Monday, October 31, 2011


We don't do Halloween here but this is the first year that Riley has been aware of it (mainly thanks to all the kid's programmes on TV today being halloween themed).

Riley decided that he wanted to get in on the action and dress up as a ghost. Which was lucky because if he'd asked to dress up as anything else I would have been stuck! So thanks to some white fabric from my sewing room we have a little ghost ....

(to those of you who do celebrate it).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October Makes

Can't believe that it's the end of October already! This year has just flown by.

Here are my crafty makings for October:

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Christmas Challenge ....

Stacey from Polka Dot Daze is hosting a Christmas challenge for the month of November with the challenge being to finish as many things on our Christmas list as we can and avoid leaving everything until the last minute. She has even set up a blog so we can all share our creations amongst ourselves and any surprises won't be ruined for friends and family.

It's hard to believe that Christmas is only 8 weeks away so if you want to make a start on any handmade goodies and you need the motivation, then make sure you head on over here and sign up. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Things I'm Loving ....

Loving the warm, sunny weather .... 

I only wish that it would stick around for more than a couple of days at a time!

It's been doing wonders for the garden too ....

I'm also loving Orchard Toys. They have an awesome range of games for young children and they're really well made.
What are you loving? (Link up with Paisley Jade here)


Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Creative Space: Race Track Cake

I have something a little different to share with you all today .... Riley's Birthday Cake!

I'm not the best when it comes to decorating cakes so this is entirely Phil's work, following my directions of course. I wanted to keep it simple but still make Riley an awesome cake and it was just perfect, better than I'd imagined and anyone who knows Riley will know that it was perfect for him. He LOVES cars and racing cars are even better.

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Happy 4th Birthday to my darling boy!!

Love you baby xx

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scrapping: The Week Thats Been

School holidays are over and done with and I find myself sitting here typing this to the sound of silence. As much as I love having Riley around, it's sooo good to be able to have some time to myself again.

Here are a couple of my layouts from last week:

Credits: Ex Libris Value Collection by CarolAnn Gary
Credits: Edith's Diary Value Collection by CarolAnn Gary

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekend Fun

We are counting down the days until a certain little boy's 4th birthday and with just 2 days to go, we decided a family trip to Orana Wildlife Park was in order ....

And on a side note ....

New Zealand 8 - France 7

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Calling All Crafty Bloggers!

Do you craft? Do you like to blog about your projects? 
Would you like to be a part of the Universal Craft Blog Directory?

Make sure you head on over to CraftyRie and link up your blog.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Log Cabin Pin Cushion

Recently I wanted to experiment with a quilt block on a small scale so I put together this log cabin pincushion ....

It was a little bit too fiddly and time consuming for my taste but I'm happy with how it turned out even though my square is a little bit wonky.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Creative Space: Fabric Coaster

There's not a lot going on in my sewing room at the moment. This is mostly due to school holidays and not having the time but also I'm having difficulty deciding on what to sew next. Any ideas? I like sewing things that aren't too complicated or take too long to complete (I have no patience).

Riley has recently started using a bedside table and he always has a drink at night time so for a really quick sewing project I whipped up a little fabric coaster for him.

I was really pleased with how it turned out. The photos don't really do it justice. I think I might make one for Phil to use at work and they're a great way of using up scraps. They would make a sweet Christmas gift too.

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cheeky Monkey Key Ring Swap

Recently I took part in a key ring swap over at Cheeky Monkey and here is the key ring that I made for my partner ....

It's the perfect size for keeping loose change for parking or in this case ....


My fave part is the little beaded zipper pull ....

And here is the key ring that I received ....

I love it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Recipe: Tabouli

I love tabouli! It's the perfect summer salad. Mine is a little bit different to traditional tabouli as I like to add in a few extra ingredients depending on what I have on hand but you can add whatever you like, it's so versatile.

1 cup burghal (cracked wheat)
2 cups boiling water
2 medium tomatoes, seeds removed and finely chopped
1 medium carrot, grated
3/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
feta (optional, add as little or as much as you like)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Soak the burghal in the water for 10 minutes. Drain and squeeze out excess water from the burghul in a sieve, pressing down hard with the back of a spoon.

Put burghul, parsley, tomato, grated carrot, feta, lemon juice, olive oil and black pepper in a bowl. Gently mix to combine.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Scrapping: The Week Thats Been

I have survived the 1st week of the school holidays with my sanity intact, largely in thanks to this website. Though I must say it has been nice spending some extra time with my boy and not having to rush around in the mornings.

