Friday, April 28, 2006

A Busy Weekend...

This weekend is the State Age netball carnival - 3 days, 190 teams.

Just to make my life a little more challenging, I also have a wedding to go to Saturday afternoon.
After much organising and tearing my hair out, I have found someone who will drop Miss Gabbie home on Saturday night (her last game is around 8pm). Most of the parents are staying overnight close to the venue (about an hour away), but I found a friend who just lives around the corner, who is coming home. Otherwise I would have missed the wedding.

It's also very fortunate, that the first game Sunday isn't until 11am - meaning a bit of a sleep in. I'm excited about that!
Monday will bring one game and then finals - this is the only carnival they actually play finals, the others go by how many games are won.
So they play seven games - full games too, and potentially two or three more on Monday. Wish them luck!

My plan for today is to cook lots of food - not just for the carnival, but for dinner when we get home and the last thing I want to do is work out what to feed everyone :)

I won't be around for the next four days, so I wish all the Aussie girls a lovely long weekend, and everyone else a happy and relaxing couple of days...

See you all Tuesday!


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Hi everyone. I'm sorry I haven't been around for a bit - I have had "stuff" going on that I needed to deal with, and didn't feel much like blogging...
However, all is good now, and I am back with a vengeance!
There really hasn't been a lot happening in my little corner of the world - the weather is getting cooler; the house has fallen into a state of utter chaos; the girls are still playing a LOT of netball; and I have just been doing the minimum of anything to scrape by :)
So that needs to change, obviously. My "Autumn Clean and Declutter" kind of fell by the wayside, and I am ready to get back into it, starting today with the kitchen. For those of you who haven't done it yet, let's get moving today shall we?

In other news, yesterday I started the process of opening an online store - oh my gosh I hope I know what I'm doing! I have absolutely nothing finished to put into it, but once I get the house in order, I'll feel so much more motivated and inclined to sew. I ordered over 30 yards of fabric last week, and I can't wait for that to arrive - if that doesn't get the creative juices flowing, nothing will :) I have lots of ideas for the store, which will of course be called Sassy Rose, including linen sprays and other lovelies - time to be looking at labels and packaging, methinks. When it's up and running I will, of course, be shouting it from the rooftops and plastering links everywhere LOL. Don't worry, I'll make sure no-one can miss it!

I hope you are all well and happy and spending your time doing what you love to do...
Talk soon xxx


Thursday, April 13, 2006


I know what you're all thinking...I said I was going to do a big clean this week, so what's happened??
Well, I did do the laundry on Monday, as promised. I forgot it was school holidays though lol. So things are actually getting worse around here, rather than better...
The children go back to school on Wednesday though, so we'll get well and truly stuck in then ok?

In the meantime, this is what I did on Monday - if you haven't already done it, you have until Wednesday to catch up lol.

This is what my laundry room looked like before I started:

I pulled everything off the shelves and out of the little nook. I started from the top and vacuumed all the cobwebs from the ceiling, and worked my way down. I scrubbed the shelves and walls, and finally did the floors.

Then it was time to go through all the "stuff" and sort out what was going back into the laundry. I'm pleased to say the top of the washing machine is no longer a shelf!

This room only took me about an hour to do, all up, and I love how it looks now! All it needs is some paint, but that is for another day :)


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Aaaah, I'm back...

It has taken me this long to recover from the weekend!
It was a successful carnival for the girls - Gabbie's team (15 year reps) were undefeated...the first time they have won this particular carnival, so they are very, very happy with themselves. As they should be :)
Brooklyn's team (12 year reps) won 3 out of their 5 games - a great effort, considering they had injuries to 3 of their players. They were pretty exhausted by the end of the day. But as they are "not playing for competition" at this age (ha!), they got a medallion anyway.
It was State of Origin (between New South Wales and Queensland) and I am happy to report that Queensland won the Origin Shield this year.

And look! I remembered the camera! LOL

Gabbie getting all her limbs strapped in preparation for the 7 games she will play.

This gives you an idea of how many netballers turn up to these things! And this was all I could fit in...

Gabbie's team - she is second from right at the back.

Brooklyn's team - Brooke is second from right.


