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Happiness is…

6 May

This is my first blog post linking with Seven Cherubs Happy Days in May Project, and it couldn’t be better timed.  The Drama Queen has had a sad day.  She’s not sure why, but everything has been a bit of a challenge, and as she is prone to a bit of over dramatisation, we have seen some spectacular tantrums.  We sat down and had a girly chat tonight about happiness and how she was the only one who could decide if she was going to be happy.  When I told her that if it was up to me I would make every day a happy one for her, she informed me, with her infinite four year old wisdom, that not every day could be a happy one.  She went on to tell me that you had to have days that were sad, angry, happy, really really mad, and that some days would just be love.  She is a wise old soul in a very young body.

The idea of the Happy Days in May Project is that you choose a time each day and write a sentence about what has made you happy that day.  You can check out the project here, and it’s never too late to give it a go.  Here’s my first few days

1 May – Finally managed to get the tax documents to the accountant – Massive tick off the to do list and weight off the shoulders, Yay me!

2 May – Listened to a sparkling rendition of Happy Birthday sung by the Drama Queen to Nanna Mon – She was so happy to hear from us and have a good chat, I’m so lucky to still have such a wonderful grandmother

3 May – Chocolate cake – are there any two words that could make you happier??

4 May – The Daredevil is a super fish – he loves swimming, and Mr Perfect loves taking him – I love watching!

5 May – Love when family gets together, lunch, drinks, old family and new friend?  Happy that everyone is happy. (cryptic much?)

6 May – Sunshine, lollypops and rainbows everywhere, everything is wonderful when we’re together – had a really nice family afternoon in the sun and the park.

I doesn’t take much to keep me happy!  What made you happy this week?



My Paris Fashion Girl

5 May

Kids these days are very tech savvy.  I think the Drama Queen and the Daredevil are more at home on my iPhone and iPad than I am – well they are on the apps that they know and love.  The drama Queen is particularly enamoured with the households i devices.  She has recently discovered a new app, admittedly I introduced her to it, but she has embraced it wholeheartedly.  She refers to it before she decides on what she is going to wear each day, and tries to plan her clothes for the day to match.

Colorforecast by Pimkie scans the crowds in the fashion capitals of Paris, Milan and Antwerp and aggregates the colours people are wearing to provide you with the trending colours for each city.  It then, of course suggests clothing that you could buy from Pimkie to match the trending colours.  This is not only a great way of creating a bit of inspiration for your wardrobe, but it has also given me a bit of design inspiration when designing.

The Drama Queen has adopted a very fond affection for anything French.  At four years old, this never ceases to amaze me.  She has a large picture of the Eiffel Tower on her wall, is teaching herself French through a kids french language CD and has decided that when she grows older she will become a Paris fashion girl.  She will not only design and make the clothes, but model them too in her grand scheme of things to come.  So of course her daily check of colorforecast hinges solely around the colour trending for Paris.

The Drama Queen has always been very creative in her clothing choices, and there have been some almighty battles had over what clothes can and can’t be worn together, but adding this extra dynamic into the decision making process has been, hmmmm, well, shall I say interesting.  Here are some of her creations based on the trending colour in Paris.

I love that she is embracing colour and creativity at such a young age, I just wish that I didn’t have to constantly explain that she likes to dress herself! She is so in love with styling herself that she has come up with “a wonderful idea” she told me this morning that everyone would love to see the clothes she chooses for herself, and that maybe she should be just like me and have a blog and she would call it “What The Drama Queen’s Wearing Today”.  Hmmmmmm maybe she might like to learn to write first!


A trail of terror…

22 Nov

The Daredevil goes by a couple of other names, there’s the Super B, our little terrorist and my personal favourite, Mr Destructacon.  There’s also the nice gentle ones like cuddle bug and gentle Ben, but today was definitely a Mr Destructacon kind of day.  I think I’ve spun from one minor clean up to major hassle all afternoon!

Let me explain a little further.  Normally on a Tuesday I only have the Daredevil at home with me.  The Drama Queen would generally spend the day in child care.  But today we had a little outing to get some immunisation shots, 18months for the Daredevil and 4years for the Drama Queen. So, like a responsible mother I’ve tried to keep things calm.  Have an inside relaxed kind of afternoon. It’s rainy outside, so outdoors really wasn’t an option anyway.  My munchkins have had other ideas, particularly the Daredevil.  My plan was for a quiet and crafty afternoon, but like best laid plans things have gone a little pear shaped!

