Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New finds

It's been a while since I posted anything. Where does the time go? Here are a few new things I have found:
I've discovered  the Lost And Found Market in East Brunswick recently. I was pleased to find 3 ramekins exactly the same as the ones my mum used when we were kids. Plus a cute old stool. The stool as gone to the farm  as it matches an old chair up there exactly! Miss E uses it to sit by the fire. I am on the lookout for another. We use stools ALL the time!

Then, I decided I needed a butter dish. I found a few on eBay, put a few bids on and ended up with two!! I love them both the same.

Then, I had a hankering for home made lemonade. My Grandma always used to have a jug of it in the fridge in a big old jug. So I went searching again on eBay. Look what came up!
Not quite the same as Grandma's but it does the same job!
Sometimes when I get an idea, I obsess about it until there is a conclusion. I suddenly decided I needed a mixer and a processor. I researched, gazed at them in shops, deliberated, especially between the Kitchenaid   and Kenwood chef. We always had Kenwood when I was growing up, but the kitchenaids are so beautiful! 
At last I made a choice and I am pleased. I went for function over style:

They've both been getting a bit of a work out. I'll show you later! Off to get Mr N and his friend from kinder....

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Just started watching a bit of The Cove on Abc. All I want to say is that it showed some of the most disturbing images I have ever seen on TV. Did you see it?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Post 72!

I just noticed I have done 72 posts! Can you believe that? I can't. What have I talked about 72 times?
Today,I am giving you a few more instagram shots, just for something different, some random happenings and maybe I will ask your opinion about something....
Hang on while I grab a snack....mmm raspberry liquorice?

Mr N turned 5 this week! We had a pirate party for a few of his friends at the pub. Yes, I went for the really easy option! It is hard having a winter baby... Then I felt a bit lazy, so I sewed all the guests drawstring pirate pouches and filled them with treasure! Hence the photo of my trusty Husqvarna below!

Mr N and I     

My trusty old Husqvarna     
 Now, if I was clever I could work out how to move these photos around!!
One day I will learn.
We have had some very wet weather and some lovely sunny days too. Miss E made the most of the sun last week....
Miss E getting creative
 I have been doing a bit of eBaying and looking around town. I will have to photograph my eBay purchases but here is a cute stool I found at Lost and Found Market in East Brunswick.
A great find
I don't know if I shared a photo of the ducklings at the farm but here is one grown up!
Ducklings grow up!
 How do I get this photo to move up to the top?
We had a pirate party this week!
This is me delirious after night duty a couple of weeks ago

It was very wet at the farm this winter!

Amazing views out there!
 I read about The Happiness Project over at Meet Me At Mikes and decided to buy it! I had a moment of happiness in the sun reading it!
Sunshine and the Happiness Project

Wattle has been blooming

Sky so blue!

Our baby chicken started laying!  

There was something else I was pondering.... I have been very lucky with giveaways the last couple of weeks. I was thinking it is about time I gave something back. Now, I am very lucky to have 10 followers and I was wondering if I should make something to give away? What do you think? I haven't had many comments lately. I was wondering if perhaps the comment thing isn't working. So... anyone out there watching or reading. Should I have a giveaway and what should it be?? I think that is me for the night.... The heater has just turned itself off so it must be late.
Sleeping Angel

Friday, August 5, 2011

More Great stuff!

Remember how I won a subscription last week to Mollie Makes magazine? Well this week I had an email from Aunty Cookie and I have won a copy of  Kid's Crafternoon : Papercraft. I really can't believe it! I normally am not a winner! My kids will love this book. Every day my daughter has the paper scissors and sticky tape out!! Thanks Shannon!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What a great day! What a great week!

I'm very exited!! Thanks to Pip I have won a 6 month subscription to Mollie Makes Magazine. Hooray!! I think this is a big hint to get organized and start making stuff! I have not been very crafty lately. Don't get me wrong, I have had a hundred ideas floating around in my brain box. I have gathered many ingredients for my crafty ideas! I just need to get to it!! 
Meet Me At Mike's  was my first blog you know and still my favorite. Pip is very inspiring!! 
Lately the weather has been glorious and I think my creative juices have been slightly satisfied by Instagram and my ubiquitous iphone! (I love the word ubiquitous!) Want to see the latest favorites?

Miss E

Mr N

Sun, glorious sun!

Strange fence in Coburg

Yummy morning tea

New haircut

One of my favorite plates

Mr N and I went to the Preston Market today. Don't you love a trip to the market?  I came home with my senses spinning! We went with a friend and her little girl and I love how the children are spoilt by everyone they meet! They had taste tests everywhere. I came home with the car smelling delicious! A combination of freshly ground coffee, a bunch of erlicheer  (I call it Early Cheer!) and a BBQ chicken!

