Thursday, 23 January 2014

Summer 2014


This summer has been longggggg to say the least.  Hubby didn't get time off work so we have busied ourselves on and near home turf. We made a few day trips to the beach, we have had a lot of cousin time, hours upon hours of swimming, weeks of watching Pop building the studio, crafting, painting, baking, making mess, making mess, making more mess….it's been long. 

My girl and I.


















But despite all of this,  most days I heard "we're bored, what can we do?"
To which I'd say: "Don't ask me, just go outside and make your own fun"
Some days they struggled, other days they entertained themselves for hours.



This was cute, one evening Lulu and Bear called us out onto the deck to watch a "concert". We were given tickets, allocated seating and snacks (mint from the garden)

cubby houses

Dollies in the studio

Imagine my shock when I found Bear and his animals in my dirty dish water after dinner one night. 

…and in his sister undies later that evening.

He taught himself to swim without a bubble over summer

Lulu and her cousins ground rocks and made a snowman

The big boy made elastic wristbands…..for everyone.

Bear rescued frogs from the filter box

These two were Pop's "apprentice" and "water girl" on most days. Henry managed to loose most of Pop's tools daily.

….and with one final week to come, I'm holding my breath. I will spend the next few days covering school books, ironing uniforms, sewing on labels and buying groceries for yet another school year.

I hope I am ready, I know I'm keen to get started!
Wishing you all a blessed, fun and successful school year.

Much Love
Liv x

17 comments:

  1. Your Bear is just gorgeous, such a little character. Back to school for us next week, I don't feel ready and could do with another week. Just had another peek in your etsy shop clever lady. I see your flamingo painting sold, loved that. xo

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    1. I sold 4 over Christmas but not the flamingos! After three months of not moving on Etsy I decided to take them off. They are perched on my lounge room wall now, but if ever you decided you want them, let me know and I'll pay for shipping. x

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  2. Lovely post Liv - they all are and most of them cause me to have a great laugh as I can hear you talking through your words. the studio looks fabulous too - have a moment there for us! Chatted to Nic today and she filled me in on some funny stories - cried laughing! Enjoy the last week off. Need to get onto some pre-school activities - baking and ironing.... love to you darling. xxx

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    1. "funny stories" alright, I laughed myself silly!
      Missing you Ju xx

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  3. Hey you!! So much loveliness happening in your home!! Happy kiddos and creative play! I just love it! And your art is gorgeous friend....absolutely stunning! I have yet to pop over to your Etsy shop so I will do so in a bit!!! Your studio is going to be a fantastic place for you to create! All the best this weekend! Nicole xoxo

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  4. SO loving your shop! I really like your style with your paint as well! Beautiful! Your art so speaks to me friend! I don't work in acrylics but would like to learn...I mostly work with oils but am waiting to have a studio up and running to get back into it fully! Right now it is the kitchen table! Keep me posted...I would love to hear about your art adventures!!!!! Pure awesome!!!!

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    1. Thanks Nicole, I have to put a few more up, I sold a few over Christmas but with the kids home I haven't done much painting.
      I'd love to see some of your work too…do you have a site??
      I love working with oils but once, about 10 years ago, my then two year old got to a painting before it had dried and wiped it all over the walls, cot, himself etc….never used them since!
      x

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    2. Ha! Oils are sooooo messy! I have to practice with acrylics for sure! I have a few paintings in random posts but have yet to create a site....one of my goals for sure! I am working on a piece now that is a tribute to folk art so we shall see! I am so glad that I found your blog...you are so inspiring!!!!!

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    3. Nic, can you point me to the right post, I'd love to see you work. Normally i'd trawl through every post until i found it, but time is precious whilst the babes are still at home! (looking forward to school starting back next week!)
      xx

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  5. Your summer looks perfect Liv, and though they say they're not I think my lot are ready to get back to school. That little girl of yours is a beauty! Enjoy your last week of holidays.

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    1. Mine are all really keen, thank goodness b/c so am I !

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  6. Liv, your house looks so beautiful, you should take us on a photo/video tour!! Your girl is so tan ;)

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  7. Thanks Jackie, it looks lovely when it is clean, but with 4 kids its a struggle.
    lulu is very tanned, got her Dad's skin lucky girl. x

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  8. What a wonderful habitat you have!!! THat Bear is HILARIOUS!!! Oh my I laughed! Cleaning with kids - I struggle and lose and almost win and then lose - but a home needs to be lived in! I am coveting your art work! Is that wrong?
    xxx Enjoy these last days of the hols - they really are priceless even if they give you grey hair! LOL

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    1. He is a treat, he makes us all laugh daily!!
      I love that you love my art, it's a bit slow going at the moment, but with my dipEd about to start, maybe thats a good thing?!?
      xx

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  9. I just found your blog from "Time Flies When You're Having Babies." This looks like the perfect summer. I visited Australia for three weeks in August and can't wait to get back. Enjoy the last few days before school starts up again.

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    1. Thanks for popping buy. I love to read Ana's blog too!
      Where did stay when you were in my part of the world? August…ooo a bit chilly, come back in Spring! xx

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