Friday, February 21, 2014

Thankful for...



Inspired by my friend over at  Taylor made, I thought I too should post a gratitude list, after all there is so much to be thankful for. 

I am thankful,


That I am fortunate enough to have memories of Paris

For the honour  of being asked to act as advisor for Miss M's speech writing efforts for House Captain roles

For being able to make small differences in people's lives through my job

That I wake each day to a new day with endless possibilities

That when my car was rear ended in the recent wet weather a few days ago, no one was hurt and  all parties were civil and understanding

For Mr G bringing me morning coffee every day ( I love you so much more for this Mr G!)

For a son making a difference through Duke of Edinburgh scheme with community service

That it is Friday

For my personal trainer who is truly the best coach I have ever met and the progress we are making

That we all slept safe and soundly last night, and will likely to do so tonight

 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A new coat

As you may know, I love a make-over. I love making something shabby or tired and jooshing it up!

This little chair, that I thrifted years ago, has graced  the front of my door for many years, but the weather has gotten to it and left it, well weather beaten.



So last week I spied a can of red spray paint I must of bought impulsively from the hardware shop once and never used. Ta dah! A perfect pop of colour for the front and it matches...


My front door!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It Feburary - time for 2014 to get started!

It is February and that marks the OFFICAL start to the new year for me. I tend to fluff around in January, loll about and indulge in lazy Summer days. I think that is the way it should be.  The last week is rush, rush, rush to get back to school stuff ready and then bang! February arrives and it is business time!

Well this January was a bit different for me. I worked (insert miserable, resentful face). So in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons - Mr G, who was on leave, was given a gazillion Back to School tasks, so when it finally was my time for some annual leave in the second half of January, I only had hair cuts to deal with.  

Clearly I am happy on the beach!

Now here is where is get exciting bloggers!  I love the beach and feel that each Summer, in order to fulfill  my inner needs, I must do something beachy.  I left my run a little to late for renting a place at the beach near Melbourne and only had a choice of $5000 a week houses - nice I am sure but out of my pocket's league.  Then I got creative. My in laws live in WA in a coastal town. Hmmm, they don't see the kids regularly. Hmmmm, MIL would cook and look after us. Hmmmm, I would have fun op-shopping with MIL. Hmmmmm, Tiger Air say they can get 4 of us there and back for under $1300. (For OS bloggers, Perth is on the other side of the country, a 3-4 hour flight) and 3 hour time difference, long way from Melbourne).  So off we went!

Now here is the exciting blogger bit. I met up with one of my favourite bloggers!!! Bron, from Taylor Made My next post will be all about it, so I won't go into detail just yet, but boy was it fun!!

So I will leave you with a few summery, beachy pics for now - see you in a few days!

 When I enlarged this picture for my Facebook page, I was astounded to see, on the right 
a little seal! This is the beach, right behind my In Laws home. 2, 3 swims daily!




 Vintage scrabble, the 1972 version that belonged to Mr G when he was a lad


Summer hair


Free figs and eggs were a daily enjoyment at Gran's

 going out on the boat is quite the norm in Perth


A bit of hand fishing off the boat




Sunday, December 22, 2013

A very Merry Christmas, to you...



Well here we are, a few days away from Christmas day.

School has finished, assemblies attended. Sports all wrapped up for the year. All parenting duties done, pressies bought, supplies in cupboards - phew! Who said we would never get there?   Are the few days leading up to Christmas not the busiest and hardest?  I think so. But I think there is a BIG pay off for it. If I am super organised by the two days before Christmas Eve, I can really join in the festivities of the Yule tide and do so with ENERGY!

We won't be having any visitors this year, just my brood. We will still have all the trimmings and hopefully it will be warm on Boxing Day so we can hang out in the backyard and feast on left overs. Bliss!

More importantly, Christmas is the time of year that heralds the end of year, it calls for goodwill and peace to all. In the next few days I will drop off a few hampers and make a few donations. Not much really of an effort in the scheme of things but at this stage it is the best I can do. I will pray for those in the Philippines and those in war zones such as Syria and other countries we hear nothing of, for their safety and care. I will pray that those who seek asylum into this country and are being held in inhumane conditions hold their hope fast and remain healthy in mind and faith - it is truly all they have at the moment until the government of this country begins to behave in a more decent manner, one that reflects the true values of Australian society.  I will also pray that all road users arrive at their destinations in one piece - road fatalities are so pointless and heart breaking.  I will think of those who do not have family and are alone or perhaps even unwanted - next year as my kids are bigger I hope I might be able to participate in a charity lunch for such folk.  Christmas it gives me so much to think about.

So I will celebrate the birthday of Jesus, by reflecting on the year, being grateful for all I have, for all I see, for the safety my family and I enjoy and I will share what I can.

So to you dear blogger's, thank you for all your support and being part of my life. May you and your families enjoy a truly beautiful and safe Christmas. See you all after the festivities. 

