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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Owl Lover 2013 Calendar

I love owl's - what you did'nt know ;-)  I recived an e-mail from Shivani ( who reminded me that it was that time of the year again where the friends of My Owl Barn, submit various owl pictures in order for us "Owl Lovers" to download our very own customized calenders for 2013.  So if you are a Owl Lover like me, click on the following link , customise your own calendar and share it with friends and followers.

Thanks Shivani and the artist's that have come together to share the love of owls.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bean Bag - Tactile

I met a lovely lady at the Sunday Tribune Garden Show (I know I keep going on about the show), anyway, she took one look at the Doe Doe's that I was selling and she recommended making Bean Bag's in the same way.  As you can imagine many people come up many many ideas and share them freely and most of the time I listen and then promptly forget (cause my memory isn’t that great).  Tasqeen, in her wisdom (clever lady) e-mailed me the same day to remind me and here it is.  I think they are lovely and will now be a permanent part of my product range.  Thanks Tasqeen

These bean bags are awesome. The loops are big enough that little one's can get their fingers in them, helping develop fine motor skills, but not too big to get little fingers twisted and stuck.


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Things that bring the banshee out of me

I was browsing through the blog's that I follow and I came across this list that put together and I could immediately related to her list.  It went something like this:-

1. Stepping on lego and trying so hard not to turn the air blue. 

2. Looking at my white wood and realising it's changed to a new paint shade called 'grubby finger grey'. 

3. Saying stuff and it never sinks in. 

4. Toothpaste blobs in the sink and down the side of it. HOW?

5. Drawers pulled open and never shut.

6. Constant dirty bowls and plates dumped by the sink when the dishwasher is empty and ready for dirty dishes.

7. Dirty laundry thrown on the floor when there is a laundry bin two steps away from it.

8. Cushions never on sofas and chairs but on floors.

9. TV remote never where you can find it.

10. My belongings moved or taken and no one ever admits to it.

No. 10 has got to be my worst.  

It got me thinking that it's really easy to list the things that frustrate and infuriate, so to turn the tide, here are my TOP 10 things that I LOVE about my offspring (besides the fact that I have to, I'm their mother)

1. The millions of beautiful pieces of artwork made just for me, where I'm skinny and gorgeous. 

2. When I get up in the morning and they've got dressed and had breakfast all on their own.

3. The endless supply of hugs and kisses.

4. That they still want to hold my hand when we are out in public.

5. They tell me I’m beautiful when I’ve just got out of bed.

6. Their eagerness to help make supper, dish up or play waiter/ess.

7. They keep as quiet as mice when all I want is an afternoon nap.

8. When they model for me when I buy or make clothes, just so that I can get a good look.

9. The smile I am gifted when I walk in the door after a hard day of work.

10. They love each other, and surprisingly miss each other when not around.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Look

Well there it is, finally found some time to change my blog header to be more in line with my new logo.  Not too shabby I think. (well for a novice) Pin It Now!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 2012 Fabric

I am going fabric mad, I think it has to do with the fact that I have very little fabric left due to totally underestimating the success of the Sunday Tribune Garden Show.  Anyway's Ive ordered more fabric and hopefully it should be here in 2 week's.  If you interested, pop over to the link and have a lookie see.

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Market Day - THIS Sunday

I must admit, where ever I go I rave about the Wonder Market.  It lies in the heart of Gateway at the Chris Saunders Park and features fine locally made arts and crafts with an outdoor relaxed feel. 

The vendors showcase some of the finest handcrafted arts and crafts in the area: jewellery, pottery, apparel, Toys but my absolute favourite has to do with the wide variety of yummy food and nibbles.
  So pop by, say hi and come spend the day (bring the kids) and enjoy an outing in the fresh air.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Recycled Display Unit - Tutorial

I've always been a huge fan of salvaging, recycling, re-vamping, reutilizing and all the other words one can find in a Thesaurus to describe the "making something old, new & useful".

So when I agreed to do the Sunday Tribune Garden Show this year, I was aware that the space I was being given would be close to double the size I'm used to and therefore needed to come up with some idea on how I was going to display my goodies.  This is when it hit me, I remember seeing in a mag some time ago (and for the life of me, I have no idea which one) a wooden ladder shelf.  So I made one and here is the tutorial.

Ask the significant men in your life to check the store room, garage, uithuis, junk area for the old wooden ladder you know you have, but just can’t remember where you put it :-)   It should look something like this. Yep, a ladder boasting old paint splashed and messed all over.

 Measure the width's between the shelves (from the one leg to the other), head on over to your nearest hardware shop and buy the amount of wood (I used pine) you would need according to your measurements. Most hardware stores will cut the wood, for free, to size for you, if you ask.

Grab some paint while you at it, I used normal PVA and paint, paint, paint.  Walla a shelf you can use to display almost anything.

Here are pictures of my completed stand:-

Here is another visual example, if you lucky to have 2 wooden ladders:-

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