Monday, 29 July 2013

Last Last Lucky Last

Well we are at the end of book challenge. It's been so fun to go through all my books and match up titles with themes. Hope you had fun and found some treasures hidden in your bookcases.

Continue to play along tonight and let me know what you would choose.

22. Gift

With Father's Day coming up soon in September I never know what to get my dad so I've decided I'm going to make him some orange marmalade. I've never made it before so I'll let you know how I go.

23. Hype - "The Hunger Games"

There has been a lot of hype over this series, I've never actually read the books or seen the movie but one of the ladies at work has given me a copy of the audio book to listen to, so I'm finally going to get in on the hype - yes I know a little late.

The Hunger Games (2012) Poster (image found here)

24. Collected - Babysitters Club

I loved these books as a kid and I've been collecting them for years now. I am still missing quite a few of them but I'm getting close.

25. Happy - Allergy-Free Cookbooks

This makes me happy cause I can still eat some yummy things without getting sick. Woo Hoo!!!!

26. Nostalgic - Old Sewing books

This is one of my mum's old sewing books from many years ago.

27. School - Squires Kitchen Bake School magazines

I love these magazines, they only come out a few times a year and they are packed full of yummy treats to try and create. I love baking even though the baked goods don't always like me - oh well others enjoy them.

28. Pile

Here is a pile of books I love

29. Cookery

My Nigella Lawson collection - some of the best cookery books here 

30. Reference

My reference section on the bookshelf.

31. Useful

A very useful shelf for health, sewing and crocheting.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Baby that stopped the nation

The royal baby has been born – if you didn’t know, where do you live cause there must be no TV, no radio, no newspapers or internet (if there’s no internet then you couldn’t even be reading this – ha ha!). Anyway we have a new little prince in the world. Still waiting for a name, I hope they call the little boy what they want and not be pressured to call it what is expected.

The nation of England has been waiting for this, wait let me rephrase that the world has been waiting, watching and talking about this. Just imagine with me for a second, you are Kate and 90% of the world’s population knows you have morning sickness, knows you are pregnant, knows you are overdue, knows you are in labour – wow talk about pressure – talk about hoping that nothing goes wrong cause you won’t be allowed to suffer alone. Thank God nothing did go wrong, but you have the nation outside the hospital waiting for the first glimpse – yes he is so so cute – all babies are.

I know the birth has been all over the news etc but I actually don’t mind. It’s so refreshing to have happy news all over the TV, papers, internet etc instead of horror after horror. Yes we do need to informed about theses too but it’s just a nice break to have wonderful events broadcast too.

It’s fascinating how the whole world can be interested in 2 people so intently to the point where even what Kate wore upon leaving the hospital had the designers website crashed with demand. Blows my mind, everything from what they eat to what they wear and where they go is documented for the world to see. Pretty intense, but I think they can handle it, they both seem pretty level headed and grounded people, plus William has survived the drama that surrounded his mother’s death, he can survive anything.

So I’d like to raise a toast to the new parents and pass on my congratulations and wish them all the best on this massive new journey they are about to embark on – To Will and Kate – Good luck, we will be watching!!!!

(image found here)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Wonderful World of Books

Well it's that time of the week again (well really it was Sunday but oh well it's here now) to share with you last 7 days of the book challenge.

How are you all going if your playing along? What would you choose?

15. Funny - "Friends"

I loved, loved, loved this show growing up and could/still quote so many lines. Chandler was my favourite I had such a crush on Matthew Perry. This book sums up all the best parts of the 10 seasons. I do think though the last 2 seasons weren't as good as the rest of the series.

16. Sad - "Claudia and the Sad Good-bye"

I still have not been able to read this book of the Babysitter Club series cause I just couldn't cope reading about Claudia losing her beloved grandmother. Too close to home.

17. Colourful - My Cath Kidston craft books

I love her craft and fabrics. When I was in England back in 2010 my brother took me to her shop - wow I was in love. Such a pity I couldn't ship it all home. 

18. Motivating -  "Nature & Health" Magazine 

Well it's a magazine really but still counts I think. I find this magazine so motivating and it's packed full of fantastic info and advice. Its this magazine that's motivated me to study nutrition myself.

19. Special - "The Bible"

The Bible is a very special book to me, it's my faith, my way of life, my soul, my being. It's about my God and creator, the love who loves me. Also this Bible in particular is very special to me as it was given to me by my Granny and Poppy on my 13th birthday. It's the New Kings James version (or as I like to call it the Shakespeare version).

20. Romantic - "Pride and Prejudice"

I'm so sorry if I offend anyone with my following comments: I really must have missed the point of this book/movie. I just don't get it, why does everyone love Mr Darcy when he was so rude and arrogant to Elizabeth. Maybe it's just me, but I can miss points quite easily.

Pride and Prejudice (1995) Poster (image found here)

21. Fast - Christmas books

These beautiful Christmas books by Melody Carlson are so quick to read and are just a lovely read at Christmas time, such charming little stories.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Disney On Ice

Saturday afternoon mum, my 4 year nephew and I watched a fabulous show called Disney on Ice. Mum and I have been going for years and we took my nephew along again this year. It was so much fun. The ice skating is spectacular. The costumes and displays are amazing. Even when a prince dropped a princess flat on the ice she still pulled it off to make it look glamorous.  My nephew loved every minute of it and even though he was scared through the dragon part but he confessed that was his favourite scene cause the knight stabbed the dragon in the throat - ha ha!!!!!

