Nov 26, 2013

Mini Santa Stockings - knitting pattern

These little stockings make cute ornaments. They will hold a roll of mints or lifesavers if you like. By using larger needles and thicker ply yarn, you can make larger ones that can fit things like a mini packet of raisins (the skinny packets, not the lunchbox packets.) I used fluffy white wool for a cute effect, but you can use plain.

Nov 21, 2013

Cat Thursday - Grandma lolcats

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

My grand-daughter arrived safely last Saturday. So I'm celebrating

 with Grandma lolcats. Have a great week everyone. 

Nov 20, 2013

Please seek help if you get postnatal depression.

When I got postnatal depression more than 20 years ago, I had no idea what it was and people didn't talk about it very much. I had already had a baby, so I should know what to do right? I was living on a farm with my husband and two kids and I had every reason in the world to be happy. But something wasn't right.
I didn't get diagnosed for five years. I'm serious. I know things move slowly in the country, but looking back I don't know how anyone didn't see.
Talking about it and hearing other people's stories are still triggers for me, but I am trying to be brave because I know it is so important. 
My daughter just had a baby and I hope that she, and all the other young mothers now days know that they are not alone and that there is help out there for them. There is no shame in asking for help and no-one can manage everything on their own. 
Lots of beautiful parents (mothers and fathers) have shared their stories in the links below. 
So if you or anyone you know thinks these stories ring true for them, then please get some help. Talk to your doctor or clinic sister or contact PANDA and tell someone you love, who will support you. 
One thing I have learned over the years, is that if one person isn't listening, then keep talking until you find someone who will listen.  

PANDA, the Post and Ante Natal Depression Association, are the only national organisation in Australia that raises awareness of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after birth and provide ongoing support services to families to assist in their recovery. 

This week is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week and we are raising awareness of PANDA's resources: and

Nov 8, 2013

Seasonal Freebie - Family Dinner scrapping pages.

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Completely customizable project using MyMemories Suite
This Digital Kit Includes: 

Available until 17th November 2013.

Nov 6, 2013

Chapters by Susanna Viles (Guest Post)

I was five years old when I was given my first non-illustrated book. I remember feeling slightly ripped off. How could I possibly understand what was going on with the characters if there were no illustrations?
I was sitting on a trampoline with my best friend, Ruth, who had also been given a book. I guess we were at some kind of end-of-year break-up party for something. I have no idea whose trampoline we were on, or why we were being given books.