Sunday, 31 August 2014

35/52 2014

With the last of winter sliding behind us, today seemed the perfect day to toil the soil and prepare for Spring. All day Jarvis and I worked in the garden (Justin stayed inside to make over 200 wantons). Then as the day was almost gone, Justin, too came out to play, okay plant in the  dirt.

All day Jarvis kept repeating "me grow it". yes baby, you can help Mummum grow her garden, as I think it helps you grow as well.

Last year Jodi inspired me to pick up my camera and turn the focus inward. This year I have opted to continue with the series as I feel there are still so many family stories to be told through photos. So I will continue to Link up with Jodi  (the artist formerly known as Che & Fidel now Practising Simplicity) for the 52 Project. 

Also linking up with Bron over at Baby Space with the quote a week

Friday, 29 August 2014


Yesterday I had the joy of being featured over at Malinda's blog, My Brown Paper Packages.  Malinda has a great, on going, series where every Friday she features a guest who shares their top five favourite things. The exciting thing is that it could be anything! I think it is a great way to discover more amazing blogs. So head over now and check out my fav five, plus some of the other great bloggers Malinda has featured.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Note: Image not mine

Do you ever day dream about travel? Today, as I was doing the housework I was dreaming of a shack on the beach. Now, when I am 'meant' to be doing other stuff I am Googling places to stay. I had dreams of late, of us towing a vintage caravan. 

I am feeling drawn to northern NSW. I want to avoid the more popular places such as Byron. As much as I love Byron, but am thinking of a little country town.

I think Jarvis and I need to feel the salt air in our lungs, to shake off this flu that has been dogging us both for almost three weeks. Plus it is about time, I got the opportunity to perv on Justin in his boardies.

Any recommendations? Has to be child friendly. Nothing too busy. And maybe with in a half hour drive to a beach. Great local op shops a bonus. 

Friday, 22 August 2014

34/52 2014


Yes, because I am all glamours like, that is not only my gut on display, but my undies are hanging out the top of my pjs. 

The last week has been spent with me hacking up my lungs. Okay, well not that bad, however, the doctor did tell me my lungs are swimming in fluid. So with the world outside swimming in rain, I lay down this afternoon with Jarvis while he had his nap.

I wanted to document his love of my hair. Before each sleep, Jarvis will spend ages playing with my hair. Once asleep, his little hands search out my belly and he pats it in his sleep.

Last year Jodi inspired me to pick up my camera and turn the focus inward. This year I have opted to continue with the series as I feel there are still so many family stories to be told through photos. So I will continue to Link up with Jodi  (the artist formerly known as Che & Fidel now Practising Simplicity) for the 52 Project. 

Also linking up with Bron over at Baby Space with the quote a week

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

33/52 2014

 Riding to work

 Jarvis telling Justin what needs to be done for the day.

 Jarvis showing Justin how to do it.

 Jarvis decided to 'really' show Justin how to do it. 

Jarvis sees both Justin and I 'go' to work. However, he also sees both of us work from home. So one rainy day last week, Jarvis and Justin went to work together.

Justin found Jarvis is a very demanding boss. What I also found interesting in Jarvis opted to take his 'baby' to work. If you look in the first image you can see the bear on the front of the bike.

Last year Jodi inspired me to pick up my camera and turn the focus inward. This year I have opted to continue with the series as I feel there are still so many family stories to be told through photos. So I will continue to Link up with Jodi  (the artist formerly known as Che & Fidel now Practising Simplicity) for the 52 Project. 

Also linking up with Bron over at Baby Space with the quote a week

Thursday, 14 August 2014


Growth & Appearance:
You now weigh 15kgs and you are 95cm tall. You wear a size 8 in a shoe, but it is getting too tight, so time for an upgrade. I have no idea on the size of your clothes as it has been so long since I bought you anything from a store.
You are still 90% Justin with just a tiny dash of me. Your hair, and the way you scrunch up your nose when you smile is me.

You like to be independent, if you can do it yourself, this includes getting it out and help preparing it, you will eat it. In the morning while I am making the bed, you will go to the kitchen and get all of the breakfast out, including bowls and spoons. You hate to be rushed with your food. Plus you have an intense dislike of food that is hot. When making our dinners, yours has to go in the freezer for a few minutes before you will eat it.

You do not shut up! You chatter all day and now 90% of the words make sense. You learn new words everyday and mimic carefully what others say. Last month you could only say four or so colours, this month you say them all. Some of them not as clear "lellow" being yellow, but we can understand what you are saying.
Justin said sarcastically "yes dear" to me. You stood beside me and repeated it even with the tone. The other night at dinner Guy said "butthole", unfortunately you repeated this. I think Guy learnt a lesson in parenting from you that night.

You talk the whole time! There is a running commentary on everything you do. You also talk with your hands, like I do.

As long as Justin or I are near, you sleep the night through. Though the last few weeks when it has been extra cold, about four in the morning, you crawl over me and snuggle down in-between Justin and I. I have not made up my mind how long you will co-sleep, I guess for as long as it works for all three of us.

You are running more like a big kid, slowly losing the toddler waddle. You run around the yard like a crazy person. Plus anything to do with jumping, bouncing on the bed and jumping off the bedhead. It just has become more coordinated.
I think I say this every month, but I am surprised at just how much you mature month to month. I look back at last month and realise you now can do so many more things for yourself. 

