did God make mothers?
Same answer as the one above.

Q3. What ingredients are mothers made of ?
Lovingness, kindness, huggles (mischievous giggles) and laughs.

Q4. Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mum?
Evolution made my mum the way she is!!! (By now we have a hint of exasperation) I bet whoever wrote these questions believes in God.

Q5. What kind of little girl was your Mum?
A nice, intelligent little girl.

Q6. What did Mum need to know about Dad before she married him?
Whether he was going to be a good husband.

Q7. Why did your Mum marry your Dad?
No idea.

Q8. Who’s the boss at your house?
Mummy (Why?) You just are. (I couldn’t get him to elaborate.)

Q9. What’s the difference between Mums & Dads?
Dads are not so good to have kisses and cuddles in bed with ‘cause of their beards.

Q10. What does your Mum do in her spare time?
Twitter, look on people’s blogs.

Q11. What would it take to make your Mum perfect?
Nothing, you’re already perfect.

Q12. If you could change one thing about your Mum, what would it be?
Nothing. (He even came back a few minutes later to say “Seriously, there’s nothing I would change about you, you’re perfect just the way you are.” I told him he was a crawler. And gorgeous. And that I’d keep him.)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

15th Down Under Feminists Carnival

The 15th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up, this month it's hosted by Lauredhel at Hoyden About Town. Go! Click! Read!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Seems I haven't forgotten how

On Sunday we headed out to North Richmond for a Huscarls training and crafting day. Tom was all set to spend the day weaving, so I decided I should break out the tablet weaving loom and get back into doing that for the first time since October last year.

The only question was, would I be able to remember how it worked? Oh, and "where the hell are all the bits of the loom?" (We found everything except the patterns so I made one up.)

Turns out the answer is yes, I do remember, and here's the results - just over 1m of braid representing about 3 hours work. The tension is a bit wonky and I kept losing track of where I was up to so the pattern isn't quite regular in spots, but it'll do.

Bonus cat paws

Now all I need to do is make about 6 times that much again and I should be right to trim a cloak.