Saturday, February 17, 2018

Custom beach towels - great for gift giving

As you may know, I have created a new blog. I used Wordpress this time, and am still working out how to do things! 
There are some features I miss from blogger, like the blogroll and 'follow the blog', but hopefully I'll work out a good way forward with that. 
If you have any hints about that, I'd love to hear!

In the meantime, I'll try and remember to post here when I do a new post.

Here is my latest....

Saturday, February 3, 2018

New Blog Alert!

As I mentioned in my last post, there was a new blog on the horizon....well it has can be found here

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A new blog on the horizon!

Yes, it's been over a year and my poor blog has been sitting idle.

There is a reason....I've been putting all my spare time into developing another arm of my business which hopefully will take me into semi-retirement...that's my plan anyway for the coming years.

I started 'surface pattern designing' in January last year. Which is designing patterns (digitally) and loading them onto all sorts of products such as homewares, apparel, stationery, etc and selling them in a few Print on Demand marketplaces. I'm loving this process, but it's a lot of work and takes a bit of strategy and social media to then promote the products I have available.

Anyway, I have been working away at a new blog which is nearly ready. It will be a blog to showcase my designs and give sneak peaks into new designs, but I will mix it up with the other things in life that I enjoy as I had done through this blog.

So, stay tuned, I'll come back and let you know when it's live!

When I started on the Surface Pattern Design journey, I created an Instagram account, so you can find me there and see what I've been up to

In the meantime on the grandies front, we now have 4 with another on the way in, where does that time go.

Here they are..

Bye for now

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Office Makeover

Wow, I've been missing in action from my blog since Christmas. A lot has happened in the past couple of months.

I love the time between Christmas and New Year as everyone is in holiday mode and it's a good opportunity to get things done around the house. My project was to paint my office where I run my own business of website development and graphic design. As part of my graphic work I design brochures and business cards etc, so have always had things on show of what I had produced. This has been good for clients as they can see at a glance the quality of the product and what can be achieved. However, I've decided to just showcase that differently now so took down the display boards and got to work!
The large display board covered over the wood panelled wall, an even though it's coming into vogue now, I wanted to paint it black and then have my logo cut out of compressed aluminium. I was happy with the outcome. Here are the before, during and after shots.

 Above: The right of the photo shows overhead shelving that we replaced with new cupboards.

For those interested I put a video together of how the cutout logo was made. Our son Daniel did it with one of his machines in his workshop.


Another project that has been taking up all my spare time is creating designs that I then place on all sorts of product which are then available for purchase through the Zazzle store. 
This is so much fun and very addictive! Some of the products you can customise with an initial or name as well, so it's great for gift giving. 

Here are a few of my designs.

Funky blue squared tote bag
vibrant clutch bag  
Below is a design I put together with various coloured stripes with overlaid sewing stitches. There are a few colourways available and various products. Would make an ideal gift for sewers and quilters etc. Some things you can customise with an initial.
Sewing is my happy place cushion
Sewing stitched thongs
 You can visit my zazzle store here

*If you purchase anything from the zazzle store, be mindful it is an American site, and even though your product usually ships within a few days of your order, it does take a few weeks for it to arrive in Australia. 

Hope you don't mind me showcasing some of my products, but that's where a lot of my spare time has been spent of late!! 


Here are a few recent grandies pics!!

Above: Brooklyn looking all grown up now she can sit up.

Above: Family time down by the river.

Above: Luca and Owen getting being creative.

Above: Chocolate face....getting spoilt at the bakery!

That was a long post!! 
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Family photo shoot

Hope all you fellow bloggers had a happy Christmas time with your loved ones.
We had a hot one here in South Australia (42 deg C). We had our immediate family for lunch so we did the presents in our under cover are outside then moved inside to eat...much more pleasant with the air con!

Oldest grandchild Owen, helping little Brooklyn open a present.

A few weeks before Christmas we had a family photo shoot done at one of our son's place. We had 800 photos to choose! It was a perfect overcast morning so perfect conditions to take photos! Here is a small collection.

Hope you can enjoy some R&R over the coming week, I will be. We have 2 more  family get togethers mid week, so our Christmas continues! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cupboards and Tea Towels!

