Saturday, November 14, 2015

Project Life: Week 38

This is another week with almost no photos taken during the week so it’s more of a ‘what we did this weekend’ kind of thing.  It was a great weekend though because it was Mike’s birthday.

Here’s an overview of Week 38 – September 14th – 20thFULL_1

I’ve made pizza dough for years and I actually like kneading the dough… what I don’t like quite so much is getting the dough started… it’s always sticky and messy and it gets under my fingernails… but not anymore!  I’ve discovered that the Kitchen Aide dough mixer attachment is fantastic!  It makes quick work of turning a few simple ingredients into a super smooth dough in just a matter of minutes.

Mike really wanted some pizzas for his birthday so I got onto making the dough early.  It’s a really great recipe that you can make up to 24 hours ahead of time and it has a ‘sour dough bread’ flavour… very light and crispy!

Here’s a closer look at the left side of the album:LEFT_1

Toby really wanted to get Daddy something different for his birthday and he’s been ‘discussing’ ideas with me so when I found the MAN CAVE sign I knew it would be perfect and Toby really loved it although he did find wrapping to be quite difficult… it’s due to him not having thumbs of course!

Mike was busy on Saturday morning and he got the French doors on the art studio all primed.  They look really fantastic now and hopefully over the summer we’ll get some top coat onto them.

Mike is a bit of a self confessed ‘princess’.  He’s often seen flicking his ‘beautiful golden hair’ around and declaring that he’s gorgeous.  He also goes on about the colour pink and how it’s his favourite of ALL the colours! It’s certainly keeps us all amused that’s for sure! 

Mike is also good at pushing the limits!… in a fun way of course :)  A few months ago Mike kept using the word ‘moist’ in very inappropriate ways. He said it as often as he could and in every situation he could… and he got himself banned from saying it!  It’s become a bit of a joke now… especially with Krystal and Chris.  They often post ‘moist’ jokes onto Mike’s timeline! 

So for his birthday Krystal and I bought a combination of ‘moist’ and ‘princess’ gifts for him.  Krystal made up labels for each item and ‘Princess Michael’ had a wonderful time opening them all up!

We also had to have a ‘Princess Party’ with all Mike’s favourite party food!  Here’s a closer look at the right side of the album:RIGHT_1

We had sausage rolls, little pink cocktail sausages with sauce, chips, nibbles and of course fairy cakes!  Krystal and Chris came and we all sat around wearing party hats. 

Most of the afternoon was spent playing Rummikub although Chris has declined to play with us again because he says we’re all ‘too competitive’!  Is there such a thing as being too competitive at board games???

We had salami,camembert and mozzarella pizzas for dinner along with a few drinks and it was a lovely day.  Mike also received a cool card from Mum:


The inside reads: ain’t for sissies!

On Sunday Mike made us a ‘wardrobe’ in the garage for all our bike gear.  It actually works really well and definitely keeps everything clean and dry.  Toby was very impressed that Daddy put up his ‘Man Cave’ sign straight away as well.

We finished the weekend off with a blackberry sponge for dessert.  We were supposed to have half for dessert on Sunday and half for dessert on Monday but when I got up on Monday morning it was all GONE!  It seems that Mike’s sweet tooth kicked in and he couldn’t possibly resist it.  Oh well… I suppose it is his birthday LOL

So that was our life in Week 38.  Thanks for stopping by xx

Monday, November 9, 2015

Project Life: Week 37

Today I headed into work and when I got there I found there’d been a major muck up and they really didn’t need me today so I’m working on Wednesday instead. I’ve picked up a .5 teaching position at a special needs school which means I work 2 1/2 days per week. 

It’s a gorgeous day here in Rotorua and so far I’ve got a couple of loads of washing on the line… started weeding the front garden and organised some more stuff for my art studio.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up the momentum for the whole day and get lots done!

Here’s a look at our Week 37 – September 7th – 13thFULL_1

Mike mentioned that he quite liked peanut brownies which I don’t usually make so I searched out a recipe and got baking.  Funnily enough, Mike and Danny turned up from work early… just as the cookies came out of the oven!

Toby might not be allowed chocolate cookies but he DOES like to have one of his biscuits in front of the fire.  The only real down side to having a fire is the mess… there’s dust and ash all over the place and Toby likes to munch on pieces of firewood so there’s little bits of sharp sticks everywhere!!

