Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Crafting

Over the past few weeks we have really been getting in to the Easter themed craft activities.
Simple and easy and they all look fantastic when displayed amongst our home with all the decorations.

We used a printable found HERE and decorated these eggs with bits and pieces from our craft stash. ( I even had some egg wrappers from last year!!)

We used these sticker books (Coles for just a few dollars) and the Press Out book to create some goodies too!

We used the cute printable from Bianca at a little delightful to make gorgeous bunnies (I cut them all out , glued a button for a tail and they are on display and in frames around our home)

Angus loves to paint and make mess now too!

And also these cute chickens using another printable from a little delightful (thanks Bianca), the kids sponge and roller painted the chickens and then I cute their hand prints out of patterned card stock (then I can keep them )

So now we have a small flock of them adorning the linen cupboard doors.

And also these sweet chickens.
Just a circle face, some googly eyes and feather wings (I cut out tissue paper, serviette and small pieces of material and then the kids glued them on to the circle base to begin with ) The legs were great for practicing folding for the young kids.

And these are adding some cuteness to our boring Pantry door!!

A lazy Sunday activity from the Press Out Book (pictured above) a cute wreath that just needed to be glued, strung and hung. So sturdy too, so this will be added to the box and bought out again next year!

I have a few other activities prepped and waiting , but time is slipping away. Perhaps tomorrow or over the weekend!!

Have you been crafting?

More Easter Decor

I have finally managed some time to share the rest of our Easter decor around our home. As previously mentioned and it is certainly NO secret, Easter is a love of mine. The colours, the bunnies , EVERYTHING!!

So here is the rest of our Easter - y decorating.

Not forgetting some yummy milkshake treats (they always taste better out of bunny straws and cute mugs of course , these are from Woolworths)

The lack of posts is bittersweet really. It means I am too busy to do something I love, but also means I am busy being a Mum, crafting, baking and running around. So bitter sweet x

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A little Easter decorating

 I really love this time of year. Actually I love most of the celebrations seasons but the colours of Easter are just gorgeous. So I find it my weakness!!

I also love to decorate our home , and this year the kids are really into it!! They even cheered when the Easter storage box came out of the garage!!

So here is some of the decor from around our home at the moment.

And that's not all of it!!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the decor, and our Easter crafting activities so far! x

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Something's Gotta Give

I have been absent here of late.
I know I have had people wondering about my whereabouts.
I've had emails and messages to show that you care. And that you miss me.
Which in itself is quite overwhelming, and I feel so touched.

I have said it once, and I'll say it a hundred more times. But I have been busy.
Busy doing not much really.
Noooo , my days have been full, nights too! But when I think back to the past few weeks/ months. I don't feel a sense of achievement.
The kind I like to feel when I have been too busy to do the things I love, like blogging.

But if I am totally honest with you, which I always try to be (much to my detriment) , something just had to give in the past few weeks. And unfortunately it was this. Here. My happy place.

I have had the thumb slicing debacle, but you will be pleased to know ( or perhaps its just me) that everything healed super well. Took its merry time and is still very numb but the sensation may never come back.

I have also had an awful tooth ache for a few weeks (terribly neglectful of me I know, but I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for a few years now and never have anyone through the day to have all the kids) and ended up getting the culprit removed last Monday. Something I don't want to experience again in a hurry!!

I have been playing netball and basketball and just last week played in 2 prelim finals , winning one , losing the other so off to the Grandy for basketball this Friday!!

I have been trying to plan and organise rooms in our home. Getting quotes for new flooring. Researching and trying to find a suitable size desk for me to use for blogging/crafting/Project Life-ing for our room.

I have had a little princess that has not wanted to go to school. For the first time ever. Full time school is very hard to adjust to but things seem to be improving on the tears - in - the - morning front.

I have had a whiny , teething toddler and 2 nearly 3 year olds all competing for my attention and it has tested my patience and wing span!

I have celebrated a birthday, if you can call it that. I am now have 28 of the suckers under my belt!! argh

I have been working a fair bit, and even helped out my old apprentice to conduct and complete a hair show.

And last but not least.. I have been me. Liz. Mother, wife, chef, housekeeper and Master of all things Household. This gig of being a Mum, is not for the feint hearted!!

So , the crux of the story , if you are feeling a little snowed under. You are not alone.
If you feel like you are running around and getting nowhere fast. You are not alone.
If you look around your house and wonder what the hell happened?! You are not alone.
It seems we are all in this together.
And some days, even the things that you love most may need to be put on the back burner.
But that doesn't make you a failure, or a bad person, or mean you aren't coping!!
Just human
Sometimes somethings gotta give!!
But never fear, even when I don't have time or energy to write ,it doesn't mean my mind switches off. Perhaps that's my problem. I have a list of posts a mile long I want to write!!
I'll be back!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Plans and Changes

You won't believe your eyes!! A post from Liz! Thank you so very much for your encouraging messages and emails, I have always had thousands of ideas for posts running through my head. Just no time or motivation to carry through with them. And I think my head has been elsewhere. Namely on our house.

We have just made the decision, yet again, to stay in our home , instead of selling and building. We really have tossed the ideas around for years, had the house on the market a few times and always changed our minds and taken it off. I think we were trying to tell ourselves something and finally we have started to listen. I started to think about how I would feel if our house sold, and I got upset. I would be devastated. So that in itself was the only answer I needed to stay.

We have bought all our babies home to this house, we have built a family home and created some beautiful memories here and we have also made so many changes and improvements over the years that I really love the space we have made for our family.
Yes, we wish it were a tad bigger, a little more yard area, a few extra rooms but all in all, we love the design, finishes and we would just not be able to afford to replace everything if we were to build.

So..... now that we know we are staying, I have started to do all those things I have wanted to for ages. Place things on walls, get quotes for new flooring, add finishing touches to rooms that I had put off.

Here are a few things that I have been doing just this week;

Finishing and expanding Angus' photo wall in his room

Making some new pom poms for Stella's room, from Easter tissue paper from Woolworths

My poor gorgeous Easter buffet display has been swamped by drills and things waiting to be hung on the walls and given life.

The paper hanging I made for Angus' Christening party was finally put to good use in his room, above his cot.

And I have just started in the reorganising and redecorating of Max and Lacey's room. Unfortunately when they went into their room I was heavily pregnant with Angus and have never really had the time or drive to create a gorgeous space for them. I think the thought of a boy/girl shared room and the difficulties that come with it , really put me off. But I am on a mission now. So yesterday I swapped the bookcase for the small Expedit in between their beds and have, just today, hung the ribbon garland from Angus' First Birthday above it. I just added some pink and purple ribbon and its quite unisex  now. ( I just need Hubby to saw off the end of the dowel)

Small changes but it feels good. Big changes to come. Time, budget and planning. It will happen!!