Then pop over to my sister Beth's blog here and leave a comment - she is celebrating her 1st blog anniversary :)
I bought this delightful launch issue of Wonder Time a couple of days ago. It's a gorgeous magazine, but now I've had a read I feel it's more suited to people with little ones under the age of 5 years.
I read it in the bath last night, so the bottom of some of the pages are slightly crinkled from bubble bath, but I'd like to pass it onto somebody as it really was a lovely read.
If you live in Australia and have little ones (sorry only posting to Australia this time) shoot me through an email ( email@example.com ) and I'll post it out Monday morning before we fly out.
The magazine has been taken, thankyou :)
Have you mailed off your Gratitude Swap package? If these people could please contact me and let me know where they are at with their packages that would be lovely. (My apologies if you have already told me and I've somehow missed you off my list).
Jill Tacy, Rosina (from Canada), Amy (in Malaysia), Rachel Le Grand, Jodii Geddes, Trishia Gallardo, Deanne Young, Lisa Giddins , Fiona Carter, Floss Smythe, Erin Koch, Janelle Wind and Sara Degrace.
I was naughty and as of Thursday night didn't have my Gratitude Wrap sewn - so I sat up until really late and finished it, popped it in the mail on Friday to m lovely swap partner Row....then while I was at the post office realised that I hadn't taken a photo of it...grrrr. Pretty silly hey. So, that's a sneak of the fabrics that I used above :) I bought the sweet Russian doll fabric from Japan out of Leslie's Goodness shop.
Some swap facts for you all - we had 60 people join in with the swap (cool hey!) 35 swappers were from Australia, 2 from Canada, 1 from Malaysia, 3 from New Zealand, 1 from England, 18 from the US and 6 people have already received their swap goodies :)
I'm away from Monday until the following Tuesday (8 day mini holiday) so if you email me during this period about your swap I'll get back to you when I arrive home.
Sweet Lissy - I know I owe you about 20 million emails, I've been thinking of you and please forgive me for being naughty. I am seriously the world's worst emailer....but I'll try and email you before I go :))
I bought these delightful hand made dishcloths and felt jam drops (for Bella's felt food collection) from Jacqui's Market Store. Jacqui has some gorgeous bits and pieces for sale (perfect for a handmade Christmas). If you want to make your own yummy felt jam drops, Jacqui also has a tutorial here.
Oh and isn't this dinner set to die for?
Vintage Botanica by Amy Butler - damm that would look cute in my kitchen :)
James and Bella went back to school today :( I have quite a few bits and pieces that I wanted to blog about over the last few days, but kind of got sidetracked soaking up the last bit of them both before they went back. We've also been pulling our kitchen apart ready to renovate, so that has left us busy and tired.
I created this for Bella's bedroom. She's getting quite a few little canvas' on her wall space now that I've made. This is one of her favourite pieces, she loves the felt butterflies and flowers. I love the felt buttons (yes they are SO so good). I used a selection of Heidi Swapp felt products combined with some Queen & Co felt. It was for this post here over at the Aussie Scrap Source blog.
I also designed these layouts for the Aussie Scrap Source blog:
Morning Bubble is all about Bella's morning bubble that she has going on. She's always in a private little zone most mornings and loathes climbing out of bed to get ready for the day. I don't want to think about this progressing into teenage years!! I've used Inique Boutique products. They're really not the type of patterned papers that I'd normally choose for a page, so it was a challenge to put the layout together, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. I totally adore the handmade felt flower (it's also Inique Boutique) - these would be perfect to use on gift packaging, stapled on a bag or tied onto a parcel with ribbon and also for sewing projects. The hand and machine stitching on them is super cute.
This layout of James (wild thing) was for a brads challenge. I used Basic Grey Archaic brads. I have never been much of a brads girl but I have a real fancy for the Basic Grey brads. They're so shiny, pretty and I love that they match the BG range of papers. On this layout though I used the new Cosmo Cricket Mr Campy paper range.
