Sunday, May 29, 2016

Travel: Gold Coast Day 1

I thought it was about time I posted about our family holiday to the Gold Coast, after all, it has been 6 months since we went.

I found a cheap package through the Discover Australia website and for just under $470 each person, we were flying to the Gold Coast from Sydney and staying for 7 nights at Q1. Bargain.

The drive up to Sydney was very uneventful and we get to the airport really early. We board the flight and off we go. Just over an hour later, we arrive at Coolangatta and we are ready to start our week away!

We pick up our hire car for the week, a Mitsubishi ASX, and load up for the drive to the Gold Coast. We find Q1 purely because it's so big and you can see it from afar.

We arrive and check in. We end up on level 41 and we have a beach facing room. Not bad for such a bargain! The room is so much bigger and better than I thought it would be!

The views are spectacular, from all directions! The beach, the canals, the city. I could just stand around and look out the windows for hours.

We go into Surfers Paradise to find some dinner and pick up a few essential supplies. We end up choosing teppanyaki at Zushi. This is the first time the kids and I have been to teppanyaki and we are so excited... until we start having food thrown at us! Amy was a little scared whenever the chef threw the eggs! Of course I ended up wearing a raw egg. Oh well, it's all part of the experience, right?

And that's our first day. I'm still excited writing about this trip, even after all this time!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Quilt: Baby Blanket

One of the people at my work is having a baby, well, not him, but his wife is. I may have been a bit tipsy when I suddenly declared "I'm going to make a quilt!'

With only a couple of days left of annual leave, I got to work! I pulled out all the fabric and Steve was not liking my choices. He said 'well, it's not going to win any shows'. He was right. The way I had laid out the fabric was a bit much. So, with a bit of white fabric, I ended up creating the top in one night.

Hey there, Sally!

I ended up quilting concentric triangles on the 60/30 degree line. I found the cutest dog flannelette fabric at Spotlight, that seems like it was made especially to go with the range I used. Which reminds me, after three quilts, I am now officially out of that fabric! I've got a real thing for stripes on the binding at the moment, so some grey striped just finished it off nicely.

Now let's just hope we've guessed right and it's a boy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Project Life: Week 3

Huh. Who'd have thought I'd have lasted this long? Not me, to be honest. I am really enjoying the simplicity of it. I don't have to worry about finding the perfect card or putting on the perfect embellishment. I'm also writing more as I can fit more on each card. I'm also loving how quick and easy I can record our memories.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day to day: more photos

Can you believe how fast this year is going?! Here's another batch of photo a day photos.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Project Life: Week 2

I haven't bought a lot of the kits. I've mainly stayed within the same colour ranges. So far I have Coral, Jade, Just Add Color, and Kraft. And for some reason I have Midnight, School, and Strawberry, but I don't remember buying them. Anyway, I'm mainly sticking to the first couple I mentioned.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Scrapbooking: Cricket

I created this layout at the end of last year for Scrap the Girls. It's about time I shared it!! The layout is about Cricket, the miniature horse that we once had at a party, who now lives with us. :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Day to day: Photo a day

Another lot of photo a day photos. I'm finding that having the list as the background on my photo is a constant reminder to take a photo. It's a quick and handy reference too. I don't remember who posted the idea on Facebook, but thank you. :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Project Life: Week 1

I have had the PL app since it first came out but not having the best eyesight, I always thought it was too much trouble than it was worth. When my phone contract was up, I decided to get myself the iPhome 6 Plus. No more blurry screens. :)

I was sitting on the couch watching TV when I thought I'd have another look at the app. It took a little bit to work out what I was doing and how to do it, but I got there in the end. So much so, that I've decided to try and keep up this year and complete a project life 'album'.


And if I finish it, I think it will do quite nicely printed out as a coffee table book.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Day to day: Hello there 2016

Ok, so we're almost a full month into 2016 and I'm only just getting around to posting my first entry of the year... Can I say I've been busy? I decided to do summer semester at uni and it really has taken up a lot of my free time. That and tv.

We took our annual ringing in the new year photo.

I'm also having s crack at the photo a day challenge (I'm aware of how many failed attempts I've had). I do like looking back over these snippet photos and remembering the little things or moments.

With continuing my studies this year, I'm sure I'll remain time-strapped, but hopefully there will be the occasional  post here and there about crafty things and fun times.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Scrapbooking: Remember

December is almost over and I'm only just getting around to sharing my Scrap the Girls layout.
I loved the colour combo, but I was struggling to find photos that matched! Even if aqua is my favourite colour!

In the end, I found this photo and it ended up fitting the board perfectly. Aqua (kind of) - check. Red - check. Butterflies - check.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Day to day: Canberra Trip

I decided to take the kids to Canberra for the October long weekend (I know, I'm behind on my posts!)

We had seen many an ad on TV advertising Mephisto at the Australian War Memorial. I thought it would be a good opportunity to see it as well as see Floriade.

We headed to the city centre to catch a bus to Floriade, but we had just missed it and we had to wait 25 minutes for the next one, so we decided to hop back in the car and head to the war memorial.

