It’s been… AGES!!!!

Oh sigh, I’m one of those people that once I’m in a groove, I am great – I am in the flow, I am productive, I am consistent… BUT, if I get out of the groove – Totally hopelss at getting back in it! So this is what has happened here, I got out of the groove.. I neglected my blog. Life took over. Motherhood. Yes that’s right, Real Life.

And hey, you know what, I realised that is OK!

As the days went past I grew more distant from my bog as life got busier, and it got harder to get myself to add a new post. I kept telling myself I should. And then the guilt took over. Which is a horrible, silly thing to feel about a blog. This was supposed to be fun, a way of sharing my ideas and creative experiences, a way of sharing my motherhood. Not a ball and chain around my ankle, a lead weight on my shoulders. It was not supposed to bring me down. I have enough demands already to add another self imposed one to the list. So I have had to have a serious word with myself, and let go of the guilt, and the pressure, and let go a bit. It is ok to get out of the groove here. So long as I can focus on the important things in life, having fun with my boys and trying to find time to be creative for myself. I am going to stop feeling like this is something I HAVE to do, and more like it is something I WANT to do. Not necessarily once a week (my original aim) but simply when the whimsy takes me. (I no, don’t think I have ever written the word ‘whimsy’ in my life before).

So what I have I been up to in the past 7 or so weeks? Too many things to count!

Here are a selection of some moments…

MAIDFinallly got some business cards printed for my new lable. ‘MAID” stands for Maker, Artist, Illustrator and Designer. Whoop! I will be adding things to http://www.phoebegander.com for sale in New Zeland, but again, progress is slow due to my limited time to be creative!

IMG_2288 Flower and shell arrangement for me from Sen. Love him. X

DSCF1458Making felt pizzas.

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Zuchinni brownies. Making. Eating. YUM.IMG_3046These two. XXXXXXXX

Right, I have quite a few blog posts to add, but they will come when I have the time and energy, and not a moment sooner! x

 

Joy Is…

Oh Rocky…
Homemade rocky roadMmmm the joy of homemade Rocky Road. YUM. And Soooooo easy. My version goes like this –

Rocky Road:

Melt 250 gm bar of dark chocolate in bowl over boiling water, pour into a bowl which has a handfull of each – mini marshmallows, pistachios, dried cranberries, puffed rice cereal (maybe two of these, I used gluten free), and a pinch of flaked seasalt. (feel free to add what you like though, crushed biscuits and chopped dried apricots or dried cherries are a hit too) Stir, and pour into a 9 x 13 inch tray lined with greased baking paper. Chill. Dust with icing sugar. Cut. Eat. If any remain, save in a tin which you will then open immediately and eat more from. Life is short, just enjoy it!

Treasure huntersChilly winter walk with friends on the beach to look for burried ‘treasure’ (I sneakily hid some sweets/lollies) Any little pirate loves this activity.

marble run towerMarble run tower. How could you not love this! Great rainy day fun, and only $10 on sale too so a total bargain that has provided hours of entertainment.

Beautiful child portraitMy baby boy. Ahhh I just Love him. Look at those eyes! x

Pansy printingPansy printing that we did at our local playcentre – Literally the best thing ever!!!! I will do a proper blog post on the soon. Involves real pansies and a hammer, but even then I got much more into it then my son, oops.. for a change…  resluts are so pretty as you can see. Joy! x

It’s been a while…

Ah its been a bit quiet on the creative front lately (understatement) due to several factors… the main one being our whole household getting infected wirth strep throat!

Joy definetly isn’t Streptococcus . Strep is not something I was that familiar with. Oh but I am now believe me!

There wasn’t much that helped sooth my throat except a remedy I made from a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey.

Sore throat cure

Sore and strep throat remedy:

  • 1 tablespoon of melted or runny Honey – (organic Manuka honey would be the best to use, but I used whatever was to hand)
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (again, organic would be best I’m sure)
  • half a cup of water

Basically mix ingredients in a glass and gargle then spit out first, then gargle and then swallow the second time. Do this every hour. I kept my mixture in a jar in the fridge until I needed it.

