Friday, January 23, 2009

Sunday Sleep-in

May the morning light be gentle on your eyes and warm your soul.

May the first sounds bring a smile to your lips.

Have a lovely Sunday (and Monday if you love in Australia!).


Image: Bolig via Simply Grove

Does your partner cook?

For the 1st time in their 3 year marriage, a wife asked if her husband would mind making the next day's lunches for them both.

Obligingly he agrees.

The next morning, the young wife asks her loving husband, 'Where is our lunch honey?'

He replied, 'I placed it on the second shelf of the fridge. My lunch is the one on the left, and yours is on the right'

Have a look at the photo... LOVE IT!!!

(from the email folder)

A giggle for Friday...

As someone studying Human Resources, I have been paying more and more attention to how people prepare a successful resume - but the blunders can be far more entertaining! Perhaps you have sent off a resume with one or two mistakes (or maybe you are a good proof-reader!), but there are plenty of examples of candidates who missed the mark....some of my favourites:

Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”

Candidate specified that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was "drinking time."

Candidate explained that he works well nude.

Homer Simpson maybe???

Resume Mistakes

Monday, January 19, 2009

Surfs Up!

Miss Chooken showing her style.

We spent a glorious afternoon at Goolwa beach on the weekend. It was simply fantastic to get out of the house and have some time as a family. Both our girls enjoy the beach and it was too nice a day to waste!

Miss Sunshine loves the water.

Hubby and the girls jumping waves.

I got to try out my new wet-suit (Christmas pressie from hubby) and had lots of fun doing some boogie-boarding. I caught some great rides right into shore and on one ride I was really having an epic (lol) moment, when I looked up to see no-one on shore had seen my skills (ha!) at catching such a great wave. Oh well, hubby reassured me that often our best work goes unnoticed - can anyone relate to that? It was actually quite hard work trying to get past the little breakers and the sets were coming very tight and fast. I will definitely be doing more though - it is a refreshing way to exercise and my legs feel like that have done a session on a StairMaster ;).

How is your summer (or winter!) going?

Happy, happy new year!

The new year is well and truely off and running. I for one am glad to welcome in a new year, new energy, new optimism....lots of beginnings!

My new year kicked off with a unplanned trip back to our home town, camping with the in-laws, staying at my mum's property a few days, and then a long weekend spent at music party held by my Oma every year.

My dreams for the coming year include:

-my Miss Sunshine walking independently. She turns two in February and has Global Developmental Delay caused by a band heterotopia. If anyone has any experience with this condition (or other neuronal conditions), I would sincerely love to hear from you.

- Miss Chooken have a fulfilling year at kindy.

- hubby finding the time to take up a hobby he has been coveting for a while now.

- fulfilling my resolutions and plans.

What dreams do you have for 2009?

Image from here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Metallic Monday

Anyone for tea? A gorgeous collection of these teapots would be a nice start!

Now the hard part - what cake to serve alongside......mmmmmm :).

Silver teapots via Country Living.

While we were away...

...the kids did play!

Miss Sunshine and Millie, my mother's Jack Russell puppy.

I took photos of mum's shed - it is made from flattened 40 gallon metal drums (and a variety of other materials). I love the colours of the faded plank door and the passion fruit vine against the oxidised metal.

Look at the colours of the passion fruit flower - simply gorgeous! I hope mum gets some fruit off them this year. (And I am having fun with the macro function - can you tell??)

But just to keep it real folks, I have to share my bee encounter of that day. When the sunshine struck the fresh clover on mum's lawn (please refer to photograph of Miss Sunshine above), the bees came out for a taste. All was fine until I felt something crawling up my jeans. I didn't at first think of a bee - who would? After all, I was feeling the bug somewhere on my upper thigh-hip area and surely I would have felt it crawl the whole length of my leg?!?!

Worried that I may have an earwig or something equally disturbing about to greet me by poking it's little head out from under the waist band of my favourite Sass&Bide jeans, I grabbed what material I could and squashed the unknown bug before unceremoniously dropping my dacks on mum's lawn. Only as I attempted to delicately roll out the still unidentified bug did I realise it was a bee. Just as I thought I was in the clear and the now squished bee was out of my pants, his little stinger just jabbed me! The little bugger!

Luckily I am not allergic and a few minutes with some ice kept the swelling to a minimum (if not the itchiness the following day after I scratched it in my sleep).

Lesson here people: wear a bee-suit when playing on a clover-filled lawn. It will have all the kids looking at you like you are their favourite clown.

Friday Fun!

Seriously, how fun would it be to fill this baby up and just soak and soak and soak? No answering the phone, knocks at the door for cable tv you don't want, no requests for more play-doh, chocolate biscuits or every toy seen in the latest catalogue.....sigh.

My hot water service would probably never recover. The tub definately rivals this one.

You would end up the cleanest little prune ever, but what bliss!!!

Have a lovely weekend all - I will see you next week!


Image: Darryl Carter via the gorgeous Pure Style Home

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Desk Inspiration

Blog land has been inundated with images of office and work spaces recently - I guess the beginning of a new year has many of us renovating and looking for inspirational spaces. I guess I have been looking for ideas for not just a desk, rather inspiration for an area in which I can study, file, write letters etc. I don't have a whole room to devote to a study unfortunately, rather a nook in our guest bedroom. We need to keep it a guest room as we often have hubby's parents and my mum stay for weekends. So a neat, presentable study area in the guest room will have to suffice.

Here are my inspiration images so far.

I have about this much room to work with (!!!) so I have to fit as much workspace and storage in as possible, without it being cluttered. Impossible -hmm, maybe. I am hoping uniform colours etc will help minimise the cluttered look.

An antique secretary like this would be lovely (something you can shut the lid on!), but my budget wont go this far. I actually inherited one off my dad, but in my foolish youth (oh, about 3 years ago, lol), I gave it back to him. Silly, silly me. Maybe he doesn't need it after all????

Love the old school feel of this set-up. Almost looks like someones father rigged-up the shelf between two cupboards, but the set of small drawers match the timber of the cupboards, so maybe that is how it came?? I guess the modern equivalent of the small drawers are cardboard photo boxes, which I am sure I will be making use of to hold study paraphernalia.

Love the idea of utilising filing cabinets as a desk base under a desk. The turquoise colour is gorgeous too, although it wouldn't co-ordinate with my room. A soft pink or white would look great, but I am hoping to have a go at something more like this:

Obviously the effect wouldn't be quite as fabulous as this 4 drawer stack, but it would liven up even a small filing cabinet. I believe Mary covered her set in an enlarged photocopy, but I have seen the same idea achieved with wallpaper and also painting a stencil. Not sure which route I will take yet.

Images via

Emma's Designblogg

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Laurie Reynolds via Habitually Chic


The kind of treat you wear...

... all over your face. Well, you do if you are nearly two!

Miss Sunshine had a hard morning at physiotherapy, so I thought a nice chocolate biccies was in order. All good, except the melting all over the place part.

I would be worried about getting a kiss too...

I managed to get these shots before having a little chocolate hand wiped over my lap - thanks lovie!

Miss Chooken then used the distraction to pinch the camera and take some shots outside - what a sky!

And yesterday in the heat Miss Chooken washed her face and brushed her teeth especially for me to take a pic of her without any grot on her cute cheeks. I think she had heard me recently complain about not being able to get a photograph of the girls with clean faces. Miss Chooken dressed herself - she is loving choosing her own clothes lately. I just have to make sure she remembers her underwear and it is all good!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Resolution #7 - Drink more water

Well, I am trying, really, I am.

It is just that a coffee in the morning helps me get going, and then during the day I just forget to drink...much of anything.

Not good for the body, I know.

So in order to actually achieve a fairly simple resolution, I am filling a pitcher of water each day and placing it with a glass on the kitchen bench where I walk past countless times a day. A pretty in your face reminder, no??

I am also carrying around a drink bottle as I play with the girls and do my chores. Between the two of them, it is really the minimum I should be drinking each day, but it is better than what I was drinking :).

How are your resolutions going?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Birthday Inspiration!

My little Miss Sunshine is turning two (!!!) in February - I am not sure where those two years have gone exactly, but I know it is time for me to get planning for a special little birthday party! Miss Sunshine loves all of the following...


Hand-bags and purses

(Oh yes, she is obsessed with handbags - will load up a bag with keys and cards, blow me a kiss and go to the front door :)).

And baby dolls.

So, what am I going to do for Miss Sunshine's 2nd Birthday? I am not sure yet...any ideas are welcome, so don't be shy, drop me a comment!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Metallic Monday

Well, I am back from 10 days away - whoa, it is hard to get back to normality! I need to do a huge re-organise of our living areas....the clutter left over from Christmas etc etc has not miraculously found itself a home while I was away. I guess it is up to me! Some of these cute zinc baskets would be a nice start :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Well, we are off for another unplanned week away and I am so looking forward to it! Here is my Sleep-in Sunday just a few days early - what a retreat this room would be! A few too many pillows for me personally, but I love the large trunk giving a hit of colour and a rustic quality to the refined room, the bed frame has lovely proportions and I could just sink into the couches for an afternoon read of a long ignored novel....sigh!
I hope you got a sleep-in on New Year's Day - I was awoken by Miss Chooken who had already "packed" her bags for our trip, so cute. So I am now off to do some real packing and organising. Will pop in if I can while I am away from home.