While the Drama Queen has been relatively calm, despite the occasional snap at her over excited brother, the Daredevil has sniffed out and found almost every kind of destruction his little frame can handle!  The problem today has been that he has been really quite stealth like with his destruction and it is only by chance that I’ve found the more creative and difficult to rectify misadventures.  As I type, he is trying to unload the dishwasher – really helpful if he were 10 years older, though I have a feeling when he is 10 years older he will have no interest in any form of household appliance!

We managed to cut out the tulle for the pink and purple (yes, the Drama Queen’s colour choices) Christmas pom poms, but the lure of ABC for Kids became too strong so they haven’t progressed much further. We I have made the green jelly that will hopefully set before desert time.  But beyond these small achievements, our day has been a joyful chaos, fortunately free of any major damage to property or person.  I’ll let the few photos I have managed to take speak for themselves…

Do I look like trouble???

I managed to stop this one before all the DVDs followed the games out of the cupboard

The unpacked dishwasher Daredevil style...

These were my new embroidery threads, I guess they still are, but with the Daredevil touch!

But then I found gems like this, he has set the table for dinner with his and the Drama Queen's cutlery

and this is as far as our pink and purple pom poms got!

Ahhhh…. nearly time for dinner, and Mr Perfect’s on the way home.  A Daredevil shared is a disaster halved!


Through the eyes of a three year old.

21 Oct

Ever wondered what the world looked like through someone else’s eyes?  The Drama Queen is starting to love photography and we let her loose with the happy snappy digital camera.  She’s starting to take some great shots for a three year old.  I don’t think the apple fell far from the tree with this one, she loves photographing trees, flowers and landscapes.

I’m loving seeing the world through her eyes.


The art of slow

4 Jul

The Drama Queen taking it slow

I read a blog post by Melbourne Mumma on Saturday morning.  It was about how she much prefers to lead a slow paced life despite how we’re expected to be on call and in touch every minute of every day.  And it was about how she’s torn between the desire to live simply and her innate need to strive and achieve.  I related to her summary of the Mummy / Career dilemma so well.

Having kids has completely changed the professional outlook I had.  I fall neatly into the ”career woman who earnt good money working long hours and taking work home then had kids and don’t ever want to return to my old career, but now at a crossroads” cliche.

I’ve also had a similar dilemma, how am I going to meet the two desires in my life – the desire to love and nurture my family and my desire to continually grow, achieve and improve for myself, particularly when I have no desire to return to the life or career I had before I had children?  Drawn Outdoors is my solution.  It will provide me with the ability to set the agenda and direction for my business, and give myself the opportunity to really satisfy my soul.

But the idea of living slower got me thinking.  How would I go without a mobile phone or computer for a day? I set myself a challenge, yes it was only a day, maybe I’ll try a whole weekend next time.  By the end of Sunday I’d kept strong, I hadn’t logged onto Facebook, checked my e-mail or looked at how many people had read my blog.  I didn’t surf the net for random, yet extremely useful pieces of trivia and I hadn’t sent a single text message.

I wasn’t any worse off.  I hadn’t lost anything, but had gained time to spend with the people who are important in my life.  True, we spent that time unpacking more of our mountain of stuff (which raised another question, how much stuff do we need?), but we spent it together unencumbered by the pressure technology places on our lives.

I know I’m old school in a lot of what I do and how I do it.  I cherish the hand made and home cooked, and I’m a dedicated hand drawer. There is a freedom in the link between hand and mind that I can’t recreate on a computer.  But having said that, I know I need to tech up with Drawn Outdoors to create efficiencies, to work smarter and to create more time to take it slow (oh the irony!).

At the end of Sunday I took some time out to chat with the Drama Queen about how life was when I was her age.  She was mystified with the concept that TV wasn’t always colour and that back then there was no ABC Kids.  The concept that there were no DVDs stumped her – “how did you watch movies?”  And the fact that there was no Thomas the Tank Engine, Wiggles, Woody and Buzz or Ariel was just horrifying.  When I told her that we did have Play School and Mickey Mouse she sighed and said “Oh thank goodness for that Mummy”.  It made me realise that what we consider hectic, for her will possibly be slow.

So from now I’m going to make sure we take the time to stop, look and breathe.  Slow down.  Slow food – from the source, made from scratch.  Smell the roses.  Enjoy nature.  Get our hands dirty.  Appreciate our environment.  Be Drawn Outdoors.


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