Welcome to my world behind the scenes as I attempt to run a business with no idea what I am doing. I Love comments/ advice/opinions or just a quick G'day so please talk to me. I adore hearing/learning/chatting with you all so every comment is most welcome.!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Janome and me

So Jen, my best friend of 27 years told me to get a Janome sewing machine, so I did. I was very happy but I needed more. So I asked her what kind of Overlocker she used and she said she has had her Janome for 20 years. So here it is.... my new Janome

And I have no bleedin idea how to use it!!


Thursday Craft Shoppe

Hand made gorgeousness!

Pre loved crafty books

and 50 cents , yes 50 cents!!
boxes and boxes of them!
Im in mag heaven

Thanks again to the Narre Warren community centre craft shop for my weekly dose of therapy.
L was away again, holidaying in Queensland half her luck. L is a painter and has got her groove back so I'm hoping I can get some of her stuff to show you. Wow, I know a real live artist. We have a few actually. D is a brilliant artist too and can paint virtually anything she sees. Oh to have such talent!


Friday, June 20, 2008

Email address unavailable

Due to it being tax time I am without my email address until the 1st of July because my husband wasn't happy with the website host( not sure of terminology, that's my husbands department). I love getting emails from everyone so I thought I would warn you that I will not be receiving any for a few weeks. At least for a few weeks my email cant be used for evil either. I am so sick of being asked by people I don't know if I want my p-nis updated or would I like an extra 3 inches......... I would like to lose 3 inches around my waste perhaps so don't be trying to give me any extra inches.
My brain is bursting with ideas, plans and creations. Alas, my paperwork is a fright even though I have owned and run business' for nearly 2 decades of my life and I worked a few part and full time admin jobs during it. Whether it be a universal plot or a coincidence, I have 3 other separate bureaucratic bundles of "bleh" Thank goodness I had my morning with the craft shop girls yesterday. It was much needed therapy.
So no creating for me. Just paperwork. Its 8:30am. Time to get working


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday Craft Shoppe Narre Warren

This picture may not look like much but it is my bedroom window. The shadows and the misty hazy look are indicative of Autumn almost Winter and the shadowy outline of leaves always makes me smile and be thankful its not summer. These curtains are never open in Summer. Many people passing by this blog wouldn't realize that in our Estate, washing of windows is banned and it has to be done without using a hose at all just like the car and anything exterior. So if my windows look dirty, blame the drought and the fines you get if you appear to be using water without a permit. I get looks because my garden is so green and lush, um geeze Mr frowny passer by, haven't you ever heard of mulching?....... anyhow
Off to work

And didn't I work hard. Not
I laughed as I knitted and finished this scarf which reminds me of coconut ice. P came in armed with mags for our 50 cents used mags stand and for the life of me I cant see how they can call them used. Not a mark on them and all intact. These ones are mine mine mine. G, our friendly volunteer handy man came in for coffee and told us a story that made us laugh so hard I don't know if we could have contained ourselves if a customer walked in. Good thing we work for nothing or our pay might have gotten docked.

The magazine stand has been restocked so if you live near Narre Warren go and grab one for 50 cents. You cant even tell they're not brand new. Stacks of embroidery and quilting, homespun mags.
I will leave you with a pic of my 7 year old on Tuesday night kneading the bread for every ones school lunches on Wednesday. We flattened out the focacia dough, smeared it with Vegemite and cheese, rolled it up, chopped it into slices and voila! Cheese and Vegemite focacia scrolls. Mum didn't have to make any sandwiches in the morning because it had the bread and all the innards combined. See how fab it is when kids can cook. Clever me bought a 5kg pack of baking flour today....................plotting

I will take pics of the finished product next time. If I'm not too lazy.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Kids in the Kitchen

My family history of cooking.

Baby Boomers recipes

This well worn book was given to me by my step mum,
Pickle it, preserve it, or put it in a pie

X Generation recipes
This book was given to me by mum at age 7
Butter butter and more butter.

Y Generation recipes
Mum(Nanni bought this for Jazz )
Fresh fruit, veggies with a tiny bit of not harmful but could be good for you oil with a smidgen of cheese but not too much because you might die.(until dietitians change their minds yet again) Basically It has everything the 2 above books have, without the copious amounts of fat and salt.

3 generations of styles in cooking. Once the basics are taught, my mum and I have hundreds, yes really, hundreds, of cook books for the kids to peruse to enhance their cooking experience. My brothers were both expected to learn to cook and one of them makes a wicked pasta marinara with all fresh ingredients. My dads favourite recipe was toad in a hole. He couldn't grasp proportions though and made too much and being a baby boomer, wouldn't let us leave the table till we ate it...
So anyhow whats the big deal about our kids learning to cook?

