Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy mail...happy me!

The other day I received a lovely gift from the lovely Zara. I was the lucky recipient of a 'send it forward' gift. Zara made me the lovliest cushion cover from some thrifted linens. I love the combination she chose and I am so thrilled to have a handmade gift from you Zara. Thank you SO very much!

Thank you also for the sweet card you made me and your sweet words too. Just made my day really!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Ages ago, I bought these napkins/placemats? from the oppy. I decided to make some cushions with them and thrifted a yellow linen shirt for the backing. Oh course it needs a friend so I have been looking out for just the right yellow shirt for another backing which is the main reason it's been sitting in my WIP's box forever.

I stitched this one up today and I am embarressed to say it only took me about 5 minutes.
Another WIP ticked off though ;)

Do you have a lot of WIP's on the go, like me?

Sunday, February 19, 2012


The other day I bragged about my Miss Adorable.
Miss, hmmmm not so much!

She clearly had some encouragement and help from her big brother-those beautiful lipstick circles going right around her eyes could only be the work of Mr 6.

PS You should have seen the couch!
PSS I can't even remember the last time I wore lipstick!
PSSS The lippy on the couch reminded me of this incident, let's call it 'Ollie tries his hand at stamping'
He was about 2 1/2 I think.


Op Shopping

This weeks finds included a lovely glass storage jar-$1.00 and a little blanket, new and made from wool scraps. There were five bright blankies of varying sizes. Lulu chose this one-$3.00

I also picked up this bright souvenir teatowel for $5.00
Oh the colours!
A geniune linen teatowel from Broken Hill, made in Czechoslovakia ;)

And a few recent finds that I haven't shared yet.
These pretty Johnson teacups. They are a perfect size and lovely to use.
$4.00 for the set of four.

Banana splits anyone? I haven't used them yet but thought they might be a bit of fun!
Set of 6, $5.00

These gorgeous Italian glasses, $1 each Vitrosax.

And some floral pillowcases, $1.00 each. I picked these up at the same oppy a few weeks apart. Funny that.

Have you found anything at the oppies lately?
Linking in here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Miss Adorable

Last week I posted about the Miss Adorable Dress that I made for Lulu's 3rd birthday.
And here she is...our Miss Adorable playing in her new frock.

 Oh this little girl is so loved and adored by all of us!

Lulu's Rainbow Cake

I used my regular old butter cake mix and doubled it.
Split the mix into equal portions for colouring.
I  added quite a bit of food colouring because I wanted it to be bright.
Line a round tin with baking paper or grease and flour if that's what you do. That's what I do!
Pour mix into tin and spread it out evenly. Bake each colour separately.
Bake 180 deg for about 15 minutes. I put foil on top half way through so the top wouldn't burn.
I only had two tins so baked two cakes at a time.
Cool in tin for 5 mins then turn onto wire rack.

Once you have your six coloured cakes,  ice the first cake and then place the next layer on top.
Ice and add next layer and so on until you have them all stacked up beautifully.
Ice the top and sides and decorate as you wish.
I used sprinkles and a fabric bunting that I made from the scraps of the party bunting.
For the icing I used a butter cream icing.

It took a bit of time but it was very easy to make, bake and assemble. The big reveal was fantastic!
I hadn't told Lulu that it was a rainbow cake so when I cut into she smiled and said 'it's got colours'.
Happy girl, happy mama! I'll definately be making it again.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Day

We don't usually celebrate Valentines Day at our place but a couple of weeks ago I bought a packet of heart shaped paper doilies at the oppy so I thought I'd have a bit of fun creating a little Valentine story in our entry way.

I gathered some bits and pieces from around our home. Some hearts, my Nonna's tablecloth, thrifted treasures-vintage scrabble, fowlers jar-the perfect vase, some frames and the paper doilies of course. The lovely candle is a gift from a sweet friend, some roses from our garden-three to symbolise our three little loves, the playing card-five hearts representing our family of five, the gold piece used to hang on our bedroom wall when we first married-many moons ago seven houses ago! and a little handmade happy heart made from a thrifted doily complete with dodgy stitching and a vintage button.

And funny...the Mr was quite chuffed with my little Valentines greeting.
Hope you had a lovely day.
Do you celebrate Valentines Day?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My place and yours

Playing along with MPAY, this lovely Saturday. SO happy to see this weeks theme is 'on the wall' because my place is an absolute mess!

These bits of wall are from our living area (lounge/dining/kitchen room).

The Mr has taken our little loves out to visit the grandparents while I clean up... blog/drink coffee/browse pinterest for rainbow cakes. Have you ever made the rainbow cake? Miss Lulu is turning 3 and tomorrow there will be a clean house and a rainbow cake for sure!

Check out Punky and Me to nosey about everyone elses place. What's on your wall?

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Kings

Last year I stumbled upon The Kings family blog. They had just said goodbye to their precious boy Noah. He was just ten years old. It is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story that his mum Lisa, shares on their blog so beautifully.

Very recently, Lisa's husband Aaron passed away unexpectedly. I don't know Lisa and her little family but I know I can show them some support. And I thought you might be able to as well.

There is a charity auction happening on facebook this weekend for the King family.
 Pop over here to have a peek at all the lovely things up for auction.

There is also a fundraising page set up for the Kings where you can make a donation. All the info can be found at this lovely blog, Seven Cherubs. With all my heart, I believe every.bit.helps. Whether you can donate $5.00, $50.00 or $500.00...every bit helps! As a mama and a wife I can't help but wonder how I might cope if faced with these challenges.

Bloggers are a caring and supportive bunch I think.
Isn't it amazing that through blogging we can reach out and help others?
And if we each tell a few family and friends about The Kings, they might be able to help as well.