Here’s a closer look at the left side of my album:LEFT_1

Mike’s been making fabulous progress in the art studio… he’s even been doing a ‘make over’ on my big table.  It’s a little bit too wide and the edges are quite sharp so Mike cut some off the width and then did an angle cut on all four sides. 

On the cooking front we’ve been trying some new recipes and Mike quite likes ‘that green stuff from the garden’ chopped up in his dinner.  The ‘green stuff’ is actually Italian parsley and it does taste pretty good!

We discovered last week that we had some Fly Buys points that were going to expire so I had a look at the various rewards you could get and found a beginners cheese making kit was right within our points range.  I ordered it and it was super speedy to arrive!

I decided to give mozzarella cheese a go… I read all the instructions… watched the little video and did exactly what they said to do and it turned out perfectly!  Mike was actually pretty impressed too :)

Since we had our fresh mozzarella as well as the cheeses we bought the previous weekend we decided to get a smoked chicken and make ourselves a cheese platter for dinner… SOOO good!

The next night we had smoked chicken pizzas with fresh mozzarella cheese for dinner… YUM!!

Here’s a closer look at the right side of the page:RIGHT_1

Mike cleaned up the window frames with his scraper tool and then once the primer was dry on my table he gave it a coat of paint.  It’s all looking pretty amazing and it won’t be long now until I can move my stuff in.

On Saturday we went over to Mum’s place with the chainsaw to cut down a tree for her.  Mike really likes getting into ‘demolition mode’!  It definitely didn’t take long for the tree to come down… in fact it was almost done before I even had a chance to get the camera out!  Mum’s neighbours saw what was happening and came to ask if Mike could take the top off another tree that was blocking their sunlight.  Mike was only too happy to help… he was up the tree with the pruners and a saw and before you knew it the top of the tree was lopped off.

On Sunday I spent a bit of time helping Krystal out with one of her teaching assignments.  She wanted some ‘alternative’ fairy stories for an assignment and not only did I know of quite a few titles but I actually owned a few of them.  So nice to be able to help her out.

So that was our week… plenty to do and lots of jobs ticked off our list. 

Thanks for visiting xx

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Project Life: Week 36

I’m definitely feeling very productive this weekend.  I’ve actually managed to finish FOUR WEEKS worth of photos to print off for my album and now I’m blogging again!  Thank goodness I’ve still been taking photos and organising them into my dated folders over the past couple of months.

Here’s an overview of Week 36:FULL_1

Mike and decided that we might try a few new options for putting in our ‘lunch boxes’ and some savoury muffins fitted the bill.  Actually they were pretty delicious and we scoffed them a little too quickly!

During August the District Council cut down all the eucalyptus trees from the park as they were causing problems… especially when it was windy.  There were a couple of other trees that were just over our back fence and they’d been blocking off the sunlight and dropping leaves in our backyard.  We’d rung the council before about having them trimmed with no success so when they were doing the eucalyptus trees we gave them another call and they said that they would ‘look into it’.  We didn’t expect a lot and didn’t hear back from them so figured that nothing was going to happen.  On Monday I was at home and Toby and I both heard a huge noise… it turned out to be huge machinery that almost pulled the tree out by the roots.  We have lost a little bit of privacy in the backyard but we’ve also gained a LOT of sunlight!

Here’s a close up of the left side of my album:LEFT_1

Sometimes it’s nice to just capture some of the every day chores we do and on this morning I got a photo of all the dishes done… including my pink gloves!  One day we’ll get ourselves a dishwasher but for now we do the dishes by hand.

We spent almost every evening of this week working in the art studio painting.  It was definitely a team effort and brushes and rollers going constantly.  It looked dramatically different when the old red/brown walls were covered with primer.  It gave the first glimpse of what the finished room was going to be like.

I spent ages choosing my paint colours and had a pretty good idea of what I wanted.  I love how it all turned out and am very happy with my final choices!

Here’s the rest of the photos from this week:RIGHT_1

On Saturday my friend Carey rang me to see if I wanted to do a photo shoot with her on Sunday morning.  We decided to go up to the Tree Trust at 6am to capture the sunrise but unfortunately it was a cloudy gloomy morning.  We actually  had a good time trying out different settings and playing with the lighting.  I’ve got a few photos that I’m pretty happy with.

Sunday morning was also Father’s Day!  Toby was super clever and he made up a ‘treasure hunt’ for Daddy!  Since I was going out early to take photos Mike had to participate in the treasure hunt early so that the surprise wasn’t spoilt! 

