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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Easy pom pom trim scarf. DIY


The arctic blast has hit the east & southern coast of Australia! So it is time to break out the scarves. This is a quick & easy scarf to make. You could make this out of a remnant that you have in your fabric stash. Or even a vintage scarf from an op shop. Because pom pom trims make everything cool again! This scarf is best made with a fabric that has a bit of drape/fluidity to it. It's light weight & great if you feel a bit claustrophobic with a big bulky scarf. I know I do!

All you need is......


You don't even need to overlock or edge the fabric if you don't want to. But if you do, that's fine by me. You simply just sew the pom pom trim to the edge of your square.


See, I told you, EASY!!
That's all there is to it.


Then just fold your scarf in half to make a triangle. On the long edge, tie a knot. 


Throw it over your head & you have a new super cool scarf!


From Jos with love. xx

Monday, 13 July 2015

Hello Monday. 13th of July 2015

Hello Monday! 

Hello quiet house! The kids are back at school. Hip hip hooray! Now my house will stay clean longer than 10 minutes. 

Hello arctic blast. We are having a real winter today. It's windy, it's cold and I have socks on! About 4 hours drive from here it is snowing. I have never ever seen snow in real life. Nor do I really want to. I am someone who likes it hot, hotter & even hotter. My husband on the other hand was born in NSW & grew up having snow every winter. He keeps telling me that he wants to take me back to his home town while it's snowing. I told him to have a nice time while he is there. I am not going! 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Taking stock.

Making : A crochet blanket for my niece. She will be turning 8 in a few months so I thought it was best to make  a start now. 

Cooking : A lot of hearty meals. I love winter 
cooking! Stew, soups, lamb shanks....you know, all the good stuff!

Drinking : Lots of cups of tea & a little too much pepsi max. Not drinking them both at the same time though!

Reading: Blogs. I am reading a LOT of blogs. Trying to learn a little more from people who know a lot.

Wanting: Time with the girls. I am not happy that the school holidays are almost over. The eldest now only has 1 & 1/2 years left at high school and that makes me sad. 

Looking: At my garden out the front & seeing how neglected it has become. It must be envious of all the time that I spend out the back in the veggie patch.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Hello Monday. 6th of July 2015

Hello Monday.

Hello royal christening! I woke up this morning to find my news feed full of gorgeous photos of Baby Princess Charlotte. And Prince George, seriously, is he not the cutest little dude? I think that I could imagine the whole family moving in next door and afternoons spent at each others house having BBQ's & a sneaky beer. They just give off that down to earth vibe. I could even see Will out in the street with all the kids & Dads playing a game of cricket on a Sunday arvo. While the Mums and Kate would lounge back on the lawn chairs having a sneaky vodka. I can totally see it. 

Hello second week of the holidays. This week sees a job interview for the eldest teen who is so driven that she wants a second part time job. It is apparent that my job is to drive her to all of these jobs. But that's OK because I am actually the passenger now that she has her learners licence. It also sees us making plans to go shopping for new school shoes for both girls. One teens feet have shrunk & the others have grown another 2 sizes!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Hello Sunday. 5th of July 2015

Hello Sunday. We, along with 74000 others, headed in to town to celebrate The Story Bridges 75th birthday. It was a beautiful winters day in Brisbane.

We caught the train in. It was the first time in over 10 years that I have caught  train. Not a lot had changed except for the scenery. Funny how when you look for landmarks that you remember as a kid that it a wave of nostalgia sweeps over you when they are still there. A short walk through Fortitude Valley & we hit a wall of people. I could not believe the crowds! OK, so I thought that it might be busy & a little crowded but it was a whole lot more than that! After a 30 minute wait in a sardine packed line, we made it onto the bridge. It would have been no longer than 2 minutes and we turned around and walked back off. The crowd was just too much. If they ever do something like this again, maybe they should open the bridge to foot traffic & have the food trucks in the surrounding streets. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Family fun and fitness challenge time! It's easy, fun and free!

Family fun & fitness, sound like something you want/need/are ready to do? I am!! We are!! Does something that is completely budget friendly (it is FREE!) and fun sound like it could be exactly what you need? It's what I need! I am going to be straight forward and say, I am not a fitness expert nor do I have any formal qualifications. I am just a woman who has tried everything, spent way too much on gym memberships over the years & I now know what is the only thing that motivates me. Fun. If it's not fun then I don't stick to it. I NEED it to be fun. So I am going to set myself daily challenges that are fun, pretty easy & things that the whole family can do. I know that many times over the years, it has been hard to find time that is just for me. So exercise was an afterthought. I have come up with a way to get the whole family involved so you don't need to find babysitters, or get up before the kids get up  & you don't even have to wait for the weekend. Some of these things may sound a little too easy but trust me, if you put 100% effort into it, they will work. Now I am not talking about losing 20 kgs in a week. I am talking about getting moving & feeling more confidant. I think that these simple activities will do that & will also give you more time with your family. Want to know what I am talking about? Here it is!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

DIY clay bells. Easy project

School holidays are happening! So I thought that I might share a craft that kids of all ages (& parents too!) can do. It's pretty cheap, very easy & you will be happy to show it off in your home. It is also the very first time that I have done a video tutorial. One that does not feature my head! Thanks to Miss Gracie dog who bumped the camera!! So you will just have to imagine that my head is there. You will even see Miss Gracie make an appearance! And please tell me, does anyone else say completely random things while recording themselves??? Apparently I do! OK, so now onto the project!!

D.I.Y. Hanging clay bells. 

What you will need: