Saturday, July 31
Friday, July 30
Thursday, July 29
I had some left over paint mixed up so I used the reverse transfer onto a white pillow case. I had planned to add some trim or decorative stitch (a masculine one) down the edges, but it is on his bed already and he loves it. He loves it and there is one less job to do!!
Tuesday, July 27
They probably need to be iced, and they don't rise a lot more than the mixture because all the rising happens when the lemonade mixes in. It kind of bubbles like an ice cream spider. They are cooked, and taste like and look like a sponge. I cook them as per the packets suggestion. My first batch were pretty sweet but the boys didn't complain. I have subsequently made another batch - this time in a loaf tin using ginger beer and it almost tastes like orange cake. Much better flavour. While this really isn't Master Chef or any fine dining experience, why I really like this concept is lots of the boys friends have severe allergies - anaphalaxis to eggs and dairy in particular. Assuming there was nothing ominous in the packet mix (which I need to investigate further) this could be a really cheap, quick and more importantly safe alternative for crappy celebration food for these kids. I don't think it is fattening, just really doesn't contain much 'food'
Sunday, July 25
Monday, July 19
I don't know why, but I feel a bit stale. It is hard to describe. I think I just need a bit of a change - in everything. I have got to a point where lots of things and people are making me angry. (No not you, other people) and I think I need a new attitude.
Sunday, July 18
Thursday, July 15
Monday, July 12
- The boys loved the giant hamburgers at third drawer down.
- For the musician in yuor family these notebooks are so cute at Record Attempts
- Cute brooches and necklaces by Love
- Of course I am a bit partial to the laser cut squirrels at bride&wolfe
Finally we headed down to the car park under Fed Square. This, terribly groovy, market was The Melbourne Design Market. Again this market was pumping. It was dark, the DJ was mixing and there were heaps of hip people. We only managed a quick circuit as all the boys could see was very groovy bottoms of all the people. Again I collected some cards from where I could. I didn't manage to get the one from the shuttlecock seat which I thought was brilliant.
- The funkiest bike bags and baskets - made me want to ride a bike just to have one.
- I love these little gadgets - for creating moveable photogalleries of 6x4 pictures sans frames. I just couldn't work out how many. I think I should put these on my wish list.
- Finally while not craft as much as clever design, I love this site and maybe will get to their shop in Little Lonsdale St, but that is another trip to the city!
Friday, July 9
A travesty of justice occured when one treasured Astro Boy t-shirt was not immediately located and was found spinning, helpless, out of control, in the washing machine. What was a shirtless Spencer to do!!!
He managed a regular plain tshirt, but for how long. How long would it take to wear his poor mother down with whinging and complaining and irregular tantruming. Obviously not long, and thanks to the power of google image, an appropriate picture was soon locateed, flipped using powerpoint and printed onto tshirt transfer paper. The green shirt removed from his body and still warm was placed quickly onto the iron board and picture ironed on and returned quicker than evil goosepimples could appear. Then supermum had to rinse and repeat - no just replicate for other child who was feeling left out. Then the two little superheros could go back to their lair - yes bottom drawers of a filing unit I am looking to move out....
Thursday, July 8
Wednesday, July 7
I am personally not a fan of the Toy Story movies, mainly because they seem to me to be about selling merchandise - more so than other similar shows. The characters are all toys - therefore you can easily replicate the movie at home. I had only seen the first one - at an old cinema in Gladstone Qld which seems like a million years ago - but the kids hadn't seen any of the previous movies. This situation I have since rectified and Benji in particular is loving being Buzz. This is his costume - orange stickers on his arms, an Ikea alien hat and his swimming backpack. There are skull gumboots that go with the ensemble but I don't have them pictured. At least he is using his imagination!!!
Tuesday, July 6
Monday, July 5
I have not done this before- the twins had an aversion to swimming and the idea of three of them overwhelmed me. No longer. I tackled my fear head on and we did it. No one drowned - or even came close to it for that matter. We had great fun in the play area and also in the hydro pool. Makes me think we could actually do a whole lot of things that I have been putting off because they were too hard. Game on.
Saturday, July 3
I know that sounds weird, but the Mac is packaged so beautifully that I want my life to be like tha. It is white with simple clear labeling in a soft grey. Minimallistic but not sterile and only the essentials. No extra bits - everything is essential, bare necessities, but each has its own special place. Even the instructions were in a little boxed compartment.
Anyone who knows me knows that this is not my natural state. I enjoy order, clean and tidy, and while I don't have a problem getting there - staying there is a major issue! So for now I will take baby steps and continue to learn from my lovely new computer - how to have all the grovy things you want and need wrapped up in a neat little parcel and try anyway I can to emulate it.