Monday, August 31, 2009

UFO Completed - Finally

UFO - in crafting circles aka Un finished Objects.

This one has been hanging around for a while, so I am very glad to have finally completed it :)

It is a place to keep all those recipes I have a habit of collecting. The only problem being that I have nearly filled it already!

The only decision now is do I curb my collecting urges, or make a new tin? Hmmm, I think there's not really any decision to make is there? LOL


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stash and Treasure

I had the realisation this week that I am acquiring "stuff" faster than I can use it! So, I am challenging myself to use my stash! And though scaled back in recent months, it is still ample LOL.

I found a great way of using up my bits and pieces, on particular the stuff that I am not in love with anymore, but can't bring myself to give to the kids for their "scrapping".

As well as scrapbooking gear, I also collect recipes. So here I have combined the two and made recipe cards (which will eventually go in my yet to be completed recipe tin).

The trick, in my mind at least, is to not be too fussy or artistic. I mean, I am only going to be looking at them when I am cooking that particular recipe - so as long as they are somewhat respectable looking, I'm happy ☺

I knocked over ten of these in about an hour. You may notice that I was so hasty that I didn't even let the glue dry before putting them in their little pockets LOL

From Blog Bits

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Always read the instructions!

Well, I have stuffed up :P I was all excited about finding a new international challenge blog (One Little Word) and all inspired to create a LO based on this month's word "Play". I started working on the LO at Tuesday Club yesterday, but didn't finish it - no surprises there LOL

Anyway, did my usual thing of checking all my fave sites when I got home, and found that the judging was already completed ☹ I had missed the mark by 4 whole days! What a wally!

I had a little time up my sleeve this afternoon so I thought I would finish it off anyway. I am seriously happy with the end result

And I must, must, must credit the very talented Jodie Butler for the little hand made flower. Check out Jodie's Etsy Store for some amazing crafty treats!


Monday, August 24, 2009

Sharing again . . .

Here is a LO for this months Roadmaps

And the sketch

Probably my most literal take on a sketch ever, but I still had to jazz it up a bit LOL


From Blog Bits

Friday, August 21, 2009

mmmmmm, parcel . . . .

I got a little parcel today from Susan at White With 1. I was thrilled to get a prize in last months' Purple challenge with this LO.

Anyway, just had to share :)

From Life

It's vintage embellie pack that Susan supplied herself - I don't know where to start, there's so much to look at!!!! I can't wait to get stuck into it!!!!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More to Share!

Woohoo!!!! For the first time in ages I managed to complete a LO from start to finish at Tuesday Club! That's 2 and a half hours of scrapping time folks, though when you factor in that I was a little late, and all the chatting time - it's probably more like half an hour of scrapping LOL.

So this is my take on the Ann Lederhose jack at ASJ this month:

I am totally loving the Lemonade range form Basic Grey atm - Yum!!!!

Now I'm off to do some real work! LOL, TFL

Monday, August 17, 2009

Photo A Day {Monday}

From Life

Introducing my sweet boy Banjo. He's our #2 baby, turning 8 in a few weeks time :) We were looking for a friend/mate for our #1 baby Molly. We took a visit to our local pet shop, and there he was. Last of his litter and seemed a lot older than the other pups there. He was also on special LOL (as in marked down, reduced, on sale).

The sales assistant took him out of his little glass cabinet and put him in the play pen. He ran round and round in circles and couldn't stop peeing himself! We thought he was adorable.

We told the sales assistant we were going to have a think about it, got in the car and only as far as the end of the car park driveway, we turned around, went back and took him home :)

BTW, he still does his "pony circles" and pees himself. Adorable at 12 weeks, at 8yo - not so much LOL.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Photo A Day {Sunday} and LO's to Share

OK, So I missed Saturday - big Whoop!!!! LOL. Never mind, I think though that I am going continue on with this challenge. It's a lot of fun and sort of helps to open your eyes to the ordinary and everyday things that are actually quite special :) So here is today's photo:

From Life

Just a cute little set of Russian Dolls that we picked up for DD3 at the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne. A few of the pieces have been missing, but they have had a family reunion this week :)

And now the scrapping:

This one is for this month's Scrap the Girls challenge. Sort of commemorates the year so far of just DD3 and I at home together this year. Just couldn't seem to fit the journalling in though - DOH!

