Saturday, 19 May 2012

time for pause

My apologies for neglecting my blog this month. There has been lots going on In my 'real world' and unfortunately blogging hasn't been on my priority list. I still have lots to share with you all and I hope to be back blogging again soon. But right now I need some time for pause and reflection. Some time to take care of my mental health. Some time to connect with my family on a deeper level. Thank you for understanding. xo

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Slow Living Diary (April2012)

This is the forth installment of my Slow Living Diary for 2012. The original concept came from Christine at Slow Living Essentials and she has invited everyone to join in!

NOURISH:  As the weather turns cold, we have been nourishing our selves with some wonderfully warm stews. My favourite new addition has been a chicken/veggie/lentil soup with homemade bread rolls! (if only I could convince Boo to try some!). The Manuka Honey and Lemon tea has also made an appearance as the winter colds and flu's decided to make an early comeback! 

PREPARE: A new orange muffin recipe was trialed, declared a success and extras frozen for later! I also pre-made some Osso Buco Pasta Sauce for the days I just couldn't be bothered cooking while hubby was away.

REDUCE: Reusing old seedling pots and toilet paper rolls for our new winter seeds. Old yoghurt pots became paint pots for the kids. And hubby fixed a couple of our portable fans instead of throwing them out. (on a side note: what the heck is with everywhere south of Brisbane not having ceiling fans?!?)

GREEN: Air drying clothes and nappies. Researching natural herbal remedies! (to hopefully be used in the coming month!)

GROW: Seeds were planted into punnets, then destroyed by the puppy, then re-planted! The sneaky garlic chives hiding in the fairy garden are growing well. The mint however, was dug up by said puppy!

CREATE: Lots of sewing as usual. As well as trying my hand at felt, patchwork, embroidery and crochet. Lots of creativity flowing, just lacking the time to get it all done! (isn't that always the case).  

DISCOVER: I signed up for The Organic Sister's e-course, and have found it powerful and inspiring (just like everything Tara writes about!). 

ENHANCE: A combination of illness and crappy weather has meant less community connections going on here then usual. We did meet some new families at a play group at a local hobby farm which the kids loved.

ENJOY: We attended a lovely birthday party for a wonderful little 3 yr old boy. We caught up with a good friend that I haven't seen in person for almost 3 yrs! (Isn't it wonderful when you can just pick up where you left off, as if nothing has changed?)

How was your month??

Monday, 23 April 2012

A day for sunggling...

It's cold, wet and windy here today. One of those days that is perfect for snuggling up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. But with two kids and a hubby who is working away, spending a day like that will have to stay in my daydreams. So instead we dance, we grocery shop, we wear our gumboots out, and we watch a little Dirtgirl World

Did I mention I've joined the gumboot club? Well I have. Unfortunately I couldn't find any from our local op-shops, so I ended up buying them new. I really like them. Actually, I kinda love them! They are just what I wanted. Boo is rather impressed. He has informed me that now I can jump in "Puddy Muddles" with him! Very exciting stuff.

Life is good right now.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Tea and cookies anyone?

Oh my! I have found a new love!


I've been meaning to play around with making some felt food for a while now. I've finally given it a go, and I love love love it! So easy to work with, so many beautiful colours, and the endless list of things you can do with it!

This little tea and cookies set is off to a friends little boy. Boo has already requested a set for himself of course! I think I will be adding this to my products on PattiCake Lane. 

Does anyone else love working with felt?

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Slow Living Diary (Mar 2012)

 This is the third installment of my Slow Living Diary for 2012. I'm a little late with this one, but we got there in the end! The original concept came from Christine at Slow Living Essentials and she has invited everyone to join in!

NOURISH: Pizza Bases, mini apple pies, mountains of banana muffins (in every variation possible), and omelet experiments have been on the menu this month.

PREPARE:Lots of healthy snack foods for the kids went into the freezer this month. We also made a batch of apple sauce as a sugar replacer in our baked goods.

REDUCE: The kids reused all our cardboard packets for craft, as well as milk and juice bottle lids.

GREEN: Resisting the urge to put the clothes in the dryer on rainy days!

GROW: Still being rewarded with beautiful basil, parsley, rosemary and spinach. We would have been enjoying some lovely mini capsicums, but the smallest child can't help but pick them and runaway with them before they are ripe! We have also expanded our flower gardens! It's looking lovely and colourful in the yard!

CREATE: New range for PattiCake Lane is being designed and prototypes are being sewn up!  

