Had a really fun day helping out my sister Lou from Buttons by Lou Lou at Mathilda’s Market at the Malvern Town Hall today. I love being involved in the whole market scene, without having the stress of having my own stall.

photo of Holly & I at the stall at Mathilda’s today
My favorite part of the day was being able to have a browse around the other stalls – without children tagging along! (They had a fun day at the zoo – thanks Daddy!) There was some gorgeous stuff there today – such clever and creative people out there!
I allowed myself one little purchase for myself – a funky little red crocheted flower brooch from Kids with Crayons. Had a great little chat with Michelle about being thankful (in hindsight) for the skills our mothers taught us when we were young. There were so many gorgeous crocheted items at so many stalls today – I need to get my Mum to re-teach me how to crochet!


I often find myself wondering what on earth to do with the multitude of art pieces that my children make. It is always a tricky one, as there is such a fine line between offending them by not displaying it and being drowned by too much art! To be honest, most of the time I pop it in the bin that night (making sure to hide it carefully under the other rubbish so it isn’t discovered the next day) or let it mull around on the bench for a while until a suitable time has passed and I save the special ones for the fridge which rotate on a regular basis.

When they start kinder it seems to take on a whole new level with painting after painting coming home. Although I must admit now that I do not have a kinder kid I am missing having hand painted wrapping paper on hand whenever required. My number 2 child will be off to 3 year old kinder next year, so I guess I don’t have too long to wait. Although I did hear once of a friend whose child was mortally offended when his masterpiece was used for the disrespectable purpose of wrapping a mere present! I certainly hope mine never do that as it is my favorite form of wrapping.

If you are looking for ideas on what to do with ALL of those masterpieces, then head on over to Buttons by Lou Lou who is having a four day blogfest posting on this exact topic. There are so many wonderful ideas I think we are going to have to implement some more efficient methods before this house is over run!

I paid $10 for this baby at a kinder fundraiser a few years ago so of course it takes pride of place in our wall. Great idea for a fundraiser as you are completely obliged to buy your child’s art which was displayed gallery style. The theme of the fundraiser was “water” and the pictures were all done using a black felt pen and then painted in water colors.


After reading Lou’s post on the Book ‘Divided Heart – Art and Motherhood’, I asked her if I could borrow it. After reading the introduction, I was quite literally almost in tears. To have someone articulate so well the thoughts and feelings that I myself have is quite moving. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest.

Beg, borrow or steal a copy if you are a Mum with a strong pull to express your creativity. In the words of Bernard from my favorite British sitcom, Black Books – “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’ll change your life”!
For a larger review and to buy the book you can go here.


Buttons by Lou Lou has a special offer at the moment. Head on over if you are looking for that elusive Mother’s Day pressie and pre order now. Get in quick though as today is the last day for this particular special! I’m thinking maybe a pair of earrings in that particular pattern would go well coming my way, maybe I should show this to my children……


When my 2 sisters and I were growing up, our mother was the birthday queen! We ALWAYS had a theme and had great fun in preparation for the big day. Our 3 birthdays were all within a few weeks of each other so “party season” in our house was a big one! Lou and I have followed that tradition with our own children. I may be slightly more obsessed, but that is another story!

On Sunday we went to our gorgeous nephew’s 4th birthday party. He had chosen an underwater theme and Lou did a fantastic job!

Here are some photos….

Very yummy fish cupcakes. When I asked my 2.5 year old if he’d like some fish cake, he said “oh no. that’s yucky mummy” until I convinced him I had not meant fish flavoured!

Personalised water bottles – fun way to get kids to actually drink water (instead of soft drink) at a party!

My seaweed wig (that I made for my daughter’s 5th birthday party last year).

Check out more photos of this party on Lou’s blog here and here.

My new favorite things for parties, are printable pdf’s. You can buy, for a very reasonable price, a pdf pattern for anything from party hats, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, paper bunting, posters, etc, etc and they can all be used for anything and can be printed up as many times as you like. My favourite sites for party printables are: (used in this party)

I’ll be putting more party ideas in this blog as time goes by because I really do love parties!
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