My goodies arrived in the post from the lovely Cele. Apart from sending the most amazing dishcloths (which look super sweet in my kitchen and they're so lovely to use), she also spoilt us with some treats for James and Bella and some extra goodies for me. The emergency chocolate (which made us giggle) is long gone - it turns out there was an emergency on the day it arrived! Thankyou Cele :)
I can't think what else now, so I'd better go and attend to our fish for dinner.
Just a quick note to say that I've had no email since Friday. I'm not sure when Internode will be working again (or if I'll receive the emails from anyone that sent them in the down period).
If there are any Gratitude swap emails that you've sent (and I haven't answered) then please resend them in a couple of days and hopefully I'll receive them then :)
Don't forget to take a peek at the photos already loaded over at the new Flickr group that I set up for our swaps.
If you don't have a flickr account and would like a photo loaded to the group, please email it through to me and I can do that for you.
There is just over a week left to get your swap packages finished and in the mail - so please don't forget!
Also please remember to email me as soon as you send your package off and receive one, so that I can mark you off the list.
Today there have been tears. She has cried, thrown herself on the floor, whinged, yelled, been tucked in her Mama's bed to settle her (which did not work), walked around saying 'blah blah blah' in some strange baby voice - clearly transforming herself back to toddler years.
Her hair is a knotted mess, no shower yet, her clothes are covered in dirt (from yesterday's playing that she insisted on slipping back on early this morning) and it's only 10am. I need a cup of tea and we're out of tea :(
She is refusing to part with her Dad's slippers too - which cause more crying due to their size (and tripping over ability).
Such a good job that I love her sooOOoooooo much! I think we need to do something special together today.
My little but girl.
"Can we go to swimming now?"
"No it's not time Bella"
"But, it would be good to go now"
"In half an hour Bella"
"But, Mummy, let's go now"
"It's too early - half an hour and we'll go"
"But, but...let's go now Mummy"
"But, but Mummy"
"Half an hour"
"But, but Mummy it would be fun to go now, let's go now"
"No, we're going in half an hour, let's talk about something else"
I'm sure the 'but' word is Bella's favourite at the moment. She uses it for everything that strikes a 'no' from myself or Rich - she seems to have forgotten the 'no' word also.
"Bella, Mum said no"
"But, but Muuuuum"
"Bella what does no mean exactly?"
"It means no - but, but Muuuuum"
While Bonnie was napping today I helped Bella work on this Felt picture. They're really fun and easy to do. Here's a mini tutorial incase you'd like to try it with your little one. I think these would make a lovely handmade gift for Grandparents (in a nice frame).
Bubble wrap, tulle, sheet of plain felt for the background, merino wool tops (or similar), shaker container to put the felting solution in (we used a plastic drink bottle), detergent, extremely hot water.
Draw out a design on a piece of paper.
Lie a sheet of bubble wrap on the table. Add a plain sheet of felt on top of this (we used an a4 sized sheet) and use your drawn design as a guide to position and recreate the artwork onto the felt.
Lie a sheet of tulle over the design.
Mix up some felting solution in a drink bottle. To do this we filled the bottle full of super hot water and squirted in a dash of dishwashing liquid (giving it a slight shake up). Soak the area thoroughly with the felting solution.
Now for the fun part! Squish and rub over the top of the tulle with your hands. Add more hot felting solution as needed and continue to work for a good couple of minutes until the wool bonds nicely (felts) to background felt piece.
Roll up the entire working surface (bubble wrap, design + tulle) onto a round rod. This is optional - it just helps to squeeze the excess water/detergent out.
Rinse the design thoroughly with cold water and set aside to dry (cake coolers are great to leave them on while they're drying to let the air circulate).
I had vegemite on wholegrain toast today for breakfast, but I wasn't very hungry and just ate one piece. For morning tea we had strawberries, cherries, apples and homemade organic popcorn. I yelled out 'woohoo' when I saw the popcorn.
I can't stop calling Auntie Lissa 'Mummy' and it was really funny at the pool this morning(when we took Bella to swimming) when I insisted the strange man there was my Daddy. When we came home from swimming I drew you a picture with some crayons.