Mike loves Star Wars so Toby typed all his clues with little pictures of Yoda beside them… he’s a clever puppy!  All of the clues led to a new little present… all Star Wars and Darth Vader related.

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The ‘basket’ would be the basket of new toilet paper rolls.

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And inside the wood basket was the new circular saw that Mike had been looking forward to buying!  We was pretty happy with what Toby had put together for him.

After I got back from the Tree Trust we got changed and headed off on the bike to a little cheese shop in Putaruru.  They don’t just do cheese tasting there… they do ‘cheese educating’.  The lady in charge of the taste testing actually talked to us about how the cheeses were made, the types of processes and milks they use and also ideas for enjoying them more.  We actually learnt a LOT from her and confidently bought several of our favourites.

Then we were off to Tirau for lunch.  We had a wonderful brunch and sat outside in the sunshine enjoying our delicious food.  Since we were in Tirau we HAD to visit the Christmas Heirloom shop as well and we bought a few new decorations for our Christmas tree. 

Mike really enjoyed his Father’s Day and he was pretty pleased with our efforts to spoil him… so that was our Week 36. 

I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend xx

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Project Life: Week 35

Well it’s about time isn’t it!?!  I’ve been trying to get myself organised enough to actually work on my Project Life album with very little success but this weekend I’m away with some friends at a scrapping retreat and I’ve taken NO supplies with me except for my computer and a desire to catch up… and so far so good because I’ve already finished Week 35!

I’m officially two full months behind now because Week 35 was August 24th to 30th!


During this week I did my first days of relief teaching and it’s the start of a whole new chapter in my teaching career.  One of the stipulations is that I cannot take photos at school due to confidentiality so I found that pretty much all the photos on this weeks pages were actually taken on the weekend.

Mike doesn’t like replacing things.  He finds it hard to part with money when he is ‘just getting what he already had’ LOL  This week though his jandals really did HAVE to be replaced because he’d completely worn through the heel.  Thankfully we were able to find a pair of new jandals that fitted within his very limited price range!

While we’re on the subject of replacing things… my drivers licence expired this week.  I had to produce my licence for identification at the new school and suddenly realised that it had expired two days earlier.  A quick trip to the licencing agent and I was all set for another 10 years!

Here’s a closer look at the first page:LEFT_1

On Saturday morning Mike and Toby got busy in the art studio sanding down all the walls.  There was dust flying everywhere and lots of noise to go with it.  When I went to investigate I discovered that Toby was making most of the noise!  He LOVED the sound of his feet on the paper on the floor (which was protecting the painted floor). He also totally LOVED all the dust flying around the room and was doing his best to catch it in his mouth!

By 9.30am Mike was done and suggested we head over to Hamilton for the day.  We were having dinner with my Dad since he was in Hamilton for an event so we figured we might as well make a day of it.

After we arrived we had lunch at Furnace and it was really delicious… such a lovely cozy atmosphere and great food and service.  Then we did a spot of shopping.  I managed to find some Tim Holtz stamp pockets which will come in very handy when I’m organising all my supplies. 

We also had a good look in the Harley shop which just happened to be up the road from the motel Dad was staying in!   We didn’t actually buy anything but we did find a few things to put on our wish list.

Next on our list of things to do was a visit to the Hamilton gardens.  I took heaps of photos and tried out lots of different camera settings… it’s all a learning process!

Here’s a closer look at the rest of the photos:RIGHT_1

Mike and I both loved the Tudor gardens.  They reminded us a little of Game of Thrones and to be honest they made a fab subject to photograph.  There were loads of people at the gardens on this day but Mike and I took our time wandering around all the different areas.  I’ve always loved the Italian gardens and Mike was pretty fascinated with the New Zealand gardens.  It’s always neat seeing things through someone else’s eyes.

Mike is really patient and will often point out things to me that would be good subjects to photograph.  The arches photo was a good example.  I really liked how the arches looked from our vantage point but people kept walking through the end of the photo.  I was pretty much ready to give up but Mike said to just wait a little longer and sure enough I got a photo that I was pretty happy with.

Next up we visited Duck Island ice cream store and splurged on the most amazing sundaes.  Mike chose about three different flavours and ‘custom designed’ his own sundae.  I decided that a salted caramel popcorn sundae would be worth a try and it definitely was!

We spent the last part of the day with Dad and Jan, catching up on each others news.  We went out for dinner with them and another couple that Dad was travelling with.

