Wednesday, October 1

Floriade 2014

I headed off to Floriade last Friday. It was the last chance I had to go while the Kids were at School, so I took it! Enjoying the flowers at my own pace without the children bombarding me with requests for food and rides was lovely. The day was warm and grey.

These beautiful flowers were quite happy to pause and pose prettily for photos. Many ohhs and ahhs could be heard as they approached

This Passion for Family bed was popular with lots of people stopping and standing in the frame work of the people to get a photo taken. There were multiple frames all around this area,

Some of the little details took my fancy like these pots with Jasmine cascading out, I think they would be a beautiful addition to a wedding setting. Oh and I just adore the horseshoe Pears! There seemed to be quite a few Preschoolers there on Friday and I found all those little people walking in their lines such sweet and endearing groups.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek through my eyes, I really don't have too many words to go along with my experience this year but I hope my photos tell the story without need for too much explanation.

Monday, September 29

Weekly Wrap up 28.09.14

Good Morning!  It is a Public Holiday here in Canberra, we have the third child in residence and School Holidays have begun.

When I was in full time employment My planner format was a day on two pages, this has always been my preference. I have started to find that this is not a format that works well for me now I work at home, so I'm trying a drastic size adjustment and going to a week on two pages. I'm also enrolled in a Studio Calico planner class that I hope to glean some new ideas and/or techniques from, I'm quite interested in bullet journaling as something that might work for me.

I'm spending so much time outside now Spring is without a doubt happening as the blossoms start to fall and my world turns its various shades of green again. The tranquil, lush, calm inducing greens! There is so much to do in the garden and not enough hours. On Friday, the last day of School, I took the opportunity to have a date with my Camera and we headed off to Floriade, I will share that here in the next few days, it was beautiful as always.
Our Possum is most certainly back in residence this spring, sleeping in her tree every second or third night. She is quite happy to eat the new growth of some of the trellised roses that reach the roof line while I chat to her and watch. It doesn't bother me that she has taken a liking to those little red tips she can reach, there are plenty of roses here and I'm happy to share the garden with the wildlife - though the snakes and rats I could live without!

There was not much paper play this week with my Girl home sick for the first half of the week and everything else going on. Last night I finished the first sleeve of the baby Cardigan! Almost done now, I am so ready to start crocheting again!  We had a  long Car trip Saturday to collect the eldest Child and bring him back here for the week. We met a sweet little puppy ion the way. I'm planning a Holiday Tidbinbilla visit and looking forward to two whole weeks free of School lunches, rushed mornings, home work and school runs!

Have a great Day!

Wednesday, September 24

Reorganising Kitchen Cupboards

I decided a change was in order!
When we first moved into this home I was so thrilled with all the storage.  Two double pantry cupboards and under bench cupboards meant we had almost twice as much kitchen storage space as what we had in our old house and I spread everything out and enjoyed the space, and that's the way it stayed.

 In my de-cluttering process I look at things in terms of them being worthy of their place, space or accessibility.  When we first came here the children were younger and needed things like Cups and plates to be low so that they could reach them and I was thrilled to realise plastic storage containers no longer needed to be in the lowest space ready for sticky, curious little fingers. Now they are significantly taller and we were all bending to put away dry dishes or get ourselves a drinking glass.

This is how it looked when I started The party basket contains streamers, party hats, candles for cake, any picnic ware and colourful napkins. etc ... Party stuff. :) However as this only is used a couple of times a year I deemed it not worthy of that huge space allocation at that level.
The other big thing I was thinking was that my plastics could be nested rather than stacked and while I use them often they really don't warrant that space allocation or position, it could be used in a way that was more valuable. Then how about all that stuff I rarely use? does it deserve to be in an easily accessible freely accessed space?

What I changed:-
From the top down :-

1. I just tidied and rearranged the top shelf a little its at almost ceiling height so I see it as a good storage spot, I cant see what's at the back if I'm standing on the floor. Next to my preserving jar stock pile are some a serving plates.
2. The party supplies condensed down into that tiny cardboard box so easily! Then I have glass ware that I use semi regularly and my favourite ( rarely used ) Dinner set with teapot and creamer. This gets a place here as I deem it beautiful and so it is of more value to me if I can at least see it, which may encourage me to use it sometimes :)
3. This shelf is now for Jam making supplies and Pyrex cooking and storage pieces.
4. I kept my Baking bits and bobs here - Mixing bowls, measuring jugs, paper cases ... 
5. So where all that plastic used to be is now the home of our Crockery and drinking glasses.
6. I really just tidied up and reorganised this one.  My 'lunch box' box works well here and the space suited other plastics that we use quite regularly, mainly some big storage pieces that would not fit on the lower shelf.
7. Lastly, way back down at the bottom again, are all the plastic storage containers, nested in the basket! with other pieces that have rounded sides next to it. The basket makes it easier to pull out and grab what you need. Its certainly not as convenient as it was previously but it works.

