Monday, 28 February 2011

Noah's Ark - Oceans & Floods

Julia (Miss 4) was quite amazed by the pictures on TV of the recent floods in Queensland. She has been playing with her Noah's Ark and we have talked about that story, and the local creek recently rose quite high and flooded the community paths so she has seen what too much rain can do.
It seems now that every large body of water is a "flood". We live near a large lake and last time we crossed the bridge she exclaimed "Hey Mum, look at that huge flood!"

We are planning a holiday to the USA and have been talking to Julia (Miss 4) about it. She is very excited to be going on an aeroplane to get to our destination.

A few days ago, we passed by a shop with a range of world globes, so we stopped to look at them. Julia showed me where Australia is on the globe, then I showed her where we will be going.

"It's a good thing we are going on a plane to get there", she said. "Because there are a lot of floods on the way".

Noah's Ark
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Monday, 21 February 2011

Sesame Street: No More Nappies - Starting school

My little girl has grown up and has started pre-school this year. Julia (Miss 4) is so happy to be there that she hardly gave me a second glance as she walked in the door.
I've enjoyed her baby stage and her toddler stage and I'm really looking forward to this pre-school year because she is going to learn so much and have so much fun while doing it. I love watching her grow up and develop new skills and friendships, and experience so many new things.

We were talking about school a short while ago and had a memorable conversation that strikes me as one of those beautiful simplistic views of the world as seen by a 4-year-old.

Julia: "I'm looking forward to high school!"
Me: "You've got a while to go yet - first you go to pre-school, then primary school, then high school and then university".
Julia: "What do you do at university?"
Me: "You can learn how to be lots of things, like a teacher or an accountant".
Julia: "What does an accountant do?"
Me: "Works with numbers".
Julia: "Oh, like The Count - you know Mum, from Sesame Street".


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$21.50 each with free shipping for delivery within Australia only.
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Monday, 14 February 2011

Giveaway winners & my own handmade endeavours

Drum roll please! Here are the winners, drawn at random for each handmade package and advised via email.
Package 1 goes to Kim Scott and Package 2 goes to Lib from Lib Creative.
Congratulations to you both!

Thank you so much to everyone who took a look at my blog, visited all those lovely Facebook pages and websites and sent in competition entries. I hope you all found lots to like on those wonderful FB pages. Thanks also to my amazingly talented FB friends who let me share their goodies with you!

I am now dabbling in the handmade world myself too! I have a new Facebook page Mini-Me Handcrafts with my own handcrafted items - at present I am busy with children's crocheted ponchos. It's wonderful to be creating something to share and I hope you will take a look and "like" my new page.

These ponchos are currently available in sizes 1-2, 3-4 & 5-6. Actual sizing & prices will depend on the type of yarn and individual stitching for each poncho. I use both natural & acrylic yarns, depending on what suitable yarns are available - I have made some gorgeous ponchos in an alpaca/wool mix which are ready to go on my page, and currently working on a very colourful acrylic in a thicker style yarn which will keep a lucky girl very warm this winter!

This is just the start of my new handmade ventures...

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Monday, 7 February 2011

A Handmade Celebration & Giveaway!

You should all know by now that I love beautiful handmade clothes, and Julia's wardrobe is full of gorgeous outfits made by so many talented friends on Facebook. But my love of handmade extends past dresses & skirts to the many other wonderful handmade goodies that can be found on Facebook, and I'd love to share some with you too.

So to celebrate 1500 Facebook "likers" for Jelly Bean Books, it's time for another giveaway competition! I have two little packages of beautiful handmade goodies to give away, all made by my wonderful Facebook friends.

Package 1:
Covered diary by Anita at Winnie&Clem
Little Shopper Tote by Amanda at appleberry kids
Set of Lunchkins reusable sandwich & snack bags by Kelli at KelliOne & Lunchkins
Ultimate design dress (size 4) by Tracey at Sugar an Spice
Strawberry bows & clips by Katrina at Bowlicious Boutique
Button ponytail ties by Eloise at Itty Bitty
Pandora bracelet by Sonia at Sonni Lou Designs
Chockitty Rocky Road by Chivonne at Chockitty Rocky Road
Coin purse/mini pouch by Michelle at Lella M
Business card holder by Jac at Jac & Skeet

Package 2:
Covered diary & pouch by Kerry at MyOneBrownMouse
Charlie cap (50cm) by Anita at Winnie & Clem
Happy Bugs skirt (size 3) by Melissa & Scott at maggiej designs
Pink Korker Streamer Hair Ties by Bec at Pretty Things Distract Me
Owl clips by Simone at Incy Wincy Bows
DS Duffel with shoulder strap by Jac at Jac & Skeet
Dolly bracelet by Lorraine at Punky Pixie Bracelets
Chockitty Rocky Road by Chivonne at Chockitty Rocky Road
Zippered coin purse by Jacq at Feralique
Sewing companion by Leila at Ila Star Creations

I must tell you that these are all new items - I'm only giving these away because I have purchased some for myself too! If you would like to know more about these beautiful items, please take a look at the photo album on my Facebook page.

For a chance to win one of these fantastic handmade packages, all you have to do is visit & "like" these wonderful Facebook pages, answer the 18 questions below, then email your answers to me at One entry per person please! Entries will close at 9.00pm (NSW) on Monday 14th February 2011 at which time all correct entries will go into a random draw for each package. The winners will be notified by email, then I will let you know the winners on Facebook.

  1. Winnie&Clem - Name four styles of hats currently available from Winnie&Clem.
  2. appleberry kids - How many sizes are available in the Shopper Tote bags, and what are they called?
  3. Bowlicious Boutique - Name four different types of hair accessories made by Bowliscious Boutique.
  4. Itty Bitty - Name three types of accessories that use fabric buttons at Itty Bitty.
  5. Punky Pixie Bracelets - Name four types of dolly bracelets that you can find at Punky Pixie Bracelets.
  6. Chockitty Rocky Road - Take a look at the website and name four types of Chockitty Rocky Road available.
  7. Lella M - What two items make up Lella M's "Out & About Set"?
  8. KelliOne - Please visit Lunchkins Facebook page and tell me what three sizes are available in Lunchkins reusable sandwich & snack bags?
  9. MyOneBrownMouse - Name four different items made by MyOneBrownMouse.
  10. maggiej designs - What two creatures are available as soft toys from maggiej designs?
  11. Pretty Things Distract Me - PTDM has recently gone wholesale only. Please visit the website and name two of their stockists.
  12. Sugar an Spice - Name four of the dresses in the "Outfits for Sale" album.
  13. Incy Wincy Bows - Name three different types of bows available.
  14. Sonni Lou Designs - Name three available Valentine's Day cards.
  15. Feralique - Name three different items made by Feralique.
  16. Ila Star Creations - Name four different items made by Ila Star Creations.
  17. Jac & Skeet (formerly Jac Be Nimble) - Name four of the available Toddler BackaPackas.
  18. And finally... which package would you like to go into the draw to win?
For an extra chance in your package draw, just make a comment below to let me know which is your favourite handmade package and why!

Good luck and have fun everyone!

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