Thursday, March 31, 2011

New wall art

I found some lovely vintage snap cards from the 1950s and made these sweet pictures. Each card has a cute little rhyming couplet that includes some form of the word "snap". I'll be taking them with me to Mosman on Saturday.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Brooches for Amy, Janice, Jane (S/G), Julia and Jenny

Well it's about time. I've toyed with making cards, pictures, softies and settled on brooches for the facebook giveaway for these five lovely women. Look at all those "J"s. Amy is the lone vowel among the umbrella handles. So here are the brooches girls. You get to pick which one you want. First in first - well you get my drift. There are two red, two blue and one green.

If you don't like any of them... well that is awkward. Just let me know and I'll send you something else!

Monday, March 28, 2011

monday ramblings

It's council clean up time around my place at the moment. If you are not privy to this wondrous time on the council calendar it's when households can put out on their verge all the stuff they can't fit into their bins or aren't allowed to chuck out with their family rubbish. So old toys, paint, furniture, cardboard boxes - pretty much anything.
Mr Neat and I are old hands at council clean up trawling. About half our furniture has been acquired from the kerb. But most of the stuff we've seen lately has been, well lets just say, surplus to our needs.

The recent offering has proved no different. On my early morning walk there were parts of the footpath that were virtually covered with refuse. Enormous piles of grubby, broken junk about to be turned into landfill. And what I've been noticing is how much cheap broken furniture there is littering the streets. Which made me think / wonder why people buy cheap furniture.

Mr Neat and I have never spent much on our possessions because they are mostly second-hand. {I think our bed and the kids bunks are the exception.} Buying second-hand means you can get better quality gear for less than new poorer-quality gear. And it lasts.

Mr Neat has extended his spending ethos into most areas of his life. Books, CDs, clothes, wetsuits and shoes {I draw the line at undies and socks!} are usually purchased at our favourite local boutique aka Vinnies. And he always looks sharp and handsome. Perhaps I should call him Mr Thrift...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New cards

I'm an old-fashioned type... That's the thing with puns. Once you start it's hard to stop. And then you begin to look for them everywhere. Well, I do...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pray for Japan

I have food and water. A roof over my head. My family are safe and well. These are riches beyond measure.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have shocked the world. It has made me conscious of how fragile our lives are. How our sense of security is an illusion. How we are not in control of our destiny.

Here are some works by artists who are donating the proceeds of sales to the aid effort in Japan.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New cards

It all started with cards. And even though I make a bunch of other stuff now I still love making cards. Fun. Therapeutic.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New brooches

I made some new brooches. Do you like them?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Took some photos with the lovely Leanne the other day. It's been a while since I photographed anything besides the kids and products. I think I'm a bit rusty.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fabulous Friday Finds

Miss 9 is becoming, well, Miss 10 next week. A fact that makes me feel old and rather bewildered. Where did that time go?

This is Miss 9 when she was Miss 4. The days when she would not go anywhere without Lambie Lu.

So this week's finds are dedicated to my little love who isn't so little anymore.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

counting blessings

A few friends have been doing a gratitude journal where they take a photograph everyday and write down something that they're grateful for. It's like a mixed media version of counting your blessings I suppose. I'm so terribly disorganised that I don't think I could manage it but it's so encouraging to see others counting their blessings - it reminds me to count mine and be grateful for all the amazing things (and people!) I've been blessed with in my life.

Last week when I was unwell and a bit low a friend dropped around a meal and a posh tub of ice cream. Just thinking of her cutting up veggies and stirring the pasta sauce made me feel so loved and cared for.

I think when you're a mum and you do most (virtually all) of the cooking it is so special to be cooked for. I do enjoy cooking although it is not always received with the enthusiasm I'd like and sometimes it becomes a chore rather than a lovely way to care for my family. I'm very blessed that Mr Neat is not a picky eater and appreciates being cooked for. I just need to be patient and wait for our three to catch up. And until then ... be grateful that we have food aplenty.