Friday, December 31, 2010

Yes I am a ....resolution maker

I love making new years resolutions. I am such a geek, but there is something about January first that makes me feel indestructible , makes me feel like anything is possible and I can really rock the world. So here is my list for 2011...

(2010 was pretty much a shocker so we won't
talk about my list for that year)

1. Get organized with everything
2. Get my blog going so well I actually have some lovely sponsor and maybe a few more readers
3. Have my photography business up and running
4. Become A LOT greener at home ( not the color but enviro friendly)
5. Knit something other than a scarf
6. Sew something other than a pin cushion
7. Instead of talking about doing things and then talking myself out of it - do all those things!

(I'm hoping that this covers the usual suspects of - get healthier, exercise, etc.)

Thank you all for hanging out with me through 2010 and I can't wait to go through 2011 with all of you.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Cottage

Kitchen from The Happy Home

Girls bedroom from here

Bathroom from A Cup Of Jo

In about four weeks we will be moving into a little cottage that needs a shitload possibly a bit of work.  So some of my blog for the next five years twelve months will probably be about our first renovation job.

My parents have bought it so we will be renting from them.  I am hoping we can make it beautiful enough that they leave it to me and not a cat home! (I'm kinda joking as I know they are reading this but only kinda.)


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Dad & Billy Thorpe

This is my Dad.
My Dad is one of two ( the other being the Mr) of the smartest men in the universe.  He has the capabilities to do anything and usually does. He also LOVES music.

My Dad is a little OCD when he likes something, he really likes it. Sometimes that makes him a little questionable (yes I am talking about Richard Clapton Dad!)

At the moment he loves the Billy Thorpe album Tangier ,
which luckily, I also love.

My parents gave me a great appreciation for Australian music and for that I will always be grateful.

The fact that Mum bought him this album so we don't have to listen to Richard Clapton and AC/DC for a little while , I will also be grateful xxx

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Five photos, five facts

Five facts:

* I work better under pressure.

* I love to make and create things I just don't seem to have any  definable talent to do so.

* My least favourite household chore is hanging out washing

* I love vintage white dishes

* My favourite book and movie is To Kill a Mockingbird

This was the brainchild of Pip over at Meet me at Mike's ...wont you join us????

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just a little message.....

Have a great holiday season....
whatever you get up to....
stay safe and I'll be back next week xx

Friday, December 17, 2010

What our days are made of....

A tea party with a giraffe, visits to my parents, walking to the park, collecting eggs from my parents sociopathic chickens, drawings penguins, summer storms and Christmas....that's what my days are made about you?
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Happy List

This time of year I think can be a catch 22 - I sometimes feel inadequate and not 'too Christmasy' and sometimes I think it is a happy, wonderful time of year that is fantastic - I read this and thought I would join in and make a happy list.  Sometimes it is really easy to get caught up in the drama and forget what actually puts a smile on your face. 

Happy List

* The Mr - he drives me crazy and makes me want to pull my hair out but I love the way he stands by what he says (even if he is wrong!) and how he is still my favourite person to hang out with.

* The Madam - she is a mini Mr and the coolest kid I know - and she is the only person in the world who thinks I am a good dancer.

* Chai lattes - what's not to love

* My friend who works in catering - she brought me creamed spinach in truffle oil - I don't know if it's healthy or not but it tasted sooooo goood!

* Oprah - I love her , I think she is great.

* Mangoes - my favourite thing about summer.

* Moving house - I am excited about our new adventure.

* Margaret Cho - I have only just discovered here but I think she is fabulous.

* New Year - a time of inspiration, the only time of the year I feel a 100% convinced I WILL complete all my new years resolutions...I WILL

* Blogs....need I say more.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tattooed ladies & an outspoken 4 year old

Image from here

You know how you get to that point where you think you are doing okay as a parent.  The madam is four now so she is goes to the toilet herself, feeds herself, mostly sleeps well, is a fairly nice kid so I probably became a little complacent.

Yesterday changed all that....

It was pay day, and as usual the pay didn't go in until five, so it was a late dash to the shops.  I had one grumpy four year old in tow so I tried to make it as quick and painless as possible.  I even pulled the bribery - ' If you are good I'll buy...' card - yes it was not a classy parent day.

Now to understand what happened next you probably need to know a bit about us.  The Mr has tattoos, my sister is tattooed, my friends have tattoos, my brother & sister in laws are tattooed, we have tattoo art in our house - I have taken the Madam to numerous tattoo parlours in search of someone to do one for me.  She is surrounded my tattooed people, hippies, conservative what have you!