DISCOVER: I've been reading lots on Minimalism lately. This blog in particular has been quite interesting. I was also lucky enough to stumble upon a copy of "How to talk so kids will listen, and listen so kids will talk" by Adele Faber in our local second hand book store.

ENHANCE: Craft dates with Boo's little friend and a lovely Homebirth park meet. We also had a visit for one of my best childhood friends, which was of course absolutely wonderful and just the kind of connection I needed!

ENJOY: Visits to the park, new words from the little miss, family picnic's and support from friends xo

Short and sweet this month ;)
How was your month??

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Liebster Blog Awards!

 Oh My! Feeling just a little bit special right now! Take a look at what I have been awarded! The Liebster Blog award by the lovely Kara from The Practical Frog Blog! Thank you so much for taking an interest in my little blog. I feel very honored.

A Liebster Blog Award is given by bloggers who have been Leibstered themselves to other to talented and loved bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word, meaning dearest or beloved, but it can also mean favorite. The idea behind the Liebster Blog Award is that it is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers in order to create new connections and bring attention to these wonderful blogs!
There are a few rules that go along with accepting the award: 

- Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
- Link back to the presenter who presented the award to you.
- Copy and paste the award on to your blog.
- Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs with 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed. (with Bloggers followers gadget not working well - I actually cant tell how many followers a blog has at the moment)
- Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog. 

Such a wonderful way to connect to other bloggers! Here are 5 blogs that I have been interested in or that inspire me. 

  • Michele over at Feather Footprints - follow her family as they spend a year experiencing the Anti-consumerism challenge! 
  •  Kristen over at Me vs Myself - I have just found her blog and think it's fabulous! A SAHM on a journey of self discovery
  • Angela over at Mein Spatz - Another wonderful SAHM who lives gently and inspires me 
  • I have just discovered The Accidental Housewife and I already love it! 
  • Jennifer over at Belle and Me - a young vegan mum and her gorgeous baby girl! 
 Head over to these wonderful blogs and take a look!

Friday, 30 March 2012

World Wide Wonderful

A weekly look at what's going on in the wonderful world wide web! Articles, tutorials, blog's and video's that have caught my eye in the past week...

Enjoy x

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Lovely Autumn Days...

What a beautiful Autumn weekend we had in South Australia!

We did some gardening...

Helped Dad mow the lawn...

Played in (Boo) and soaked up (Mum) the sun...

And stomped around in new gumboots! (excuse the Vegemite face!)

Oh yes, this is most definitely my favourite time of year. I hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Puppy Dogs and Bunny Rabbits

Lots of things happening here in our gentle life. Some good. Some not so good.

Bad news first. Illness has struck. Little mouse and I have been sick (hence the lack of posting) for a little while now. Thankfully Hubby and Boo seem to have escaped this round, but everyone will be dosing up on colloidal silver and chicken soup as the weather cools.

On to some good news. We have a new family member! Meet Odette 'Odie' a lovely little american staffy x that we rescued from a shelter.

The kids are in love (and I have to admit, she is rather gorgeous). Now if only we could get her to stop stealing clothes off the washing line and digging up the fairy garden!!

There has also been some creating going on. This little bunny and bibs set was made by me and donated to an online auction to raise money for a wonderful women being unfairly targeted.

 While resting in an attempt to get over this illness I have spent a lot of time sketching new ideas and product designs. I am hoping to move PattiCake Lane into a new phase. One that is a little more 'me' and a little less generic. Exciting times ahead!

Friday, 9 March 2012

World Wide Wonderful

A weekly look at what's going on in the wonderful world wide web! Articles, tutorials, blog's and video's that have caught my eye in the past week...


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Autumn in the Air

Welcome Autumn! The temperature seems to have dropped about 10 degrees in the last few days. The air has that wonderful crisp feel to it. Oh yes. Autumn is here at last!
Growing up in a tropical climate (where the only seasons were wet or dry!), I had never really experienced the joys of Autumn. We have since moved to South Australia and I have grown to absolutely LOVE the feel of autumn! The leaves on the trees change, then fall. The air is cool and crisp. Not too hot, not too cold...we can play outside ALL DAY!

Moving south has also accentuated the differences between the seasons. It has made me much more aware of the changing seasons. We have started collecting things for our very first Nature Table! Some lovely little gum nuts collected on our walk yesterday. We plan to change our table with the seasons and, of course, post photos here. Do you have a nature table/Season table for your little ones? Feel free to link in the comments!

Friday, 2 March 2012

World Wide Wonderful

A weekly look at what's going on in the wonderful world wide web! Articles, tutorials, blog's and video's that have caught my eye in the past week...

