Thursday, November 29, 2012

The girl with the golden hair

Our youngest is 7 years old today!

How did that happen? It seems like a split second ago she was this teeny little baby

Since starting school two years ago our young Miss has blossomed and grown. She is an avid reader and has the most beautiful handwriting. Her teacher this year adored her, for her quiet confidence and impeccable manners.

When she finished school for the year on Tuesday my mother's heart was touched when everyone in the class wanted to hug her and wish her well for her big holiday. They prayed a blessing over her and sent her safely on her way.

From the moment I held her in my arms I was besotted with this little one...and seven years later, I still am.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Creative Space

I have been a busy little bee the last few weeks. A little bit of extra thyroxine will do that to you!

This morning we are heading off on our BIG TRIP! whoop!

So I've scheduled a few posts for while we are away.

One morning I was wide awake at 5.00 am so I whipped up this little apron.

I recently found a lot of beautiful vintage linens at our local oppy and had seen a similar idea in Mollie Makes.

 It came together so quickly and is beautiful and soft.

It was hard to part with, but I have sent it to a new home, to bless a lady who I see doing so much for other people.

Joining in here with all those creative peeps

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Advent swap Day 25!

The final parcel in my huge box from the lovely Cat.

Day 25 in the Avent Swap is the main present.

From Cat I was gifted a beautiful crocheted cushion

It's the perfect colours for my half finished quilt, so it will be taking pride of place on our bed!

The kids received gifts too (which I hadn't told them about!)...

A reversible bag kit (which she wants to make NOW! lol) and choccy's.

My little artist boy got his favourite thing, an art pad and coloured pencils (and choccy's too!)

A french knitting kit and choccy's! She can't wait to try it out.

I also took some photos of all the beautiful decorations adorning my little Christmas tree. All made by Cat!

Thank you so much Cat for an AMAZING swap. Thank you for your generosity, creativity and thoughtfulness.

You can read about the other swap gifts I received from Cat,  here,  hereherehereherehere and here

Advent swap Day 24

My swap gift for Day 24, from the lovely Cat....

A beautiful scarf!

Sorry about the poor quality photo.

Thanks Cat, it is lovely!!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Advent swap day 23

I'm nearing the bottom of that big box of pressies!

Be sure to check out the swap next month over at Cat's blog and you can see what everyone has been sending their swap partners.

Day 23

today I received three cute little felt gingerbread men ornaments!!

In a couple of days I will take a photo of the little tree I have put all the beautiful ornaments from Cat on.

Thanks again Cat. You are so clever!

Advent swap Days 21 and 22

oooh! getting near the end now!
Cat's parcel is on its way (a few days ago) I hope it arrives quickly!

Day 21

CUTE little embroidered hoop!!!

Day 22
mmm... this one I could smell through the whole package... so lovely!
And as soon as I opened it this afternoon I was nagged and nagged and nagged by two girls to 'share' my bath bomb! lol.

Thanks Cat!!!

' You can read about my other swap gifts here,  here, here, here, here, here and here

Advent swap Days 19, 20

My advent swap partner Cat has really put so much thought and love into the little advent gifts!

Day 19
Pretty little Tilda birds in my favourite colours!

Day 20
Pretty ribbons!

Thanks Cat, I really love everything!

You can read about my other swap gifts here,  here, here, here, here, here

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Excitement is brewing in our house as we count down the sleeps to our big USA adventure next week.

Tonight we are going to have a small 'Thanksgiving' meal. To honour the country we are about to visit, and because I also think it is a really awesome celebration to adopt.

I know its the wrong time of the year for the true spirit of Thanksgiving, but we are concentrating on the THANKS part of it :)
borrowed from here

We feel so blessed and privileged to have this opportunity to take our three children on a holiday, to have precious family time together, but also for our children to meet the wonderful family I lived with as an exchange student when I was 18  years old.

We are a family of very humble means.
This is BIG HUGE MASSIVE for us.

For two years we have lived in limbo, praying and hoping for that elusive job for hubby in NZ, home. All of our 'stuff' was shipped back to NZ two years ago. 

Everything we have here is gifted or thrifted. Friends have been very generous and our finds have been awesome. However, we all miss the little things, our treasures, photo albums, all the little touches that are ours. 

Two years is a long time to live like this and coupled with my bouts of depression and health problems it is not surprising that a few months ago it all became a bit too much. I was clutching for what our future may hold.

And this is how this holiday has come about. It is our first 'real' family holiday since our 9 year old was born.

All our holidays and savings in the last 5 years have been used to go home to NZ...and as other expats will tell you, its not a holiday. It is chaotic as you feel pulled in different directions. It is LOVELY seeing family and friends but we always come home exhausted.