She walks down the supermarket and spots a stunning girl who is covered head to toe in tattoos with long dreads and proceeds to say at top volume,

" What did you draw on yourself? Girls shouldn't have tattoos just Daddy's"

Needless to say I apologised and tore out of there at top speed  with the Madam still at full volume now going

" Mum I knew she was a girl cause she had big boobies like you"

Yes I followed that situation up with a lecture about inappropriate behaviour, everyones right to look how they want and why on earth did she think it was so strange when everyone we know has tattoos....

Then I remembered apart from the fact it was just 'one of those moments  we had  also recently seen the reigning conservative female in our lives - now I know why those visits are few and far between.

* My lesson: Don't take her shopping after 4pm, if I don't want her to say something she will say it, she takes everything in so try and override the negative with SO MUCH more cool things*

Monday, December 6, 2010

My list.........cause I've been naughty

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I don't know why but for some reason lately the words aren't flowing - I can think it I just can't put it on the screen.  Apparently the photo's aren't flowing either as my beloved Nikon died so now I'm looking for a repair man .  But I have constantly been reading every one's blogs and as always am inspired by all that is around me in blogworld......

So instead of writing, as such , I thought I'd list some things that have happened.....

* The Mr is still away for work and comes home on a fortnightly basis - so while his away I have been trying to catch up with some friends! (Maybe he needs a few more jobs away so I can maintain my social life hahaha)

* Summer has hit Adelaide....and yes as much as I am trying I am on the verge of whingeing about the heat....but I am enjoying the balmy (tropical for Adelaide) mornings...and mangoes...there is always mangoes.

* Ruby Gloom is soooooooo my favourite kids program, when I grow up I want to be just like her!

* The madam is almost finished Montessori school for the year....I think I will cry it has been such a beautiful inclusion in her (and my ) life!

* I am finding I know who my wonderful friends are and they are brilliant people - whether we can sit and have a wine or can only twitter/email due to distance you rock!

* I am over unethical psychics/medium/clairvoyant wannabes freaking people out for self serving purposes.  You have a gift to share NOT to scare the crap out of people for your own purposes. (I am a medium so I can say this with experience).

* We are moving in the New Year.  Only 20 minutes away.  But I love moving and new beginnings....I am so excited....we will be in an old cottage that we will redo vintage style.(any ideas let me know!)

* Mangoes .... did I mention them?I love them.

* I love that Kathleen Hanna was/is such a great feminist role model, even years after I discovered her in highschool.  I hope the madam is as inspired by great women like her.

* Green smoothies in the thing for breakfast.

Maybe this will keep the flow going.........

Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspired Kate

I have started a new blog/photo project and would love it if you would come and have a look.  I am hoping this will be the start of something new for me - my possible career as an artist/photographer/writer.

  Any advice, opinions, feedback is all appreciated as you know
I am starting to live and die by my blogworld :)

Are we still having this conversation??????

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Gay marriage and same sex parenting have been a couple of hot topics for longer than I'd like to know.  They have been covered on two particularly fabulous blogs here Woogsworld and Mammamia.

I just don't get it.  I have never actually seen the big deal about whether a man and a man get married or a child has two mums.  I am not being naive or particularly left wing when I say this but I do not understand why this is such a big deal.  I always think if two people love each other and want to - then get married, if you want to have children and you can love them and provide for them - do it!

I know far too many straight people that have been married and divorce, they cheat on each other, they stay married and hate each other, they basically suck at being married.  Or they could be like me and be the straight couple that have no real interest in getting married . There are many great straight couples that have wonderful marriages but I'm sure if you asked them why their marriage works it would not be because one has a penis and the other a vagina.

I also know straight parents that regret having their children, leave their children in questionable care, do not really give a damn about their children or their education, rights, experience , etc.   I am a straight parent but I do not think , by any stretch of the imagination, my parenting skills came from the fact I like to have sex with a man or that I am in a 'regular couple'.

On the other hand I also am very lucky to know some great couples and single people who are gay.  They have great relationships and are wonderful with the children in their lives.  Yes, just like with straight people there are gay people that are good and bad parents or good and bad at relationships. 

What I am trying to say is how can we, as a society, equate sexual orientation to whether a person is able to be a parent or enter into a marriage? How is it  a government's right to stand back and say 'well all we really know about you is you are gay so sorry no child/marriage for you?'. 

