Sunday, January 31, 2010

Just In Case

I just seem to be collecting more & more vintage suitcases. I found these two the other day and I could not pass them up, as I just love the red colour. Not only are they useful for storage, they make great bedside tables when stacked.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sunset BBQ & Boules

Another hot day in WA and to get some relief, a BBQ on the beach at sunset is the way to go. The wind picks up from the south and helps to cool the parched earth. Many other families have the same idea and it's a bit of a wait for the free bbq's. The grandparents are visiting from Sydney and nobody really minds as there is beer, wine and nibbles to be had, with fun games of boules. The girls scamper in the sand dunes. The sun is setting with a magnificent display, yachts are sailing past, then I turn around and see a full moon rising. We leave the beach in the dark well fed on home made Turkish lamb burgers with salad wrapped in pita bread.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Mad as a Hatter Tea Party

I remember when I was very little, having tea parties in the garden with my grandmother, they were such special times. I wonder what memories my girls will have of their childhood. My 4 year old created this lovely party all by herself for her favourite friends and mummy to share.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Australia Day Celebrations

We have Andy's parents staying with us for a week from Sydney, and yesterday was Australia Day where the nation has celebrations all over with parties, bbq's and fireworks. This year we decided to do something big and join in the party on the Swan River. Taking the train in was exciting for the girls. We took a picnic, and lots of water as it was 35 degrees celcius. On the foreshore there was lots of free rides, which of course the girls had to go on each one. We were also entertained with planes doing aeronautical tricks over the river. There was multicultural music and dancing on the stage. The belly dancing was a hit with the girls and quit a few of the older males in our group. Just after the sun set we watched the sky come alive with the fireworks display. We arrived home tired, hot and sticky, but happy.

Finger Lickin Fun

The joys of baking.
It's amazing how many helpers I get when it's time to bake a cake. This one was brilliant, not only was it a large cake which gave us lots of slices, but it also stayed fresh for a few days. It was a semolina yoghurt lemon syrup cake. If anyone would like the recipe just leave a comment and I'll add it next time I'm blogging.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Girls Day Out - Vintage Finds

On Friday the girls & I started our day with breaky at our favourite cafe by the beach, Voyage at Sorrento . The girls had a yummy feast of pancakes and vanilla milkshakes. I enjoyed the cafe special of poached eggs, avocado, toasted sour dough, fetta, spinach & baked cherry tomatoes, washed down with a pot of spiced chai tea. Then our afternoon was spent wandering through op shops, finding treaures. I found some great items, one being this lovely vintage gown. Also on our travels I found this great red case and some classic old childrens books. Our day was not over yet, as we were off to the hairdresser for a much needed trim for all of us. We managed to get home just before daddy arrived home from work, where he then got bombarded with the stories and finds of our day, he oohed and ahhed in all the right places. He handles being the only male in the house very well.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ancient Scandinavia - Gudrun Sjoden

I found this great fashion designer Gudrun Sjoden at I looked into Gudrun's World and loved the images of Bhutan and India. Watch the video of block printing and see the amazing craftmanship. Her designs are lovely and she has a great approach to helping the environment.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hot & Steamy With Greg Wise

I was reading through my latest copy of one of my favourite magazine's the UK edition of Country Living. I'd just finished reading about making your own sweets when I came across this ad for coffee with a picture of the dreamy Greg Wise from Sense & Sensibility. The caption said "For a more seductive coffee break, watch Greg Wise read to at". Which I immediately did and found there were several books to choose from as well as other gentleman readers. Well you couldn't get the smile of my face, what a fantastic idea. I might take the laptop to bed with me tonight and have him read to me before I go to sleep. I wonder if my hubby would mind.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Beauty and a Beer

A quite beer on the balcony, turned into a beauty parlor with daddy as the victim.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Enid Blyton

Here's our collection of Enid Blyton books, we are slowly making our way reading through the pile. I'm looking forward to reading The Famous Five with all their spiffy adventures . I remember watching the series on TV as a kid, (I had a bit of a crush on Dick) and used to imagine having my own adventures in the back yard under the apple tree.

Great Craft Blog

Found this cool site The Purl Bee, for craft patterns, ideas, nice photo's. How great is this crocheted blanket. I think I'll be spending a bit of time pouring through all the goodies to make.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

I've never read a Bill Bryson book before, I think it has to do with the covers, I really don't like the look of them. Yes, I'm guilty, I have been judging his books by their covers. I'm about 30 pages in to it and I like the way he writes, his sense of humour, and his perspective of his surrounds. This is promising to be an enjoyable read.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lovely Letters


ound this at daily drop cap blog isn't it lovely

Sheep Goes Baa

My girls love craft, so I have a box of stuff we collect from recycled containers, scavenger finds in the park, and so on. This is what they created, without my help. I was doing the boring but much needed clean up. I was shocked at their fantastic joint effort, in making this sheep, complete with tail. I love how they constructed this piece of recycled art.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunny Afternoon

Some days are hot, too hot to play outside. Finally a cool change arrives, nip down to the beach for some refreshing sea air, have a splash in the waves, collect shells washed up on the shore, poke a stick at a dead fish, roll in the sand, draw pictures and maze trails in the sand, watch the surfers catch some good waves, see the kite surfers zip over the water.
A pleasant end to a sticky hot day.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A cheerful Breaky

Sunday morn, and just Ava & I to enjoy breaky. Sarah & Andy were up early and down to the beach for nippers fun. A pot of tea for me, milk for Ava, toast with peanut butter and the best honey we've had in ages. I bought it at a swap meet market from a little Italian lady who had her own bees, she only had the one container hidden amongst trash & treasure and it was mine for $7.00, bargain for liquid gold.

Library Book Bag - First Sewing Project

We needed library bags for the new school year, so the girls chose this piece from my fabric stash (this used to be a cot cover). I showed them how to sew on a felt heart we had cut out. I then help them sew up the sides with my machine, they loved it, just like driving I was told. We then finished up the top edge and used a velcro piece to close it. They didn't want handles but they can be added later if needs be. They did a great job and had lots of fun.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sleeping Angel

A little angel came into my bed way too early this morning, bringing her pillow, she then snuggled in and went back to sleep.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Vintage Adventure Books

I discovered on my travels this boxed set of kids adventure books by Alan Garner. I was so excited as I remembered reading the Weirdstone of Brisingamen when I was about 8 or 9. It was like finding a long lost friend. The stories were written in the early 60's, however this edition is from the early 80's. Reading the story again as an adult, it still has that same magic and adventure, that I remembered as a child . I look forward to reading the other books in the collection as I've never read them. One of the great things about having children is that I get to read all those great old stories again with them, and see the excitement on their faces. They have enjoyed Enid Blytons adventures of The Wishing Chair, The Book of Brownies, Mr Meddles Muddles and The Faraway Tree. We are currently reading The Wizard of Oz, one chapter a night before bed.

Do you have any great stories that you grew up with?