Friday, December 14, 2012

Flowers for Friday: Frangipani

A sure sign of Summer, when we start collecting fragrant frangipani blooms and scattering them in bowls throughout the house. I smiled so much to see Oscar initiate their gathering, late one afternoon and arrange them in amongst his toys.

Happy Birthday Mum

On Wednesday afternoon we headed to my parents house. We wandered the garden. Sucked the nectar out of shrimp flowers. Played with blocks and trains and cars. Ate a basic dinner of spaghetti bolognese (thanks Dad). Sung happy birthday to mum and let Oscar blow out the candles on the pavlova (made by Aym). 

Happy (belated online) birthday Mum. Hope you had a lovely day.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


1 The last of the Flannel Flowers in Tess's backyard.
2 Tess (my lil sis).
3 Sick Oscar, drinking thyme steeped in warm water with honey.
4 Thyme flowers.
5 Radish tails. Crunchy salad: radish, snow peas, apple, mint, celery.
6 Nora, post swimming lesson, waiting for the bath to fill.
7 Cactus flower at dusk. They only open when night falls.
8 Oscar feeling better, being sprayed by the hose and snuggling up to his towel.

Linking up with the glittery Em.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

12 Australian Makers – an informal wishlist

Unrelated photo of my mum's fabric scraps. Just think of all the possibilities!

Inspired by Christina Lowry's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, I've decided to feature 12 of my favourite Australian creatives.  Some I've purchased from, some I dream of purchasing from. Enjoy surfing!

1 Ouch Flower. Pippa creates some awesome stuff. I LOVE her beads and tassels and macramé! Yep, love it all. Pippa blogs here.

2 Handmade Romance. Evie is such a talent. I bought my sis Aym a bearded bloke awhile ago – I sent through photos of her husband Adam and Evie created a mini him in brooch format. It is awesome. Evie blogs here.

3 Typically Red. Greer's hand knit bonnets are beautiful. Greer blogs here.

4 Amelia Herbertson. I already mentioned I purchased her thank you cards (in postcard format). She also has some lovely christmas cards and they are all gorgeous handcut handprinted lino prints. Ameila blogs here.

5 and the trees. Jay makes one-of-a-kind clothes and lace collars from vintage embroideries and doilies. Headbands from felt. And tiny embroidery art. Jay blogs here.

6 Rowantree Design. Roberta's children's clothes come in delicious delicate fabrics. I'm eyeing off her Aurora Party Gingham dress for Nora. Roberta blogs here.

7 Stencil Portraits. Maria is local to me. She creates custom stencil portraits on canvas or reclaimed wood. Totally cool. Maria blogs here.

8 My Bearded Pigeon. Everyone loves Cath's cushions. I have a soft spot for the Antarctica map cushion. I once bought a friend the Italy one. It looks gorgeous sitting on his couch. Cath blogs here.

9 Jen Booth. Cute little leather locket pouches, in which to keep a lucky charm. Jen blogs here.

10 Umbrella Prints. You could have so much fun with a pack of their remnant fabrics. I would love to totally embroider the diamond argyle fabric – maybe make a cushion or some brooches or something! Carly and Jen blog here.

11 Mango Frooty. Gabby creates still-life watercolours. Her collaboration with Sarah from HillanDale Nursery resulted in beautiful packets of seeds, which would make lovely gifts. Gabby blogs here.

12 benconservato. I am totally in love with Emma's hinged beasts. Totally. Emma blogs here.

Phew! That's an awful lot of links.

Of course there are many, many more talented makers out there. Feel free to share any of your personal favourites (or if you make and sell lovely things yourself) in the comments.

ps Just one more link! If you live near me, Shorties in Newtown supports lots of local makers, knitters and crafters. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012


1 On the kitchen windowsill; basil for salads + sandwiches, chamomile waiting to be dried and nasturtiums, the petals for salads but mainly for prettiness.

2 Basil, chives, parsley and strawberries all thriving on our back porch (the rest of the garden is weeds).

3 BEAUTIFUL linocut thank you cards – ordered from Amelia Herbertson written and posted to everyone who helped warm our home.

4 Attempting to squish Nora into a tub to cool off. It didn't work, she ended up in the kitchen sink (as per usual).

5 Oscar trying on my new shoes.

6 Papa's home! (It was Friday, it was hot, both my children spent the majority of the day naked).

Linking to the lovely Em at The Beetleshack.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Flowers for Friday: pink roses

I've spent a fair bit of time in the Southern Highlands recently – Bowral, Berrima, Mittagong. Just a small sampling of the pink prettiness I encountered. 

Tomorrow is the first day of Summer! Although I think Summer really officially started yesterday. So so so hot.

We have a mothers' group christmas party this weekend – picture ten beautiful crazy toddlers running around. Hope you all have lovely plans.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Grandma and Abuela = Mémé and Yaya

Mémé, Oscar and Nora (in the pram). Taken back before the jacaranda started blooming.

Oscar was the first grandchild for both sides of the family. Before he was born, much discussion ensued not just around his name, but also around what he would call his grandparents. My mum was adamant that she would like to be Grandma, not Nana. Rodge's mum would go teary at the thought of being called Abuela (spanish for Grandma).