And this one is for Aussie Scrap Jack. There are two really great scrappers to Jack this month. If I'm honest though, I really struggled pulling this one together and still not sure if I'm all that happy with it :{

From Blog Bits

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Photo A Day {Friday} - Whoops, a bit Late!

From Life

I did actually take this photo yesterday. Just forgot to actually upload it. DS5 had the day off school "sick". He did have a pretty bad night, but funny how they perk up when they realise they're not going to school :) So what does a sick boy do with all this spare time? Why play dollies with his 3 year old sister and her 2 and a half year old friend LOL.

He also played pet dog to the two and a half year old. I suspect he was a little embarrassed when I spied him crawling around on all fours, but was having too much fun to care.

Note to self: Tidy up ironing pile before taking photo that is going public next time ROFLOL
From Blog Bits

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Photo A Day {Thursday}

Well, you may have noticed a change in the format of my blog. I have spent untold hours today getting it just right :P If you want to get some gorgeous free blog candy, as well as helpful tips to get it all working head over to Shabby Blogs . Seriously cool

And now the photo of the day:

From Life

From Life

I think every Mum in Australia probably bought these lollypops last week! 100 Lollypops for $1! That is a whole lot of leverage for mums nation wide. Thank you Coles!!!!

What I really wish I had photographed today was the dreadlocked, hippie clothed, patchouli smelling lady I saw in the health food store today. She was every bit the stereotypical tree-hugging earthmother. But guess what folks? She was carrying her groceries in PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS! Oh well, I guess we can't all be perfect all of the time LOL!
Test 3 :) Still no header!!!!!
From Blog Bits
Test 2, No if I could just get my header image to work!
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Testing signature

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Photo a Day {Wednesday}

From Life

From Life

From Life

I have become very used to the town we live in. It has all the facilities of the city without the crowds. We live in a new housing estate with new houses, and manicured gardens. I sometimes forget that it's not the city. But every now and then I get a reminder that this is indeed a country town. I mean, that is the high school oval in the background of the first pic!

These were taken literally a stone's throw from our house, on the way home from school, on DS5's "short cut".

Ah, the serenity :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Photo a Day {Tuesday}

I have been inspired by Jodie and have taken up the Photo a Day (you'll have to scroll right to the end of the post for the details, but there is a lotta eye candy for scrappers lol) for a week challenge. OK. so I'm a little late, but here's a doozie.

I have just made the yummiest home-made potato gnocchi with pumpkin sauce. First time ever I have attempted making my own pasta, but it was great fun and not as scary as I thought.

Check out this little video - very helpful.

And the recipe (I know it looks a bit much, but they have literally typed out the instructions form the video verbatim)


  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 300 g flour
  • rock salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

  • Directions:
    Boil the potatoes
    Place 1 kilogram of unpeeled potatoes into a large saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Place on a high heat, add 3 teaspoons of rock salt, then leave to boil.

    Don't put the potatoes into the pan once the water is boiling, this will cause the skin to split, and make the potatoes soggy.

    When the potatoes are tender, after about 20 minutes of boiling, turn the heat off and tip them into a colander to drain.

    To protect your hands use a tea towel to hold the potatoes as you peel away the skins with a knife.

    Pass the still hot potatoes through a passatutto. This method is recommended as air gets trapped in the potatoes making for a lighter gnocchi. If you don't have one you can, of course, use a masher but the end result won't be as good

    Add 2 generous pinches of salt and a pinch of pepper. Crack the egg and stir in quickly before the temperature of the potato cooks it. Add 2 handfuls of the 300 grams of 00 flour. And mix until it's all absorbed

    Turn the potato onto a wooden surface and tip the rest of the flour on top. Use your hands to mix it together. After a minute or two it will form into a dough. Knead lightly. When it reaches a pliable consistency, it's ready

    Sprinkle the surface with flour. Slice a fist sized piece from the dough ball and roll out into lengths that are about 3 centimetres thick. Use a flexible knife to cut off 2 centimetre pieces. Slice off another fist sized piece and repeat until you have used all of the dough. Work quickly, the dough should still be warm.

