Thursday, 1 June 2017

International Donut Day - Do Nut Miss It!!!


When I was a lot younger, FIMO was a huge craze. There was a woman in our church who was like an artist with it, making necklaces out of this superior clay material that were eye-wateringly gorgeous. Everybody wanted one. It was the 1980s after all..

There were the usual wildflowers and gum nuts, but the necklace i wanted was ice creams. I've just remembered all over again how much I wanted that life-like confectionary hanging around my neck (it was too expensive - fimo wasn't cheap, and my Mum couldn't be convinced it was a worthy investment in my fashionable self).

So in view of International Donut Day tomorrow (Who decreed this I wonder? The United Nations?), I typed DONUT JEWELLERY into Etsy and Pinterest and you'll never believe what came out!!!!

Fimo (Polymer Clay is its current title) and enough donuts to adorn every inch of your body.
If you were that way inclined.

Or do donuts any way you nut miss this opportunity...
Seed Heritage Purse

Kmart Beanbag

Sack Me Krispy Dreme Cot Set

Levi's Teeshirt from Myer
So whether you're a Krispy Kreme fan or more a do-nut mess with my cinnamon kind of gal,

Recipe here - oh yum
this is your day. Go for it. Find free donuts at your local.
Wear donuts.
Add some sparkle to your donuts...ooh I love these!

So who cares about FIMO?!
You don't want to experience FOMO over this major event....Do Nut miss it!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Books: Objects of Beauty

Oh dear, I have so many draft posts on my posting page it is just not funny. Alas, 'multi-tasking' has become like a swear word to me. It reminds me of all the things I'd like to do (like posting on this blog) and need to do (like cleaning the shower) but never in the busy flurry of life/jobs/schools/sport quite get around to doing any more... Fortunately I mostly still manage to:
a) feed the kids, and
b) collect books.

I got so excited about some of my latest bookish finds that I told the kids there was no dinner tonight, and sat down to post this instead.

LOL. Only joking (kind of).

So according to this article in the Guardian, the Kindle is fast becoming obsolete. Cue mad Bertha Rochester laughing by real book lovers everywhere (it can't just be me, surely?!!) Their clunky and decidedly un-hip technology it turns out, doesn't provide readers with the same memorable and enjoyable sensory experience of reading an actual physical book. It seems that turning real pages is actually an integral part of the process of reading. Who knew?! And what's more, recall and memory are inextricably linked to viewing the printed word on the printed page (please note this schools!!  - but that's another post I hope to get to, one day).

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

At our Beach, at our Magic Beach

Beach holidays where memories are made and your bed is full of sand.

Where people are buried...

And treasures are unearthed..

Where the days are long and you live more outdoors than in. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Best Christmas Cushions in 2016

In the lead up to Christmas I often alternate between mad frenzied decorating when I am doing 50 things at once - and chilled out reclining on the couch, nanna napping and getting high on Christmas candles.. what can I say? ... this season brings out my extremes.

Here's a pic of my favourite spot when the exhaustion takes hold and I have to lie down and nibble on pfeffernuuse until I get my mojo back. I'm loving this new red sequinned cushion spied a couple of months ago in a kerbside cleanup. (Yes! I washed it). But so crazy! Didn't those people realise that #christmasiscoming ??

I posted my favourite Christmas cushions last year (click here) and many of you responded with enthusiasm, racing out to spruce up your merry decorating style. Well, guess what?! There are NEW cushions out this year that will make you do exactly the same thing again! Come on, you know you want too! If there's already enough cushions for the couch, throw them on a bed - it's just a fabulous way to add an instant festive feel!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas Trees in November

Yay there's only 32(ish) sleeps until Christmas! I've been feeling quite jolly (okay, more like smug, but that doesn't sound so nice) at:
a) getting our tree up on November 1, and 
b) enjoying the family's excitement at discovering the Christmas joy again...tempered with my husband's slight dismay at having pulled six crates of "Christmas gear" out from under the house - only to be told: We don't have the lights! There must be another box!!

I was enjoying our initial decor choices (wow - we're going with white!) and even had been harbouring strange yearnings to maybe avoid our usual cacophony of colour and go for a white AND minimalist look this year. 

Yes, I thought we might go minimal, for about 5 minutes. I was already imagining how I'd spend any savings made on not buying a new stash of (on sale but still) ornaments, and then I saw this:

Monday, 3 October 2016

Five-Year-Olds Have More Fun

Mum, did you know that Piranhas can bite through metal?
Um, (me, distracted) yeah, sort of. No! What? Are you sure? I've never heard that before..
Yep. They can. It's in the book Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas. Mrs Baxter read it to us in the library. 

Really? (Thanks Aaron Blabey. Was that book really factual?)

Mum. Did you know that Pterodactyl starts with a silent P and that some dinosaurs are herbivores? 
Um, yep. I did know that. Thanks. Can we eat breakfast now? (Me, eying his bacon and hoping he's not considering vegetarianism. Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Mum, do marshmallows have lots of sugar in them? Cause I've just eaten six!!


Five-year-olds want to do everything and they want to know everything. It's an exciting (and exhausting) age. They still feel (to you) like they were only born yesterday but they are big now, and getting bigger (and louder) all the time.

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Power of the Picture Book Challenge

At the beginning of June I discovered a picture book challenge on Instagram. Yes, it was winter and I was bored and getting kind of low-spirited at being cold - so what better way to brighten things up than make a whole lot of new Insta-friends with a common interest!? Oh my it was great fun. And addictive. Even our toys got in on the action.

Finding a picture book each day from our (not insubstantial) children's book collection to match a changing theme, was inspiring, interesting and entertaining. It reminded me of the power and pizazz of a good picture book. Some make you howl with laughter. Others have a poignancy that can bring you undone. My mum was a kindergarten teacher for many years and used to read a book about a Magpie who died - every year to her class, crying every time. Generations of kids watched agog at their teacher's emotional response to a picture book. I love this.