So as we prepare and count down to this awesome break, I am taking a moment to think about how thankful I am, for this beautiful little family I have and the opportunity to spend some time exploring our big wide world together.

I hope you will follow our journey because I am sure to pop up a few photos on here and instagram... hehe who am I kidding, I'll be putting TONS of photos up!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My creative Space: crochet colour

Over the past few weeks I have been playing around with making my crochet hooks cuter!

I love polka dots and love them in all the different colours!

I've been asked if I am going to sell them I am just working on opening a little Etsy shop.

If you are keen for one, email me at this stage on

Joining in at My Creative Spaces

Monday, November 19, 2012

Advent swap Days 8, 16 , 17, 18

This Advent swap with my lovely swap partner Cat is really amazing!

Look at what I have opened in the last few days

Day 8

Ribbon and the cutest little button magnets!

Day 16
Gorgeous DIY bunting and Envelope packs! Cuteness!

Day 17
A beautiful knitted heart and candy cane ornaments

Day 18
A book to take with me on holiday!! I was just looking at this recently at the shops!

Thanks again Cat!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Advent swap Day 7 and 15

More beautiful pressies to open today...

Day 7
Pretty pretty fabric!

Day 15
Beautiful heart. This I will hang in my sewing space year round. I love Hearts!!

Thanks again Cat!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Advent swap days 5, 6, 13, 14

I was intending to post daily about the beautiful swap items but this week has been so crazy!

Day 5
A cute little Elf pattern!

Day 6

I may have squealed out loud when I opened this one!! LOVE! I have had a teapot cosy on my to do list for such a long time. I can't wait to have someone over for tea!

Day 13
Pretty crochet cotton... will be put to good use when I start making the 99 crochet dishcloth patterns.

Day 14
Cute little knitted angels!!!  Following the unwrapping of these Miss 11 insisted I get out our little tree and put it up and adorn it with all the beautiful decorations from Cat!

Thank you again lovely Cat! they are all so lovely and so thoughtful.

I'll be back later today with today's pressies!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Creative space - crazy!

My creative space is a little crazy this week.

Who signs up for a market stall 12 days before they take a 13 hours flight with three kids and one hubby for five weeks overseas?? throw in the new thyroid meds... its craziness I tell you. But the end is in sight!

I am madly cutting, sewing and stuffing, stitching and a stressing!

I am also working hard to finish the last few things for my Advent swap parcel to the lovely Cat so I can get it sent asap.

So I'm going back to it!!

My faithful helper will keep ....helping?

See you on the other side!

Advent Swap Days 3,4 and 11, 12

Wow, this Advent swap is the BEST swap ever! and I have the most lovely swap partner. Everything is so perfect!

Days 3,4 and 11,12

Beautiful fabric!

Day 4
 A beautiful handstitched angel!

Day 11
Ribbons and choccies.

Day 12

Cute little house decorations! I love the colours!

I feel slightly overwhelmed with this swap! When do us Mum's ever get so spoiled? Every parcel I open I feel the love and warmth Cat has poured into making or choosing the gifts.

Thanks so much Cat x

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Christmas Advent Swap day 2 and 10

Day 2 and 10 of the Christmas Advent swap (and 9 because I forgot to include the piccy's yesterday!)

The Christmas Advent swap is hosted by the lovely Cat of Catalina's cottage and Cat is my swap partner!

Day 2

A lovely travel sewing kit in my favourite colours!

Day ten

A beautiful crocheted cloth and lovely cake of handcrafted natural clay soap '50 shades of clay'.

Day 9
Beautiful handmade (by Cat) Christmas Decorations

So Spoilt!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Advent Swap -Day one

This year I have joined in with the lovely Cat from Catalina's Cottage for her Christmas Advent Swap.

I was so lucky to be paired with Cat as my swap partner!!!

Because we are heading off on our family adventure before December starts, Cat kindly sent me my swap parcel early and we agreed for me to start opening the parcels early and make my advent in November not December this year.

Yesterday was like CHRISTMAS in our house. Look at the size of that box!!

I got to open parcel 1 and 9 (two a day to catch up to the current date).

Pressie number one

Beautifully wrapped, gorgeous cards!!!


A beautiful pendant! My favourite colour too, with gorgeous koru designs on it. So beautiful!

Made by this very clever lady KP Beads
And a fabulous Crochet Dishcloth book. We only use crocheted/knitted dishclothes and they are the best! I can't wait to try some of the patterns.

With 99 designs I feel a challenge coming on in the New Year!

Thank you Cat!! You are so generous and thoughtful and thank you for hosting such an amazing swap!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012


I'm going to attempt to post from the iPad!

this weeks loving is brought to you from Instagram (quality is a bit iffy)

cheeky kitty cats

Enormous boxes of pressies!

cute girls who dress themselves...

 and cats who photobomb the photo....

Linking up here