Sunday, September 30, 2012

Grateful October - Day 1

A dear friend is doing a grateful challenge for this month.  
What a wonderful idea!  
I am going to join her from my blog.  

While all sorts of wonderful thoughts float through my mind, I have pulled out the Macquarie Dictionary and found the word 'grateful'.
Here is what it says -

1. Warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful.
2. Actuated by or expressing gratitude.
3. Pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing.

Ok so this is going to be harder than I thought.

I only have 31 days.  

It's not going to be enough.

The 3 hearts above represent my 3 boys.
But, from them, there are a whole lot of people who come to mind that make up this whole picture.
Connected by the heart.
Connected by blood.
Connected by love.
Connected by laugher.
Connected by learning.
Connected by hobbies.

So today, I am grateful for family and friends. 
The threads that make the fabric that is me.  
The warp and the weft that I cannot live without.

Would YOU like to play along?  
I would love to know what you are grateful for too.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Mum's Love.

Sometimes Mum cannot be there in person,

sometimes we just gotta grab a handful of life and get on with it,

and each time we know that Mum is there, and she loves us more than we will ever know.

Mum love - in your pocket.

She is always with you.
She is always thinking of you.
Her love for you is bigger than infinity plus infinity, and it grows more and more with each day.

First day of school, Mum is loving you.
First day of work/uni, Mum is loving you.
First sleepover, Mum is loving you.
Presentation in front of a crowd, Mum is loving you.
Fishing/camping trip without her and it's dark out there and there are scary noises, Mum is loving you.
Feeling sad, Mum is loving you.
Feeling happy, Mum is loving you.

oh this is not restricted to Mums either.  It's just that Mum Love is quite possibly the biggest and most unconditional love that I know of.  From having a Mum to being a Mum.  
Nor is Mum Love restricted to ones pocket.  

You can purchase here or you can email me at


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happiness Is. . . . . .

Tomorrow at 3pm marks the end of term 3.
At the very same time, it marks the beginning of holidays for two little boys and one Mumma Joyce.

 I do hope there is lots of time to squish our toes in the sand,
scoot our scooters through the local tracks,
picnic under big green swishy trees,
roll dough beneath our fingers,
thread a needle with pretty coloured cottons,
add to 'the longest finger knitted snake in Coffs Harbour',
cloud watch,
book read,
whisper secrets and giggle.

I want to get lots of photos, 
funny photos,
speedy photos,
messy photos,
our photos.

Happy days to you and yours, take care and 
I will see you all very, very soon.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Knitting Nancy

I love to play.

I don't know how old my Knitting Nancy set is, and I don't know how old I was when it was given to me, nor do I know who it was that gave it to me.  I wonder if they know how much I treasure this little box and that I would be using it at age 42 and 3/4's?

To give a child the gift of crafting is a most wonderful gift to give.
The person that gave this to me, were part of the weaving that made me the me that I am right now.
Thank you.  xx

This is what I made last night.  
I love them.
My Spring wrist wraps.
They need a bit of a tweak.
These are not adjustable and I do need to make them adjustable.
I just wanted to make them and wear them to see how they
would go.  It's two thumbs up from Joyce!

Some people call it French Knitting.  

My box says Knitting Nancy.

Not many people know it as Knitting Nancy.

Perhaps I should rename her - Joyce!

What treasure do you have from 'long ago' that shaped the you that you are today?  
I would love to know.  

Friday, September 7, 2012

Handmade with Heart.

'Give all to love; obey thy heart.'
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

This little spring garland is handmade by me.
Measuring approximately 190cms long.
 Made from 100% pure wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills
Cost is AUD$15.00 (not including postage)

You can order one of these from me by email to
I will have three available for sale at the Casuarina Steiner Spring Fair on Sunday, 16th September 2012.
You could also win one in the Fair raffle where there are lots and lots of fabulous locally donated prizes.

May your weekend be magic.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fashion Parade

Real clothes, worn by real women, with real bodies.

What a beautiful sight.

What a beautiful way to celebrate the female body.

These gorgeous models whooped it up in the sunshine on Saturday.

I think every young person and teenager should attend fashion parades like this.

There was laughter, there was fun, there was clapping and cheering and ohhhhh and aaaahhhh.

My boys were there and they enjoyed it too.  They think Mum is famous because her little
satin flower hair pins were in a fashion parade.  *giggle*

Here is Charlotte from Greenroom Gallery and here is some of her spring collection.

I love this outfit.  Managed to get me this beautiful hemp cardi in a lovely rich avocado green.  
Oh and pretty spring flowers in the models hair are all done by moi!  Little Joyce blooms.

This beautiful red number can be dressed for day or jazzed up for evening.  
I am loving that beautiful scarf too.

Hand painted silk, beautiful.  Goes perfectly with my little satin flower too.

Celebrate the body of a real woman.

Tell your daughters, friends, niece, cousins, how beautiful they are.

Look in the mirror and see how beautiful YOU are.

 Be the you that you are meant to be.  

Wear the clothing that you love to wear and makes you feel wonderful.

Eat the food that you love to eat but don't starve yourself for the sake of *pfffftttt* what?  for the sake of I don't even know!  Seriously!  What's the point of it?  
Just as long as you are healthy and happy in yourself - isn't that good enough?

It should be.
And anyone that cannot accept you for the you that you are - toss 'em.

Thanks Charlotte for using my flowers with your beautiful spring wardrobe collection.
Thank you to all the models on the day.  
You are all so absolutely beautiful!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

the beginning is always a good place to start!

Just Joyce has just turned one!
Last week in fact!
There are four markets tucked under her belt.
The journey of Joyce has just begun!

Welcome to my little blog on the first day of Spring.
I will post items here that I make.
I will share upcoming markets that I am involved in.
I will share other blogs that I love to visit too.

Here's Cheers to you.