31 July, 2011

July 2011 Favourite Photo

I love this photo taken of my blue eyed boy,
when we wet felted beads recently.
Wearing his special Tiger ring from Dubbo Zoo.
Rosy Red Cheek.
Beauty and innocence.
"A favourite snapshot ~ of our lives. 
From this month.
This moment is forever preserved.
To be remembered always. "

30 July, 2011

My bear cub boys love stories!

Source: DailyAnimalFwd
Of course my children aren't perfect. I love them. I think they're gorgeous. 
But right now we are experiencing similarities between them 
and two little bear cubs. 

They wrestle and squabble much more often than I would like!
I understand the sibling rivalry. I understand it's possibly 'just a stage'. 
& Speaking with other Mama friends helps with that.
One thing that has always distracted both Mr Turtle and Little Pipkin, 
is telling or reading a story to them.
Of course, I am not a perfect parent either, so I turn to others for advice and ideas.
Quite often, for me, this is in books (I am a book-a-holic actually...)

I have recently bought the book "Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour". 
It has some really beautiful stories in it. 
A few have even brought a tear to my eye 
and a lump in my throat while reading.
The effect of reading one of these stories,
 even a single time, has really been apparent. 
These stories really seem to resonate with my children.
I am in LOVE with this book and wanted to share the title with any of you 
who may be interested and hadn't come across it before now.

As well as containing beautiful, gentle stories, 
this book provides plenty of guidance 
to strengthen your own storytelling skills.

It may not be stopping this phase we must pass through right now. 
But at least, I feel, it helps guide us in the right direction.

I also would like to point out, the stories are so beautiful, 
they are appropriate to read at any time. 
Age appropriate guidelines are included with each story.
The title perhaps is a little misleading, 
inferring that a parent ought to be experiencing an issue with their child, 
before choosing a story to read. I don't believe this is the case at all. 
I think this will be a favourite book for a few years to come, 
for all of our young family to enjoy.


29 July, 2011

The Love in Garden Gifting (& receiving!)

I love my friends.
I love my neighbours.
So often, as we've moved and lived around the world, we have been lucky enough to meet and include new wonderful people in our lives.

Lately these beautiful people have not only been sharing their lives with us, but also their produce!

Picking Mandarines
Drying lemon myrtle to make tea
J.A.P. ('just another pumpkin') pumpkin
I wanted to say are huge heartfelt Thank You to each of them. 
We appreciate you and your kindness, each & every  day.

I'm looking forward to when we again have a wonderfully productive garden to also Share The Love

28 July, 2011

Pomona King of the Mountain Race Day

As I am sure I have said before, there is so much to do up here on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is such a wonderful place to live. And we are currently being blessed with some very mild (in fact, warm and dry during the day), Winter weather. 

On the weekend, Pomona celebrated it's 32nd annual King of the Mountain Festival and Race.
And we were there!
Such a beautiful setting. The view from the top of Hill St, overlooking Cooroora mountain is actually my most favourite view on the entire Sunshine Coast. It is truly majestic. 
The King of the Mountain Race, is to the top and back of Cooroora mountain and the race is recognised internationally.
It was quite a sight to see so many folk from all over the world, descend on this small idyllic Hinterland town.
There was so much for each of us to enjoy.

Pip stroking a python
Watching the bigger kids
Climbing trees overlooking the Sk8r display.
Mama was kept occupied by the
Yarn Bombed trees.
All sorts of Market Stalls, including local and crafty ones.
Wood- oven pizza & Pip's drinking Biodynamic Milk
 in that  recycled takeaway cup!
Pumpkin Korma & Dahl for Mama, on a compostable
bamboo takeaway plate.  
Yes, there was THE big race too and stage presentations throughout the day. Workshops, cooking demos & family cookoffs. Rides for those inclined, jugglers & street performers. Other races, a poets breakfast & most of the local stores were open.
We were truly impressed with the entire set-up. 
Even the parking was managed well.
A happy, day for our whole family.
Maybe we'll see you there next year?


26 July, 2011

Currently Crafting ~ July

I keep wandering into my craft room/office each day, into my bedroom and into our lounge room. In each of these rooms I have baskets of unfinished (objects) projects. 
Yes, UFO's as they're sometimes referred to!

There's so many new things I want to try exactly as I think of them, or I see a new pattern, or  I become inspired by someone else's idea.

