Monday, 30 July 2007
I really shouldn't blame Emma as she is rarely the instigator - it is all about Ben!
It started innocently enough with Emma wearing her new fairy skirt to the supermarket a couple of years ago. I could handle this as it was only once or twice and she has never shown the inclination since. Now Mr Benjamin is a different story. A month or so ago Ben took to wearing his padded Spiderman suit everyday. I was horrified but realised it was the only way I could get him into something warm. The suit stayed and I tried to pretend he was someone else's child. Then came the Power Ranges faze where he added a sword to the Spiderman suit and karate kicked his way down the isles!
Last week was the highlight....James picked me up from work and we decided to do the family shopping experience. All good I thought. As Ben alighted from the car I realised my mistake. He was wearing a skivvy, a WETSUIT (short arm, short leg) and boots!!! Not only this but he had his boogie board that luckily he was content to leave in the car. If you have seen my son you will know that he has legs like pencils so the whole ensemble looked hysterical.
Emma and I did the only thing we could do - we ditched them!
This morning as I herded them into the car to hit Coles I realised they both were wearing their super hero capes! So if you were in Coles, Yarraville this morning and Buzz Lightyear and the Hi5 super hero passed you by - that was us!
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Burnt at Elwood
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
If you look closely you'll notice they are Rip Curl hats. We have been lucky enough to order a small range from them this season (due to friends in high places) and I think we're the only kids boutique doing them. Usually Rip Curl is the domain of the surf shops but this year we'll have boardies, tees, and accessories to show you.
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Every year when the latest Harry Potter installment is due I re-read the entire series. Now this was fine when 'Chamber Of Secrets' came out as I only had one book to re-read. This time around I have miscalculated and 6 books later I am finally nearing the end of 'Half Blood Prince' and can start on the holy grail. 'Deathly Hallows' is sitting on my bedside table teasing and tempting and so far I have been very good and not read more than the 1st page (couldn't help it)
I'm so glad I have taken the time to read the others again as I know it is going to add so much more to the final chapter.... but now to my problem. I'm so bloody scared someone is going to tell me something about the last book that I'm virtually housebound.
I swear I will place a curse (I can do that you know) on anyone who tries to ruin it for me, accidentally or intentionally!
Monday, 23 July 2007
OUCH! is instore & other stuff.
OUCH have also done infant wear this season which we've been really happy with. (see above)
And as usual I can't keep away from the PJs. Mick thinks I have a PJ problem as I can't resist buying them whenever an agent shows me new ones. He's put a limit on me but I snuck these through and the Snugglebum summer range should arrive soon.
I had a lovely visit at the shop with Dana and Kerri from Market Baby. Always so great to meet people in person that you have got to know through their blog. Hopefully we will be able to stock some of their wonderful products in the near future.
Thank you to everyone who has been sending lovely emails - I know the comments page takes a while so I appreciate you leaving your comments on email.
Lastly I wanted to show you the finished bunks... I can't show the whole room as I'm not clever enough but the bunks are the most important bit anyway. The kids are loving them and they have proved to be a great play space too.
And to JEN and THE MAN! This is for you in honour of your Gilmorness! I salute you!
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Friday, 20 July 2007
11 HOURS UNTIL 'DEATHLY HALLOWS'
Flashback Friday - 1976ish
Angela at Three Buttons has started Flashback Friday and CHALK is joining the fun.
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Jeez snow is cold!
Much discouraged and cursing the poor man under my breath I turned the car around and started heading back down the mountain. The kids were flabbergasted. All this way and NO SNOW.
The day, and my temper were saved by a gorgeous (nearly missed it) patch of forgotten snow just off the roadside in the national park! Out we tumbled and had a good hours fun in the snow.
It really is gorgeous - I was as thrilled as the kids and we all got sopping wet, freezing cold and ravenous. Time to head back to Olinda for a cozy lunch at 'Noel's'. Just perfect - steaming mug of tea, roaring fire, lollipops and sticky date pud. Perfect day.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
summer is coming
I know this because today couriers kept dropping off multiple boxes of stock from our lovely suppliers and if I'm not very much mistaken they are chock full of SUMMER CLOTHES!!! I'm itching to get in there on the weekend and gaze at all the summeriness (nice new word I just developed). I just know it is going to smell of coconut oil and sand is going to spill out of the pockets of all those pretty summer dresses.
As soon as I can I'll post some preview photos so you can all see what the fashionable 4 year old will be wearing this season!