I am horrified that these issues are still so dominant in our society and I am hoping by the time my daughter is an adult she wont be still writing about this.  I am hoping that by the time the Madam is my age our country would have progressed, our world we be more equal and all those people that want to will be married and all those kids that need great parents will have them.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Things I found to share...

  • Amazing photography and an inspiring video........Fly from Nearby (plus it made me want to move to Melbourne!)
  • If you want to warned... it's fabulous.........Ish & Chi
  • Just beautiful......6.5st
  • Some great advice I will try and follow
  • The best posters ever
  • the funniest dog photo... this would scare the daylights out of me
  • Garden to table......I can't wait to have a functioning vegie garden in our new house!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Animal Kingdom

Image from here
The  Mr has gone back to work and the madam and I have had a bit of a slack/inside day today.  Even though I had a lot of stop starts and a few interruptions I have managed to watch Animal Kingdom.  It is brilliant - if you haven't seen it - get it!

I absolutely adore anything Australian but I know just because it is Australian doesn't mean it will be great but this is.  Set in Melbourne it is the story of a teenage boy who's mum dies so he has to go live with his Grandma and Uncles.  They are involved in a variety of criminal activity so it makes for an interesting lifestyle when you combine that with a city of corrupt police. 

The cast include Ben Mendelsohn who I adore.  I have seen all of his movies and he never fails to amaze me.  He can play a complete asshole and you still want to like him.  Sullivan Stapleton is also in this film and as always is fantastic as well as being so nice to look at!

But the stand out has to be Jacki Weaver  who shows just how hard it is sometimes to be a mum and how , as a mum, you'll do anything to protect your kids.  She completely blew me away.

Anyway, it is out on DVD, so grab a copy or I'll lend you mine but it is a great (grown up) movie - you wont be sorry.  If you do see it I would love to know what you think!


This is my new favourite song....I have followed Kid Mac for a while (a good Aussie lad!)....this is his new single......happy Monday xx

Definitely a summer anthem

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Genetics is a bitch

Don't get me wrong - I adore my daughter and believe with all my being that she is capable of doing anything and everything.  I think that there are just some things, that strangely enough, repeat themsleves throughout the generations.

I tried sports , I sucked at it, but I loved the socialising.  After attending the madam's second soccer game (after doing a soccer workshop as well) I think she is a mamma's girl! Much to my amusement she was much more interested in talking to the boys than chasing the ball....thus the Mr is now taking her to the park for practice sessions.

I think art might be her forte!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

One, two...what did you do?

Okay I have tried about fifteen times to write this post.  I know I have a tendencies to over analyse and drrrrrrrrrrawwwwwwww things out so I am trying to make this simple.

How did you, if you did at all, decide how many children to have?  Was it just go with the flow or a process? What was your reasoning? Would you do it differently if you could?

I ask because we have decided to stay with the Madam being an only child.  The Mr doesn't particularly want to increase the number of small people in our house - and I wont do it if I'm the only one that actually wants another one (to messy).


I have had numerous people recently comment on this lifestyle decision of ours - both pro only children and pro more kids so I wondered what you all thought.

* Just for the record if any family/friends from my real world read this - we are not trying for another one nor intending to try - it is just a question*

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Revolution required

I found this through Marvellous Kiddo - it is amazing.  Dr Ken Robinson talking about why we need to revolutionise our education systems.  As an out and proud geek - this gave me great food for thought.  He has a few talks so I might post them over the week.

I would love to hear what you all think - what is your approach to education? What is your approach to your kids education?

Friday, November 5, 2010

My 16 year old self

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A few off you would know by now I have a little addiction to twitter.  It's fabulous . You can write all sorts of things and talk to so many different people - for me it's a bit better than face book as it has no one from my family or my immediate life on it - so if you choose to vent there are no 'real life' repercussions.  I also like that most of the people I 'follow' seem to be uber cool and intelligent so I am hoping it will rub off on me.....

One of the things going around on twitter is to tweet your sixteen year old self. What would you say to your sixteen year old self? Which got me thinking (yes shock!)

Dear 16 year old Katy,

- Put down the cigarettes.  They are evil in a box. Otherwise you will start an addiction that at 31 you still find hard to kick. 

- Stop criticising housewives.  They are not all 'in the bell jar'  - one day you will be one and you will know how bloody hard it is.  You can combine feminism, Independence, parenting and being a housewife.  So keep your mouth zipped.

