Friday, December 23, 2011

2 lovely blogs and a lovely giveaway...

There is this amazing talented lady called Tabitha Emma, she is a blogger and also has her own online shop. Another lovely lady over at Manzanita, also a blogger, has an interview with Tabitha about what she does and the inspiration behind her designs and blog as well as give away (the three beautiful handmade brooches by Tabitha, featured in the picture). If you love things unique and beautiful you would love these ladies you should definitely pay them a visit.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a little bit of christmas!

Christmas 2009.
This was my christmas tree...

I was living in California, America and it was completely covered in snow and beautiful! We hand cut down our tree and spent all of christmas eve night hand making popcorn garlands and decorations we found around the house. I know the tree doesn't look like much and we had virtually no christmas presents, but it surely was a christmas I will always remember.

a WHITE CHRISTMAS is a must experience event!

Christmas 2010.
Our house flooded at 2am christmas morning and the family was up sweeping water away from the house. You may think this is a unlucky thing but my family although worried about our house had a wonderful time laughing about how silly we must look and how worse things could have happened. Luck for us the rain stopped and we headed down to Kingscliff for a family christmas with my Grandy and a nice drive along the coast line.

Christmas 2011. 
Who knows what unplanned events will be in store, but I am looking forward to some quality family and friend time. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

the big 50!

My Dad is turning 50 this coming year which means it is a time to throw a party, after all he is now half way to 100 (as my brother and myself keep reminding him). Dad is not the time of person for big parties so we are just going to have a bonfire and bbq at our place as he requested. What he doesn't know is that we are theming the party to match is ultimate holiday love - Cruise ship!

Mum and I are in the process of making and sending out invitations and organising decorations and these are some of our inspiration.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for me leave a comment, I would most appreciate it. 

a changed life...

This year has been a year of big events and fun trips... the most exciting of these was a service trip to the wonderful NEPAL! A group of 15 young people set off with a mission to help a little school in Dadaguan Village. The result was a revamped school, happy nepalese children and our lives changed. Here are some of the images from our time over in this great colourful country.

1. One of the many temples in Nepal
2. Parachute games...a popular game with all the children at the school
3. A little girl named Kriti
4 & 5. Some crazy kindergarden children who loved having their photo taken. 
6. Some of the amazing team and my favourite people...what a blessing to travel overseas with your best friends.
7. Sabina
8, 9 & 10. Some of the colour and locals of Nepal.
11. Prayer wheels. 

For more images and stories of the trip check out these lovely ladies who also came on the trip with me!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

...simply smile

So no doubt, if you are a follower of creative colorful musings, you would have noticed an absence of blog updates for a substantial time. I truly am sorry for my lack of posts over the last six months and in an attempt to get back into regular blogging I am going to give the blog a makeover and change the name to simply smile.

Simply smile is a way of reminding myself not to get bogged down in the hectic craziness of life (as I have been recently), but instead take the time to notice the beautiful things and people around you. A simple smile can show a complete stranger they are not alone in the world and completely brighten ones day!

Hope you all enjoy the new look (still a working progress)and posts comings very shortly!

...simply smile

Friday, June 3, 2011

a little bit of time

Along with my hopsital shenanigans I have...

had a Friday night BBQ at kangaroo point with team awesome aka Springwood Teens. 

random fun times with my brother. 

been a first aider for my brothers basketball game. Luckily there were no major injuries. 

late night hangouts at Macca's. 

a bit of reading in a home made hammock. 

made my Mumsy a heat-wheat bag for Mother's Day. 

The past few weeks...

I apologise for my absence, but I have been working like crazy at the hospital the last three weeks (I even have my own photo ID now which makes me feel like a real physio) and all I want to do when I get home is lazy around and then go to bed. Placement has been quite fun however, I even got to go to surgery this week to se a total hip replacement. It was 3 hours long and was so fascinating, I totally loved it. Only two weeks of placement left and I am going to the sunshine coast with my friends Kaycee and Teniele next weekend so I am sure I will make it through and have may crazy stories from my patients.

Hope you have had a great couple of weeks too!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Placement has began...

I have officially made it through all my exams and assignments of uni and have now head out into the big wide world of The Prince Charles Hospital! Yesterday was my first day of 5 weeks placement in an orthopedic ward. It was a little bit daunting and information overload but it was good all the same and I think I might enjoy it quite alot!

Friday, May 6, 2011

DIY projects...

