Monday, November 30, 2009

my place or yours? it's nice it's different it's unusual!

I've read a lot of the other posts from people playing along this week with this theme...a lot of people at first found it hard...ME included! So I took a little time...what's noyce, what's different what's unsweseal? We live in an aging's got some funky looking (and I don't mean the good funky) cupboards in the back to the 60's. It used to sleep 4 young ladies in each apartment in the early years. These ladies were studying to be teachers, in the Lutheran School system....and then last night while I was sitting on the couch I saw this!
It's actually pretty similar to the theme queen herself. I mean you could actually plug something into this power point but it's on the roof! Perhaps fairy lights for the balcony. Tim reckons that there was an air conditioner there once and that this was it's power point...that may explain the reset button? anyway this is what I came up with! Thank you Tina for the outside the box theme this week. (check out Tina's blog at )

Friday, November 27, 2009


This post is inspired by a friend who wrote a similar post a couple of weeks ago when she finished uni!Tim has just finished his final assignment for the year, and for a year. He is taking next year off of study. When we started the week he had 2 x 2000 word assignments to do, 1x 1000 word assignment, a class presentation and a test! he's just about to go hand in the final one...and I don't know whether I am more relieved then him! :) Congratulations Bubba!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy 17th!!!

These pretty ladies turned 17 yesterday. Rebecca Marie and Courtney Rachel! We celebrated by having a delicious Lasagna, Moroccan salad and fish...YUM! and a cold rock style ice cream cake. I remember when Bec and Courty were born. I was 8 and a half and we (Jek and I) stayed with our neighbours when mum went into hospital. When they were born we had some champagne...i didn't enjoy it. Last night as I cheers the girls I did! Happy Birthday pretty sisters! you're not so little any more!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

my place or yours? collections

When I saw that this weeks theme was collections I was stumped to begin with...but then as I was pottering around home I realised I have quite a few!! :0 two are collections by default because i just own a lot but the other two are because I got a little bit crazed about them! here is what the theme queen Kate asked (she is from Fox 's lane check out her blog!)
I want to see a photo or photos of what it is that you collect.
Then if you feel like it you could let us know what your collection rules are;
Does it have to be green? Does it have to be from another country? Does it have to be second hand or a gift? Does it have to be old or complete?...
What constitutes a collection for you? Is it more than three of the same thing? Is it rare things?
Is your collection ongoing or is it complete?
...what's your story?
Here are some of mine!
These cups are a portion of my tea cup collection. I used to hate going into antique stores with my mum...I used to find it so boring now I love it because I can look at all the pretty china! I have even found some really nice trio sets in op shops...and they are more in my price range!
BADGES!!! Even before I bought my badge maker I had a fascination with badges I love to wear a badge to brighten a shirt! One I have says "Let's knit!" another says "I'm you in disguise!" here is a little sample of my collection
I love I buy a lot of it...enough said!
I love watching and re watching DVD's! and looky there is even a bit of a collection of soft toys under a part of our collection (the DVD collection is spread over 2 book cases...). To answer the question is the collection ongoing or complete...I say they are probably all ongoing!

Some other collections I had as a child was a marble collection. Each year the school would have a time where people just went crazy for marbles!! ha and this is possibly the weirdest collection I ever had...a pencil lead collection, when I broke a pencil I kept the lead and put it in a jar...when it was full it did look very pretty with all the colours!
go past to check out others playing along!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

let's have a craft-a-noon...or night

Last night I had the chance to hang out with my sisters and my mum...ON A FRIDAY night! I don't usually get this chance because i usually have youth. We had the night off and so we took the opportunity to make some Christmas cards.
With cup of teas and chai's beside us we stamped, cut and glued cards to send to loved ones. We all had some different ideas and inspired each other.
Courtney concentrating hard
Mumma and Jek placing the final touches
Bec giving into the crafty goodness and joining in with us. She wasn't totally into it to begin with...she was watching the Hannah Montanna movie when i arrived! We also enjoyed some tasty berry and chocolate muffins that Jek made. YUMMO. We got a few cards made, but mostly it was good to chat and spend time with each other!

Friday, November 20, 2009's worth it moments

In my job I work with teenagers. Working with teenagers can be either really frustrating or really rewarding. Today I had one of those moments when I was like.."oh shucks". I have been visiting a year 11 class all year, first part of the year was peer support and then the second half of the year turned to studies of religion, the class changed a bit with the students who were in it, but many were the same from the first semester. This semester they have been tackling post modernism and ethical issues. It has been a really interesting class to sit in on and hear what the students have to say. Today was their last lesson before their exams next week and I had been held up in my office talking to another student...when one of the boys from that class came in and said you should come up to our class we're watching a movie and chilling. I didn't get to the class but just before recess three boys came and found me and said "Lauren thank you for coming into our class each week, we've appreciated your input and hanging out with you"...something along those lines.

and they handed me a box of chocolates! it was delightful and then they proceed to all give me a hug! this is a moment when you go..ahh yeah my job is pretty great! and then it made sense what the other guy had should come up to class Lauren! they are total gems!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

...look what i found clare!

