Saturday, July 28, 2012

D is for .................... Dreamy Creations

This post is part of A-Z all about me {weekly blog challange} over at 'Love Kate'!

Dreamy Creations is my own little business.  

I create little sweet treat cupcakes out of baby clothing and other baby items, which make the perfect gift for a baby shower or the arrival of a new baby.

They are all beautifully packaged and come with a little handmade giftcard for the customers to pass on with their gift.

I really love creating items for such a special occasion.  And have been lucky enough to receive orders all the way from Taipa, Ilhas, Macau and have also sent orders over to New Zealand and Perth.

After taking a little break from creating these little sweet treats recently I have actually been busy behind the scenes.  I have been designing and working on a new line of products that I hope to have released very soon.

But in the meantime ..... I am still taking custom orders for baby cupcakes and you can find my business page on Facebook - at

I would love it if you would stop by my business page and click 'like' so that you can keep up to date with all of my new products.

Dreamy Creations has only been up and running for a few months so I am still finding my feet and direction and feel very positive about which way I am heading from here.  I usually work on my orders late into the night when the kids are asleep and the house if finally quiet.  I really do wish that I was able to put alot more time into my little business, but for now, the kids and our family life come first and I am okay with that. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Craft Table Organisation ....

Both of my kids craft and write alot! So it made sense to make them their own little craft table with all of their own supplies.  They are constantly at their little table creating something, it keeps them occupied for hours.

To be honest, we haven't re-organised the craft/writting supplies in quiet a while. I had to come up with a better system of organising things but also by making sure that everything they needed was in one place.  Nothing worse than when Nikolas sits down to do his homework and he can't find something he needs.

So after our little sushi date yesterday and a couple of errands, Mia and I headed out to get some new supplies.

I thought the best system would be to keep everything they need in a little set of drawers.

That way they could have a drawer for paper, one for shared supplies and a drawer each of the different things only they need.

Mia was happy to put all of the new stuff in it's spot. Of course, she placed one item in at a time.

I am also going to make a label for each drawer so they put things away in their right spot easily.

See I told you that mountain air was inspiring!  I wish I could do all the little organisation projects I have planned as quickly and as easily as this one.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Country Road Trip ....

Yesterday afternoon we went on a mini road trip to the place I took many a Sunday drive with my family as a kid {Tamborine Mountain}.  The air was cool and crisp and the sunlight looked almost magical shining through all the trees. 

It was so nice to share with the kids the place that I grew to love as a kid and also take them on some of the same adventures.  We have taken them there before but it was a few years ago and now they are that little bit older they were excited to also discover things for themselves too.

We stopped at one of the many roadside stalls for some delicious avocados.

There really is just something about fruit and vegetable stalls  with an honesty box for payment.  It feels so old fashioned and lovely.

We always try to do something together as a family on at least one day of the weekend.  I believe that it's so important for the kids to grow up and learn how special it is to have family time.

We did stop off at the Tamborine Mountain Bakery {est. 1924} for lunch.  The food was really yummy so we stocked up on fresh bakery bread for home too.

I am really not sure what they mean in the photo below .... 

As usual, someone is always being silly ;).

The view to world below is always spectacular.  At sunset it takes your breath away.

It was a wonderful afternoon spent together in a lovely place.  I am going back very soon during the week to discover some more with the kids.

I feel inspired this week after our visit to the mountain.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Up Of Tea ....

Children have the knack of watching and learning from all that you do when you don't even know they are watching.

They really are very clever.

At night when everything is done and we are finally taking time out to relax, we will enjoy a hot drink.  Coffee almost every night but sometimes tea.  Each night I place our mugs onto saucers so that I can put them down without any chance of them leaving a mark on the furniture.

Well ........ haven't I created two little people that also like to now have their hot drinks served on saucers. 

If we have a busy morning and I am in a rush making their mugs of hot drinks ......... I am kindly reminded that I forgotten their saucers!

They have watched us have our hot drinks this way, so now they always want to do the same.

This is what our Sunday morning looked like.

When Nikolas was little and he would ask for a 'Up of Tea' when ever I was making a hot drink. It was the cutest thing! 

And Mia is a little biscuit dipper. If she has a cup of tea she must have a cookie to dip into it {just like her daddy}. 

Those crazy kids of ours ....

Happy Sunday.

So Proud Of You!

This week Nikolas received another report card at school and yet again, I was blown way.  He did so well.

My boy has always loved school, from the very first day.  Now three and half years later, he loves it just as much.  The funny thing is though .... he has discussed with us which university he wants to go to after school.  I think we have another planner on our hands!

He really does amaze me!  He puts so much effort into all that he does and it reflects into each and every report card.

Well done my boy!  We are proud of you. We wish you all the best in school and in life. 

Reach for the stars!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

C is for .................... Caring

Caring for others is a massive part of my personality.  It is something I enjoy.  I absolutely love being a mother to my two children and I consider the last eight years that I have been a Mum ...... the best years of my life.

