Monday, September 1, 2014

Mosaic heart photo canvas

When I did the house renovations last year, there was one thing in the kitchen that caused me a bit of a dilemma.

Mum had this photo board that was literally just a cork board with a stack of photos pinned to it.  Although it was messy and the photos were all bent on the edges, it was a board that everyone was drawn to.  Some were photos that people had sent us in Christmas cards, when their babies were born or when they'd gotten married.  Some were pics of when we were kids and a couple of pics from when we met famous people.

I tried to find a photo of the board from front on, but unfortunately it wasn't something that we took any photos of.  You can see it from the side in one of the 'before' pics from the renovations.

As you can see, the pictures didn't exactly sit flat.  I really didn't think it was going to look any good to stick the daggy old board back up after all the improvements.

Anyway, I was reluctant to completely get rid of it because it had been such a talking point.  People gravitated to it and loved picking out people, reminiscing about old times and just generally having a look.

Funny enough, many years ago we actually had a guy visit the house for the first time.  He looked at the photo board and spotted himself in the background of a photo!!  He'd been at the same camp years before, but we didn't meet him until years later.  Talk about small world!!

So in my ample spare time, I decided to scan all the photos and put them together somehow into a mosaic.  Then as I was playing around with the scanned images, I noticed that it has sort of started taking the shape of a heart.  Once I saw that heart shape in my mind, it was locked in.

Then when I was nearing completion and wondering how I was going to print out this heart shaped mosaic, an email popped into my inbox about a half priced canvas for Christmas.  I didn't hesitate and uploaded the mosaic to be printed on the canvas.

Personally, I think it looks pretty good.  It's still a talking point, but unfortunately it can't be added to or amended.  But it looks great in the new kitchen and mum absolutely loved her Christmas gift too.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

13 happy things

The other day I was out shopping and I came across the cutest cards that were apparently designed by Taylor Swift.  I loved all the cards, but I couldn't put down this one and had to get it.

It is so sweet and lists 13 very happy things.  I decided to buy a frame and put it in my place to make me smile.

If you want a closer look, go to the link above, otherwise I'll list the 13 things that make me and Ms Swift happy:
  1. fireflies - I am a little obsessed with fireflies, especially since as far as I am aware, I don't think they have them in Australia.
  2. music - one of life's necessities, need I say more?
  3. sparkly glitter - glitter makes anything look better.
  4. home - it's where the heart is!
  5. surprises - not always, but most of the time surprises are good.
  6. worn in boots - worn in shoes in general are good, but worn in boots are that little step better.
  7. sundresses - if only they could be worn all year round.
  8. friends - I probably would have put this higher on the list, but I'm not sure that they are in a particular order.
  9. cheesecake - one I possibly could leave off... that is until I think about The Cheesecake Factory and then realise it is definitely a happy thing.
  10. kittens - I think I'd prefer puppies, but kittens are damn cute too!
  11. walks in the park - agreed. But then walks anywhere are true too.
  12. daisies - yes, yes yes!
  13. your birthday - well it is a birthday card after all. But again, I would say I do like celebrating birthdays with people, so it again is true for me!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Always time for tea

It seems like absolutely ages since I did a cross stitch post.  To be honest, I haven't really done too many since Mia's birth sampler well over a year ago.  But I have still bought cross stitch magazines and many of them have little projects on them, so I decided to do a few.

I absolutely loved this little teacup cross stitch - that came in a kit with issue 202 of "The World of Cross Stitching" magazine.   Not only was there the chart and threads, but also the cute little hanger and even the ribbon.

It was the perfect little project for me because as you know, I love cross stitching and I also love tea and tea parties!!!  Funny thing is, while I was stitching it, I thought of a friend at work who is way more tea obsessed than I am.  So once I was done, I gave it to her.

I also thought of taking a photo of the back - which I sewed (not well), a little bit of calico to so that you can't see the messy back.

The Commonwealth Games are on at the moment.  It is making me think about my trip to Scotland last year as I remember being in Glasgow and seeing all the signs for the games and thinking, when they finally happen, this trip will feel like a lifetime ago... sure enough, I was right!!!

Hope you're having a fab weekend!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mothers Day High Tea

I know it has been over a month since Mothers Day. I am very slack with uploading stuff these days.  But I did make a bit of an attempt to do a nice morning tea for mum and my sister who are both pretty darn good mothers.

I made some delicious lemonade scones with jam and cream, had yummy brewed tea and some yummy chocolates.

If you look hard enough in the top left corner of the above photo, you can see a photo taken at a mothers day... possibly about 10 years earlier in which my sister and I did a similar tea party with all the best china for mum.  We had to take that photo with a tripod!

I did use my good tea cups for this one, they are all different.  But I also have some very cute melamine plates which I got out for the kids to use.  They also had cute little expresso cups and I made them some warm frothy milk.

The melamine plates were from two different places, but they strangely go really well together.  I got the two floral ones from one of my favourite places on earth, Cath Kidston when I was in the UK.  And the others are blue plaid melamine with a very cute edge - Australian House and Garden from Myer.

The kids were just on their best behaviour, so not only was it yummy, but it was also enjoyable as they were sitting up and being so good... it's almost like they knew it was a bit special.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A special place

I love walking around my neighbourhood, however there is a park that I always try to avoid.  I avoid it for no other reason than I once received some bad news (on my mobile) as I was walking through it.  Since then the memory of that news comes back to me every time I walk through/past/near the park.

Last weekend I went for a walk and almost without thinking I found myself on the edge of the park. I hesitated at the edge and then decided I would walk through as it was 1. A very hot day and the park is nice and shady and 2. Silly of me to continue avoiding a park because of an unhappy memory.

To make a long story short I am so glad I did.  I spotted a sign I had never seen before, so I headed over to have a read.  It might seem pretty simple, however while reading it, I felt a range of emotions - it made me smile, laugh, sad and proud.

The sign notes that although today the park is a place for play, for many years it was a place for learning and it was the location of the first school in the area.

The school opened on 27 April 1875 (blow me away!).  It was made out of blue gum and stringy-bark timber and of the 27 children who were the first students in the school - several were from the families of Shumack, Smith and Southwell - all well known streets in the area.

A closer look at the photo on the sign - the first students along with their teacher Mr Ewan Cameron.  Their gorgeous school house behind.

The part that gave me goosebumps was where it mentioned the beautiful tall pine trees that are still scattered among the park today.  The first 11 it says were planted to commemorate 11 former students who enlisted in WW1.  As I read this, I looked back up at the trees and saw 11 tall and proud pines - which reminded me of tall, proud soldiers.

What a lovely and meaningful thing to put in a park.  I loved reading about the history of my area - realising the street names that I have taken for granted for many, many years have a greater significance to the area.

This park now has a new memory attached to it.  Thank you so much to who ever organised it to come about.  (ACT Government / Weetangera School / Canberra Tracks / Belconnen Heritage).  Good work!