Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Hello sunshine!

Hello there!
It has been a long time since I sat down to type a blog post. So much has been happening around here. Life certainly did not stop when I stopped blogging. Where do I start? Hmm, well let's just rip off the bandaid and start with the fact that the eldest daughter is now working part time! How the hell did THAT happen?? Seriously, it feels like just yesterday she was running around in nappies! She has seriously made my heart burst with pride every time I see her in her uniform. She absolutely LOVES her job. I love that she is working at the exact same pizza shop that I had my first part time job at! It feels like it was meant to be.
The youngest teenager has decided to change sports, change her mind on what she wants to be when she leaves school & changes her clothes every 2 seconds! 13 years old. Yep, it's the age when you are finding your place in the world & enjoying every single moment. She is so completely funny and has become the most quick witted person I have ever met. The things she says are instant & have us in fits of laughter.
We have a new puppy! Gracie is a rescue dog. She is the most perfect bundle of happiness. She was made just for us I think. She is completely in love with our Molly dog and they have become the best of mates. She has given Molly a new lease on life.

Oh & let me tell you that we have had THAT holiday that somehow changes you forever! We loaded up the 4wd and headed off to Stradbroke Island. It was perfect! We stayed in a little water front cottage and had a holiday that we could have only ever imagined in our dreams. We had just 20 steps from the back door to the waters edge. Every single night the local dolphins would spend hours playing right where we were. It was like magic! They were incredibly playful, cheeky and just amazing to watch. Mothers with their babies, teenagers chasing each other and the older dolphins keeping watch over them all. There was at least 10 dolphins that would keep us entertained. It was 5 days that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We spent so much time together & I think it really brought us together. We hiked, swam, kayaked, went sightseeing and relaxed.

Over the past few months I have sewn more than ever! I have been sewing for myself. Zippy tops, wiksten tanks & I have made a few bags as well. I have taught myself how to sew with leather and I made myself the most delicious red leather tote bag that I use very day. I have never loved a bag more than this simple red tote. I have a gorgeous piece of yellow leather ready for my next project. I just have to figure out what that project will be! {I will share some photo’s of my red tote soon}

I have been spending a lot of time in the garden now that spring has arrived. I have had all of my roses that the girls & hubby got for Mother's Day, come into bloom and they are spectacular! Each time I fill a jar with roses from the garden, it brings a smile & a feeling of love. To know that they bought them for me makes them even more special. The frangipani trees that I have grown from cuttings a few years back, are now starting to fill with leaves and I can't wait for the first bloom of flowers in summer.
I am still trying to live a sweet & simple life. Some days it is hard & some days it just seems to be a breeze. I unfortunately rolled my ankle twice in 3 weeks so my fitness has suffered. I am still supposed to be off my feet but we all know that as women & mothers, that was never going to happen. It is also the reason why I rolled it for the second time! I am hoping to be back swimming in 4 weeks time, fingers crossed. I had gotten to the point in my fitness journey where I was running on the treadmill every day & then I actually rolled my ankle the first time walking down the back step to get to the treadmill! I hope to one day get back to running because I couldn't believe how much I loved it! I have never been a runner, not even when I was a kid. So one day while I was walking on the treadmill & an awesome song came on, something came over me. I pumped up the speed and took off! It was liberating! Even though I could feel my big butt jiggling as I ran, I just kept going! Even thinking about running is getting my heart racing. {sigh} I can't wait to get back on the treadmill.
So, that's the last few months in a few paragraphs. I want to say thank you to all of you who have stuck around & still been chatting with me on the Facebook page. I honestly thought that I may never blog again at one stage. I had lost my blogging mojo completely. I think that I had started to doubt myself and my ability to share my life here on my little blog. But I feel as though I am back on the blogging train. I may not blog every day but I know that you will be here when I do. I feel like the sunshine has re-energised my soul & I have come out of my winter hibernation.
Hello sunshine!


Friday, 20 June 2014

Yarn Over. Shopping for crochet.

On Wednesday, 2 friends took me on an outing to Yarn Over. It is a gorgeous little yarn shop in Brisbane. I don’t often go into the city for crafting supplies so I had never been to this shop. I had only heard about it. The moment I stepped through the doors I fell in love!

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I made a beeline straight for the one reason that I was there. Sugar ‘n cream wool!!

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I had seen this wool used for quite some time around the internet & I had been itching to get my hands on some. And now that my hands are on it, I just can’t stop making things with it!

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It is a great cotton to make structured things like baskets. It keeps its shape really well.

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Because it is a cotton, it is also perfect for facecloths, dishcloths, scrubbies, etc.

I have already started making a bag from the blue sugar ‘n cream. I can’t wait to get some more of the variegated balls as it is just such pretty colours.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Winter sun. Gardening and trying to keep warm.

Winter has finally hit in full force. Well, about as much cold force as we get here in south east Queensland. Last night got below 7 degrees Celsius. that, for a born and bread Queenslander, is very cold! The great thing though, is that we have beautiful clear blue skies and lots of sunshine during the day. This photo that I took at 8:15 am this morning explains it all.

It is the perfect weather for gardening. I mean just look at this gorgeous blue moon rose! This is the first of my Mothers Day roses that my family bought for me. Just stunning!

The chooks have completely taken over the back yard so I needed to rethink my herb garden. A few years ago I planted up a wheelbarrow with herbs and it worked a treat! So I have done it again. It is perfect for a completely portable garden.

It is an old wheelbarrow that is unusable for anything else as it has a few little rust holes in the bottom an a busted wheel. But it is perfect for a herb garden! I have several varieties of lettuce, chives, coriander, Italian parsley, thyme, baby spinach & sage. All of the good stuff for winter cooking.

I have added a few new pots of colour into the front patio. I just smile every time I see a pansy because they look like such happy plants. All turned and basking in the morning sun.

The hibiscus are seriously blooming. Such huge flowers. These ones are much bigger than an adult hand and have such a bright, intense colour.

The passionfruit vine is starting to die back but it is still full of fruit. I have taken to eating several passionfruit a day just because my freezer is stock full of them. But I am not complaining. There is new growth already started at the base of the vine so I know we will be in for another great season next time too.

I love watching Molly dog on a winter morning. She starts with her doggy yoga stretches inside and then heads out to watch the teenagers leave for school and all of the other school kids walking past while catching a few of the morning rays of sunshine.

Is it cold where you are?

Or are you in the northern hemisphere and enjoying your summer?