Monday, September 15, 2014

flying by....

Hello x
A quick post , the week in photos .

 Hanging out here at the cottage , looking to give this bbq area a redo...
mid week coffee , hugs and chats with our Son on his lunch break
Findings from a trip to the op shop...

one persons trash is so much more than another's treasure :) Loving my $2 Cath Kidston find..
I may have a Jamie Oliver obsession ...

Fun cookie stamps

Lovely company whilst hanging the washing ..

Weekend Out and about .....Sunday we took a trip to a farmers markets, although this one was very small and rather a little to boutique for us it still made for a good sunday drive, day out , walk in the sunshine , fresh produce and time out..

Needing lots of chocolate fixes I've been trying and taste testing all the good stuff...
 I had written this post very very lengthy about my downer moods and anxiety with a touch of depression .. but I deleted it all ( it was good to just write it all down and get it all out ) you don't need to hear all about my downers ,, I am trying to find my bright and sparklies so thats what I will share :)

I am a little excited as I'm off on an adventure at the end of the week with our grandson Mana , looking after him while mummy works at the Melbourne show,, I have been with them for the Sydney show and again for the Brisbane one and love every minute of our times together ...
Mana and I will be flying back after a week in Melbourne to the Gold coast so Daddy and his sisters can get to see him .... Then I will be staying on the Gold Coast for the next week and spending time with all my grand babies..... ( hehe a bit more than a little exciting ;))

Thanks for popping in
Until next adventure
Take care

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sharing a Yummy choc chip cookie recipe x

Ooh yes I am ,, but before I do I will get you up to speed with the buying of the cottage news .. Yes we finally found out a yes or no...
Unfortunately (or is that fortunately) .... anyways we will "not" be buying the cottage as we have found out it is Heritage listed and with that comes lots of dedication to details and these details have to be passed by the heritage council before any work is undertaken on the cottage ,,, it also has to be taken back to original appearance and that would cost lots of $$ ..  we are feeling although disappointing , it would have been a very , very big job for us to take on....

on wards and upwards we will continue to save and be on the look out for our forever cottage ,, it is out there somewhere....

In the mean time I have this old girl still sitting in the yard waiting for a face lift ( well a total re build its looking like ) ,, I'll be Blooming where I am planted and working on the tasks at hand ;)
A Caravan Cottage
I have moments of downs and moments of ups ..... I'm focusing on the ups and will continue on my Bright and Sparkly Adventure :)

All righty then , I had lured you all here with a Yummy choc chip cookies Recipe and thats what i'll give you ....

                                                                 Choc Chip Cookies
* 150g soft butter                                                                       * 1 egg
* 1/2 cup caster sugar                                                              * 1 3/4 cup Plain flour
* 1/2 cup Brown sugar                                                             * 1 cup Choc chips

Pre heat oven to 160 *c 
Beat butter and sugars until creamy
Beat in egg
Stir/fold in flour and then chic chips
Spoon into balls and place on baking tray, press down slightly.
Bake for 15-18 minutes 

I have made these twice since we heard the news about the cottage... I think they are my go to comfort food
They are so quick and easy to whip up when needing a chocolate fix and I find the rhythmic mixing , folding and combining of simple ingredients therapeutic :)
I used Dark chocolate buttons in these ones and they are Delish.....
I am not a big fan of cookie dough .... But I Luv it cooked ...
I love , love , love my choc chip cookies gooey and squishy in the middle with a slight crunch to the outside and this recipe deliver's every time ,,,,,,

It truly is a no fail recipe,, trust me I have made them in all sorts of moods ..... :)
Until next adventure
Take Care

Monday, September 1, 2014

Spring has sprung ( getting out of limbo mode)

Hello , Welcome .....

I have been wanting to get back here and blog some wonderful exciting news....

But well ,,,,, we are still waiting for conformation ,to see if we are on our way to owning our very own cottage, ( mortgagee sale = searches ontop of searches,Rural zoning means we could have to come up with 30% of deposit so trying to get it classed as rural residential as is has town water and sewer,,,and getting a home loan from a bank = waiting time for more searches) , and I didn't want to jinks our little cottage dream from coming true,,,, But you see its been over a months since we looked at, put in a contract and a deposit down on this ( down v here v ) shabby old cottage.....
Potential Potential Potential in my eyes.

and I am excited and anxious and wanted to make sure it was ours before i shared the news,,, I have been dreaming of our very own cottage , renting has its limits when you love to renovate and decorate as much as I do.... we have done up a house on the gold coast and also designed and built a little cottage for our eldest daughter when she was having a little family of her own.... plus we totally revamped our 40 foot motor home.. so I have been having a few withdrawals from renovating and making this shabbiest of old cottages into a home would give us some life back into our everyday...
Yep sure I have made Avondale cottage our home and we have painted a few walls and planted a garden, but its not the same,, its not OURS.... anyways we hope to know for sure if this ^^^^ cottage will be our very own...hopefully this week.... I am sure to scream it with joy from the roof tops for all to hear my utmost joy if all turns out and she is :). If not , well I am ready to except that it's the universe telling us all was not well and it was not for us x ..I just want to know..

