Monday, December 28, 2009

A belated merry Christmas

Well, its been a busy time this christmas and we had a lovely day.. finished my stocking to hang up with only hours to spare! Dad whipped up a stocking tree for all our stockings to hang off and I will post a picture and link when I get back to Oz and in my own comforts :)
We spent Christmas day at my sisters, playing on the kids wii and having lots of food and rest. Our family are not tradiitonal christmas fare eaters so it was sushi, corn on the cob, ham, roast lamb, new potatoes, garlic prawns etc. But everyone's wishes were catered for...except my sister promised me roast kumara! and she forgot!... there is a bit of a running joke in my family about how I only come home for kumara (which is new zealand sweet potato and Im sorry but its the best sweet potato you'll ever eat). So she knows when we return to her house - there had better be roast kumara for me!
At the moment we are in one of NZs most popular tourist spots, Rotorua. If you are not familiar with NZ, its is halfway down the north island and is where the thermal activity and bubbling mud is mostly found. It smells a bit like rotten eggs, but that doesnt seem to deter hundreds and thousands of people who come here each year. We are staying with my husbands brother and his family. The kids are loving spending time with their cousins. I have, unfortunately been sick since Christmas eve (although a lot better today) and my poor eldest, Little miss Sunshine is now vomiting and has a bad headache. So my sister in law has taken all the other children to the movies, my hubby and his brother have gone mountain biking and Little Miss Sunshine and I are just hanging out. She's watching a movie and Im making the most of an internet connection :)
My hubby and I are heading off for four nights after new years on our own - very excited about that. It is an early wedding anniversary celebration as will be 10 years in March. Mum and Dad seem to think we are doing them a favour leaving them the kids for five days!!! Miss that...
Anyway... no pics to post at the moment, Im on strike from doing craft for a few more weeks :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

The countdown to Christmas

Every year is the same... I have great plans of what i want to make and heaps of time to do them.. but somewhere along the way it all unravells and Im racing the clock to get things done.

I have spent most of the weekend trying to finish my Christmas presents and today my parents are taking my youngest two out so I can just sew, sew, sew!  Tomorrow I will post some pics of mine and my son's finished Christmas stockings, when I hope they are finished!

Anyway, here is a picture overlooking where my parents live...


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Friday, December 18, 2009

Visiting... visiting and more visiting

Wow! the last week has been crazy busy. We have spent a week visiting family and friends. We've had a great time seeing people we havent seen for almost two years and its nice to just pick up where you left off. I havent taken many pictures but have a few so will try to upload them in the next couple of days, now we are back at my parents. My kids are having a great time although also a bit tired from all the visiting. My hubby arrives on Tuesday - YAY!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kia Ora from Aotearoa

We've arrived safely in NZ and the kids are enjoying having time with my mum and dad. THey are marvelling over all the cows and sheep (but Ive reassured them they have them in Oz too). Also the clouds in the sky LOL! Its a nice cool 20 C here which is a welcome relief after the 32C+ we've been having in Brisbane.
Looking forward to a fun few days with the family and then on to our old hometown to visit more family and friends.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Carnival Birthday Party

Here are some pictures of my darling wee daughter's birthday party last weekend

Big sister worked the ticket booth

All set up and waiting for the guests to arrive

Big brother handing out the popcorn

Lining up for the games

Sack races

The fabulous creative face painters!

And then it was cake time!! A ferris wheel of course for a carnival!

Im linking up here

Friday, December 4, 2009


Yesterday was the day we picked up my darling daughter's glasses. There was much excitement and parading for all the ladies doing stockings.  At school this morning there was more parading and I was so impressed with the way her teacher and other staff made her feel so special about her glasses.

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Her teacher stood her up in front of the class and asked if anyone noticed anything different about her, and to show her they thought she looked beautiful by giving her a big smile - too cute. The Deputy Principal saw her and said " oh you look so Beautiful".  Such a nice response.

Today we also received our end of year school reports and portfolios (they finish at midday tomorrow) and my husband and I are so proud of our dear children. Both received outstanding reports and beautiful comments from their teachers. The nice thing is their comments are truly reflective of their strengths and they know our children personally and value them.

We moved our children to their current school at the end of March this year. The school they were at previously was a living nightmare. 2600 children! 10 prep classes! And last year our little boy was assaulted by another student. Our son had only just turned 5 years old. The other boy, his classmate, grabbed his head and smashed his face into a brick wall. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the teacher overlooked it and my poor little boy sat in class all day with a massive haemotoma under his top lip and his front teeth pushed back into his gum.  The school, despite three visits from us, did absolutely nothing. The Principal refused to see us and Education Queensland didnt want to know about it. We were devastated, in shock and disbelief and utterly utterly disappointed.