  • For the Aussie mum's out there who have cloth bummed babes - Discounts from lots of Cloth nappy stores over at Diaper Decisions!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Slow Living Diary (Feb 2012)

 This is the second installment of my Slow Living Diary for 2012. The original concept came from Christine at Slow Living Essentials and she has invited everyone to join in!

NOURISH: The Thermomix has been used a bit this month, after being neglected a little over the Christmas period. Custard has been a particular favourite this month! There has also been lots of salad and mountains of delicious avocado! (Little Mouse has been devouring avocado lately!) 

PREPARE: I am trying to create a new habit around preparing. All too often I find myself too tired, too frazzled, or just can't be bothered making dinner at the end of 'one of those days'! So we've been cooking up batches of Spaghetti Sauce and crumbing up chicken and steak, to pull out of the freezer on day's like that. Hopefully we will be adding meatballs, pie's, quiches and stew's to that list soon!

REDUCE: Hubby has been sent off to his work bench a few times this month to fix broken toy's for Boo, instead of throwing them out. And I have recently acquired a fabulous vintage sheet that will be up-cycled into dresses, top's and pants for all our friends with little girls! 

GREEN: Unplugging at power points and having a few weeks TV free saved us lots of power in February! The rain has also made an appearance in the last week, which has reduced our water usage for the garden.   

GROW: The garden has been looking a little sad this past month. Our only harvest has been some spinach and of course, parsley and basil.

CREATE: I've been sketching up new idea's for Easter gifts for the little ones. Might just have my first go at a bunny softie ;)   

DISCOVER: I chanced upon 'Consuming Innocence' by Karen Brooks at the Library and found it an interesting read on popular culture and our children. We also found some bargain kids encyclopedia's on dinosaurs and the ocean, at our local newsagent.

ENHANCE: We've made new friends, connected with old friends and had lovely chats with strangers on the street!

ENJOY: Chat's with friends while our kids play together, Organic fruit and veggie deliveries, and support and wise words from my online community xo

How was your month??

Saturday, 25 February 2012

World Wide Wonderful

A weekly look at what's going on in the wonderful world wide web! Articles, tutorials, blog's and video's that have caught my eye in the past week...

  • A families journey through a year of the Anti-consumerism challenge - Feather Footprints 

Monday, 20 February 2012

Harvest time!

We've had an amateur gardening success!!
A few months ago, on a spur of the moment trip to the local plant nursery, we picked up some carrot, sweet corn and onion seedlings. We had a bare spot in the garden and thought "why not?", lets try our hand at some new veggies!

We harvested lots of fabulous onions!

Some rather interesting carrots!

Some lovely corn (which Boo insisted on 'unwrapping' immediately)

All in all it was a successful afternoon! 

My favourite part was watching the amazement in Boo's eyes as we dug up the carrots and onions. I am so pleased we are raising a child who knows that veggies come from the garden...not the supermarket. I hope that he (and his sister) will remember days like this fondly and continue growing veggies with their own children.

Friday, 17 February 2012

World Wide Wonderful

In the past year I have subscribed to a great many blogs. Each night as I feed my little one to sleep I catch up on lots of blog reading. Through out the week I am inspired, captivated and encouraged by what others around the world wide web are achieving and writing about. So I thought that at the end of each week I would share with you some of the blog posts, articles, video's and ideas that have caught my attention. So here is the first of what I hope will be a recurring spot on my Blog...

  • This article on the harassment of a wonderful home birth midwife made me see red!
  •  Ideas for creating Pet Rocks with the kids!
Enjoy your reading!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Thomas Obsession...

My son loves Thomas the Tank Engine. I would even go as far as saying he is obsessed with it. He was given part of a train track for Christmas 2 years ago and hasn't been interested in anything else since. With another Christmas, 2 birthdays, visits from grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends he has managed to collect 5 more parts for the track and around 35 trains!!! He has DVD's of Thomas, story books, colouring books, clothes, backpacks, the list is endless! He will spend literally HOURS each day playing with his trains.
Getting his trains ready for a 'bath' in a tub of water

At one stage, I'll admit, I was rather worried about this obsession. Perhaps I feared it would never end, or that he wasn't learning enough or engaging in a variety of things. Then I took a step back. I watched him play. He wasn't just racing trains around the track all day. He was telling detailed stories. He was having conversations between engines. He was singing songs he had made up about them. He was learning to share with his sister. He was counting engines, boilers and wheels. He was naming colours. He was learning new words. He was using them as a conversation starter with people we met in the community. He was exercising his boundless imagination. And most importantly, when he's with his trains, he is joyful and engaged. 

