Some years ago when my daughters were developing their love of art and illustration, drawing tattoos on Barbie Dolls, decorating the walls with crayon murals, doing makeovers on the faces of super models on my woman's weekly's they also managed to deface every character on the family 'Guess Who' game.
Cleaning out the toy box one rainy holiday, we found the 'Guess Who' all in good working order except for the defaced character's. Lauren, (2nd daughter) who was quick not to be reminded and reprimanded once again, piped up and told me she didn't like those people anyway, they were really scary and looked mean. That's when I got the idea to repair the game, and in doing this creating a holiday activity, that would not only be fun for the day but could be used again and again.
Firstly, we got the photograph box out and picked enough family pictures to place in each of the flaps of one board, then we made two copies of each picture and replaced them into the flaps. How exciting our very own family 'Guess Who' The girls loved and cherished that game for years, changing the pictures several times over.
To my surprise when I was surfing the net for holiday activities I came across this picture on 'Pinterest'.
I can't remember the last time I opened the letter box, the real letter box that is, the one attached to the fence and pulled out a hand written envelop addressed to me in person. In fact I can't remember the last time I wrote a letter or a card, addressed it, put a stamp on it and posted it. To my surprise, when I arrived home last week, I had two such letters. One from my dear friend Lucy thanking me for a dinner party and one from my daughter Peta, thanking me for planning Rowan's Christening. I am happy to admit that my eyes filled with tears of joy and appreciation and gave me something to muse over this long weekend. This week I will start a 'thank you' card collection buy a bundle of stamps and next time I want to say Thank you, I will enjoy a brisk walk to post box, smile at the passers by, and stop long enough smell the roses.
Over at my house we are chilling out and feasting on wonderfully delicious Easter treats that my daughter Peta and I have been happily preparing over the long weekend. It's Rowan's first Easter and we are all enjoying bundling him up, throwing on our warm coats and taking him for walks to the park with the crazy poodles. We are eating breakfast in bed, reading, doing crosswords, playing pictionary, watching old movies and making our way through the left overs. We went to mass on Sunday morning and cooked a delicious feast for dinner last night. I am loving this! Here are my favourite images and I still have today and tomorrow to go.
I woke up filled with anticipation and excitement this morning, I am very much looking forward to meeting new people and discovering arts, crafts and fabrics and bringing something special home to share with you. We are packed and confident that we haven't left anything out. Yeah! ready to enjoy 12 days living a different culture.
When I checked my email one last time, I read this very lovely email sent by one of my customers. This has really made my day. Thank you Kerrie!
You probably won't remember me but I did an order with you about August or around then last year, for a Phoebe smock (size 1), a Bella dress and a Daisy smock dress, in size 2's. We lived in Adelaide then but have since moved to the Gold Coast.
I loved all the items but even though my daughter is quite tall the items have all been a bit big for her, until now. I popped the Phoebe smock, size 1 on her yesterday with jeans and it looked stunning...absolutely gorgeous!! Last week so got to wear the daisy dress /smock....also gorgeous! The fabrics are divine and the quality is exceptional. Everyone commented on her when I did the kindy run with my son in the Phoebe smock top.
So here I am back again just to see if you by chance anything similar and I was thrilled to see that you still stock some sizes, and on sale as well!
I am beside myself with happiness and can't wait to see the smock in blue also,
Anyway I just wanted to let you know how much we love the items and how excited and glad I am that you are still doing that style. Would love to know when your winter collection is online.
When I have some more time I will come back for another look at your sale items for next summer...too good to pass up!
Just in case the address didn't come out as one in QLD can you please let me know?
All packed and ready to fly, I have time to think about what happy things came my way this week
One chair, one bear, one book
I must say I have a thing for chairs, I am always picking them up off the footpath, or spotting them in garage sales, or Salvation Army stores, but this one, I could not resist, I purchased the jumble and battered, seen better days child's chair for a mere $15 at the Rozelle Public School Market. Held in the grounds of the Historic Rozelle School, this market is a must for those seeking out treasures with over 100 stalls you are guaranteed a very entertaining couple of hours .
The sailor is quizzeld by the family of mismatched chairs sitting in our garage. Happily I report back to him that one day they will all get a make over and live happily ever after.
My lovely friend, sailing buddy and Rowantree supporter, Lucy knitted this handsome little bear for Rowan. Lucy says it's the only thing she can knit...somehow I don't believe you Lucy. I will post the pattern for the bear when I am back in my blogging chair.
And Last but not least "The Little Golden Book". "The Pokey Little Puppy" is my favourite. Do you remember "The little Red Caboose", "The Saggy, Baggy Elephant". I am building a collection for Rowan and I can't wait to see his little face light up when I read him one.
What a brilliant Autumn day it was yesterday, we decided to take Rowan for a walk in our beautiful inner city Centennial Park which is looking so lush and colourful after the rain. My daughter Peta put this to me.
