Friday, 20 October 2017

Activities for kids update and some general shit

Hiiiii whoever you are, welcome to some more of my word vomit and spattering of photos I added a watermark to using Picmonkey because the bastard autorenewed this morning and now I have to fucking use it. So at the beginning of the week I made a post about making some interesting educational activities for the kids and trying a new one out each day... yeah that didn't happen. I made one! Why? Because I had zero time available to make anything and frankly the kids have been sleeping absolutely terribly this week, and their general energy has just been way too high to get them to sit down and do anything like I'd planned. Even as I type this right now I hear one child whom refuses to nap even though he can barely keep his eyes open. Fun times! B did like playing with the one thing I made though, so that's a win, right?
In other news to make this seem like i'm updating you on my glamorous interesting *cough* life I've taken some random iphone photos to upload and provide a bit of a description for. Clearly I'm not really in the mood today but since everything renewed and I've now paid for it you can expect more of the fluffer posts of nothing in particular! Hooray!
I made a crocheted peg bag because I needed one... I actually made a second one but can't be fucked taking another photo right now. See a need fill a need with your random skills, am I right? 
Behold! The felt underwater scene I made for B and L to play with. To be fair though they do like it, even if we did literally nothing else on my list. We have gone to the park nearly every day this week though, you'd think the extra activity would wear them out enough to sleep at a reasonable hour at night. hahahaha nope. 
I updated my '100 Things to do This Year' list... the highlighted stuff is what I've done. The rest haven't been done because they either take a) more time than I have available and/or b) cost more than I have now that all my payments have reduced. A few things I can still squeeze in before the end of the year, hopefully. Going on a picnic, printing some photos for an album, pelvic floor exercises, you know that stuff is probably doable. Going to the Russian Ballet, sewing a poodle skirt, going bowling, etc will probably not be doable this year. 
I've discovered bronzer that doesn't make me look like Im suffering from kidney failure. Still not 100% on where to put it on my face but hey, we're figuring that out. Also any and all eyemakeup I put on goes under my glasses and is kinda pointless. And no matter how much colour correcting, foundation, and concealing I do on my undereyes I still look tired as fuck. Confirmed by the fact I spent an hour putting on makeup the other day only to have someone at the supermarket look at me and my two kids in tow and say 'you look really tired'. Nice. 
I've been doing Inktober! So far I'm only a day behind, I may ACTUALLY finish something... please don't die of shock. Anyhoo I'm using a stack of yellow copy paper I had in a drawer and drawing with a black pen, then using white oil pastel, water colour, and China ink to illustrate each days prompt. The idea has been to draw whatever first comes to mind for each prompt and just get it down on paper as quickly as possible. No pre-sketching in pencil or spending an hour on each one, because frankly I just don't have the time for that. I feel that using the wrong paper for the mediums and focusing on getting it done in the space of 20-30 minutes really loosens up my ideal that it has to be perfect, or the materials and paper will be wasted if I don't get it right. I'm also finding that using images that are related to that day or from past photographs, or even using myself and my day to day has been a great challenge. 
See? B likes it! He loves whales so he enjoyed that addition. 
I rescued and adopted a blue tongue for a night after B had picked him up by the time and frightened the living daylights out of the poor lizard... also wanted to teach the kids that it wasn't a snake. He was really chilled out and I enjoyed having Striped Frank around (named by L), he particularly like chilling on my laptop on the warm spot and having chin scratches. You'd have thought he/she was someones pet with how easy he was in human company. Either that or he was just super traumatised. He's back out in the garden where he belongs, hopefully we'll be seeing him/her again. 

Annnnnd lastly here's a photo of me. Don't get too excited, it's just a flattering angle I don't look that nice. Silver nail polish, Harry Potter 'always' necklace, Mickey Mouse dress, and stretchy headband. Does anyone else do their makeup really well, then look at their hair and think 'now what the fuck do I do with that?'. That's me all the damn time. So up-diddly-up it goes. Probably should get it thinned and shaped or something at some point. P.s that lippy? 'Lip Service' by BYS. It was $4 or $6, can't remember which exactly, but it says its long wear and it actually IS long wear. Plus the colour is the shiz on me so I loves it *strokes tube*.

