Monday, 23 April 2012

It's Time To Share - The White Shed


We found this fabulous blog recently called The White Shed – it’s absolutely beautiful.  I am instantly transported in my mind to a place of peace and tranquillity – a sea change from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.



I’m an Adelaide girl at heart.  My parents are still there, and my Dad was born and raised on the Yorke Peninsula.  Maybe that’s why this blog has an extra special spot in my heart.



And the fact that all this beautiuflness (is that a word) abounds with 2 little boys in the mix – wow, I can only dream.



My household of 3 boys (+hubby), or the 3 tornado's with no “off” button as I like to fondly refer to them as, could only dream of something this picturesque.......sigh.........




Share below what blogs you have found recently that are just beautiful – that whisk you away to somewhere else – whether it be by words or pictures – either way, you love it.


Amanda


All images courtesy of The White Shed

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Meet the Name Behind Master and Miss

One of things we love the most at purely4kids is being able to work with some amazingly talented designers.  It is such an inspiration to learn about what makes them do what they do, and to see all the hard work and passion that goes into their brand.


One such brand is Master and Miss.  Liane is the beautiful person behind this label.  Her designs are absolutely adorable and we are so excited to be able to share a little into what Liane and Master and Miss is all about.








We'd love a little insight into the world of Master&Miss.  Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family?

I am the very proud mother of a 2yo daughter Emma, I tried IVF for 5yrs with my first husband and sadly the disappointment of not being able to conceive took its toll on our marriage, when I met my current partner Luke I told him about my infertility and he told me that he loved me with or without children, 12 months into our relationship Emma was conceived without any help from IVF I had just turned 40, who would have thought!! We tried IVF again last year without any luck so we are very lucky to have Emma in our lives.


Where does the name Master&Miss come from?

I lived in Ireland for 7 yrs with my first husband and correct titles are adhered to more strictly than here in Australia,  young boys are referred to as Master so when I was thinking of a name for my label, Master and Miss  was the first name that popped into my mind and thankfully no one was using it. 
What made you start Master&Miss?

Becoming a mum really changed my perspective of life, I had always enjoyed making my own clothes and had worked as a stylist, so when Emma was born I couldn’t wait to start working on clothes for her, I get such a thrill from seeing her in my own designs.

What is the most rewarding thing for you about your business?

Feedback- good and bad is always rewarding, I have been overwhelmed but the number of people who have been supportive of the label and I really value all the people that I have met since starting the business, it doesn’t feel like work, I love it, it’s my second child.

Your brand is absolutely gorgeous.  Where does your inspiration come from?

Emma is a great source of inspiration the Sophie teacup dress came about from playing with teacups all the time! I can’t tell you how many pretend cups of tea I’ve had!! I also like to use bright colours, and often pinch Emma’s crayons to see what colour combinations look like together, she has so many bright coloured toys, books and blocks, I think children love vibrant colours and they look great in them too. 
What's next for Master&Miss?

We are just about to start printing 3 new fabrics, a rocking horse pattern, a red heart pattern and an amazing check/gingham pattern, we will be using these for onesies ,bibs, blankets and also two new dress designs and a 3 tier Ra Ra skirt,  we also are working on hoodies and some funky shorts  for boys .


If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling through Europe, America and Asia there are so many amazing places I would want to go back and see again!  But if I had to pick one place it would have to be Kenya and go on a Safari , we take Emma to  the Open Range Zoo at Werribee all the time and she loves the Hippos and Rhinos.  Africa is somewhere I haven’t been and would love to visit. I also sponsor a child through World Vision and I could also arrange to see her at the same time.


Master and Miss is in-store now at purely4kids and we are so excited to be able to share Liane's gorgeous designs with you.  We just know you are going to love them as much as we do.


http://www.purely4kids.com.au/products/brands/master-and-miss.aspx




Amanda

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Photo Shoot Fun

Another season is over and with it brings a change in wardrobe, which for us at P4K means a chance to do another photoshoot to showcase the new arrivals.
We were lucky enough to find a Sunday afternoon with no rain in Sydney a few weeks ago so we bundled some of the tribe into the car along with some of our new range from Alex & Ant and Little Miss J and off we went.
Against a fabulous back-drop of textured buildings and with the help of a wonderful school mum and her 2 adorable kids, our expert photographer Kim was ready to snap away.
Our youngest model Bella was the most beautiful ballerina you’ve ever seen in the tutu’s and ballet wrap tops by Alex & Ant, while the boys were looking like knights in shining armour in their fabulous tees.


Considering how long the process takes, the kids were amazingly well behaved and really made our jobs so much easier, and hopefully this can be seen in the photos.









Thanks so much Bella, Jackson, Cohen and Alexandra. 

Friday, 13 April 2012

Two Years On...........

I’m hi-jacking my own blog today for a more serious topic.  It’s been 2 years to the day since I lost my brother to suicide. 
So much time has passed and yet it still feels so real as if it was only yesterday.  I still remember that awful day when my poor husband came home from work unexpectedly.  My first thought was “oh my god, he’s been fired”, followed by “oh my god, he’s crashed the truck!”  I have such faith don’t I?  In hind sight, although at the time both of those “what-if” thoughts raced through my head, they would have been a welcome reality in place of what was to come.
My adored 38 year old brother had killed himself.  I still remember it clear as day.  I had just come out of hospital from having my 3rd child and my whole world was to change forever.

