Yeah, for the first time in a long time, I have been painting, it seems like forever ago and I know I was painting a sailing boat for my brother last year...brown painting, not real fond of it but it worked out OK...will find the link if I can later (Here it is here if you want to have a look see ) Or I could get fancy and do this . It was a real exercise in self belief and I had to keep telling myself to paint the way and the things I wanted to paint, not what I thought someone else would like or to a specific colour scheme. I was so scared that I was wrecking it time I did something different and as I look back at the photos I took, I really like it and I can't wait to see it in the sunshine tomorrow, we had a thunderstorm in the afternoon so the last shot was taken inside.
The children are back at school and finally I am starting to get myself organised, I even started painting again..woohoo but will post about that later. This post is is to show you some of the wall hangings I have listed over in my little Etsy shop. You can click on the bit that says lindalillycottage under the Etsy banner and it will take you straight there. Or you could click here http://www.etsy.com/shop/lindalillycottage If you don't have an Etsy account, it is really easy to do, all you need is an email address to register and just follow the prompts. Of course you don't need to register just to have a look.
If you haven't hear of Etsy before here is a bit of info from their site and here is the link to their most frequently asked questions.
What is Etsy?
Basic information about Etsy.
Etsy is the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace. Etsy celebrates individual creativity in design and craftsmanship by connecting unique people, stories and items in a playful and meaningful way. Etsy provides a marketplace for crafters, artists and collectors to sell their handmade creations, vintage goods and crafting supplies.
We had a low key Australia Day as it was so very hot, though were very patriotic and spent most of the morning doing the most wonderful map of Australia jigsaw puzzle that I got from the Australia Geographic shop. It was great it had big pieces and a poster version so we got to learn about all sorts of places and the children didn't even know they were doing something educational. Sometimes I am so clever...hehe
In the afternoon we headed down to the beach ( as one does ) for the children to swim and then to watch the fireworks. I had previously given the children two blow up beach balls that look like this.
Now I had warned them that is was quiet windy and they wouldn't be able to play volleyball with them as they had been at home but they insisted. Youngest (and smallest) child was immediately in the ocean with hers as we had barely sat down and one wiff of breeze and it was off in the current bouncing along.
Paniced child is then swimming with all her might into the middle of the ocean, getting further and further out to sea as we were all screaming for her to come back and let it go.
She was screaming...like heart breaking screaming 'MY BALL MY BALL'' as she was swimming back to shore and then was sobbing uncontrollably on the beach as the ball continued on it's journey. This is what the ball now looked like.
YOu might have to click on these photos to see the ball.
Now those heart wrenching cries must have been too much for one young Aussie man who jumped into his boat, took off from the shore and went to rescue the ball which was not an easy task as it was so light and floated away when he touched it or a wave came past. He perserved however and retrieved the ball, much to the delight of Mary Monday who would not have her photo taken as whe was too devestated and I was laughing too hard.Here he goes.
What an Aussie thing to do...Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi! Oi! Oi!
It really made our day and the fireworks were lovely, the balls watched them from inside of the car and somewhere in the distant the cry of 'you should have listened to your Mother' could be heard.
Hope you had a lovely day too...without losing your beach balls.
NO I am not talking about the furry kind of teddies, I am talking about the lovely KRIS and her husband and computer extraordinaries Scott fromTAG ALONG TEDDIES . They came for the weekend and you see more about their visit at my other little blog space ( this is getting confusing) over Here at Lilly Cottage. Be back with more soon,
Well we have had a lovely weekend with our sleepover guests...two little Tag Along Teddies the lovely Kris and her husband Scott. Since Lilly Cottage shut it's pink doors we have been doing lots of entertaining which is so lovely.
(can you see the bridge and the mountains?)
This weekend, despite being so incredibly hot, was very relaxing and for my boy child very entertaining as the he and the big boys went Four Wheel Driving and got bogged and went fishing...somethings that this little black duck does not do...instead Kris and I did what all good girls did and we stitched and read lovely books( or rather looked at the pictures) chatted and drank tea.
For the rest of the weekend, we went to an art and craft market, we had a picnic with a glass of wine to watch the sunset,
we went through an art gallery and saw some beautiful paintings at the Community Arts Centre, we saw some amazing model ships
and we watched yachts sail in and out of the harbour at lunch time whilst we stitched and read Country Living magazines and watched the children swim in the crystal clear water.