Oh wait there's more, sorry. But dot points now

  • I was working out daily and eating clean, that lasted two months and I was losing cms but I stopped about three weeks ago and really fucked it up. I haven't started it back up yet because I'm a little low but I'm getting there. Least I know what I was doing was actually working. 
  • That guy I travelled randomly to spend time with during the school holidays, yeah that didn't work out after all (again). He gets no more of a mention than that because he's not worth my time. 
  • L passed his STEPS eyesight test, yay! 
  • I've been on top of all my washing. Is that a sign of good housekeeping? 
  • I ordered myself the new Colourpop My Little Pony eyeshadow palette and put another afterpay on with Cosmetic Capital because I have absolutely no self control and that shit makes me happy. I need things to make me happy right now (see three points above for why). 
  • 'Blogging a whole makeup look' is on my list of 100 things to do this year, would anyone actually want to see that? It wouldn't be a video obviously but a shit tonne of photos and descriptions of what I'm doing and using etc? My makeup is all pretty inexpensive and I'm very very non-beauty-blogger looking so I dunno, if there's ONE other human out there with a face like mine who wants to know they aren't alone in their makeup struggles then cool. 
Alright that's it! I need to go drink my sugar-filled ice coffee and catch up on some Youtube videos so my brain switches off for a bit and I can recharge for the rest of my day. Above mentioned child is still not asleep but at least is still in bed. 

Tash x 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Week of Kids Activities

This week I thought it would be a good idea to look up some simple educational and craft activities online and try a new one with the boys each day. I've found quite a large collection of useful ideas at {Hands On As We Grow} and from those I've selected the following activities:
Straw drop apple tree painting
Tracing pictures and letters
Pasta threading and picture making
Pom pom drop using cardboard tubes
Macaroni sensory play
Simple shape sorting
Felt scenes
Being inexpensive is also a key factor, as is being able to use the supplies I already have around the house such as cardboard tubes, using the sheets of felt I have, paints, coloured paper etc. As tired as I am on this Sunday evening I'm preparing a few of the activities so they're ready to go. My eldest goes to daycare tomorrow so I think it would be a good opportunity to do some pasta threading and painting, and macaroni sensory play with my two year old. He really enjoys emptying the contents of one container into another, particularly liquid, so water play will also be a necessity if the weather is fine! It's become a bit of a tradition after dropping L off to daycare taking B to the park in the shopping centre to run around while I have a coffee for a while. It's our special time together. And actually, it wasn't until last week when my dad was watching my youngest so that I could get L his vaccinations and he and I were walking holding hands that I realised how little time we get together just us. It's easy to get side tracked and distracted when both boys are together and hard to balance the amount of attention each is getting. Maybe next year when I get B into daycare as well I'll send him on a different day so that L and I get time alone.

Anyhoo, I've got a pile of felt in front of me I'm about to chop into, and then I am definitely going to sleep! Oh so very tired after a 3am bedtime last night. No, no. Don't feel sorry for me, my friend and I just had a lot of wine.

I'll check in tomorrow with how some of our activities went, maybe you'll find something helpful for your own kidlets.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Oil Pastel Painting

I've had oil pastels, albeit cheap ones, for many years. Probably since my never-completed Fine Arts days come to think of it... anyhoo, I got them out of a drawer as I was decluttering recently and looked up some oil pastel tutorials on Youtube. I gave one for garlic, one for a cactus flower, and one for artichoke a try and the other two I had a crack at on my own. I enjoyed this medium for the speed of colour application and the ease of use without fussy finer details. I'd like to try and draw from life this weekend with them, possibly in the form of urban sketching? I'm not sure yet but we'll see!