Category Archives: Gadgetry&Life

How my life, business, and information technology are combining

Sewing&Tutes

So, because it’s been around 10 years since I used one of these things, and I could barely understand my manual, I had to look up an online tute.

This one was great and even came with it’s own, very entertaining blooper reel.

Drums&Bruises

My daughter has been teething. And gassy. And, she has a bit of a nappy rash, which I’m putting coconut oil and paw paw ointment on, and it seems to be doing the trick. (Watch out, Paleo-Mummy here I come.)

All good, she was a bit full on last night as she refused to sleep yesterday…

And then.

And then a drum falls on her tonight. My daughter is 8 months old with superb motor skills. I mean, I trust her not to hurt herself if she’s climbing on something most of the time. She climbs on EVERYTHING. I cannot stop this from occurring, I just can not. If I try and hold her back, she just gets upset. And I figure, well, go girl. Go and get what it is you want, within reason.

But a drum fell on her tonight.

The drums, the bane of my existence. Especially tonight.

The drums were bought for my husbands son upon the arrival of Miss 8-months. As a present. Now, we are NOT a well off family. We’ve made things work and sometimes have fallen a bit behind, but we’re ok. We thrive on our happiness, which comes in abundance. My husband, Toz talked his way into my agreeing to give his son some drums. The drums don’t get played. I try and play them for Miss 8-months sometimes because she seems to love percussion. However, I look at the space and think: CRAFT DESK.

But they are especially the bane of my existence, because now they have given my little girl a bruised little eye. Poor little moppet. She screamed like buggery. But she’s a brave ruggy. Oh so brave. She was fine about 5 minutes post-accident, and I was the one freaking out instead. So I called my Mum, three hours behind.

“Mum”, I said, “Sorry it’s late but…”

I started a similar conversation the same way 17 months ago.

Mum is a nurse. She is a damn fine nurse. She always knows what to say and how to say it, and always tells me good things and never freaks me out even more: just tells me what to look out for, &c. Tonight it was, “If she starts vomiting or is hard to wake up, then take her to the doctor.”

It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as that, but it had swelled up quite a bit in 15 minutes or so, and she did have a nice purpley-reddy pea size bruise just under her bottom eyelid. Oh, I felt like such a terrible mother at that point. But! Kids get hurt. I have to remind myself of that, or I’ll go mad at myself instead.

Time gets away from you when you’re a mother. Just doing this, doing that, cleaning up this, putting that away…feeding, changing. Did I mention cleaning?

So, I was stoked tonight when Toz took bub off my hands for about 15 minutes tonight (before she hurt herself) so that I could play with my machine a bit. I really wish my Year 8 Home Ec. teacher was here to guide me. I do remember how to thread a bobbin. I do! I will get there, because I have creations in my mind that I need to share.

Indeed, just you wait.

Fabrics&Lists

I have looked at SO much stuff today, that I could write an epic blog post and list every piece of fabric, every  epic upholstery job I have seen, and I still couldn’t tell you what I have planned for them in my mind. I have a very CLEAR image in my mind of what I want to create, but I will have to wait to show you pictures when I start making stuff.

I can’t really sew at the moment. Number one, I haven’t got a sewing desk yet, and I’d happily do it on the floor, but I have a small baby. Not a good idea. I’m also going to have to watch out for dropped pins when I do start.

However, I won’t let the fear of that happening stop me, because I’ll just deal with it when the time comes.

Well.

Here is my ‘fabrics’ post: which I will endeavour to include the Top 10 Fabrics that I have seen today. (Enter, list-mania)

I will only do this when I have an opportunity to sit down and look at fabric online, and I won’t do it every day, but I will do it.

Ten fabrics I would like to do things to, in naughty ways.

10.

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Holy pineapples, Batman!

9.

Kimono1

Japanese kimono silk, found at The Design Files Australia. Really glad I found this resource!

8.
Twiggy

This little Twiggy went to market.

I’m not sure if it’s fabric, since the link on Pinterest takes me only to the main site, but you can find it here.

7.