"Mum you love to make lists, so lets make a mental list of what we love about Autumn in Sydney....
Cool mornings and brilliant days like to day.
When you can see your breath
The colour of the light of day
Walking in the Park with you and Rowan ( that's not counted, for being too cheesy)
Apples, Quinces for pies
Picnics, you can eat so much because it's cold
Peta ... No Cricket
Me ... Ditto! no sailing (at least for a few weeks)
Thank goodness for Easter we get to eat chocolate
The Easter Show
Putting on a great pair of Sambag boots and throwing on my orange Sambag trench, stamping on crunchy leaves...
The Easter Racing Carnival and all those impressive fascinators and heels to die for
Being cosy in a comfy chair with a great book
Knitting and crocheting
Love going to the beach house and walking along the cold and windy beach collecting shells
Today, Monday it's the count down to my trip to Thailand. It's about writing lists and sub lists List of maybe's. List of clothes to pack List of clothes not to pack (took last time and never wore) Basically lists of things I don't want to forget. I think that is what a list actually is? If somebody can help me with that notion, please feel free. and then there is the list of what to take the children, books usually, colour pencils, writing pads, etc. Then all the clothes have to be relisted to accommodate the above. Thanks goodness for the sailor who never wants to take much in the way of clothing on holidays and lets me fill his bag.
I should be writing lists now, this minute, instead of reading soul feeding blogs, but then I naughtily head over to my image files. Just for inspiration I tell myself. One place I will never forget is Sapa which lies in the very north west of Vietnam near the Chinese border and way up in the mountains. Sapa is such a colourful town thanks to the H'mong and Dzao people from the local hill tribes who head into the town's market every day to trade their giftware, homewares, children's toys and clothing, produce and homewares.
Love those purple wellies!
Hand embroided baby pouch..How about that for the crafties
and this.......my favourite little warrior
That was a day to remember the colour's still dance in my mind. the people beautiful and inspiring. The sailor was hugely patient whilst I stopped and chatted and made my many purchases which he happily carried back to the bus, several times.....
Later that night I heard the sailor commenting about the day.
"Yeah mate, Not bad, Just like all those markets she loves to visit back home, a bit of craft stuff, some food, you know just a lot of little colourful treasures that keeps her happy!"
I'm thinking this piece of fabric will be a very comfy pillow, a quilt or a pair of PJ'S or ...........
Sitting here on my worktable is the cutest piece of fabric which is designed by Suki Tam a very talented artist and writer. I met Suki at Mathilda's Market at Paddington Town Hall a couple of weeks back. I was strolling amongst the stalls looking out for that something special to catch my eye. There is was a colourful display of fun, vibrant, quirky printed fabrics. I was in heaven.
I love these. All of them. Which one will I take. They are absolutely beautiful....I want them all! The feel and quality of the fabric has my stamp of approval.
I want them now before Suki becomes famous.
I picked the Elephant design to bring home that day as you all know I am creating a space for Rowan in my house and my brief to myself is to make it colourful, interesting, fun and quirky. ( much like myself). Every quiet moment I would head back to Suki's stall to chat a little more about her wonderful prints, drawings and her inspirations. It so happens that Suki lives just around the corner so I won't be too far away when I need a textile fix.
Here is a glimpse of Suki's delightful products.
Cherry blossom print...soo dreamy
A travel journal just in time for my holiday
Whimsical little jottings throughout
Thank you Suki for gifting me one of your travel journals. Check out Suki's online store at Etsy to buy any of her beautiful products.
Okay it's Friday and I have the whole weekend ahead with no plans (so far). My space, my room, my studio whatever I decide to call it at any given time is getting out of control. I can't help it. I just keep making things, mostly little peoples clothes but lately I have been stretching the creative mind and this is when things have really taken on a turn for the worst. Take a step back.....we moved into the house, a stately Victorian terrace aptly named 'Victoria' one year ago she is located in the inner west of Sydney and is in need of major renovation... so the idea was not to stress about her state of not being stately, but to soldier on whilst we muse over the grand plan.....
My appointed creative space with little room to swing the cat is upstairs at the back of the house, my work table is kindly positioned next to a lovely double hung window with a beautiful view of trees and rooftops down the street and right into my neighbours back yard and pool area which is kind of a lovely comical distraction at times when family things are running a muck. The walls are a dirty cream and to top it off I have a very ugly light/ceiling fan combo....... How is the grand plan coming along, it's not, so this is it, I am going to give fabric stash along with my patterns, laces trims etc, etc, etc, a get out of jail card and send them off on a lovely little holiday to the lock up. The sailor did mention to me that I have poetic license to decorate the house in any stylish whim that takes my fancy...funk up the place, go crazy, graffiti the walls...well maybe not go that far.
How high can I stack these...the boxes they multiply
Please stay in your box
My new super scissors...I found you and now I have lost you
Hmm.... somewhere there is a key that keeps the door closed