Friday, December 31, 2010

goal review

Lets see how I went....

2010 GOALS

  • Taking a stronger interest and stand in issues that get me burning

I probably could of done a bit better here, but I have rejoined a committee or two and 2011 will see me post about these valuable community organisations.

  • Sew curtains


  • Knit 2 jumpers


  • Make a wrap skirt

Yes! And I will post it soon.

  • Increase my energy levels

Ha ha!

  • Organise my house

Getting there, I think I can, I think can.

  • Create a new tradition

Still thinking about this one

  • Do more outdoor activities with my family

Could be better still

  • Take a sewing class and learn how to sew properly

Doing it and loving it!

  • Raise money for a Charitable Event

I am ashamed to have failed at this

  • Finish the C25K running program 

Ugh! Start stop start....

  • Learn how to play tennis 


  • Make every festive occasion a hum-dinger!

Oh yeah!

OK, so that isn't bad, but looking at it retrospectively I don't think I really challenged myself much...So bring on

2011 Happy New Year Greeting Card Vector Cover design Illustrator EPS

lose 15 13kgs  ( what can I say, it's a constant )
knit myself a jumper
knit Mr G a jumper
learn one magic trick
home brew beer with Mr G
take up yoga
go to womens conference
eat lavendar ice cream
be a vegetarian for a month
be gluten free for a month

Give blood

go to tasmania done
sleep under the stars
camp in the grampians
run a fun run
cook more interesting meals each night
learn a new counselling style
read 12 10 books 
expand social life

Now for the Craft goals

Make a decent looking softie
Install zips with confidence
Granny rug
Make a quilt
Sew Martha 4 things
Sew 4 things for me
Try tie dying
Make bags
Make cushions
6 scarves
Learn cables
Bake more cake

Phew! I had better get cracking, that's a BIG list!

So I hope you join me again on another year of blogging, I have lots of new ideas for this little space and I plan to kick the year off with a Giveaway!!!! *excitement* So pop back in very soon!!

Happy New Year friends xxxxx

Miss Prudence

So long 2010...and thanks

As you do, I am reflecting on 2010 and I am happy.

I feel like I achieved some good stuff. My job as a mental health outreach worker continues to inspire me to develop my career directions and more importantly it reaffirms to me how privileged I am to work with people, to have people trust me enough to share their experiences and show their vulnerabilities around their illnesses.

My family is healthy, I hear laughter and tears and sometimes displays of extreme emotion. I think this is a sign of a family that is healthy and "feels".

I gave up smoking....although I occasionally stumble, I do not relapse.

I continue to connect with interesting, talented and kind women through this little blog.

I am blessed with an uncomplicated life, many riches such as freedom, love and choice.

I have continued to learn new facts and skills . My sewing skill continues to develop and I am feeling more adventurous when choosing projects. I continue to gain a lot of enjoyment from crafting. It is so much a part of my being.

I may of spent too much money. Ooops!

I truly thank God for every day I have and what this life and world offers me.

So for 2011 I truly hope that I can continue to enjoy these opportunities and you too my lovely bloggers get to enjoy them too.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Love is the Magic Salve

I have been joking that things are stressed and messy, joking because that's all I've got. I am finding it harder and harder to face each day - for months now I have had bronchitis, my "cup" is approaching its last drops and desperately needs refilling. I feel like the Little Red Engine that Could - "I think I can, I think I can".....Yesterday I had to leave work early because of a funny tummy and only the way home I got an attack of Dry Eye (where I become so light sensitive I can hardly see a metre in front of me). Yep "woe was me" and I felt as pathetic as I looked.

But things took a turn for the better when I found this little gift left for me by my eldest son.
Immediately my posture straightened, my mind cleared and my heart beamed hard against my ribs.
I am adored,
I am loved,
I am needed,
I am so grateful and fortunate that
My well being IS considered by others

and this small gesture proves it.....xxxxx

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas, OH Christmas, for where art thou my Christmas spirit!

Things are a mess here. Truly, an absolute mess. We had to get the lounge room ceiling replaced and our wonderful builder ran late and here I am December 12th and no Christmas tree up, all my lounge room furniture in my dining room, so the place is a MESS and no Christmas feeling here at all.

(Christmas days of past) 

TIme to change all that!  Behold Miss Prudence is about to don her Santa hat and douse the house in Christmas spirit.  I found this Christmas quiz over at Kids and Capers where Catherine is encouraging others to give it a go.  It is very European but hey, that makes it funnier!

1. Hot Chocolate or apple cider?
Ahhh, cold beer maybe? How about an icy margarita! A cuppa in the morning perhaps!

2. Turkey or Ham?
Hmm, both I think are seasonal fare, but this year we have all made the confession that we prefer chicken - so a couple of juicy free range, organic henny penny's this year!!

3. Do you get a fake or real-you-cut-it-yourself Christmas tree?

Fake...real sags in the heat

4. Decorations on the outside of your house?

I am planning on adding the Griswald effect! 

5. Snowball fights or sleddin’?

Huh? Splashing in the pool

6. Do you enjoy going downtown shopping?

No no no.

7. Favorite Christmas song?

Anything but that bloody awful "feed the world" ugh!

