Friday, May 29, 2009


This is the view from my new bedroom, seriously!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

postie love

"Hello Flat Stanly"

Friday we had Flat Stanly arrive in the post. He has come from down south for a visit and to discover the NT life. He would like to see fish.

The kids and I have had a lovely few days getting ready and posting out the Kids mail swap #2.  And we did it on time!! Unheard of here, organisation is not one of my strengths. Thanks again Christie!

I really don’t know why we don’t do that sort of thing more often, probably because I’m not organised enough! We have tones of people we could send letters and postcards too. Might make it a monthly thing.

And in other postie news………I WON STUFF! Lots of fantastic stuff from the lovely Miss Belinda from tutti fruiti. So generous! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 

Lovely fabric!!

Belinda ran a blog give away after returning from her trip to Bangkok, without kids, luck duck!  She also sells gorgeous skirts and cute mother and baby dolls, check out her her shop.

And all these lovely things!

Still wondering what to do with the loveliness. Has motivated me to do a giveaway myself….once the crazy move is over, stay tuned! 

Now I'm off, packing and moving for the next week, so next time you hear from me we'll be in our new house!! No more wall to wall builders!! Yay! 

Thank you so much for all the love comments! I really miss my sewing group down south and having you peeps here is a lovely alternative :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009


ATTENTION - always check machine tension BEFORE quilting for an hour *insert swear words and tantrum here* Off to unpick, for like the next 3 days *insert more swear words*

Friday, May 22, 2009

too much...

So I'm going to have a wee bit of a whinge. I have added pretty pictures of the only sewing I have done this week to give those of you not interested something to look at. 

See the pretty little lady bug!

So we're moving and it sucks and I don't want to do it. But I am going to because I hate the builders more. This is will be our 5th move in 5 years, 3 moves were interstate. So I am well and truly jack of it. Hubby is at work until the day we take over the lease so I am left to pack, care, feed, clean, organise etc the 4 little ones. On top of that we have been sick. So no full nights sleep here in over a week. Crap!

And this lovely little number!

On top of that moving craziness, my friend with the PND is in the mother baby unit recovering and will be for some time. So I am thinking of her and her family and reliving some of that yuck and black and shit from my experience.

This one is my favorite! Little tiny lady bugs and mushrooms.

And to0 add the icing on the cake, my family of origin is falling apart. Not necessarily a bad thing, just not good timing for me!! I want to jump up and down and scream 'what about me, it isn't fair! I've had enough and I want my share!' But I wont. Instead I will whinge and take a deep breath and start again tomorrow.......

Sunday, May 17, 2009

it's been a year!

Well, I never thought in a million years I would be saying this, but I am, I love the Territory! Crazy I know! I don't like the heat. I don't like to sweat. I don't like bugs. I don't like it when people put 'hey' on the end of every sentence and yet I love it there!! And I now on occasion say 'hey' too!  

So in celebration of this occasion our family went into 'town' (Darwin!) to the museum and art gallery. 
Lovely day was had by all. 

'Hello Sweetheart!" Kids thought it was pretty funny that a male croc was called Sweetheart. Very Territory thing to do. 5.2 metres and well over 700kg, yep, huge!

Cyclone Tracy exhibit.....little bit scary. Not sure if it was a good idea to look at that!

Kids checking out the discovery centre part. Very cool! Can look and touch all sort of stuff.

Dad thought it was pretty cool too ;)

My very brave little ones! Really was a fresh water croc, but now he's stuffed! 

We did however run into trouble on the way home. We were on our way to Spotlight, just needed a few things, I promise, and we got a flat. Huh! Thank goodness hubby was with me. So now my big black shinny car is missing one shinny mag and is driving around on a spare that looks like it come from a '92 Camry. Like I need another job to do this week!

Oh and we got somethings for the Kids Mail Swap #2. Kids are sooo excited about it!
So how was you weekend? See any crocs? Get any flat tyres? xox

Thursday, May 14, 2009

something fishy finished!

Yep, I know, I rock! Poor dear husband has had to talk to the back of my head for the last few days but it is done and will be in the post first thing tomorrow morning.  Easy peasy quilting, took a couple of hours tops, took longer to bind it! Better to have it done. Also, its for my step dad, he is a boy and really wont be looking too hard at the detail. I even did a hanging sleeve.

Thank you so much for leaving comments. Both here in blog land and over in the tree tops of twitter.  
Gives me a big happy smiley face!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

something fishy ready to quilt

Borders on ready to baste and quilt. Needs to be in the post this Friday. 
Wish me luck!

