Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
He also asked if they'd thought about what they'd like and Lizzie mentioned a Flairie doll (from Barbie in A Fashion Fairytale), and Louisa, having just seen a toy cobra in the store, mentioned that. So we discussed Cobra cars and how Daddy would probably like one, but they're very expensive and maybe a toy one would do. So a very patient and lovely Santa.
Lizzie managed an almost smile, while Louisa beamed.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Mollie's received her parcel from us. We hope she enjoys it! We hope our other little recipient recieved hers in one piece too.
Lizzie was so lucky to get some beautiful things from Alice. Unfortunately my camera's playing up so no photos, but there was so many bits and pieces, and a drawstring bag full of things that tinkle and sparkle. Lizzie loves it! And is painting her little clay santa as I write.
I hope to be back with a load of pics soon!
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
and there may be a new Tinkerbell DVD and playset for someone else, so they can't really complain.
I'm looking forward to the end of term,. I love the lack of rushing around and remembering forms and taxiing to activities. Roll on Friday week!
Friday, 29 October 2010
I have nothing against others celebrating Halloween. I'll keep a small stock of lollies in case anyone comes door knocking on the weekend, and may even take my kids along to a Halloween dress up party a friend has organised - but just letting you know I'm not doing any form of Halloween decoration.
I'll admit to spending way too much time looking at blogs, and gee, those Americans get carried away with it, don't they? I'm sure it's lots of fun, but let's just say that any holiday where orange and black are the predominant colours isn't going to win me over.
And let's face it, the seasons are all wrong. Here in Australia it's spring, and images like this are far prettier:
That's Under the Jacaranda Tree by Richard Godfrey Rivers. If you're ever in Brissie, pop into the gallery and you can check it out. The girls and I decided it's our favourite painting there. The girls may have been swayed by the pile of jacarnada leaves the staff leave at the base of the painting at the right time of year.
At the moment, the jacarandas are blooming everywhere. The girls play a little game when we're in the car to see who can be first to call out 'Jacaranda!' everytime they see one - even they same ones we see everyday.
It was funny reading A-M's post today about the connection between the jacaranda blooms and the start of exam study. Being from Victoria, I never knew about this, and so thankfully I can simply enjoy the purple prettiness.
Friday, 22 October 2010
I've been using one of my favourites forms of therapy: thinking about and working on making my home my castle. Lots of questions to ponder there.
- Will I ever finish sanding and staining my deck? And what's the ideal ground cover plant to replace the awful grassy things that look like weeds in around the pool area? One with pretty flowers?
- Is Tapestry Beige (Dulux) a good colour for a feature wall in our master bedroom? Is it the right kind of beigey grey I'm after? If not, what is?
- How am I going to finish sanding and painting our hoop pine entertainment unit, without unplugging all those very complicated cables? And if I do unplug them all, how am I going to put it all back together?
- Will the home design police come knocking if I put up a print I bought at Target in my main living area?
- Where can I buy mini lamp shades to replace revolting glass bulbs on lights in the dining and formal lounge?
- Where will I ever find a huge, stylish yet affordable light fitting to replace the gigantic very unattractive one in our foyer?
- Should I sand back the dining table top to natural or leave it the slightly orangey stain when I paint the legs white? The obvious answer (Sand it back, of course), leads to the next question, how will I find the time?
- When am I ever going to get to Ikea? So many items on the 'if I ever get a window of more than a few hours to myself, I'm going to drive all the way down to Ikea and buy' list (rugs, storage units, picture frames,etc)
If you know the answer to any of these questions, please let me know!
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Here are some excerpts from the eulogy I read at Dad's funeral:
I've left a lot out from what you read here, about his community involvement, his love of travel around Australia, and his time spent with his grandkids, but you hopefully will get an idea of what a special person he was, and how much we all love him and miss him.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
My own laundry is quite a boring space. Servicable but dull. To add to the 'ambience' or lack thereof, my dinosaur of a machine that will not die is yellow and faded and comes complete with cracked panels. I'll add pics of it one day when I'm feeling brave.
At least there'll be something stylish in there!
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Here it was before, the photo actually makes it look not too bad, but the finish was really bad:
Friday, 30 July 2010
As promised some pics of the bunting I made for the girls room, following the bedroom reshuffle to to put them back in together. I'll admit I'm not the world's best photographer, and I do find it difficult to take shots indoors that do justice to how pretty it looks, but you get the general idea.
I used the spare pillow cases from the girls doona covers. Lizzie's is a Sheridan fairy one that she chose when we first moved into the new house, and Louisa's is quite plain (bought as part of a doona set actually). It's such a pretty colour though. I think the bunting does a great job of tying it all together.
In the top photo, you can see the vintage prints I posted about here, along with some favourite toys.
The furniture is a bit of a mishmash in this room, I guess, and I have visions of matching little girls cast iron beds, but for now this is what we have and they both think it's very pretty.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
While looking for entertainment for my sick little Lizzie yesterday, I found this on youtube. Isn't she fabulous! This was one of my favourite poems my Dad would read to us. He is an ex-radio announcer so always did it brilliantly!
Monday, 26 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
I posted about my poor coffee table here. It had certainly taken a beating, so I knew that one day I'd have to do something to it. Well, finally that day (or days actually!) arrived and I had a little spare time to do it. I sanded the top right back to the wood, taking off the dark stain finish, and painted the base white. I used some polyurethane on the top so hopefully it will be a little harder wearing this time around.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
There's something new on my entry table - the scrap of linen there. If you look really closely, there's a lovely white scalloped stitch on the hem, courtesy of my new machine:
If you haven't checked out the online auctions at Grays, you really should. It's amazing the wonderful bargains you can pick up. I'm so happy with this machine and am amazed I put up with my super basic machine for so long.
My first real project was a simple cushion. I'm in love with linen at the moment, and all the French style homewares. So I combined them here. Of course, I had to use one of my machines new stitches, one that does a thicker than usual straight stitch, and because I did a simple envelope opening, I was also able to use one of the prettier stitches on the hem there too!
Monday, 19 July 2010
Friday, 9 July 2010
Here's some of my favourite city addresses:
Friday, 2 July 2010
The toy sale catalogues have been useful for collage (messy hair is allowed on the holidays):
Monday, 21 June 2010
While the weather was chilly, the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The highlights for them were getting to pick flowers from Grandma's garden (as you can see laid out on the table below, they didn't hold back!) and patting the next door neighbours cats. I myself am not such a fan of cats, and even had to push one away with a broom when he looked like attacking a bird!
My mum loves her garden and her roses, and this was my favourite a dusty pink/almost brown one. (I've forgotten the name already!)
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
The children politely took our drinks orders and brought our food to us, and sang us some lovely songs, complete with actions. They also gave us some early gifts - handmade, of course! The children had also helped decorate the tables and did a brilliant job. They also helped prepare the food, but I'm not sure I want to think too much about that!
See Lizzie's lovely sewing? She does enjoy it, and we have many hand sewn items from kinder at home, but this one is extra special.
I was also spoilt by Louisa, with a very well organised stall at the school, so I received some lovely choccies and a key ring also.