We moved them to a private Catholic School of 400 students and it is worth every single cent we spend. They are nurtured, valued, loved and taught respect, morals and compassion. The teachers are the cream of the crop and are absolutely amazing .

Phew! now thats out of my system, I guess I continue to be impressed and amazed with our new school, thank you to them for the love they show my children.

I have a whole lot of posts to do but have been snowed under with getting ready for our trip to NZ next week. Im going to try and pop them on before I go but at the moment Im not getting to bed until midnight most nights and then trying hard to keep my eyes open all day... until that second wind arrives!!! and then do it all again - terrible.

Tomorrow Little Miss Sunshine has invited 10 friends to come after school for Christmas craft... totally worth a post!


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas is coming, the stockings are getting done :)

Well, the Christmas stocking group is working hard and creating BEAUTIFUL stockings!! Its very exciting seeing all the wonderful new ideas, beautiful fabrics and getting to know each other over a bit of sewing and usually something yummy for supper. I promise next week I will take some photos and post them. We usually meet on Monday nights but the very dedicated are here as often as they can. 

Here is a snap of the stockings I am making for my cousins boys... its a big surprise and I know they don't follow my blog so the secret is safe for now.  One of my friends making stockings wanted to put a photo of her boys on their stockings and I recalled seeing something like that over at One Crafty Mumma.

So, liking that concept, I took a photo of each of them, my friend Corina, the photographer, photoshopped the fence out from behind them and then they just took a life of their own!!  The fronts are finished and now they just need a back, some batting and an inner, a bit of cord to finish them and Viola! Two happy little boys :)

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I am also flat out trying to organise my darling daughters 4th birthday party which is on Sunday. The theme is a carnival and there is lots of preparation. I will post photos on monday (as long as I remember to take them!!!)

Today my beautiful friends have been here all day helping with preparations - lucky arent i!!!!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mothers intuition

Today has been an emotional day.  My eldest daughter is struggling at school and I have been trying to get some answers for the past 18 months. Her new teacher is wonderful and listened to my concerns and refered us to a Behavioural optometrist. 

Today she had her appointment and I am so relieved to get some answers.  She can see fine but has some problem with focusing her eyes together, making it tiring and hard to do her reading and writing. Of course this is exhausting for her and we bear the brunt of her frustration at home.

Once she has her new supercool and groovy glasses they will be able to do the rest of the testing for Visual processing disorders.

So Im very relieved and optimistic about her future of learning.

Here is the sweet girl.. I'll pop a picture on next week too when she gets her new glasses (which sadly they dont make in adult sizes and Mum, its not cool for you to have the same glasses.. well pardon me!)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The countdown...

In two weeks today, my three children and I will be jumping on a plane and going back to New Zealand for 6 weeks. We plan to catch up with family and friends, lots and lots of relaxing and lots of playing at the beach near my parents place. Of course that means all my crafting for christmas needs to be done by then!!

AND I have my little ones 4th birthday this weekend so a nice easy party... NOT!! Of course I go all out for parties and this is no exception. She's having a Carnival, so its hive of activity here. I'll post some pics next week of the party. I think I had children so I could make birthday cakes - prior to having my own, I made cakes for my nieces :)

In the meantime.. here's a few pictures of the kids cakes from earlier in the year...


Sonic had a pirate party and I really enjoyed creating the big ship and treasure chest.



Little Miss Sunshine absolutely loves Kombi vans, it was the obvious choice but oh so difficult!!! I wasnt very pleased with it but she was happy so thats all that matters.

Its stockings night tonight and they are looking soooo good!!! What a crafty bunch of girls. I will post some photos before I go away.. including some of my ones for this year. I cant believe I have nearly finished one for me!!! Yippeee!! Santa might bring me some goodies too!

Take care

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A dry spell

Well this week has been crazy and I haven't made much and I am still having camera problems!!!

So in this post I have decided to include a photo of my hubby's birthday cake. My 8 year old decorated it. My husband is into V8 supercars so it had to have a Ford on it!!! He is turning 40 on Christmas Day so we decided to have his party a bit early this past weekend.  We had a great time and I probably drank a bit much Sangria (oops).

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Bianca Jae Makes Things is having a giveaway. She makes gorgeous wraps for pencils and pads - too cute!! Head over and check it out.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cupcake addict

Hello, my name is Leonie and I am addicted to making cupcakes.

Yes, its true, I have an addiction to making cupcakes, probably more specifically, icing them.  I dont really like eating them but LOVE creating them :)

Here's some I made for the stocking girls last week

and some I made for a friend and her son on their combined birthdays(she is an AMAZING cake decorator so cupcakes it had to be!)

