Mr Jack of all Trades isn't really No. 5 on the list after Grannie's cupboard, the shorts and the red vinyl lounge! He in fact with the children is No.1, but in honour of his birthday yesterday he is featured again. He is the ultimate Jack of all Trades, ex policeman, diving & sea kayak instructor, commando/army guy, carpenter, First Aid instructor and now teacher of carpentry. He is madly passionate about everything he does and rarely goes into things half-hearted. He is the youngest of 12 children and has always had to fight to get any attention which would explain his outgoing personality. He is loving, caring, funny, quick witted, honest, intense, moody and most of all he is a great Daddy to our 3 children.
Over the last few years I have been having a lounge dilemma! Many moons ago, after a shopping trip Mr Jack of all Trades and I arrived home with a sofa bed with an Aztec print in blue and red....... I completely loved it and thought it would never go out of fashion, how very wrong of me! And, how wrong it was of us to leave it in our loungeroom for all to see for way too many years. The dilemma was not just the ugly sofa bed but what to replace it with. Do I buy a new one or hunt on ebay for a super retro one. The decision was made for me when lovely Mr Jack arrived home after helping his Mother clean up his late Aunties farmhouse. I literally squealed with delight, jumped up and down and almost wet my pants....(true!) when we unloaded this! It is so perfect and exactly what I would have chosen if I'd seen it on ebay. It is Number 4 of my favourite things.
This gorgeous old cupboard was my Grannies. As a child I don't remember ever noticing it, it wasn't until I was an adult that I fell in love with it. I love everything about it, the colour, the cracked and peeling paint and the little drawers but mostly I love that it was Grannies. It is called "Grannie's cupboard" in our house. Not a day goes by that I don't stop to look at its worn beauty and think of my beautiful Granny that is no longer with us.
Day 2 of my favourite things..... and today it would have to be these gorgeous organic shorts with car trim that are hot off the press from Plain Frocking Jane. Plain Frocking Jane is a new joint venture between myself and the wonderful Katie at 5 Star,baby! http://www.5starbaby.blogspot.com/ We are officially launching PFJ in October so watch this space!
Over the next week or two I have decided to be a super organised blogger, not so much the slacko that I have been in the past. I am starting with a blog a day about my favourite things. Number 1 would have to be my husband and children. Hubby, the Mr Jack of all trades and Miss Freckles (7), Miss Blondie (5) and Mr Chinky (2). They are my everything, that says it all really. I love that no matter what you do or sometimes don't do these special little creatures think you are "the bestest Mum in the whole entire world" or so Miss Blondie told me today.
I love computers, well more importantly I love the internet. I actually hate computers, they come with so many problems that I am utterly clueless about. Our computer has just come back from the doctors after being there for a week. I had the trusty laptop but of course it wasn't exactly playing the game and wouldn't let me do anything to my blog.....ahhhhh. So, with the return of the computer I thought I would be blogging away but NO. It was returned with virtually no programs left on it and all our files gone (they were backed up so no need to panic). The problem being we now need to load them all back on which is proving time consuming..... That is my complaint for the day and now I will be off to spend the rest of the day juggling Mr Chinky and the sewing machine.
Apart from all the normal household things to do this week I have been making presents for my children's friends. It is one of those times of the year where we have had party after party, hence the sewing of skirts, bunting and bag tags. Have a look and see what you think.
Hi. I'm Mandy and this is my little slice of life where I share my family life and my creative pursuits.
BOB & MABEL is the result of a creative itch that resurfaced after too many years ignored. After studying Fine Art and working as an Art/Photography/Welfare teacher I followed the path to motherhood. Since having No.3 I started playing with the growing mountains of vintage fabric and BOB & MABEL arrived!