Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

I had another wonderful afternoon op shopping on Tuesday :)  My most exciting find..... owl S&P shakers!!! I had these on my 'wish list' since forever - so now I can cross them off :)   I admit I'm always envious when I see cute op shop bird // owl S&P finds on other people's blogs - so was dong a happy dance when I realised that the little owl ornaments were actually shakers :)  This pair $1

Mug $2 and cheese board / knife $3
Some storage items for my scrap room - stand 40c and basket $1.50
Misc sewing $2 and embroidery threads $1.80
Pink sunglasses $1

Blouse $3.50
I'm linking up with Sir-Thrift-Alot again this week.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Koala punch art

When I saw this adorable card I knew I had to CASE it to send to my Dutch penpal :)  

Cruise countdown...9 weeks!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I was still feeling motivated today, so did some more scrapping :) 

Monday, August 26, 2013


I was still in a scrappy mood today, so watched a few movies and worked on some layouts. I started this layout at Simply Crafty a few weekends ago - so finished it.

Then I finished the 2 layouts I started at  the midnight crop on Friday night.

One last layout scrapped today - I was inspired by a layout I recently saw (but can't find now to share the link). 


Sunday, August 25, 2013

The weekend

Jaxson update - He's over the virus and back to his happy, cute self :)

I had a lovely weekend - Tanya and I went to the midnight crop at the LSS. I hadn't had a chance to scrap for a few weeks, so was really looking forward to playing with paper & glue :) Saturday Craig & I had lunch at mum's to catch up with everyone and Sunday we just chilled at home - nice to rechage the batteries.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

I didn't get a chance to go op shopping this week, but still have some thrifted goodness to share :)  Craig's mum does volunteer work at one of the op shops and I asked her to keep an eye out for a cake / pie server.  She found this one for $1 and the pretty blue patterned quiche dish for $1.50. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Caterpillar peg magnets

On Monday we babysat Cohan for the morning - it was a great time to try a craft project I had seen recently :) We made pom pom caterpillar peg magnets. I had all the supplies (large craft pegs, pom poms, eyes, magnet strips and glue) already in my stash and this was a simple project.   I would have liked to have painted the pegs first, but Cohan doesn't have much patience to wait for paint to dry, so we kept the pegs plain (which I think still looked good).  Cohan made his red & green caterpillar, then decided to make a rainbow one (like Aunty's) for Jaxson :)   I added some magnet strips to the back and they were all done - Cohan and I were both happy with how these turned out.


Cruise countdown...10 weeks!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Golf party

On Sunday morning Craig, Cohan and I went to Mitchell's 4th birthday party.   It was a wonderful party held at the golf club and the kids got to play a round of putt-putt golf- LOTS of fun :)

I made Mitchell's cake  - a golf green!  I'm very pleased with how it turned out and Mitchell seemed very happy with it :)

Cathie & the birthday boy!

Cathie had the awesome idea of making certificates for each of the kids with a polariod picture of them.  I took the photos on my polariod camera (love that camera!) and Cathie wrote the kid's names on the awards.  She also made some trophys and had medals for the kids as well.  Cohan was lucky enough to win a trophy - he was so proud of himself :)
This is the clever birthday invite that Cathie created!


Monday, August 19, 2013


Our darling little nephew spent 4 days in hospital recently :( The doctor originally thought he had a reaction to his needles, but after some tests they diagnosed him with Scalded Skin Syndrome. Poor little baby was swollen, had skin peeling off him and was in pain :( Luckily the antibiotics kicked in quickly and he was on the mend.  Jaxson was released from hospital today.  Katie took this picture of Jaxson to show how swollen he was. 
When we went to visit Katie & Jaxson in hospital we found this Tiapan snake right at the entrance!
Because I had the flu  / virus - I had to wear this groovy face mask :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hexagon cards

I saw a card in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue and I had to CASE it :)  Both of these cards came together very quickly - I just used some hexagon printed paper and instead of pearl I used a button to embellish.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

Craig and I had lunch with Katie and the boys on Tuesday, then I stopped into a few of my fave op shops.  I come out empty handed at the first shop (shock!), but was lucky with the other 2 shops :)

A full set of handpainted Babushka dolls - $5! The biggest one is about 4 inches and the smallest is about 1cm - love them :)
Yes, more retro Tupperware $3.  There were some other containers there, but I already have them so I stayed strong and left them there LOL  A sugar dispenser 50c - I'm going to use it to store twine.  A cherry pie dish $2 in perfect condition - no chips and no fading on the pattern / recipe!
Tealight candle lantern $2 and wooden box $3. 

Another very exciting find... this gorgeous dress for $4.50.  I brought it for our friend who is coming on the PNG cruise with us in November - it's her style, so I hope she likes the dress and it fits.
I'm linking up with Sir Thrift A Lot this week.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wooden jewellry kits

I brought the sweet wooden owl cross stitch kit on sale from Spotlight at Christmas.  It's been on my (ever-growing) to do list since.  A few months ago I got motivated to make it - it was very quick and easy (I think it took me longer to decide on a design than it did to complete the cross stitch LOL).  Then I got distracted by my ripple blanket and didn't end up doing anything with the owl.  

I loved how the owl turned out, so when the kits were on special again recently I decided to buy a smaller one to make into a brooch. 

On the weekend I brought some jewellery making pieces and decided to make the owl into a necklace (I had originally considered making a brooch, but it was a bit too big) and the fox into a brooch..
Cruise countdown...11 weeks!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August card swap

I went to Simply Crafty on Sunday (before the BBQ) for a few hours - love catching up with everyone.  This month's card theme was Kraft -

My card

Danielle's cards

Tanya's card

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ripple Blanket Completed

I finished my blanket last week!!  I love how it turned out :)  I'm very happy that I've finished it, especially since the temperature has gotten warmer.


Week 9
Rows 18
Bands of colour 9

Rows 146
Bands of colour 73

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Catching up with friends

Even though I have LOTS to share, it's been a bit quiet on here this week.  We have been spending all our spare time catching up with friends visiting from Holland.  It's been 6 years since their last visit  The last time they were in Australia Nettie was pregnant, so this time we got to meet Andrea :)   There have been lots of catch ups, meals out and one night Nettie & Dennis cooked us a traditional Dutch meal - very delicious. 

Sunday a group of us met up to have a BBQ at the local park.  We have all been friends for years, so it was great to spend time together :) 

He he love this squishy face - Jaxson does love Aunty smooches :)


Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I went to see another movie this week :) Cathie, her mum Diane, Craig and I went to see "The Heat". It was a bit slow to start with, but then it picked up and there were lots of laughs. We all agreed it was a very funny movie - definately recommend watching it.

On another's that time again...yep - Cruise countdown!!  Woo hoo!!

Cruise countdown...12 weeks!

Monday, August 5, 2013


Today I finished the layouts that I started at the Midnight crop on Friday.  I'm hoping to do some more scrapping tomorrow.