23 Dec 2011


We've settled into our Christmas preparations. The kids have decorated the gingerbread house, and excitement is mounting.

19 Dec 2011

Road trip

With my Mum, for my great aunt's funeral. Stopped briefly at The Dog - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_on_the_Tuckerbox

14 Dec 2011


Today, the junior school celebrated the end of the year with a picnic at the park.

We are recovering in front of some Disney tv.

That's one more thing ticked off the end of year list.

12 Dec 2011

Ten random thoughts

1.  My lounge room decor is looking much better now Maggie's here.
2.  Buying a 600ml Diet Coke at the supermarket in Canberra is more expensive than in Disneyworld.
3. Seven days of school remaining, and the children will be tired and cross no matter how much sleep they get.
4. Despite finishing Christmas shopping, I still need to to go the shops at least once daily.
5. School carols nights are rarely hotbeds of musical talent.
6. Fabric paralysis is standing between me and a fabulous new skirt - I wish I could just dive in and start cutting fearlessly!
7. Usually, I'd be complaining about the heat 12 days into December. Instead, I'm missing it.
8. Bells are jingling here, as the kitten climbs the Christmas tree.
9. Test cricket can be wonderfully exciting.
10. Buying a 20-visit pass to the local pool is no guarantee of actually swimming.

10 Dec 2011

Christmas cooking

Installment one - Donna Hay's Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies.  My, they're lush -melted chocolate in the mixture as well as many choc chunks.... Delicious.


6 Dec 2011


This year, I've been fairly discriminating with swaps but had to participate when a Christmas ornament swap crossed my radar.

And just look at these goodies which arrived from Talia yesterday!

The fabric stars can be hung anywhere - maybe a garland, I'm thinking, and the stars will be on my tree just as soon as it is up.

I love those little stars - the basic message of Christmas. Perfect.

5 Dec 2011


Just look at this gorgeous quilt that landed in my letterbox today!!! I am so, so thrilled.

Spiderweb pattern is one of my favourites (and made it onto the shortlist for the quilt I made for this swap.)

Thanks so much Danielle - it's just lovely.

Come to think of it, every quilt I've received from the EB Doll Quilt Swap has been great - thanks so much AJ for organising every time :)

4 Dec 2011


It's clearly December now - Christmas crafting with cricket on the tv.  Definitely part of my Advent.

1 Dec 2011


Killing time, waiting for the dress rehearsal. Hanging out in the library, folding stars with my boy.