Thursday, January 28, 2010

JR does Jam

I have an amazingly flexible husband. Whatever he turns his hand to (sports, furniture making, kindergarten teaching, public speaking, bee keeping, fathering, coffee bean roasting, etc etc) he does it exceptionally well and with amazing talent.
His latest venture has been horticulture. He's obsessed with his fruit trees - watering, pruning, grafting. The good thing about this is he is also interested in preserving the produce....which led to last night's "Date Night"...jam making!

I did the first lot. He did the second.
There was an intense thunder storm raging outside and the power threatened to go out a couple of times. Noooooo~~
He even rocked my Korean apron! (and yes, the time on the oven says 10:31pm, yawwwn!)

JAM!! 12 big jars so far (we ran out of sugar!)

As expected JR nailed it with the finesse of a pro.

Brilliant Idea

I'm sure I'm not the first person in the world to think of this but just to allow myself a pat-on-the-back I promise I didn't copy from anywhere *patsback*...and personally I think it is a BRILLIANT idea :) :)

...yep, betcha never thought of binding all those Welcome Baby cards together now did ya?? It's so darn tidy I relax just looking at it! :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

farewells on australia day

This dear, sweet, refreshingly hippie aussie came into our home and lives April last year when we found out we were pregnant (surprise!) with Danny Arlo.
Initially i didn't want the Hippie Aussie to be my midwife, i wanted the Other Hippie midwife who'd been with us for our two previous home births...but i'd messed up her new years the year before (waiting..and waiting...for monte to be born!) and i think her partner was Absolutely Never Ever Ever No Way going to let me near her at christmas time!!
so we ended up with Hippie Aussie Claire.
and she turned out to be pure gold. fair dinkum ;)
today was her last visit. we've become close friends and have mutually inspired each other. i'm really gonna miss her.
....and trying really REALLY hard not to think about this whole Pregnancy/Having-Babies journey being over. I've decided I'll indulge in the nostalgia of it all when Danny is about 3. yep - by then we'll be well and truly moved on!! (i hope!)

Friday, January 22, 2010


I surprised myself today. The Babymoon Fog cleared just long enough today to notice my other children. And not only that, but to offer to do something with them (gasp! i know...)
Surprise, surprise, we made softies....

Step 1: Draw a picture (in this case, a bee. Eyes to right, stinger to left)

Step 2: Transfer image to freezer paper, cut out, iron on then paint (santa hat, optional)

Step 3: Sew, turn through and stuff.

Step 4: Gleeeee~~ (and buzzzzz wildly around house "stinging" all family members!)






Then the Fog settled again.... :)

Monday, January 18, 2010


...the "Claire Doll"

I designed and made this doll as a thank you gift for my fantastic midwife, Claire (only one more visit to go, *sob,sob*). She is delightfully hippie, using words like "centering, energy, visualise" etc. I will really miss her visits.
And while I sat on the couch post-partum (missing my pre-partum blood) I made a couple of extras. They were supposed to be for my fledgling shop, but almost all of them seemed to have found their owners already :)


17 January 2010

yesterday was an awful day!

and i feel soo bad for even saying that because it was my sweet little boy's second birthday. i was consumed with pain from an abscessed tooth (again! seriously...). i have a whole new appreciation and respect for those who must live with constant pain. it is consuming and exhausting!

the two (pathetic) pictures we took of Monte's birthday "celebrations"~

And this is my "I've-been-to-hell-and-back-so-don't-even-go-there" look while holding $250 dollars worth of Sheer Agony tooth.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

A spade is....a spade.

The message in my facebook inbox went like this:

Okay, so it's day three of the breast cancer awareness status games. Thanks to all of you that have been playing so far! Copy and paste this email and send it to all the ladies on your friends list. NO MEN! This time we are going to post your shoe size followed by the word "inches" and a sad face :( This will really have all of the men asking questions!