On Sunday Mike and Toby got busy sanding in the art studio again.  Mike looked like a snowman by the time he’d finished sanding.  Toby just wanted to know why he couldn’t have a coffee as well!

Krystal had come to ‘puppy sit’ Toby while we were in Hamilton and Toby loved having her to stay.  He loves snuggling up with everyone so when Krystal pulled out the sofa bed and slept there for the night he was in doggie heaven.  He especially liked it when she played ‘wriggly fingers’ with him!

So that was our Week 35… thanks for stopping by for a visit xx

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Project Life: Week 34

Late yesterday afternoon, Mike and I got really busy painting the primer onto the walls and ceiling of the art studio… and I’m desperate to show you… which means I really do have to catch up with my Project Life album so here’s Week 34 – August 17th to 23rd.


This winter we’ve had so much rain… and we’ve also had lots of really cloudy days so we’ve been doing our washing once a week and taking it to the laundrette to get it dry.  I’m super looking forward to just being able to hang things on the line again!

As you probably already know, Toby is quite partial to ‘treats’… which usually come in the form of things he probably really shouldn’t be eating but Mike has been buying big bags of brisket bones and Toby loves them!  Mike wraps each one up in glad wrap and then pops it in the freezer and now I’ve discovered that he warms them up a bit in the microwave before giving them to Toby… my boy is so spoilt!!

There’s been more baking going on as well.  While watching TV one night Mike mentioned that he felt like something sweet so I decided to bake a batch of peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies.  I experimented a bit with the shape of them and Mike posted them onto Facebook.  One of my friends mentioned that the ‘rustic’ cookies looked a bit like a dog turd… so now I’ve gone back to shaping them again!

In other baking news… Krystal found a recipe on the internet for gingernut cookies and gave it a go… the results were delicious!

Here’s a close up of the start of the week:LEFT_1

Dad has a few friends who get together on a regular basis for Friday lunches.  They call their little group ‘The Last of the Summer Wine’ so when I saw a card with lots of ‘more mature’ men sitting on the park benches I knew it would be perfect for Dad’s birthday… plus I actually got it posted on time!  Dad really loved the card too so that was a huge bonus.

This week it was the floor of the art studio to get all the attention.  Over a period of a couple of days Mike got to use lots of ‘man tools’ to prep the floor.  First up he ‘sanded’ the floor with an industrial grinder which was attached to a large vacuum… perfect for catching the bulk of the dust!

Then he managed to score some paint that was perfect for painting onto the concrete.  It was a two-part paint which means it’s going to be really strong.  The paint had been sitting around for a long time so Mike grabbed a big paint stirrer that attached to his electric drill and it worked the paint together without Mike having to do all the work… actually it did it so well that I’m looking forward to having a go with it myself!

Next up Mike used a brush to do all the edges and tricky bit of the floor and then he was able to do the rest with the roller.  The floor got a sand down in between and it’s now had two coats put on it and it’s fully cured.  The colour is a very neutral grey and it’s going to be super easy to wash down and clean.

While we’re on the subject of paint… I’ve finally found some ‘vintage paint’ to use on my desk.  I also bought some ‘vintage wax’ to put on top of the paint to protect it.  I’m looking forward to starting work on my desk but first I have to find somewhere to actually do the work!

Here’s a close up of the rest of the week:RIGHT_1

On Saturday we went around to visit Krystal and drop some stuff off to her and she was busy in her garden.  She’s been really getting into growing seeds lately and she’s got them growing in all sorts of containers.  She’s even drilled holes in the bottom of a couple of buckets to use for growing garlic and vegetables.  She’s quite industrious and has strawberries growing as well.

After we’d visited Krystal, Mike dropped me off to Third Place to have lunch with Chris, Carey and their mum’s.  It was Chris’ birthday so it was lovely to meet up for a late lunch together.  I’ll easily be able to remember both Chris and Dad’s birthday’s now!

Getting back to painting the art studio floor… poor Toby really wanted to be involved and he definitely didn’t want to be shut in the house on a lovely day… but he just wouldn’t listen to instructions so in the end we parked one of the cars outside the art studio and put Toby on the backseat.  Problem solved!

He was most put out when we placed the chairs in front of the doorway to create a barrier because he just wanted to go IN… he was even more put out the next day when Mike was inside the art studio and we kept telling Toby NO!

On Sunday we headed out for our first bike ride since we got back from Dad’s at Labour Weekend!  It had been about 2 1/2 months of bad weather and busy weekends so it was wonderful to head out together for a day.  We headed over to Tauranga because Mike had a few hours of work to do at the Mount and I took my book to read. 

