Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Back to it

Ahhh... back to the school routine.  School holidays are over. 
 
I know that many parents find that a bit sad, but as a small-business-running single parent with a few very pressing deadlines, I must admit to doing a little happy dance (and having a swim) after school drop-off this morning.
 
In preparation for the new school year, one of the holiday projects the girl and I made was a new lunch bag (based on the project in One Yard Wonders... tweaked slightly).
As is our new way of doing things, it was a joint effort (and I was allowed to advise). 
 
The smallest of us did the quilting...

And the largest did the very fiddly bits. 
 
The smallest was so excited as we packed her lunch this morning (I only hope it encourages her to actually eat her lunches, this year...).
 
To get into the study mood, she began a 'research' (or "reserch") book.  I love her synthesis of the books she's reading (and her little back-to-front Fs). 


We also had some lovely mail over the holidays....
These beauties from Lara's new shop....
And almost-edible fabric (and postcard) from Yardage...
 
..and ..ahem...a bit more from Yardage... 

I also finally got around to picking up this book for my little resource library. 

And in between times, I've used evey spare minute (and a few too many graveyard-shifts) working on the new book.
 
I'm looking forward to being able to work in normal daytime hours now, and the girleen is very happy to be back with her friends, and the non-stop stimulation and structure that school provides for her over-active mind.

Back to it, then....

9 comments:

Carmel Morris said...

Well done. I was fully intending to make Liam an insulated lunch bag, but wasn't confident about dimensions, so I bought one. When it falls apart (which it surely will) I will replace it with something hand-made.

Breakfast Jo said...

I bet you can hear the collective sigh of relief go through neighbourhood this morning :-) love the lunch bag! l almost feel guilty looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning lol, after 10am course! I bought that book just before Christmas. Still haven't had a chance to immerse myself in it :-( ........

Helen said...

only 1 more day before school here. even the cat is counting down the hours that charlie will be gone for 6 glorious hours! (how terrible am I!) gotta love what a cheap fabric buy makes. i might have to suss out that pattern myself - it might last longer than 2 hours which is what her new lunchbox lasted before it broke! good luck with your book writing

Baru said...

Moc krásná taška!!! Úžasné knoflíčky a krásné látky!!! Už se těším, co z nich vytvoříš ;o)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

how is it lined... or do you not bother about spills and will machine wash?

I'm glad you will have some quiet time without your assistant to catch up with yourself. if such a thing is possible...

bloglessanna said...

School and kinder for us on Monday. This week has been the turning point from 'I'm not ready for the school routine' to 'only five more sleeps - hooray!' Hope you are ticking a few things off your 'to do' list.

Katy Cameron said...

Phew, enjoy your recovered routine! Great joint effort on the bagm and love the fabric! I need to make my own new insulated lunchbag - I've been threatening this for, oooh, 18 months, but I'm starting a new job in a week and a half, and I'm not sure if the new place has a fridge like the current one, so it seems like a plan to have one just in case, right?

pandchintz said...

Nice buttons and fabric. Clever girleen to make her bag. Good luck with the book!

Fer said...

Oh my those buttons!! Enjoy your time, I think you've earnt it. :-)