30 November 2012

Instagram Friday...

It's Friday - Instagram Friday!

: : Hubby doin a bit of wig wearing while driving around town
: : Lots of amazing birthday presents received this week from such lovely peeps
: : Nintendo Gameboy phone cover birthday pressy - LOVE!
: : Reliving my CHIP (tv programme) era
: : Freaky family
: : End of year staff dinner - love these guys!
: : Cute russian doll birthday pressy
: : The Booinator
: : OPI nails baby!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Joining up with other people loving stuff here
Instragramming it here

27 November 2012

*insert evil laugh here*

Should I be concerned by this note (found lying around our home) that was written by my 5 year old?

On other matters, hopefully she won't destroy the world tomorrow because it's my birthday!  Yay!!!

Hubby gave me my birthday present two days early - I just love his cost effective gift wrapping (aka the duvet cover)...

It's a mixer!  So blessed and happy that I can do baking without having to hold my little op-shop hand beater the whole time.  Thanks babe!

See you soon (that is if my 5 year old has a change of heart for this poor old planet earth).

25 November 2012

Dress up shenanigans...

Our beautiful friend Kate celebrated her 30th this weekend with a dress up dinner.  The theme was "famous, film and fairy tale characters starting with the first letter of your name". 

Syms and I always love a good dress-up party (must be because of the all the years we've been youth pastors doing crazy dress up events) but I just couldn't quite decide what to dress up as starting with 'K'... Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean, Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games?

I soooo wanted to go as Keisha with my big blow up whale cause I knew it would be funny, but it just wasn't quite happening...

So I settled on Katniss, and Symon went as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribbean (he looked pretty awesome if you ask me ;)

It's always a bit awkward when you first arrive at a dress up party - that's until you meet Moses (with his tablets) and Ronald McDonald (with his healthy salad), then everything is fine.

The party was awesome - everyone dressed up and it was so funny!

Kim (Kath & Kim) and Lady Gaga

Dora the Explorer

Little Red Riding Hood hanging with Moses

Keith Green on the BBQ

Unicorn Rainbow Cake

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Bilbo Baggins & Daphne (Scooby Doo)

Bilbo Baggin's feet...

Bilbo Baggins giving Daphne his number

Kate is such a precious girl - she looked amazing as Kimbra.  Happy birthday Kate - love you lots!

And the crack me up group photo...

Haha - that's all I have to say.

22 November 2012

Instagram Loving...

Loving tonnes of stuff this last week.  Instagram loving list below...

Loving my weekly torture hairdressing session courtesy of my two girls.  I remember doing this to my Mum & Dad when I was young... even putting Dad's moustache into little ponytails...

Loving our local Fat Camel Cafe - currently the best place around to go for a good coffee.  This place totally reminds us of the food we had in Israel!

Symon drinking his Israeli coffee

Loving my first Christmas card (thanks Anya!) and an early birthday card...

Loving these moustache nail art stencils all the way from the U S of A (thanks Liz!!!)...

Loving my funny guy and his continual hobby journey... I need to do a whole blog post oneday about the hundreds of hobbies he has had.  At the moment he is building a retro arcade machine in our lounge.  Driving me mad?  Yep.  Still love him?  Yep.

Finally, check out this amazing bunch of Russian dolls!!  Cool huh?  Our friend Stephen is currently exploring the world (see his adventures here) and saw these in France (Place Charles de Gaulle).  Amazing huh?? 

(Steve - I made your pic square and put it with my collection of Instagram pics just for you cause I know how much you loooooove Instagram and squared photos :)

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20 November 2012

Lollipop Brooch (Twinkie Chan)

I've been thinking of making some little crochet brooches for a while now and came across this cute Lollipop Brooch pattern by Twinkie Chan!

Hubby wasn't too impressed by it, until I mentioned that it was a Twinkie Chan design - well, then it was totally awesome in his books (nice to know that he's aware of crochet celebrities and respects their work - haha).

Loving it and looking forward to making a few more.

Thanks Twinkie Chan for being so awesome.  

Check out the free pattern here and Twinkie Chan's site here!
For more crafty makings, go here

19 November 2012

Doing it Afraid...

You could say that as a young girl I had a major issue with fear.  I remember being very afraid of the dark, peering around the corner of my bedroom door and up and down the passage before I sprinted to the toilet at night, and then repeating the same process before I sprinted back to my warm, safe bed.

I also had a serious fear of spiders.  Now, I know your thinking that being afraid of the dark and spiders doesn't sound to abnormal, but strangely enough I wasn't so afraid of the big, black furry spiders, but was extremely afraid of the teeny, tiny spiders with the long thin legs, daddy-long-legs.

