WHAT DOES YOUR DAY HOLD?

E.H. Shepard’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ from the Collections of Stanley J Seeger & Christopher Cone
Yummy french toast for breakfast this morning. Reminds me of one of my favorites quotes…
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.

AT MY HOUSE…



Hi to those of you who have headed over to my blog on Louise‘s suggestion and thank you so much for your encouraging comments. It is so nice to have that feedback in your first week of blogging. I have been enjoying reading some of your blogs also and I look forward to getting to know you all in the blogger world.


I have decided to play along this week with Buttons by Lou Lou’s “at my house”.

At my house today we have been doing a spot of gardening. For the last few days the kids and I have been making the most of Melbourne’s grey and drizzly weather and had at least half an hour a day in the garden. We have planted some new seeds, pruned some roses, staked some capsicums and pulled out some unwanted plants. We now have a pet caterpillar, lots of squished snails around the path and some dirty faces, fingernails and hair. Why does it always have to go in the hair?!



INSPIRATION

In a rare moment in an actual shop (not my favorite places with a one and a two year old) I saw a card that inspired me and I just had to have. I never ever buy cards, because I have always made them, but this one spoke to me. It echoed some of the thoughts that have been spinning around in my head lately. It now has pride of place on my fridge. I think it is important to have nice little pieces of art or inspiration around the house (particularly if you are going to spend a lot of time in it, like me!). It’s good for the soul!


It says “We must absolutely do what we love, or we run the risk of doing nothing at all.” My favorite part in small print says “her heart was renewed by the work”. Curly Girl has so many gorgeous and inspirational cards that maybe I’ll be purchasing some more…. online. She has all of her cards online and it is well worth a look.

CYDONIA OBLONGA

Cydonia Oblonga is the botanical name for the quince. A rare but, in my opinion, very interesting fruit. Since ancient times the quince has been a symbol of love and fertility. We are lucky enough to have a quince tree hanging over our fence from the neighbours yard. Our lovely portuguese neighbours have said that we are welcome to any that grow on our side of the fence. Last year they knocked on the door with a small bowl of freshly stewed dark red quince. Later, when I had my first taste, along with some natural yoghurt, I was in love.


Last year, my friend Kate showed me how to make quince honey. Delicious. I don’t think there’ll be time this year for me to make some more, but luckily Kate scored a bag full from her grandma and made a fresh batch which she kindly shared with us. Thanks Kate! When she starts her own blog (hint, hint) maybe she’ll share the recipe with you……

I would welcome any other quince recipes if you know of any?

SOMETHING IN THE WATER

In an effort to encourage grotty and reluctant children into the bath, I have recently employed a new trick. The idea was given to me by a friend (thanks Peta!) to put food dye in the bath. I was a little nervous putting in the first drops, thinking the color would leave a residue, but was pleasantly surprised. We have now had, pink, green, blue and purple baths. It has worked a treat. As you can see in the photo below, we have gone so far as to only have matching toys in the bath. As well as pleasing my 2 year old who just loves things to match, I must admit I quite like the artistic element to bath time. When this stops working….any tips?

It reminds me of a little toilet training trick someone once suggested of putting blue dye in the toilet water and asking the child to make it turn green! Wonder if it works…..

AUSSIE BUSH CREATIVITY


Growing up, whenever we had a beach holiday, Mum would get us to make a piece of art using shells and other bits and pieces we found along the beach. We used a disposable foil pie tin filled with plaster of paris, lightly placing our design on the top. These were then hung and displayed on the laundry wall until the next beach holiday came around.

This Good Friday we spent the day with my extended family “out the bush” just outside of Heathcote, Victoria. We had a good old fashioned Aussie BBQ on the metal plate above the fire we had made ourselves. We had egg and spoon races (with the eggs mentioned in the last post), three legged races, an easter egg hunt and a “nature walk”.


The “nature walk” was Mum’s idea. She gave each of the kids a bag and asked them to collect things that they liked around the bush. The kids quite enjoyed it, especially when two very dried kangaroo skulls were found! She then pulled out the foil pie tins and the plaster of paris and the kids made their own piece of nature art. No, the skulls are not in the artworks, but a few cicada shells are. Mum wrote their names and “Easter 2010″ on the back and an old tradition was passed down to the next generation.


If you are going to give this a try, just remember to add a small piece of looped wire to the pie tin before you pour in the plaster, to use as a handle if you want to display your lovely artworks on your ‘laundry’ wall!


addition – see here for a sneak peak at the 2011 nature plates!

EASTER ACTIVITIES


Easter is over for another year and we are back home after a lovely relaxing week away. It has always been a tradition in our family to do a few ‘easter crafts’ over the Easter weekend that we spend together. It is always very messy, but lots of fun.

Here are some photos of some of the activities that I organised for my children and nephews this year.

Our plastic bottle easter baskets (for Easter bunny to put eggs in),

our dyed eggs (which we decorated with crayons and rubber bands before soaking them in food dye & vinegar)


and our Easter Chick cupcakes which were eaten far too quickly to take a photo of. If you are interested in making some of your own here is an online tutorial. What Easter traditions do you have at your house?
Addition (April 2014) For more Easter activities you might like to check out our kids craft page where you will find Easter craft tutorials galore!

MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST

Thought I’d venture out into the world of blogging and just see how it evolves. I have been needing to find a way to express the ‘me’, that I feel is being lost somewhere in the haze of motherhood, for quite some time now. I am hoping that maybe these little snippets of ‘me’ will help me to grow and extend my brain (that currently feels like mush) in making me put thoughts and ideas to paper (or computer), to give me motivation to inspire me forward to do those things I am passionate about, follow a few dreams and ideas that have been floating around in my head and maybe even realise the everyday beauty in my everyday life along the way. Who knows? Thought I’d just jump in regardless and see what emerges…..

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