Monday, August 29, 2011

Now I just made it, I 'finished' you at last. . . . . . .

Don't-chya just love when something works?
Don't-chya just love when it looks and feels better than you thought it would?
I do.
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do. . . . . . . 
(yes, sung to Abba, notice the title of this post? - we are a little 'Abba-rish' tonight.) Actually I was a little bit MC Hammer earlier singing, not Hammer time, but choccie time - break it down.  *giggling* like a crazy lady.

This was made using the exact pattern instructions from Ravelry made by Heidi Hirtle.  Thanks again Heidi.  I just made this one longer and joined the ends for a loop-a-liscious lushness in blue.  I shall call you Jean.  

Jean has been sold.  I have a little page on facebook.  
It's called Just Joyce and you can check me out too if you want to.  I only started it up last night, so it's very brand new sort of new.  

 Have you made something lately that you just gotta share?  
You just can't conceal it, don't you see, can't you feel it?
Don't you too? I do, I do, I do, I do, I do. . . . . . . 

I would love to share another scarf in this pattern that I love.  Go check it out here just scroll down the page.  Don't you just love those colours!!

Come on, don't be shy, post it in my comments and I can come check you out too.  
Would love to see what you are making, so come on now, let's try it.

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today.
Have a wonderful day at your place.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Week 2011 - Saturday

Got a good book?
You know, as in a really good book, that is being used for book review/share
at school and needs protection?

Then make a dust cover.
We had a disposable paper tablecloth in the craft box.  Yes, it was in the craft box because I would use them when my boys did craft.  If you are lucky, op shops and garage sales have also had them, but like I said, if you are lucky.  I am guessing this stuff gets snapped up very quickly, especially when it is still in its sealed packaging.  

So you open out your tablecloth, grab a pencil and trace the real dustcover.

cut it out. 

and wrap it around your good book.

If your book does not have a dust cover, then just measure your book and cut one out.  

We are still reading The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda.  My voice is back now, so we can hopefully find out what happens next.  

Thanks for stopping by my place today.

Today is Saturday, we like reading on Saturday.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Book Week Breather - Friday

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

- Groucho Marx - 

No stories, no adventures, just a book week breather.
Be gentle on you.

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today.  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Book Week 2011 - Thursday

Mummy's read.

 If you are a Mumma that gets paid for the work you do - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma that when she steps on those little lego headlight pieces and goes *$#%@@!!!!*^%#$ (!!!) *ahem* - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma that doesn't get paid for the work you do - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma to one child, or many children - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma that likes watching clouds, but haven't done it for so long, you worry you may have forgotten how - you would like this book.
 If you are a Mumma that travels, or a Mumma that stays home - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma who can't remember the last time you visited the smallest room in the house without someone wanting you 'right now' or have someone in there with you - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma to boys - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma to girls - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma that likes chocolate - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma to messy children - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma who looks at the bathtub and says to it, 'I will fill you with pretty scented bubbles, surrounded by candles, with a glass of wine and favourite book and have you all to myself ONE DAY SOON' - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma to noisy children - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma to little arms that circle around your neck and make you melt - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma that doesn't know what to cook for dinner tonight - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma that has the phone number for the furthest boarding school you can find in the phonebook on a post-it note next to the phone and use that threat - you would like this book.
If you are a Mumma to the perfect child - you need to see a Doctor - a very special Doctor and then you need to get this book.
If you are a Mumma that wouldn't have it any other way - you would like this book.

This book belongs to a friend of mine, she has lent it to me to read.  I don't get alot of time to read for pleasure at the moment, but that will change very, very soon, and do I have lots of catching up to be done in the book reading for pleasure department!  

I like this book so much that I am going to get my own copy of it.  

Thanks for stopping by my place today.

Today is Thursday, we like reading on Thursday.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Book Week 2011 - Wednesday

Do you like book parades?  

We do.

