Tuesday, December 16, 2014


today my thoughts are with the people who lived through yesterdayas awful events in Sydney

and my heart is especially broken for 3 children who have been robbed of their mama this Christmas - and every Christmas from now

so, so, so sad

may we none of us take for granted the little moments with those we love more than our every breath


Sunday, December 7, 2014

For A Little Bit

Today I returned from a wonderful time in NZ doing house-y stuff and visiting my beautiful new niece.

Tomorrow we move house.

Then we have to wait for over a week to get the internet transferred (they did that last time too, it must be very complicated to connect the internet here I think???).

Anyway..... given that I will only be able to check my email now and again I think I'll have an informal sign off here for a week or two. I do hope to return before Christmas and maybe show you our new digs - the kitchen has a pantry - such joy must be shared!!!!

I will do a catch up when I return on the portraits and make my week posts - because that's about all you can actually count on me for at present anyway!

Hope your Christmas build up/ school wind down/ end of year frivolities are going perfectly.

love you more than an unpacked and ordered kitchen xxxx

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Make My Week - Enderman

Another of Fay's patterns for another boy party.

I have the approval of Flip so I count that as a success

joining in here:

 Show & Tell Thursday's

love you more than being a 'hip' crafter xxxx

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Tea Chest

A friend lent me this novel a while ago and I grabbed the other day from the stack.

3 women caught at crossroads in their lives come together to create a beautiful haven of tea-loving tranquility in a derelict building in London. Not without it's problems, there are plenty of odds to overcome along the way.

One of the things I loved about this novel was that the main character had a beautiful relationship with her husband and 2 boys - lately I've been reading novels (some I have chosen not to review/share because I can't recommend them as good reads) with wives who are frustrated, un appreciated and over their situations and I feel like I can't relate. So, it's such a joyous breath of fresh air to have a novel whose action can go ahead with a wonderful supportive husband and well loved children cheering  a woman on from the sidelines - hooray!

The other 2 main characters are not so straight forward when it comes to their love lives or lack of but these are also different from your typical scenarios.

The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon is a lovely chic-y read for anyone who loves a good story about women making it against the odds, redeeming friendships, following your dreams and taking a chance. If you love drinking tea you'll get an extra bonus too.

Details - Allen and Unwin (not one I was sent to review) April 2014 RRP $29.99 also available as an ebook.

love you more than a quiet moment for a cup-of-tea xxxx

Sunday, November 30, 2014

forty eight of fifty two

these 2 in their end of year school concert - I turned to The Atlas half way through and said, "it's good thing you can't get pregnant from a cuteness overload."

I'll be missing them with all my heart while I am visiting my brand new niece this week.

love you more than an encore xxx

Friday, November 28, 2014

46/52 and 47/52

Making detective hats for the school concert - not so easy - but a good project for us to do together.

Sleepy broken boy

Surf groms lesson one - he looks too grown up in a full wetsuit!

and this little cutey who couldn't help but smile because he saw the camera

love you more than a plastic poncho in a rain shower xxxx

Thursday, November 27, 2014

15 Years

Today I have been married to The Atlas for 15 years.

I take this time to congratulate myself on the excellent choice I made at such a young age.

He's a keeper, I like him rather a lot.

love you more than a homemade tiara xxxx