It was super busy. But we found what we were looking for:

I haven't been inside the memorial for many years so I was surprised with how much it has changed. They have an interactive area for the kids taking them through each war. The kids got to check out a helicopter so they were happy.

And of course, we placed our poppy as close as we could reach to my great-uncle who died in the Vietnam War.

Then we headed on over to the city centre again and realised we were close enough to walk to Floriade and we didn't need the bus after all!

So, what can I say about Floriade? There were lots of flowers.

Some props to take strange photos:

I don't ask, I just click. And then, there were some more flowers, this time with water.

And there were even fake flowers coupled with powerful messages:

And just for good measure.... some more flowers!

Ok, so I was a little underwhelmed for an event that people rave about. Maybe if we hadn't gone on such a busy day, we may have been able to go on the Ferris wheel and appreciate the flowers a little more. I don't know. But, I do know that I never need to go again. Unless they bring out something new and shiny, and I'm not talking about another mirrored Reflection wall.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Scrapbooking: Love You

This month's challenge over at Scrap the Girls is a sketch challenge. Make sure you pop over to check it out.

I'll admit, sometimes these sketches stump me when they have flowers and things on them, even though I know I don't have to use flowers. Forest through the trees and all that.

Anyway, after much procrastinating, I finally came up with this:

My little baby Amy. So sweet.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Craft: Pallet Chicken Coop Part 3

It seems I hadn't taken as many photos of the coop being built as I thought I had.

We had a couple of bits of tin left over from building our shed, so we had roofing material. As you can see, we just straight boarded the back wall. We added boards across the top. The gaps are for ventilation (just kidding, we were being lazy builders). Although coops do need good ventilation. ;)

We hoisted the coop up onto a couple of besser blocks to give the chickens some protection from the sun and rain. I painted it using an exterior paint that matches the colour of the house and shed roof. I wrecked my favourite jumper too, by getting paint on myself.

There is absolutely nothing fancy about this coop at all, despite all my grand plans. But, it's functional and the hens don't seem to mind it.

We tried to dig the fence down into the ground, not very successfully, but have since been told that it's better to dig out horizontally anyway as critters will dig close to the fence line and just get chicken wire. I'm sure that between the dogs and locking them away each night, we should be safe enough anyway.

There's a hatchery close to us, so I went out after work and bought our new Isa Brown hens.

There's Gimpy, she's the one sitting down. She has a funny turned in leg, so of course we love her the most. The other two are identical and I can't tell them apart so they are called Chookies.

The floor has a layer of straw down now. I was finding too many cracked eggs and it's actually easier to keep clean as they crap on the straw. I then use the straw around the fruit trees.

And the very next day we had an egg. Success.

And then that weekend I had breakfast.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Scrapbooking: Amazing

October's challenge for Scrap the Girls (I know, I'm a month late) was based on a mood board. I really liked the variegated wooden wall and decided to use that as the basis for my layout.

Lucky I keep all those little scraps of paper that normal people would throw away, so it was quite easy to find bits of cardstock that would work.

I had bought a set of Stampin' Write markers from Stampin' Up as my 10 year old Zigs are starting to give up the ghost. I did not know you could stamp with those suckers! I can now stamp in mulitple colours without effort! Awesome.

So, I really liked this layout and the Illabo Show was approaching, so I decided to enter my quilt that I had recently finished (blog post to come) and a couple of layouts. My quilt bombed, but my layout won the Crafts with Paper section!

Mine were the only layouts entered. There were some cards and even a paper mache giraffe.
The show was only quite small but we stayed most of the day. Luke participated in the footy throwing comp and he won! A blue ribbon and $10!

We also watched a lot of dogs running around, both in the working categories and the show categories. We, of course, had to stay to watch the corgis. We also got to see the tractor pulls and check out some of the old tractors.

Then we stayed to watch the miniature horse trots, because we are now the owners of a miniature horse, but that's another story for another day.

It was just a great day getting out in the sunshine and spending time together.
And getting to eat a dagwood dog.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Craft: Pallet Chicken Coop Part 2

So all the way back here in May, I started the idea of building a chicken coop out of pallets.

Because it would be cheaper, right? Not really.

Sure, I got a trailer load of pallets for free from the local horse supply store (of course when Steve wasn't home so he couldn't say no. ;))

But then, you actually have to pull the things apart. And by pull, I mean going out and buying a $150 saw to cut through the nails.

Truth be told, I got really good at it in the end (Steve was still refusing the idea at this stage) and I could dismantle one in about 5 minutes flat.

I ended up with a giant wood pile (which Steve thought would make great firewood.)

I drew up some plans based on some I found online. I was all set to start building.

Then after a day out with my sister, I come home to find this.

Totally not how I had planned it, but since I finally had Steve on board, I didn't care.

I did try to help with the build though.

And I helped to work out the annoying bits.

I can now add the circular saw and the reciprocating saw to my list of tools I can use. Together we came up with this.

And it sat like this in our backyard for an embarrassing long time (2 months!)

Because we couldn't be bothered to work out how to make the nesting boxes that stick out of the coop for easy egg collecting access.

Spoiler alert: we board it up and just put nests in the coop. It gets finished pretty quickly after that (next post coming as soon as I download my photos).