Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thats right girls, you heard it here first.
Meet the whoopie pie... the ugly step sister to the cupcake. I have been making these with the kids this morning and they are delicious!!!
They are a cross between a cupcake and a biscuit and originated in the 1920's in USA by the Amish who used to pack them for their husbands so the icing didn't go everywhere... well except for these little guys. This one is a chocolate and walnut one... yummo They are super easy and quick to make and I even made these ones with the traditional pumpkin spice that the kids have demolished without knowing they had pumpkin... which by the way negates the sugar and fat because its a vegetable so its fat and sugar free ;).
Spiced Pumpkin and cream cheese whoopie pies
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I really need to let go and just do it don't I? Just get the story told while its still in my head before its gone forever.
My children love hearing stories about what they did when they were babies. Unfortunately I didn't start scrapping until my daughter was about 9 months old - so my photos aren't what I feel, "scrapbook worthy."
You know the photos I mean. Candid and perfectly composed with filtered light and uncluttered backgrounds. Nope - mine are the photos with shadows over faces, cluttered toys and washing in the background, dirty t-shirts... but then I look at my childhood albums and those of my brothers and sisters and love looking at all the clutter in the background... my dog tending to her puppies, the toys we used to play with, the labels on food containers and all the memories start to flood right back. I really need to just let go and just capture the moments that are important...
So, here is a layout I have been wanting to do for a long time. So thanks to Scrap the Girls with the challenge this month on new beginnings or firsts..
This is my daughters first photo. I remember this day we also found out we were having a girl.. but we didn't get it confirmed by another more experienced doctor so after 2 boys, we didn't get too excited. Secretly I desperately wanted a girl to be able to dress up and play tea sets with... yeah well I got the girl but no dress ups and tea sets... she is a right tom boy, but I love that about her. I used some of my pretty shabby door and MME papers, and some lace from my sister and a sewing pattern paper I went over with paint and glimmermisted (not that you can tell)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Remember as kids on a hot day it was music to your ears, (literally) when you were out side playing under the sprinkler, pulling bindis out of your feet with no sunscreen or hats, when you could hear in the distant streets the first tinkle of the ice cream van's Greensleeves music... racing inside and begging Mum to rustle up any spare coins quickly as you scrambled back outside in your thongs (as in footwear!!!), running down the street chasing the ice cream van, tripping over in your thongs (footwear again girls...) and scraping your knee but knowing if you didn't keep running you would miss out.... and only stopping to cry and mop up the dirt and blood off your knee once that cool ice cream was in your hand.... and you could use the sticky napkin wrapped around the cone to wipe your knee... slowly walking back home (or limping) with the cool sticky bright coloured goo dripping down your arm.... ah... those were the days .... so with those thoughts in mind... I created this LO for the girls as a GUEST CANDY STRIPER! Thanks Girls!!
I used all the pretty soft colours I could find and found this cute BG ice cream one in my stash.. More BG papers, some cute vintage cards and trims from a kit from WIOIN, some Ysweet vintage doilies and some of my own and one of my own flowers - that kind of looked like ice cream.... oh... and a sticker I stole from my daughters sticker sheet (shhh)
Gotta go find a band-aid... :( and a Mr Whippy van... and takeoff these thongs... FOOTWEAR!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So this is just to prove to all the girls that I am still around.
This is the number challenge, 1 photo, 2 ribbons (velvet ribbon under the photo), 3 PP's and a 4 word title - which I am not too crazy about but its 4 words, and hubby suggested something about "bubble boy" so mine is much better!!
Love the way the sun has caught the drip on his wand.. dont know if you can see that. I love the way kids can get so caught up in blowing bubbles and chasing them always squealing with delight, and then trying to get that big bubble that always seems to pop as soon as an onlooker looks over ... and it was SOOOO big. Ahh, the simple pleasures of soapy water...
And here is a close up of my handmade epoxy brad and sweet vintage yo yo flower Y doilie and circle doilie my MIL made for me and because you know I love my macro button..
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Then I relaxed and took a good look at the picture and pulled it apart until I came up with this...
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Its all her fault!
Changing blog backgrounds was meant to be easy...Shell sent me an email to tell me she had found some cute animal blog backgrounds that would suit my "Zoo"... so over I went and loaded them up... yep.. cute.. then I thought ... hmmm... what else is out there?? A new look for spring and all.
Yeah well now its nearly midnight, and after about 13 background changes... then trying to work out how to type in the header... then load it... well... its staying like this!!!
I know its busy and hurts your eyes but if you squint and tilt your head to one side it doesnt hurt so much.
It will change again very soon - there are SOOOO many cute designs out there.
Yeah ... Thanks Shell!!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This is what I came up with... Complete with a hidden journal pocket envelope from "Old Favourites" that contains the origin of his nickname - Jinx
Not that he is a Jinx at all - its just his name!! He has had the name since he was born and it has just stuck. He even wants his name to be changed to Jinx... I'm not that cruel.
And..... check out my funky flower I made!! I think it looks pretty cute!!
Just a little photo for you to wish you a very happy birthday for where ever you are!!
We hope you have a great day and I will have a drink for you tonight!!
Hope you get spoilt!! Oh - and the upside down Happy was NOT on purpose - she held it that way - I just thought it was cute!!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Anyone who knows me well knows I always have a cream chuppa chup in my bag for lifes emergencies like a whinging 4 year old girl with curly hair and deep brown eyes calling me "BUTTMUMMY" or when mummys blood sugar gets low and she gets a bit loopy - yes I blame the blood sugar for that!!!
Not sure if I am entirely happy with this - but here is my LO.
I was inspired by the colours of lollipops and the shape - circles and the ruffled wrappers... and the loopy loops are for how I feel before a lollipop....This photo of my DD was taken before she could talk and when she was cute, she went through the swimming bag and found a lollipop given to the boys as a reward for good swimming. She would not give it back and I'm not sure if you can see the drool on her top - but I'd say she loved it!! Now she takes after her Mumma and I have to find better hiding spots.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Firstly - Marcia from the Lollipop Ladies has asked me to be a GUEST DESIGNER for September. I was so honoured with the offer and cant wait to reveal the next mouth watering inspiration. I promise you will want one.....
Secondly the gorgeous Jodie Butler from YSweet Vintage sent me a HUGE parcel of goodies for a prize I won on KIU. It was full of gorgeous doilies in every colour, cute mini bunting, buttons, rosettes, yo yo flowers and gorgeous paper hearts and paperclips... oh I was a VERY happy girl.
Thank you so much Jodie, I love everything and cant wait to use them on my LO.
Girls - you really have to visit her etsy shop (in the side bar) when its open again and have a look. I bet you will not be able to leave without a purchase!! Its gorgeous.
Just a quick one today... have a LO to share with you next time - going to finish it off now. Feeling sick about the auction tomorrow - hope we have made the right decision!!!!! Glad all the new challenges are out. so now I am off to create to take my mind off it all - have a great weekend everyone!!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Too busy doing my last Thursday clean for our inspection tonight, then one more clean on Saturday for the Auction and .... then I can open the wardrobes and cupboards and let it all spill out.
Its not called messy, its just everything is out and you can see where everything is at once... all out on the floor ... that's OK.
Just one other thing, the blurb in the paper described my house as a "neat" weatherboard... SEE THAT DAD.... "NEAT". First time for everything... and it will be the last too....