Thursday, September 8, 2011

Slide Night

What I'm doing right now........
Not roller skating..........though this photo sure makes me want to grab a pair of strap on skates and hit the pavement, grazed knees be damned, but working on a special project for some very sweet and very special people.
With the added bonus of having a ball doing it.  :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Yay, finally the first of spring! I know that really we are lucky to enjoy a pretty mild winter around these parts but seriously this day couldn't come fast enough. This winter just seems to have dragged on.
The weather today in true form was a little cold and grey, nothing like the beautiful, warm, sunny pre spring Sunday afternoon we spent in the much neglected garden. You know that early warm spell that makes you rush off and swap all the bedding back to summer sheets and pack away all your winter cardigans only to realise the following day that a cold front is on its way. I won't be fooled this year, I'm hanging on to my flannalette sheets for at least a few more weeks.

In the meantime we've been inspired by the coming of spring and have had a small shop update with more to come in the following weeks. I get the feeling we're in good company with our hankering for warmer weather as these beautiful summer dresses are selling like hotcakes.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The sweetest tea party

Last weekend my Beautiful niece turned nine. To celebrate she had a few of her closest friends around for  a sweet tea party.
My sister did such a great job with the table decorations, and almost everything was sourced from local op shops for next to nothing.
We (or should I say 'I') can never seem to leave the house without forgetting something, normally something crucial to the outing too like going to the shop without my wallet, urgh talk about frustrating!!!This time I forgot the camera but luckily I had my phone and used the instagram app to take a few shots.......

We had such a great day and of course the hardest part was leaving, lets just say there were a few tears shed.......Charlotte LOVES hanging with her big girl cousins!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Shop update...

Our Madeit shopfront has been a little neglected lately.
We have just added a few spring/summer dresses, maybe a little wishful thinking.........all this cold, wet and grey weather is really making me crave the warmth of summer,
and hopefully we'll be adding some more purses and bags in the next week or so, and maybe a few new things too.....

Saturday, July 9, 2011


All of our babies, as sweet as they are, are born bald and remain that way until well into their second year.
Case in point: Baby Abigail at 1.

Charlotte has similar hair but even whispier and possibly finer. I think she loves the feeling of her whispy strands of hair flapping freely in the wind for she loathes having it restrained in any form. No clips, hairbands, elastics or headbands for her.  
Which is why I was so amazed that I managed to not just put a hairband in but two braids. 
(i was inspired by her sweet friend who has lots more hair and was recently seen rocking some cute braids.)
Ok, so these are maybe not technically braids, I 'm really bad at hair, but they are as close to real braids as we may ever get around here. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Spicy Carrot Cake (egg, and nut free**)

This is such a delicious egg free cake recipe. I have made it sooooo many times already and everyone loves it. In fact because it is so delicious and I have no self  control this cake has been relegated to special occasion only (that is occasions when I will have to share it between lots of family snd friends) or else I would eat it all by my self and that is just not going to make my already tortured-stretched to within an inch of their lives-pants happy.

**The actual carrot cake recipe is dairy free however because we dont have any dairy allergies in the family I use a cream cheese icing (pictured) and this is NOT dairy free.

Spicy carrot cake
Linda Bosnic


2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup caster sugar
1 medium carrot, grated

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup soy milk

Preheat oven to 180˚ Celsius and grease and line a 20cm cake tin with non-stick baking paper.

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl

Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients

Mix together until they form a batter (not too much mixing)

Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into cake comes out clean.

Cool in cake tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack.

For some reason icing has never been my friend and I have struggled to make decent icing more so than egg free cakes. Possibly one of the reasons is that I never measure things out, I think all my measuring patience is used up in the cake baking process and by the time I get to the icing I’m really just throwing anything together.

This sortof not really a recipe works well for this cake though and so far it hasn’t failed me.

