Saturday, April 30, 2011


So I'm sitting at home on a Saturday evening and it got me thinking about my house,
it probably doesn't help that I have Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's song "Home" stuck in my head (it's just so catchy!). One of the reasons I started this blog was to document the renovations that were taking place, however they are on a bit of a standstill at the moment while we are saving for the grand job of re-piering our house, you've seen our new fence and vegetable patch but there are many other things that need to be done. Toby did do a little fix up in the bathroom today with re-sealing the tiles but thats not all that exciting. With all this said I really do love our house, some things I love about it include: the family connection, Toby's great Grandfather Built it (we had no idea), it's 99 year's old  (i think we may have a birthday party for it next year), it's location, the yard (and the puppies that live in it), the fruit tree's that are older than us, the arch in the hallway (even with it's chip), the high ceilings, the fireplaces, it's comfyness, our art and photo's on the walls, it's crack, it's potential, the sunroom and most of all that I get to share it with a beautiful boy,  it's definitely a home!   

Ahh, Home
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I’m with you
La la la la, take me Home
Baby, I’m coming Home
Amy xo

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Loooong Weekend

Of all the long weekends I've had this must be the longest.... I don't remember there ever being a five day weekend. Since ANZAC day fell on Easter Monday we got an extra day off today and it was lovely. This long weekend falls at the end of the school holidays so for me it really does feel extra long. ANZAC day is special around here as well as it was my late Grandfather's birthday, he was also a world war two veteran and I miss him very much. Our weekend was spent visiting family, eating eggs, drawing a little, afternoon naps, going on a little picnic with the pups, catching up with a few special friends and alot of time was spent relaxing!

ANZAC day makes me think about how grateful I am to live in this beautiful Country and those that made the ultimate sacrifice to make it the way it is. It also makes me think about what else I am grateful for:
Toby, Family, Friends,
Pets, Education, Music, Books,
Handmade, Dreams, Coffee,
Cupcakes, Cardigans &

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone.
I hope that the Easter bunny was kind to you all.
He left me some freckles!
I've spent Easter morning on the couch with my boy I think it's time to rise and head on a picnic! I hope you all have a very lovely Easter

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ciao Kirra

My dear friend Kirra has been fortunate enough to land herself a permanent art teaching job on the North coast Congratulations beautiful lady! On Thursday us Uni gal's had a little farewell dinner for her and she gave us these beautiful lino prints that she made!

I can't wait to get it framed and hanging on my wall

I love it Kirra, all the best up North

Mini Break

This last week Toby and I went away to my sister's caravan at Stockton Beach, we pitched a tent on their sight and camped for three nights. During high school my family spent every easter there so it was nice to head back (some 8 years later...eek) I somehow managed to do not alot, Toby spent alot of time fishing, these are some of the things we did get up to

Flying Kites

Read my 2 favourite magazines which conveniently came out while we were away

Built (and destroyed) sandcastles

Piggy Back rides on the beach at Sunset

Multiple trips to the park

It was lovely to hang out wih my family,
 I'd say we'll be heading back up to visit them in our last few days off.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Girls Night In!

As the weather was completely rainy and miserable yesterday I as happy to be celebrating my good friend Liss's 26th Birthday In! She (like me) loves games, so a games night it was! We played my favourite, Absolute Balderdash, and a quick round of Uno.

Did I mention the amazing Roast she cooked us! It was magnificent! And her adorable kitten Roco kept us entertained he's a cutie!

Happy Birthday for Tuesday Liss xoxoxox

Fresh Flowers

Nothing beats having fresh flowers in the house!
We had heaps left over from the baby shower so I've had a week with these
 beauties on my dining room table.

I just put a small bunch of Roses in a Grolsch bottle.
 I like it when Toby occasionaly drinks Grolsch beer as I love the bottles.
Sadly Today I only have one mixed bunch left! Hopefully Toby will buy me some flowers soon (I'm not getting my hopes up)

What's your favourite type of flowers?

Amy xo

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jessica's Baby Shower

On Sunday I hosted my lovely 'one day to be' sister in law's baby shower. I found out that I really love planning and hosting parties and what a better party to plan then a baby shower where we get to goo and gaa over beautiful baby things. Jessica is due on the 21st of June & I've wanted to share plans on here but she reads my blog and I didn't want to spoil the surprise for her. I have been inspired by many blogs so I will share links where many ideas have come from.