I don't know whether my fear of spiders began with an aunt screaming with fear and jumping on a stool when she saw a spider, or when my brother used to chase me and my friends around the house with spiders crawling in his hair, or when my mother exclaimed loudly one day that she had just swallowed half of a daddy-long-legs spider down with her tea and that some of the legs remained in the bottom of her cup... either way, there was very real fear for these harmless critters deeply ingrained into my brain.

No matter how much I tried to avoid these tiny critters, they seemed to seek me out.  Whether it was random attacks on me by crawling down my face while I was calmly minding my own business or during our annual family holiday having to stay in a batch that was riddled with them, they would seek me out.  Seriously, you would not believe how many of them used to camp out in the long drop toilet!  I still have a guilty feeling as I think back to the constant thump of my mother's jandal (flipflop) squashing the poor things so that I could be comfortable enough to visit the loo without fear of them "attacking" me.

The strange thing about fear is that when left alone, it doesn't disappear, in fact it does the opposite, it grows. Along with my fear of long-legged spiders, in crept the fear of what my friends thought of me, a fear of being laughed at, the fear of too much attention (I hated public speaking) and generally a fear of anything that made me fearful.

The crazy thing is, that as adult you can still be riddled with fears.

There came a point in my life where I had a really frightful experience that caused me to once and for all deal with my enemy of fear.  Symon and I were newly married and had a Monday off together to go surfing.  To our joy the beach was empty, the waves were beautiful and the water was unusually clear.  We sat out in the water chatting while we waited to catch our waves, and while riding a wave I suddenly saw a rather large stingray cruise underneath me.

Now as a surfer, things like a random stingray isn't usually cause for much drama, but when I paddled back out and saw not one, but a whole bay literally infested with stingrays basking in the warm, clear water, fear rose up inside me and I became paralysed with fear.

Somehow I got back to the car and it shook me so much that I realise that this 'fear' thing was becoming a serious issue.

I came to a point in my life where I was so sick of being afraid that I wanted things to change.  I had prayer with a leader in my church and started to walk a journey of facing my fears - and I've never been the same since.

I can't say I go looking for daddy-long-leg spiders to cuddle now, but I do make a conscious effort not to allow fear to paralyse me, and to do it afraid - and it works.

Sometimes, your biggest fears can be holding you back from all that God created you to be.

Whether your afraid of spiders, dogs, clowns or speaking in public or being mocked by your friends, unless you decided to face your fears, you will never be able to live the full life that God destined you to have.

Some of my favourite verses in the Bible that relate to fears...

Jesus said, "I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20).

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

My motto lately is, if all else fails, do it afraid!  I'd rather be facing my fears afraid, that trapped and limited by fear.

16 November 2012


Sharing a few things I'm loving this week, cause as one wise woman once said, "I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for...  no matter how simple it is."

Man, the lady that said that must be one wise lady!

(wink wink, cough cough).

Anyways.... here are a few of the lovely things out of a half lovely, half not so lovely week...

Absolutely loved hanging out with a few of my blogging buddies this last week for a dessert night out, especially spending some time with the amazing Claire, who is currently living in Korea but over in New Zealand to give birth to her first baby before they return back (check her blog out here).

These girls are so funny and we all get on so well, plus the desserts were yum and also very entertaining to watch, as the ones who chose donuts got to inject them with delicious sauces (Jackie the nurse felt like she was at work ;).

Loved these creative goodies that were on sale at the Sistas Conference.  The little blackboards would be a fabulous project to try to replicate at home and the framed Hessian coffee sacks would be a great idea for hanging jewellery.

Loved having a bit of me time recently at the hairdressers.  I've been wanting to go a bit darker with my hair colour for some time.  Being a dark blonde naturally, a friend told me that I was going darker for 'artificial intelligence'.  Ha!.

Happy with the final result, although it has taken a few days to get used to the not-so-blonde Kristy!

Lastly, loving packages that arrive all the way from Japan!  Check out those cute stamps.

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14 November 2012

Public Crafting

Quite a while ago I created a group on Flickr for crafters who were game enough to craft in public - and take a photo of it.  It all started when I overcame my fear of public crafting here.

Every now and then I check out the group for the latest pics and have been super impressed with some of these people. 

Below are some photos of my current favourite, public crafter Twirlz.  She's so funny.

Here she is, doing a bit of public crafting at the dentists...

Woah - crafting in the danger zone...

Crafting in the water...

and my favourite... crafting on her wedding day!!!  Haha - you are awesome Twirlz!

Whose keen to take some crazy photos of themselves crafting in public?

Check out the pool here, and feel free to join in!

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