Saturday, January 18, 2014

in this hot weather.....

we've been waking up early, just as the sun comes up, so we can spend as much time as possible outside. 
Early morning 'snap' with my kids - upside down and all! 
We love sitting on my old couch out on the front verandah just simply 'watching'... I've enjoyed working my way through a super special gift over the past couple of weeks 
Getting in some early morning 'hooking' --- cats and all... :) Last ball --- YAY!!!!! 
And am super excited that it is finished and now gifted to its new home... YAY!!!
Wrapped and ready for gifting... :) 
Nothing is quite as refreshing as fresh fruit for smoko on a hot Summers day and we've been enjoying plenty of it - especially these little passion fruit-y treasures..
We're enjoying fresh picked fruit again for smoko this morning --- passionfruit and some of the tiniest apricots I think I've ever seen! Passion-fruit fresh from the vine for 'smoko' this morning... Y U M 
Juiced and popped in to the freezer we're also enjoying fresh fruit ice blocks almost everyday as a way to escape the heat....
enjoying some homemade iceblocks on this gorgeous Summer afternoon --- and yes my feet really are that discustingly DIRTY! 
When the temps drop, late in the afternoon, but it's still too hot to eat dinner I've been baking this - 'Cheese Dip'... OMG, it's amazing!!!! It's goo-y and cheese-y and herb-y and perfect with a crisp cracker and a glass of red, how could I resist - right??! Not exactly what you'd expect to be eating on a Summers day but I just can't help myself - it's that amazing!!!
This is seriously DELICIOUS!!!  Baked cheese dip --- want the recipe? 
And while I whip up a cheese-y baked treat my littlest girl has been busily learning how to make cakes ALL BY HERSELF!!!! - it's kinda her thing at the moment, cup cakes and big cakes and icing and all...
Making a cake with my littlest girl - just perfect! 
And while my littlest girl makes cakes my biggest girl is crafting away at something too - her very own craft-y venture that we launched on my Facebook page last night, super exciting!!!!
Super excited for my girl and her new craty venture --- 'Connie's Creations'...... 
What Summer evening would be complete without a bit of musical fun with the family before the sun goes down,
Bit of musical fun before the sun goes down tonight... 
it gives this mumma a chance to hook away on a little something for herself - a new cushion cover in some vintage hues using gorgeous organic cotton...
Last row before I make a start on the back of my cushion --- YAY! 
And to finish things off - I popped this little package in to the post for a special lady this week. 
Little package on its way to someone special --- I love 'swaps'!
I joined in with Jewel's Australia Day swap and it has been loads of fun!!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

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Today I enjoyed freshly picked tomatoes from the vine for brunch ---- is there really anything better... 
Tomatoes fresh from my vine for 'brunch' today ---- YUM! 
And tonight I'm enjoying spending time with yarn and a hook...
anya
How was your day??

I finally did it --- I joined Instagram today and you can check me out here!
Are you on it yet?

Friday, January 3, 2014

feeling V E R Y spoilt

I just love getting surprises in the mail ---- don't you? 
 
This week saw the arrival of my long awaited Swap parcel from Kimberley. Kim lives in New Zealand and unfortunately they're currently experiencing some MAJOR ISSUES with their postal service (this parcel took a whopping 4 weeks to reach me so you can imagine I was pretty thrilled to see it arrive out here at the farm, safely, at the start of the week)... 
 
How adorable is this wrapping paper - reminds me of the gorgeous papercut work that Rob Ryan does, don't you think?
swap 1
And look at what was inside, a perfect square of pink-y goodness - a washer made for me for the 'Xmas Washer Swap'...
swap 2
And how sweet is this little card which was also attached?!!
swap 3
Here's the washer laid out flat - I just love how this variegated pink cotton has worked up Kim - it's beautiful...
swap 4
And here's the little ornament that she stitched for me as well...
swap 5
Thanks Kim!!! All of my Swap goodies are just PERFECT!!!
 
Have you received anything special in the Post over the past couple of weeks too???