I learnt German in school from grade 5 to grade 12....that is a lot of eins, zwei, drei! Anyway in year 11 or 12 I can't specifically remember, but my group of friends and I made shirts and made different patches and things to put on them. This was one we didn't make it to the final shirt but i have just found it in my spare room! Mich hat ein pferd gebissen...which means...I have been bitten by a horse! :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

what have you been making lately?

Chair cushions...well i made some for our chairs when we got a new table and chairs...they were wooden and a bit hard and prone to i got some really cute fabric and made some...i did a post about it...i would do a link but I'm a bit dumb when it comes to doing that sort of nifty techno stuff! but I am making more out of this fabric...
and this fabric...they are for some special people...i'm not going to say who in case they read this :)

it's beginning to look a lot like...

Christmas...and this year it seems like red and white are the favourite colours in the shops! which i think is very nice!(this little cup from Gloria Jeans)...
only 39 sleeps apparently! :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

my place or yours? through the front door

I really love coming home when I have been at work, had a long day or have been on a long trip. There is no place like home as Dorothy says! when I walk through the door I see our comfy couches and they are somewhere to sit whether totally warn out or totally relaxed and rejuvenated! I usually see a lot of other stuff on the floor and about the place too! :) This a picture of the door to our apartment...the picture of the angel came from my old apartment and when we got married I put it up for Tim and I. I think it's a cute hello when you arrive home!

Friday, November 13, 2009

my place or yours?...Secret weapon

I found this weeks challenge a little bit hard... secret weapon....what is my secret weapon. I decided it would be water because it has been so STINKING hot here in Adelaide that I have had to chug down so much water to feel relatively normal! so here's to you crisp cold water!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

sewing fun!

Last week i popped past a fabric site i REALLY like to visit! we found it on our honeymoon in Tasmania...check out there are great pieces and because I have been getting excited about the whole making things for Christmas i have a few things in mind for this fabric! when i get the sewing machine off my sister and start sewing I'll post some pictures!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

interstate travel

On the weekend i got to travel to Perth and to my uncle's wedding. He got married to Pamela and it was special to be at their wedding. they were both pretty nervous but very happy!
here's the pretty wedding favour...chocolate...YUM
On Sunday I got to hang out with these cute kids. My cousin Mikaela and my cousin Lee and his wife Libby's children Copper and Emma-lee. We had fun! and they are SUPER cute!
All Emma-Lee wants for Christmas is her two front teeth! :)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

the goods

A few posts ago i was speaking about our great mix master...well last night i made some delicious cookies! here's the goods!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

57 days til christmas

I've been getting excited about Christmas! quite a few weeks ago Tim's older sister emailed around saying here's some ideas for Christmas presents for me can everyone send around some ideas so we get you something special that you really want. so that got me thinking about buying those things. On my side of the family we are doing Secret Santa. one person each. I got possibly the easiest person in my family and have been having lots of fun buying small things every week to add to everyone's presents. here's a sneak peak...
I bought a badge maker a couple of months ago and have been having LOTS of fun making badges and so of course...EVERYONE is getting badges this Christmas...however, a lot of them are pretty girly, so Tim helped me come up with these more manly badges for him, father and father in law and brothers in law!
I've also been inspired by lovely crafty blogs i have been reading lately. One lady has taken a pledge for a whole year to buy only hand made or second hand things for her home, and then read that another lady is taking this pledge for Christmas so everything she gives will be handmade, by her or someone else! I really liked that idea, so i am making steps to do that this's hard for the men...but it's easy to make pretty things for the girls or find pretty things by talents crafters!

Monday, November 02, 2009

a good read

sometimes...just sometimes i find a book that i just can not put down. I have found since uni i have been really take it or leave it about reading...because i had to do so much at uni! having bought this book maybe about 12 months ago after seeing it reviewed in Frankie, I started reading it about 2 weeks ago and finished it in a week. Easy to follow and quite an enjoyable story line it was great to read before going to bed . And the cover is really pretty too! :)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

my place or yours? blog HQ

this weeks theme for my place or your blog has recently changed for me! it was this space...which is mainly Tim's space for computing type a few assignments are written from time to time.
but i think it will become this space from now on...because the spare room is a little more functional now, i can actually get to my little desk AND sit at it! how novel!
this was fun...if you'd like to check out more or play along...