Elizabeth is an Australian blogger and hobby photographer, living in Melbourne after a lifetime in Queensland. She is undertaking a challenge to complete 101 Things in 1001 Days, and documents her progress here.  Scarlet Words is also home to stories about life in her newly adopted city, and news about all the cool stuff she discovers on the web. She’s owned by a little dog named Harry and has an embarrassing habit of introducing herself in the third person.


If you like, you can read even more about her here.









An & Ria’s first flight

by Elizabeth on May 4, 2014 · 3 comments

in Cool stuff, Videos

Two elderly Dutch ladies fly for the very first time.

Watch the whole thing – it will make you smile like a crazy person!



by Elizabeth on April 14, 2014 · 6 comments

in Australia, Family, Life


Last week was a huuuuge one at our house.  With just 10 days notice Tim was invited to attend a ceremony to finalise his Australian citizenship, and so ended 6.5 years of his status as a Permanent Resident.  He’s been working towards this day for about 8 years!

His ceremony was a small catch-up event which was designed to ease pressure on the city councils who had huge waiting lists.  This meant that he could only take 2 guests and there were no gifts handed out.  But it was still a beautiful venue to take the pledge and become an Australian.

Tim’s family was too far away to join us, but luckily my Mum was able to come down from Brisbane.  It was a beautiful rainy day and very exciting to be reaching this milestone with Tim.









Once the ceremony ended Tim (sadly) had to hurry back to work.  Mum and I made a quick stop to buy him a very important piece of national attire and then we raced home to set up a little Tuesday night party in his honour.  Pretty much everything went wrong that afternoon (including me burning my hand with boiling sugar, and heavy rain that threatened to push the party inside) but by the time my extended family arrived we had pulled it all together and the rain hadn’t washed everything away.  We ended up  having such a great time together, and Tim passed the ultimate Aussie test by barbequeing for everyone in the rain.  One of us!


Oh, and see that little tree up there in the middle of the table?  When I found out that Tim’s ceremony wouldn’t have any gifts I was a little bit sad, since I’ve always pictured him receiving a little native tree with his certificate.  So Mum and I went out and bought one instead.

I love that someday that little tree will be planted in the garden of a house that we own, and we will remember the night that we sat around it and celebrated Tim’s big day.  It’s been really special for me to see how my immediate and extended family have fully embraced Tim over the years, especially since his own family is literally on the other side of the planet.  He misses his people a lot, but at least he is surrounded by people here who really love him to pieces.

So a big congratulations to my Ameristraliano.  Still every bit American as when he arrived*, but now a fully-fledged Aussie too!


* except for all those times when he said, “thanks mate” to shop assistants and waiters when we last visited the USA!



Image: electricrunaus.com.au

Task #23 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Run a 5K fun run

The last time I put on my running shoes was sometime in 2012.  I’ve been itching to get back into running for a while now, but whenever the urge strikes I’ve always managed to blame my asthma or my dodgy knee for putting it off until ‘next week’.  A couple of weeks ago I went to the physio about my knee and she laughed when I said I was signed up for last night’s fun run.  “Well, that’s not going to happen is it?”, she said.

The thing is, I was determined to run this 5K whether or not my knee was busted, even if I hadn’t done any training.  When I put on those shoes for the first time yesterday I didn’t know whether I was even capable of running around the block, but I decided that I was going to give it my best shot and if it was all too hard I’d walk the rest of the way.

Tim and I signed up for the Electric Run months ago and it looked like so much fun that there was no way I was pulling out!


Tim and I started the race together, but after the first kilometre I told him to go on without me so that I could set my own pace.  My knee was in good shape most of the way so I was able to enjoy the light shows on the course and all the amazing costumes.  There were stacks of volunteers along the side of the track yelling encouragement and giving high-fives, so it was pretty much impossible to be sad!  Besides, I had light-up shoelaces.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that I was running 5K three days per week, but for some reason this particular task totally psyched me out and I wondered if I’d be able to make it past the halfway point.  According to RunKeeper I actually ran a fair bit further than 5K last night (perhaps it was from weaving in and around all the walkers?) and only walked for 60 seconds of the whole course when I reached the top of a huge hill.  I lost count of the number of people I overtook so I’m pretty happy with how I went.

So basically I am a dummy for not starting my training months ago, and a dummy for letting this race worry me in the lead-up to last night.  I finished 10 minutes behind Tim but I still finished!  Maybe I’ll put the Colour Run on my next 101/1001 list?