Oscar had other ideas. Abuela has become Yaya. Grandma has become Mémé (pronounced meh-meh, but I prefer to pretend we're posh and use accents).

As a person that grew up calling both her grandmas by their first names, I have found watching these developments fascinating.

What do your children call their grandparents? Or maybe you had a special name for your own grandmas?

ps My dad wanted to be called Gramps (aka grumpy Gramps), but Osc seems to believe his name is Toes.

pps I posted a beautiful picutre of Oscar and his Yaya way back here.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


1 a bunch of sweet william gathered by Oscar
2 kneading caraway seeds into our bread
3 perfect Nora
4 my sister Tess and her fiancé Joe receiving a gift of nasturtiums from Oscar
5 Rodge watering our basil, Oscar helping with his own watering can

Linking to Em at The Beetle Shack

Friday, November 23, 2012

Flowers for Friday: Chamomile

I've been picking the flowers off our tiny new Chamomile bush all week. This afternoon I'll dry them, then I'll enjoy my very first small cup of homegrown Chamomile tea.

Steps for oven drying Chamomile:
Heat oven to 200 degrees C. Once hot turn it off.
Place rinsed and dried flowers on a lined baking tray.
Put flowers in off oven – leaving door slightly ajar.
Leave there for approximately four hours.

If the oven goes cold, remove the flowers, reheat the oven and repeat the process.

Should keep in a sealed jar for 6 months.

More detailed instructions on how to dry Chamomile can be found here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ornament swap, the middle

My snowflake-star is currently being used as a coaster on my bedside table. I decided it wasn't right for my swap partner and went back to the drawing board.

This naive little wool felt owlet is the result. He's a bit rough around the edges, which I'm hoping can be passed off as charm! I based the design upon this gorgeous illustration (originally pinned from here). Now, I'm plagued with uncertainties as to how it will be received – but he'll be on his way shortly – I'm trying not to overthink these things.

I'm loving seeing what everyone else is creating – linking up on Christina Lowry's blog.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Do you pin your own stuff?

Today, I pinned a couple of bits and pieces from my blog onto pinterest. I was just looking at my inspiration boards for Oscar and Nora and it only made sense, in my mind, that they actually have some  relevant images from real life. They are my inspiration boards after all; if I had a personal physical pinboard at home, then such things would be included.

It left me thinking, is this good or bad pinterest etiquette? Does it just look like shameless self-promotion? Have you ever pinned from your own blog?

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Rodge and I went to an old friends wedding in the Southern Highlands on Friday night; so we opted to spend the whole weekend exploring the area. We went to the Iris Country Fair at Frensham on Saturday. We marvelled at the school's beautiful grounds. We ran and jumped, discovered ducklings, ate sweets, danced, shopped, picked buttercups, pet animals and Oscar rode a Pony. We had fun.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ornament Swap, the beginning

I'm joining in on Christina's handmade ornament swap for christmas.

I was finding this swap quite difficult. I found myself getting caught up on the details of who I am sending the ornament too. (It is anonymous, so I can't let you know). I've searched her blog. I've made notes. I've been trying to wrap my head around creating an ornament that fits in with her list of likes (which is very specific). I was feeling stuck.

I knew I just had to start and then the ideas might flow.

So I had a look around to see what I could use to make an ornament from. Bits and pieces I already own. My paper-piece diamond templates, of course! I decided to try and arrange them in a star format. I searched through my small fabric stash and pulled out an old pair of flannel pj pants. I cut out some diamonds, using a tree image on the pants. I started tacking them up and low and behold, they look a little like a snowflake. I think I like the direction where this is heading. I'm still not certain if it is right to send to my partner, but at least I've began making something. Now different ideas and possibilities are starting to appear.

ps as I've continued to sew, this decoration is reminding me of someone else entirely – it may have to be gifted to her and something else made for my partner in the swap.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Our Housewarming

We had a housewarming party over the weekend. It was filled with family, friends, flowers and food.

1 Welcoming bunting. 2 Roses from my sis Tess and Joe's backyard. 3 Gift wrapping illustration by Tess. 4 My 80 year old grandma Joyce playing with Osc on his bedroom floor. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The balancing series

The very beautiful Emily is hosting a series of interviews focussing on motherhood and creativity. My interview is first up. I can't wait to meet the other mothers and hear their stories.

(That's me and Oscar as captured by Tess).

Monday, November 5, 2012

At home

It is taking us a little while to feel organised in our new home. I feel settled and happy. I think we all do. But organisation? Well, that is awhile off.

Framed pictures line the walls, waiting to find a place to hang permanently. Discussions over the backyard are under way. In the meantime herbs have been planted in old laundry tubs on our back porch.

Everyday a little more is sorted and shifted, yet nothing ever seems to be finished.

In between all of this constant, slow change, life is the same. I am reading to Nora, tickling Oscar, eating and cooking (lots of homemade bread right now), watching tele, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and very occasionally sewing in bed.

Creatively I've shifted, more food, more cooking, more arranging, but I know I'll shift back and start painting again soon. I'm looking forward to it.