Welcome to my blog. Here's where I write about ~

~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hot days make me grateful for our plentiful water

It's summer here .. bigtime!
The weather has been hitting 40 degrees and over every day this week ... yuck.  So ... when I can I'm doing officework in the air conditioning... homeschooling in the air conditioning ... or gardening in a VERY shady place.

This week we had to go into Julia Creek on Wednesday for an Activity Day and Bravehearts workshop and it hit 45 degrees... wow ... it was like walking around in an oven all day.

I've never been more thankful for having such a wonderful water supply at home as we do and as you can see it certainly looks cooler when you use the water to keep your garden going!

Our daily northern view {including the flying fox the kids play on}

southern view {nice dead tree huh?}

south west view {with the good old 'Hills Hoist}

northern view {old tennis court which is hard to see among the trees}

north western view

... and our 'no maintenance' pool ... which the kids love ... {me too}

and for some fun ... here's Tango playing in my old 'Louis Vuitton' knock off bag

awww... 'doggie bag' ... who couldn't love that face ???  gorgeous Tango - we love him! xxx

~ being grateful for the little things ~

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lou Rota - gorgeous china

I recently came across this beautiful china on Pinterest and wanted to share ... maybe you already know about the artist Lou Rota who collaborated with Anthropologie to make them

Lou started customising old items of furniture, which turned into a successful business when Liberty London took all of her very first pieces.  Her interests took a different turn whilst out sourcing new furniture at a car boot sale.  She came across piles of vintage plates, bought a selection and set to work, upcycling them as one-off decorative pieces.  They were an instant hit, but as the plates were only intended for decoration Lou soon started getting requests for crockery that could be used and put in the dishwasher. The rest, as they say, is history and her range of kiln-fired bone china tableware was born.


















images via Pinterest and Google

Find Lou Rota's items for sale at Anthropologie here !

~  art = happiness ~

Sunday, November 2, 2014

round and round ...

... ever feel like you're going round and round and can't stop ???


and then want to jump off and have a break for a month or 2 ?


... me too ...

but ... since you're a mum/mom {doesn't matter what side of the world we're on} with tonnes of jobs to do  ...  you know you'll NEVER be able to have that kind of time off until THIS happens ...


find me

so ... in the meantime ... cut back on things that probably aren't so important ...

well ... who REALLY cares if your house isn't perfect every day ???

... give yourself some time out every day and watch a movie or do something you love to keep your sanity ...

some of these can be found in my Etsy shop





one of my fave movies ...

and hopefully things will feel calmer ...





... well that's my plan anyway !  I'll let you know how I go  in a week or so ... 


... all images excluding those with info are from Pinterest 



~  have a better than average week ~
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