48 Things in 180 Days

by Elizabeth on April 1, 2014 · 1 comment

in 101 in 1001

collageSo… here’s the thing.

If you’ve been reading here for a while you will know that my 101 Things in 1001 Days project is a big part of my life and this blog.  I created my list in the spirit of enhancing my life, so I was careful to never add tasks that made my project feel like a chore.

The truth is, in 2013 I made very little progress because everything in my life felt like chore.  That wasn’t really the fault of my list, it was just the product of a really tough year spent keeping my head above water.

I’ve been working on this current list for 2 years now and at the start of 2014 I only had 50 completed items to show for it.  I’ve realised 2 things:

  • I need to seriously haul ass to meet my 28 September deadline; and
  • I may need to lower my standards and expectations to make it across the finish line.


Here’s where I stand right now:


Completed: 53 / In Progress: 19 / Not started: 29
I have 179 days 5 hours and 58 minutes left.  The remaining 49 items need to be completed at an average rate of one every 3 days.


I totally intend to finish this thing because I still really, really care about my original goals.  My list is still full of the stuff that will enrich my life and make me happier, and I’ve worked too hard on it to quit now.  So I have a solution: three new strategies to put a big dent in my to-do list, and start reining the beast back in.




Image: free printable from iheartnaptime.net

1.  Finished is better than perfect
Now that time is my master, my challenge to myself is to stop overachieving and just get on with it.  Perhaps this will mean that some of the art I make won’t be worth framing.  Maybe I won’t be valedictorian of my yoga class.  All that matters at this point is getting it done, and then moving on to the next task.

2.  Do three things well, not ten things badly
I’ve been multi-tasking since the beginning of this project, and if anything I’ll be dialling that up a notch or two.  However, there is a trick to maintaining balance and I am conscious of not biting off too much at once.  One thing I’ve done to maximise my time is listen to unabridged audiobooks of classic novels while I drive and work on my art projects, and then whenever my hands aren’t busy I just pick up my book again.  It doesn’t feel like cheating, and it saves me a lot of time.

3.  Break it down
I’m a really visual person, and for somebody like me the best reward for hard work is to SHOW me my progress as it grows.  There are a bunch of tasks on my list that are made up of many smaller parts, and I found it frustrating that finishing one component didn’t really translate to a result on my chart.

So I’ve made myself a brand new chart with all of the remaining tasks broken down into their parts.  Every drawing of a hand, figure, tree or still life has its own square, so whenever I work on my art there’s incentive to finish it and cross it off!  It means I can cross off stuff more frequently and keep up the momentum.

My new list lives on the inside of my pantry door, which means I will look at it at least once per day.  The really hard, time-consuming or expensive tasks are red, the easy-peasy ones are blue, and the yellow ones fall somewhere in between and probably require some planning.


I guess you could say that my new approach is to actually stop thinking of this as a 1001-day project, and instead worry about the remaining 180 days.  There is nothing stopping me from punching this thing right in the face as long as I just keep going.

So please, wish me luck… be my cheerleader if I get whiny.  And if you see me mindlessly dicking around on social media remind me that I could be working on one of those little squares instead.  I promise to do the same for you someday if you need to tackle a goal of your own.

179 sleeps… here we go!


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I’m the latest fan of this kickass bedroom looper, Kawehi.

She recently created a $3000 Kickstarter project to fund her Robot Heart series – a collection of songs created from a robot girl’s perspective – and exceeded her goal by a further $25,000.  People seem to be really, really into this artist and it’s not hard to understand why when you see her perform.

Her cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box (above) is the first time I’ve seen another artist attempt this song and do it justice.  Yeah, I’m pretty protective of the original.

Despite her success Kawehi doesn’t take herself so seriously that she won’t hang out in her bedroom with her dogs while she records.  It’s refreshingly “real” for an industry so obsessed with presenting an image, and I love that.  And her dogs, who get progressively funnier during the video above.

And hey, are you into pretty girls who do kickass stuff while singing bad words?

I can’t wait to see what she does next so I’m basically stalking her on social media now.  If you want to do the same here’s where you can find her stuff:

Website: http://kawehi.com/
Facebook:  http://facebook.com/iamkawehi
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/VideoHalls
Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/iamkawehi
Twitter: http://twitter.com/iamkawehi
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/iamkawehi

Happy Friday everyone!

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Task #80 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: photograph a street scene or landscape in all 4 seasons.

I was really excited to finally finish this particular task. When I first added it to my 101 list I think I envisioned setting up a tripod in the Botanic Gardens, or even photographing my own pretty street throughout the seasons. But then I heard about Macedon and it’s beautiful Honour Avenue and decided that it would be the perfect scene for my 4 Seasons photo project (despite the long travel time!).

The idea is simple: Each season take a photograph from the same position, for one year. I chose to shoot a few angles of the same street.


In response to the tragedy of World War One most Australian districts erected memorials to commemorate the lives of the soldiers and nurses of their district. One special form of memorial was the Avenue of Honour, and many of them have become important cultural landscapes that are unique to Australia. By 1918 the casualty rate of Australian soldiers was so high that every Australian was closely associated with somebody who had been killed, so lots of people became invested in the creation of these war memorials.


Macedon’s Honour Avenue honours the 154 men and women of Macedon and Mount Macedon who enlisted for service during the Great War of 1914-1918. Each oak tree was planted for an individual and the order was determined by ballot, not rank. It was a real community effort, certainly more hands-on for the community than a creation of a monument which was often manufactured far from home.  A real labour of love.


There are definite flaws in each series of photographs. In a perfect world, and with bottomless supplies of time and patience, I’d have taken a tripod and measured the height of the camera. I’d have replicated the aperture settings and focal point, and taken lots of notes about my EXIF data.

I didn’t do any of this and I don’t have any regrets. I set out to complete my 101 list (and this task) in the spirit of done is better than perfect, and I think this series captured that spirit completely. I even packed the wrong lens for my Spring shots!

I did adopt a few strategies to make sure that the final product was as good as possible, without stripping all the fun out of it by measuring everything. I used a few roadside landmarks to remember the position of each shot (mostly speed limit signs) and took along reference photos of previous shots to help me eyeball my next one in the viewfinder. I did my best to replicate the number of fence posts down one side of the shot, while copying the gap between two trees on the other side. Of course, all this went out the window on the day that I turned up with the wrong lens in September, but even that was kind of a liberating mistake. It taught me how to use what I had to approximate the work of another lens and focal length.

It’s funny how forgetting that lens wasn’t a dealbreaker in Spring, but when I noticed that my Summer photos were too similar to the Spring photos I actually went back and re-shot them two weeks later.  Fortunately the very first few autumn leaves were changing by then and it created just enough contrast with the previous season.  I put my most recent photos at the top of each series just to create a little more distance between Spring and Summer.


I shot four different scenes hoping that one year later at least one of them would work out.   It turned out that all four were worth keeping, and they make quite a nice series together.

This was such a satisfying project and I recommend trying it yourself – even if it’s just on your camera phone!


A boy and his dog

by Elizabeth on March 23, 2014 · 1 comment

in Cool stuff, Stuff, Videos

A  little film about a brave little boy named Owen and his  three-legged dog.

(I know, you’re not crying.  You just have something in your eye.)

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by Elizabeth on March 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family, Life, Stuff

I feel like I’ve been limping towards this Friday since about Tuesday morning. It’s been the kind of week where we’ve done way too much, but it’s all been good stuff so I don’t get to complain about the exhaustion.  The very definition of a first-world problem.


  • We ate at Rosetta, a Neil Perry restaurant at the Crown Casino.  It’s his first stand-alone Italian restaurant, and the food and service was nothing short of perfection.  We were happy that we chose to be there on a Sunday night because the restaurant wasn’t totally packed and we were able to take our time.  This place has earned a special place in my heart alongside Taxi and Nobu.  They make their pasta and ricotta fresh every day.
  • I had my very first cello lesson.  God, I can’t wait until I can zoom all over that fingerboard effortlessly!  It makes the prettiest sound in the world and I am really convinced that this is an instrument I want to pursue seriously.


  • Tim bought me a ukelele!  (Can you tell that I’ve been trying to put an end to my muso drought?)  It’s a concert grade instrument with a pickup, and maybe one of these days I might record my progress so that you can laugh at my expense.  My neighbours must count their lucky stars that we moved in next door.
  • It’s been a pretty big week for presents: pretty flowers delivered to my office, a classy bouquet of Caramello Koalas (!), a necklace and… a pony!  I don’t have to remember to feed it and it even came with a matching plastic stable that stands about 20cm tall.


Meanwhile, while I’ve been living it up for my birthday there’s been a lot of worry for my family in Brisbane.  Last night my grandmother spent her first night in a nursing home, and it’s been a pretty big decision for all involved.  It’s the first time she’s really needed help to get by – she was happily doing her thing until a couple of weeks ago when she fell and broke her collarbone.  She already knows most of the staff from years of visiting her sister, and she was lucky to be given a room just nearby.  Mum & Dad found her a beautiful antique desk/dresser for her new room and put up lots of her photos and paintings to make it feel like home.

She (thankfully) sounds really happy about the decision and we’re all happy that she can hand over some of the boring chores to the staff there.  She was recently diagnosed as being 103, and the treatment is not having to clean your own bathroom anymore.


Happy weekend, everyone.  I’m looking forward to putting in some serious hours for the stuff on my list – more updates on that soon!


Taking stock.

by Elizabeth on March 2, 2014 · 1 comment

in Home, Life

I’m pinching this list from Pip Lincolne again, with a couple of little adjustments.  Here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

  • Making :: lunch at work every day instead of buying it.  My new office holds more cans of chickpeas and tuna than I care to admit.
  • Cooking :: my favourite soups as soon as the temperatures drop a little further.  Get over here Winter, let me love you!
  • Drinking :: coffee!  Water.  And an entire bottle of Tuck’s Ridge Vino Dolce on Friday night.
  • Reading :: A Clockwork Orange.  Yikes.
  • Wanting :: some motivation to sit and draw the way I used to.  I think maybe I’ve forgotten how to do it?
  • Looking :: around my house, which needs a quick power-clean this afternoon.


  • Playing :: my newest instrument!  I have a gorgeous cello on loan from work while I figure out if it’s something I want to pursue seriously.  I haven’t had any lessons yet but I am already obsessed.  I bet you wish you lived next door.
  • Deciding :: what to draw next.  Hand, face, still life or tree?
  • Wasting :: my weekends on recovering from my work week, instead of doing productive stuff.  Perhaps we shouldn’t have bought such a comfortable new mattress last year.
  • Sewing :: nothing right now, but I’m about to dive into my huge pile of yarn and finally figure out how to crochet.  I’ll apologise in advance for all the swearing you will probably hear from your house in the northern hemisphere.
  • Wishing :: that I could dig up the courage to go for a run.  I’m signed up for a fun run next month and haven’t trained in, oh, about 18 months.  Is that bad?
  • Enjoying :: My paid Pandora subscription.  I’ve had it for more than a year now and rarely have to skip a track these days because it knows me so well.
  • Waiting :: for the clouds to clear so that I can take the final photo for task #80 in my 101 Things in 1001 Days project!
  • Liking :: the cool evenings we’ve had lately, and the more restful sleep that comes with it.


  • Wondering :: how soon I’ll begin my next 101/1001 project after finishing this one in September.  Last time I took a big break, but I have so many ideas stored up for my next one…
  • Loving :: my new office at work.  It’s all mine, and since I spend so much of my waking hours there I’ve put a lot of effort into decorating it so that it’s a nice place to be.
  • Pondering :: which parts of my list to tackle this month.
  • Considering :: whether to study again later this year, or concentrate on the stuff I’m doing outside of work.
  • Watching :: a bunch of Martin Scorsese films this month.  This weekend we’ve seen The Wolf of Wall Street and The Aviator.  Both films were amazing and my admiration for Leonardo diCaprio keeps growing.
  • Hoping :: that this is the year we can buy our own house.
  • Marvelling :: that anybody can afford to do that in this city.
  • Needing :: some sort of sign about the future.
  • Smelling :: rain in the air.  Maybe I can’t take that photo today after all.
  • Wearing :: pajamas after midday.  #sorrynotsorry
  • Following :: some of the commentary on GOMI with interest.  I wish more bloggers paid attention to the conversations over there without throwing tantrums, because there’s so much good advice there if you are able put your ego aside.


  • Noticing :: that my little old dog is slowing down.  He turned 12 last week which means he’s officially a senior citizen.  We love that great big dummy so much.
  • Knowing :: that compared to so many people, I am a lucky girl.
  • Thinking :: about the two little birds I rescued at work last week.  One was trapped in a drain and you wouldn’t believe the DIY contraption I came up with to save that little guy.
  • Feeling :: like 2014 is already kicking 2013’s butt.  The things that were eating me alive last year have died right down, and everything just feels calmer and more under control this year.
  • Admiring :: Lilli, for being the strongest lady out there.
  • Sorting :: my cool weather wardrobe, and putting away some of my summer clothes.
  • Buying :: very little.  I don’t feel like I need much right now.
  • Getting :: excited about winter clothes and coming home from work to a crockpot full of stew.
  • Bookmarking :: the best little timewaster on the internet, Neybers.  It’s a simulator for interior design/decorating and it’s seriously addictive.  You can see a bunch of my designs here.
  • Disliking :: basically everything that comes out of Scott Morrison’s mouth.  I bet he has trouble sleeping at night.


