Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rain or Shine....

It's been a stormy weekend here at Dalli Cottage with the clouds rolling in on Friday night and threatening and sprinkling us ever since.  The mood reflected on our poor darling Moo with a combination of sore tummy with teeth and now we are just all exhausted.  

What do we do when we aren't feeling well?  We hit the beauty of our backyard - in the rain or the shine.  Nothing like heading off on an afternoon of adventure.  Moo loves to just sit there and soak it all in, the husbo enjoy our little piece of serenity and me?  Well I love to capture the moment.....

Playing in the rain was the big hit for washing away the sickness blues...and thankfully this beautiful smile proves it! 
Pavement chalks....which tend to lead to drawing over the outdoor furniture and front door while Mummy isn't watching....

The ladies....our hens follow Moo around every where and you will regularly find a trail of 11 hens following her over the yard!  We have just added a new member to the hen house - Bruce the Rooster....who is fitting in considerably well! 

An afternoon in her tutu....enough to make any girl smile.
Playing cat and mouse with the Crop this was fun and created many giggles!  I just wish I could have captured the smiles on the pilots face when he saw Moo waving every time he flew over us! 

Mud puddles and rainbows....all in an afternoons work from Mother Nature in our gorgeous corner of the country-side.  
So we can only wish and pray for the teeth to come down and the yucky belly to go away - but it warms my heart that even when life throws us a wobbly - we can still manage a little bit of fun, magic and smiles to make our weekend full of memories. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Grateful for....

This week, my beautiful husbo and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary.  Three years married and nine years since we first started dating.....and we are more in love than ever.  Sounds corny I know....but it's true. 

I am so utterly grateful to have him in my life.  We cruise through the mundane times, soak up the good times and hit the bad times head on.  We cry together, laugh together and can have an almighty argument - but always kiss, make up and store it into the 'needed that vent' file.  He is my best friend, my soul mate, my other half.  

He is the best father I could have asked for.  He has the perfect balance of strict and love - and is proudly the 'Play Man'.  I love the way Moo's eyes light up when she hears the motorbike coming up the driveway or when she waves goodbye to me when Daddy arrives as she wants to go and spend the afternoon with him.  She just simply wants to have him all to herself - something I can completely relate with. 

And then there is the patience - with me and my little business venture.  Taking over our ridiculously large bedroom with materials, ironing boards, sewing machines, etc.  Making him sleep on the couch while I want to pull a 'late-nighter' and never once does he complain.  His support is what keeps me going....

When I met this beautiful man all those years ago, I knew that I would spend the rest of my life with him - the stars were aligned and our fate had been spelled out.  Never ever did I dream that I would feel this content and happy with my family, my life and our future.  

I am not grateful for him just this week - I am grateful for him every second of every day.  He challenges me, loves me and fills me with life daily.  

Here's to another thirty years with my beautiful husbo....and maybe a few more!  x 


Join in with Maxabella.....and share what you are grateful for this week.  X 

PS  Also go and check out my beautiful friend's new blog - Sweet Treat Ramblings 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Somewhere over the rainbow....

What do you do that's special to create memories for your children?  

Me?  Well I love sitting in the afternoon sunshine, watering the plants and creating rainbows for Miss Moo to play in......she screams, she giggles and she plays....all what being a kid is all about.  

As for me, I just find myself oozing love and adoration for this tiny human being.  My heart wants to explode and I want to freeze time and savour every moment.  We wish time away....but why?  When we have moments like this to fill our hearts and feed our souls? 

What are your secrets to creating a magical afternoon? 

Monday, April 11, 2011

frosty sunshine

I always joke that where we live experiences the extremes of Mother Nature.  Ridiculous 40+ heat in summer and then freezing cold winters that make your feet scream when you have a shower!  With saying that, there is always a few magical weeks in between Autumn and Winter that make you soak up the sunshine and breathe in the gorgeous afternoons. 

I managed to capture the 'all seasons' in the past 24 hours....and it's only when I look back on these photos that I realise just how majestic Mother Nature is....

Mother never cease to amaze me! 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Grateful for....

My weekend has been nothing short of magical.  I found myself thinking that if everyday was like today, then the world would be a better place....but then again, we have to have some shockers, trials and tribulations to appreciate the golden days.  

I am so grateful for so many things this week....

1.  My amazing little business but mostly my beautiful 'likers'.  Dalli had another Market Night on Monday and it was nothing short of a huge success!  Bibs sold within seconds and it was so humbling.  A big thank you for all those who love and support Dalli.  It truly makes the long hours and late nights so worth it when you love the products as much as you do! 

The BIG hit of the night - A Touch of Red Bib Set - these sold within 10 seconds of me declaring the album open! 

2.  The Dalli Photoshoot - the photos of these gorgeous girls really speak for themselves....

3. My beautiful friends (the Mamas of the beautiful Dalli Cottage models) who are my rocks.  I honestly don't know what I would do without their constant friendship, silly giggles and comparing of notes when it comes to raising a toddler!  I found I loved them even more this week when I watched them trying to make the girls 'model' for me during the shoot!  They ran up the roads (bear in mind that Kath is glowingly pregnant), they tended to each other's children, they kissed grazed knees and they jumped behind me and made special goo-goo-ga-ga sounds to make the kids smile!  They are the kind of friends that have no hesitation to pick your child up and give them a cuddle - and I feel so blessed to have them.  They know I love them....but I just wanted to share....

4.  Making cakes with Moo.....the special Princess Patty-cake kind with really really pink icing and magic sprinkles on the top.  These are the moments that create memories....

and the rest - they say - is history! 

Have a great week and try to soak up the little is what makes it all worthwhile! 

Join in over at Maxabella....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Handmade Originality Pledge

Today, Dalli has taken the Handmade Originality Pledge which has been organised by The Contemporary Handmade Alliance.  

Will you? 

PS  Will be back later for Maxabella's Grateful for....

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Grateful for....

This week I am so grateful for my new love of photography.  The way it captures the moment, the lights, the feeling and the warmth.  Here are just a few of my favourites from my week of happy snaps. 

This is the view from my lounge room....a part of me wishes I had a loud horn to blow every time they land on our precious crop but the other part makes me sit and watch them in all their beauty.  

Fence talk....

Captured on an afternoon farm drive with Moo (who had her cranky pants on).  

One of the many things I love about living on a farm....the magnificent sunsets
Miss Moo talking with the birds...

Go and join in with Maxabella and share your special week....

Also, be sure to visit Dalli's Facebook page to see what's on offer for the APRIL MARKET NIGHT.....lots of goodies!  X