- Make the most of every opportunity.  Use your fear to spur you on.  There is really no need to be scared of everything.

- He is not ' the one' - not even close and by the time you reach 31 and run into him - you will be sooooooo glad.

- Fruit Alexia (very cheap bad wine) is also evil in a cardboard box. 

- While we are at it bourbon is bad - just don't ever pick it up.

- Pay way more attention to life - it goes really quickly.

- Pick up a camera and use it - you'll love it.

All my love your much older but not really wiser,
31 year old self.

So what would you say............................

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I saw eyes in a window

WE has a bit of a family day in the city the other day - which is a big call as we live an hour out of it and the Mr has a mild breakdown every time he has to go in but I took a few photos .  The one below was just off the main street....I added the text....

This was the Madam and Karma the wonder dog....still don't get why she wakes me at
 5am then she goes back to bed.....

The Madam and the son of my friend blowing out candles on her birthday cake....
I hope they stay close as they get older

I started a tumblr - I am still working out how to do it but it's here if you want to have a look

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The girl that changed my life

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I won

A little while ago I went here to read as Gypsy Girls Guide is one of my first and favourite blogs in the whole world.  On a whim I entered the giveaway to win a print by Jessica Swift.   Now I never win, I have never received anything from blogs but I entered because we will be moving in the new year and we are throwing out the old and in with the new - a complete revamp of our lives - and yes on a tight budget it will be interesting.  But I did win.  I was so excited to get this in the post because not only is it cool, and it will form the basis to what the Madams new room is decorated like, it kinda made me feel like I was really part of this 'blogworld'......

So thank you Jessica Swift you made my day x

Monday, October 25, 2010

Two very cool people and a water tank photo

There are numerous things I learn from people around me.  My friends, family, random people I come across.....they teach me about life (good and bad), parenting, friendship, existing, etc.  Blogging has become a whole other community for me and it has taught me SO MUCH.  I started this blog really because the Mr isn't really into d&m (deep and meaningful) conversation and  a chance to work on my photography (cause he was getting a bit sick of that too!) but it has taught me a MASSIVE amount of things.  I now try a huge amount of food, cooking, drinks that I otherwise would not have known about, I learnt about Montessori schools thus Miss almost 4 goes to one, crafting, photography, art, politics, etc.  It still amazes me what you all teach me everyday. 

What I'm getting at is I have more links.....see your excited about that aren't you........

A little bit of lana  Is a blog by an Aussie mum who started this wonderful company called Aromaplay which has non- toxic, gluten free, wonderfully natural play dough. Which the madam is getting for Christmas. She also has children with food sensitivities and is a passionate advocate for awareness of food issues with kids and is a wellness warrior.  Lana is one inspiring lady, I came across her via a face book friend, so if you have a second please jump over and check her out.

Taurus Rising is Kelly's blog.  I can't remember what her day job is - I think it is quite fancy with lots of big words - but she is the ultimate in green.  I think Kelly was actually the first person to ever follow my blog (and I will always be grateful !)so I have read about her for a long time.  She has three kids and wonderful husband and she can use every single part of everything for something! What she does with a duck is incredible.  She also has a business called the ethicurean which is reusable and recycled fruit & veg bags.  They are brilliant - I actually have a tote bag and a veg bag and the tote is used for most of my shopping (I live in a market/co - op kinda town) and actually doubles as a brilliant handbag - especially when you carry enough stuff around to survive a nuclear attack like I do.

These are just two of the great Aussie mums I have come across whilst blogging and there are so many more out there - if you get a chance have a click over and see what they are about.  I would love to hear what discoveries, inspiring people, interesting things you have all found in the blogosphere......

*Neither of these people asked me to write this nor even know about the post yet so it is not a paid advertisement*

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friendship is a funny thing

Friendship between children seems a little strange to me - I never know whether the Madam is meant to have heaps of friends or just a few - but I am hoping that there are some  that she keeps forever.  This is the little boy of a friend of mine.  He is wonderful.

We have known him since he was born - there is almost 2 years difference between the kids.  He is wild and funny and adores the Madam.  She tells people he will be her husband but feigns indifference when he is never know

(all photo's published with permission from his mum)

Sunday love links

Well I have actually woke up today feeling a little inspired (or motivated you pick) so I am went off to take some new photos today - but first here is a list of my favourite things this week (in no particular order)......

Vic has made an absolutely stunning quilt - check it out here - this mama can do anything with all the amazing pieces she collects.

