Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Cup Runneth Over

Recovery was not a smooth as we fist thought.

This is a forgotten blog post from May! :-/

My gratefulness still applies so here it is.....


Home. Safe. Happy.

We are so grateful for the nursing staff at GRH & Dr Oates' surgeon Dr Samuels, whose care for our Maggs was really above & beyond.

He specifically instructed for her to be watched closely & monitored overnight (most of the other morning tonsillectomy kids went home in the arvo) as she had been tachycardic since her Op & so he knew that she was not accepting enough pain relief to make herself comfortable.

He visited her this morning and told her to accept the pain relief and give her little body a break & be comfortable again after such a long time of illness.

She shed one little strong little girl....

Once we got her home, showered & medicated her, her colour returned almost instantly.

We are now all tucked up in bed enjoying our family being close around us. Such a difference to Christmas I could just cry.

My favourite memory is singing to Maggs in recovery to bring her heart rate down to more acceptable levels. The nurses oohed & aahed like they had arrived at the 'happily ever after' part of a beautiful love story lol.

Am very touched my singing has that effect on anyone. :-)

You may notice my fb page quietly slip offline on Monday, for a week or so, as I bunker down with my little family, and focus on keeping things ticking over, school wise, while also caring for Maggs.

Thank you so much everyone for your continued prayers. 

I thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

"My cup runneth over." 

Psalm 23:5 KJB abridged.


Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


A Deeper Word

Just like Art Journals, when I first saw Bible Journaling, I didn't get it.

I'm not against writing in your Bible. In fact I'm all for it. I've even used pages from 2nd hand Bibles in my mixed media work & canvases.

But I saw all these painted Bible pages on Instagram & Pinterest and thought "What...?"

Just like that..."What..?" ☺

So after doing some research I found out that you can use any type of Bible but yes there were some purpose made Bibles for Bible Journaling that had a single column of text per page & extra white space at the margins.

I found some great blogs for beginners. However the Bible most commonly recommended was out of stock everywhere except Amazon, and they are selling it for over $100US.

Say it with me again... "What..?"

Thankfully just about every time I browse The Book Depository they have a sale on & worldwide postage is free (yay!).

My order arrived in under 10 days & now these beautiful Journaling Bibles await being wrapped & placed under the Christmas tree this year.

The Beautiful Word Journaling Bible, specifically, is currently available in 3 different styles, the photos of which I'm sharing today, with large print to be released in early 2017.

For myself I went with the faux chocolate leather cover. I'm so keen to get into Bible Journaling that I was okay with the slightly higher outlay for a more special looking Bible. 

As my girls Bibles are gifts & I don't known yet whether they will enjoy it (but I think they will) I went with the less expensive style; the hard cover. Also from what I see other people doing, once you fill a Bible up you start a new one, just like a written or art journal, so I figure if they really get into it, which I hope they will, these won't be their one and only Journaling Bible, just the first of many...

Miss 23's Bible is exactly like mine inside with colour & monochrome illustrations already printed on pages, with plenty of blank space for your own. The style of the illustrations & the nature of the craft is such that you can embellish the existing artwork if you wish or completely paint over it with your own.

For the 3 younger girls I purchased the Beautiful Word Colouring Bible. Inside it is filled with illustrations that are waiting to be coloured. Miss 4 probably won't use hers yet but it will be there for her when she is.

I'm so excited to get started I want to be doing this yesterday, but I am still working on teacher & Christmas gifts. With so much going on in the next few months though Christmas will be here in no time & I am really, really going to enjoy sitting down with my girls over the Christmas holidays & getting my art on...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Photos With Mum

It's universally acknowledged that, more often than not, Mum is the picture taker.

And that of course means that she is not present in many photos with her children unless it's a professional family portrait.

This is why I LOVE selfies in a year when so many people are bagging out on the colossal amount digital images we are creating by the minute, and how many of those are 'vain' selfies of attention seekers, drama queens & narcissists..... O.o

I just seriously love photos, especially of my children, as my mother was not big on taking photos, & when I was young and first had children, it was still a big deal to not only find a half decent camera you could afford, but then to also get them printed.  

Glitter in the bedroom...what WAS I thinking??? :-/
So SHINY!!! :-D
The quality of todays photos are amazing compared to the colour challenged Polaroids I grew up with and the grainy inside shots taken with the wrong film in a point and click analogue camera.

So pretty!!
My two youngest girls & I did so many things during our time down south in the lead up to Christmas, & then in the City over the Christmas period.

In the city it was just the 3 of us; Miss 3, Miss 6 & myself. I took many photos of them exploring Kings Park, their excitement at the amount & variety of playgrounds around, & special time spent with friends & family who were able to visit with us briefly.

I really only took a couple of selfies with the girls. And I'm so glad I did. Together with a selfie of myself & Miss 10 at last years Primary Presentation Night, I've been working on creating 3 special frame 'sets'.

Today I'm sharing pics of the first.

I deliberately worked on Miss 6's first as I wanted her to have it to look upon during her recovery from her recent operation.

All 3 frame 'sets' will be very different, not only reflecting the differences between the girls personalities, but also taking into account the colours in each photo.

2 of the amazing prints I purchased from Dream Big Printables

I also had some prints from Dream Big Printables that I framed and put on her bedside from the night before her Op.

Miss 4 & 6 sleeping soundly next to the newly framed 'be brave'.

