Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy birthday, sweet boy.

Four years ago today this little boy was a newborn baby in a humidicrib in special care. We were naive first-time parents, anxious but optimistic about the future.

Four years down the track and what a ride it's been so far. It's taken us all the way to New Caledonia, where we arrived this week, for the next chapter of our lives.

Jack, you are truly adorable, clever, brave and all we ever wanted.

Happy birthday.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Guilty pleasures - handmade goodies via laptop.

Hello! I thought I'd confess to all and sundry that I have been spending lately. Shops of choice? Among others, Etsy and Madeit.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of such websites featuring lovely handmade goodies. I've been e-browsing for some time but lately a little more - possibly because I've been quite time-poor and these sites have been hitting the spot with my retail needs.

Here's a peek of some of the lovely things I've been spending my pennies on, for myself and others:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DIY bracelets - with or without a needle.

Picture the scene: you've got somewhere to go, you know what you're wearing, but the accessories just aren't going to work. What you need is a bracelet. But wait - there's no time, and anyway, you're broke. What to do?

Settle down, honey. You can do it yourself. Yes you can. And here's three options.

Okay, so can you knit? That's right, knit! A bracelet! Check out this beaded beauty from Jezze Prints, which takes just a scrap of yarn and a few leftover beads and a cup of tea and a Tic Toc:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Knit and put your feet up - the Knitted Pouf.

I have a bit of a pouf obsession. There, I've said it.

I like nothing better than the idea of a colorful, comfortable bally-type ottoman which I can rest my feet, book or bottom on, which also is a stylish addition to virtually any room. I hover over them and admire whenever I spot a spiffily crafted pouf. Alas, to date, I do not own one. And my feet end up on the couch every night. Not ideal.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Books, shmooks.

Hello. How are you? Today I would like to talk about books.

Over the last couple of weeks, books have come to mind many times for several reasons. In any ordinary week, I think about books a lot. I love books. New books. Old books. Kids books. Craft books. Crime books. Cookbooks. Travel books. So nothing unusual there.

But several topics have come up in the news in recent times which keep taking me back to how important books are, not just to me, but in growing great kids, remembering and discovering who we are as a nation, and in keeping the fires of literacy stoked through educating the nation to not just have an ability to read and write, but to read and write broadly, and to be passionate in doing it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Swing it with DIY saddle shoes.

Well, hello there!

It's been another hiatus from posting, what with one thing or another - but don't think I haven't been thinking about you. Quite the opposite!

Today I discovered this excellent DIY saddle shoe project via Craftzine, one of my all time favorite crafty sites due to the diversity of projects it showcases. It comes from an uber-cool gal called Morgan who blogs hip stuff at Panda Head.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Go ahead and fake it!

DIY peonies via Creature Comforts
Do you like peonies? I do. Can you believe these peonies aren't real? I think they are very gorgeous. I love me a bit of fake flower. Ergo this craft is right up my street.