Our $15 Snow Cone - our Grum spoils us.


Tuesday, 16 July 2013


On Friday I went to monthly cardmaking. Here are this months creations.

Which one do you like?

My favourite

Monday, 15 July 2013

So So Many books

Well I'm back after a week off blogging, wow life just gets away on you sometimes. So many things kept coming up and prevented me from getting online, but I didn't mind as life is fun.

Anyway here is the next 7 days of the book challenge. Please let me know what you would select.

8. Disliked - Last 3 books of Harry Potter

I know, I know it shouldn't be said but I really didn't enjoy the last 3 books of the Harry Potter series. I loved the first 4 books and I mean really loved them, but I was so disappointed in final books. I found them personally to be too dark and not the Harry Potter that I feel in love with. I'll never read the series again, plus they went for way way too long (please note, this is my personal opinion and I'm totally cool with other people enjoying them).

 (image from here)

9. Recommended - "Fifty Shades of Grey"

I had this book recommended to me by so many people including the media so I went along with the craze and I borrowed the first book off a friend. I'll admit I didn't mind the first book but I really lost interest in the second book and found it went too far and just couldn't finish reading it.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Gorgeous Edition) : Fifty Shades Series : Book 1 - E. L. James (image found here)

10. Vintage - "Better Home Making"

This book belonged to my grandmother and is all about how to run a better home. I love the 1940/1950s pictures and way of live. I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era.

11. Borrowed - Every social media book from my local library

The other day I borrow nearly every social media book from my local library to read up on for my new social media job at my husband's work. So yeah I'm now going to get paid to go onto Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and their work blog. I'm so excited.

12/13. Lost/Wishlisted -Beauty and Beast Library

Well it's not really a book as such more like a ton of books. I loved the scene of the library in Beauty and Beast, I could spend all my days in there and get lost in a world of books.

(image found here)

14. Picture - "The Rainbow Goblins"

I loved this book as a child, it was about goblins trying to steal the colours in the rainbow to drink. The pictures are just absolutely stunning. I'm still memorised by the pictures today.
  (image from here)

Monday, 8 July 2013

Books, books, books and more books

Hi all, how are we? This month's creative challenge is all about books - hooray!!!! I love books, they are always there for you, ready to take you on an adventure day or night.

The list is:

I'm going to be posting once a week on a Sunday (it was meant to be yesterday but I was late) this month with my prompts. Please join in and comment what your choices would be.

So here we go for the first week.

1. Classic - "The Great Gatsby"

I went and saw the movie the other week, I didn't know anything about it or what it would be like. I think I enjoyed it, it's really a movie you watch and then think about more later. I want to read the book so that I can see what the differences are between film and book. I've borrowed the audio book from the library so I can listen to it at work.

The Great Gatsby (2013) Poster  (image from here)

2. Childhood - "The Jolly Pocket Postman"

I loved these books as a kid, I never actually owned them when I was little it wasn't till I was older and in my 20s before I actually got to own them myself. I was so excited when I bought them, it was like being a kid again, I still read them every now and then, I love opening up the letters.

3. Re-read - "The Luxe" series

I would love to re-read this series, I only got 2 books into it and got distracted so I really want to go back to them. If you like Gossip Girl, it's like that but back before the turn of the 1900s. Oh the scandals.

4. New - "Invisible"

I got to hear the author Cecily Paterson speak just recently and I bought her new book. I'm looking forward to reading a new book by an new author.

5. Coveted - Stephanie Alexander "The Kitchen Companion"

I would love to own this cookbook but just at the moment it's a wee bit too expensive (near $100) but one day it will be mine. I can get the English version quite cheap but I want the Australia version as it's got all the Australian seasons etc.

(Image from here)

6. Design - Shirley Barber's books

As a child I love Shirley Barber's books, the pictures were just stunning. I always loved her designs.


7. Long - "Lord of the Rings"

I've read both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings when the very first Lord of the Rings movie came out but I wouldn't mind reading them again now that I'm a bit older, I might get more out of them. A timeless classic but very long.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Poster (image here)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Craft Camp

Last weekend mum and I went away for our yearly July craft camp, we had a ball. It's so wonderful to get away for a weekend with like minded people and just craft, chat, craft and chat some more. Saturday night there is always a theme to dress up to and this year it was Circus. We dressed up as clowns and we really acted the part all night.

I got a whole project finished - a paper chandelier - see Happy Looks Good on You blog for where I found the inspiration.

It took 406 paper circles but it was worth it. I love how it's turned out. I did also complete some more of my dolphin cross stitch but I've still got a long way to go before it's done.

Can't wait for my next craft camp in September - now I just need to think what project I'll take on that.

Our table mascot mum knitted up

All my circles in their neat little piles

Starting to sew them up

Starting to build up
Mum making cards
Candy strips nails for my clown outfit
All dressed up

Side show alley

Our tables were decorated and all

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