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365 Project: 15-21 April

Day 100: Matty and I were gifted early Easter bunnies from his parents at our fortnightly dinner. Yum!

Day 100: Matty and I were gifted early Easter bunnies from his parents at our fortnightly dinner. Yum!

Day 101: Perfect looking lemons which were later turned into lemon curd to top a pavlova.

Day 101: Perfect looking lemons which were later turned into lemon curd to top a pavlova.

Day 102: $3 sparkly glitter nailpolish made me ever so happy.

Day 102: $3 sparkly glitter nailpolish made me ever so happy.

Day 103: Artwork on my fridge from one of the kids at work. Their happy faces make me smile :)

Day 103: Paper doll artwork on my fridge from one of the kids at work. Their happy faces make me smile :)

Day 104: Hanging out on the couch with this dude after a spot of (cheap) shopping.

Day 104: Hanging out on the couch with this dude after a spot of (cheap, read the best kind of) shopping.

Day 105: A very attractive photo of eating chocolate in front of the computer before heading off to a Greek Easter lunch. No neither Matty and I are Greek, but our friend is and I made pavlova with lemon curd which was delicious.

Day 105: A very attractive photo of me eating chocolate in front of the computer before heading off to a Greek Easter lunch. No neither Matty and I are Greek, but our friend is and I made pavlova with lemon curd which was delicious.

Day 106: Every time I catch Billy doing something cute like this I melt a little.

Day 106: Every time I catch Billy doing something cute like this I melt a little.

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365 Project: 8-14 April

Day 92: Pajama pants completed.

Day 93: Pajama pants completed.

Day 94: A little too glitzy for my tastes. Also I drank a large Cha-Time beverage (coconut milk tea with pearls!) as my lunch. Nutritious.

Day 94: A little too glitzy for my tastes. Also I drank a large Cha-Time beverage (coconut milk tea with pearls!) as my lunch. Nutritious.

Day 95: Finishing work at 12:30pm over the school holiday was pretty darn good.

Day 95: Finishing work at 12:30pm over the school holiday was pretty darn good.

Day 96: I gave this 'bucket of bees' artwork to my bestie for her birthday. Also not pictured was visiting my grandparents lovely but very overbearing friends with Mum.

Day 96: I gave this ‘bucket of bees’ artwork to my bestie for her birthday. Also not pictured was visiting my grandparents lovely (but very overbearing) friends with Mum.

Day 97: We went out fir a friends birthday and I touched some guys hair. I really should have taken a photo of his hair. It was epic.

Day 97: Pre going out selfie. We went out fir a friends birthday and I touched some guys hair. I really should have taken a photo of his hair. It was epic.

Day 98: Very cute fleece at the craft shop after some catch ups with a girlfriend.

Day 98: Very cute fleece at the craft shop after some catch ups with a girlfriend.

Day 99: I made myself a fleecy cape!

Day 99: I made myself a fleecy cape and then wore it to lunch with a friend. Excuse the vacuum.

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Look what I made: grey fleecy cape

Let me begin by saying that I have a really big thing for textures. A friend once told me that she was going to follow me around when we were shopping because I touched all the nice things. I can’t help it. I love soft and nice feeling things. Like this fleece.

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I’ve also been wanting to make a super warm poncho-esque top for awhile but the decision was whether to crochet or to sew it. Until now.

I’ve added some photos that I took whilst I made it this morning. Videos of me cursing because I sewed the hood inside out are unfortunately not included.

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So I began by laying out a loose jumper to gauge the size of the entire cape and the neckline.

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Then, scrounged up an old skirt pattern as a template for the gentle curve on each side.

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This is the wonderfully cute pixie hood. I reused the ‘pattern’ if you will from the crocheted pixie hood that I made awhile back.

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This is a wonderfully explanatory image of me using my sewing machine. I believe that I was stitching together the back of the hood.

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This is me pinning a hem for the front section of the hood. This hem turned out wonderfully, whereas the neck hem looked stretched and horrible and led to me cutting the whole thing off and just leaving a raw edge.

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The next step was to (incorrectly) pin the hood to the neckline of the cape and to sew it together.

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Now I am cursing that I used such a close colour matching thread and I can’t see what is stitches and what is fabric as I unpick the ENTIRE BLOODY HOOD.

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And this is the finished product. In the end I left all the edges raw except for the hood and I sewed two little 15cm or so lines at the bottom of the gentle curve to create “arm holes”.

Oh and I’ve just realised how professional the vacuum cleaner looks on the floor in the background of the mirror shots. Oh well, nothing is perfect!