After Mike had finished work we went to Columbus Cafe at Gate Pa and had brunch.  I ordered French toast with bacon and banana and Mike ordered himself a Big Breakfast and he was pretty stoked with it!  We had a great trip home on the bike and it was a lovely end to our week.

All in all it was a busy and productive week :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Project Life: Week 33

It’s been a horrible, wet and rainy day today… absolutely perfect for working on my Project Life pages!  Here’s an overview of Week 33 (10th – 16th August)


This week started off with some bartering!  Mike made a deal with the guy from the second hand place to exchange our old roller door for some demolition firewood… he even managed to get them to do the pick up and delivery!  When they turned up with the firewood the guys offered to stack it all up in the woodshed for me so who was I to complain about that?

I also took the locking mechanism from the French doors down to a local locksmith to see if he could help us out.  The keys were missing and the lock was full of paint, dust and spiders webs.  I left the whole mechanism with them for a couple of hours and when I went back it was opening and closing beautifully plus they’d cut me two keys… and all for $20!

Here’s a better look at the start of the week:LEFT_1

I’ve been enjoying baking and cooking lately and Mike is actually quite a fan of the whole ‘meat and three veg’ thing… definitely not my style!  I have to admit that I’ve been perfecting my sausage casseroles and mashed potatoes and peas (Mike’s favourite!).  This week I made meatballs with spaghetti and Mike LOVED it!  Of course we had some grated cheese on top and I even made a little guacamole which I really liked.

On my last visit to the library I picked up some recipe books for making ice cream.  I’m definitely drawn to cook books with beautiful pictures and this one had some great recipes in it… along with the most gorgeous photography!


I haven’t shown Mike the recipes in the book yet but I think if I served something like this for dessert it might just blow his mind!

imageMadagascan vanilla ice cream between oatmeal and raisin cookies

Best I get back on track again…  This week I’ve heard from both my girls.  Mikayla sent me some photos of her latest hair colouring.  She quite often sends me photos and I love to see what she’s up to down in Invercargill… she’ll be coming home for a visit in just a few short weeks and I can’t wait to see her again!

Krystal also came around for a visit this week.  She was feeling a little under the weather which was probably due to the huge amount of pollen there seems to be at the moment.  She fancied some Indian takeaways for lunch and Toby was more than happy to share with her. 

I also found some time to work on my project album.  Working at the dining room table is actually pretty good because I’ve got an excellent view over the park and there’s plenty of light.

On the weekend things went rapidly ahead with the art studio as well.  Toby has this thing where he has to tell on ‘Daddy’.  He’ll come and tell me what Mike is up to and if I think it’s a good idea Toby acts like he’s part of it too… but if I’m not so sure Toby acts like he was trying to help me by telling me… basically he’s a big nark who’s just looking out for himself!

Mike went down to get some more wood on Saturday.  He’d decided to build something in front of the French doors to help make it look good and also cut down on the mess going inside… mostly from Toby I suspect! 

At first he called it a patio… an area, usually paved, adjoining a house and used as an area for outdoor lounging, dining, etc. but that didn’t seem quite right…

Then he called it a deck… an open, unroofed porch or platform extending from a house or other building. But it was too close to the ground for that.

I was trying to explain to my sister what Mike was building and she said… “Oh that’s called a LANDING”… Mike was quite taken with that so now I have a ‘landing’ at the front of the art studio!

Here’s a closer look at the rest of the week:RIGHT_1

On Saturday afternoon I got busy in the kitchen and made a roast for dinner.  We had rolled roast beef with gravy… roasted vegetables… roasted garlic and Yorkshire puddings.  Mike had never had Yorkshire puddings before but he’s definitely keen on having them again!  The best part was that I was able to save half of what I cooked so that we could have the rest for dinner on Sunday night!

On Sunday morning Danny came around to help Mike do the gib stopping.  They decided we needed to do a bit of a trip to Bunnings for some more supplies so Toby and I went along for the ride. 

Mike had been telling Danny about how we’ve had a few sausage sizzles at Bunnings so he bought us all one… and one for Toby as well.  In spite of what the photo looks like Toby absolutely loved the sausage sizzle and now every time we mention Bunnings he gets quite excited!