I thought I'd share a couple of photos of items I have been working on finishing, over the last week or so.

Knitted Horse 1
Knitted Horse 2
Another wee doll to gift,
inspired by Anna Bradford
Crochet spiral treasure bag
I have finished some of these!
One for each Season..., in the order:
Spring, Autumn, Winter, Summer

 Do you have UFO's floating around your home?
What have you been working on lately?

24 July, 2011

Making sweet wee peg gnomes

 It has been a while since we've been 'gnome mad'. 
However, this Winter seems to have encouraged this frenzy within us.
Perhaps it has been inspired by Mr Turtle's 1st year in Steiner education?
Or maybe that they're so darn cute and simple to make on these cool Winter days?
It could be that we are now creating a lot with felt?
Who knows? But everyone is enjoying them!

Dolly pegs appear to be readily available everywhere at the moment.
As these are so wee, stitching the gathering stitch first up, is much easier.
I find, beginning a blanket stitch at this point (from within the felt),
 produces a much neater result.
All done!
(a dab of glue on top of the peg ~ head ~ helps secure the cloak)
This little guy wasn't my idea though. 
He came from the wonderful book:

I lined them all up ready for Mr. Turtle to play with, 
after picking him up from school.

The logs are part of a basic gnome village I created too.
Lots of crystals, nooks & doorways.

23 July, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

What a wonderful way for a young family (such as ours!) to spend a sunny Saturday morning.
We went Strawberry picking this morning at Eumundi.

Here are some photos of the gorgeous setting where both sweet juiciness and smiles were abundant!

Yes, I was picking too!
 Wearing boots turned out to be a very good idea!

And what was requested on the menu for lunch? I had planned salad sandwiches...but the requests came in as: 'ham & strawberry' and 'avocado & strawberry'.
And do you know? They ate every last crumb!


21 July, 2011

Wow! About the Elsa Beskow 19 book Giveaway...

What a wonderful giveaway!
I had to pass this on...
Have you heard about this one yet?
Swedish Elsa Beskow's books, are well known to many all over the world. 
She wrote beautiful stories with the most charming & animated drawings.
They are loved by young children and their parents alike.

'Jump Into a Book' are drawing a winner on July 31st, for one lucky person, anywhere in the world, to win 19 Elsa Beskow books in their giveaway.
Please Read Below and click on the links to read more and enter...

The 19 Book Elsa Beskow Giveaway 

by Valarie @ 'Jump Into a Book'

Valarie says:
"One lucky winner will receive all 19 books sent directly to their home. The contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who has normal mail delivery. Click on this link to see what you have to do.This giveaway will close on Sunday, July 31st 2011 at 8 pm. Winner to be chosen by random generator. Winner to be announced on August first 2011. Good Luck!"
Here's a list of the books to be given away:
  • The Sun Egg
  • The Land of Long Ago
  • Princess Sylvie
  • Children of the Forest
  • The Curious Fish
  • Peter in Blueberry Land
  • Emily and Daisy
  • Pelle's New Suit
  • Around the Year
  • Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip
  • The Flowers' Festival
  • aunt Green, Brown, and Lavender
  • Christopher's Harvest Time
  • Peter's Old House
  • Ollie's Ski Trip
  • Peter and Lotta's Adventure
  • Uncle Blue's New Boat
  • Peter and Lottas Christmas
  • The Tale of the Little, Little, Old Woman
What do you think? Wow, Huh?
I wish you Goodluck!
Although, I hope you don't mind my saying,  I DO hope it's little ol' me who wins this one!

20 July, 2011

My kids LOVE water play at home

Mr Turtle and Little Pipkin love playing with water, as much as any child.
When I add colour to that water, the game changes. 
Instead of splashing each other, they share and take turns.
It becomes a co-operative game. 
Usually a game called 'cafes'.

I don't mind my boys drinking at their 'cafe' either.
I'm lucky enough to have bought some beautiful, naturally made food colourings, that also reflect the colours we see around us. In the Hinterland forest, in our garden or along the roadside.

I love my India Tree colours, which have so far, lasted us a long time.

This is how they play. 
"What can I get you to drink, Sir?"
"Ooh, I think an orange juice please"

So, how do we make orange from yellow and red?
They learn so much from Just Playing, don't they?

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