First things first, how is this possibly raising awareness for breast cancer? this is nothing more than a (yet another) shoddily disguised attack on the intellegence (and physical competency) of our men. maybe it's because i have 3 sons now, or because i have a daughter who will marry a man one day that i suddenly cannot tolerate the constant cultural promotion of men as stupid.
no wonder we have a plethora of 25+ year old men who spend their time on play station and their money on mag wheels. we (women as a whole) don't seem to expect any more from them. oh, but we are the first to whinge and moan about the play station and mag wheels!
thanks to the feminist movement, it has become completely acceptable to brainwash our boys and men that they are dumb/never get it right/are thick/stupid/hopeless/useless. they live completely up to expectation!
if men are not allowed to be anything but drop-kick, dead beat blokes then surely that's exactly what they'll be? whinge, moan, where have all the "good" men gone.... they've gone because we've convinced them (and ourselves) that it is IMPOSSIBLE to have a good man! good+man just don't go together it seems!
can the feminist movement just move on please?? it's so 1970s. let's encourage our men to be great. to be leaders. to rise above what society expects of them. to be empathetic, considerate and self-controlled. to be noble and gracious.
for my own sanity, as a mother of 3 boys, i have to believe that they will become more than porn-addicted slobs. and, by the grace of God (and the fantastic example of their father - who, by the way, is a GREAT man), they will.

this cute little facebook gimmick as nothing at all to do with breast cancer and everything to do with making our men feel stupid and incompetent. you won't be seeing a "9+inches+sad face" in my status update because i respect my 4 boys way too much.
besides, surely it'd be more beneficial to raise money for breast cancer research than to raise awareness?


Friday, January 15, 2010

Birthday Wishlist

All I want for my birthday is....a few (quite a few!) books...these are the list-toppers so far:

1. Etcetera - Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love - Sibella Court
The presentation and photography in this book is exquisite.

2. Paris: Made by Hand -Pia Jane Bijerk

3. World Sweet World subscription
I had a chance encounter (destiny??) with this new lil NZ gem while waiting for JR in a bookstore in Rotorua. I fell hard. While online tutorials and blogs are fantastic, there is something necessary and right about hands holding paper.

4. The Mission of Motherhood - Sally Clarkson
I'm regularly mortified at how easy it is to slip into "survival" parenting mode and lose sight of everything I long to be as a mother. I often need reminding, inspiring, encouraging. This book sounds like just the pep talk I need to begin a new year.

And of course we heart goodbooksnz - cheap (as!), free shipping and profits go to oxfam. oh yes, we heart goodbooksnz!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Birthday Season Treats

Besides Danny Arlo (who's obviously only just had his birthday), we are all about to have our birthdays within the next few weeks. It's party season for us!! amazing, generous older sister surprised us today with tickets for ALL 6 of us to fly down and visit them at their home near Tuatapere (otherwise known as "The Very South of the South Island" ). So excited! Although we often see them, we haven't been down to see them at their home since I was about 6 months pregnant with Ty in 2005. Of course, Jada thinks it's just the cats pyjamas that she has a ticket with her very own name on it! :)
i <3 my sisters!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Twenty10 Resolutions

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

1. LISTEN to my children
3. Parent with GENTLENESS and KINDNESS
4. Begin fewer sentences with "DON'T..."
6. Find more mothers who ENJOY their children
7. Get AMONGST it!
8. Catch up with JR REGULARLY

1. Create a FACEBOOK PAGE for Tiny Eyes
2. Wear more DRESSES
3. Make FRIENDS with my HAIR
4. ..............................................
6. ........................................

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Oh so super super excited!

JR is getting me this in honour of our 4 kiddos (and of the mammoth part I played in bringing them forth of course!)

Sara of Walk Slowly, Live Wildly is doing a Lisa Leonard jewelry giveaway and as soon as I saw this charm necklace I knew it was perfect for our now-completed *fingers firmly crossed behind back* family.
yayyayyayyay me ~~

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Speed (up)Date

I would venture to suggest that if you can have Speed Dating, you can surely be allowed to have Speed UP-dating??
Here's how it's done:

1. Happy New Year! 2009 was very good to our family. Topping the list of highlights was this wee fellow (dee-lish!!) Here's hoping 2010 has the same benevolent disposition.

2. Thanks to some fantastic Chinese herbs (made up of Who Knows What) - courtesy of my midwife's partner - I feel great even though I'm still missing about 1/3 of my blood (I miss my blood!)

3. My days of baby-mooning and swooning on the couch, while being waited on hand and foot, are already distant memories (I miss swooning on the couch!)

4. JR only has one more day on holiday....this has a number of ramifications, the most terrifying is that I will be flying SOLO with FOUR (count em!) kids.....

5. I intend to post my resolutions/goals for 2010 in the next few days

6. BIG BIG BIG shop update coming...I have designed a new doll that I totally *heart*'s sneak peek: