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The postman always rings twice

Apparently the postman does ring twice! Yesterday I had two exciting deliveries.

A bundle of fabric from Fabricworm. I figured that to make the most of postage charges from the US I needed to order a total of eight yards of fabric. What a trial!

I’m planning to make some of this up using the Oliver + S patterns I bought recently. First cab off the rank will be the Tea Party Sundress with matching bloomers that I’ve been dreaming about. I also have patterns for the School Photo Dress, the Music Box Jumper, and the Sailboat Top, Skirt and Pants. Hmmm…looks like I have alot of sewing to do!

The next delivery was a customised “Counting in French Poster” from the very sweet Janette of My Sweet Prints. She did a special “Counting in Fijian” poster for me. So gorgeous! And hopefully a learning tool for Alisi (and me).

It just needs a frame and a home on the wall and it will be perfect.

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10 pieces of advice for Alisi

Image courtesy of Jaime Morrison Curtis

Inspired by the recently released Prudent Advice: Lessons for my Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), I thought I’d put together a list of advice my mother gave me, plus a few gems I’ve picked up along the way.

It will all work out for the best – my mother’s favourite piece of advice. And always right. Very comforting when you’re faced by a disaster or unexpected turning point in life.

You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die – handed down from one of my great grandmothers. A peck is just over 9L. I always remember this when Alisi’s licking the floor!

You should always leave the table feeling as if you could eat a little more – a great piece of dieting advice from another of my great grandmothers.

When you’re nervous, take a few deep breaths to calm the nerves – I still forget to do this

Ignore it and it will go away – usually used by my mother to help me deal with my brother when we were children. He was often very annoying.

When in conversation, always show an interest in the other person – a good conversation starter is an open ended question like “So, what have you been up to?”

When in doubt, read the instructions – I take this to mean that you should only read the instructions when you can’t figure it out without them.

When you’re sick, get as much sleep as much as you can – your body repairs itself better when you’re asleep.

Rinse blood stains out using cold water. Hot water will set the stain – and no, I don’t come from a family of mass murderers!

Eat colourful vegetables – your dinner plate should always have some green and red/orange veggies.

What advice do you have?

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10 funny habits and guilty pleasures

Inspired by elsiecake’s post, I thought I’d share my 10 funny habits and guilty pleasures.

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1. I love looking into backyards and windows from the train.

Image courtesy of Darrell Lea

2. Darrell Lea Rocklea Road – yum!

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3. I love a road trip – especially when it includes a picnic

4. On said picnics, the picnic table must always have a cloth on it. You don’t know what or who has been on those tables!


5. Don’t give me meat with “pipes” in it. Blech!!!

 6. I pretty much have the same thing for morning tea every day. For more about that, see this post.

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7. I love a good tear jerker – Steel Magnolias, Beaches

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8. Love the new Dr Who

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9. I straighten messy library shelves…and put misplaced books back where they belong. I think I was a librarian in a past life!

10. I love hopping into a freshly made bed.

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My friend the washing machine

I’d like you to meet my friend the washing machine.

We spend alot of time together – meeting up at least once a day, sometimes twice.

It’s a bit of a one sided relationship. She (it has to be a she doesn’t it?) works very hard for me, but I don’t do much for her.

She stands patiently beside the washing basket all day. And never complains when it’s overflowing all over her.

She carefully holds the ironing basket – also usually overflowing. The only time she’s not so careful with it is when she goes into a spin. Then the ironing basket sometimes ends up on the floor.

She even entertains Alisi, providing a visual feast of soap suds and wet washing whirring around and around and around.

She usually works a split shift. Starting work first thing in the morning and often not finishing until 10 o’clock at night.

And all I do for her is clean out her pump filter every now and then.

The only time she complains is when Alisi’s Daddy gives her too much soap. We get a bit of frothing at the mouth then.

Poor washing machine – don’t give up on me. I don’t know what I’d do without you!

Embrace the camera

Embrace the camera: 14 October 2010

Inspired by this post by Emily of the Anderson Family Crew, I’ve decided it’s time for me too to make sure I have more pictures of Alisi with me in them.

Alisi is all dressed ready to go to Mother’s Group this morning. And, tired of all the pink, I found a cute red and white spotted top for her – just right for the very warm day we’re having in Sydney today.

This is my favourite of the multitude of photos I took this morning. We’re both actually looking at the camera and Alisi isn’t trying to catch the cord hanging from the camera!

And Mummy and Alisi have foreheads together – awww sweet!