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Yep, I know, FOOD!

I really enjoy giving food as gifts, especially when I get to make it myself. Over the years I have made gingerbread trees, rum balls, coconut ice, white christmas, cookies, fudge etc etc.
Cowgirl Cookies, and more granny love!

gingerbread trees

Here are also some idea I found on Pinterest and can’t wait to try ūüėÄ

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Yep, I LOVE Christmas Trees!! Putting up the tree, for me, signals the start of the silly season. The beginning of multiple parties, BBQs and get togethers with friends, family, the kids’ school etc. I am always excited about putting up our tree. This year, I have also started making some decorations for our tree, with the aim of moving towards a tree full of hand made ornaments in a whole rainbow of colours.

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And, here are some Christmas trees I found on Pinterest that I LOVE

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Since buying our 1985 Jayco Jaylark pop-top camper, I have been eyeing off a whole heap of cool caravans, and DIY restorations. I am loving how something as simple as new curtains and cushion covers, or a coat of paint, can change the whole look and feel of a van. I SO want to give Coco (our camper haha) a makeover. Here are some that I love xx

This one is most relevant to me as it is a pop-top caper similar to ours xx

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Our little boy (23 months) LOVES play food and cooking etc. We have a very small, plastic, play kitchen that he likes to use, but it really isn’t great. It is un-sturdy and tips easily, and the doors to the oven and microwave tend to come off if he gets a bit too excited/rough with it. I have had in my head for a long time now (thanks to Pinterest!) that I would like to build him a play kitchen out of secondhand/recycled furniture. I am yet to find the perfect pieces on eBay, as we are restricted by space, so am hoping to get around to some Op Shops and secondhand furniture places to have a look. If all else fails, I guess hubby will be hitting up the hardware store and building from scratch!
Here are some finished projects  found on Pinterest that have inspired me xx

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“You Have Cancer.” ¬†Those are three words everybody is afraid to hear. ¬†My turn with that dreadful statement came when my life should have been flying high. ¬†My baby had been born just three and a half months before the diagnosis. ¬†Life was beautiful until my fateful diagnosis. ¬†It turns out I had Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma which is normally associated with exposure to asbestos.

I know what you’re thinking. ¬†How did I get exposed to asbestos if it is a banned material? ¬†Every conversation starts with this same incredulity. ¬†Well, it turns out asbestos is not a banned material. My father’s work in construction, specifically drywall taping, sanding, and mudding, subjected him to asbestos. ¬†He brought this home on his clothes and in his car, and that’s how I was exposed. ¬†The white dust seemed like the innocent evidence of a hard-working man, but in reality it contained dangerous amounts of toxic material.

I won the lottery of rare cancers at just 36 years old. ¬†The doctors at the Mayo clinic had heard of only one other diagnosis in a patient so young. ¬†Usually, older men working the trades and in the military saw enough exposure to develop mesothelioma. ¬†The wives of these men also became sick in droves. ¬†They did the laundry of the husbands exposed to asbestos. ¬†That laundry was covered in dust. ¬†Little did those women know they were exposing themselves to such great ¬†danger. ¬†Children were the next set of victims. ¬†Schools with asbestos tiles exposed young ones to risk. ¬†Insulation in the attic contained asbestos as well. ¬†Every “Daddy’s little girl” rushed for a hug after he arrived home from work. ¬†She wore his dusty jacket to go outside. ¬†Hanging out with dad was a joyous death sentence for these children.

I know more and more young patients with mesothelioma as I involve myself deeper into the community.  They are people just beginning adulthood.  All they want is to get their families, jobs, and homes off the ground, and it all comes crashing down with three devastating words.  You have cancer.  Thankfully, medical advances to treat this insidious disease are progressing rapidly.  We are seeing more survivors even as we see more victims.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating indeed, but it does not have to be the end of your life.  I still hold hope that we can get mesothelioma under control.  As a community, we can support each other and provide shoulders to cry on.  We will herald every minor win against this disease together.  I want everybody to be aware, so I tell my story.  We must build awareness to effect change in how we fight.  We must build hope for the newly diagnosed parent who just wants to start a family, not fight cancer.  If at the end of the day I have removed some of the fear from a victim, then I have won a battle, and I know I am heading in the right direction.

To learn more about Heather, check out & ‚Äúlike‚ÄĚ her new Facebook page dedicated to mesothelioma awareness & support! You can follow her journey:¬†https://www.facebook.com/HeatherVonStJames?ref=hl¬†

 

I don’t normally mix my personal blog, with my other Hobby/’Business’ blog, but today I am making an exception. Please follow THIS LINK¬†to have a read about a special charity event I am running.
Thank you xx

It may appear I have neglected this blog, and I guess in a sense I have, but only because I have been busy, busy, busy!!
I returned to uni this semester studying a 3/4 load (so not quite full time); have committed to a number of markets etc where I hope to sell some knitting; and have generally tried to spend a lot less time on the computer, and more time with my kids, or cooking for my family….oh, and watching the Olympics!!

Here are some images to show what I have been up to, and I promise I will try to post a little more regularly xx

I will write a proper post soon.

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Excitement is building around here about my 30th Birthday. My party is now only 2 weeks away, and I have been busily sourcing recipes, servingware, and decorations to make the party as beautiful as I can. For those who may not know, I am celebrating in style, hosting a High Tea for between 30-35 people at my sister’s house.
I have previously blogged about the invitations I made,  and I recently shared photos of my gorgeous collection of crystal, china, and silverware on my Facebook page. The response was amazing, so I thought I would also share here.

This collection is a combination of new, second-hand, vintage, and borrowed pieces, some of which belonged to some special ladies such as my Great-grandmother, a Great Aunt, and hubby’s Grandma and Nanna.

Enjoy xx

So, my 30th is only bout 4.5 weeks away, and to celebrate I am having a Vintage Inspired/Shabby Chic High Tea at my sister’s house. We have been scouring the second-hand stores and eBay for all kinds of vintage and shabby chic serving ware to use on the day. So far I have collected a few fine bone china pieces, some glass and crystal ware, and even some chrome serving platters and tiered cake stands. We have a menu drafted ready to refine, and I have just now finished making the invitations ready to go out to female friends and family.¬†I decided to create invitations that represented a colour theme I would like to work with. That came in the form of paper doilies, and Christina Re Butterfly Garden.¬† Apologies for the phone pics- my camera batteries are flat again!

The invitations themselves are quite simple to make, but I think they have a little bit of ‘wow factor’ to make them just that little bit special. If you would like to make some similar, you will need some basics:

  • background/feature paper
  • vellum (to print details/information onto
  • paper doilies
  • coordinating ribbon
  • acid free adhesive (I used the Christina Re Tape Roller)
  • paper cutter

To begin with, I cut my butterfly paper into 4 (half, then half again- this just happened to be a good size for my doilies). Once I had enough cut, I went through and lined them up on the wrong side of the doilies, and folded the sides of the doilies in before cutting off the excess. I attached the paper to the doilies with the tape adhesive.

Next I typed, printed, and cut my vellum inserts to size, before securing them to the butterfly paper with a small amount of adhesive tape in each of the top corners. I cut the inserts slightly smaller than the butterfly paper so that there would be a ‘border’ around them.

To finish off the invitations I tied them with some ribbon

The Organised Housewife