Thursday, November 5, 2009

Crafting for craft show

Funky button hair clips and fake liquorish allsort hair ties.

They all look good enough to eat.

Lets hope they're a hit.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My first craft show

Dee of sew-funky (see below) and myself shared a table at the local craft market.

Dee was really organised and had a great range of cards, dishcloths, softies, xmas decorations and so much more.

Me, not quite so. I did make some owl softies and...

some shaker style beaded felt decorations.
I also made peg angels and elves but the photos weren't so great.
It was such fun and even though I didn't sell much it was enough for a few cups of tea and some morning tea goodies.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Favourite thing Friday

I love going to the FRANKLIN ZOO. Its a little privately owned zoo that you can get around in an hour, making it is an excellent size for preschoolers. It was a lovely morning with our 2 youngest and Lulu loved feeding the Zebra. My husband was naughty and petted the little monkies. He got caught by the keeper and told off (heh).

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Happy birthday to you.

Peanut turned 2 today.
I tried to make him a Plex cake that would look like this.
My husband said that it was ambitious, but I said "I have made a rainbow fish cake, a tinky winky etc etc, and this one looks easy."
Well, sometimes the simplest things end up being the hardest.
My husband came home from work and said "I guess it was harder than you thought it would be." Cheeky bugger.
Miss Boodles (6) said " It would be a good try for someone of my age."
Even the children didn't know what it was meant to be. How sad.
Peanut opening up his Sesame Street garage.

Peanut enjoying his Plex. This is what the cake modelled on.

Happy birthday my beautiful boy. xxx

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Favourite thing Friday (on Saturday)

I got piggies today.
Pigs are my favourite animal and I have always wanted a pet one since reading Charlotte's Web as a young girl.
The big pig is Maude and she is going in our freezer.
Think chops, roasts and bacon.

But little Dudley Pigglesworth Snortimer is my not to be eaten pet.

He is just 8 weeks old and oh so cute.

Thanks Shirley and Graham for raising such cute pigs.

Death in the family

Last Sunday at midnight, Delilah the rabbit passed away.
We only had her a day and we're not to sure what happened. But I will say it wasn't nice and my husband went beyond the call of duty and gave Delilah mouth to nose to try to save her. Alas, it was not successful and Miss Boodles (6yrs) was devastated.
R.I.P Delilah.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pesky Wabbits

Home, home on the range. Where the ducks, chickens and rabbits play.
Today we got two Giant Flemish rabbits that are free ranging it with the birds.
Introducing Mrs. Wilby (will be). Apparently, when the other owner got this rabbit they told her it *will be* about this big. Which being a Giant rabbit is quite big. So that's how she got her name.
As you can see Mrs Wilby has a bent ear. Maybe another animal tried to Tyson her. lol
This is Mrs Wilby's daughter which Miss Boodles has named Delilah.
She is so playful and one of our cats has taken to chasing after her bobbing white tail.
Welcome to the mad house.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Favourite thing Friday

Our new additions :)

Gumdrop taking a bath (in dirty water)
Wills having a gander
Harry joined in looking at the bird in the bath but quickly lost interest.
Obviously Gumdrop isn't his type.
Finally Harry and Wills left Gumdrop in peace.
4 kids, 3 chickens, 3 ducks, 4 cats, 1 dog and a husband. No wonder I have no time for crafting.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cluckingham Palace

I am so excited. We have livestock on our farmlet.
Yes! I am classing hens as livestock. My wonderful friend Dee of sew-funky gave us her beloved, egg laying chickens when she moved house.
We built the girls a predator proof coop and named it 'Cluckingham Palace'.
Then we thought the hens needed royal names so they are Fergie, Eugenie and Beatrice.Ahhhh. The good life.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Favourite Thing Friday

I just love him. How can you not. I would so love a day out shopping with him.

Now you can get your very own style consultation on line. Just go

Dads visit

My dad came over from Oz for a week. There was a family get together to celebrate what would have been my granddad's 100th birthday, had he still been alive.

It was rather exciting as we hadn't seen Dad (Morfar to the grand kids) in 9 years.

He finally got to meet Boodles.

And our two new additions.