Miss 10 asked to decorate her own photo set, meaning it WILL be truly unique compared to the other two.

I LOVE helping my children to craft & create art!!

One down, 2 to go!  Watch this space! ;-)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Repurpose Spoons to Garden Markers!

Short & Sweet!

Follow the link below to see how to make these awesome garden markers from repurposed spoons.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

What Sets Your Heart Free? Canvas 2016

My MIL is a wonderfully talented lady.

She tells me she loves me all the time even though she has only known me 12-13 years.


She has definitely  seen me during some of my worst moments and has never seen me during my prime except in pictures or through the telling of funny anecdotes.

She is an artist in her own right, yet she comes to me to be tutored; to expand her knowledge of craft projects & supplies.

It's a beautiful time that we enjoy together.

This visit to town she was determined to make a canvas in a style similar to mine.

The stamp was my suggestion, and so is the quote/scripture, as I've used it previously, but the colour scheme and direction the canvas took is 100% Linda Baker.

And it is gorgeous!!!


"I have chosen the way of truth. I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your statutes, Yahweh. Don't let me be disappointed.

I run in the path of your commandments, for you have set my heart free!"

Psalm 119:30-32 

World English Bible

Friday, April 1, 2016

Melt & Mix Chocolate CHUNK Mud Cake!

As requested from last Friday I think it was....(better late than never!)

This is my one pot wonder go-to cake when I need something yummy in a short amount of time & it can be served warm with ice cream, or at room temperature with double cream.  


300 grams good quality dark chocolate (I use Nestle Plaistowe)
200 grams butter chopped (It's getting melted so it doesn't matter if it's from the fridge)
1/4 cup of hot water (always from the kettle, never the hot water tap)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of castor sugar (these days we put in just under a cup; cutting down on that sugar you know, and it's not so much less that it has to be substituted with another ingredient or the cake will be ruined)
3 eggs lightly beaten
3/4 cup self raising flour

double thick cream to serve


1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.  Grease & line a 6cm deep, 20cm base, round or square, cake pan.  I use the spring sided round cake tins.

2. Break 200 grams of the chocolate into squares.  Place chocolate squares, butter & hot water into a medium saucepan.  Set the stove to med-low stirring regularly, making sure it doesn't burn on the bottom of the pot, until all ingredients are melted & smooth when stirred.  Remove saucepan from stove.

3. Add cocoa while chocolate mixture is still warm.  Stir until cocoa has dissolved. 

4. Stir in vanilla, caster sugar & eggs. I usually let my mixture sit for a few minutes to cool so I don't cook my eggs.  Mix well.  Sift flour over chocolate mixture.  Stir gently to combine.  

5. Pour HALF of the batter into your prepared cake tin.  Chop the remaining 100 grams of chocolate.  Sprinkle HALF of this 2nd lot of chocolate over the batter in the cake tin.  Top with remaining batter & then finally add what is left of the chocolate to the top of your cake batter.

NOTE:  At this point I want to share that I have in the past accidentally put ALL the chocolate in the middle, I have forgotten to add the extra chocolate until all the batter was in the pan....It doesn't really matter.  This is a VERY HARDY but moist recipe.  The only way to ruin it is by burning it....

For my husband last year I also added teaspoon sized blobs of peanut butter to the cake at step 5 when adding the chocolate to the middle of the cake. Very YUMMY gooeyness!!!

6. Bake for 55 to 60 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre has moist crumbs clinging to it.  Good luck missing the chocolate chunks at this step, but you can still tell if you've hit raw batter.  And don't forget to pay attention with your nose that it is not burning around the edges.

7. Allow cake to cool in pan.  It WILL SINK!  It's meant to :-)

Serves 8
Serve warm or cold as mentioned above.
Stores well in the fridge & can be frozen if baking ahead.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Having a bad decade? You are not alone....

8 years ago today we returned home from our wonderful first NT trip, a trip that had left a life changing impression on my heart, and a very clear message of what God might be wanting from me, from us, as a family. 

Then suddenly it seemed like we walked into what has become a really horrible decade. Yes I said decade. 2 more crappy years to go.....and then I think, what if it's not a bad decade....what if it started BEFORE 2008??? When will it end??

I cannot remember the last time I looked forward to a new year starting as lately all the problems of the previous year always seem to be rolling over with me.

But I remember the first time I truly dreaded the new year.

I cried silently on one end of the telephone, not wanting to tarnish or diminish the joy my friend felt at leaving the old year, and her cancer, behind her & starting a new year fresh & healthy. 

It was NYE 2008.  The end of the first horrible year & and as I cried all I saw stretched out before me in my new year was death.....


In my worst moments this is what I feel.

I forget the promises of God for mine & my childrens life. I forget that He carries me during my lowest points. And I forget the He is with me whenever I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He lays a table before me so that I may eat in comfort in the presence of mine enemies & those who wish me ill; not a worry in the world, for God is my protector & Jesus my intercessor.

Worst of all I forget that the good times out weigh the bad times. We have gone through some pretty extreme lows but have also been rewarded with some really incredible highs.

We've been witness to multiple miracles achieved through the power of prayer & Faith in the Holy Spirit! Nothing is more amazing than that; and some people might claim they've never seen one miracle. Not one...

I don't have all the answers. But I know that God is with me, and you.  That He hears the cries of my wounded heart, and yours. That He has a plan.

As they say....It's in the Valleys we grow.

And my Faith growth has become exponential.....