Monday, May 11, 2009


Hi lovely ones! I hope the mums out there had a wonderful, peaceful day. I really enjoyed mothers day this year. Sometimes mothers day can feel like a huge disappointment, not this year! The kids brought gifts from the fete at school, really thoughtful ones, not grab the most colourful or popular thing.  And after just getting back form work late Friday husband tried really hard to looking after everything without my help, even growled at me for trying to do the washing. Thankyou family for a lovely day!! How was your day?

Seeing as though I wasn’t allowed to ‘do’ anything yesterday, by late afternoon I was bored out of my mind, so I finally started clearing out my ‘scraps’.  I have scraps that have come with me from Ballarat to Horsham to Tassie to Horsham again and finally here! Some have been boxed up that long, other I have been added too.  

So I have done one box. And in true I-hate-to-throw-anything-out-because-one-day-it-migh-be-useful style I found a skirt that I’m pretty sure I didn’t start, missing a pocket and zip (why I am pretty sure it wasn’t mine!). 

So this morning I finished it! No zip, just lovely elastic, mother of four best friend.

Not a hem lover, so just rolled hemmed it and used scraps from the throw out pile to make the other pocket. See, I might need them!

Friday, May 8, 2009

in the post

In the post this week, just what I needed!!

Lovely pattern from the delightful Miss Fii. One of my favorite imaginary friends, or so my husband likes to call you guys out there in blog land!!
Miss Fii was a little naughty and added in an extra set of cards. Thank you! Check out her blog on where you can get yourself some Dear Fii loveliness.

Little boy is very happy with them also. He as named them and waiting to watch and sit on my knee to sew. As is Little Miss #1. Very excited about the teeny tiny one!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

international midwives day

So today is international midwives day. I was really looking forward to telling you all about my amazing midwife Mo and how blessed we have been with all our births, including our home birth last year.

But I’m not.

See a very dear friends of mine texted me this morning to say she was in hospital suffering PND (post natal depression). PND is horrible and yuck and dark and scary and just pain not fair. I am so sad that her and her family have to go through this. I’m frustrated that I am at the other end of the country. I am pissed off that in this day and age there are still not enough services for families suffering! Not enough mental health services full stop! Especially is you are in the country.

I know lots of lovely capable ladies who have suffered. Many that suffer in silence because they are scared of what people will think and sometimes scared of themselves. I had PND with 2 of my lovelies and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I was so desperate not to have it with no. 4, I even seriously considered eating my own placenta….I know, but PND is just that hideous.

On the flip side, without PND I would not have met some of my dearest friends. I don’t think I would be sewing and crafty and I definitely don’t think I would be the mother and wife I am today.

I hope one day my dear friend can get something positive out of this yucky experience.

BTW Check out Aunty Cookies blog and fundraiser she has organised for panda. You rock Sharron and co!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

long weekend

Today we have been busy! We have had May Day long weekend here, not even sure what that is but if it means I can sleep in, huh, well not get dressed in a hurry, its fine by me! So kids and I have made retro mummy’s very naughty brownies, super easy caramel slice, and a chocolate cake for the lovely (married) man who mowed my lawns last week.

And also with mothers day next weekend, remind husbands, I have ‘up styled’ these Commonwealth Bank bags for the schools Mothers day fete. From incredibly ugly bags…

....into at least people don’t know where I do my banking and could possibly take to the supermarket bags…

There was six more but the office ladies at school ran away with them.

Now I am off to eat brownies and caramel slice, and then take the kids for a looong bike ride. We don't have a wii here people, exercise the old fashion way.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

first go

My first go at swirly machine quilting. Getting there, tricky but lots of fun! Hope to finish this week. Also working on mothers day stall gifts for school, need those finished for Tuesday, good thing it is a long weekend here.

Also big thankyou to those who have left comments! Love it. Thanks xox

Saturday, May 2, 2009


We’re moving! Just up the hill and around the corner. Still, it’s a move, and with 4 kids and a house full of stuff I just want to close my eye and open them when it is all done. We have been up here for almost a year and love it. Hope hubby keeps his job so we can stay long term. My oldest has had 2 preschools and 3 schools and she is only in year 3! I know madness! So it is really important to me that we don’t more again until she is in high school.

Part of the reason we are moving is to try and save rent. Darwin is the most expensive capital city for rent in the country, something to be proud of, or so it seams…..And the other part is this….

We have 4 builders currently on this block….

Block of land cleared behind getting ready…..

And once finished probably before the end of the year (usually take 3 months to build) we would have 6 neighbours on our fence line!!

And yes, they are that close!! About 4 metres. Not sure if I should be saying good morning to the builders while hanging out my undies or not….perhaps not, but you get the idea!! So I am pretty jack of the noise and dirt and lack of privacy. So were off, again, hopefully the next move will be into our own home!

Next time, something crafty.....