    Place the gnocchi onto a tray, leaving a space between each piece to prevent them from sticking together.

    Fill a large pan with water and add 3 teaspoons of rock salt. Place over a high heat, put on the lid, and bring to the boil.

    Tap the gnocchi from the tray into the boiling water. This method will stop the boiling water from splashing your hands. Give them a little stir and leave to cook.

    When the gnocchi have all bobbed to the surface, they're ready to serve. Scoop them out with a sieve, shake off the water and transfer them to a tray. Drizzle over a little oil and give the tray a shake.

    Stir the gnocchi into a warm sauce of your choice. Try VideoJug 'How to Make a Sausage and Porcini Sauce'. As a final touch you can grate a little Pecorino cheese over the top. This dish works exceptionally well with a rosé wine.

    (Serves 8)

    The cooked gnocchi can be stored in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
    It can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen for 6-7 minutes in boiling water.

    It was just me and the kids tonight, so I have frozen my leftover gnocchi.

    Now onto the photo of the day - Delicious gnocchi, big mess!

    From Life

    Well, that mountain of dishes is not going to do itself - unfortunately :( So I'm off!

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    Mission accomplished {finally!} and some news . . .

    Well anyone that has spoken to me in the last couple of weeks is probably sick to death of me rabbiting on about my plans to introduce a chores roster and pocket money rewards system into the family routine. Well, guess what? I have finally got there!!!!! Yay!!!!

    I had been wondering why the house was getting out of control, and why I was just not getting to all the jobs I needed to. I know I am busy with work and choir rehearsals for OLIVER! etc, but I have always felt that there are enough hours in the day. So I pulled out Shannon Lush's Speed Cleaning book (which I have owned for about three years now). I realised that I was getting completely bogged down in all of the daily repetitive jobs that the kids and DH are completely capable of doing. REVELATION! A cleaning roster!

    It has takes some time to get the whole system up and running, but I stand by the fact that investing a little time and effort into planning does go a long way. However, it is only Day 3 LOL. So whether it works in the long term remains to be seen.

    So here is how it works

    The Roster
    I have two columns, one for me and my movements so that I can schedule everything in, and one for the daily jobs that need to be done.

    From Life

    Pocket Money
    This is a collaborative effort :) I had a number of suggestions, but one of the ones I loved the most (especially or a 3yo & 5yo who do not yet understand how money works) was to have all the pocket money in 20c pieces taped up on display, then take away 20c for each deduction. The practicality of having to get to the bank each week to get the change was a bit much to contemplate. And, as my neighbour pointed out, it may also be a bit tempting when needing change for lunch orders etc LOL.

    I realised that I my mum had a given me an educational font that had currency dingbats, so no need for real money :)

    Then DH thought of a chart in the shape of a piggy bank so that the kids could grasp the concept of saving. Brilliant!

    My friend Vikki suggested googling for colouring pages to make the piggy bank.

    So in the end this is what I have come up with:

    From Life

    From Life

    At the end of the day it's more about everyone learning to take responsibility for themselves, there belongings and their behaviour. Cross your fingers for me :)

    And in Scrappy news . . . .
    Rochelle saw this post and convinced me to enter the LO into the Scrap the Girls challenge for this month as the colours perfectly fit the criteria. And guess what??? I won it!!!!! And the best part is the prize. This month's challenge was sponsored by What's Old is New. This is what I have won:

    From Life

    Man! As if I didn't have enough reason to stalk the postie already LOL. The poor bloke is going to get a complex :)

    So now I had better get off my butt and check the roster! ROFL