We made pizza for lunch. Auntie Lissa (aka my Mummy) used organic rye pita bread for the base and put on some organic tomoto paste, cherry tomatoes, free range ham, capsicum and a little cheese. I didn't like the capsicum very much and took great delight in spitting it out and rubbing it into the table.
I had a sleep after lunch and then we went down the beach where I had a ride in the pram. I got to play at the park and when it was time to go I threw a tantrum and wouldn't get back in the pram. Bella was really excited because she got to have a turn in the pram while Auntie Lissa (aka Mummy) carried me and tried to steer the pram along the path. A strange lady said hello and commented that Bella looked a bit big for the pram. Auntie Lissa just smiled and kept pushing.
We had afternoon tea when we came home (organic chips, oranges and some more home cooked organic popcorn). I yelled 'woohoo' again when I saw the popcorn. I'm going out to the sand pit now to play Mummy,
Love Bonnie XXOO
While you're recovering from bronchitis I have to tell you that I'm going to devour your daughter after dinner tonight. For dessert I think. She's just that stinking cute.
Auntie Lissa xxoo
P.S. Who packs this many clothes AND shoes for a 2 night sleep over? I really think you are telling me to keep her after all ;)
I think James was a little more productive than myself today. I procrastinated a lot and drank too many cups of tea.
Here's James' half finished model (it still needs painting and the base created).
I finally finished a couple of pencil/notepad holders that I was making (and should have had posted off a while ago) for Cele's two children (we're doing a little swap).
I also completed these two children's stationery holders for a swap that I joined over at Kiddio. I'm putting a swap package together for Amy's two sweet girls. I still have to track down a few little bits and pieces to add before mailing off, but here's the base of my swap package.
Pics are a little dark, it's edging towards night time here.
Bella is at Nanny Joan's (she had a sleep over last night), Rich is at work so it's just James and myself today. We took some photos - all of which were ridiculously silly looking. This one appears to be the best, although we've both agreed that we could pass for aliens in the photo. Especially me with those poking out cheekbones and squinty eyes. lol. James looks impressed don't you think that his Mama is kissing him?! (Sorry James).
Here's what we have planned for today:
James is model making and I'm sewing. Hot cup of tea ready to go for both of us (mine will be cold no doubt by the time I finish this blog post). I'm sure we'll be bickering over who is taking up the most amount of space on the table shortly - we often do that. I always win ofcourse because I'm the Mum ;)
P.S. I really do look like an alien in that photo....
Using this month's Tarisota Collection....it's a really gorgeous month and although I snuck in a few girly layouts, I was excited to have some cool boyish products to scrap more James photos (I'll post more layouts tomorrow).
A little while back when I had my giveaway Jo asked the following question:
Q. If you had to give up one thing, scrapbooking or stitching, which would it be?
Without a doubt I'd have to give up stitching. I love, love, love stitching and sewing little bits and pieces (I'm not capable of big bits and pieces lol), but what I adore about scrapbooking is telling the story that goes with the photo. I don't do this on all of my layouts, but even a few snippets about the event, what happened, what was said etc.. is such a nice keepsake to look back on.
We were only looking through an album the other day of our Melbourne holiday and there were snippets of our trip that I recorded in the album that really cracked us up - like when we ate out one night and James didn't like his pizza, Bella asking where our luggage was hidden on the plane, how (in our opinion) the Melbourne aquarium was a waste of money. There is journaling in the album about James being the tour guide leader at the zoo and when we visited Sovereign Hill it ended with Bella in tears because of the old fashioned school teacher. She was left sobbing with "but Mummy I don't know how to write yet". All fun things to read and look back on plus photos to help tell the story.
I really love this. Sure, I could blog all those things, but it's nice having albums that we can all flick through, hold in our hands and look at.
Oh and this is why I really really love scrapbooking - the Father's Day album we made for Rich this year was THE best Father's Day present he has ever received apparently. Cool hey (although it's going to be hard to top it next year lol).
P.S. I still have all the other questions saved in my inbox for rainy days :)
A few layouts that I've scrapbooked recently for the Aussie Scrap Source blog.
HSP-R072 rubons out on a limb, pink
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.