Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Frilly Top

This is Style pattern 2922 with a few frills added, made from a remnant I bought at least ten years ago. The last time I used this pattern was for a costume I wore for a contemporary dance at our wedding! Hahahah! Yes, I get paid out for having costume changes at my own wedding!

Fun times. :0)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Solar Power - ON!

I'm so happy to announce that we now have solar power! This is not an advertisement, but we were able to afford it because Origin has a special on at the moment where you can set up your home for $2990 and there is a two-year payment plan. They were super-efficient and helpful and I highly recommend them. Here's the link to Origin's solar electricity offer if you want to have a closer look. Even though we had to get our solar panels on the western side of our roof, at the moment, they are providing around 75% of our daily power. Yay!

Australiana IS Cool!!??

Crikey mate! Remember my cushions? Where I speculated about the coolness or dagginess of Australiana? Well, I couldn't believe my eyes at the Woolies' checkout yesterday. After all the fun of grocery shopping with two small boys, my attention was caught by this:

"Celebrate Australian Style", eh? So I took a look, and gasped when I saw this:
then this:
but the final shock came when I saw these!!!
Tea towel cushions!! Rainbow Lorikeets!! I didn't know what to feel. I guess the jury is in: could it be? Australiana is cool!? Yikes.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


We recently spent a beautiful, albeit semi-cyclonic, week at Straddie, which I'll blog about when I can choose the photos. But we bought some really delicious fish there, so I was inspired to get some more on our return home and try a few new recipes. Off we went to the fish market with our esky; we were all looking forward to it. When we arrived it was still closed for another hour. At first I thought, "Uh oh, boring wait, standing around the playground". (Bad Mummy.) But actually, it turned out to be a really lovely morning, playing amongst the cotton trees, looking at all the boats, and finally, the excitement of the fish market, where "a man was picking up crabs with his bare hands, Dad!" We've made a few recipes, but the best was definitely the fish broth from Marie Claire: Fresh. I am really loving that cook book at the moment but I promise I'll give it back soon, Mum!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Funky Trousers

These trousers were tricky with a dodgy homemade pattern, but they sure are great for sliding down slides. I love corduroy. xx

Cushion Month

I have finally taken up the challenge of "Cushion Month" and I'm only about six months late! It took me ages to find an idea for cushions that felt right and fit in with our daggy old couches, but I am really happy with these! Years ago, on holiday in NZ, I was leafing through a lovely house magazine and they featured a very groovy home where the owners embraced "Kiwiana" and made it look arty and cool. This always stuck in my mind and inspired me; I was wondering if Australiana would ever become cool instead of cringe-worthy? Well, the jury's still out on that, but I'm getting into it!

In these photos you can see the fronts and backs of our new cushions. I got these great old tea-towels from.....can you guess? Of course, the op shop. Sadly I had to buy the spotty backing new, but I really love it. My favourites are absolutely the rainbow lorikeets; I'm not as in love with the map or the brown birds, but if better tea-towels present themselves I can change them later. Actually, they're not quite finished because I would like some big bright buttons to hold the backs in place. Anyway, it's great that these cushions are multi-taskers: you can sit on them, lie on them, hit each other with them or .... dry the dishes with them. ;0)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Family Fish and Chips

Hey Ben!
This is an overdue post; I think it was about six months ago that we all had fish and chips but it's taken me this long to blog - sorry!
It was so nice to spend the afternoon with Mum, Dad, Ben and Sally, hanging out, enjoying the sunset and having some good laughs.
There was even a bit of relaxing time for Matt and I; we don't get to "just sit" very often, without someone jumping on Matt's back or falling on my lap, or squeezing in the middle of a cuddle!
Of course the kids got wet, and that meant Grandpa did too.
Ahh, blessed peace! This is how it's meant to be. ;0)
We can't wait to spend more time doing this next week at Straddie!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cunning Disguises and Dressing Up

I really value the arts and I try to give the children lots of opportunities to engage.
But whenever the pens come out, they always seem to stray from the paper ....
I just couldn't help finishing the job on Bridget ;0) Thank you Sharon: you are the most relaxed Mama I know!
The "Aunties" play with their dolly.
The royal family is ready for the ball (a walk to the park).