  • Opening :: birthday presents in a few weeks.  I hope I finally get that pony I’ve been asking for!
  • Feeling :: pretty content with life right now.
  • Snacking :: on chocolate macadamias because you’re not the boss of me!
  • Coveting :: a night at a luxurious hotel and a spa treatment.  That would be heaven.
  • Wishing :: that last weekend’s White Night festival wasn’t so overcrowded because it could have been such an amazing event.  Did you go?
  • Helping :: somebody at work with their CV last week was really rewarding.  This guy had paid an agency hundreds of dollars to design their resume and it was terrible!  I am one box of chocolates richer than I was last week.
  • Hearing :: that cello calling my name, so I’ll end this post here.

So how about you? I’d love to read your answers in the comments below!

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Item #36 in my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Hike a trail in a national park

Last November, instead of watching a bunch of terrified horses run around a track, Tim and I put our walking shoes on.  I had just finished re-reading that iconic Australian novel Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey (is there an Aussie kid alive who didn’t study it at school?) and was so engrossed when I finished it that I followed it quickly with a viewing of the Peter Weir film.

If you don’t know (or don’t remember) the story, this trailer beautifully illustrates how deliciously creepy and cheesy it is.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery film directed by Peter Weir, adapted from the novel of the same name.

It premiered at the Hindley Cinema Complex in Adelaide, South Australia on 8 August 1975. It became one of the first Australian films to reach an international audience, receiving international acclaim and commercial popularity, and thus has an important place in both cinematic and Australian history.

The film stars Helen Morse, Rachel Roberts and Vivean Gray.

St. Valentine’s Day, 1900. On a beautiful summer’s day a party of virginal Australian schoolgirls from an exclusive finishing school giddily prepare for an excursion to Hanging Rock, a magnificent natural monument drenched in a mysterious atmosphere.

The girls gain permission to explore the upper slopes of the rock. Edith takes a nap and wakes to discover that the other three girls have removed their shoes and stockings and have resumed their trek as if in a dream, disappearing into a passageway in the rock itself. What eerie events took place that day, and will those involved ever rid themselves of the demons that the ill fated picnic unearthed?

Based on the classic novel by Joan Lindsay, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is both sublimely spooky and majestically beautiful, boasting visually hypnotic photography by Oscar winner Russell Boyd, a haunting score by Bruce Smeaton and the timeless ethereal beauty of Anne Louise Lambert as Miranda, this classic helped revive the Australian film industry and established Director Peter Weir as a major international talent.

Despite our best pan-flute imitations we never found Miranda.  However, we did find a wild rabbit to pat and that was just as cool.

I was the happiest little photographer on earth exploring Hanging Rock.  The rock formations fascinated me, and every time we turned a corner we discovered a new breathtaking view or life growing happily in a crevice against all the odds.  I had to keep reminding myself to turn around because a single stack of rocks could look vastly different from the other side, so I guess that explains why the descent was every bit as good as the uphill walk.

We spent hours up there, and went off-road a lot of the time to get away from the crowds and spot wildlife.  We became pros at one-handed rock navigation and knowing when it was time to pass the camera back and forth.

I started this post with far too many photos, so believe it or not this is the edited list!  It’s still very photo heavy but I hope you guys will forgive me for that since I try not to do that too often.













































Warm all over

by Elizabeth on February 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Australia, Life, Melbourne


Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above are sizzling like a snare
Honey, I’m on fire, I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore… 

Sorry, not sorry for putting that song in your head.


Summer in Melbourne has finally broken, I think, but just last week bushfires were raging throughout the state.  For a few days the city was blanketed with a thick smokey haze that made everything look mysteriously beautiful, while just an hour away homes were burning.  It was eerie.

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The sun was especially spooky.  Hidden behind that thick veil of smoke it looked more like the moon with its sharp outline and translucent light.  These photos could almost pass as shots I took of the supermoon last June.


I set up my video camera one afternoon hoping that the sunset would be spectacular, but as the sun dropped towards the horizon it was swallowed up by the smoke until suddenly it was gone.

