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!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mia's library bag

What you do for one you have to do for another.  I don't know how many times I have heard my parents say this.  Anyway, it's been some time since I made Amy and Ethan's library bags.  I am not doing that well financially this year so when my sister asked if I could make Mia a library bag I was thrilled!

My aunty machine embroidered her name onto some calico in a very cool and funky font.  I found some beautiful bright paisley fabric (I am so in love with paisley) which I thought would be lovely for our beautiful bright baby girl.

The bag is slightly bigger (or longer) than the other two but I think it will be just perfect.

I'm not sure if I will get a chance to do another post before Christmas or the end of year so I wish everyone a lovely Christmas.  I hope to have lots of nice things to post about in 2014.