Tralalere! Have a look it will just make you happy

I think I would love to go to The School Of Life

I'm thinking about making these as the Madams birthday falls this week (so Halloween week)

I would love to try to cook a recipe from here - just have to decide which one

Enjoy these hopefully I will be back as soon as I have edited with a few more photos and a bucket load of inspiration!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A change of routine.......

I changed up our day to day routine and followed a bit of a different path.....
and there it was .......a little inspiration

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thank you for restoring my self esteem, making me a better mum & twitter!

I must first of all say a huge thank you to those who left a comment on my last post (and on twitter).  I actually had my moment with a few of the 'ladies' I wrote about (from the little bit "different" group) today.  I kept all the comments running in my head and it actually helped.  I just sat back, took it all in and walked away without that feeling of just having my self esteem smashed.  So thank you my lovelies.

Last night I was reading Hayley's blog The Trousse.  Hayley also has a blog and online store The Little Pinwheel.  I have followed Hayley's writing for a little while - she is one of those people I think would be uber cool in real life.  But is writing posts about being a raw mum - you know those moments that work or don't work, etc.  When she wrote this I absolutely thought it was brilliant.  Now I am a stay at home mum of one and the madam does get my attention but it usually is divided between her and the Mr, or phone calls, emails, mopping, life etc.  So now I am working on 40 mins - 40 mins of undivided attention.  40 mins that lets her know that I love and respect her.  That she can be whoever with me and I will always be there.

The Mr has been away for a week and I have been on a bit of a purge - one garage sale and a mini skip - plus my sister who would through out everything if I let her (I am grateful for her help though).  My money is on that he gets back and doesn't even notice anything is gone.

With him not here though I have finally worked out the world of twitter - and Emily is right as she writes here - it is actually pretty cool - so the new black! So come and chat to us x

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friendships, bitchfest or is it just life?

Cartoon from here

I am finding more and more that I trust the wrong people.  Especially the wrong women.  I have a great group of friends who I adore and they are great - I met most of them through one friend who I have known for about 25 years. We all have our moments and go in and out of each others lives but in the end we are all there, straight up, no bullshit with each other.  We drive each other crazy, have a fantastic time together, drink wine & tea, and everything we say we say it from the heart as the truth and live with the result.  The interesting thing is they are all probably 5 to 20 years older than me (I'm 31).

I am finding though another group of women have come into my life, mainly through the common thread of having a small child and family connection, they are younger than me.  I don't know what it is but it seems to be a really different way of socialising.  You can say what you like , just don't say it to the person you are talking about.  Parenting skills are criticised even when some of them (one couple particularly) are brilliant parents.  Fence sitting on every issue, problem, query is a full time occupation.  Unfortunately  I feel like I have maybe been a little to honest about life in general with this group and now it is being used against me. 

I know it all sounds so second grade.................

I am not without my faults I know that.  I can be way to over protective of the Mr & Madam,  I have been a complete bitch and been called on it.  I do try to not say anything that I would never say to someones face.  The worst thing is in these situations I am kind of a once bitten forever shy person. 

So my question is.....

How do you know when to trust someone?  Is honesty the best policy with all friendships or just some?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

This weekend.....

This weekend involved....
- The park
- A garage sale where I sold some stuff and gained an earless rabbit
- The dog karma
- Cups of tea at Mum & dad's
- A good night with my girls xx
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

My love, My links

One of the things I absolutely adore about blogging is learning from others.  I swear I have learnt more about parenting, photography, feminism, vintage and life in general in the year and a bit I have been blogging than I did before.

Anyway here is my latest hits......

Blue Milk...........the blog that gave me the idea for sending the Madam too a Montessori pre school and reignited my feminist side.

Aurajoon.......beautiful photos AND they are having a baby which is always cool!

Sometimes Sweet......  A wonderful blog with another soon to be mama, stunning tattoos & please follow the link and vote for Brians dress it is fab!

Merry May Handmade....The best post about the top 20 most influential albums (mmmm an idea!)

Sarah Wilson....a great post by the beautiful Nat & it is also one of those blogs that makes you want to run and mainline spinach so you can be just as super healthy as Sarah Wilson is!

Here is my new favourite band with my absolute new favourite song! Enjoy x

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Snaps

I am back with 'normal' internet access - after many phone calls I now have internet restored and have made a new bestie in the Phillipines. So as I get my posts up to dates here are some new photos.....