Nicole

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365 Project: 1-7 April

So I don’t appear to be great at this whole keeping-up-with-the-blog thing. It’s mainly 365 project posts with a few bits and pieces throw in there. Sorry about that. But then again I’m not sorry that I’m posting things that I think are more worthwhile and interesting than a bunch of utter crap.

Day 86: Using the extendable lead was definitely a highlight of Lucy's sleepover for her.

Day 86: Using the extendable lead was definitely a highlight of Lucy’s sleepover for her.

Day 87: If you can't tell, this is a dog made from Jenga blocks

Day 87: If you can’t tell, this is a dog made from Jenga blocks.

Day 88: This pink glitter playdough just kept reminding me of organs. Also that's dry pasta stuck in there.

Day 88: This pink glitter playdough just kept reminding me of organs. Also that’s dry pasta stuck in there.

Day 89: Teaching rounds make me want to cry. All my staff can't work and I hate, hate, hate having fill ins.

Day 89: Teaching rounds make me want to cry. All my staff can’t work and I hate, hate, hate having fill ins.

Day 90: Selfies with weird faces on the couch before/after going to a friends birthday celebration.

Day 90: Selfies with weird faces on the couch before/after going to a friends birthday celebration.

Day 91: Finally got my butt into gear and started pinning and cutting the fabric to make pajama pants.

Day 91: Finally got my butt into gear and started pinning and cutting the fabric to make pajama pants.

Day 92: The yummy scones I baked. I also made some homemade pesto and watched a lot of Gilmore Girls.

Day 92: The yummy scones I baked. I also made some homemade pesto and watched a lot of Gilmore Girls.kids

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What makes it work

A few of my friends have recently split from their partners and after hearing about the things that just weren’t right about their relationships I thought about what makes my relationship work.

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Firstly, after coming home and talking about some of the difficulties and oddities of other relationships Matty said something along the lines of ‘we’re so normal. I love you’. I suppose in this context normal means that we don’t have the dreaded drama that some other couples seem to have. We are both pretty respectful of each other. We tend to make decisions together, talk most things over and check with each other before we make plans. We also get that being in a relationship means you don’t have to be attached at the hip and that it’s good to do your own thing sometimes. You can be together without being together. Like right now for example, I’m typing this on the couch and Matty is sitting in front of me playing Need for Speed. Occasionally he makes a comment, or I do, but basically we’re just coexisting in the same space.

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Most recently when one of my friends told me that her and her partner had split I told her the traditional “it’s for the best”, but seriously I meant it. If you’re in a relationship with someone who doesn’t get you, who tries to control you, who you just can’t make it work with, whatever the reason, then you’re better off. In each relationship you’re in you’re going to learn something. Take what you’ve learnt as a positive thing and move on. Your time with them was special but now it’s over. Use what you learnt to built an even better relationship with someone new.

I think that your partner should be your best friend. You’re allowed to fight, but you need to be able to make up too. You need to be able to be 100% you with them, and they need to accept it. No one is perfect, but you both need to love each other for who you are.

Of course I’m just speaking from personal experience. What I’m saying might be a load of bull to someone else.

In a perfect world everyone would be able to pair up with their perfect match, but in the real world sometimes it takes a bit of work. Not everything can be unicorns and puppies and rainbows y’know!

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365 Project 25-31 March

Day 79: Billy likes to show his affection by licking. Today it was my legs that received the attention

Day 79: Billy likes to show his affection by licking. Today it was my bare legs that received the attention.

Day 80: A grade 4 student made a really nice wishlist (she didn't seem to care that it's no where near Christmas). Sometimes  it's just nice to see a finished activity after putting away or recycling so many half finished activities

Day 80: A grade 4 student made a really nice wishlist (she didn’t seem to care that it’s no where near Christmas). Sometimes it’s just nice to see a finished activity after putting away or recycling so many half finished activities.

Day 81: This is the most horrible photo of a pretty amazing piece. I believe it's a sort of greenhouse-esque box to hold plants.

Day 81: This is the most horrible photo of a pretty amazing piece I pulled out of hard rubbish. I believe it’s a sort of greenhouse-esque box to hold plants.

Day 82: My totally boss grandparents wearing Matt and my sunglasses at the rooftop restaurant at the RSL

Day 82: My totally boss grandparents wearing Matt and my sunglasses at the rooftop restaurant at the RSL.

Day 83: I was pretty smitten with these nail colours until the next week when they chipped and looked awful

Day 83: I was pretty smitten with these nail colours until the next week when they chipped and looked awful.

Day 84: Just admiring the clouds while supervising Billy on the back deck

Day 84: Just admiring the clouds while supervising Billy on the back deck.

Day 85: Lucy came for a sleepover for a few days whilst my parents were away.

Day 85: Lucy came for a sleepover for a few days whilst my parents were away.