To care for others is also in my nature.  I like to do things for other people.  I like to help out wherever I can. 

I love doing things for my friends from looking after their kids, to cooking them meals, helping them move house {even if the drive there and back takes 3 hours}, cleaning their house without them knowing while they are at work, to leaving them a surprise little gift when they least expect it.  I love seeing the look on their face when you do something special for them, it warms my heart.

I have been known to send off little packages of goodness in the mail to friends when they have done something special for me, just to say thanks.  I purposely don't tell them about it just to make the surprise even bigger.  The thank you calls, messages and emails that follow, warm my heart too.

I may have or may not have sent little gifts to the kids of a couple of blog authors that I have grown to know without telling them when to expect it, just to make them smile.

As far back as I can remember, I have always been this way.  And now the kids are at school and kindy I am always helping in the classroom or with fundraising.  It makes me happy to be a part of it all.  I know that sometimes I take on way too much when trying to help out and I often find myself up until midnight stapling raffle tickets, printing, cutting, laminating, co-ordinating and stressing when I know that all the other mums are sleeping cosy in their beds.  But, I am okay with that, I enjoy helping.  I can't help myself, it's who I am.

Just lately (as he gets older) Nikolas has noticed that most days I am eating breakfast around 3pm when I am making the kids their afternoon tea.  He keeps telling me that I need to take care of myself.  He made me stop and and think, that wise little boy. I really do put everything and everyone else before myself and maybe it's time I start taking care of me too.

And because a post isn't a post without a photo ....

How lucky am I that I get to care for my very own special little people.

Weekend Traditions ....

Our weekends always consist of so many different things but there are a couple of things that always remain the same.  No alarm clock and a cooked breakfast on Sunday mornings.

We never plan who will cook or what time we will have breakfast.  It's just always worked out that who ever gets up first in the morning after a sleep in, will usually be the one who cooks.  I guess it's just an unwritten rule.

I love Sunday mornings, just our little family, enjoying all the morning has to offer with full bellies and usually a read of the paper too.

However, this morning I was first to rise and I know it's only Saturday, but I wanted to make a lovely breakfast for my family.

I didn't put too much thought into it, I just starting cooking.

It smelt delicious cooking away! 

Winter mornings are made that much nicer when you enjoy a cooked breakfast.

And we sat outside overlooking the mountain and watched the world pass us by.  It was yummy! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

First Offical Homework ..... Ever!

Yesterday Mia started the Step to Prep programme at the school she will be attending next year. 

To say that she enjoyed it would be an understatement.  She loved the teacher, all of activities but most of all she was excited to be given her first offical homework ..... EVER!!

As soon as we got in the door from the afternoon school run, Mia was busting to show Nikolas her homework.  And of course, big brother sat with her and talked her through every little step.

When moments like that happen without any prompting, it makes me happy!

They sat so quietly and I could hear Nikolas patiently explaining each step for Mia.

I am proud of them both!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Battle of the Wits ....

If you are a Mum you'll know what I mean when I say MESS!  With kids I find that I am constantly chasing my tail to try and keep the house clean and tidy. 

Some days this just.does.not.happen.  The day doesn't go as planned and it's a constant battle to try and get the house into some sort of order by the evening.   

I feel so much better if I am organised and on top of things. But today is not one of those days.  

At our place we call it the 'Battle of the Wits'.  It's three against one and sometimes {most times} those three win. 

It's hard to believe the two littest ones could could cause so much chaos with faces like these....

Belive me, they do ...... I am not joking. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

How is the mess at your place?  How do you keep organised?

Moments Captured ..... Miles Apart {Photography Project}

Capturing parallel moments in our lives, 1200kms apart.

Wife + Mum to two + Photography + Lover of beautiful homely things = Cassie and Kate

Welcome to our little project, our wish to share moments in our lives.

Who Are We:
Creative souls who dream alot and share a massive passion for photography and our families.
We are both 30-something, organisational freaks (we love lists), lovers of all things photography and craft. We love pretty, creative, home-warming things.
As busy mums, we realise capturing the ordinary to the extraordinary is important. This project will help encourage and inspire each other to capture those moments, from the mundane to the marvellous.

Cassie  Kate
What Are We Doing:
Each week we will set a ‘theme’ and both photograph an image to capture the ‘same’ moment in our different worlds. Our views, our dreams, our children, our worlds.
Each week we will write a short story describing the image or theme, sharing a snippet of our lives.

Why We Are Doing This:
We have gotten to know each other pretty well, first meeting through our photography interests and them forming a friendship beyond that.
We are very ‘similar’ and lead seemingly parallel lives. And the more we get to know each other, the more we want to live closer and pop in for a wine and a giggle and some dreaming.
We are both curious creatures, and eager to ‘peer’ into each others lives and thought it would be nice to share with you too!

How We'll Do It:
Themes will be set each week, and may centre around current life events.
Each week we will post our images and a short blurb to accompany it on our respective blogs, here and on kate's blog!

I hope you enjoy following our journey and you may even find yourself inspired to take photos too.