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Baby announcement

Over on instagram we announced that we are very excited to be bringing a third baby into our family before the end of the year!

Olivia and Jairus were immediately in love with the idea and ever since we told them they have been playing babies with all their soft toys and its just so sweet to watch and imagine the way they will be when there’s an actual baby to love and care for.

As we were taking the photos for our announcement, with a self timer on a tripod, I’m sure you can imagine I did a lot of culling but we also got some other gems of photos that I wanted to share


Knitted Jumper for Jairus

I’ve completed three major knitting projects in the last few days, I’m excited to share them with you!

First up, here is a jumper that I’ve made for Jairus. It may seem familiar as I made the same pattern in the size bigger for Olivia last year (you can see it here) It has been much loved and super practical so I decided Jairus needed one too.

The yarn is natural undyed wool from Nundle Woolen Mill, the same as Olivia’s just a different colour. It had been previously made into a crocheted basket, but it really wasn’t very useful and so I thought the wool would be put to better use as a jumper. Unfortunately I miscalculated the amount that would be needed and ran out with a sleeve still to knit, I ordered some more to finish but the sheep had grown a different coloured coat so its slightly different, although it’s probably only me that notices it (and you now that I’ve told you). It just adds to the character and makes it imperfect, which according to the Amish, they call it a ‘humility block’ and it shows their humility to God and I kind of like this so I’m going with it.

Details on what I used and the pattern can be found on Ravelry here

Now I feel like I’m missing a part of me with no knitting project on the go (apart from a washer part made and the squares that will eventually turn into a blanket, but we don’t count those) what should I make next? a vest for Jairus? a shawl for me? or a skirt for Olivia? all are on the short list to start making soon.




Winter 10×10 wrap up

Why did you do the challenge in the first place? 

I went into this challenge with the intention of just doing it, not waiting for the perfect time or perfect photo’s. It was a chance to really try out a couple of items that have been stowed in my wardrobe and are nice but never actually get worn.

What did you learn about your personal style? 

Practical, easy to wear clothes are good for this stage of life since my day’s are filled with mopping up spilled drinks and pushing swings at the park, but even then it’s nice to add the extra details to feel more complete.

Were there any pieces you included that felt like mistakes?

Everything I chose worked well, in saying that though the black and green patterned collared shirt doesn’t feel right as an everyday shirt. It was good to make myself wear it a for a few days to confirm my thoughts, so for now it’s going to be put aside with a few other nice items that are more appropriate for work clothes.

Did your clothes work for the weather?

Yes – we’ve had the most perfect mild winter here at the moment. A couple of the first days were a bit cooler so perfect to layer the tops and I was able to save my lighter tops to wear on their own towards the end when it was hotter.

How did the laundry work out?

My normal routine is to do a load of washing most days. During this challenge I just made sure I did it everyday, often putting on the load in the evening so it was ready to hang out first thing, or if I thought I might an item the next day I hung it on my clothes airer and it was often dry by morning so I could wear it again the next day.

Which piece was your favourite?

The grey and white stripe Maison & Scotch pullover easily tops the list. It’s just a simple cotton shirt that can be worn on it’s own or layered, plain in colour that it goes with anything yet has gorgeous detail in the soft stripes and sparkles.

What would you do different next time?

Next time (yes I’m already planning for another one next season!) I would like to add more variety in the style of clothes I include, such as a dress, button up shirt, skirt, etc. to create a bit more fun and interest in the types of outfits I can put together.



Winter remix: 10 items, 10 outfits, 10 days

The 10 x 10 Challenge is where you pick 10 pieces from your wardrobe and create 10 outfits from them over the next 10 days.

It’s about having fun, challenging our creativity, and learning something new about ourselves.

I’ve decided to give it a go! Letting go of my perfectionism that I’ve miss the official challenge dates, because honestly who cares, it’s more about taking the action and doing it.

You can follow along and see what outfits I create on my instagram. After I’ve completed the challenge I’ll pop back here and give you a recap on how I went.

You can read more about the 10 x 10 challenge from Caroline at Un-Fancy or Lee at Style Bee.




  • 4 tops
  • 3 bottoms
  • 2 shoes
  • 1 vest

I’m not including accessories, like bags, jewellery, scarves or jackets.

Oh! and general life activities (running, sleeping, etc) require work out wear and PJ’s, so those will still get worn in the background like usual.


|1| Black and white stripe wool pullover |similar| |2| Grey Stripe pullover |3|Cue Red stripe knit |4| Cue Blouse (old)  |5| Grey patterned jeans |6| Cotton jersey pants |7| Black elastic wasted jeans |8| white converse shoes |9| Black boots |10| Wool puffer vest





Knitted Shawl

A shawl I knitted last year. It has quickly become my ‘go to’, throwing it on with whatever I happen to be wearing and it just works. The shape and the way the soft wool drapes is beautiful.

I used a pattern by Sylvia McFadden of Softseater knits called ‘Waiting for Rain

Find more info on the pattern and wool  here


For me knitting is a creative outlet, time to unwind, and a way of celebrating the changing seasons.






“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2017.”


Plus an extra with their dad because I couldn’t resist.


Weekend at the beach

In March, for our wedding anniversary, we decided to go for an overnight at the beach to celebrate and to spend quality time together as a family before Garth went away for work again.

Even though we were barely there 24hrs, it was such a lovely trip. Setting up camp just on the edge of the sand so we could enjoy the scenery without having to leave our site (which was particularly lovely in the evening after the kids had gone to sleep, watching the lights reflecting on the water while grounding our feet in the sand with a glass of wine in hand).

Reminding me again of the importance of making time to get away from the ever growing list of jobs to do and just to sit and be with those that you love. 


Knitted romper for my baby boy

Knitting is something I have quickly grown to love. It is my time to sit back and put my feet up at the end of they day, my time to meditate in the repetitive motion of the needles clicking together gradually weaving a new shape out of a string of wool, my time to recharge.

This romper I knitted for Jairus. It really is the perfect little outfit for a very active crawling, climbing, wriggling boy. Throw on a collared shirt and knee high socks and he’s the best dressed kid in town, or put on a t-shirt and he’s all set to go exploring.

The pattern is the Sea Breeze Romper  by Kuroki Knitting