Monday, February 27, 2012

Cutest hat in the world!

I knit cute hats, apparently. Being new to knitting, I remain overly impressed with myself. Hence sharing here :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Birthday garden fun

Last week was my birthday, the last of my 30s!  I took the girls to the Botanic gardens with my family.  Here is a lazy blogging set of photos from the day.  :D

Snail and me!

Following the children's trail (intently!)

Giant bug, with child.
Pop, Lolly, and Aunty J!
Snail and Lolly both loved the giant xylophone!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lolly the Artist

Lolly is loving the artwork at the moment, she loves to draw and paint, and do collage, and stick all manner of things on to all manner of other things. 

DinnerDad was particularly proud of this drawing of Snail's new wheelchair Lolly did while we were at the hospital for a Snail appointment last month.  It has perspective!

Snail's wheelchair (with dinosaurs)
 I was even motivated to take her to art class at Gymboree!  She LOVED it.
At art class!
 We have clearly nurtured an artistic genius ;)
Footprints in a puddle, by Lolly
She has been doing collage all morning, and told me just now "Mummy, when I grow up, I want to be an artist!"

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


We've been out to lunch...

Lookin' goooooood
 I've been knitting!
For my Purple Day fundraiser!
 But mostly we've been making and hiding in cubby houses.
Middle of the lounge cubby.
On the lounge cubby.

Puppy IN a cubby!
 Oh, it's cute alright!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Preparing for a new art space!

We're doing more moving things around and making things more function round these parts, and part of this is setting up a room for the girls and a room for us.  In the process we're converting the unused master bedroom upstairs into a kind of gym/art space combo!

I recently did the Playful Learning Spaces e-course (it was wonderful BTW), and have used a lot of the ideas already, but am inspired to make something beautiful and functional to get us through the dreaded craft years.

Like this!  From Mariah's beautiful atelier -

Playful Learning Spaces Atelier

I mean, come on!  Who wouldn't love to have that in their home for their kid!  Or for me, let's be honest! 

So, off we went to scour Ikea for ideas - strictly NO purchasing yet, we're still in the design stage.  I want a good set up for art stuff, a low table, and an armchair for me to sit in.

Lolly LOVES her a trip to Ikea, she rides the giant trolleys, eats chips in the restaurant, and plays in the kids area.  We both indulge in an ice cream on the way out.  It's a great wet-weather excursion with kids, and pretty cheap so long as you don't fall for the siren call of all the Ikea awesomeness that surrounds you!

Why yes, I DID knit that gorgeous dress!
This bright green table top is going to be our art table! 

I confess to buying a new griddle pan and some cool storage boxes for stationery.  But that was it.  Not bad.

The Atelier is going to be our big project over the next few weeks, so I'm sure you'll be reading more soon :D

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Beach holidays

We went up to Bribie with my parents in the holidays and had a fab day at the beach, pretty much the perfect beach day ever! 

Snail and her fab new chair

Super-cool puppy

Nanna and Pop!

Puppy loves Nanna.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

At the Ballet

Part of Lolly's xmas gifts was tickets for us to see Angelina Ballerina at the ballet!  She enjoyed dressing up, and going somewhere special.  She watched the whole thing pretty avidly, but faded the last 5 minutes.  It was a lovely day out together, totally recommend it!

At home, all dressed and ready!

Perched on her cushion in the theatre
Ice cream at Intermission!