Until we see you again. xxx

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mother to a teen

I am now officially the mum to a 13 year old today.
I have been a step mum to teens and so was able to delude myself that I was still young and hip until now.
We have a few birthday traditions.
1. Open presents with the family on Mum and Dads bed.
2. Mum (me) makes the birthday child's choice of breakfast for the family.
This morning it was French Toast.
3. When the kids turn 13 they get to go on a Daddy date to a restaurant of their choice.
Ashlee chose to have dinner at Rainbows End. Rainbows End is a theme park. Clever girl for thinking outside the square.
Button says it was the best birthday ever.
Hugs, kisses and lots of love, mum. xxx
Happy birthday, Button.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hoggle versus Simba

When you live in the country there is a variety of live creatures to amuse your dog.
My dog Simba found this hedgehog very amusing.
My husband says the hedgehog found my dog amusing because Simba is wearing
a jersey (well he deserves to be warm too. right)
We gave the hoggle (as I call them) a dog bone.

After getting pricked in the nose a few times (no one said my dog was the smartest), he finally settled in to watch the little prickled creature.

The Hill-Master

We don't need a stair-master machine at our house.
It's called fire wood collection

Step One:
Load container with about 15kgs of wood

Step Two:
Climb up the hill carrying said load of wood (excuse my cleavage)

This is not a butt blaster, its a back blaster.

I have to give big ups to my husband who spent 4 hours chainsawing our trees so we could stay warm for another couple of weeks.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Favourite thing Friday

My new old shoes. My mum just gave them to me. They belonged to my Nana.
So they are truly vintage.
Also note they are actually a pale green, not a strange greyish colour.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New kitty

Miss Lulu's new cat
Lulu's birth mummy took this kitten along to access to show Lulu. Lulu fell in love with it, and the rest is history. So now we have a new addition to our family.
Welcome to our crazy family 'Seraphina'.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Easy Peazy baby gift

Baby nappy bouquet
Supplies needed:
5 new born nappies

1 pair booties or baby socks

1 flannel

tissue paper


curling ribbon or rubber bands (for securing)

Roll up each nappy up tightly and secure with rubber band or curling ribbon 3/4 way down nappy (if you have any extra pair of hands you may not need to secure each nappy).

When all 5 nappies are done hold them tightly in a group and secure with curling ribbon.

1st lay down your cellophane, then your tissue paper then your flannel. Sit your nappies on this and gather the layers around to form the bouquet.
Secure with a pretty ribbon.

Now roll up the booties/socks and push them into the middle of the nappies.

And, HEY PRESTO, you have a really cool and economical gift.

I'm back!

This gorgeous sunset is photographed from our deck. I have not enhanced it at all.
Sorry I have been absent for sooooo long. Guess what? You move 15 mins from a major town and BAM! no broadband. Yes, you heard me right. Our little town only has a small number of broadband ports allocated to it. And you guessed it, they are all taken.
So we have had to go to mobile roaming broadband, which let me tell you isn't cheap (but how else can I keep up to date with all you wonderful bloggers).

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Oh so quiet

I'm sorry I have been sooooo quiet. We have brought another house and I am busy packing . You see, we move Easter weekend. So all will be quiet (as it has been) for a little while yet. Please be patient and I promise I will be back:)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dee Day

Dee of sew-funky and myself went to the movies during the week.
Oh what fun. No kids, no husbands, just us. Perusing the shops and
drinking lattes.

I brought a packet of jaffa's, after all they are a movie staple.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Favourite thing Friday

Half strength Chai Latte.

I wish I was a coffee drinker as there is such variety. But, alas I'm not. So you can imagine my delight when I found Chai Latte's. The only problem is they are really sweet, and I am a non sugar tea drinker. One day, a lovely cafe man said he could make it half strength and a love affair was born. Now I too can have something special when I go out.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Wonder Woman

How appropriate that on 'International Womens Day' I accomplished some things I hadn't tried before. I likened myself to 'Wonder Women' but instead of the lasso of truth I had a silicone gun.
Yep! I re-siliconed the shower, put up some wet wall (the water resistant panels in bathrooms) and used my husbands power tools. No stopping me now.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Favourite things Friday


I am blessed to have some wonderful girlfriends.

Some are long term friends. The ones who know all your faults and love you anyway.

I have some that are shoulders to cry on and some that just crack me up.
Some that pop over and bring lunch and some that cook a meal for me.
You know who you are girlfriends!

Thursday, March 5, 2009


The girls made crowns today. I brought some paper plates after seeing on this site, how to make paper plate crowns. This is a great quick craft and would be good to use at a kids birthday party.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Fitted sheets

My mum inherited 2 sets of new sheets that I think are just gorgeous. Luckily mum gave them to me. Not so lucky they were all flat sheets.
So I followed this tutorial and turned 2 of them into fitted sheets. It was a great tutorial and even I could follow it.

They fit beautifully and I haven't even put elastic in them. They fit so nicely I am just tucking in the sides.
So my girls each have a new set of sheets.
WARNING: Making flat sheets fitted can become addictive.