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!

FELT!!

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!