There are aspects of our little house that drive us crazy sometimes.  There’s no built-in storage and our landlord takes months to approve repairs.  But one of the things that keeps me here is our view of the sky – the sunsets, the middle-of-the-night stargazing and glimpses of the International Space Station from our driveway.

We will be very lucky if we can still see all this sky from the driveway of our next house.


I’ve been MIA again, I know.   There are reasons for this, as usual, but I’ve missed this place too much to let those reasons get in the way of writing here the way I used to. 

Over the next week I’ll be sharing some posts that have been collecting dust in my drafts folder, including a whole bunch of 101 Things in 1001 Days progress. 

Thanks for still checking in here, despite the recent radio silence x


Feelgood video of the day

by Elizabeth on December 11, 2013 · 1 comment

in Cool stuff, Funny Stuff, Videos

She thought she kept hearing fireworks and couldn’t sleep, so we sang to keep her mind preoccupied. In the end, nothing competes with fireworks.

– Benjamin J. Ames and his 4 year old daughter


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32 fingers and 8 thumbs.

by Elizabeth on December 8, 2013 · 1 comment

in Christmas, Music, Videos

Angels We Have Heard on High – The Piano Guys

I’ve been a bit slow getting into the Christmas spirit this year, but I’m glad I took a few minutes out of my scroogecave to watch this video.  These guys are good, and all those string and hammer stunts remind me of Ben Folds when he performs live.

Except I bet Ben swears a bit more than these guys.


(Sidenote: I miss my piano.)

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From my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: items #82 and #85

I don’t know whether you guys have noticed but it’s been way too quiet over there on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list.  As usual, dumb life stuff has gotten in the way of this project and it’s time to course correct before I run out of time to finish it.  After all, I need this thing completed by 28 September next year!

I don’t doubt that I’m going to meet my deadline, but in order to catch up I’m allowing this funny-looking octopus to tick off two items on my list: #82 – Sew something using the sewing machine; and #85 – Make a soft toy.  It’s the closest I’ve ever come to bending the rules.




This little guy was made with my Gran’s old sewing machine, and it was our maiden voyage together.  When I began I had no idea how to thread the machine (or any machine, let’s be honest) and so things started out pretty rocky at first.  There were at least three Facetime calls with my Mum to get things moving but after a little bit of practice on scrap fabric I was off and running.

Tim gave me a beautiful book of soft toy patterns called Hop Skip Jump by Fiona Dalton for my birthday earlier this year, and I’ve been dying to make one of her cute little softies ever since.  I was lucky enough to find the stripy fabric while I was raiding the remnants bin at IKEA one day, and it was worth the effort of cutting out the tentacle pieces from different sections of fabric so that he had eight different coloured “feet”.  That’s the closest thing I have to a pro-tip; the rest was just following the instructions and calling Mum when I needed to know how to sew a dart!


I finished him up a couple of months ago, and ever since then he’s been waiting for the little lady above to have her first birthday and begin his new life!  We spent today celebrating with her (and 50 of her closest friends) and six hours later – after party food, presents and a giant inflatable waterslide –  this tiny party animal was still going.  She didn’t want to miss a moment of her big day.

(Also, her birthday cake was a showstopper!)


Happy birthday to the world’s sweetest girl, Georgia Mae!  xxx

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Fright Night

by Elizabeth on November 1, 2013 · 1 comment

in Home, Life

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Halloween is, for most Australians, a pretty polarising subject.  Every year the same tired arguments are trotted out about how it’s too American (nope), too dangerous (solution: parenting) and contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic (see previous: parenting).

I happen to think Halloween is pretty great, though probably helps that our household is 50% Americano and we seem to have the most polite trick-or-treaters in the entire world in our neighbourhood.  There were so many pleases and thank yous at our front door last night!  We had lots of princesses and superheros and monsters and zombies drop by and most of them had mums who waited at the gate.  It was nice to meet some new neighbours.

I wasn’t organised enough to carve pumpkins this year, but we still managed to bring a little bit of creepiness to our street.  Aloysius the skull and Randy the skeleton made appearances for the fourth year running and this year we added a ghost too.

It’s just a shame that with Daylight Savings there’s very little actual darkness during visiting hours.  There’s nothing spooky about a blanket with eyes when the sun is still up!


Previous Halloweeny fun: my first carved pumpkin | last year’s spooktacular | our Halloween party/movie night |

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