Here are some of my layouts from last week:

Credits: Harvest ColorB Page Kit by CarolAnn Gary
Credits: Harvest ColorA Page Kit by CarolAnn Gary
Credits: Men And Boys Value Collection by CarolAnn Gary
Credits: Men And Boys Value Collection by CarolAnn Gary

Sunday, October 16, 2011

At 3 years, 11 months, 2 weeks and 6 days old

- You are starting to develop quite an attitude. I'm forever hearing 'no way' and 'it's not fair', all I can say is it's a good thing that you're so cute!

- You are finally starting to show an interest in learning to write but you refuse to hold your pen properly. You are so proud of yourself when you form letters correctly.

- A few weeks ago you brought home from Kindy your first drawings of Mummy, Daddy and Uncle James and they actually resembled people! You've never been into drawing so this is a big deal.

- You love books. One of your favourites is The Great Animal Search book. You love finding/looking at all the different animals in their habitats and learning more about them, though sometimes I don't know all the answers to your questions.

- You recognize all the letters of the alphabet and know most of their sounds. Lately you have even started connecting letter sounds with what letter word's begin with. You are always coming up to me and asking me what certain word's begin with. Of course I let you figure it out for yourself which doesn't usually take very long and you're always so proud of yourself.

- You are becoming more independent. You will happily take yourself to the toilet and can even put your own trousers on. Occasionally you'll come out with them on backwards but most of the time you're pretty good.

- You love to sing and I always hear you singing at night time when you're supposed to be sleeping!

- You hate shopping and would much rather stay at home and play with Uncle James.

- You love bouncing on your trampoline and you'll often go out there to have some time to yourself.

- You are quite bossy and demanding and all you want to do is play with those around you. It can be difficult when there are other thing's that need doing.

- At the moment your favourite TV programs are Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go and the Wonder Pets. Since it's the school holidays at the moment you get to watch them everyday and you also enjoy playing the games on the Nick Jr website. I'm quite happy about this as compared to the PS3 games that you like to play, at least they are educational and you're also learning very basic computer/mouse skills, which let's face it are really important in today's society.

- You still drink from a sipper cup even though you are perfectly capable of using a normal cup.

- You like routine and have to have some thing's done in a particular way/order.

- You have your own quirky sense of humor.

- You are super ticklish and tickling the backs of your legs makes you squeal.

- You love throwing balls but I've had to make a new rule - no throwing balls inside - as your aim isn't the best.

- You now sleep in your bed without the couch pushed up against it to keep you from falling out. I put a mattress down on the floor just in case and one night we found you sleeping on it, not once but twice.

- You are eager to grow up big and strong like Daddy. You keep telling me all the things that you will do when you're big like Daddy.

- You never stop talking.

- You LOVE cars, I'm sure you know more about them than I do and you'll happily stand for ages at my bedroom window and watch them drive by.

- When you grow up you want to be a Policeman.

It's good to take a step back and remember some of the little things. Love you baby boy xx

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scrappy Swap Update

Everything is ready to send! I've selected my scraps, sewn my goodie and thrown in something 'kiwi' ....

For the pouch, I used this tutorial here and for the finishing touch I added a beaded zipper pull (after I took the above photo, but more on that in another post).

I really hope my partner likes it!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Loving ....

This boy ....

and his trampoline antics ....

What are you loving? (Link up with Paisley Jade here)


Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Creative Space: Appliqued T-Shirt/Old T-Shirt Revamp

How cute is that? I haven't done any applique before so I used one of Riley's plain Kindy t-shirts which just happened to have a particularly nasty stain on the front of it (just in case I mucked it up). The 'tie' hides it quite nicely and gives the t-shirt a new lease on life.

It was so quick and easy, I can't wait to make some more! Riley loves it too.

The hardest part was getting him to stand still so I could take some photos, there were lots of funny faces and strange poses.

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Needle Book and Matching Pin Cushion

Remember this needle book that I blogged about last week? Well it's all finished ....

And do you know what I found when I went back to Fabric Vision to get a button for it? More of the same fabric (I can never resist having a look through the scrap bin while I'm there), enough to make a matching pin cushion!

Joining in with We Did It! Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Recipe: Bran Muffins

I whipped up a batch of these for lunch today. They are especially good warm from the oven with a bit of margarine.

2 cups wheat bran
1/2 cup plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda

1/2 cup golden syrup
1 large egg
1 cup milk

Put the bran in a large bowl and sieve in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well.

Warm the golden syrup in a saucepan until runny. Remove from the heat and stir in the egg and milk.

Pour over the dry ingredients and fold together.

Spoon the mixture into muffin pans and bake at 200 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until golden and firm when pressed.

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