Monday, 29 August 2011


My little girl turned 8.  How very growed up!  She had an Under The Sea party.  In case you're wondering why my house looks dark and cold, it's due to the blue cellophane over the windows.

More photos to follow... but for now... GST returns.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

Hi All
The Leota children will not be attending school tomorrow (Friday).  Getting out of bed has simply not made it's way onto the agenda.  We all need a Mummy day.  Especially the Mummy!
Thanks for your understanding,

Just thought I'd share with you an email I sent my children's teachers tonight... I love that I have one day each week to do whatever I want.  And I do.  Whatever.  Because this is it.  The one life on earth I get to live.  Why waste it?  I heard on the radio that for every hour of television you watch, you shave 20 minutes off your lifespan (slightly random fact, just to enrich your life).  Now, I totally appreciate that we're eternal beings, and that those of us who know God will go to Him and live for eternity in His Kingdom... but I want to make the most of the here and now too.  It's not every day I want my kids at home - they go to an amazing school and they love it.  But tomorrow, I just want them to jump into my bed with their books and their jammies and their little warm bodies and cold feet.  And later, we're meeting friends for a picnic in the park.  La dolce vita!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Tweet Tweet

Hello my friends!  Tonight, I'm letting the pictures do the talking... ok, not all the talking.  I'll do a bit too, seeing as it's Air Your Laundry Friday!  Pop on over and check out Jami's Freckled Laundry blog - it's lovely.
This is a quilt I created for a lovely friend's baby shower.  As she didn't know the baby's gender, I wanted to make something bright and fun that would serve as a playmat or bedding.  The backing is denim and corduroy to make it durable, and the batting is an upcycled wool blanket for warmth and safety.

 This little guy's my fav - with his little wings going ninety to the dozen.  The birds are all machine appliqued, just using a straight stitch.  I wanted their edges to go fuzzy.  Even their legs are machine stitched.  The eyes, beaks and music notes were cut from knit fabric, so they won't fray. 
This entire project took about 8 - 12 hours and cost... $0.00!!  It started out as a cushion cover from my stash of bits and pieces, but grew upon coffee consumption.  Not sure what it is about coffee.  It makes me over-ambitious.  While I think about it, I'm not sure what it is about fabric, but I am compelled to hoard it.  This year I'm trying to lighten the load by having less stuff lying around to tidy up.  It's so lovely to finally use some of my fabric stash.  The only trouble is... I just went and bought a huge pile more!  Don't tell Mr Leota!

Friday, 22 July 2011


Curse you, Rice Bubble Slice, destroyer of my willpower!

Chair Recovery

Happy weekend friends!  I'm curled up in my favourite spot by the fire, in my new (old) favourite chair, which I've been desperate to share with you all.
Today I'm linking up to the fabulous Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday.  Please check it out - you'll find some amazing ideas by talented people!

I purchased two of these chairs for $1 on Trade Me.  They were in ok condition, until my boys started picking at the already frail upholstery - much to my annoyance.  Look what they did!

None of those holes were present at time of purchase.  What is with boys?  By the way, see that messy room in the background... it has had a transformation!  But that's for another post...

This is a "progress" shot.  I was ecstatic to get to this point... until I turned around and saw the other chair waiting for it's turn.  That's the problem with doing two of anything... it takes twice as long!

It was actually great fun making slipcovers for my comfy chairs.  I followed Miss Mustard Seed's video tutorial series on slipcovers.  Miss Mustard Seed is a mum of preschoolers - and therefore finds the quickest way to do things.  I appreciate that.  So.  Much. 
I'd like to point out that this is not a project for a beginner sewer.  Make a few cushion covers first.  I've been sewing since I was 11, and have made cushions, curtains, costumes, clothing, you name it.  So long as it starts with "C", of course. 
I used painter's dropcloths (new, obviously) from Bunnings Warehouse.  They were a total steal at 2 for $45.  I took one for the team and washed them first - an unusual display of caution and self-control.  I far prefer to rip into a project with reckless abandon, only to abandon it before completion.  It's how I roll.

Here's chair number one, in my cosy fireside spot...

I love sitting here, it's the warmest place in the house.  The picnic basket and duck aren't always there, that's one of the random factors of photography with children. 
The green fabric was from Nick's Fabrics, and heavily discounted.  It's beautiful quality, thick, quilted, and a pain in the butt to sew.  I broke 3 denim needles putting the piping in.  Totally worth it though!

Here's chair number two.  All cosied up next to the bookshelves Mr Leota built.  He's very clever.  If I'm awake at odd hours in the night, this is where I sit and read.  Our friend Pete made the deer's head.  One day it will most likely go in the boy's room, but I'm enjoying it propped up there for the moment.
Have a lovely weekend everyone - keep warm all you southern hemisphere dwellers!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Caution: Vacuuming Can Endanger Your Health

I'm feeling like a bit of a slob after viewing this Pinterest board.  We haven't been home much lately, and when we have, we've had birthday parties, extra kids, or just too much fun to stop and clean house.

I'm not talking general tidying - the kitchen and other high traffic areas are done on a daily basis.  Closet and storage spaces?  Disastrous.  I love tidy cupboards.  Can't stand it when a certain member of the midget brigade gets into my storage area and makes a mess.  Which he does regularly.  On that note, this is why I try not to vacuum too frequently...

Yes, this is my child biting the cord while I vacuum.  I would like to clarify that in no way is this picture posed.  He dreamed this idea up all by himself.  And the camera was right there, so naturally I took a photo before removing said cord from the child's mouth.  He is fine.  His hair seems a little spikier, and every time he touches me I get a shock, but apart from that...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

You Too Could Look Like This...

...especially after a run-in with me!!! 
Not that I'm scary... much... but I do enjoy playing around with stage makeup.  I find it therapeutic, giving people black eyes, grazes, gashes and dirt.
I'm not trained and certainly no expert, but I love to learn from those who do know what they're doing.
Should you ever happen to need a recipe for fake blood, here's one we've used with great success.

Fake Blood:
Red food colouring
Liquid glucose
Dash of milk

Combine the food colouring with the liquid glucose, add a dash of milk to help with the consistency.  Don't make it too runny, try to keep it fairly thick.  A touch of brown food colouring helps darken it up nicely.

To get the real gory bits as shown above, pull strands from a cotton ball and dip into the blood using tweezers.  Then apply.  Looks like placenta.  Mmmmm!

These photos are from our Easter Event dress rehearsals.  Over the weekend, our "victims" injuries became progressively worse - we makeup chicks were having far too much fun!

Why am I posting about Easter in July?  Because I forgot to do it in April, and the photos are fun.  Fun is good.  Fun is your friend.  Relax, enjoy your life.  Go draw a moustache on someone in their sleep.  Go on, you know you want to!