 On with news that is in the here and now :)..

 I have been feeling in a state of ,,, lets call it limbo,, waiting for the sale to go through, waiting on the weather to be warmer, waiting on my days of going down to the gold coast and looking after my wonderful grand babies for 10 days to be done, waiting , waiting... really I think its just been an excuse I've used because I've been lazy, a little depressed maybe... I am not sure but I needed to get out of the slum feeling I had been in,, I needed to get off my butt, feel grateful for the wonderful opportunities my every day brings and just bloom where I am planted in the here and now!!! So I have made myself get up and out and about and with that comes the start of a few little make over projects...
I had been on the search for bentwood chairs as I love the old world cottage look of them,, being on a tight budget ( saving for a home and all) I had not yet found any within my budget....
But with a little on a whim call into the local op shop I came across these not sure of what make but totally adorable chairs,,,,I promptly swung these up and over my shoulders when I seen them and the wonderful price tag attached.
Yes Yes yes that is $5 for the Pair ;)....

A good scrub has the not so good for sitting on one ending up in the bathroom for now :) ,, with the new spring bringing in the sunshine my mini carnation is happily sitting here too...
A $3 op shop find basket holds cushions from the lounge that the mister Man has taught Pippin to push off ( He thinks cushions are a waist of bum seat space.... I love cushions, I do seem to have a collection ... so a constant joke in our cottage.... I find them in all sorts of strange places!!) I do like them plopped in here though so all is well ;)..
It amazing what a few budget friendly op shop finds will do for the spirit :),,,,

Another thing I have been trying to do is eat,, and not only eat but eat well,, (yep in my recent limbo days I often forgot to eat,, or was that just to lazy to! didn't help the energy levels at all!!)

I do love food!! and I loved turning a simple meal into something a little special...I had lived by this saying "bread and water can so easily be turned into tea and toast" ... So today, I got myself up and set up a little lunch out on the veranda, it was lovely and didn't take much time at all to pop together..... we enjoyed simple food , sunshine and a chat.....
Well my lovelies,, some more offerings have come in from the garden so ill be off to get a wonderful nourishing meal on the table tonight :)
Thanks for popping in , and thank you for being here for me to share my days doings :) ,, it makes me more willing to get off my lazy bottom and bloom where I am planted , and share my blooming good life and finds and creations with ya'll oxoxoxox

Until next adventure
Take care

Thursday, August 14, 2014

So....... where there is fire there is smoke!

Hello ,, Im down on the Gold Coast looking after my awesome grandkids while our big kids do the Brisbane ekka show,,,,

I have been wanting to share this little post for a while so here it is.... I'm pressing Publish as I scrub baby food of my and Mana's face ,, and getting the girls ready for the morning school run :)

Ok here we go , ;),,,,,I had a little mis hap the other week, Did you know that sometimes with a fire place there can be a back draft ? I didn't ,,
Did you know even if the door is closed the smoke can come out?,, I didn't ,,

Anyways I found out this can and will and did happen!!
one lovely chilly sunday afternoon , after a trip to the local markets for fruit and veg and an axe to chop fire wood...
we pulled on our boots and had a lovely walk around the paddock collecting sticks for kindling and logs for chopping..
the dogs even got in on the act bringing us sticks :)

with our wheel barrow full we tramped back up to the cottage to get settled in for the night
whilst hubby was chopping up some of the bigger logs I went in and happily started stacking the kindling in the fire just the way he had showed me to....

I lit the little fire starter popped it under my stack of kindling watched as it took hold and shut the door.....
Now is when the trouble started...... I went out into the breeze way to start boxing up the rest of the logs, turned around and the cottage was full of smoke ... eeekkkkk

Now I don't like fire at the best of times so this was a bit of a panic starter,,, I ran back in to find the fire place was just spewing out smoke, Hubby came bolting in wondering what was going on and I was just standing there wondering that myself???

he took action and opened the door of the fire place and stacked more logs on,, bigger logs to get the fire raging ,,

I ran around opening all windows and doors to get the smoke out...
I was on the brink of tears ( one because I had smothered my beloved cottage in smoke and two because said smoke was choking me to tears mmmm)
Anyways Hubby was not to sensitive to my tears and had a few little choice words for me....
Always one to admit my mistakes and take them on as a learning curve I googled what I could have possibly done wrong!!!!

