Monday, July 29, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

After 2 weeks holiday, you were more than happy to be going back to school today (even if it was freezing when we left the house this morning).

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Quilt Reveal

It was my sister's 21st birthday last week and I wanted to make her something special.

She is now the proud owner of my very first quilt. My only other attempt at quilting was when I made Riley's rag quilt (I also recall saying to myself never again).

I poured everything into this quilt - blood, sweat and tears (lots of them). There were many times that I wanted to shove it into the back of a cupboard and never look at it again.

Now that its finished, I'm glad that I persevered with it. It turned out better than I expected and I'm sure it'll be loved wonky stitches and all.

I machine sewed the binding using a different method which I found easier for catching the binding on the back. Instead of stitching in the ditch, you stitch on top of the binding like top stitching.

Riley has now requested that I make him one the same size but I think I'll wait a while before attempting another one.

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Monday, July 22, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

You don't often fall asleep in the back of the car, usually because I don't let you, but this time you took me by surprise and fell asleep almost straight away.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: Hannah's Night by Komako Sakai

One day when Hannah woke up she was surprised to find that it was still dark ...

Hannah's Night is a sweet story about what a little girl gets up to while everyone else is still asleep.

The language is simple and easy to understand while telling a story full of wonder and innocence.

The beautifully textured images really capture the peaceful night as Hannah explores the night-time world.

Riley and I both really enjoyed this book. It's a lovely story to read just before bed and perfect for the beginner reader too.

Note: I was not paid to write this review.
I just love books/reading and want to share my passion with you.

Monday, July 15, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

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Sunday, July 7, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

I love watching you play - using your imagination and making up your own games.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Boy's Trousers with Cuff

I made these trousers during the last Kids Clothes Week. They were a little bit on the short side but I couldn't be bothered letting down the hem (I hate unpicking). Instead I decided to add some extra length by adding a cuff.

It was really quick and easy to do plus its a great way to get some extra wear out of Riley's trousers. I used fabric from my stash and I think they turned out well, though next time I'd like to try a slightly wider cuff.

Riley loves them and wants to wear them to the school disco tomorrow night.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

I am a huge Anne Bishop fan, so I was super excited to finally read her latest novel, Written in Red.

I was not disappointed, for me it was one of those books that I found extremely difficult to put down. The story is unique, the characters are engaging and while it wasn't overally action packed until near the end, there was enough going on to keep me intrigued.

The story follows Meg, the run away blood prophet, as she adjusts to life inside the courtyard and dealing with the terra indigene (shifters, vampires, elementals) that live there.

Because of her forced captivity she doesn't have any experience of the outside world, everything that she knows comes from training images and videos. She starts off as a pretty weak character but continues to grow throughout the story as she makes friends, gains independence and grows in confidence. Meg is like a breath of fresh air in the courtyard and is the catalyst for change in the terra indigene who gather around her and count her as one of their own.

There are quite a few different characters, human and Other, all beautifully written and with their own parts to play.

I must admit that the book wasn't as dark as I thought it was going to be considering the nature of the world and most of the characters. There were also parts that I found quite humorous (in particular some of Meg's dealings with the terra indigene) which served to make some of the non-human characters more likeable.

I can't wait for the second installment, Murder of Crows, which is to be released in March next year.

Rating: 5/5
Note: I was not paid to write this review. 
I just love books/reading and want to share my passion with you. 

Monday, July 1, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

You look forward to Mondays because it means that you get new homework. You especially enjoy getting new spelling words each week.

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