It's a whole celebration of books at our place, there is a process we go through for character selection.

Here is how it goes.

The boys pull out a selection of their favourite books.  We then go through them, reading them leading up to book week, talking about the characters they like and why they like them.  They then select some possible characters they would like to be.  

This year is different for us.  This year Eggy is in Year 3.  Years 3 to 6 do not participate in the parade, they do a book review instead.  It's a bit sad, because dressing up in character brings the book alive!  Eggy was a bit sad too, but he is ok now.  I did tell him we can have our own parade here at home, but he said it's not the same.  I do tend to agree with him.  I was thinking today that next year, I might have a book parade party at our house, you know, just because, and do it on the weekend, because book week is a whole week you know!  We can do book invites for the neighbours to come dressed as their favourite character - who knows, they might just like that idea.  It could be lots of fun.  

So back to this years book parade. . . . It's also different for Minnie this year too.  Instead of going through his favourite books, he come home and knew straight away the character he wanted to be.  There was no maybe about it baby.  He was certain that he wanted to be Big and Bad and he wanted to do some Huffing and Puffing all about the place.  Oh well, there will be no book culling pile this year.  Minnie is onto it pronto!  Go Minnie!

Pencil and paper for very important planning.    

Cutting and measuring and making goes 'ahead'.  

Stepping back to take a look at progress.  

Hmmmm, looking rather hungry here.  So far, so good.  
Don't you just love the silver tooth fillings!  Hmmmm Mr Wolf, a visit to the denist it seems.  Perhaps he needs to brush his teeth a bit better in future!

In the lines of keeping it simple, simple it is!

If you look closely enough, you will see his tail which is the tail he wore last year here as Dingo in Wombat Stew.  I do love a bit of a recycle.  I am noticing a bit of a canine pattern emerging here too, hmmmm, yes, I certainly do.

Be afraid.

 Be   V.E.R.Y    a.f.r.a.i.d.

What a wonderful book week parade was had at school today.  The best part was, I am in Year 1 on Wednesdays, so I got to help the children get into character.  It was so much fun.  I spent the morning learning with Little Red Riding Hood, Ben 10, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, Pippi Longstocking, various princesses and fairies, Woody, pirates, The Saucepan Man, Sleeping Beauty, Where's Wally - that was soooo funny, the children kept saying 'Where's Wally - oh here he is!' and many more.  

I would just also like to share the fact that I became Aunty for the 8th time at 10.37pm last night.  Awwwwww a big welcome to the family to our newest little princess.  (xx)

Thanks for stopping by my place today.
Have a wonderful book reading Wednesday at your place.

 Today is Wednesday, we like reading on Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book week 2011 - Tuesday

I wanted to pile them in size order with the spines showing, all neat and orderly.

Minnie said no.

Minnie is reading one of his dinosaur books with his little mate Jacky tucked under his arm. 

Today is Tuesday, we like reading on Tuesday.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Week 2011 - Monday

Happy Book Week 2011.

 It's a Spot What book.  
It's an oldie, but a goodie.

Two little boys, hangin' out together - reading.

Today is Monday, we like reading on Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

a little bit of outside, inside.

 The weekend has been wet, 

the weekend has been blustery,

my little blooms were getting bashed outside,

so between drenchings, I raced about and cut some for inside.

I have little vases of freesia, lavender, and daisies sweetly
scenting our indoors.

I love flowers inside my house.  

 What are you loving at your place today?

Thanks so much for stopping by my place,
and have a wonderful book week at your place.
 Yes, it's book week this week and we are going to share some of our favourites with you during the week.  I would love for you to join in.  I would love to know what you are reading at your place.

Friday, August 19, 2011

b.r.e.a.t.h.e. . . .

Just living is not enough. . . . . . 

 one must have sunshine, freedom,

and a little flower.
- Hans Christian Anderson-

No stories, no adventures, just a quiet moment in a busy week.

Take one for yourself, don't forget to just 'be'.