Ok so it wasn't entirely my fault,, I didn't know that you can get a back draft .. But I do now..... it could happen IF :: it is a windy day and the wind comes down the chimney, to find out if you have a back draft you must first light a bit of paper and if the smoke goes "up" the chimney your safe to go.. Oh and the bigger you get the fire going will help to get the chimney heated to suck up the smoke.. there is also something about if the temperature is the same inside as it is out side then you are more likely to have a back draft....
((Just saying it is safe to say that I will leave the fire starting duties to the expert then!!!!))

Well I'm off to adore my grankids and smother them in kisses OXOXOX

Until next Adventure
Take care

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A little crochet and a rainbow ottoman..

 Hello again....
Coming to you from shabby little avondale cottage on this beautiful sunshiny winters day...

I have had a little mishap,, running out of internet usage and also the battery charger of my new camera zapped and blew with the battery in it , in my hand mind you,,,,,, I will be going back into the place of purchase soon to see about that!!!

ok so after having the awful flue and feeling a bit down I needed some colour in my life

It was a lovely day out in the yard so I grabbed my suit case full of wool and unfinished projects and set to work :) the main one was a lovely coloured cover for this ugly ottoman...

around and around I crocheted , colour change after colour change ,, it was wonderful watching it grow so brightly :)

I sort of tidied my wool case too :)

here she is all finished.
I sit here most nights with my cuppa and crochet on the coffee table and my back rested up against the lounge ...

Thats when this lil man isn't on it.... Yep Pip has claimed it,, he has been known to let me share though so alls good ;)
Anyways you can find the basic rainbow crochet in the round pattern HERE at crochethealingandraymond .
Once I got to the width I needed I just kept crocheting the same amount around each colour and that shapes it down, once I had covered my ottoman I then missed a few stitches around the bottom to make it tighter ( if you know what I mean ;)
 It has been a bit on the chilly side here at the cottage and the manager of the property we are renting found us this wonderful wood fire ,,, it has taken place of the old wood burning stove,, (she was lovely to look at but was no longer in a working order.).... I am loving this little beauty , keeping us very cosy indeed ...

with my hands cold but wanting my fingers free I fell in love with the idea of these wrist warmers I had seen on pinterest . So I had a bit of a search and found a pattern for these ones ,, aren't they adorable .. you can find the free pattern HERE at if you would like to make some :)
 Ooh I also made ,,,who I like to call Spunky Monkey,,, Mine is a little different looking than the pattern I used,, i did use the basic pattern just added a few extra details ,, so you could too ,, again this one is a free pattern and you can find it HERE at

I have had a bit of a rest from crochet this week and am really missing it so I will be back soon with some more fun pattern links ,,,,,, and maybe some really exciting news ;)
I picked this up at the markets this morning and I believe it is a sign ... mmm yes it is a sign,, but I mean a sign that I must do what it says ....
 Well my sweets I am off to water my poor old dried out  frost bitten garden ..

 Until next adventure
Take care

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bed socks and cough drops.....

Hello, Hope you had a wonderful weekend x

Mine was full of bed socks and cough drops and lazy days of rest,, and crochet,, so it wasn't all bad ;)
I while ago I had my first attempt at crocheting socks, not the best attempt, my stitch count was all over the place, but I had fun learning and they are still wearable haha and warm.

I used a pattern I found on YouTube Here at Glama's if you would like to try :)

I made mine shorter and added a little edging...
I think I will be having another go at them for next winter . I am a slow learner of crochet so my project list had been very limited,, granny square blankets to be precise lol :)... but lately I have been a crazy crochet addict and getting a little more confident along the way,,  I have found some great tutorials and patterns on this here interweby so I'll be sharing as I find and complete a project...

I am feeling Much better on this beautiful monday, so I have made the bed and put the cough drops out of reach for now :) its amazing what a good rest and relax can do for you ...

while I'm on about crochet I had a go at these house slippers too,, again my stitch count is all wrong but they fit and kept the bottom of my feet warm as I have been shuffling around the cottage ;)
 You can find the pattern for them HERE at knotyournanascrochet ,,once again I changed it a little ( or didn't finish it all :) .. I opted for a colour granny square and not the extra heart on top :)...

I have since been out to spotlight and got myself some sweet little stitch markers so I'm all set to keep hooking in the round till my hearts content ....

I am that addicted to crochet that I have a special car blanket going :) its for my new lil car and I only do it in the car ( haha ,,, only when Jim's driving though,,,on the account that he says I do not have a passenger or back seat drivers licence so could I kindly not tell him how to drive lol) Lucky I don't get car sick and can get a lot of crochet done in the car
Yesterday the sun was shining so I moved my bedroom antics out onto the lawn, sorted my suit case full of the wool stash kind, found lots of unfinished crochet projects in there too,,, Ooh and finished off one of them,, a big round granny cover for my ugly ottoman :) tell ya about that later ....
Catch ya on the other side of the rainbow Lovelies
Until next adventure
Take care