Much love

Miss Prudence xxx

 












 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Miss M turns 10 part 2

Whew! So busy around here ! I had great plans to blog the bananas out of December but no, it hasn't happened.  December is an uber busy month for us. As you know, Miss M turned 10 and it was a blast with a Slumber Party, 6 great friends, craft, Katy Perry tunes and movies and LOTS of pizza and m and m's. I was pretty chuffed my cunning plan to get them drinking water over soft drink worked ( make anything cute looking and it appeals - Madmen know this!).



beautiful 10 year old girl

our traditional birthday selfie
 
Hama and fimo craft!!! A sure hit with the girls!

Birthday Cake at 9pm!!


It has been an even busier year as our middle guy finishes Primary school.  HOOOOLEY DOOOLEY how the bananas did that happen!!!! Well it has. This week he went to his Graduation Ceremony which is a sweet lovely evening to honour Primary School Years. Mr T looked pretty sharp in his new outfit from Dangerfield ( a very hip and cool shop for hipsters).  At the end of the ceremony they all grouped on stage and sang a song "I'll be there", which was very moving for all of us. A supper and disco followed and now there are 3 days left of his Primary School life, how fast time moves. 





 Of course there has  also been lots of making and baking and decorating as I said. 
I just adore these little brown paper packages!  I cut out bell shapes, stamped them up, popped a handful of Christmas lollies or Christmas peppermints and sewed them up using zig zag stitch. A crafty triumph if I do say so myself! Of course, this is not my cleverness, I spied it on Pinterest and this is my version. Gosh, there are such clever crafters out there!  I made up heaps of these to hand out to colleagues at work and for Miss M to hand out to class mates.




The teachers gifts are also ready to go off this week - remember the Crocheted jar covers that made really groovy candle holders ? Well they are off to the lovely teachers along with some cute little knitted baby pants (one teacher is expecting her first bubba) that I wrapped but forgot to photograph. Do you do that? I make so much more that never seems to make it on the blog!

Our tree is up too, and thanks to Mr G the outside looks like the Griswalds live here. This year was Miss M's turn to top the tree.


So this epic post should bring you up to speed regarding the last few weeks. I hope you are all close to full stages of Christmas organisation and you can all relax and enjoy the festivities.
Back soon to share some baking! 






Thursday, November 28, 2013

It's time for another Birthday Cake


We just had Miss M's birthday party on the weekend. We had it a little bit earlier than her actual birthday because December is such a busy month.  It was a Slumber party, Martha and 4 little girls.
The BEST party EVER!
I love 10 year old girls!
They chat and giggle and compliment each other ever so much!


They made hama bead crafts, decorated cupcakes, made fimo ombre necklaces, ate pizza, watched movies, drank water over soft drink, ate heaps of lollies, sang to Katy Perry, watched the  Katy Perry Movie, expressed their love for Katy Perry.  They painted their toenails and complimented me on how creative I was with the cake and decorations (oh I love them so). Please excuse the quality of the photos - phone camera!




This is the cake - based on the old Vintage Women's Weekly Birthday Cake Book's "Lolly Shop".
Tweaked a little to meet Martha's specifications.  Pink, pink, pink! Man, for a girl that climbs the advanced indoor rock wall like a spider ( grown men have expressed their awe!) she is so bloody PINK! 
The party was sooooo simple. 
I laid out the stuff in a pretty way.
In the spirit of my "make do with the stuff I have" - surprise surprise, I found heaps of pretty party gear stashed away. So I used that, my card making stash for the decorated water bottles. My craft stash for the activities. Left me a pretty good budget to even get the pizzas delivered!
Miss M decided it was time to get her ears pierced. So Nanny provided that gift.

How grown up 10 is.



 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Doh!

Two  0ne and bit months from the end of the year and I thought, hhhmm - might just check those 2013 goals. And guess what ? NONE of them have been achieved! No-oh, not one.  No sewing what so ever, I have started a rug though. But hmmmm....big short fall or not?

So what have I done? Certainly nothing on this list! The one I started out with!
  1. knit Mr G a jumper
  2. knit me a cardigan
  3. learn how to knit cables 
  4. sew 2 winter skirts
  5. sew bags
  6. sew martha a dress
  7. make aprons
  8. make candles`
  9. make over my outdoor area
  10. garden 
  11. finish the quilt I started
  12. crochet a rug 
  13. make over my kitchen
  14. reclaim a buffet
  15. go on a craft camp
  16. make lavender ice cream
  17. sew 2 tops for me
  18. use a BIG chunk of my fabric stash
  19. make all my birthday cards and have them ready and waiting
  20. make some cushion     

I did however:
1. Make a big dent in my studies
2. Get a new job - at least a second contract where I work
3. Take the kids to Bali and have a great time 
4. I am more organised this year
5.  Lunch boxes have looked even better this year - I also decided that they weren't too place to begin with.
6. Whilst I still continue to struggle with my weight, I feel good about myself and feel good about me.  That's gotta be good!
7. I have reduced my wool stash - not so my sewing stash

All in all, it has been a great year and it hasn't even finished!  Sometimes life takes a different direction from plan A, but don't underestimate plan B - it deserves acknowledgement too!