Friday, 31 December 2010

December at a glance...

The last month has gone by so incredibly fast. Since school broke up, we have been going at 100 miles an hour. We've had so much fun with family and friends and even just by ourselves at times. The weather has finally come around and we have had an absolutely gorgeous Christmas break. The pics below show 'our December'.
The night of the Lunar Eclipse. I was putting the kids to bed and only just saw the end of it, it was a beautiful evening. My little camera took this lovely shot.

Everyday we walk to the end of our street for a swim at the beach. This day, Remi was tuckered out and decided to have a little nap after his big swim.

Me enjoying the sun, watching Luca and Uncle Ben brave the chilly water.

Christmas Day up at the cousins country house.

Christmas tree and gifts

The Christmas Pudding I made. It was my first effort and it turned out lovely (for a last minute job).

Uncle Paul made the kids a slip n' slide, they all had so much fun!



The country 'estate'!

The kids absolutely LOVE the swings, oh, ok so do I!


Me and my big Sister

Boxing Day Pavlova - made by my Sister and always YUM!

Christmas cake made by my lovely friend Gina, also really yum, the kids ask for a piece daily. It's lasting quite a while.

A surprise present for me when we arrived home.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A quick trip...

With Aunty's Gabby and Gill visiting for a few days, we thought it would be nice to make a trip into the city yesterday with the kids to see the Chinese Entombed Warriors Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

It was a really windy day which I think made the kids a little crazy! They were pretty good considering how quiet and still they had to be. Luca loved every minute of it, and had his little booklet where he checked off the things he found in the exhibit. He was excited to find almost everything before we had to walk a lot quicker than everyone else out of there because Remi was sick of being in his stroller and started screeching. I think the slow speed of the stroller was a bit much to handle for a little hurricane like Remi. We walked through a few of the other permanent collections which the kids loved looking at. Then they were let loose in the Domain, the huge parkland areas around the AGNSW. A really lovely day, with a little bit of culture for all of us!

There is no photography allowed inside the Art Gallery, so these were taken outside.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Our new favourite...

Sshh, we have found our new favourite cafe. Don't tell anyone, it's small and lovely, and has really yummy treats. It's also a little bit of a homewares emporium on a small scale. It's called "Favourite Things" and is in Dee Why, on Sydney's Northern Beaches. 

I managed to snap a few pics of loveliness with my phone. Luca says "I want to live in that shop Mummy". I am sure it's because of the jars of lollies they have lining the front counter - Giant Jaffas, Giant Freckles, chocolate covered snakes and lots more... go and see for yourself!
Some sherbet lollies
A giant Jaffa

A kids milkshake




Sunday, 19 December 2010

Commission Finished

I whipped through this in about 4 hours yesterday morning. I'm happy to have it finished on time, it will be delivered as scheduled on Monday. I had fun painting, the kids stayed upstairs while I just got stuck into it. It's amazing what you can do in complete silence. I tried to make it a little different to the last 2 I did for this client. I think it is a little more quirky this time. I want to continue to paint again... I am missing it.




Thursday, 16 December 2010

Painting madly...

It is so nice not to have to rush out of the house today. I have one last commissioned work to finish before Monday. It's a kids "My name is..." painting. I have done quite a few of these, so I like to change it up a little each time, you know, make them one of a kind. This is the 4th one of these for this client, for her new little one, Henry. She says she is stopping at baby no. 4. I guess this will be her last commission request. 

The kids are on school summer holidays now, so that may make it a little challenging to paint. I'll have to do it in bits and spurts. I'm enjoying painting again, it has been a while, it may even be my new years resolution - to start painting more. I'll post a pic of it next week once it is finished. Until then, back to painting...(and the kids).

Monday, 15 November 2010

Upcoming Markets for Remi & Jack


There is lots going on here in the lead up to Christmas with all the lovely Markets in the area. We are going to be at 2, one on the 28th November and one on the 10th December. We have been busy little worker bees in the last few weeks getting all those unfinished things finally done. These lovely little everything bags will be for sale. I already sold a couple to a few friends the day they were made.