I have since modified this a bit and added a couple of stacking shelves to the crockery and pyrex spaces.

What I didn't realise when I moved all of this is that I ended up with pretty much everything we use on a daily or weekly basis to one area. Pots and pans have their own space and Tea cups are over by the kettle. It works quite well. The remaining 'barely used' things are now in an under bench corner cupboard. I'll go through it again at some time in the future with a tougher 'throw away, put away, give away' mentality.

 Gosh that was a big long one, wasn't it! Congrats if you made it right to the end. I hope you liked this peek into my cupboard, its not  especially pretty or the sort of thing I typically post, though I hope it might get you thinking about how you use your space and if there is a way to make it work better for you!

Sunday, September 21

Weekly Wrap Up 21.08.14

I'm popping in again today for what seems to be my once a week appearance here at the moment. Today's post is super short and sweet. Life rolled on in the manner I am accustomed to with washing, messy house dishes cooking and all those mundane moments that we are quite privileged to have in light of current world events.

The weather has been mostly delightful and the garden is showing me new things every day! My short post today come courtesy of a huge pile of Forrest litter Mulch and an ever growing army of lush green weeds waiting for me. The Mr. is working wonders in the back garden while I tackle some beds at the front, hand weeding the grasses out, then go sift through what he has ripped out and retrieve any bulbs and irises. 

My nasturtium seeds sprouted and I can't describe how much this pleases me! I love nasturtiums and have such poor luck with them growing and surviving. I think perhaps its that our summers are too hot and dry.

The weeks mundane cycle was punctuated with so many lovely things in addition to the Spring garden. Paper creations, surprise happy mail, a couple of home made Pizzas, a lovely girly catch up with a friend, some baking, an amazing School art show and a sick day. I shut down my Twitter account and Facebook fan page and hope this allows me to create more blog content and waste less time online.

 Our Biggest Punctuation mark was the decision to add a canine to our family! We have done a bit of research and had some discussions and decided on a breed that is a good match for our family. Now we are doing some additional research into the 'how to' and 'how much'! Everyone already loves the currently non existent Puppy so much! Its a bit ridiculous, in a good way!

Happy Sunday Sweet readers! I hope you are able to find something good in your day!

Sunday, September 14

Weekly Wrap Up 14.09.14

Hello Lovely Peeps, Happy Sunday!
I hope you are enjoying your season as much as I am. Spring is delighting me. :)

I don't really have a lot to say today. I'm pulling in to myself a little more than usual and playing catch up with the house work. I'm not feeling overwhelmed, just being practical about where I allocate time today and pulling my energy reserves inward where I need them to get things done. 

This week was quite big for me emotionally as I went back to the old hometown for my Uncles funeral. Sad for me though seeing the anguish of my much love Aunty,  Cousins and their respective families was ... well I can't even think of an appropriate word here ... 

Afterwards me all met at a local place and I can honestly say that room was filled with love. I met some of my Nieces for the first time and caught up with extended family I had not seen for up to over 20 years. A lot of Big Hearty Supportive, love filled hugs were shared.

If you are reading my Pictures along with my words you will see I got some new stamps this week, two packages actually, one arrived unexpectedly promptly; and am still knitting the sweet Baby cardigan for my Niece.
There is a thick fog here this morning and I'm ready for a Cup of Tea, well its actually another cup of Tea if I'm honest.

Every Day might not be good, but there is something good in Every Day! Enjoy it

Sunday, September 7

Weekly Wrap up 07.09.14

Hello Sweet Readers! I don't have a lot to say this week as it just seemed to disappear before my eyes!
It was a week laced with Nostalgia and contemplation after an Uncle, who featured predominately in my younger years, passed away.

Spring is absolutely evident now each morning as I look out the kitchen window the fruit blossoms are bigger and brighter and the little peeks of green and red leaf grown are in the very early stages. Birds are busily gathering nesting materials. In the potting shed my Lettuce and Mizuna are getting big and the spinach and Asian greens look strong. Herbs are happy and Tomatoes are starting. Though I did buy three established seedlings before I found the volunteers in the pic above.

I'm still loving my pocket Scrap booking and gathering supplies, trying not to get caught up in the new product hype and 'must have' fervour surrounding it, though its hard not too when its such lovely glitter, gold foil and colour magic products. An instagram friend really helped ground my thoughts on this by reminding me that my family will have not a care what products I use on my pages, they will be interested in the memories and moments captured.

I've started the second front panel of the baby cardigan and am happy with my progress considering I only really work on it in the evening after dinner. 

Its fathers day today, Our gifts have been presented, The Sun is shining and spirits are high.
I'm off to enjoy this day with my Family, have a great Sunday!