8. How do you feel about Christmas movies?

I just love watching Jimmy Stewart every year in a Wonderful Life, I say Yes! to Christmas  movies

9. When is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?


10. Stockings before or after presents?

In my dream of the perfect Christmas morning, the children are sweet, squeal only a little with demure delight, open their stockings first and then the few meaningful presents (a few because I am a controlled consumer and besides they have begged me to buy goats for 3rd world villages).....BUT this is in my DREAMS! I have to admit this, but the stockings get forgotten often. 

11. Go to someone else’s house or they come to you?

Come to us...which sometimes worries me why we are never invited to the rellies! Hmmm.
12. Do you read the Christmas Story? If so when?

Yes, in the few weeks leading to Christmas, and the Nativity has pride of place.

13. What do you do after presents and dinner?

I prefer to sleep but I am willing to do virtually anything to get out of the dishes.

14. What is your favorite holiday smell?

Food, all the yummy food!!!!

15. Ice skating or walking around the mall?
I love walking around the neighbourhood looking at people's lights.

16. Do you open a present or presents on Christmas Eve, or wait until Christmas day?

Christmas Day

17. Favorite Christmas memory?

Big family Christmas' at my Nana's

18. Favorite Part about winter? Summer ? 

Balmy nights, lounging around in the evening, icy beers, friend's dropping by

19. Ever been kissed under mistletoe? 

What is exactly this "mistletoe?"

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh Prudence, where have you been?

My it has been so long since I made a post, firstly I would like to send a big hug out to those who emailed me to check in with me. I just love this bloggy community!

Well, I have been busy. You may remember I started to "make over" or freshen up my family room, my how that project grew and it still growing!  I will soon make a post and show you all of my decorating changes I have made, I am very excited to share it will you all!

So much has been happening here - like most of you, we have been running from one event to another : concerts, ballet exams, christmas parties, end of year events the list is endless. On top of that Mr G has been travelling around the globe which means his share of "taxi-ing" becomes mine.

I will begin this post showing you some pretty hilarious crafting efforts on my behalf, it all began with my frsutration of constantly missing the cut off dates for some of the great swaps that go on around here. I so desperately wanted to take part in one and finally I got my chance!  A softie challenge.

Hmmm, softies?  I do not make softies well, my past efforts have only ever managed to evoke fear in small children and scorn in adults. I make horrid softies. But my desperate need to partake in a swap over rode this fact.  I signed up and off I went.  I purchased soft baby blue chenille and downloaded a vintage free pattern of lambkins. My swap partner Leonie, a very talented sewer sent me this sweet dolly, which I might add Miss Martha ran off with the moment she clapped eyes on it! Isn't dolly lovely?

Well, true to my Softie making history, my lambs were less lovely and poor Leonie got these chappies.

Hmmm, not exactly beastly but strong evidence of genetic tampering with these lambies!  They never got blogged by the recipient so I am kind of guessing I have maintained the standard of evoking horror and scorn!!LOL...Leonie, I am so sorry you got stuck with me on the swap, but at least you got a good laugh and please know you softie is treasured by Miss M, thank you Kiwi girl xxx.

What to tell you next....hhmm. Well Miss Martha is now an official Brownie and recently made her "Promise" ceremony. She decorated some lollypops as paper flowers and handed them to her fellow Brownies to mark the occassion. Miss Martha is a very dedicate Brownie and even more committed since attend her very first camp (I missed her so very much over those 2 nights).

Whilst on the subject of Martha, we recently celebrated her 7th Birthday!!!!!! I cannot believe that she is 7 and yes I say that every year and with the boys too, but it is true! Celebrations were held in the most magical places, a tea house called "Dolls on the Mount", run by the talented and beautiful Vivienne who single handedly kept a room full of kids entertained, provided a sumptious and hilarious afternoon tea, a magnificent birthday cake and now owns the heart of Miss Martha.

Doll on the Mount is in Heidelberg, Melbourne. It operates as a Doll museum (which took my breath away) and tea house.  Vivienne caters for childrens' parties and involves each child in creative play. Each child is given a role and then must dress up. The dress up box is fabulous and I can tell you Martha simply fell into the role of "Queen" disturbingly easy!  High tea was hysterical, with Viv climbing up on the table and pouring "pink tea" into dainty bone china cups from a great height, this of course brought the house down! Here are some pics.

traditional Mummy and Martha birthday photo

Making party bags is one of my most favourite tasks at birthday time, these were full
of girlie goodness, tiny soaps shaped like petit fours, lip glosses, beads, rings, 
flower lollypops, yummy lollies (of course) etc fact I wanted one!

Presenting her royal highness the Queen

Angus became the royal footman

Tully was designated "master chef" and presented the Queen with an amazing 
multi layered (four I think!!!!) pink sparkly sponge cake. The cake was so light 
it could of flown away. Yum!

The infamous "high tea" a la Vivienne! Can you see some of the dolls
in the background?

Whilst there, I "won" a makeover and got to dress up in this spectacular peach taffeta number!
I am not actually convinced it wasn't one of mine from back in the day!

And finally, on the actual birthday, the first day of summer and my day 
of triumph, we celebrated our special girl's 7th birthday honouring our
family tradition of waking to balloons and dining out that night 
at our favourite Japanese restaurant.

Happy birthday my wonderful daughter. I simply adore you xxxx