1 block of philidelphia Cheese (cut into smaller chunks-hmmm nice technical term)
Icing sugar
Lemon juice

Place Philidelphia cheese in a mixing bowl and mix on medium to high until cheese is soft (be careful not to over mix as I have found this makes the cheese runny and no amount of icing sugar of refridgeration will fix this, at least that’s what I found)
Add icing and lemon juice to taste an continue mixing until soft peaks form. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

oops I really didn't mean to go so long between posts. It's been a little bit crazy busy around here. I've gone back to work part time and trying to squeeze what you normally fit into a week into four days has been a struggle, add to that two hours travel a day, lots of sniffly noses and lots and lots of sleepless nights, the last couple of months have been a blur. 
 I have to admit for the first month I failed, actually I thought I was doing really well but must have been high on some sort of nervous energy because about three weeks in I felt as though it all fell apart.

Things are looking up though, this past weekend was beautiful and sunny and inspired us to get outside and make a start on our enormous and very neglected to do list. 

 It didn't take long before I got distracted....

And all that sunshine was perfect weather for free toes and slurping on home made (by Oscar) Raspberry slushies.
Hoping you had a great weekend full of sunshine xx

Friday, March 25, 2011

Would you like some scone with that cream?

I've given up chocolate, AGAIN. 
I know, I can see the collective eye roll, "suuuure you have, mmm hmmm, how long will it last this time?"

To be perfectly honest it most likely wont last long what with Easter just around the corner and all, but I had to do something. I had stooped to new lows in my chocolate addiction and although I managed to give it up easily before, once the 30 days had past I didn't just fall off the wagon I jumped off, did a stunt roll, landed on my feet and ran straight to the nearest Cadbury's stockist I could find.

Anyway my concern in giving up only chocolate is that i may be substituting one addiction for another.
Did you know strawberry jam is over 50% sugar (well the one we buy is) and that could possibly be the reason why I have started slathering it on just about any edible surface.

On a positive note my need to find another way to eat more jam inspired me to try out a scone recipe I had previously been afraid of. 
We were all suprised at how delicous they were, and I qoute...."Wow, they're actually really nice" :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Good morning sunshine.

I was meant to be making the beds and other domestic chores but got totally distracted by this cute little red head. 
Can you blame me, it's a wonder anything gets done around here!


Looks like we'll have to move the cot mattress down tonight, a new skill discovered just this morning, standing up in her cot. 
They just grow up too fast. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shop update.

We've added a few more things to our madeit store.
'Run, run, run as fast as you can' coin purse
'Ahoy there' Messenger Bag

'Run, run, run as fast as you can' Messenger Bag.

More to come a little later in the week.....

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"

It's been a little quite around these parts lately, we've been busy though, very busy. School holidays came to an end last week, that six weeks just went by so fast, I can hardly believe they're over already. The weather has been crazy, the holidays were mild, chilly some days, but as soon as school went back we sweltered through a week of record breaking high temperates reaching a peak of over 40 degrees on Saturday, with the nights so hot and the humidity sooooo high it was near impossible to get a good nights sleep. Now we're snuggling under doonas, crazy.
I love this photo! My sister took it of Molly holding the very first Strawberry of the season from their garden.
Zero has been loving her afternoon walks. I love how everyday the view can be totally different.
A crazy sea fog that enveloped our little part of the coast on Australia Day. 
What can I say. This just cracks me up :)
trying to get a better view. 

This cake was so delicious  I made it three days in a row. From this book.
Charlotte just loves bugs and spiders, she is always spotting them around the house and garden and insists that we all come and see them too :)

We have also been working on setting up a little store. It's a bit of a slow process, but we're going to be adding more stock whenever we can. it would probably help if I stopped treating my sister like a personal seamstress and claiming all of her beautiful clothes for my own girls. I honestly had to ask her to stop showing me things in their sizes or there will never be any stock in our store.

Here's a little peak at a couple of things that have gone in already, there will be lots more to come soon.......
'Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Messenger Bag.
The sweetest dress in a summery vintage print.