I was inspired by Taza's from Rockstar diaries invites they were the coolest I'd ever seen
Jessica's were fun to make, I love bunting I used Vintage fabric purchased from thriftypyg and sewed it onto the invitations with my new sewing machine (thanks santa) that I had printed at officeworks, I think they look pretty sweet.

Jessica and Dean are not finding out the sex of the baby so instead of the traditional Blue and Pink's we went with a multicoloured theme for the shower, I made lots of paper pom pom's for decor. The shower was held outside so we set up a shade and hung pom pom's as a centerpiece, and from my pine tree.

I wanted to have some unique games, we started with an ice breaker where if froze plastic babies purchased on ebay in ice, the first person for their water to 'break' wins.

The most beautiful shower game I found on Dandee. I made felt heart pins and placed them in a Jar and directed guests to take out a heart and pin it on there shirt and say there name, how they know Jessica and what they think of motherhood. It was very sweet even a couple of tears.

Another lovely activity I found on Dozi was painting dolls for Baby Campbell, being arty I thought this was the perfect activity, I found the wooden dolls on Etsy from iUsedToBeATree 

I also painted a blackboard where we paid $1 to have a guess on what day Jessica will have the baby and what sex it will be. The winner takes all.

Two hours into the shower the clouds turned grey! it started to Rain

So we headed indoors and Jessica began opening her presents,
and boy was she spoilt. Her friends gave her the lovliest gifts. Below is a blanket my mum made her, i think my mum's pretty clever :)

This is what I got for her a beautiful skunkboy creatures custom doe head, Baby Campbell's nursery is going to be woodland themed so it matches perfectly. Katie from Skunkboy creatures is oh so talented I have a few of her pieces. You can visit her blog here or her etsy store here.

We were pretty cosy indoors and ate some lovely sweets made by Jessica's mum Kay, Casey and myself. This is the cake Kay made, she's also a clever mum.

When the shower wound up the guests left with these gorgeous cookies from hello naomi, I've eaten mine they taste amazing! I placed them in cello bags and made a thankyou swing tag out of cardboard and I used my sewing machine to sew a felt heart onto it.

It was a great day for a gorgeous girl who in two months will have the most wonderful gift of all
"Two Lives, two hearts, joined together in friendship, united forever in love" 

Thanks for letting me plan your shower Jessica I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did

Book Club Review

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

My Bookclub has been meeting for over a year now, we read a book a month and meet every 4 weeks to discuss (and catch up), last month was my selection and I chose "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

It was a really interesting book based in Mississippi in the 1960's during the civil rights movement. I always loved that part of history at school so it was right up my alley. Skeeter a 20 something white amateur journalist wants to write a book about the treatment and job's black help endured in white households, of course during that time it had to be by secret and the story unfolds with a little bit of love, laughter and lots of heartache, let's just say I'm not going to eat a chocolate pie for quite some time. Stockett's style of writing was unique and I really liked it. 

My bookclub rated this book 8/10
I highly recommend it

Some other recommendations I would make from our club are,
"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen
"Jasper Jones" by Craig Silvey
"The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons
"The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's in my Handbag

I was reading Emma's blog a few days ago and she did a "what in my purse" post I thought it was cool, it's always interesting having a look into people's lives through their handbags so here's mine

First off my bag is from Mimco and was a
Christmas gift from Toby's mum, she buys great presents
Inside you would find:

1.the book I'm reading James Patterson's 'First to die',
2. my planner, from Kikki K
3. a cute pen that looks like a pencil, from Borders (Thanks Yvette)
4. My glasses and perscription sunglasses (I can't leave the house with those),
5. my camera, (Canon Ixus80i5)
6. keys, work and personal
7. deoderant, (something I don't usually carry but after playing sport at school last week it will stay in there)
8. eclipse mints, (no more gum as it spread through my entire bag a few weeks ago)
9. a chap stick, a benefit and napoleon lipgloss, I hate dry lips. 
10. My Mimco purse
11. and of course my iPhone which I used to take the picture.

Amy xo
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