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Mushrooms at The Dainty Squid. Just stupendous.

6.
Japanese

Japanese Vintage Katazome fabric. Mmmm… (I have no idea if it’s upholstering fabric, I just li-li-like it.)

5.

Hippie1

Fabric – Colourful Stardust Pattern.

Imagine this in the kids rooms, giving them all sorts of happy ideas. 🙂

4.
Music1

The things I could do to this piece of cotton linen.

3.
Burlap1

Who knew burlap could be so beautiful?

2.
Tribal1

This is wonderful wonderful fabric. Simple. It is a fabric from the Philippines, finely woven cotton. I would love to do something with a contemporary tribal theme. I am so attracted by reds, blacks and whites. I can’t help it, they look so striking together.

Side note: Reds and blacks, whites are the predominant theme in our house. If you check out my other blog, you will see a spray painting that I have done on canvas, go to: ruth-gallagher@squarespace.com. It is the opening image. It really is amateurish, but you’ll see what I mean. 

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Kimono Fabric 2

Pierre at Vintage Japanese Silk on Etsy has been so wonderful to me in my endeavour to get into this. I have had all sorts of questions about whether his beautiful fabric would be suitable for what I’m doing, and he has guided me well without pushing a sale on me straight away. But I will be back, because who could resist such wonderful customer service, and beautiful fabric. I’m not advertising for the man, I’m simply giving credit where credit is due, and I love the above print, so damn bad!

Anyway, that’s it! That’s my contribution for tonight, because I’ve got to go let Toz have the computer.


Blogging&Motherhood

Alright, so honesty in blogging comes across well, I believe. So I’m not going to make up some story about how I got up this morning and jumped on my new sewing machine and sewed for hours. Because, I did not. With an 8 month old I reckon the chances of Mum getting up and doing whatever the hell she wants to with her day are long gone, and won’t be here for a long time. I’m realistic about that, and that doesn’t bother me (because, quite frankly, it just can’t.)

At present I have just finished steam cleaning my lounge room floor, because Miss 8 months pooed out the side of her nappy, and it was gross. But, at least she’s pooing, because she’s been a bit constipated of late, with the addition of solids into her diet.

I think, really, the reason I’m enjoying this new endeavour of mine is because I get to do stuff for myself, while still look after my daughter, because I just sit on the computer when I can. I set her up with some play things, or she is nursing… She gets lots of sunshine every day because I make a point of taking her out and sticking her in the sun for 3 minutes so she gets her Vitamin D. So important for bone and eye development!

So at present I am listening to Daft Punk’s “Human After All” (top track) while Miss 8 months does her thing with a trolley full of blocks.

Uh oh, she’s just managed to find her way over to the CD cabinet…better go rescue it…)

5 minutes later…

 

Where was I?

OH yes, why I’m posting now.

I have spent the day setting up my blog. I’m lucky in that I know a bit about how websites are run from doing my Certificate IV Business and Public Relations (a Mickey Mouse qualification, really). It fortunately taught me a bit about web design, so I’m kind of rustling through design templates trying to find the RIGHT one for my blog. That’s a bit full on. There’s just stuff everywhere, how do you make a choice?

Secondly, trying to get the lingo right. Widgets, stats, profiles, organisation of material etc. etc. It’s fascinating really, I do enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to it.

Trying to get around wordpress – which is fairly awkward. As someone who really lived on Facebook for a long time, getting the hang of another interface is interesting. I do like the enterprising nature of blogging, in whatever form it comes. As I said earlier, honesty comes across in blogging, and boy, it shows.

I have been on Etsy to a wonderful man who sells fabric and has been telling me about his Kimono silk, and is in fact, talking about sending me some swatches. What a wonderful community Etsy is. I’ve already made my first treasury list, and I’ve been a member for 5 days. I’m blown away, and it has inspired me to bigger and better things, just being there.

Anyway thought I’d just share this.
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Miss 8 months, very occupied.

Anyway, enough about that. I’d like to throw to the audience, any tips for a novice that you can share for me? Cool tips, tricks? Hit me.