Monday, 31 March 2008


Who would know its not summer - we spent yesterday morning at the beach. We only intended to go for a walk and to search for crabs in the rock pools (Minnie is very interested in the comings and goings of crabs) but ended up in the water. Of course when I was asked if we needed our swimming gear, I said no. Luckily Steve had grabbed a towel. Minnie had a great time splashing around we loads of other children. I got a little wet (jeans don't roll up that far...) Also left the camera at home - not a good example of my organisational skills.

I also finished some sewing that is for a friend to give as a gift to a brand new baby. I also finished some etsy orders and got a load more over the weekend. With etsy and off-esty orders I have about 15 things to sew this week. Mmmmm.

The funeral for Jackie's husband is tomorrow (Tuesday) - she shall be in our thoughts.

Saturday, 29 March 2008

the saddest news...

I am really lost for words today. I logged on today to check in on my new friends in blogging world and was totally unprepared for the news that Jackie had to share. Her husband has died. I can not comprehend the enormity of this for Jackie. I just want to give her a hug. I can not think about her darling little ones without crying. It is just the saddest, saddest thing.

Please think of Jackie.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

I really do sew...

You may have started to think that I don't actually sew anything, other than clothes for my etsy shop. Yes, it is true that in place of beautiful finished clothes Minnie has lots of unfinished things in my sewing room. If you count the ideas and plans I have, she has more clothes and quilts and cushions than any other person in the world.

Here is a half finished practice (I am allowed to have wonky hems) version of a jacket that I am going to make for Minnie. I love this gorgeous vintage floral fabric. The pattern is from 'Girly Style Wardrobe,' from here. I am sure she can get hold of a copy for you. Very much in love with all the designs is contains. I need to concentrate a little though its all in Japanese - what an adventure it is!

I will finish this jacket and you will one day see the results.
Thank you for your kind words after my mini melt down yesterday - Minnie is fine today but has been telling us about her 'oowie neck day.' Lots of kisses at our house today...

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

now I can breathe...

Minnie 1 hour old

How quickly a seemingly mundane trip to the grocery store can turn into a moment when you seem to stop breathing. All was fine one minute and then Minnie starts complaining 'oowie' and grabbing at her neck. It was red - I thought that it may be an allergy or a bite so I wipe the area with a cool cloth. Then the 'oowie' moves very quickly to uncontrollable sobbing. I knew that this was not right. Rushed back to car, pushing trolley, covered in a 2 year old crying toddler. I was in a mild but controlled panic - she is complaining of a stiff neck. Not a good sign.

We rushed to our Doctor and Minnie's crying distressed the waiting patients. We then waited together in the Doctors office. Minnie's crying started to slow down but even half asleep, she was crying. Her temperature was normal so I relaxed a little, ears clear of infection and no obvious trauma to the neck. But she wouldn't turn her neck and was still crying. The Doctor gave her some painkillers and we headed home - the surgery Nurse came out the car and told me just to take her to the hospital if she didn't stop crying.

Cried on the way home and cried being carried half asleep into the house. Cried as I carried her to our bed and cried as I lay down with her. Her crying stopped as she cuddled into and latched onto my breast. I then cried a little thanking the stars for not having weaned her yet.

She is now finally sitting up (after hours of laying down) and seems to be on the mend, still complaining of a sore neck, still a tiny bit of crying . And still a tiny bit of crying from me being thankful that it is not something far more serious.

Saturday, 22 March 2008

chocolate and craft

Some Easter inspired craft and cooking today. Minnie and her Daddy enjoyed some craft time decorating cardboard eggs, bunnies and chicks. Think lots of glue! Minnie is concentrating so beautifully in the photo - threading ribbon through some holes in a card egg. Not long after she was screaming the house down. Gotta love a 2 year old...

Given its Easter a bit of chocolate had to make its way onto the menu. These are some ooey gooey chocolate fudge puddings. They were quite delicious. They are from Donna Hay's 'Modern Classics 2' I found (as I often do with old Donna) that they needed to spend a lot more time in the oven - about 15 minutes more actually but just experiment a little.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

This funny blogging world we live in...

I am just amazed at how wonderful this whole blogging caper is. Take today. I had a morning that started well, had a super high point watching Minnie sing and dance and jump her little heart out at Kindergym (imagine a petite 2 year old leading all the other 2 and 3 year old's in a jumping song, thinking for a minute that she was the instructor) and then it went downhill. I can't really go into detail but I was a bit upset and cross at the same time about something that I shouldn't be (clear as mud?)