Bizarrely enough, while dreaming of 40 degree days, sunburnt shoulders, and zinc stained t-shirts, the kids and I are planing a day trip to the Dandenongs tomorrow to see ourselves some snow.
We were meant to go today but as we were getting ready Grandpa rang and offered to take them to Scienceworks. I was unceremoniously dumped and off they went to catch some science germs. As luck would have it the rain, and some dive bombing Peregrine Falcons forced James home early and we met for coffee and actually had an uninterrupted conversation. Believe me this is a rare treat these days.
Kids happy, Jen happy, falcons happy!
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Girls Girls Girls
The Gilmores at the movies.
Monday, 16 July 2007
Meet Me At Mike's
I took the kids and went on a visit to Meet Me At Mike's. We had a lovely time browsing through all Pip's goodies and I was able to pick up the apron that I won. I've decided it is going to be perfect for wearing while I'm quilt making as I'm forever forgetting where I've put my scissors/rotary blade/pins etc. Thanks so much Pip and thanks to Violet & Rose who made it.
We came away with choccy frogs, lolly pops,
things that go buzzzz and my new favourite
top which I can't wait for an excuse to wear.
All in all a very satisfying visit.
Saturday, 14 July 2007
I Love Harry
Then Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner Of Azkaban
The Goblet Of Fire
So in anticipation of the new movie I salute you Harry Potter and may Dementors suck out the souls of your enemies!!
Monday, 9 July 2007
I am intending to get lots of quilts made though.
Saturday, 7 July 2007
A Big Stars Hollow Thankyou
And to Alison I say - check your kitchen...I'm sure that's Luke!!
I think I have just found a new (and very useful) skill. I think I can find a 'Gilmore Girls' link for nearly every aspect of my life.
In fact it was so cold it snowed in Yarraville and I stood outside the shop and watched the pretty flakes (this is not true)Tomorrow I am going to play glof with my Dad (also not true)
See what I mean!
Friday, 6 July 2007
Then came the plastering.. wa la... a corner!
Next came my part - hire someone to install built in robes. Let me tell you it was not as easy as it sounds. Many cups of tea were drunk while deciding on the design of cupboards and bunk!
James then moved Emma's bed into the cavity and proceeded to turn it into a bunk.
Tonight we're all set to finish the undercoat and hopefully over the next couple of days I'll be able to show you the next stage.
I'm working in the shop tomorrow so to make my day more interesting I've decided to set you a task! I'd like people to ring me at the shop and ask for Lorelai Gilmore! (feel free to then hang up) Anyone who actually comes in and asks for Lorelai Gilmore will get a free bath squirter!!! Please help fulfill my fantasy. 03 9314 8686
Thursday, 5 July 2007
And More Recycling
After a lovely dinner out with my family, (finally a belated birthday dinner!!) Mum and Dad opened the boot of their car and proceeded to dump box after box of fabric into our car! Apparently the result of a friend doing some cleansing after her mum died. They didn't want to throw it all out so they thought of me...
I am now thinking of you because even though there is some fabulous fabric, not a lot of it is of use to me.
If anyone would like me to send them a parcel of assorted stuff please let me know.
And if anyone knows of any reason why one woman would need this many zips please also drop me a line. I'm thinking fetish but I may be wrong!!
For my birthday my lovely friend Kristine gave me somewonderful fabric offcuts from her TOWNMOUSE range. Her house is an absolute treasure trove of fabric goodies and as well as a great book (I'm loving it Kris), this is what I came home with - Well not quite as I spent a couple of hours cutting it all into squares but you know what I mean.
Today Mum came and picked up the kids for the morning so I was finally able to finish this...
Kris's scraps are now my newest cot quilt! I can't wait to start on the next one.
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
CHALK ON SALE
As of tomorrow (5th July)we will be going on sale.
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You heard it here first!!
A Pair Of Schoolgirls
" There are very few writers who can hold the readers engrossed attention by a narrative of school life - and of schoolgirl life more particularly. Miss Brazil has a definite place amongst those few." (Dust jacket review)
What exactly do you think this bloke is getting at?? Apart from his obvious scepticism of the merit of a story set in school, which offends me no end as I have a particular passion for this genre, his sexist assumption that a story about girls is going to be infinitely harder to render interesting amazes me.
What a tosser!
Needless to say I love this book and the other 15 I have just like it in my bookshelves.