a catch up!

Well hello there dear readers!

Its been a little longer between posts then I intended.  I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

Gingerbread house made from scratch

Things have been downright hectic here the last few weeks.  We have covered thousands of KMs driving around the country after a flying trip to the farm in NSW to drop off the old caravan and my fathers old tractor.  Then we came home to quickly unpack and wash only to repack and do the rounds visiting family for a few nights over Christmas.



Th old tractor we carted across the country.

It was wonderful to see the farm again, and it helped to re-assure me that we have in fact made the right decision to move our family half way across the country.  We got the boys into the school we wanted which was wonderful, and I feel really happy about that.  Grant has had some hopeful leads regarding work and although nothing is locked in officially, he has been asked to keep in touch with a large and very professional trucking company in the district.  Once he has a job formally secured it will be a huge relief.    


I hope this works, its a little clip of the farm.  Listen to the sounds!

The house has gone under contract and fallen through a couple of times, but is under again now and it is looking solid.  The buyer is pre-approved and we will be moving in a little over three weeks, so we are in the process of collecting boxes, and finishing clearing out the sheds.  I have packed some things and decluttered pretty intensely so hopefully the packing wont be too hard from here on out. 

The 30ft yurt is on its way from America, and I look forward to getting it all set up.  I can't say I'm looking forward to camping without power, or internet in the old vintage caravan, in a sub-tropical summer whilst managing a new school routine.  Grant will be putting a shelter over the van and I predict I will be spending a lot of time in the comfort of the library over the first couple of weeks until the yurt is set up.  Which will no doubt lead to lots of blogging and reading for me!

Christmas was nice but exhausting.  It was really lovely to spend time with family, but after all the travel we all felt a little zombie-like.  Gifts were a pretty simple affair this year due to a super tight budget, but it was enough and there were happy faces all around.  There were board games, art supplies, books, PJ's lollies and I sewed up these dragons from "How To Train Your Dragon" for both Angus and Henry, which were hits!  We listened to Christmas carols, drove to see the Christmas lights, a Christmas pageant, sewed decorations and baked ginger bread in the lead up to Christmas, which was all good fun.  The magic of Christmas is after all in the spending time together, not expensive gifts.  

The dragons turned out beautifully, though don't use the pattern for the blue dragon I linked in an earlier post unless you are a pretty competent sewer.  The pattern was more of a rough guide and there were many adjustments that needed to be made.  I hand tacked then altered it many, MANY times to get everything to actually fit together.  However it did turn out really well in the end.  The pattern could do with being reduced by about 1/4-1/3 I reckon too.      

 Toothless and Hiccup



 Astrid and Hiccup

 Stormfly and Astrid

 Well, seeing it is school holidays I had best be off and see what those boys of mine are up too!

Much love,
Emma
xx


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  1. I love your Train Your Dragon characters! The movies are favorites of mine and you did a great job. How exciting your life will be in the next few months. I look forward to reading all about it! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Debi!

      It is one of my all time favorite kids movies too, so good!

      xx

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  2. Well done with your dragon and dolls Emma, they are lovely. I am sure that when your boys are grown they will be look back on them fondly. I can still remember the dolls and teddy bear my mother sewed for me when I was little - and the mermaid doll she never got round to finishing!

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    1. oh thats so lovely!

      Yes, I loved the things my Nanna knitted for me too. I still have them all though they are currently stored away in a big plastic tub for safe keeping.

      xx

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  3. So glad you had a lovely Christmas, even if hectic! Sending you my love as you begin your new journey, Emma. Grace.
    Patricia Fl/USA

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    1. It was nice, though I was too tired to take any photos! Which was nice in itself really, to simply be fully present.

      Happy new year to you Patricia.

      xx

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  4. Emma, you are an amazing crafter! Those dragons are delightful and I can just imagine the joy of your boys in receiving them. I made a very simple felt dinosaur for my boy when he was small, a toy he christened Spike-a-Long Neck, I remember how long that took me so can only guess how much time went in to your amazing dragons. I hope the house sale goes through and then you will be able to turn fully towards the future. It seems your new year holds much for you! MegXx

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    1. Thanks Mag!

      Yes, they are certainly well loved which is wonderful.

      The New year will certainly be full of changes that's for sure. Today the men are shifting some things into my FIL shed, so from here on out its all going to become rather real I suspect.

      xx

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  5. The video was great! What a beautiful part of the world.

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    1. It really is Phil, I can't believe we are actually going to call something like that home. Very different from the flat, brown landscape we have always known.

      xx

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  6. Good luck with moving and everything else, Emma. I hope everything goes smoothly.

    The farm looks like a wonderful place. I love the sounds of birds chirping.

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    1. Thanks! We are lucky enough to be able to use family's large sheds for storage, so we will only be taking up the minimum until we get the property sorted with shedding etc.

      Its so very peaceful!

      xx

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  7. Em I love the dragons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can just see the little boys having so much fun with them. Wow in no time at all you and the family will be at your new property. I for one am going to enjoy hearing the tales of how you set the property up along with all the fun that goes with that.
    I hope that 2019 is everything that you and the family hope for. Much love to you all.

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    1. They are seriously cool, I gotta admit!

      The time to move is coming up so very fast, only a few more weeks! I hope 2019 is a good one for you and your family too Jane!

      xx

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  8. Wow Emma, no wonder you are exhausted. It wont be long now until you are living in you new piece of paradise. More busy and exciting times ahead for your family this year, I cant wait to read all about them.

    That gingerbread house is gorgeous and those Dragons, and Astrid and Hiccup are amazing! Your sewing is exquisite and I bet the boys love them :)

    Our Christmas was simple this year although it was hectic leading up to the day. I would love to change the busyness of Christmas but the only option would be to run away on a cruise or something! Just to get right away from it all completely, but then I think of the family gathering, and in the end it is such a lovely day spent with loved ones. We don't buy gifts anymore for the adults, just the grandies. I have also noted to myself not to make so much food next year, there was oodles!

    Happy New Year to your sweet family, may 2019 hold many precious moments for you all.

    Love Tania xxx

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    1. Thankyou! I keep meaning to take a photo of the boys with them but I keep forgetting.

      You are quite right about seeing the joy and the beauty in spending the day with loved ones, even if it can be hard and busy, we are so lucky to have friends and family to gather around us over the season.

      There seems to be many people I know who are simplifying Christmas, which is really good to see, though I guess we are still in the minority at the moment. One day I hope the tides will turn!

      xx

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