I also love cupcake papers and ordered some online the other day.. a special little 4 year olds birthday party is coming up and I had to have the right cupcake papers, right? (oops cant put the photo on as camera is playing up).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Family photos

A couple of weekends ago a very good friend took some family photos for us..  we were very excited to see them last night :)



Thats all for today... :)


Monday, November 9, 2009

A weekend at home...

We've had a nice weekend at home.  My littlest is not well, 8 days of high temps (around 40C at times) three visits to the doctor, 2 ear infections, 2 different antibiotics, daytime sleeps, nighttimes screaming ... just not my little darling. She's so sad...I hope tomorrow she can turn a corner.

So a weekend at home was in order.  I spent yesterday doing some sewing, another koru apron, a special order for a friend, a bit more on my stockings, 2 pillowcase nighties for my eldest.

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Last night we made homemade pizza (a common saturday night meal here) but instead of cooking it in the oven we popped it on the bbq - YUM!!!

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I found that it worked best to cook one side of the dough on the grated part and then we flipped it over, the kids popped on their topping and we then put it back on the bbq with the hood closed. It was just too yummy!!

Today I sorted out my craft room.  My scrapbooking table is now organised so I might do some :) I have sorted all my ribbon's and ric rac  etc and put them in labelled jars... nice...and the sewing desk is also getting a going over too! I feel so much better when everything is easy to find.

This afternoon I took the eldest two for a quick visit to my cousin and her little baby - so sweet but still in hospital with jaundice.

I am starting to get a bit worried about how much there is to do before we go to NZ for Christmas and Ive got my husbands 40th and my youngest 4 th birthday before then !!! aaaRRGGHHH. Lots of planning to do.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A new little baby

Yesterday my cousin had a little baby girl. She is her fourth baby, although her others are 9, 14 and 17 years old. Shes only a wee dot, 5 lb 12 oz.

I am off to visit her tonight with a few little goodies. I am making her a quilt of which I have finished the top but havent got any further, so lets hope she gets it soon :)

(excuse the pics, I desperately need a decent camera and also left it too late in the afternoon to take the photos)

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I made her a few little bibs...

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A tag cube... with a butterfly on as her bedroom is pale pink and white with butterflies..

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nd I picked up this gorgeous little onesie tutu from Target!! How cute is that!

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I also was very excited to go shopping ALONE last night. I had a great time buying stuff for me ! doenst happen very often so I got a few bits a pieces I have had my eye on.. might try to post them tomorrow. :) have a nice weekend.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Toast and craft don't mix

This morning I raced out of bed at 6am to quickly whip up an apron as a gift for a little boy who's party we were going to at 10am.. yes, ever the procrasinator.

I decided to make him a robot one but spent a couple of hours last night surfing the net for some inspiration.  THis is what I came up with, thanks to a lot of inspiration from Miss Smith at home. I just love the little panels she has on her robots - too cute.

So this is what I came up with

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I was really pleased with the result and it was fun to make.

I have however decided eating toast while trying to sew is not cool!! My toast (expensive gluten free too!) folded in two, slipped out of my hand and landed, peanut butter side down, in my trims!! lovely...other 004

Anyway, today my youngest has  spiked a 40C temperature and is feeling quite miserable. Im waiting for my hubby to get home so we can visit the doctor. I just dont feel in the mood to take 3 grumpy children to a doctors waiting room.

I am also wondering how to get traffic to my blog  - will start asking other bloggers. If you are visiting please say hi and let others know to stop by - thanks :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

A cheerleader, A cat, a vampire, a mummy and a ghost

Last night we went to a friends for the most amazing Halloween party. It was a fantastic afternoon/evening loved equally by the children and the adults!

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Of course I am a procrastinator so was up until midnight Friday night sewing costumes and making food right up until we left the house!  Of course I always plan before hand but still end up leaving everything till the last minute. I remember being like this at University too, so maybe I just need to accept it is who I am.

This morning we got up very early to go to Shorncliffe ( a beautiful spot north of brisbane) for family photos.  A friend of ours is starting a photography business and photographed our children earlier this year and the photos were fabulous, so we are looking forward to seeing today's ones.


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009


My children are excited we are going to a friends house on Saturday for a little bit of trick or treating.  Im not a full fledged celebrator of Halloween but did enjoy going trick or treating when I was an exchange student ... years ago.. in the USA . Last year we were living in a gated complex so it was nice a safe to take the children around.  This year we are in a new neighbourhood so we've decided a dress up party is the safest option.  Im thinking about making some more of these...halloween 011

and thesehalloween 017 The oranges were a bit fiddly to make but I really did like the finished effect - and the icecream tasted like oranges - Yum!

I cant remember where I got the ideas from originally but it looks like I will be getting stuck in and making them again this year :)

have done a bit of sewing today and yesterday, but I'll save that for another day :)