Friday, October 31, 2014

All Hallows' Eve

We had fun dressing up Amelia and I couldn't resist taking pics of her on her first Halloween. She's getting difficult to photograph these days as she is so active and never sits still for long. Halloween is not a big thing in Australia although there are a few spooky themed parties going on tonight.

Happy Halloween to everyone that is celebrating the occasion.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Make a Wish!

Best wishes for the happiest of birthdays Katie. I think of you often and hope the year ahead is filled with lots of good things for you.

It's your day, colour it beautiful!
Love and hugs,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Heart Stealer

Gorgeous little Amelia Grace at not quite 6 months old! 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Amelia Grace

La vie est faite de petits bonheurs


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Erin

On this half of the world, today is the birthday of our dear friend, Erin. I can always count on Dr. Seuss for an appropriate quote.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” 
Erin is just that kind of lady who is always true to herself, open, honest and inspiring in all that she does. You deserve the most special birthday ever. 

My family and I wish you all the very best for your special day and for a bright and wonderful year ahead. May all your dreams come true! You are very special to all of us and although we are not there to share in your day we will be thinking of you having heaps of fun with your family and friends. 

'Dandelion wishes blowing in space,
dandelion wishes put a smile on your face'
Keep smiling and have a fabulous day. Love you lots gorgeous lady!

Hip hip hooray to you dear friend! xo

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Elise Shawl

First project off the hook for 2014 is the Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski.

I used Noro Kureyon Sock yarn because I thought the colours would work lovely with the shawl. The colours are lovely but the yarn was a disgrace. There were 5 separate knots in the skein and parts were so thick that I had to cut it out because it just looked ridiculous throughout the normal parts of the yarn. There were also organic fine stick pieces in places that made it feel like needle pricks. The yarn tangled heaps also winding back on itself every time a little more was unwound from the skein. It was really horrible and slow and annoying to work with. I usually love Noro yarn but now that I have come across a bad skein myself, I know why many people don't like it. The pattern was easy and quick to complete so overall this was a great project.

I love to crochet. It's fast, easy, relaxing and rhythmical. I don't seem to do much of it but that is mainly because many of the patterns are not to my liking but this is another crochet shawl that I love. It will get a lot of wear.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014


What a year that was! Ups and downs, life and death, good times, bad times, friendships rekindled, friendships lost, vacations, new careers... With a big family the list goes on and on!

My hubby realised a life long dream to work in Antarctica.

Shannon finished her nursing course. Ben in his quest for knowledge finished a Realestate course as well as working full time. He is back to university this year to add to his teaching degree. There has been lots of knitting projects, some completed, some not yet! Books! I read lots of books. My favourite this year was The Book Thief for no other reason than it demonstrates the power of the word and stories of the holocaust must be told. Can't wait to see the movie. There are so many beautiful quotes in this book and I love good quotes.

The year was very good to us as a family and I am grateful for that. Some of our friends were not so fortunate.

This is my mum's old button jar. When my sisters and I were small children and were ill or troubled mum would give us the button jar to play with. There was somehow a comfort in counting the buttons, separating them into colours or sets. It seemed so big to me when I was a small child. Now I am big and it's small. It's only an old honey jar with a rusty lid but I've treasured it always. On New Year's Eve I had the need to sort buttons. “Some Days There Won’t Be a Song in Your Heart. Sing Anyway” ~Emory Austin

Not to end the year on a bad note though! The best news we had for 2013 is the impending birth of my daughter's first child due in January, 2014! Gosh! My cup runneth over. We love this baby girl already and can't wait to welcome her into our family.

To all my family and friends I wish you a very happy, successful and bright New Year for 2014. I read some quotes recently that I am going to take with me into the new year and try to put them into fruition.

"The pages of yesterday cannot be revised but the pages of tomorrow are blank and you hold the pen. Make it an inspiring story."
"Take the time to listen to those things that speak without words."


Sunday, September 22, 2013

National Service Medal

Today I am a very proud mum. My eldest son Matthew was presented with the National Emergency Medal. The National Emergency Medal is an operational service medal which recognises significant or sustained service to others in a nationally significant emergency. This medal was approved by Her Majesty the Queen in 2011.

Matthew was awarded the medal for sustained service during the 2009 Victoria Bushfires. The Black Saturday fires in the Summer of 2009 were the worst bushfires in Australia's history. 47 major fires erupted during the day on 7th February across the state of Victoria. 173 people lost their lives and many hundreds of people were significantly injured. Around 78 communities were directly impacted and whole towns were wiped out or left unrecognisable. The fires destroyed countless animals, more than 2,000 properties, 70 national parks and reserves and around 430,000 hectares of land. The weather conditions during these bushfires were oppressive and temperatures reached  more than 46.4C (115.5F) and winds were at 120 kms per hour.

The fire brigades worked with courage and commitment to protect others and those that received awards today are very deserving of recognition for their service to the community.

The centre of the medal depicts Australia's national floral emblem, the wattle, and the edge symbolises sacrifices made in service to others during times of crisis. His full name is engraved on the back.

Well done Matty, you are a hero!