We had lots of fun and how amazing is it that we would never have met except for the wonder of blogland and both Kris and her husband have become great friends with both myself and my husband. Life is what you make it and at the moment it is wonderful! Thank You Kris you little Tag Along Teddy you and Scott for your vist, we too look forward to more visits, both in the mountains and at the beach.
As part of the daily chores around our little cottage is the feeding of our little 'farm' of animals. YOu may remember our huge guinea pigs from the Rosey tea post and in the photos above. Morning and night the cages get cleaned out and they get nice clean beds of paper and two meals a day of fresh fruit and vegetables. I wouldn't call them spoilt because, well they live in a CAGE outside! They do have their own cages and now we only have four it is a lot easier than when we had thirteen ( it took us a while to work out which were the boys and which were the girls...we know now!). However the other morning I had to start thinking that maybe they were a little spoilt when this what was was presented for their 'breakfast', my breakfast doesn't look that good!
Since moving to our Island cottage..(more about that over here on my home blog...I see the Bridge )we have had the pleasure of lots of lovely visitors. As we speak I am waiting for my lovley blog friend Kris aka Tag Along Teddies and her husband to arrive for the weekend. It is a wonderful excuse to have everything at it's best. As they are staying for the night, the prettiest linen has been pulled out and the house vacuumed within an inch of it's life so as not to upset our visitors cat allergy. I love it when it is perfectly tidy and I do still love pink, despite the current trend for neutrals and french country.
I think your style is what you make it, you add your whimsy and the things you love and it becomes yours and you are comfortable with it. So on that note, here are some of our getting ready for pink sleepover guests pictures. Hope your weekend is wonderful,
I can't remember any other bingo calls beside 88, 2 fat ladies but apparently that has been banned as a bingo call as it is derogatory or sexist or something....I like that one, I identify with it....he he.
This gorgeous chook raffle/bingo number calling thing...what are they called? Anyway this gorgeous thing was a present from my darling Husband at Christmastime. I had seen it and had fallen in love with it...it is not your average decorator item and it really has no use but I had to have it. Of course when I told DH about it he told me that I had no use for such a thing. I could not get it out of my head and I had talked myself in and out of it several times when I decided to go back for it the next day. Well wouldn't you know it, it was gone, well actually it was still there and apparently some man had come and put a deposit on it the day before...nuts! Of course It was DH who had put it aside and I did not even click and he even hid it and wrapped it and I had no idea until I unwrapped it.
Yep it did make my eyes leak a little. He says he is going to fix it up a little and clean the wire and put little feet on it so it doesn't scratch the table but we will see if that happens, maybe next years Christmas present? At the moment it has pride of place in our lounge room on my big silky oak table...I have a cloth under it. I do so love it and we have had fun doing the guess the number that comes out...easily amused.
What do you think? Do you share my love?
ttfn Kiss Noises Linda...ps trailer is unpacked so I will be listing and creating next week..woohoo!
Two days of gorgeous handmade arts and crafts at Cleveland.
Christmas Craft Extravaganza Tamborine 11th-14th October 2012
Lilly Cottage will be at the Christmas Craft Extravaganza from the 11th to the 14th October 2012...a four day handmade extravaganza at the Dorothy Youngman Community Centre, Main Street North Tamborine
Lilly Cottage Bribie Island
Lilly Cottage brings vintage style gifts to Bribie Island in their little shop just over the bridge on Bribie Island.
31 Benabrow Avenue, Bellara 4507
Phone 07 3410 8001
We are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm (ish) and Saturday 9.30am to 2pm.
We are also open for small groups by appointment and we might even throw in a cup of tea or bubbles.
Oh edit my spiel...I am seachanging but I missed my little cottage too much and have moved back to Old Petrie Town with Rosey and Renata and Lilly Cottage and Friends returns...we are open Sundays 8am to 2pm...woohoo see you there!
Hi and thank you for visiting.
My name is Linda and I live on a sunny tropical island in Queensland Australia.
This blog used to be called Lilly Cottage and within its archives you will find many many posts about my gorgeous little cottage shop that was at Old Petrie Town.
I had a shop there with my friend Laura for over four years though had to close it due to my nasty MS.
Now I am sea changing, creating and loving life at a slightly slower pace ( I said slightly).
Enjoy my blog. Kiss Noises Linda