26 June 2017

85 years old!

 

My amazing Nan turned 85 years old today!  My "June Nan" is my last remaining grandparent, and is a super special one at that.  She is sweet, caring and artistic.  She also is an amazing cook, clever gardener and has a cheeky sense of humour.  Most of all I love her faith in God - which shines through her to everyone she meets.  I am also super thankful that she taught me how to crochet!

I am so thankful to have June Nan in our lives - my children love her to bits and especially enjoy playing Rummikub with her.



This year for her 85th birthday we (my Mum, Aunt and myself) put on a "High Tea" afternoon tea for some of June Nan's close friends.

This was our first ever time at putting on a High Tea, but it was a wonderful success with everyone raving at how beautiful and delicious the spread was.



Our delicious treats included slices, lamingtons, licorice truffles, coconut ice, cupcakes, butterfly cakes, mini mince pies, grapes, persimmons, scones with jam & cream, chocolate eclairs, club sandwiches, asparagus rolls and salmon on french bread.



I discovered a wonderful little bit of history while admiring the many tea cup sets on display - my Nan had actually been asked as a young woman to paint a picture of Mt Manaia and it was then reproduced on royal bone china in England! Pretty amazing huh?!




Nan is now looking forward to her 90th.  Love you June Nan!!

To see our secret surprise party for Nana's 80th, go here.


20 June 2017

Bear Softies



With a few new babies in the family and friends with babies on the way, I decided to make the time for a bit of Softie sewing in the middle of a busy week and lots of renovations.

I love this simple bear softie pattern I drew up a while ago - not too many limbs to sew in and rather quick and easy to make.





Softies are a lot like freshly baked goods around these parts - as soon as they're "out of the oven", they're gone!



For more crafty makings, go here.




07 June 2017

Thankful...

In a recent article I read (here) it mentioned the importance of thankfulness, and how even the act of looking for things to be thankful for had a positive effect on you.  So when you're having a tough week, search out those things you can be thankful for... even if it's something simple.

It's been a super busy month around here with birthdays and trips galore - tonnes of things to be thankful for.


Things like...

Our eldest boy turning 18!  His and Symon's birthday are 2 days apart, so they both had a busy and fun long weekend with friends celebrating.

Jasher is such a precious guy and we are so blessed with the lovely guy he has grown into. Seriously though, where have the last 18 years gone!?!?!?


 

Love these guys so much!




Thankful for braces (again!) and the funny as experience of watching your daughter with laughing gas (see here!).  So cute!



Thankful for our dining room renovations... they may be coming along suuuuuper slowly, but they are coming along...



Thankful for coffee (can I get an amen!?).  We've been given some delicious beans to try lately - I'll never say no to sampling coffee beans!  Still have to say that Merito coffee beans are some of my favourite (see here if you want to check out great beans!)...





Thankful for a recent conference we were able to attend with some of our amazing church team. Totally recommend Life Conference in Auckland, NZ - can't wait for next year.




Loooooved catching up with some of our favourites while in Auckland - so good!!




Here's to keeping thankful, and remembering that even if it's hard to find things, keep searching!



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