Wednesday, 30 May 2012

one week today

We have just been enjoying holding and getting to know this new little precious soul.  I have also been trying to squeeze in some sleep and rest where possible.  Nothing much seems to phase this little one as he adjusts to the world around him.  His big brother and sister really adore him.  It is so sweet and beautiful to witness such love grow between them as this was always how it was meant to be.   

Sunday, 27 May 2012

hush little baby...

Welcome to the world baby flutterbug! Born: 23/5/12

Thanks for being patient while we get to know this little man of ours.  We are so blessed for his safe arrival into the world.  We look forward to sharing more photos with you in the next few days xoxoxo.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Monday, 21 May 2012

follow up...

I really enjoyed making this cute dress (below) over the weekend for my little flutterby.  I collected the published pattern from Australian Homespun ‘The Oh So Fresh Issue’ No.81 Vol 11 No. 2. 
The pattern is by Wynona Leach and Anna Dinh of Ivy Designs.  This is a great dress for any season with or without lining and depending on the type of fabric you select.  For time sake I didn’t worry about including the applique and embroidery design.  This pattern is simple to follow and you could add anything you like or leave it plain.
The navy fabric and lining I used was from Spotlight.  It is a heavier fabric to add extra warmth and comfort for the cooler weather.  The buttons were just raided from my button jar. 

I am attempting to make another dress just to make sure the first one wasn’t a lucky attempt.  I am planning to add a pocket on the front (green / contrasting fabric).  The pink and green floral homespun fabric I am using for my second attempt was from a local patchwork store as is the white cotton lining fabric.  All fabric is left over from other projects. 

Also over the weekend…
Given there is a little more time to enjoy being in the kitchen, I decided to brave a new world and attempt to make our own pizza dough.  My husband was so confident that he had our takeaway pizza number on standby.  To my surprise the pizza dough worked!  From the dough quantity we made two large size pizzas and some little ones (using a scone cutter) that our toddlers wanted to make.  For two adults and two toddlers, there was plenty of left over pizza for the next day!

The barbecued pizzas recipe is from ‘We Love Food’ by Kirsty Manning-Wilcox and Peta Heine page 101.  The recipe suggests placing the pizza on a pizza stone and place in a barbecue or oven.  We just used a regular pizza tray and the oven, but I am thinking a pizza stone would be a good present for the one who had no faith in the mama who made her first batch of pizza dough.  The best part of was that the whole family became involved in making the pizza from dough making; observing the rising process; rolling the dough; selecting the toppings; cutting out mini bases etc. Delicious!

Saturday, 19 May 2012


border for quilt more to do yet
busy drawing this morning

tracing pattern for new dress
finding things to do while the mama sews
dress made

it wasn't easy getting these two to stand still

close up of button - first time sewing a button hole

backyard cricket

great dress for play - lined for cooler weather

 mini home made pizza tonight for the flutterbies- even made the base

ham and cheese does the trick

Friday, 18 May 2012

this moment

A ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  From: soulemama

Thursday, 17 May 2012

walkway markets

Yesterday was one of those days but today we ventured out for some sunshine and fresh air.  We also managed to squeeze in some time to ...
  • play on the jumping castle
  • listen to live music
  • catch up with friends while having a coffee
  • eat good food
  • browse the local market stalls
  • buy freshly made popcorn
Seeing the flutterbies so happy makes this mama happy. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

This is a great recipe to try.
I.M Downes & Elaine Grant
Page 43, serves 4

1kg chicken breast or chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
1 onion, diced
2 bacon rashers, chopped
3 medium mushrooms, sliced
1 stick celery, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 420g can chicken and vegetable soup, cream of chicken soup or chicken and corn soup
2 medium potatoes, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
100ml water

1.       Brush or spray a pan with oil, heat and fry chicken until browned.  Remove from pan, drain and place into greased casserole dish.
2.       Add vegetables (except potato) and bacon to pan and cook until onion is transparent.
3.       Add soup to pan with vegetable mixture and combine well.
4.       Add potatoes, parsley, pepper and water, mix well and pour over chicken in the casserole dish.
5.       Cover and bake in a moderate oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
6.       Serve with rice or noodles.

I think there is a fine art to making food look good in photographs.  It tastes better than it probably looks.   I just cooked ours in a heavy base saucepan, covered with a lid and let simmer rather than run our oven that uses more electricity.  Delicious!

Monday, 14 May 2012


Over the weekend as I stared into my fabric stash I realised that while my taste in fabric style, prints, colours and tones has changed over time, the one certainty is that I still have a cupboard full of fabric!   Still in their packets projects, unfinished projects, will get to that one day...projects...oh I forgot I had that... projects...oh my. 

What am I really doing when I am selecting and buying all this beautiful fabric? I think it might be the thought of some having some time....time to create...time to give to something special to loved ones...time for thing that is quite precious. 

So this morning, after grocery shopping, the household chores were put on hold for some...
'me time'.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, 12 May 2012


 Roast lamb and vegetable mini pies for dinner.
 Checking out some day old chickens.  
 More chickens, these are too big for our backyard.
 Discovered a new park in a nearby town.
 About to attempt going down a steep slippery slide. 
 Bought these baskets from the street markets, only $15 for the set. The perfect size for gathering and collecting.
Home-made foliage arrangement just picked from our garden.

Here's hoping you are having a lovely weekend.


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