Can I say dirt? Since the 'diggers' have been working on the property behind us, you love to up to the back of the yard and dig. You fill up your bucket and more dirt from one spot to another. Grunting with what appears to be the effort.
You still love your chickens so much. Often stopping your digging to hug a chicken or two.

How I am thinking/Feeling:
It has been a rough month for me emotionally losing yet another baby, which makes you even all the more precious to me. You suddenly seem so grown up. The way you responded to my grief was overwhelming. We were so careful not to mention I was pregnant, yet, you told Tamika "Mummum baby" and patted my tummy. Then after the miscarriage you said a couple of things that broke my heart and make me realise how clever you are. You said "baby yun away" and patted my face giving me kisses. Then a few days later you said "baby yun away, buy more?" If only it was that easy.

Through the grief, I have acknowledged that you are my last baby, you are...well you are no longer a baby. You are growing up so fast and I can say that you are the easiest child to be a Mummum to. 

Sick Bubba needs to be hugged and carried all day. Aching arms and back, this was the compromise position. 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Two Sydney sisters have joined forces and become "That We Do", making handmade polymer clay jewellery. This is not a sponsored post, I am writing about their company as I love supporting locally made, and Australian artists.

That We Do was conceived at a baby shower, with necklaces given as a thank you gift from one sister to another. This gesture grew with interest shown while they were wearing the original creations and That We Do was born.

The statement on their Facebook page states:
We are inspired to create original pieces that you won't see everyone wearing. Pieces that are eye catching, different and full of colour! Pieces that you can throw on with a plain t-shirt to add a pop of interest or team with a well thought out outfit to give the finishing touch, after all it's the tiny details that make something special! We want our jewellery to help people express their personal style. Each of our pieces are made with love (as our children play around us) and inspired by what we see around us every day in both the natural environment and in the people we love.

Each piece is unique and we cannot guarantee you will receive an item exactly identical to the images shown, this is one of the things that makes our pieces special, no two are the same.

I asked each sister to share a little on their background:
On my LinkedIn I refer to myself as a digital and creative industries professional. I suppose that encapsulates what I 'do' the best. I am a journalist by trade, a crafter by passion and these days, when I am not being a mum and acting as one half of ThatWeDo, I work as a digital content manager. When I am not doing that I write books on macramé, put on interactiveart events with Art Gallery of NSW and run various websites, like Kluster. 
I am a little bit obsessed with all things fashion, art and creative culture. My belief that an outfit is not complete without accessories morphed into making them for myself for fun somewhere along the way. Enough people expressed interest in them for me to sit my sister down (who was also partial to making necklaces herself) and ask if she was interested in making necklaces together. She was. The rest, as they say, is history.   
In a past life I worked in Marketing for a travel company. These days I am a mum of three children, a student teacher and one half of ThatWeDo. I enjoy making things, cushion covers, clothing, decorations and the like. Last year my partner and I got married and had a naming ceremony for our three children. I spent the year leading up making all the decorations and I loved every minute! I take great pleasure planning and making something and then seeing how well it turns out (mostly!)
Like Kat I have always wanted to be individual and express myself in what I wear and I used to spend many weekends in op shops and the stores of Newtown and Surry Hills to achieve this. However in recent years, time and money made this more difficult so I began to make accessories to achieve this. When Kat started making polymer clay necklaces and suggested we make and sell them together I jumped.

What inspires them in their every day:
People, mostly - I love looking at the styles of others. I find stylish, well-put-together people very inspiring. Especially those who display originality and quirkiness. There is nothing more inspiring than someone who goes out on a limb with the way they present themselves and pulls it off. 
I am also incredibly inspired by people who live lives focused on improving the existence of others. Whether it be a passionate politician, a cutting edge not-for-profit CEO, a midwife at the local hospital or teacher at the local school who goes above and beyond.
Definitely my surroundings. The city, the suburbs, the beach at the end of our street.    
The environment, both natural and built. The other day I saw a brick turned on it's side, it had rectangles of different sizes cut through it and I thought, those shapes would make a great necklace range. 
Colours, I love to put colours together, particular those on opposite ends of the colour wheel. I love colour, it just makes me happy! 
My kids, I try to put their love and joy for life in each piece. I also want to show them that if something makes you happy you should go for it.
And people, I like to people watch, in a non stalker way!

How do they keep motivated with their business, plus still be parents:
Like my sister, my family is my motivation. In particular, setting a good example for my son. I want him to grow up surround by living examples of the fact that dreams are there for the taking and anything is possible if you work hard enough and are willing to invest your all. 
Having said that, staying motivated is easy if you love what you do and I love doing everything associated with ThatWeDo so, in a way, I kind of feel like I am cheating. Sam:

I think it's being a parent that keeps me motivated, I want to show my children you can be whoever you want to be. I am studying to become a primary school teacher as well so I have learnt to use every hour I have in the day and do things that make me happy. Being a mum, studying and ThatWeDo all make me really happy, I genuinely enjoy it all so it's not hard to keep motivated.

Head over to either their Facebook page or Etsy shop to see their full range. But here are a few images to give you a sneak peak.