Thanks for stopping by my place today.
Take care of you.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Scrappy Tails Scarf

Lots of odds and ends but not sure what to make with them?

Don't waste it.
Hook it.

This was made from lots of 5 ply scraps, blue ribbon and even kitchen twine features in this scrappy tails scarf.

I started by joining the ends of the scraps together, no matter how short/long, they got tied together and crocheted into the scarf.  Once I had finished, I intended to weave in all my ends, however, fell in love with the scrappiness of the whole scarf, so left it.  

I did make a scarf from the yarn my neighbour gave me which was donated to the hospital, however, didn't have enough to make another full scarf.  The smaller oddments have been taking up space and I didn't want to waste them.  When I finished this, I wasn't sure if it would be 'donatable' and not sure that your 'regular' person would enjoy wearing this, so decided to keep this one for me.  I really love it and have been wearing it quite a lot as it goes with pretty much everything I own.  Every single time I have worn it, I have been asked where did I get it, and how great it looks, which really surprised me, as it's not your average scarf type scarf.  

I am going to make more of these now to donate for sure.  Perhaps other people really would like to wear them too.  

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today, and thank you for all the lovely well wishes.  It's all systems go here this week at our place, just the way I like it.  

Have a great week at your place.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
-Winnie the Pooh-

Dear Pooh Bear - we love you.

Thanks for stopping by my place today.
Take care of your and yours.

Find some time to breathe.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Doctors are not funny!

I hope to be back real soon.  I cannot wait to catch up with you all at your places.  

It's been a busy few weeks with work and then a horrid virus descended upon us and we have been rather ugg and yick, and bleugh.  So many of my friends and their families have had it or are going through it now, it's really not very pleasant.

It seems rather wide spread too.  The tummy bug is apparently rampaging its way through parts of Melbourne.  Then parts of Sydney are hot spots for it, and up here on the Mid North Coast of NSW some classrooms are being halved in a day with kids in the office holding buckets with high temps, only to be fine in 3 hours time, but come crashing down again later that evening or the next day again.  Congested coughs and total body exhaustion and aching and swelling of joints is what I am hearing from the Mums and Dads, and it's not just a week of it either.  Some of the healthiest people I know have had it for 3 weeks.  

I didn't go to the Doctors, I knew what I had and I knew what he was going to tell me, and I really needed to stay away from as many people as possible.  Some of my friends had to go to the Doctors, because they needed certificates for work.  I just reckon they should have coughed on their boss, that would then prove their requirement for time to rest and time away from the airconditioner.

Doctors orders, sleep and rest.  Doctors are so funny aren't they, only problem is there is just no energy for laughing right now.  Sleep and rest they say, right so which of you Doctors is going to collect my kids and take them for the week?  huh?  Can't quite hear you!!  Hmmmm, thought so!

I know I have read that these sorts of viruses enter our bodies when we become run down, when we push and push and push ourselves way past the limit, but things just need to get done around the place, so we ignore the subtle signs and we keep going, that's just what we do.  Then BANG!  The downfall, our body tells us in no uncertain terms - ENOUGH JOYCE - ENOUGH.  So yeah, just let me get these things done will you, then I can rest, oh and after I get that done, the other thing there waiting for my attention. . . . . . .  NO JOYCE, STOP NOW.  This is where the bleugh comes in, it's the tummy bug - you have no other choice but to stop, there is nothing left in your body to keep going, you are out!

While your body is low, along comes the cough and the earache, why not they say, looks like there's a party going on over here, let's join in.  Great!  

The human body is certainly an amazing piece of work.  Bloody annoying at times, but still amazing.  

We are on the up and up here this week, lots of ginger tea, gargling of gross stuff, olive leaf extract, Manuka honey on toast and probably the most important one, early to bed.  What isn't done, will just have to sit tight til tomorrow.

So that is me and mine.  How are you and yours??

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today.  I do look forward to catching up with you all real soon.