Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Washer Necklaces

I think Sarah and I will have to try this great craft these holidays.

Thanks Little Birdie Secrets.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Organisation with school age children.

Those who know me fairly well may laugh that I am writing a post on organisation, but I have developed a few ideas over the years that work for me, and lessen the chaos (which I refer to as 'the creative vibe of the house') that we live in.

The first is the humble list. Lists really are so useful. This one is for the big kids to follow every morning. The idea is that the TV or computer does not go on until they have done everything on their list.

The second is a version of the zip-lock bag. (My mum and I go nuts for zip-lock bags, in all sizes.) At the beginning of every year I buy each child an A3 size plastic zip folder and everything paper that arrives in the house goes into it.
Certificates, awards, artwork, schoolwork, birthday cards etc....
At the end of the year you can cull it down a bit and only keep what is really precious, and when they leave home I will be handing them a large pile of plastic folders.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Presents for teachers.

It's that time of year again when presents need to be bought for school teachers.
I try not to buy useless clutter, or something they will get lots of like chocolates, candles etc...

This year I bought from the Oxfam shop, which has loads of great ideas for gifts.

Hmmm... I have just realised that I bought chocolate, after I said I wasn't going to buy chocolate. Maybe an early night is in order???

Monday, 7 December 2009

Life goes on...

I have been absent for a while, yet again. My blogging seems to come in fits and starts.

Life has been rolling along here. Children growing up, study and exams to finish, and birthdays to be had, mine in particular.

We have also been doing a bit of exploring around our area and are becoming familiar with the local Chinese Supermarket. We have been there quite a bit lately as it is so cheap, and has the most delicious things.

Duck pancakes, yum...