Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blogtoberfest Is At An End and Some Lovely Views

Just some of the fantastic views that graced our weekend. It was a weekend spent with family, and a lovely time was had.

I hope everyone enjoyed Blogtoberfest - I know I did. It was a challenge to post every day, but I am glad I did it lol


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cosy Cocoon

Found at my sister's house, and it now lives on the nature table at pre-primary. Very fascinating to look at.


Friday, October 29, 2010


Yes it does.

My DS stuck all these magnets onto the bottom of his ceiling fan. They were very hard to photograph, as my photos show lol


Thursday, October 28, 2010

I've Been Holding Out On You

About two months ago, I found out my Aunty was coming over from the America. And she so kindly offered me some of her suitcase space if I wanted to buy any fabric from over there.

Well, I wasn't going to be asked twice! lol Yes please! And the dollar conversion was pretty good (not quite as good as it is right now, but good enough). So I ordered. When the fabric arrived at her house, she checked it out and then emailed me to say that it came with a discount coupon - did I want to order some more?

Teehee - yep! But this time I made sure it was just for me :) So I got a linen/rayon blend and some patterns - a Jalie one and a Hot Patterns.

The rest of the fabrics are quilting cottons, and they are just so lovely! I can't wait to use them.

So a huge thank you to my Aunty - enabler that she is ;)


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Little Tired Today...

I spent the day with DD at pre-primary today. I did some work with DD, and also helped with the other 23 kids in the class. It was great fun, and I love helping them.

After commenting to my sister that I was feeling rather tired after that, she rightly stated "Now you know why the kids are tired each day after school". lol

So very true!

And just because I don't like leaving a post picture-less, here is a strawberry flower - hopefully it will yield a very yummy strawberry.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Started!

Daylily flowering time that is. I love this time of year when my daylillies flower - they are always so big and happy. I smile when I see them.


Monday, October 25, 2010

New Growth

And hopefully they will grow into giant sunflowers!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

My "No Need To Worry" Contract

DS wrote this contract out for me this past week. So now, I have no need to worry anymore :)


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Giveaway Winners

My helpers have helped, and winners have been drawn. Because there are two helpers, it sort of dictates that there are two winners :)

I really wish I could have given a prize to everyone who entered, all the lovely comments made me smile!

So congratulations to both ottomania - you have won the clutch and a surprise, and mummy_chelle - you have won a surprise, I will contact you both.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Oops - Nearly Forgot

to post today :) So here I am.

Look how busy this little guy is! Yet another play around with my camera ;)

Just a reminder - giveaway shuts at midnight my time (so about another 2.5 hours left to enter).


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Well Now

look what I have learnt....

With a very big thanks to my very patient husband, I have learnt that my camera CAN take those fabulous photos.
A couple of weeks ago I read Nic's post on her new toy. And I fell in love with the purple flower picture (not the actual plant, it grows like a weed here lol) but the close-up-ness of the photo.  The talk of amazing macro mode, and then the lady  bug photo made me want to buy a new camera!
I explained to DH what I wanted to do (take more macro photos of my flowers), so we dug out the DSLR and I had a play around with that. You have seen some of the results from that camera over the last few posts. They are not bad photos, but still not the 'right-in-there-can't-get-any-closer' type that I was looking for. So I was pestering for a new camera, as surely that is all I needed to take such great photos.

Well, ahem, DH showed what settings to use on my little Canon A620 this morning before leaving for work, and boy, did I have fun! I need more flowers now :) But best of all, I don't need a new camera - the one I have works brilliantly - it really is all about the operator!


p.s. I still have some even closer, but I will share them at a later date.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Running Out Of Words

with this blogging everyday :) So please enjoy the hibiscus.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lemon Blossom

What started as a scraggy little tree that I didn't expect to live, is now in it's 4th or 5th year and has a healthy crop of lemons each year.

And aren't the blossom pretty? They have a lovely scent too.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Hair Cuts & The Workings of a 7 Year Old Mind

It was haircut day the other week, ready for back to school. Now DS prefers his hair to be cut in a #2 length. So it is easiest if I do it - makes sense as it is cheaper too!

During term, his hair is left to grow, so when it is time for a cut, there is a fair bit there.

Mid-cut he looked down at the piles of hair and exclaimed.....

"It looks like a rat died and all its fur fell off!"

Yep, my 7 year old is gross.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rose Petal Tea

When the marquee breaks and falls down, you make a tent. And serve your guests rose petal tea :)

All while looking adorably cute!


