Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A special birthday & an ADHD update

I can't believe my most favourite little man on the planet has turned 10 years old today, reaching double digits is a milestone in any kids life wouldn't you say, no longer a little kid, but not yet a teenager...a tween!!!
Now for those of you that have followed my blog for a while know that this gorgeous little man has not come without challenges as he has ADHD ( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or if you want to simplify it a little, cheeky, annoying, obnoxious,aggressive, demanding ,challenging & difficult in general,lucky we love him bucket loads, no seriously there are lots of good qualities in this little bombshell as well!!
If your interested in catching up on our ADHD story you can read this post
here it tells our story of where we were a year ago. I have just re read it myself & it made me cry, you really do forget how things were once you move past that time in your life.
It was recommended by the psychologist that we get to a paediatrician & get our child onto a good dose of Ritalin,I wasn't keen to go down this path & thankfully we haven't had to. Through the help of our fantastic naturopath I can proudly say this little guy is now like a regular average "obnoxious" long as we keep him on the right diet...avoiding wheat, dairy & additives 102 & 211 where ever possible, we basically try to avoid processed foods. We continue to take the herbal supplements prescribed by the naturopath each month & after a 9month wait we finally got the call from the paediatricians office to schedule an appointment. I was able to say "Thanks but no thanks, we are doing just fine! "
We have moved him to a new school this year & I didn't feel it necessary to notify them of the ADHD as he was definitely a different kid. I didn't want him to be labelled as a problem child from day one, I wanted to see how he was judged by his current behavior.
 Well we got his half yearly report which by the way left me "gobsmacked", it was EXCELLENT!!! The first positive school report ever. I attended a parent/teacher interview & couldn't believe my ears, my eyes where filled with tears which I was furiously blinking away, I mean really, WHO crys at a routine interview with the teacher.Any way, at this point I decided to tell her our secret, she was amazed at how easy he is to get along with, but did say that it explains his boastfullness, he he he!!
So to finish this long but proud mummy post. I now have on my hands a beautiful, happy, loving boy with a wicked sense of humour, that I am proud to take any where I go & family life is so much nicer for all of us.
Now I'm not suggesting that this approach will be effective for all kids with ADHD but its definitely worth giving it a try, what harm can eating a really healthy diet do!!
Happy birthday my gorgeous boy, now lets go have some fun!!!
Trish xxx

Sunday, October 21, 2012

DIY Union Jack pillow

This is my latest cushion creation!
With all of the Union Jack decor popping up everywhere I finally decided to jump on the band wagon . I made this cushion for my sons bedroom & I love it so much I thought I would share it with you......step by step....just in case you want one as well!!!
This is my first real DIY post so it may lack a little PIZAZZ but hey, everyone has to start somewhere, he he!!
My cushion is 46cm x 36cm with an envelope back.
First I cut out all of my pieces as follows:
Cushion front- Blue- 1 x 48cm x 38cm
Cushion Back- Blue- 2 x 48cm x 48cm
I allowed 2cm seam allowances all around.
Next the cutting out of all of the red & white strips, with each of these I added a seam allowance. 
Diagonal red
 strips 3cm wide x 66cm long x2 
 Wide red strips
One  8cm wide x 40cm long 
One 8cm wide x 50cm long
Diagonal white strips
7cm wide x 66cm long x 2
Wide white strips
One 10cm wide x 40cm long
One 10cm wide x 50cm long
Remember, dont forget your seam allowances on these or you will end up with very thin strips.
I folded over my seam allowances on all of these pieces & then pressed them with the iron so I got a nice crisp straight edge, I then machine stitched all of the red strips on top of all of the white strips.I used red cotton for this task so my stitching didn't become a feature it just disappeared into the red fabric.
Next attach all of these stips to the front of your cushion starting with the diagonal pieces first, matching them corner to corner.
Now stitch on your horizontal & vertical strips, I used white cotton for this job as I was stitching on the edges of the white strips.
I then trimmed the edges to neaten things up, so I had straight lines to work with when it came time to attach the front & backs of my cushion togethor. 
To make my enveope back I basiclly just hemmed the edges that would be the opening for my cushion.
I placed them facing right sides togethor on top of the cushion front matching the outside edges of the back pieces to the outside edges of the front piece & this will give you a nice overlap to make your envelope back.
Stitch around the perimeter,
 turn it in the right way,
 pop in a cushion insert
TA DA!!!
A fabulous union jack cushion.
I have some plans to make some more in other colours & I have also made some other style cushions to go with this one that I will show you in another post.
So, do you think you might like to have a go at making one for yourself?
Happy sewing everyone!
Trish xx 
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nutella cookies.....The best cookies EVER!!

These are by far the tastiest & easiest cookies I have ever baked.
My entire family are worshiping my incredible baking prowess at the moment, he he he!!!

So here is the secret recipe to the delightful

Nutella Cookies
1 cup of Nutella
1 cup of SR flour
1 large egg, I used 2 small ones
Mix it all together
Drop teaspoons of mix onto your cookie tray, allowing a little growing space, I made about 28 cookies
 Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 6-8 minutes.
They are equally yummy warm or cool, but get one before the kids smell them or you will miss out!!!
Now I must confess..... I found this magical recipe on 

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They make a nice treat to have with your coffee, while you're working of course!

Do you gain cooking inspiration from Pinterest?
Have a great week  fellow cookie monsters!!!

Trish xxx

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Master bedroom heaven

 Source HOUZZ
Now this is my idea of perfection...
I love the restful colour scheme,the decor is not to feminine that my man would question his sexuality.
Fabulous bedside chandeliers(something from my bedroom wishlist)
  I'm loving the upholstered wall for the bed head & how they have framed it to give it a very stylish finish.
Of course, you can't forget that tufted ottoman at the end of the bed, I have been lusting after one of those for YEARS now.
Ahhh just perfect!!
What do you think?
Trish xxx

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