Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thrifted Pressie

On my trip to Tasmania ( I know I will stop going on about it soon) I found some really funky linen material that I just knew could be made into something much more useful than the out of date calender print on it.
So a friend of mine received for her birthday a set of coasters...well what else would you make?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

For a little person

I came home from Tasmania with so many to do projects...( I made a list of them while at the airport on the way home so as not to forget).
This was one thing I wanted to have a go at.....

a reversible apron is a size 18mth to 2yrs and it looks do darn cute over bloomers/tights and a little t-shirt.
Now I just need a little person to give it to!

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Life isn't measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Happy Sunday to you.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Where's the Treasure?

Amongst the very busy day we had of busy bees at church and a community BBQ to host we had a treasure hunting Birthday to attend....

It was our nephew's 10th birthday and so much fun was had with GPS's in hand to find the elusive treasure.
Happy Birthday Jacob.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The end of the week

Where did that week go?
It was only a few days ago I was miles away spending time with my little a whole week has gone by and I find myself at Friday.
My pact to myself was that Fridays needed to be a day to do something for me....or at least spend it doing something that I have control over...
So after a mad flurry of laundry room cleaning and decluttering I moved onto some "Treasure Bag" making.( just one of the many ideas that was born from creative brainstorming while staying with my sis)

These are great for collecting and carrying what else but "treasures" maybe on a Geocaching adventure or a beach trip. I have made some to add to my Bron's Creation Collection of goodies I hope to take to market some day!
But after all that sewing and a parent / teacher meeting squeezed in we headed to the beach for some splash,swim and run time.

They splashed and ran,Derek swam and I just enjoyed the watching of it all.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A is for...

It's all about the alphabet at the moment for Fraser. He is learning fast at school and surprising me all the time as he finds letters in the surrounding environment wherever we go.
While I was in Tasmania I stopped in at Spotlight to pick up something and spotted these letters and had a thought to make something for Fraser's room....
I finished last night making the letters into a flag banner that we can use to keep revising the alphabet incidentally while dressing,getting ready for bed, or just when spending a few minutes in time out!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

She had her say..

When Meg returned to school on Monday she found out that her letter to the editor had been published.
We don't get this Sunday paper so we did a quick ring around and found someone who did...."but they edited out some of the letter mum!"

Yes but they did spell your name right!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What is making me smile...

What is making me smile....
Memories from a lovely holiday...

Watching this little guy figure out all by himself his new birthday lego model...
then getting dad to check it over and help with the tricky bits...

and this.....

Monday, March 22, 2010

What Fun!

We had the most fantastic time in Tasmania with my sister and her family...
A little bit of everything,
some geocaching together...

quiet times
Brave times (it was so cold in!)
time to do some shopping....

time to be creative...
time for a little adventure...
time for last minute homework completing..(3hrs in Melb helped with that one)

a little time to read....
and of course the main attraction...lots of cuddles with this precious baby girl.

Thanks guys we miss you already and can't wait for our next visit.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Break in Transmission

( plane made with Fraser's Birthday Mechano- made by -------Mummy!)

Work - done

School - done
Birthday party - done
Fraser down to Grandpa's - done
Dinner - done
Packing - yet to do!

Meg and I are heading off to Tasmania for a few days to visit with family so maybe I won't be around here much this week. Derek and Fraser are holding down the home front and I am sure they are in for a fun few "Boy Days".
See you later.

Monday, March 15, 2010


(the first flower on Derek's Gardenia he has tended very carefully)

Hope your Monday was not too overwhelming, filled with a little fun and full of energy ready for the week ahead.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Our suburban bees have settled well into their new bush retreat......

Although the honey was oh so sweet it is great to see them so happy in their new home.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Oh My Gosh 5!!!

The birthdays continue this weekend in our house...Happy Birthday 5 Year old!

He was such a trooper as only one hour before everyone arrived we had been at the doctors to find out he has a bad case of Tonsilitis....but it was on with the show or party in this case..
  • Pinatas
  • Presents
  • Pin the tail on the donkey
  • Pass the Parcel
and a whole lot of mess to clean up...but oh what fun we had!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Good Girl

We are very proud of this girl today....a new school, new teacher,new friends.....

Good Job !

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

1000 Paper Cranes

image here

For children, one important international symbol of peace and disarmament is the paper crane.

The paper crane has become a symbol in recent years as a result of its connection to the story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki, who was born in 1943.

Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. As she grew up, Sadako was a strong, courageous and athletic girl. In 1955, at age 11, while practicing for a big race, she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with leukaemia, "the atom bomb" disease.

Sadako's best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run again. She started to work on the paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on 25 October 1955 at the age of twelve.

In spite of her poor health, she never gave up. She continued to make paper cranes until she died.

Inspired by her courage and strength, Sadako's friends and classmates put together a book of her letters and published it. They began to dream of building a monument to Sadako and all of the children killed by the atom bomb. Young people all over Japan helped collect money for the project.

In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. The children also made a wish that is inscribed at the bottom of the statue and reads:

"This is our cry, this is our prayer, Peace in the world".

Today, people all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to Sadako's monument in Hiroshima. (as told here)

Following on from yesterday's post ...the symbol of the purple paper crane has become a recognisable one for us as" The Cure For Life Foundation" headed up by the very wonderful and extremely talented DR Teo played a huge part in our journey with Taylor.
We were privileged to have had the opportunity to have Dr Teo perform life risking surgery on Taylor twice. Without him and his support we would have had far shorter time with our big girl.
I know there are so many worthy causes out there pleading for our help but this is one we would recommend and know from personnel experience how vital the research and support for Brain Tumor sufferers is.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Our Other Direction

14 Wishes

9th March 2001

14 Wishes is what we would have for today...well we really only have one......
14 is what age our big girl would have been today...The house would have been filled with Hip Hip Hoorays and much candle blowing but instead we chose to head out of town for the day and celebrate in a much quieter way together as a smaller family - smaller than we would like.
We have missed 6 birthdays now with her and there is still a strong sense of needing to stop what we would normally be doing and go in the opposite direction if not just for a few hours. To tell ourselves that she still does matter and we still do hurt at not eating cake for her instead of with her.

Happy Birthday Taylor Louise ..


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