Sunday, January 29, 2012

Evolution of hair

Charlie has been sporting some pretty funny hair ever since he was born. He used to have a mullet that would 'rats tail' when we dipped it in the pool the right way.

baby rats tail

And it has been going dark in the back for quite some time now...


It looks like he has rubbed the hair out between the two dark patches, but the hair there is just really blonde like it is in the front. Anybody have this happen with their kids?

Maybe he was a hare krishna in a past life :)


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ribbon Bombed

Noticed our front fence has a sweet new detail. A post with a neckerchief...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Stormy Skies


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Now that the record breaking harvest is in, I can pray to the weather gods and ask for more of this! I love a good summer storm (and winter ones to be honest). So exciting, and such beautiful, dramatic skies.

More please!!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rag Rug

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Jodie over at Ric Rac is making a rag rug and I am too. Well so far I'm making rag strips. I might just be the last person to finish their rug in this rug-a-long, but I've made a start.

I'm going with a 1.5 inch width for my strips and we'll see how that goes.

I like the neatness of the rugs Emily makes, so I'll be aiming in that direction (something my husband can live with). Here is a lovely example of her work.

Custom Monogram Crochet Rug

I hope I can be that neat!


Friday, January 20, 2012

2011 looking back

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I know everyone else has already reflected and are forging on into 2012. I'm much more punctual than this in real life.

in 2011 I...

:: moved house twice
:: realized my dream of living in the country
:: made new friends
:: wore my jeans rolled up in one big cuff
:: had a fringe
:: met the ex missus
:: joined the CWA
:: ran for local council
:: gave up on having a clear blog reader
:: became more domesticated and slightly more organised.

I look forward to being able to repeat the last dot point again at the end of this year. It's my perpetual resolution.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Oatstraw Tea

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A refreshing (and healthy) summer drink I'm enjoying at the moment is something my Mum came up with. It sounds strange, but stay with me... iced oatstraw tea with honey and apple cider vinegar, .

The first time Mum gave it to me I thought it was a soft drink, it had that kind of tang. I really loved it. I brew the oat straw overnight like the Wise Woman says to do, making a nourishing herbal infusion and then add a couple of tablespoons of Wescobee apple cider vinegar with honey to my cup.

I've tried making a jugful too instead of adding the vinegar cup by cup. I didn't have any of the vinegar with honey so I used straight acv and raw local honey.

Here is the recipe for a jugful:

1 Litre Oatstraw nourishing infusion
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey

by the cup:

1 glass of oat straw tea
2 - 4 Tbs of Wescobee apple cider vinegar with honey (depending on the size of your glass)

You will probably want to adjust the amount of vinegar to your taste, I like it pretty strong, and with plenty of ice.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


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I thought Charlie looked very "Hoff" in his red speedos at the beach last week. We made a special trip to the coast to make sure Charlie spends some time at the beach every summer.


Monday, January 16, 2012


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Well blow me down, I've finally baked a decent sourdough. I was desperate for it to work this time, I've already been back to Yoke twice for more starter, and did not fancy going back a third time as a failure.

I've only been meaning to get around to this since I was pregnant in 2010! I'm counting on the fact that I should only get better now with practice. I would definitely recommend a class if you'd like to make sourdough too.


Saturday, January 14, 2012





I bought a sashiko panel at the Perth Craft Fair and made it into a cushion for my bestie for Christmas.


She loves orange, so the buttons are a little pop of colour that I knew she'd like. This was my first button back cushion and I used this video to help.

I really enjoyed doing it and have plans more. It's a really handy project to have on the go.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Leaf Heart


I still like to photograph hearts whenever I find them. Charlie has a birthmark heart on his calf that I'm yet to photograph well.


Sunday, January 1, 2012


my Project 365 in reality turned out to be a Project 144, nowhere near a photo a day or even a photo every second day, but I'm still calling it a success. I have more photos than I would otherwise and I really like the photo journal thing where I've got one photo to describe the day.

December mosaic

Anyway, December was...

:: blink and you'll miss it quick
:: end of year lunches and dinners
:: less trips than we planned
:: a family bout with gastro
:: Zooper Doopers
:: the quietest Christmas ever