Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Won't Babes face be a picture as I toddle across the busy highway on my way to the supermarket with this!!!
I think I'll keep it, for a while . . . .
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Sunday, 20 January 2008
I have got really tired of buying and seeing the same old kinds of gifts for little girls, Barbie, Bratz, Little Pet Shop etc,
I give Stella's really close little friends, the one's who come to her tea parties, a vintage English China trio set, cup, saucer and side plate for their birthday gift.
The rest of the little girls get paper doll books, tiara making books, something like that anyway.
However I came up with a brain wave for the the little girl who's party we attended yesterday. This little girl got an apron I had made the night before, her own cup cake recipe, mixing bowl (couldn't find pink), spatula, cup cake papers and sprinkles.
We have been to 10 pin bowling, indoor playground and swimming pool parties.
This one was at a gorgeous Fairy Shop called the Enchanted Forest where they have fairy rooms for children's parties and are entertained by a real live fairy.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
As you might imagine I don't need a lot of encouragement to get within sniffing distance of a good 'thrifting' 'opportunity'!!!
It was good, I am getting picky, could it be something to do with the overwhelming amount of 'treasures' pouring out of every nook and cranny in our house?
This little selection here are keepers, two cherubs for my collection and a fabulous red Burslem transfer ware plate. Actually we don't really use the term 'transfer ware' here either, we call anything remotely like that 'willow pattern'.
I do love Carlotta Edwards prints, this one, the pomander and wash basin and jug are already listed on Trade Me. Trade Me is New Zealand's very successful version of EBay.
Today I had to go and pick up something (remote controlled speedboat) for Babes in a part of Auckland that just so happens to have four 'thrift' shops. I got this gorgeous hand stitched dressing table set, a little pram for my baby ornament collection and another pomander.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
I have recently been honoured with two lovely awards from fellow bloggers. Don't you just love getting awards!
The first came from Alison at Creative Art and Craft by Alison Gibbs. This award was originally created by Mica at Garb-oodles Soup.
It is for being a devoted reader and leaving supportive comments. How nice is that:) Thank you so much Alison:))))
Same as Alison, I think you all deserve this award so feel free take it and 'Spread the Love'. I would like to mention just a few people though who I have noticed always leave kind and supportive comments for me and others and that is:
- Liz (my Mum) at Lizzies
- Barb at 124 Lavender Lillipop Lane
- Karen at Bluemufs Corner
- Amy at Bunnyrose Cottage
- Betty at She's Sew Pretty
- Ruth at Artful Creations
- Jen at My 3 boys and I
- Sandra at Sandra Evertson
Brittney at Adeline's Shabby Cottage gave me the 'you make my day Award'. Well you all make my day so feel free to take this award and pass it on!
- Beth at Gathering Dust
- Karla at Karla's Cottage
- Karla at Sugar Bear Designs
- Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique
- Louise at Beachy's Cape Cod Cupboard
- Amy at Home with Amy
I could really list the entire 130 Blogs I have subscribed to read in Google Reader but it has taken me two days to complete this post so best I just 'post' it and be done!
Have a good day:)
Saturday, 12 January 2008
I was going to touch up the chippy paint bit and sell it, however . . . I love my bed and do a lot of watching TV and blogging from it, usually with my laptop propped up on a cushion but this is just made to measure!!!!
Its a keeper!!!
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
But not to worry because it is raining anyway!!!
Its a good time to do a bit of catching up, like do the draw for my December give away. The winner of this gorgeous, if I do say so myself, oyster pink quilted satin bag is . . .
The lovely Barbara Burkard of 123 Lavender Lollipop Lane. Yahee for Barb!!! If you haven't visited Barb best you do, she is another incredibly talented lady in the land of Bloglandia.
I wasn't the only one who was late doing their December draw. So was Ms Karla Nathan of Karla's Cottage. She also did hers today and GUESS WHAT????? It's me, I'm Karla's winner. Yahee for me!!!!
Speaking of give aways, Catie at Catieans Corner is having a give away to celebrate her birthday and her 75th post. Go visit Catie and enter her give away. She's a lovely lady and super generous, I can vouch for that as I have been on the receiving end of her generosity in a previous swap. Happy belated birthday wishes dear Catie.
We hardly saw The Princess, two big girls live in the front house of the beach section and she spent the entire time with them.
However, every Princess needs a little time out for quiet reading!
We were off to visit a gypsy fair (sorry forgot to take photo's of it!). The Princess is showing off her new lip gloss! At 4 years old!!!!!
The estuary is a nice safe place for wee ones to swim and play, build sand castles, collect shells and dig to China as someone tried to do here in this huge hole The Princess found.
The only day I remembered to take the camera down to the beach and it was overcast! This was taken at about 6.30pm, during the day it was jam packed with people.
I wanted to share with you the beautiful soft golden sand we have on most of our East Coast beaches.
This is the main beach looking out to rocks and Islands, when the sun is shining it is glorious.
Another reason we came home earlier was on New Years Day, Babes fell of the back of a jet ski and lost his only pair of prescription glasses that we had all told him to take off! He spent the rest of the holiday in a long distance blur!
Coco our cat was really happy to see us home, for all of 5 minutes before she returned to her normal feral state!
My salad garden that Mum diligently watered for me has run wild! I made the mistake of planting a zucchini in a small space!!! My rocket, coriander and basil are all going to seed in the heat and then rain.
Each year I harvest the crop, the corner of my living room where this basket of drying lavender sits smells divine.
Mum and I don't so much as make resolutions but list our objectives for the year.
Some of mine are:
- Be Happy
- Be Healthy
- De Clutter & Re-Style My House
- Re-Style My Gardens
- Start a Scrapbook for The Princess
- Make Money
Maybe at the end of each month I will post an evaluation of my progress, now that might be a good motivator.
Oh, start commenting for my January Give Away, I'll post a photo of the prize sometime this week!
p.s. I had 200+ blog updates on my Google Reader when I got back from holiday. I have visited all of you and left comments on very few otherwise I would still be here next January catching up!!!
Happy New Year dear Bloggy Friends, may it be all that you wish and hope for xo