Friday, January 22, 2010

Things to make... one day!

I have a feeling that it's going to be another productive day here. Lots to get done before we head off for the weekend with some friends.

I found these on a new blog I follow this morning. I wanted to record them here for myself- may have to make them one day!

Happy Australia Day weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy home and hard rubbish

Beginners enthusiasm to post twice in a day, but we have to rave about the exciting find that happened tonight!

I've had quite a creative and domestic day, and made a particular point to stop and take in the beauty of things around me in our home. The strawberry and basil plant that seem to be thriving by braving the sun and hungry bugs and at the same time feeding my desire to have green fingers, lots of home grown goodies and chickens (next house maybe!).
Noticing the roses I cut from my garden and the way that their different pinks and yellows match perfectly together. The simplicity of silver (mainly empty) frames and our quilt hanging in the sun to dry. Remembering and thanking God for the hands that made it, especially for us, and taking in my dried wedding boquet next to the figurine that my brother and sister in law gave me for my birthday last year. I'd always wanted one! Loving anew the whimsical birds on my gorgeous green 'Esprit' wall and the wooden carved birds that hang on the same wall- a Christmas gift from my Prep class. Such a supportive bunch of mums. Remembering the monograms I made on the weekend for one special little girl named Eliza and her brand new baby sister, Maggie.

After all of that, I was feeling pretty grateful, but then, it happened!
I love hard rubbish time, and it's going through our area at the moment. I've been on the lookout for a typewriter for some years. In fact I did get one through freecycle years ago. It is stunning- the perfect green and beautifully vintage in appearance- but it never worked. :( Tonight however, just a few houses down, there it was. An electric (and very fancy) typewriter that is in *perfect* working condition. I can't wait to get it to work on my scrapbook pages without the hastle of cutting the paper to the printer size- who am I kidding? I never did that. Toby also had a score. We've been on the lookout for a toaster oven for his hobby of creating circuits and guitar/bass effects peddles so that he can bake the paint onto the casing. There it was. Right next to my typewriter. The perfect end to a lovely day.

Now many would not brave taking things off of the hard rubbish pile but I am a believer from way back. So is my best friend, who has been known to kick me out of the car and make me walk so that someone elses old bed-side tables could fit into her car! In fact both of our homes have their fair share of hard rubbish inside. It matches my philosophy of reusing and not wasting and saving money.

How about you?
What do you think of hard rubbish?
And do you have any good stories of your own?

Why blog? 2009 in review

Welcome to 2010 and to the beginning of this, our blog!

2009 was quite a year for us and it prompted for me the reality of how quickly life passes us by and how easy it can be forget the details in the days.

My friends all know that I am a blog ‘lurker’. I currently subscribe to 85 blogs on google reader (wow... that many?!) and I’ve wondered why we didn’t add another to that number in my blog. I say my, but this will no doubt feature alot about my lovely hubby, Toby- he’ll pop in here for a write from time to time we think.
We chose the name ‘Just a little bit of you’ from a song by the Jackson5. Check it out
here. We love this song and considered it as our entry song for walking down the aisle at our wedding, but we instead chose this.

Anyhoo... speaking of 2009, the obvious high of course was getting engaged and then married. Our engagement was a really special time for us- of course we wished that time would fly so we could marry quicker- but we loved the extra commitment that came with being engaged, and were glad that we didn’t wait any longer than the 110 days we did (short engagement for most)! It was a freezing but fabulous day with a high of around 9 degrees Celsius, record rainfall, hail and the most amazing light- complete with a rainbow. Even the weather couldn’t dull our day though and it is undeniably one of the happiest days of our lives. Other highlights included a new nephew in little Ty and our honeymoon to the stunning Cook Islands. Here are some photos to proove the fun we had!

January - March

April - June

July - September

October - December

There were personal challenges too, but with the help of God and the support of family and friends, we got through them.
We look forward to 2010 and to all that it has in store for us. And we hope that you’ll stop by to read and comment along the way.

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