Thursday, 8 November 2012

in the post

haws collage
[image : colour version here]

I know that a few of you who are friends with me on Facebook are waiting for the skinny on our adventures for the long weekend, but as I have the images going up for slamming critiquing tomorrow afternoon, I'm just holding off until I know where I'm at with my folio... {did that make any sense?} we are away again this weekend with the idea of finishing off the balance of the images, so I'll be sure to do a catch up post early next week. 

In the meantime, I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a parcel all the way from the UK, and today it landed on my doorstep {literally with a thud, glad it's not fragile!}

A few weeks ago you may remember that I took receipt of my delightful terrarium from squiggly rainbow, and at the time Rachael told me not to water it for a few weeks as it was quite wet already. So when I got it home I had time to think about how I was going to spritz it and, more specifically, with what.

When I was a child, I used to go and visit my Nan at her mobile home in Mornington, it was a tiny little space {bigger than a caravan, but more like a two bedroom apartment} and while I was happy enough to spend my time roller skating around the caravan park if the weather was nice, sometimes it would be rainy and bleak outside, and it didn't take long for boredom to set in.

Lucky for me, my Nan is the queen of entertaining children. We would play old maid, or draw together, or just chat... and every now and then she would suggest that I take the misting can and water the plants. Oh, how I loved that mister, it was a brass colour and because the mist was so fine it would take me forever to potter around watering things {not to mention that the mist is so fine that I couldn't make too much of a mess}. I've never really thought about the origin of that misting can, it was just some cool relic that my Nan had at her house.

Until now, and thanks to the power of the internet it didn't take me long to track them down - a Haws Spray Mist Sprayer. I searched and searched, and could only find the brass coloured one available here in Aus, so yet again ebay came to the rescue and I found the nickel silver version available in the uk... and after a little correspondence with the lovely Debbie, I found that I could buy one {delivered} for AUD$10 less than I could get the brass one here...

So now it is sharing 'pride-of-place' next to my terrarium and has even performed it's first 'misting'... however, I'm not yet ready to let the kiddo's loose with it to water all of the other plants yet. Right now, it's still mine {all mine!}

Thursday, 1 November 2012


halloween '12

A mid-week celebration of halloween... complete with a creepy dinner and kiddy fun activities all organised by nanna, and finished off with a school night sleep-over at nanna's house.

snowball spiders
table scape
creepy cupcakes
freaky guests
worms + guts for dinner

The kiddo's were super excited about halloween this year, even though we've not celebrated it ever. I think between television and other kids at school who partake in {pre-organised} trick-or-treating, they just think that it's the norm... and judging from the chat amongst my mummy-friends, maybe it is? {do you celebrate it?}

So after school we headed over to Nanna's house where we were greeted with a spooky set up, with lots of fun details, like the flying bats and the snowball spiders. The kids made creepy fingers out of bread fingers and ghastly coloured icing. Aunty Robyn arrived after work with her halloween dress-up box in tow, and we enjoyed a delicious dinner of worms + guts {spaghetti bolognaise}, goblin blood {lime cordial}, and gross jellies {with a truly gross lolly snake at the bottom), followed by the creepy cupcakes.

The kids went off to bed with glo-sticks and spooky notions.

Thanks Mum for all of the effort that you went to, we had a great time! x