Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Friday, December 21, 2012

And cards are created...

I've finally gotten around to creating some cards for our neighbors....I'm not sending out many Christmas cards this year due to family circumstances, but I thought I would show you a few of what I've been creating....
Some are not Christmas related but most are... It's been quite a few years since I was in this craft box; hope you like them; I enjoyed making them.

To those who have loved ones passed, I'm thinking of you,
To those who have had their lives turned upside down recently, I'm thinking of you, 
To those who are alone this Christmas, I'm thinking of you,
To those who can't afford a present for their children, I'm thinking of you,
To those who have lost a child, I'm thinking of you, 
To those who have lost a parent, I'm thinking of you, 
To those who it is your first year without a loved one, I'm especially thinking of you.

Thanks for all your wonderful support throughout the year, thanks for reading my blog.....

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas for 2012, and good health for 2013.

I'll be back before 2013 as long as I have time.....take care and keep your family close!


  1. Beautiful cards Narelle!
    It's been 25 years since my Mum passed away and I still find Christmas a very sad time of year. I'll be thinking of you and your family, all the best xox

  2. They are beautiful cards, Narelle...good enough to sell at the forum methinks.

    Sending both you and Lisa a hug

    1. Thanks Sue; I might try to get a stockpile going after the holidays to put on the forum.

  3. Your cards are so art-full! Very beautiful. I fall into several of your categories, so I thank you very much :)
    Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and happy holiday season!

    1. Your most welcome Quinn; Hope your holiday is and keeps being a safe and happy season too.

  4. Such a touching verse at the end of this lovely post . Thank you :o)

    1. Thank-you ....the verse I wrote, just flows...I'm not much of a poet if I tried..everything I write on my blog is just free flowing thoughts at the time.

  5. Only my Dad is missing from our family and he's been gone 23 years now. I have a large family and count my blessings that we are all healthy and happy.

    This Christmas will be tough on you but treasure the beautiful memories and remember the very good times.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family - I look forward to reading your blog in 2013 and seeing what you get up to.

    Cheers - Joolz

    1. Thanks Joolz; It's been easier with lots of distractions visiting hubbies family too. His family is large too. I've also had my sons 18th to organise too. Yes!, I'm sticking around for 2013 so stick around.

  6. They are gorgeous cards Narelle!
    Wishing you and your family,a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous new year..may it be filled with lots of love,health,happiness,peace & joy all my love Sherrie from Simpleliving ...

    1. Thanks Sherrie; Here's wishing you and your family the same for the holiday season.

  7. Like you and lots of others, I miss my Nan and family members too. We think of them all the time, but specially so at this time of year. Oh your cards are so cute! I love the dog in the wheelbarrow with the flowers. Is that a stamp? I make cards for cancer charities and other charities/animal shelters and have many health problems myself, but crafting helps. Take care, Karen x

    1. Thanks Karen, that dog in the wheelbarrow is a stamp which I sell as part of a set. There's a nice story behind that card. I made it for my solicitor who helped me with mum's estate. She has a mini jack-russel dog named Rusty and had him at the office one day after escaping from home running scared from fireworks, when I was there....Well of-course we bonded instantly. He had ran away from home scared of fireworks and was reunited with his mum after about 2 weeks on the streets....If you look back in my posts, we have a mini jack-russel named Rusty too. So when I seen this stamp it was inevitable that I use it for her card.


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