A cat mask kind of day


This post was written over a year ago, and has sat lonely in my draft pile waiting to be folded and put away in my drawers. So.

Inspired by the watching of ‘The Dark Crystal’ over the last few days, and the absence of music class and kinder, we made masks today. Very simple cereal box masks to encourage further role-play while I tried to hang the washing out. The autumnal sun was beckoning for some of our chores to be done so we conveniently took the empty weetbix box out of the recycling bin and did some drawing. The Poppet coloured in with oil pastels and the Frog used texta to draw his cat. He drew oil pastel green paws, front and back! And a tail in there somewhere. For extra dimension we hole-punched into the sides to make whiskers with pipe cleaners. The Frog requested that we use the duct tape to attach the wooden dowel on the back. Very simple but very fun. Meow.




Come on a Photo Safari with me


Winter is well and truly here. We are at home with a cold that has rendered me voiceless and busy coughing through the night. Sadly I was hard at work in the west when the snow came down here in the Macedon Ranges so I missed the snow-capped peaks of Mount Macedon! We’ve been busy inside on these icy days with a few fun crafternoons though and I look forward to spending some of these soon-to-be-sunny-spring days in the garden. I have so many plans for this wee bloggy world but of course, I’ll have to be patient. Thanks for popping by this work in progress.






Taking stock

tree tunnel

church cross stitch

dove cottage

poppies lake district

dahlias stanhope showI’m still doing the little Blog With Pip course and my assignment is to take stock. My freezer is full of chicken stock! Have you you taken stock? Leave a comment so I can sip your soup stock too. Here goes:

Making :
 A felt needlebook for my niece in Brisbane. We were there recently and she was so keen to learn how to sew she started one for her mama the same night. It’s so satisfying to teach someone who wants to learn!

Cooking :
 Tonight’s winter warmer was osso bucco with stolen rosemary and creamy polenta. A feast that my son also wants to eat tomorrow.

Drinking : More dandelion tea with milk.

 A number of books as usual. The new “Spaces: Vol.2” by Frankie magazine is getting quite the thumb before bed as well as Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” from the op-shop. She’s funny.

 Time. More time. All the time.

 At my daughter growing up SO quickly. She just turned two. So cheeky.

Playing: Draughts on the ipad with my husband before bed. And Reading Eggs with my four year old. And Fish with my family in Coffs Harbour.

 What my work commitments will be next year.

Wishing: We could attend my sister-in-laws wedding in the UK next year.

 Playing eye spy with my son. It made recent road trips up north so much more fun. Really.

 To meet our new niece Arabella.

 Tea parties with real teapots and milk spilt poured by the children into real teacups.

Wondering: If I need a slow cooker this winter, or if my pressure cooker and cast iron dutch oven will suffice.

 Winter woolies. It’s freezing here and we’d be so uncomfortable with out them. If only we had central heating…

 If I can raise the funds for a new camera. Hmmm.

Watching: The World Cup! With an English husband this is essential viewing.

Hoping: The kale self-seeds in the garden. We haven’t done enough to cater to all our edible needs in the vege patch yet.

Marvelling: At how fast the whole alphabet thing is happening with my four year old. He’s just so excited by it.

 More evenings with pot luck dinners and playing board games with friends.

 Chai tea

Wearing: A fluoro peach cardigan from Savers and new (finally) jeans from Dejour. They actually fit!

 A bunch of new blogs (to me) including ‘Practising Simplicity’. Hence I’d love a new camera. Beautiful photography.

 All the daffodil bulbs doing their thing.

 What is for dinner! Win!

 About all my friends who are pregnant and about to embark on this huge trip.

 Like I need a new bedtime routine. With a bath. And essential oils. And candles.

 Women who are able to balance motherhood and work and life. Most women really.

 Out what my wardrobe can offer the next clothes swap with some gal pals.

Buying: The tasty vege box from Luckwood Organics. Such a delightful array of seasonal produce.

Getting: A bit antsy for a day of child-free administration to tidy a few things up here!

 Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar recipes. Feel good food.

 The lack of kindness in Australian political realms. Sad face.

 The windows to let some fresh air in, but it’s icy out there!

 At my husband’s Dad jokes. And the cheeky things my daughter does when she thinks I’m not looking.

 Is tea a snack?

 Did I say I wanted a new camera?

 There were concessions for air travel to see family.

 My students learn about their local area. Always curious.

Hearing: Lots of songs and shouting and screaming contests from my children. There’s only two but they sound like a herd of baby elephants down the hall.


Rainy day painting

It’s been raining a lot here in the Macedon Ranges (and everywhere else it seems!) and it’s also birthday season so we’ve been making cards and gifts for our wee friends inside while the weather clears. I find watercolour painting can be a quick, easy and clean-ish activity on the dining table with these two munchkins. We use KOH-I-NOOR paints which have a great colour range and watercolour paper with teeny tiny brushes that encourage fine motor skills. And gentle brush strokes for beautiful birthday wishes.


Assignment: Take Five Photo Safari #blogwithpip


Well hello there! I’m doing my first blog post which is an assignment for Pip Lincolne’s #blogwithpip course. I’m certainly not up to date with my homework but I thought I’d share my ‘day off’ last weekend (from the house and kids). Luckily it coincided with The Design Files Open House, hooray for me! Some of my fave designers were all there, in some art or homewares form. I popped over to the NGV for a quick look-see at the new Melbourne Now exhibition too. As well as lunch at Journal cafe at the City Library. Which will now always remind me of you Pip (when we met in real life!). My apologies for the photo quality, they were on my iPhone and very hastily taken.

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