Back to getting things ready, lots to do, I have to stay on schedule you know.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Simple Sewing

I've been making a couple of things for some upcoming Christmas Markets, where we are having stalls, at the end of this month. I'm still working on those things in my last post as well.

Above is a little drawstring bag to be used for a little girls precious things...

So much to do, so little time. Back to it!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Time?

Oh where does the time go?? I am slowly working my way through my mile long list which included some sewing projects for Remi and Jack, drawing for the Sketchbook Project, some screen printing, organising and spring cleaning my home as well as having a social life.

Yikes, I am a little overwhelmed, because I am trying to spend as much time as I can with little Remi, he is growing so fast every day. At the same time I crave to be creative every day. Unfortunately blogging has taken a backseat to some more important things in my life, but I like to pop my head in occasionally. When I blog, it seems to relieve some of the stress.

We are outside a lot lately with the warmer weather. These are growing on my balcony at the moment, lovely aren't they, I love Spring!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Trampoline



With the Australian $$ being really high again, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do some (more) online shopping. I want to frame all my prints and drawings etc that I have collected over the years and hang them in my stairwell. There are a few white walls on the way down asking to have some colour added. I am a white gallery walls kind of person and like to let artworks have a neutral backdrop, so these little antique sea life prints should be a lovely addition to my ever changing collection. They arrived in our mailbox yesterday. I purchased them from Trampoline on Etsy - thanks Kim, I loved the way you packaged them, so simple and lovely.

Now, to find some frames...

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Club Penguin Cake


A gorgeous day.
13 boys and 1 girl.
Hot dogs, chips, lollies, watermelon, cordial.
Soccer, red light green light, hide and go seek, party poppers.
An awesome Club Penguin cake, made by yours truly.
A very happy 6 year old!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

6 Six Seis Sechs Eksi Roku


An unbelievable 6 years has passed with our beautiful Luca growing into such a gorgeous, fun loving, very serious at times, kind hearted boy. He has lots of friends and is interested in all kind of wonderful things. Each year is passing even faster than the last and his mind is absorbing anything and everything. He is bright, smart and trying so hard to be athletic. We love you so much our beautiful boy. Happy 6th Birthday Luca - we love you to the moon and back! xoxo

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Chocolate Crackles


Tomorrow my big boy turns 6! Instead of cupcakes for his class at School, we decided to make some Chocolate Crackles. His birthday party in a couple of weeks will have a Club Penguin theme to it, so we found some little penguins to add to the chocolate crackles as well. Aren't they cute?

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful Husband as well as my lovely Dad. 
Modelling a new pair of Boardies (boardshorts) and a new Rashie (rash vest for the beach) for Daddy is little Remi. Hurry up Summer!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Summer Quilts????


I've been trying to use some of my fabric stash, and have made a strip quilt for Luca. Remi's is next and will be blue and green. Summer is just around the corner and these quilts are a bit of a contradiction in themselves. Summer fabrics in a winter quilt - go figure! Even if they won't be used to cover them up, they will look lovely on their beds.

Sand between our toes...

Sunset on Denarau Fiji
Mana Island Fiji {we stayed on Malolo}
Bits in the sand
Coral on Malolo Island's Beach
Remi loves to wear "clippers"
Dolphin Safari
 Luca on Malolo Sandbar
Remi kayaking near Wadigi Island
Blue Starfish
Bula Boys
Sunset on Malolo Island

We have been back from Malolo Island in Fiji for 6 days now, and we are ready to book our trip again for next year. It was such a relaxing, fun time on the Island. An amazing Kids Club {our kids are so 'at home' in Fiji}, beautiful snorkeling, dinners without the kids, gorgeous surroundings and peace and quiet, all made for an absolutely beautiful time - it's just really easy on the Island. Coming back to reality is always sad for us, lucky we only have about 500 pics to look at over and over again. 

As well as both of the kids being sick this week, the weather hasn't been to nice either *sigh*. Maybe I can get some time in my studio today, to tidy up a little, and begin working again next week. I have SO many thoughts and ideas running around in my head, so much so that it is keeping me up at night. Maybe I am still on "Fiji time" - I wish!

(More pics over at my Remi and Jack Blog