Anyhooo I came home and did a little sewing and popped into the world of blog to visit some 'friends.' This is were the day suddenly improved. That darling Jackie of Mothering Nature fame linked me with a 'You Make My Day Award.' I nearly cried. Thank you Jackie - you really, really did make my day. Amazing that this can happen by someone I may never meet, may never talk too but get to know more and more each day.

I am new to these 'awards' but think I list some people? Not sure how I do this (I don't think I can award Jackie but she gets one anyway)...
Jo because she amazes me with her ability to study at Uni and run a busy house. And because she has a crazy hen...
Melissa because her amazing talent inspires me to sew things that are a little less ordinary
That Little Red Caboose because simple things like coffee and eggs in nests become truly, truly beautiful
Anna because her photo's are brilliant and her babies are even more brilliant
Kate because her toys are the best
Jen because I just don't know how she does it all
Susan because she dedicates her time to helping these most wonderful children

So please all know that I enjoy visiting you every day or so and know that you are always very welcome here at my place...

Happy Easter to those that may celebrate it. And a happy long weekend to those that don't.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

favourite things two

I am continuing with my theme 'a few of my favourite things' rather than bore you with the details from my mundane Monday - I cleaned the oven (I loath this more than any other domestic duty), did 4 loads of washing, and spent 1 hour going through the draws of the sideboard looking for receipts for tax time (July here in Australia). There was of course some super fun time - 'paste-paste' time (collage), play dough and a million stories with Minnie (this is her blog name - in case any one was wondering...).

So back to the topic. I love chairs. I really love chairs. Here is one that I love. I found a pair of them at a thrift store and I adore the shape and the colour of the fabric.

There as so many more chairs that I obsess with from afar. My sister previously worked for a interiors store that specialised in chairs - you know, Arne Jacobsen, Hans J Wegner, the list goes on. That job was one of my dream jobs.

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Didn't we have a lovely day, the day we went...

Saturday Shots from a day trip to Newcastle. A gorgeous city - one that I love more every time I go there. A superb combination of a wonderful climate, beaches right in the city, fantastic old buildings, wonderful cafes (Snows Patisserie on Union Street is fantastic as Minnie would agree) and restaurants. We had a lovely day.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

these are a few of my favourite things...

I thought I would dedicate the next few posts to some of my favourite things. Of course Minnie is number one but I thought I would include things from our home.

The first items are my two Orla Kiely 'toys' that I got when I was visiting my sister in Hong Kong last year. We spent a lot of time in the Orla Kiely store - I could not decide which purse to buy so I didn't. The toys are my little piece to Orla and remind me of how terrible my decision making skills are. My sister got some Orla goodies for Christmas - she has a lovely man.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Our other baby

Just a quick post to show you a photo of our cherished produce from our own courtyard! We have had Limey the Lime for almost 5 years. She/he as been in a big pot and has been cared for with much love by my husband. Finally this year Limey has produced his/her first fruit! This delicious lime was used tonight in one of my signature margaritas! I had a sneaky little sip and it tasted great! Come on Limey, how about enough for a lime tart!

Monday, 10 March 2008


I kinda cheated on this - this is not a recent photo! Its 2 years old in fact but I have not changed bar a few extra wrinkles. I do wear glasses but had taken them off for this shot. Minnie is 10 weeks old an now she is about 2 and 10 weeks.

I like my hands - you can't see them but I have very long fingers. People always say 'you should pay the piano or cello.' I have both but don't play either.

I like my eyes - they are usually quite happy eyes even when I am tired.

I like those freckles that I hated as a child. They are just me.

I like my feet - they are long and slender like my fingers.

I like my smile, especially because of why I am smilling in this photo. She is the main reason I smile.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

A thrifting we did go...

As promised, here are some snaps of my recent thrifting adventures. I love the sewing basket - it has already been put to use.

The little appliqued place mat and napkin were 10cents each - amazing. I love buying things that have been lovingly made by someone and wondering about the place it come from, was it loved, has it travelled far, and were will it end up?

The orange place mats are just very groovy and may end up being reborn as 2 small clutch bags. Or who knows - they may like to become something else...

The lovely Jen suggested that we take a self portrait and write some things that we love about ourselves - that is my project tomorrow...

Monday, 3 March 2008


Another weekend over - boo hoo. Planned a trip to the zoo but the weather was not grand so we did some things closer to home. I finished some sewing for my shop and planned another 50 things to do... I have a million ideas for things for Minnie - skirts, dresses, blouses but I just always seem to have other peoples sewing to do. This week I aim to make something new for Minnie... Lets so how that goes.

Off thrifting this morning - I love it! I haven't shared any finds on here but will do.