While the guys were busy in the art studio I got busy in the kitchen and did some baking for them… chocolate chip cookies and a pavlova roll.  I also tried out one of the recipes from my new ice cream book… rum & raisin!  Mike would tell you that it’s absolutely delicious but then he might have to share it!

While they were taking a break from the art studio Mike and Danny started making up a ‘tool wall’ in the man cave.  I jokingly asked him if he was going to draw around all his tools at which point Danny said ‘I TOLD YOU!’   It does look pretty good having his tools on display like that and it’s certainly easier for him to find what he needs!

So there you have it… another week in our lives.  I hope you’re all having a good week and managing to stay out of this crazy weather!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Project Life: Week 32

It’s definitely time for another update so here’s Week 32 – August 3rd – 9th.  It was a busy week with lots happening with the new art studio.FULL_1

On Monday Krystal came around with her laptop so that I could help her with her Professional Portfolio.  It was really nice to be able to spend some time with her and we did quite a few things that day including baking some delicious new cookies… chocolate chippie with a touch of salt!  It’s basically just making a traditional chocolate chippie cookie and then grinding some salt on just before you put them in the oven.  I loved the salty-sweet thing although Mike wasn’t quite so fussed on them.

Krystal and I also went to the paint shop to pick up some sample colours for the art studio.  I’m thinking about making the whole room very neutral so that my artwork stands out… soft greys seem to be top of the list right now.

Mike was really thankful for the art studio this week too because he ended up with a snapped fan belt coming home from work the other night and he just put the front of the car into the art studio and used all the lights so that he could see what he was doing.  It worked a treat because within about 10 minutes he had the new fan belt on and the car was running fine!

Here’s a close up of the start of the week:LEFT_1

Mike and I don’t watch a huge amount of TV but we have a few shows that we really like… including My Kitchen Rules.  Mike has been cheering for Steve and Will right from the start so he was super happy when they won the final!

While the final of MKR was on the Big Wednesday draw was also on and this week we got to have a small share of the winnings… but as the saying goes every little bit counts!

I’ve also been working on a big project and had come to a major stumbling block involving the album so I had to do a bit of a re-think and now I’m going for a more Project-Life style album and I fell for this mint colour in a big way.  I think it’s going to be perfect for what I have in mind.

This week we also found the perfect doors for the art studio.  Mike knew that he wanted to replace the roller door with glass doors and he was originally thinking about a ranch slider but it wasn’t really what I wanted and they also turned out to be really expensive.  We saw a couple of second hand ones but they just didn’t seem right either.  Then we came across some French doors that I liked straight away and they were also the perfect size so now I’ve got French doors in my art studio!

Here’s a closer look at the rest of the week:RIGHT_1

Mike spent several nights/days thinking about how he was going to put the doors in and by the time it came to actually install them he had it all worked out.  He even let me help… even though it was only priming some of the wood for around the door.  It turned into a bit of a family affair because Toby ‘helped’ Mike to roll up the old garage door after it had been removed.

Mike didn’t want to just have a plain front wall though so now he’s added some ‘detailing’ so that it will look a bit more interesting.

While all this was going on Mike brought ALL the boxes from the garage upstairs and I went through them all.  Most of these boxes had been sealed shut from when the packers came before I moved to Gisborne so after 18 months in storage it was a bit of a treasure trove to see what was inside each box.  Each box was labelled… but when there are approximately 20 huge boxes labelled ‘Art and Craft misc.’ you really have no idea what’s inside!

We ended up with several boxes of junk and several more of newsprint paper from all the wrappings and it felt quite good to get rid of some of the clutter!  A couple of weeks on and the ‘good stuff’ is still in the lounge because there’s nowhere else to put it for now!

After doing all the unpacking I got busy with another new recipe.  This time it was for peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies and Mike LOVES them!!!  They’re his new favourite and I’ve made the recipe several times now.

On Sunday morning we decided to go out for breakfast which is something we haven’t done for a  long time.  We headed up to Third Place and had a lovely breakfast together… and then real life set in and we did the groceries, the recycling and all sorts of other jobs!

This weekend I also found the perfect clock for my art studio.  I spotted it in a local paint shop and as soon as I saw it I knew that it would be fabulous.  Here’s a closer look:


You can’t tell from the photo but this is actually a good sized clock.  It stands 12 inches high and the clock face is 8 inches wide.  I really like the soft green colouring and the distress look of it… very Tim Holtz style!  Now we’ve just got to finish the art studio so that it has a home to go into.

So that was our week… I hope you’re all having a good week too xxx