Friday, April 07, 2006

Poll Results

Well it looks like Sassy Rose is the name of my design and homewares empire!

It was the winner of the poll and after canvassing my friends they too, agreed with you :)

Now I can get on to the fun part - registering the name and setting things up. Once I have done the paperwork, I can get onto the business of designing, making and selling!

Thank you to everyone who took the interest and time to let me know your opinion. I appreciate it a lot, as I couldn't make a decision myself LOL.

Wishing you all a happy and relaxing weekend...


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Netball News

The Princess had trials for District Team selection today, and after playing 4 hard games, made the team. Well done Miss Brooklyn!
What this means for me (as mother and chauffeur) is two extra afternoons of training each week. This of course is on top of the 3 afternoons she already does...I think there will be a clash, but as it's only for six weeks, no-one minds in the slightest :) After that she trials for the Regional team - as we are from a little hick town and come up against teams from the Gold Coast etc, there isn't a huge chance that she'll make it, but she will enjoy the experience.

One of the girls from Gabbie's team is off to Cairns this Easter to trial for the State team - a huge achievement, and not something that too many girls from these parts get to do! We are all sending her lots of luck :)

Sunday sees us up at 4am to drive to Murwillumbah, in New South Wales, for the "State of Origin" carnival - the girls will play 7 games each again, and we will be home around 7pm, if last year was anything to go by...must remember to take lots of sunscreen. Hopefully they will come home with trophies as a souvenir :) And I will try and remember the camera this time! LOL

Gabbie at Murwillumbah last year


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Finalists - Please Vote!

Which is your favourite?
Lolita Chic
Lolita Rose
Scarlet Gypsy
Scarlet Whimsy
Sassy Rose
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Take my poll!


Gotta Get Moving

Next week, Amethyst Grove becomes the ultimate housekeeping blog! Not permanently, just until I get the cottage to rights.

I haven't been home much for the last few weeks - nothing important, just general running around, you know how it gets. But now I am feeling the urge to nest and putter and clean. It must be the cooler weather, making me want to nestle into a pretty and comfy cottage over winter - if I could hibernate, I would!

So, starting Monday, I'm going room by room for a thorough deep cleaning and de-cluttering. It may take a while *grin* (and there may be some redecorating going on too).

If you care to join me, then get out those vintage pinnies, pretty rubber gloves and your stash of bicarb soda and vinegar and come along for the ride! I'm starting in the laundry, because besides the kitchen, it's the place I spend most of my time :)

It's a date then - see you in the laundry on Monday...


Monday, April 03, 2006

I need help!
I am trying to come up with a name for my "empire" *grin*. But I'm having trouble getting it right, so I was wondering if you wonderful ladies could help me with some ideas?

Something kind of edgy and different, that says, wild and free, lusty, wilful, wanton, beyond shabby chic, a gypsy spirit, luscious and decadent. Something more crimson or scarlet than baby pink. More dusty and dirty than whitewashed - a little bit naughty, and something you have to try...

Does that make any sense? I kind of like Shattered Gypsy, but it's still not talking to me in the way I'd hoped.

You can post a comment, email me, anything....


Sunday By The Bay

Yesterday morning, I was feeling like I HAD to get out of the house, or go slowly I fueled up the car, grabbed the family and drove.
We ended up in Redcliffe, about 90 minutes drive from where we live. Fresh air, sea breeze and sunshine - a perfect combination.
We kind of just wandered around mostly, but I thoroughly enjoyed being by the sea. It's been a long time :)
We grabbed some chips and sat on the sea wall watching mud crabs and seagulls.
On the way home, we stopped in and got some fresh fish (whiting) and green prawns for dinner. I cooked the prawns in garlic butter and we had our seafood with a green salad - simple but delightful :)

Today I feel a little more energised than I have in a while. I realised that I tend to not leave the house for days at a time, and sometimes I need to get out and do something different. While I will always be a homebody and happy to stay in my insular little world, I have made a promise to myself to discover new places at least once a month. I have come home with even more ideas and some motivation - I like that!
Once again though - no photos. I really need to get into the habit of taking my camera with me when I leave the house! LOL