Monday, March 12, 2012


After thinking about doing this for ages and ages, I'm changing my blog.

I had originally decided to start a new blog when we moved to Chinchilla which if you'll remember, we were planning to do around Easter LAST YEAR!

Obviously that hasn't happened and I've continued on posting away and quite happy about it too.

The time for a change is here though and don't worry, I won't be changing a great deal about the blog, it will still be the same sort of content that I have here.

Basically I'll just be blogging under a different name.  That's all and the only reason is that I felt it was time for a change.

So my new blog is

click on the link and you'll be able to access it.

Cheers my friends and thank you all so much for coming on the journey with me for the last couple of years.  I'll see you over at my new one!

xx Susan

Do you remember..... writing about my camera dilemna?

Well it would seem I have an update on the missing camera charger.

I finally got up the courage to admit to my husband that I'd lost the plot and had somehow misplaced ANOTHER charger.

The conversation went something like this:

Me:  Uh, honey.  You know how we used to have two chargers for the small camera's and I lost one about a year ago?  Well I've sort of lost the other one as well.  I'm thinking of looking through the toy boxes though, just in case Master M has decided to play with it.

Lovely hubby:  (after looking at me with 'THAT LOOK' that men get)

I told you I put it in my wardrobe.

Me:  OH!'t remember you telling me.

Lovely hubby:  (still giving me 'THAT LOOK')


So I now have a camera charger which is back in it's home in the drawer with all the other chargers.  It's happy, I'm happy and Little Miss R is currently burning up the battery by taking a million photos on my little camera.

That's ok though because now I can charge it!

xx Susan

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I forgot... show you the scarf I made for Little Miss R's teacher.

Here it is in all it's blueness.  I quite like the boxy pattern of this one, especially when it's draped around the neck.

Now all I have to do is wrap it up and put it some place I can remember when it's time to give it to her.  That may be a problem with my memory though!

Just to be on the safe's on the bookshelf in the spare room.   Now it's up to you to remind me!!!!!

xx Susan

Saturday, March 10, 2012

After school fun

Yesterday was such a gorgeous, hot day so after school we decided to head to the playground around the corner for some fun.

Little Miss R rode her bike and Master M scooted there but first of all they decided to play on the swings, slide and climbing things.

If you enlarge the above photo you'll see a huge open area behind the playground then in the distance a small building.  That's where the dog 'playground' is.  It's an enclosed area for dog owners which has all types of things for dogs to play over, under and around.  It's brilliant and really, really popular!

What my kidlettes love though is the above little track area.  It's made for kids with bikes and scooters and they absolutely love it.

There's bumpy things to ride over.

Different paths to take.

Things to zig zag through as well as other things to ride over to test their balance.

After the obligatory push on the swings, I got down to important business..... new book which I bought yesterday.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

xx Susan

Friday, March 9, 2012

Helping Daddy

Master M decided that he wanted to help Daddy mow the lawn.

He has his own little mower but he doesn't like the noise of Daddy's big mower.

The problem was rectified and he was very happy....

xx Susan

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Knit and natter

On a Wednesday morning I usually head over to my sister's house for a knit and natter morning.  Our Mum comes too and we're all loving the fact that were finally having some regular time together.

There's always a cup of tea to be enjoyed.

And you couldn't have a knit and natter without doing some sort of crafty stuff.  In my case it's some more crochet.  I've started on a cushion cover in brightly coloured stripes from some acrylic yarn I found in my stash.

I was making it in treble crochet (UK/Aus) but it just seemed to me to be too holey.  I wanted a tighter stitch with the 5.5mm hook I was using so I've changed it to double crochet and think it's looking so much better.

I seemed to be the only one doing crafty stuff today.  There's ALWAYS plenty of nattering going on because we're a group of women who like to have a chat. Maybe we should call it Craft and Chatter or Crafty Chatter instead!

My sister and mother are working on some family tree stuff so instead of doing their crafty stuff, it was reading over a lot of the info that they've found this week.  It was all pretty fascinating to listen to and that's something I love about crochet, you can still do it while chatting to people or just watching tv. 

My favourite time and place to crochet is when the kidlettes are playing in the backyard and I sit on my lounge and watch them.  They seem to stay outside for longer if I'm there so I'm happy to indulge them and continue to crochet.  It beats housework!

The above photo is how much I got done on our knit and natter morning this week.  I was firing on all cylinders I think to get that much done!

Hope your all having a fantastic week.

xx Susan

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Having a cleanout

My spare room has been driving me NUTS lately.  It's so messy and cluttered and basically a dumping ground for everything.  Not exactly a healthy environment especially when we've put a desk in there for Little Miss R to do her schoolwork.

The below photo was taken when  I was about halfway through cleaning so it was a lot worse before this.

I cleared out the wardrobe and rearranged things.  I even went around the house to find all my stashes of crafty stuff which included material, yarn, habberdashery stuff and lots of things I didn't even know I had!

Having it all in one place made me realise just how many goodies I do have and now my mind is full of a thousand things I can make.

Now the easiest place to put things when I want to sort through them is my bed.  I can spread everything out on it and there's less chance little fingers will find their way into it to make a mess.  I do say LESS chance rather than NO chance as I do have a curious couple of kidlettes.

The other reason I like to sort things from my bed is because I know I'll finish the job as I need to sleep somewhere at night!

Since I decided I was going to be in my room awhile, I thought it best to listen to some tunes.  My bedroom stereo is pretty old so I can't use my ipod with it so I resorted to the good old cd.  I have eclectic taste and chose from the 3 cd's that were in my room at the time.

Evanescence, Adele and Mumford and Sons.  (Waaaay different from each other I know).

Mumford and Sons won out as I was in a bluegrass mood.

The spare room is now much cleaner and tidier.  Unfortunately some of the larger items do need to stay in the room because we really have no where else to put them in the house.

Little Miss R's desk is there to the right where the red chair is.

You can see one cupboard door only but there are 3 doors altogether and inside them is now relatively clean and tidy.  Maybe I should really say that it's slighty more organised.

There's also a bookshelf on the wall to the left which is now much tidier and full of books as well as crafty stuff.

During my tidy up I found heaps of safety pins.  I used an empty powdered stock container to hold them in and it's worked out perfectly.


I also sorted through my sewing basket.  I've got fishing tackle boxes and tupperware holding plenty of sewing things in but I always use this basket because it was my Grandma's.  When she passed away I was given her sewing machine, sewing table and of course her sewing basket.  Even though it's now 20 years since she passed away which I can't quite believe, I always think of her when I see this basket or use my sewing machine.

Inside the basket were these interesting tidbits too.  I'm not sure exactly what they are but I have a vague recollection that my Mum once told me that one of them is a lace maker.  If anyone out there knows what they are then please let me know.  Thanks!

Once I'd finished tidying everything, resorting and putting it all back in happier places, I ended up with a bag full of fabric and yarn to send to school with Little Miss R for their craft.  I've just got to remember to take it with me!

So everything's much tidier, neater and I'm much happier for now. 

xxx Susan