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this moment – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by Soulemama.

I thought I would share how to make this because it is so easy, it smells awesome and is safe for little helping hands.

All you need is some beeswax and oil (olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, walnut oil, etc will all do wonderfully).

I use a blend of olive and coconut oil. The coconut oil gives it a nice mild smell, I personally would find it too strong if I used just the coconut oil but that’s just me.

Basically you use 1 part beeswax to 3 parts oil. This gives a nice creamy paste. If you wanted a more solid polish you would add more beeswax.

First you measure the size of the container you will keep it in. I’m using this tin that used to hold tea leaves.

I filled it with water and then measured the contents in a jug. Mine was 1 cup.

Then measure out the oil (I used 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup coconut oil) and pour this into a bowl.

Then grate the beeswax and add this to the oil (I used 1/4  cup beeswax). Grating the beeswax will help it to melt much faster.

I will just add here that when choosing items to use with the wax, keep in mind that you must be prepared to sacrifice them  to the wax gods because they will never be the same again. I have a bowl, grater and knife that I have kept to use solely for the purpose of melting wax so I don’t have to keep destroying perfectly good cutlery and bowls. What I would really love is a mini crock pot for melting wax, but it is yet to materialise in my thrifting adventures…

Anyway, put the bowl in the microwave and melt the wax, I usually heat for 30 seconds at a time stirring in between to check if ready.

When beeswax is fully melted into the oil, carefully give it a stir and then pour into the container. Remember you are handling hot oil, so be very careful and make sure there are no little hands around to touch.

As the mixture cools, you will need to stir it a few times to make sure you end up with a smooth and creamy paste with no oily or waxy spots in the polish.

This is what it looks like when cooled.

Great for use on wooden toys and furniture. I plan on sanding all the varnish off the wooden plates and bowls we have been collecting from the thrift stores for our little play kitchen and waxing them so they match in colour,  because I really need another project.

Well somehow over a week slipped by and I didn’t even realise it!

I have been way too busy living life instead of blogging, and working really hard on a little project which I will hopefully be ready to share next week.

Anyway, I had said I would try and catch up photographing the things I’ve been making.

This is a little cardigan I made for Alice, in perfect timing because the temperature has certainly been dropping on these lovely Autumn afternoons. And by dropping I mean it’s been getting down below 17 degrees, which for us Queenslanders means it’s positively Arctic🙂

And this is Alice pulling her best ‘I’m cold’ face.

The pattern is the ‘in threes‘ cardigan which I found on ravelry. I used a wool & silk blend yarn which my mum found on clearance at the craft store for only $3 a ball. Gotta love a cardigan for under $10! The buttons I bought ages ago from the wool shack, who have a beautiful selection of buttons. They are coconut buttons with detailed carved designs which I unfortunately didn’t capture very well in my photos. I love the tweedy look of this yarn. Perfect for hiding all the food and stuff that always ends up making it’s home on a baby’s clothing.

So baby’s warm, I’m happy.

In other news, today we went to the Capalaba regional park for the first time. I don’t know why we have never been there before when we live so close, I guess we just didn’t know how awesome it is!

Feeding the ducks, always a hit.

Giant metal drums that make a big loud bang.

Alice loved hitting this enormous xylophone.

Then we watched from the sidelines. Estelle was busy running around in crazy circles.

Way too much excitement… the slide? The swing? The rope ladder? All of them at once?

So much fun! And a great way to end the weekend, hanging out together at the park.

We will definately be back.

this moment

this moment – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by Soulemama.

Two moments I will share with you:

A while ago, maybe a couple of months, it was after lunch and I was in a bad mood. It had been a long week in the house, lots of rain which meant not much outside play time and I was feeling cramped and suffocated within these walls. It was no one’s fault, Alice was sleeping, Estelle busy playing in her room. I was hanging clothes inside the house on the airer hoping to finally get some wet laundry dried. For the last 20 mins, Estelle had been running back and forth between the kitchen and her bedroom, I could hear her digging through the jumble in the tupperware drawer but didn’t pay any attention to it. My nerves were on edge, I felt snappy and dark and impatient. I decided I’d had enough, get me out this house and to the shops! Anywhere!

Alice woke up and I quickly got her changed, grabbed a nappy bag and called out, “come on Estelle, let’s get in the car”. I waited. And waited. A hot angry monster started stirring inside my belly. “Come on! I’m waiting!”. She called out to me, “I’m nearly ready mum”. I stood there for another minute letting the flames of anger spark up, take light and engulf me. I don’t know why I was so cranky, I just was. It felt good to be cranky, so I was.

Estelle emerges from her bedroom, a beautiful smile from ear to ear, slowly and ever so carefully balancing in her arms our Tupperware ice block set. She had gone through the drawer and found the tray, every container, stick and lid and put them all together. She says, “Mummy I make us dessert”. She made her way to the fridge, opened the door and put it on the shelf.

My heart melted. I thought, who do I think I am? What was so important that I couldn’t check to see what she was doing first? Why am I behaving so horribly?

If someone was yelling at me down the hallway the way I had, I certainly wouldn’t come out with a smile on my face!

……………………………………….

We were leaving soon for playgroup, Estelle was dressed and ready, I was busy dressing the baby and packing up all our stuff to take.

I gave her the countdown, ” 5 minutes until we leave, darling”.

I raced around tidying the house, packing the morning tea, and all those other things that must be done.

“Let’s brush your teeth now please”, waiting….no answer. I could hear her chattering away in her room.

I went in to her room, “Come now please!”

She burst into tears, “I don’t want to go, leave me home!”

I sat down and softened myself. I tried to understand what she would be feeling.

Here she is, sitting in her room with all her dolls lined up in a row and the basket of dolls clothes emptied. She is carefully sorting through it, matching the outfits and dressing her babies.

I asked her which doll she would like to bring with us and what she would like them to wear. She chose her girl Jessie and the ballerina dress. We had a hug and talked about the fun things we would do at playgroup and what friends she was looking forward to seeing. She got up with Jessie in her arms and went into the bathroom. I followed her, feeling grateful that I was able to meet her need in that moment. I got it right for once!

Sometimes I find the huge emotions of a three year old exhausting. It’s hard to keep up. I read this blog the other night and it reminded me of something, that tantrums and outbursts are outward expressions of inner confusion. I knew this, but needed reminding.

What is 5 minutes to a three year old? Why would I tell Estelle we’re leaving in 5 minutes and expect her to come when I tell her to? She has no comprehension of time like this.

What could be so important that I can’t go in and see what she’s doing first? She is completely absorbed in her world of play, every game is so real. How can I pull her from this world without first meeting her there?

I am so grateful for, and always amazed at the unlimited forgiveness from a child. And also hopeful that I can be open and willing to change my attitude when I need to.

No persons work is more important than anothers. Whether it be making imaginary iceblocks or performing brain surgery.

Both just as real and just as meaningful to the people involved.

After the last pair of legwarmers I made for Alice turned out far too big, I cast another pair of tiny baby sized ones. I actually made them a few weeks ago but I have been really slack at taking pics of the things I’ve been making so I’m catching up now! She has been wearing them heaps, they’re perfect for keeping chubby little legs warm whilst crawling on the cold wood floor in the morning. Good for just hanging out in too.

It would seem that Alice shares the same passion for guinea pigs as Estelle. Lucky little pigs.

Some more afternoon fun…

I guess life is pretty good when you have warm knees.  Whats even better is using up all those little wooly leftovers from other projects.

Everybody’s happy!

Recently I participated in the Southern seasonal exchange. Last time it was on I thought I’d love to do it, but never did.

This time I didn’t want to miss out!

If you haven’t heard of it, basically you get paired up with a partner from somewhere in the world and send each other some  handmade goodies with the seasonal theme (obviously this one was Autumn).

So exciting waiting for a special parcel to arrive!

My partner Kylie sent me the most beautiful things, we love them all! Estelle was so excited she decided it was her turn to arrange the nature table with our new items.

Included was the beautiful autumn angel, an earth gnome inside a felted egg, a felted playscape and a lovely postcard.

I think she did a pretty good job of arranging things! I hung the angel while she ran and got the duck for the pond. The white easter hare is in the meadow. I’m not sure what the green and blue blocks are for, maybe food for the hare? Her favourite was this teeny tiny earth gnome. Anything miniature will win her heart everytime!

So cute!

(I don’t know why there is a big line through that photo but I can’t seem to fix it…)

I sent to Kylie a standing doll, a little felt easter rabbit and a ceramic pot and some seeds to make an easter garden.

This was the only picture I got, because I of course forgot until I was ready to back out of the driveway to post it that I needed to take a picture. I ran back inside and snapped this one.

Luckily Kylie was lovely and sent me this one of her in her new home. Thanks Kylie!

You can read about the season exchanges here, maybe you would like to join for the next one?!