Tuesday, 31 August 2010

new kitchen

For quite a while now (about 2 years) Anthony and I have been throwing around the idea of moving or extending our house and build a second storey. But nothing has happened and we just cant make up our minds, so instead we opted for a new kitchen to tie us over.
It had nothing to do with the fact that tiles started falling off, pantry door is broken, drawer fronts are falling off and my light fell and smashed!
And because I'm getting a new kitchen (at the end of September) Anthony insisted he needed on too, and here it is:

rather pretty i must say and it cooks a mean barbie

Monday, 23 August 2010

month of birthdays

August and September are huge birthday months here. It seems that every week there is someone in the family's special day.

Last week was Mandy's bday so we went up to mum's for a bbq lunch. Mandy & I stayed the night before with all the kids which was "fun"...... they are all so loud, lol, but cute.

Here are few piccies from our lovely day

I made yummy Raspberry & coconut cupcakes (from scratch - no packet mix for these sweet cakes)

Hunter helping mummy blow out the candles

My big girl - with a mouth full of chips

Doing a special smile for his favourite aunty

3 cheeky monkeys - dont know which one is the cheekiest

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Shanice's last open day....

I cant believe that this year was Shanice's last Open Day book week parade at school. Has she really been at school 7 years already?....... high school in less than 6 months!

So, I went all out this year and made the kids costumes. I think they really loved them. And Shanice really did look like Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
The day started at 12 noon when we met the kids in their classrooms. Anthony, myself and Hunter went to Shanice first and Mum & Mandy went to Connor, then we swapped.
Of course this doesn't last long as the kids are too excited to do the treasure hunt and spend all their parents (and grandparents) money at the book fair.
After lunch we then headed into the schools new gym for the parade.
The teachers always dress up in the theme and do some little dance number which is always funny. This year they did Snow White. The principal was the Prince, the deputy was a bear, the head of primary was a frog, all the class teacher were dwarfs and one of the lucky teachers was Snow white.
In keeping with tradition, Shanice had her grumpy face on, lol.
It really was a lovely day and one i wont forget...... as my big girl is growing up far too fast.

Shanice as Alice

Connor as a knight

The terrors:)
Shanice & Britney with mum

Hunter having a little lie down with Snow White - he was so adorable and all the teachers came up to me and said that you cant half tell he is Connor's cousin

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


for the past 3 days I have been here......

buried somewhere underneath a great big pile of fabric and patterns.
This year is Shanice's last Book Week parade so i thought i would do something a bit special for her and make here the costume that she picked. Of course, she chose her favourite character of the moment "Alice". She is obsessed with the Tim Burtons movie Alice in Wonderland.
I have enjoyed sewing the costume but I'm glad that I've finally finished.
And then i started to feel guilty about not doing something for Connor, so i was back at spotlight on Sunday buying more fabric and patterns because he wants to go as a knight. Apparently all his friends are going as knight and he was happy to go with a cardboard shield and sword, but i made him a special hooded cape. I'm hoping we can add to it for the next couple of years to get wear out of it.
But i feel so pleased with myself for making them.
And in between sewing like a crazy person I did a spot of scrapping too......

"Watching You" using Lil Robots by MME. I was testing out the glimmer screens too

"The Face" using more Lil Robots MME.
I love this face..... when you say to Hunter "Do the face" he screws up his little nose and breaths really loudly.... it's to cute

and "This Kid" using My Family by Fancy Pants