Tomorrow I have permission from Miss E's prep teacher to miss school for the day and go with Gramma and myself to The Craft And Quilt Fair. If I don't get inspiration there I have a problem!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hooray for the Labyrinth!!

I developed a thing for labyrinths!
I became a bit obsessed....
I think it started when I read this . I have the book Birthing From Within. I found it very useful preparing for myself to labour and I also found it useful as a professional. Pam England has a new book Labyrinth of birth. I would love to buy it. I found out how to draw one and I became addicted to it for a while. I even embroidered it onto a bag:

Bit dodgy I know but it was my first try at embroidery. They were the only colours I had at the time. Miss E and I have been googling them this morning and practicing them. Then Miss E has come up with this amazing design:
We have great plans for labyrinths!! I might even get a tattoo!!
 There were lots more I wanted to show here but they are taking ages to load and we are off to Sydney road before Mr N needs to be picked up from kinder. (Miss E woke with a sore throat that is miraculously better)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My daggy photos

Here are a few of the daggy photos I've been taking lately:
My daughter and I out shopping

My son and I in the gym window. We got caught taking this by someone we knew! They might think we"re weird

A dirty gutter

My new knob is making me happy!


Sovereign Hill

We spent Monday night at Sovereign Hill. It was freezing!! I think it almost snowed.

I'm glad we stayed the night. It was too much for our guys in one day. Sorry about the lack of good photos. I only had my phone and my fingers were cold!!
They loved it. It was exiting to be away, even for one night.

What have I been doing?

I've been quiet on here lately.
  • I must have been extremely busy.....Nope!
  • I must have had lots of appointments....nope!
  • Maybe I've been doing very exiting, stimulating, interesting and fun things with my delightful, beautiful children.....Not really.
  • Some amazing, strenuous, creative work in my garden....nope. 
  • Has my house has been cleaned and sorted out from top to bottom....nope! 
  • Some knitting, sewing or making .....does a plain black scarf count? 
No, I have not been doing anything inspiring that I can really put my finger on.
Here is what I have been doing for sure:
  • Washing, drying and folding of clothes, although not enough and not fast enough.
  • Cooking plain, boring dinners, with a couple of exceptions.
  • washing dishes again and again and again....
You can just see my chin in the mirror
  • Yelling and shouting!! I have been doing lots of that. My kids get a bad case of the sillies quite frequently. It drives me mad!!! I feel like a real party pooper but the sillier they get, the madder I get and mostly it ends in tears (sometimes mine!) I am trying lots of new strategies. (with help from Picklebums and Baby Mac ) Sometimes it works. Tonight I have used the divide and conquer method. I have one in the bath and the other is playing the DS (I know...bad!) 
  • We spent a night at sovereign hill (more later)
  • Today we saw the Cars 2 movie with the free tickets I got from Nuffnang
  • Just finished a great book I found at the library: Faces in the clouds by Matt Nable
  • About to launch into : The Tigers Wife by Tea Obreht
  • I have been wasting time on Pinterest
  • And more time on instagram 
 I guess we can't all be amazing all of the time. It's holidays here. We're off to the zoo in the morning. I am going to try really hard not to shout!!

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Me and my iPhone!

    Have I told you how much I love my iPhone! We are such good mates. He does everything for me. I have so many apps I have had to give him a quick makeover and rearrange. 
    At the moment one of my favorite apps and biggest time waster is Instagram.
    People are posting wonderful photos on here. iPhonography is almost becoming a new art form! I've been posting a couple a day and here are a few of my favorites:

    My new tea cup

    Waiting at the car wash

    Waiting at kinder, through the sun roof

    Lilly Pilly

    Waiting at swimming
    4 yr old freckles

    6 yr old freckles

    44 yr old freckles

    St Pauls

    Morning tea at the deli

    Morning tea at my house

    Brunswick st

    Brunswick st


    Brunswick St

    Brunswick St

    If you already have instagram my name is Bron66. Follow me if you like. I am following new people every day but one of my favorites is sionfullana. He is a photographer/journalist living in New York. He takes a shot every day of the Starbucks window. I love his photos. You can see his iPhone photos Here
    I usually take the original photo with my hipstamatic app. I love how they turn out! 
    What do you think? I never took photos like this before. Am I cheating? 

    (apologies to those without the aforementioned phone. I can't help it - I am obsessed)