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Melbourne / Sydney: Sunday lunch time
Project5213 Week 12

"Happy Birthday Leo! I joked with him that it was really the Festival of Leo as he had a party for his friends on the Saturday, an extended family party on the Sunday and then an immediate family celebration on the Monday, his actual birthday.

I generally volunteer for dessert duty so had offered to make Leo's birthday cake. We had such a busy weekend planned so I decided to make him a trifle birthday cake. Trifle is pretty easy to whip up and Leo loves it. I knew it would be a winner with him (he's definitely a Daley when it comes to desserts). I personalised it with an L made out of the leftover jam rollette and chocolate finger biscuits. We also decorated it with some sparklers at Happy Birthday time. Leo was a bit disappointed he wasn't able to blow out the sparklers.
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jess - 29th Apr 2013, 20:53 tags: leo birthdays project52 project5213 photography


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Sydney / Ballarat: Sunday morning
Project5213 Week 12

"Here is a happy Evie on Easter sunday with her bunny Flossie.

To get Evie to smile in photos now I say "Smile! Show me your teeth!". In the beginning we would get her to say "cheese!". She would concentrate on the CH sound and end up with a strange expression on her face in photos. Then I started to say "smile!". That only resulted in her repeating "smileeeeeeeeeeee!" and still no smile in photos. Show me your teeth seems to be working at the moment. Although recently Evie has started to point to her teeth when I ask this. I will have to try a different approach soon I think.
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jess - 25th Apr 2013, 20:57 tags: project52 project5213 photography evie


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I couldn't resist making Evie a bunny for Easter. She has lots of soft toys already but this pattern floating around on Pinterest was too cute to resist. I'd also bought a really sweet fabric which reminded me of little Easter eggs. It seemed like the universe was telling me to make bunnies. I made one for Audrey too.

Evie's was made with brown corduroy and Audrey's in white corduroy. I embellished each bunny with a little felt flower. The pattern was really easy to follow and the bunnies came together quite easily. I picked up some new techniques too which might assist me with other doll patterns (Like the Wee Wonderful's pattern I used for Susanna's doll Alice. I've had such trouble with that pattern.)

At first I nicknamed the bunnies Flopsy and Mopsy after the bunnies in Peter Rabbit. We've since renamed Evie's to Flossie and I think Audrey's gets called Bunny.
Flopsy and Mopsy
Flopsy
Mopsy
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jess - 24th Apr 2013, 13:39 tags: craft sewing


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We had such a lovely Easter long weekend.

I had cocktails at Button Bar and dinner at MoVida with the girls on Wednesday night. While we were out we realised that we had accidentally fulfilled an Easter tradition of ours. Way back in the before time we used to go out for cocktails on Maundy Thursday each year to celebrate the beginning of the Easter long weekend. We were a bit chuffed that we were out drinking cocktails once again (pretending like we didn't have kids. Although inevitably the conversation returned to the topic of kids. You can't help but talk about them.)

We loved Button Bar. It wasn't too crowded, granted it was a Wednesday, and it had lots of cosy nooks and crannies to sit in. The cocktail menu was extensive too, more like a book than a pamphlet. I think it might become our regular predrinkies venue when we're out in Surry Hills (every 6 months or so....).

MoVida was tasty. Sue and Sarah liked the Patatas Bravas best. I'd like someone to please explain what faux bacon dust is. MoVida lose points for their sucky, sucky website though. It's really hard to navigate and information is difficult to find. Another example of form over function.
Faux bacon dust
Sarah at Button Bar Sue at Movida

We then spent a few days with Grandma and Grandpa in Goulburn. Evie loves hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa. She goes on lots of walks and does fun things like crunch through Autumn leaves. I get to have a nap so really it's win-win situation (ugh, I feel like I should apologise because I want to have a nap instead of hanging out with my girl. I hang out in parks A LOT. I don't get to nap much anymore. See the attraction?) I also got a chance to pop down to Canberra to see Toulouse-Lautrec at the National Gallery.
Andrew, Evie and Grandma
Grandma and Evie in the garden Evie on the slide

On Easter Sunday we hung out with my family in Pyrmont. I made a Cadbury Creme Egg chocolate pudding for dessert by combining two recipes (here and here). Next time I'd only use mini creme eggs instead of regular ones. The large ones were a bit sickly.
Cadbury creme egg pudding
Kiddos
Audrey and Evie Audrey and Evie


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jess - 22nd Apr 2013, 22:03 tags: evie easter maundy_thursday


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Tash has been busily blogging our Project52 and is completely up to date. Me... not so much; I'm terribly behind. I figured it would be better to just start blogging again and catch up the missed weeks later. I couldn't resist blogging this one. When I put these two photos side by side I had to laugh. Cocktails and embroidery... couldn't be further apart.

Dehli, India / Sydney: Saturday night
Project5213 Week 12

"Last year for Wilson secret santa I asked for a ticket to Urban Stitches. It's a craft conference held at Darling Harbour. I spent the day hand sewing and chatting with other ladies who also love to craft. We were given a few projects to do and were told that we could probably finish all of them by the end of the weekend. I picked the embroidery project as I can usually multitask enough to talk while embroidering. I didn't even get halfway through this project though. Obviously I'm still a newbie.

I love crafting and was hoping to meet some other like minded ladies (or guys... boys craft too... I think) from Sydney. There is quite an active online craft community but not much happening in real life. Unfortunately all of the ladies at my table were from out of Sydney (Dubbo, Newcastle and Nowra). Maybe I'll have to start a Dully CWA chapter to get some irl craft action (although would that have to be the UWA - Urban Women's Association - as Dully is hardly the country).
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jess - 6th Apr 2013, 14:43 tags: project52 project5213 photography


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