Thursday, September 30, 2010

At Craft Room last night I sewed yoyos onto a few singlets while getting to know a few new crafters from the neighbourhood. It was our busiest night all year! A big sigh of relief for me because after a couple of very lean months I had been wondering if we'd be able to continue into 2011. I won't be co-ordinating Northern Beaches next year (that's just a fancy way of saying that I hold the keys and am the contact and payment point for the Council) and now that the year is winding down I should start thinking about booking nights for next year and finding someone else to volunteer for the role. Can you believe it's nearly the end of the year? I feel terribly aged when I say things like that but 4th term is about to begin and don't feel ready for it at all!

We're in the middle of school holidays at the moment and the first week has been a bit of a blur. The kids have been playing hot potato with a rather nasty 24hr gastro bug so I have been busy tending to sick children and doing laundry. Thank goodness for warm sunny days! There were a few hours yesterday afternooon when everyone was well so we grabbed the opportunity to get out of the house and headed down to a local park to feed the ducks.

We also spotted thisbig guy warming himself before the final rays of sunlight dipped below the hills.
G, looked like avoiding the tummy bug but she came down with it late last night. I guess that means we'll all be well before the party on Saturday, at least. Fingers crossed that Mr Duyvken and I have avoided it. OCD-style handwashing may just have come into it's own!

Someone's turning 4

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Miss C has requested a princess cake for her party this weekend and since my cake decorating skillz are not what I would like them to be I have been looking for simple but effective ideas. You know, cake decorating for dummies. I think I might have found a couple of winners so I thought I'd share. I know I'm not the only one who has a princess in the family.
The first search was inspired by my childhood friend, Bernadette. I remember having a sleepover the night before her 10th birthday and we stayed up late helping her mum decorate the castle cake from the Australian Woman's Weekly cake book. It was DIVINE! Whipped icing and smarties as far as the eye could see.
Try as I might, I can't find a recipe online but I think I'll be able to recreate it from lots of similar looking cakes like this one
and using an icing recipe like this one.
The beauty of the internet is that I have also been able to find a back up option should the amazing confection bavarian castle recreation not turn out as planned and that it this little beauty.

Genius, right? Ice a cake and stick a crown on top. That's the 11pm on Friday, it's all turned to sh*t option :-)
The kids will be here on Saturday morning at 10:30 for a morning tea party, some crafting and games. She can't wait! Secretly, neither can I, I LOVE throwing birthday parties.
And what does the princess want for her birthday? A skateboard and a super hero outfit. She's more like Princess Smartypants than Sleeping Beauty.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

A few more goodies from the lovely Aunty S. We've really been enjoying these over the past few weeks.
The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland.

Shrieking Violet by Emma Quay.

Aunty S will be starting a new job with a different children's book publisher in Oct so I'll be sharing more titles from Walker Books soon. We'll miss you Scholastic!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Thanks to my lovely mum.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

We celebrated G's birthday last Monday by picking her up from school with a mylar butterfly balloon and a heap of mini choc chip muffins to share with her friends. She was thrilled and C and JW had fun wth the excitement of it all but J was decidedly blue about the whole thing. He's been waiting for his birthday all year. He has to wait until December 17 so it has been a very long year for him and, as each month passes, I think it's getting harder. I didn't realise how bummed he was about G's birthday balloon until I got home and took these photos off the camera. The look on his face, his stance, his untucked shirt - it all tells the story of a boy who has waited all year and just can't wait anymore. Poor lad, I wonder how he'll cope this weekend when we have a whole bunch of 9 and 10 year old girls over on Saturday afternooon for a party. I think we're going to have to do something extra special for his 6th birthday to mark the occasion and also to celebrate the end of the waiting period!!

A butterfly's wings flapping

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The lovely Eurolush's blog is open for business again after a summer hiatus during which she went on a cupcake study tour through the US. I knew she was going away but I didn't realise how dramatic the impact of her absence would be on Germany until today.
The evidence? This quote from today's Sydney Morning Herald:
"German retails sales slipped again in July. Retails sales edge 0.3% lower, according to provisional figures released by the national statistics office, the same as the revised loss in June."
Apparently, Eurolush's pastry purchases from Frau Muller and her support of flea market vendors have been keeping the delicately-balanced Germany economy afloat. The Germans clearly recognise this and have been staking out the international airports waiting for her return, as the next paragraph notes that:
"...analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast a July increase of 0.5%."
Which can only be read as a joyful announcement of her return with her pockets jangling with change, her billfold stuffed with that wacky american paper money and her tummy rumbing for some of Muller's goodies.
Welcome home Eurolush! The Germany economy and I have missed you.

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