Parents reap the rewards.

Jasna's Go nuts for donuts cake
Before I go on let me just state, I teach my kids to cook very early and expect them all to be self sufficient in the kitchen by around 11ish. Its not because I have a brilliant maternal streak in me that wants to share in the process of creating a meal whilst bonding with my offspring.
Its more like, learn to cook as soon as possible so that I don't have to. Plus, I am their mum, its my job to teach them anything that was taught to me and the 3 boys are expected to know their way around a kitchen too. And laundry, and the washing line.......
These days there are barely any gender roles expected of either sexes so my future 3 daughter in laws will thank me for training the lads to be less needy than their grand dads(no offence grand dads, but hey, its a well know fact us chicks and the dames of your era worked hard too so clean yer own dunny).
Gosh I sound common when I revert to talking in brackets don't I ? Sorry mum.
Whilst the 17yr old can whip us up our Friday night fried feast in a flash, the 11 yr old can manage ramen noodles, brevilles, lots of cups of coffee for mum and he makes a mean pancake.
The 7 year old now is in charge of his own nuked noodles and on occasions whips up some toast for mum, cut specially into squares. They can all manage cakes and cookies and home made pizza, meh, too easy.
My biggest success so far is exploiting my daughters talent for baking. She is a natural and she likes it. She was never forced to like it or to do anymore than learn basics yet she has evolved into quite a baker. So I'm the tinker, my mums the tailor, all we need now is the candle stick maker...
Not only is it essential to teach kids basic skills around the home, its a blessing for all mums and dads. We can barely afford to take the 6 of us out to a nice restaurant and I don't consider maccas, kfc or red rooster a restaurant . But when your kids cook you dinner after you have worked all day and dish it up to you, any memories of recent teenage drama dissolve. What better investment can a savvy working parent make than to teach their kids to cook. And do washing, vacuum, hang out the washing.......... And that coffee brought to you as you plonk yourself in your favorite chair,,,, bliss.
Jazz made us chicken snitzel rolls for tea and while she was in the mood she got creative with a chocky rock recipe.

Tonights culinary creation from the angsty teen with tude

33cm in diameter and she isn't sharing.....
clever girl!!
I have put on 2 pounds just looking at that.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday Craft shop Narre Warren

21 years ago, a couple of mums had an idea and thanks to them, 21 years later Narre Warren has a place to go to chat, craft and create. Thanks Phyl and Julie and the Narre Warren Community Centre for providing such a haven in our community especially for us.

Phyl returned from her European trip looking very fit and tanned and it was fab to see her back at the shop today. If you were ever going to have a boss lady, make sure you get one like Phyl, she is ace.
We had one volunteer missing today because her mum is not doing so good and I'm sending P a massive cyber hug and support to get her through the weeks ahead. She has many people here who think she is the bees knees and will be here for her through this.
Another missing volunteer is my mate Linny. It was so quiet without her, no giggling like school girls while I drink coffee and she sips boiled water. The 11:30 helper returned from Canberra after visiting her brand new baby grand daughter. CONGRATULATIONS M.
Here she is modeling one of the new crocheted baby blanket/shawls a clever member has made.

Just thought I would show my cup cakes again on display in the shop because I can

and another plug for one of the members who does custom made candles.

And look at what Soz has been up to. Gorgeous baby polyfleece hats! Only $5

Marg, Soz and myself are going to whip up some denim totes with the craft shop logos on them to help support the shop. And to promote our belief in caring for the environment by using natural reusable bags. Soz has made some toys ready to go for Meet me at Mikes "softies for Mirabel" which has prompted me to pull my finger out... yikes, how does she do it all? There are so many more women that donate there time to our community shop and I hope to plug them all eventually because I don't care if I sound like a broken record. The men and women that donate their time so generously to help the community deserve every mention possible. I am always in awe of how many devoted people there are doing so much for nothing more than the satisfaction than knowing they are helping.
OK , I'm getting all mushy again arn't I? If you can't get to our local community craft shop in Narre to support us then do your own community a favor and ask how you can help them or maybe they have a craft shop like us or something totally different. If you cant help them, take the time to say a hello to a volunteer and maybe even thank them. Cheers


Tax time

I'd rather be doodling like this

or dabbling in something like that

but I'm neck deep in all that's mundane

because it is time to do my tax!


Sunday, June 1, 2008

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