I don't know how many times I've said in the last few weeks....'why didn't we do that years go'!  In one of our spare bedrooms we have always had a mish mash of furniture eg a single bed, wardrobe, tall boy, chest of draws, filing cabinets and a couple of other stand alone little bookshelves and things tended to get dumped in there too.....SO we decided to get some built-in installed across one wall. WOW, has that made a difference. We had great delight in having a big cleanout of the room and sold off quite a few of the furniture pieces. We have built-ins in our own bedroom but it's been great to now spread out a bit into the other one as well now as there is heaps of room!
I'm pretty pleased that I now have room to house my shoes neatly in 2 rows per shelf.
We even have empty drawers and shelves!!!

I was excited to receive my parcel from Spoonflower last week. I have started dabbling in designing fabric and to test the waters with colours etc, I designed some tea towels. I did 4 designs to a yard, so that means the tea towels are a good size.
I was really happy with how they turned out. After washing the fabric, I cut them up and sewed the sides.
Below: Cut up and ready to hem the sides.
Below: Job done! 
I did do some other designs but I can't show you as they are for Christmas presents!

I had fun last weekend, doing a bit of shopping....nice to be able to buy some pink things!

 Over the past year, I've really enjoyed reading Di Morrissey's books. She is a great Australian author. Her latest book 'A Distant Journey' is one that I'm having trouble putting down...hence its a thumbs up from me.
I'm excited to have one of my best friends back in blogging world after a break. You may remember Jo from Vintage Lane Stitches....she has started blogging again on a new platform and under the name of Hillsview Homestead....Please go visit, I'm sure you will enjoy her posts.  
That's all for now


Monday, November 7, 2016


Nice to go around the garden and pick some flowers. I've brought them into my office so I can see them all day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A bit excited!

I'm a little bit excited about the email I received this morning.
Something I'm having a bit of a dabble in to see how my designs turn out on fabric.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Is it really October?

Yes, I do believe it is nearly the end of October! The time of year when the word 'Christmas' starts to get bandied around, and the shops are re-fitting their stores with festive goodies, reminding us that Christmas is indeed approaching quickly!

Our latest addition to the family is little Brooklyn, who is doing really well. Still petite but really filling out and starting to smile and making cute baby talk. Here she is.
 Her 2 cousins, Owen and Luca think she is pretty cool. Owen, who is 3 is so gentle with her, while Luca, only 15 months doesn't know what gentle is yet, so we have to watch him when he is close to her, otherwise there may be scratches on her face or an eye poked!!! (you can see I am very close by!)
It has been a very wet winter, but the garden is loving it. Now that it is starting to warm up, a bit of colour is showing up in the garden and my roses should all be in full bloom over the next couple of weeks.


One of the things I love about living in a small country town is that you get to know many of the locals including the shop owners etc. I purchased a couple of mugs last year in one of our homewares shops and I really liked them. A couple of months later while I was  in the shop I just asked if they were able to get any more of those mugs, but they said no, they were a limited number and not available for them to get any more. However, the other month I got a phone call from them, saying....guess what, we were just having a clean out of their storeroom and they had found 2 more of those mugs! So, I went and bought them!! How good is that. These are the ones, they are the Artique brand, really nice texture and lovely to drink from.

While on the subject of products, we had an 'Aldi' open in a neighbouring town, so one Sunday we zipped over there to check it out. One product I purchased was the 'Green Action Dishwashing Liquid' was I impressed. It cleaned so well and polished stainless steel impressively too. (I don't have a dishwasher). So whenever I'm over that way, I'll call in and pick up a bottle or two. I researched it and it has great reviews online.
I purchased a Stainless Steel frying pan a few months back, I've usually had non stick, so it was a bit of a learning curve as to how to cook with it properly. A tip I found on Pinterest was really it is.
I love cooking with SS, and it's so easy to clean by just putting some water with a splosh of detergent in the pan and heat on high for a few minutes....anything stuck on just comes off....easy as!

The last photo is of a Bird of Paradise plant made from metal, it was in the Open Garden I visited yesterday. It's really lovely and so lifelike.
Bye for now

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