Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Frankee-Lee Hearing Spree.

Meet Frankee-Lee. When I first read about Frankee, it was today in The Examiner. She wasn't born with ear canals and she is bilaterally deaf. She can hear again with surgery that will cost $100,000. Read her story, visit her website.

Here's the beginning:

Frankee-Lee Shaw was born on the 16th of July 2009, in Latrobe Tasmania.

Born what appeared to be the portrait of ideal health, a stunning baby. On her second day, Frankee was unsuccessful on her first newborn screen hearing test, and three successive hearing tests in the gap of 6 weeks following that.  The failed tests had the blame laid on technical issues to vernix in her ears, and everything in-between.  On the last test, her parents were informed she had a mild conductive loss in both ears. 

Beside themselves, irritated and worried they had to accept the diagnosis.
When Frankee was 6 months old, they moved to Noosa, Qld.  It was there at 19 months old it was supposed that she had Glue Ear and would call for grommets.  It was a critical moment, as the operating theatre is when they got the news that should have been diagnosed the day she was born, the devastating news that Frankee didn't have any ear canals and that she is bilaterally deaf.  At the follow up appointment at the Ear Nose and Throat specialist is when they were introduced to the name ATRESIA, so rare that 1 in 10,000 children are born with it. When their beautiful baby girl was fitted with hearing aids, and then began their journey through Auditory -Verbal Therapy.

Every dollar counts for one of our own, right?


Friday, 20 January 2012

The Breakfast In Bed.

So? Who's coming to my house for breakfast on Sunday?

Here's the menu!!!

Poached Egg and Smoked Salmon


Toasted Turkish bread

Poached egg and smoked salmon on toasted Turkish bread

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 Turkish loaf, cut into quarters, toasted
50g baby rocket leaves
8 slices smoked salmon
Dill sprigs, to serve

Dill hollandaise
1 tbs white wine vinegar, plus extra for poaching eggs
4 black peppercorns
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 egg yolk
100g unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbs finely chopped dill


(1) To make the dill hollandaise, combine the vinegar, peppercorns and shallot in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until vinegar reduces by half. Remove from heat and strain through a fine sieve.

(2) Place the vinegar mixture and egg yolk in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water. Use a balloon whisk to whisk while gradually adding the melted butter in a thin, steady stream. Continue whisking until thick and creamy. Add the lemon juice and dill; taste and season with salt and pepper.

(3) Add extra vinegar to a deep frying pan filled with water and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce to low and bring to a simmer. Crack an egg into a small cup. Use a large spoon to stir the water to create a whirlpool. Gently slide the egg into the water and poach for 1-2 minutes for a soft poached egg or until cooked to your liking. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining eggs.

(4) Place the Turkish toast on serving plates. Top with rocket leaves, salmon slices, poached eggs and a dill sprig. Spoon over hollandaise sauce and serve immediately.


See you then?



Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Dahlia Brooch.

Check it out DIY-ers....

Four things to make this... That is ALL!
Hot glue gun with glue,
and a brooch back.

Very quick too.

Thinking of doing something like this myself.
Nice find.

Craftiness Is Not Optional offer a twelve picture tutorial with pretty simple instructions.


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Upcycled Catbed.

Well, well, well....

Look what the cat dragged in!

Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed with Pedestal Base

Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed with Pedestal Base

Handmade Modern Plywood Pet Bed

Upcycled Maroon Suitcase Pet Bed Handmade Wood Legs

Upcycled Apple Computer Pet Bed

Customize Your Upcycled Apple Computer Pet Bed

The have an Etsy shop - Atomic Attic - Check out for other recycled items!


The T-Shirt Rag Pillow.

T-Shirt Rag Quilt Pillow

I don't know about most of you, but if a was a teenager, I'd want this on my bed - or maybe a bit more girlie.

What a great project to keep in mind for when I have children and all those clothes you buy that they only ever wear once because they fit for the best part of 3 seconds... why not make a memory pillow!

Great idea - if your anything like my Mom, you still have a box labled "Tamsyn's baby clothes" 21 years after the fact.

I give this a beginners rating - you don't even have to hide the seams - you just leave them there and cut them up - fantastic!

Have fun checking this DIY over on Fiskars.

Keep smilin'


The Thousand Apologies & DIY.

Oh my goodness, I feel we must apologize for the amazing holiday we have both had...
Since we last post anyhow.
A number of things have happened.
We have made many sales (Woohoo!).

Anyway, I want you guys to check out this awesome
DIY "LOVE" knockoff pillowcases for your beds!
Absolutely amazing!

Over at Flamingo Toes they have a DIY tutorial to get these letter on your pillowcases!
If you do it, I wanna see your creations!


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Christmas Shopping.

So first of all, I'm sorry - I've deprived you all of my presence lately. So much to do, not enough time to do it! Glad that Steph has been pulling all the weight around here - I think I should shout her lunch soon!!

But enough of that and on to a little bit of late Christmas shopping.

Here's some of the top Christmas presents this year for anyone... I've picked out of the list what I would like and think you would enjoy.

And they're all eco-organic & natural. Love it!

Happy shopping!

Friday, 25 November 2011

The Brooklyn Limestone.

I have a new-to-me favourite blog that I really want to share with you. I love the design and layout of the blog, the well-planned and explained tutorials and the inspiring content. I have just lost an hour or so exploring and just had to come back and share :-)

The site is called Brooklyn Limestone and features articles on design, travel, entertaining, craft and, of course, the pictorials of the ongoing renovation of a beautiful Brooklyn Limestone house in New York. Delicious.

I was seduced by so many projects but particularly liked the styling of this project 
from Christmas 2009

See here for the tutorial on screen-printing the tea-towels.

Their latest post is another beeootiful wreath of greenery 
(maybe you can tell by now that I am sold on the whole greenery idea)

I will definitely be coming back for more of this one!