Perhaps I'll learn to live with them for a little while longer...

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A visit from Nanny!

Nanny (my mum) came to visit at the end of January! The kids are always super excited to get a visit from Nanny and this time was no different. There were stories to be read, playdough to be made, sand to be dug, walls to paint (with water of course!) and faerie gardens to plant!

Nah Nah! I've got your paint brushes Nanny!!

Painting Nanny!!

Boo being a dag!

Planting in our Faerie Garden!

So much fun. So much love. So much support (as usual) from my wonderful mother xo

Monday, 6 February 2012

Slow Living Diary (Jan 2012)

I've been following the fabulous blog "Slow Living Essentials" for a while now, and this year Christine is inviting everyone to join in her 'Slow Living Diary'. A once a month look at what's going on in your slow living life. It sounds like a great way to share and reflect so I'm joining in!

NOURISH: After going away on holidays it has been wonderful to get back and start up our organic fruit and vegetable delivery. We've also been trying out some fabulous sourdough bread with hopes of baking our own bread everyday. I have been looking into the nutritional value of fermenting foods and hope to start with some simple sauerkraut. New snack foods are also on the 'to do' list. These nut-free bliss balls sound delish!

PREPARE: Stockpilling and preserving is fairly foreign around here, but that is something we are hoping to change. I've been on the look out for Jars and such in the local op-shops, but if that doesn't pan out that we might be ordering some mason jars online! There are also plans to freeze the excess amounts of spinach for use over winter. Must look into that.

REDUCE: We have started up a craft box which is slowly filling with lots of toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes, milk bottle lids etc for us to re-use and re-purpose on a rainy day!
We are also trying to reduce the amount of car trips we take and making sure that when we do go out in the car, we do numerous errands at once to save going out again.

GREEN: Examining our water usage has been our green thing this month. Shorter showers and more efficient use of water in the veggie garden have been our main goals. 

GROW: We have an enormous amount of spinach and have also harvested our first crop of sweet corn, onions and some very interesting shaped carrots! A pruning of our rosemary bush saw us with lots of bunches to share with friends!

CREATE: Lots of creating being done for PattiCake Lane with new products to be released soon. Also managed to get my hands on some luscious magenta corduroy to make some thing for Mouse for winter.  

DISCOVER:Watched this fabulous documentary on Planned Obsolescence. Mind blowing stuff.

ENJOY: Watching my two beautiful children play together in the sandpit. Lots of giggling while covering their toes with sand.

How was your January?

Saturday, 14 January 2012

PattiCake Lane!

With all that has been going on in the past few months, I have forgotten to mention my new business adventure! Introducing...PattiCakeLane!!
It started with me making a few bibs for my sisters first baby and has developed into a facebook business.

 Baby Carrier Suck Pads

Feeding Bib

Square Feeding Bib

Flannel Wipes
 Crayon Roll

So far it has been challenging and liberating! I am full to the brim with new ideas and plans for new products! I am finding it to be a wonderful sanity saver and creative outlet. At the end of the day, this is something I really felt I needed to do for ME. So far, I'm very glad I did.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Finding our Rhythm

Daily Rhythm. The natural Eb and flow of our family life. Sometimes it's hard for me to let go of my preconceived ideas of what our day SHOULD look like...and surrender to what our energies NEED instead. When I let go, I find our days flow better. We still have things the need to be done (the washing, cleaning, cooking), but it seems as if these daily 'musts' just slide in to place a whole lot easier when I relinquish control. Some days I need to stop. take a step back. and ask this REALLY urgent? Can it wait 5 minutes? Is it more important then connecting with my kids? The answer is almost always no.

So as this new year begins, I am trying to focus on finding our family rhythm. I am listening to what my kids are naturally drawn to. It's been an interesting journey thus far. We've gone back to listening to music while we cook dinner. And we've found ourselves more relaxed, more silly and more connected. We have started saying 'yes' more. 'Yes' lets go to the park. 'Yes' you can play in the bath in the middle of the day. 

We are still trying to work everything into our day, and as life changes so to will our Rhythm. But right now I am enjoying the feeling of letting go and am excited to see where this takes us.


A year gone by...

3 Days Old

1 Month Old

2 Months Old

3 Months Old

4 Months Old

5 Months Old

6 Months Old

7 Months Old

8 Months Old

9 Months Old

10 Months old

11 Months Old

1 Year Old!!

Happy Birthday my beautiful December Child!! I feel so blessed to have watched you grow and change so much in the past year. You are feisty, tough and cheeky! I can't wait for all the adventures yet to come as you enter toddler-hood! xo