But, we keep going.  We keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Hate to sound like a cliche, but it really makes you look at things differently.  I know without a shadow of a doubt I have much less tolerance for trivial matters – is that a good thing or a bad thing, I don’t know.  I listen to people whinge and bicker about crazy things, and I automatically think “wow, I wish that was the biggest thing in my life that I had to worry about”.
I know that’s not fair.  To them, at that moment, it is a big deal.  I was exactly the same. Worrying about this and worrying about that (and I still do), but I suppose I’m less hung up on the smaller things.
It’s also made me realise with a frightening reality of just how fast life passes by.  My eldest is 11 now.  When did that happen?  He was only a baby yesterday wasn’t he – now I’m filling out applications for High School.  Weren’t my brother and I just in High School?  No really, make it slow down.....please.
Suicide is a very scary word for a lot of people.  It’s a word that evokes a lot of passion in people and a lot of opinions, and I’m no different.  To a lot of people it’s an extremely selfish thing to do.  And they are right, it is a selfish thing to do, an extremely selfish thing to do.  But the thing is, at least in my brother’s case, he wasn’t thinking of anyone else at all, he wasn’t thinking about anything else at all.  He just wanted the pain to stop and for him, the only way to make it all go away was to leave us.  It doesn’t make it right, and I still struggle everyday trying to make sense of how this fun-loving, larger than life character that was loved by so many, could suddenly be gone.  I just have to remind myself, that’s it not my job to understand, how can we, we just have to keep moving forward.
I still have a lot of anger, not just towards him but also towards his wife, but I also understand that although in her actions she set in motion a course of events that would change so many lives forever; she never in a million years could have predicted the outcome.  No one could have.  I know many other friends of my brother who are much less forgiving, but you know what, people have affairs all the time, and people don’t kill themselves over it.  It most definitely doesn’t make it right, by any means, but it’s still a fact.  And she has to live with the knowledge every single day of what she did, and what pain it caused.  Unfortunately though, so do we.
We realised he wasn’t coping those last few weeks and friends and family were there every day to keep an eye on him.  Unfortunately though, it was impossible to be there 24/7.  Beyond Blue was a wonderful source of help and he had an appointment with the counsellor the following day – which he obviously never made it to.  I struggle knowing his last call was to Lifeline, which clearly didn’t help.  I try not to judge, but at the end of the day, they are reading off a script, which makes me question how effective they can be.
I suppose if I could pass on one message out of all this, it would be to treasure your friends and treasure your family.  You just never know what is around the corner.  And if you need help, if you need to talk, put up your hand and ask for help, you’ll be surprised how many people will be there for you.
Amanda
Damien was a huge supporter of The Nature Foundation SA

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Easter in Sydney Without Rain?

Well this year was a first - Easter in Sydney and no rain (except for the massive downpour on Sunday night where I thought my house was going to wash away - but that's another story). 

In fact I have a girlfriend who is extremely thankful that my family decided to stay home this Easter break because it meant she could enjoy her long-weekend camping.  She's thankful because every Easter we usually go away or we go camping and every Easter without fail it rains.  So this year we decided to do something different - stay home.


We took the boys to to Centennial Park.  Hubby somehow managed to take what seemed like an hour to load the bikes into the back of his "ute", but finally we were off.


The older two boys had a great time riding around the park with dad and kicking the footy, while Master 2 zoomed around on his little plastic trike when he wasn't busy playing in the playground.


"Hmmm, should I ride my bike or play footy?"

After all that exercise (no, not me, allergies you know - LOL), everyone was ready for a break so it was off to the cafe in the park for cappuccino's - yum - and smoothies for the kids.

"Woo Hoo!"

The boys had a great time, proof of which I think was shown by the 2 youngest ones falling asleep as soon as we hit the road on the way home. 


Hope everyone had a great Easter - how did you spend yours?

Amanda

Thursday, 5 April 2012

A Random Post About Absolutely Nothing

As much as I hate to admit it, I think my 11 year old understands technology better than I do.

I was lucky enough to receive an iPad for my birthday last year but I really haven't used it much because I don't know what I'm doing.

So tonight I went up to our local Apple store where a 20+ year old taught me how to use my iPad - very embarrassing.

But - woo hoo - I finally worked out how to get a photo onto blogger - ta da - here it is.......a photo.

In reality there has been a photo bucket account set up, a lot of swearing because the code wouldn't copy, a bit more swearing because the photo took up the entire page, a visit to Tina dot Gray to calm myself down, and voila ........ a photo. Lol

Just in case you were wondering the photo is from Mista TJ - in store soon.

Amanda

Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Cutest Easter Bunny Ever

The Easter Bunny is on his way so what better time to share some beautiful pics courtesy of Pinterest.


Awwww - how adorable is this.  I'm sure it has to be the Easter Bunny doesn't it?


Thought these were so cool - I could even be inspired to do some craft with the kids.


Just Beautiful.


I just adore this picture - the colours are so crisp.  I wonder if I could create something similar - I'd love to give it a try.

How will you be spending this Easter?

Amanda