I have already hinted in a previous post that I have been doing a few fun crafty things in the spare time I have. This is my favourite to date is these photo frames I have revamped to hang in my room.  I have collected a few wonderful vintage frames from the local oppies and turned them into this...

 If you would like to make your own memorable creation... there are a few things you must gather:

  • vintage frame, or frame of any kind
  • chicken wire and a staple gun to attach it
  • twine
  • memorable mementos and photos
  • pegs, string, ribbion, paper clips, anything really that you would like to put in the frames. 

First thing you must do is remove that photo within the frame and cut the chicken wire to the right size. you can then use a staple gun to attach the wire and the twine to hold the frame on the wall. 

 Its now time to get creative and use all manner of photos, mementos, ribbons and such to turn your frames into your own personal art work to hang on your wall.  I used small wooden pegs, various ribbons, pieces of material and colourful bulldog clips.
There is no right or wrong, just start placing photos random and eventually it will begin to resemble something like this...
Now all that is left to do is hang it on the wall and admire your handy work! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

the past month...

watching... Bones!  Now for all of those who just scoffed in disapproval, give it a chance I use to think it was silly but now I love it, and those of you who are already fans - Well done!
reading... this lovely lady recommends great books, the latest recommendation was One Day by David Nicholls.  It is a wonderful read and would recommend to fellow reading enthusiasts. 
excited... for the end of the uni semester, being on my first official hospital placement, five wonderful weeks holiday break and most excitingly NEPAL in september!

Monday, April 11, 2011

alice in wonderland...

The saturday night just passed, I attended yet another 21st party with a looney tunes and disney characters theme. I have already shared with you all my love of Alice and my plans to sew my outfit. I had my reservations about it being my first attempt at sewing a dress, but with the help of Mumsy and Julie (Mum and I both don't know how to sew zips, so all the credit to her for teaching me) the dress was a success.
 I even ended up sewing Mum and Dad's outfits, they went as Jessie and Woody from Toy Story...The rest of the Alice gang!

21st that was...

two weekends ago there was this was filled with fun, laughter, bonfire, good food, wonderful friends, picture posing and a nerd named Ned! 
The party was everything that I could have dreamed of and a lot more... I had a wonderful photo wall where you could pose with different props, LOTS of food (and I don't say that lightly Mum went to town with the cooking and it was delicious!) and a HUGE bonfire (not exaggerating, my Dad is a bit of a pyromaniac).
It was such a fun night, and as all 21st have, embarrassment on my part. My parentals, the wonderful people they are, decided it would be hilarious to hire a singing telegram. Mine was in the form of a Nerd...lets just say there was a lot of dancing (which I totally do not do) and a few embarrassing stories. My Dad also cracked out a 'beautiful' childhood photo to put on display.
See how excited he is!
I was a little bit forgetful on the night and forgot to say thank you to a few key people who made the party what it was!
Mum and Dad - Thanks for the last 21 years and all you have done for me, as well as cooking like a crazy person and building photo walls, not to mention all the other goodness of the night! 
Mali and Kellie - You girls are the bestest friends I could have even wished for and so much more. Without you both I wouldn't have even had a party, let alone all the decorating and organising you helped with! 
Jarryd and Kylan - These boys helped dad assemble a lot of things for the night, even after been woken up early! I appreciate you both and love all the fun times we have!

Thanks everyone for coming, you all made my night really special and memorable! 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

the past couple of weeks...

It has been quite awhile since my last blog, it is the first thing that I drop when life gets too busy and I dislike that ALOT as I enjoy blogging so much!  Many things have happened since then that I will attempt to share with you all in this blog and the next few.

The biggest news being that I turned 21!!! I celebrate my actually birthday with these lovely ladies...
They are crazy and fun and made my birthday special even if though we had to study all day!

I also had my 21st birthday party!!! This one merits its own post so stay tuned!

One of my small group girls got baptised at the spit...

Trip to Bunnings with Dad and a few DIY projects... I am quite proud of my efforts and would like to share them with you in a post soon.

Study with a bit of a difference... writing on windows!

Macaroon making with Mali...

Early mornings with beautiful sunrises...

Sewing my first dress with Mumsy's help... I shall share the finish product when I'm done.

Chilled afternoons at home...complete with some rally mower driving by Jarryd!

There are many things, as you can see, that I am planning to blog about in the near future...STAY TUNED!!!