Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Readers Are So Awesome

 A long while ago, the remarkable Allana from High Maintenance Hippy gave me a "Versatile Blogger Award".  I was completely suprised and abashed and amazed that the bloggy world could be so lovely.  And it IS lovely, you know?  Especially this crafty-cookingy-handmadey-vintagey-arty-creative bloggy world - everyone seems to get on with everyone just fine, there's heaps of encouragement and inspiration and not a skerrick of the negativity I have seen on blogs of other genres where everyone seems to get all catty and hateful and such!  I have noticed that even if someone has a different opinion to the norm, everyone is very respectful of it and that is a really, really nice thing to see.  I often wish the outside world could  adjust their attitudes to be a little more like the inside creative bloggy world!!  Wouldn't that be great?

Anyway, the lovely Kat from Books, Crafts and Pretty Things  was also kind enough to pass on an award recently - the "Stylish Bloggers Award".  And once again I was completely suprised and abashed and amazed and  I also remembered that I had forgotton all about the last award which I had meant to post about, but, well, life gets in the way sometimes, I'm sure you'd all agree!!

So I wanted to take this opportunity to thank both Allana and Kat for their awards and general awesomeness.

 There appear to be some rules to the receiving of said bloggy awards and luckily for me, the rules for both of these awards are pretty much the same.

1. Thank the person that gave it to you

2. Pick 15 blogs you love/15 recently discovered blogs and pass the award along
Hmmmm, I have not really had the opportunity to go in search of new blogs lately, though my tried and trues are all in my sidebar and if you feel like passing a little traffic their way I'm sure they'd really appreciate it.  So I'm going to change this one up a little.  I'm going to give a virtual award to every one of my readers instead, because without you my blog just wouldn't be the same!  Thank you, each and every one, for being so kind as to drop by here now and then and to even leave a comment if you see fit.  You all make a big difference to my day.  Please accept my "Truly Awesome Reader Award" for you are all truly awesome and completely fabulous.  All you need do to accept this award is say "I am totally awesome and fabulous!  I know 'cause Lillabilly told me so!"  and give yourself a hearty pat on the back.  Also, you should feel free to go eat some chocolate.  'Cause that makes everyone feel good.

3. Contact those folks and tell them that you love them
In case you hadn't already noticed, people, I heart you heaps.  I do.

4.Share seven things about yourself
Ooh, interesting!  Here goes...

1. I will eat something I don't like, without complaint, as long as it's "good for me"
2. The only exception to number 1. is sushi...the seaweed part...EWWW.  And I really wish  I liked it because it is so good for me!
3. My primary school athletics house colour was a foul goldy-yellow.  I have hated that colour to this very day.  Thank goodness Miss Six is in the red team!  GOOO RED!
4. I always, always, always overthink things.  And then groan at myself and tell myself to get past it already.
5. When I was quite young I used to want to write and illustrate children's books.  In fact, a small part of me would still like to do that one day.
6. I am completely petrified of cockroaches and those nasty big locust grasshoppers.  Spiders are totally fine, though.
7. I'm Italian and I don't drink coffee.  Except on Easter day when I have it black with heaps of sugar and a lovely big slice of pannetone.  Go figure.

Perhaps you'd like to share something interesting about yourself too?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Back To School Hairstyles

Back to school hairstyles for one and all!  Well, for little girls, actually.  I know quite a few of my readers have school aged girls and if they are like Miss Six and attend a school with headlice going round on a regular basis (isn't that every school?) then you might like to check out this fabulous, fabulous website (and many Youtube vids) for hairstyle ideas which will keep your little one's hair tied back and tidy and not so tempting to those lice.  (We also use a completely natural defence spray called Quitnits from the chemist which contains essential oils as well - an ounce of prevention and all that!)

Some of Miss Six's most favourite (and some of the easiest) styles we've tried so far are the loony braids, fishtail braids and the triple flipped ponytails, but there are soooo many to chose from - some tricker than others and many that would do fantastically for special occasions too.  You can even learn how to french braid in a zillion different ways, if, like me, you are completely hopeless at that!  (I'm still learning...)

I must say, I wish I'd discovered this before Valentine's day - check out these double heart twists!

So very cute, no?

Happy hairstyling, folks!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Something To Make You Happy

Beatles songs are always heaps of fun to wail along to but they are even more fun when sung by a cute amigurumi ukelele duo! 

See?  I bet you're smiling.

Friday, February 4, 2011

What's On Your Table?

Lovely Pip from the legendary Meet Me At Mikes has shown what's on her table this morning.

Here's what's on mine...

1. New and vintage crossstich and prints framed and waiting to be hung
2. Vintage crossstitch with broken glass waiting to be replaced
3. Vintage bird print in the process of being framed
4. Cocktail umbrellas I am planning to do something funky and cool with
5. Miss Six's tyrannosaurus, waiting to get it's hips glued
6.My new Stitch Dictionary by Lucinda Ganderton

Both the crossstiches are very special as they were done by my hubby's grandmother who is no longer with us.

What's on your table this morning?