It really helped to sooth it ansd I’m sure worked more effectivly then the antibiotics!

Here are some photos of us at our worst…

IMG_5402Poor little J probably had it bad. Very high fever, vomiting, and very swollen pussy tonsils, and an ear infection. I have never seen him so poorly 😦

IMG_4334Next to go down was me, I also got a lovely eye infection to complement the other symptoms nicely…

IMG_5434Mmmm attractive close up, it was so itchy and sore!

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And then it was poor S who was hit, and my husband too but luckily he got onto antibotics very quickly and evaded most of the symptoms other then a sore throat. Phew! S got strep and the eye infection as well… 4 days of not eating and finally he had an ice lollie (ice block to NZers!) IMG_5511

Finally everyone was on the mend and I breathed a sigh of relief that things could go back to normal… But I relaxed too soon, as one week later I was driving home and my car was ht by a drunk driver! Luckily I was alone without the kids and was hit on the passenger side. I have to say it was one of the scariest moment of my life when I was hit and both airbags went off. Plus, the naughty scoundrel drove off, but the hapless fool didn’t reckon on the fact that he had left part of his car beind with the number plate on it, so the police were quickly on his tail and caught him, ha! He is being charged on 3 counts, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing the scene of an accident. Unfortunately I had to spend 3 hours horizontal in a neck brace in A&E which was scary, but 8 x-rays later I was given the all clear and could go home and hug my family. It’s definately times like these that make me question why we live in New Zealand so far away from family…

car crash

Still, I am counting my blessings as even though the car is a written off, we had insurance and I walked away pretty much unharmed.

Life is precious, don’t sweat the small stuff people! x

Underwater ‘Fireworks’

Not really fireworks at all. Just a simple experiment ulitising the properties of oil and water, and the beautiful result of food colouring unfurling and spreading wonderful patterns and colour in front of your astonished child (and your own) eyes.DSCF9188

Note – before you start, explain carefully to your child that there will be no real fireworks invloved, just an underwater display similar to firewrks. That way you won’t have a sulking toddler on your hands. Just saying…

You will need:

  • Glass jar,vase or similar (Taller and slim is better that a bowl)
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons oil – any veg oil will do
  • Red, yellow, blue food colouring – no more them 3 drops of each colour
  • small measuring jug
  • measuring spoon
  • teaspoon

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Directions:

Fill you jar/vase 3/4 full with water

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Pour your oil into a small, easy pour jug. Add 2-3 drops of each food colouring no more then this, LESS IS MORE! (*note, we first did this with 3 colours, the second time with just two. I actually preferred only 2 colours as they mixed to form a secondary colour i.e. yellow and blue made green, the 3 colours together ended up a brown shade which wasn’t so exciting. Too much food colouring won’t give you good ‘fireworks’) Let your child to stir the oil and food colouring into the jug to break the droplets apart, they won’t mix.

DSCF9158Give it a good stir!

Tell small person to carefully, slowly (s.l.o.w.l.y….gahh we had one big mess when it all overflowed) pour the oil mixture into the water. Now wait…it takes a little bit of time…but sit back and watch with fascination as the oil and water separate, and ‘ta-daaaah!’ there you have it, underwater fireworks!

DSCF9186 DSCF9172 DSCF9177We repeated this a few times till they got bored, (which usually takes S about 5 minuts) It was really was interesting seeing the different colour combinations and wacthing the colours slowly unfurl in the water, just a little bit magical. I’m not sure if ‘fireworks’ is the best term for this underwater display, but it kind of adds to the drama so I’m going to stick with it!

Oh S wanted me to stir the water too and it created a whilrpool, which was fun to watch and another learning moment! DSCF9163 A quick and easy indoor activity. x