Saturday, October 16, 2010


Isn't this just so gorgeous? It is a set I made for a birthday girl who just turned one :)

 Complete with ruffles on the bottom!

Patterns are Ottobre 3/2008 #2 & #3.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Sneaky Peek part 2

Another bit to go with yesterdays post.

I can reveal the entire photo tomorrow night :)


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sneaky Peek

at a birthday gift for a small person celebrating soon.

I will share the rest after it has been received.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Bit Crumpled

This poppy is looking a bit how I feel - slightly crumpled. Though I am not looking quite so bright and cheerful as this lovely flower.

 A bit tired, so much to do, and just wanting to rebel and not do any of it lol Oh well, it will get done, bit by bit :)


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


A baby beetroot in the aquaponics - read more over at DH's blog.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

From One to The Other

From shorts and frozen jelly yesterday, to jumpers and ugg boots today!!

Lovely grey skies :)

Look a puddle - even if it is a small one lol

It was lovely to wake during the night and hear rain falling - we haven't had enough of that this year.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Frozen Jelly

Was our treat for today. It has been warming up in Perth - 28C today. Summer is approaching - that is for sure!


Friday, October 8, 2010

A Ride Down The Park

End of the week, nearly the end of the school holidays. A bike ride down the park was in order to break the same old, same old.

The light was perfect for photos - I just wish I had taken the camera. All I had was my phone - and I couldn't hold it quite still enough for the good shots. I will have to go for another bike ride I think :)


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Day 7 - Giveaway Day (NOW CLOSED)

I have finally reached 100 posts :) It has only taken me 23 months! lol

So now I am having my very first giveaway. It is a wristlet/small bag/clutch/whatever you really want to call it :) Ever since I made one to match my dress back in March, I have been wanting to make another. And here it is.

It is made from a gorgeous cotton canvas-y type fabric with white flowers and ladybugs on the outer, and lined in calico. It has a triangle ring with a swivel clip attaching the strap - this is so you can take the wrist strap off if you don't want to use it. Big enough to fit some cash/cards, your phone (i-phone size) and your keys.

So how to enter. Easy - leave a comment and a way for me to contact you if you win. If you care to tell me what your favourite post has been over the last 23 months, that will get you a second entry ;)
If you are a follower, then I will pop in an extra little thing if you win. Happy to post worldwide.
The giveaway will close on the 22nd of October midnight Perth time. I will draw the winner either by or with the help of my kids on Sunday :)

So what are you waiting for - go comment!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 6

Yes, another flower photo. This is my neighbours lovely Strelitzia (Bird Of Paradise). I really love these flowers, that bright orange is just gorgeous! And the plant is rather pretty too.


p.s. Seems that my next post will be my 100th! I do have a giveaway planned, so stay tuned tomorrow :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Day 5

Chincherinchee in flower for the first time in my garden.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Blogtoberfest Day 4

I can't think of a better heading but I do have a gorgeous photo to share.

This is one of my DS's fantastic drawings :) Isn't it just great!!

The kids were very gorgeous today - DD washed a sink full of dishes for me and DS hung out a full load of towels - and they offered!!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Funday

Tired kids are in bed, and their tired parents are having quiet time. The kids had a lovely day, but it unfortunately ended in major tears from DD, who I think had just a little too much fun.

Our shopping centre was open today, celebrating the refurbishment of the centre. There was a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon animals and more. So DD lined up for face painting.

Then they came back home for lunch. DS wanted to go back to the shops after lunch because David Wirrpanda from the Eagles was going to be there. So he put on his Eagles tracksuit, and went back to see Wirra! He got an autograph on the back of his jacket, a signed poster and a photo!

I am so proud of DS. Going up there isn't something he would normally do, as he can be quite a shy boy sometimes. And doesn't he look pleased!

I must say a HUGE thankyou to my DH for the kids having fun today, as he took them to the shops both times, allowing me to stay home and cut out patterns that I need to get sewing asap!
Also, the photos were taken by my husband - you can see more of his great work over here at BjBlaster. Thanks sweet.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Trains and Marbles

These are what made up a birthday present for one of DS's friends last weekend.

T-shirt is Ottobre 3/2008 #29 - the spider t-shirt. This is a great pattern. The embroidery is one that is stock on my machine, as the birthday boy loves trains.

He also loves marbles - and happened to have a bag of them handy, so I made a storage bag to keep them in. I cut out circles and sewed scraps of fabric behind them to make them look like marbles.

He loved them!