Tuesday, August 31, 2010

just a little change

I have re-opened this blog, only to re-direct you to my new one :)

You can find me here

So come and say hello, and also change your links please.


Saturday, June 05, 2010

Sugar Rush

Let the sugar high begin!!!  Check out these gorgeous faces, my three monkeys plus cousin Ruby all having a crazy good time.  Kris and Sea have our kids for the night while we head to a local winery for dinner.  I am kinda glad I don't get to witness the sugar rush.  But these pictures just make me smile.

Thanks Kris and Sea


Saturday, May 22, 2010

What a week

THis week has been crazy. You know the kind of week where you have so much to get done? Where everyone needs you for something? Where you get called into work everyday??

But it had also been awesome. After living in a bedroom which was bland and boring for two years, we finaly decided to renovate and totally re-decorate. We are almost done, and gosh it has been lots and lots of work. I should be able to show some pics in the next day or two.... just trying to get the bedroom back to normal after sleeping in our loungeroom for the week!!!

If you are after a scrap challenge or two this weekend, Scraptherapy are cybercropping and there are planty of cool challenges. I had the pleasure of designing the sketch challenge this month (my fave!) and here is my sketch and also the layout from the sketch.

The rest of this week is going to be spent MADLY getting organised for the Scraptherapy retreat next weekend in WARM Cairns.  I am so looking forward to seeing all the girls again, and teaching a fast paced class. It's going to be fun. But gosh there is some work to be done at home first.

Have a blessed week

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I think I just found a new obsession


I love love love this look!!!  I alredy have a vintage vibe going on in my kitchen, but this is just so pretty and inspired.  You can find the original images Here at Design Sponge.

Seems to me that a trip to the local Thrift Shop for a bit of junking fun is in order.

You will probably fine me adding more design posts now and then .... it seems that is all I am looking at while studying.  Lots of wonderful inspiration, lots of different colours and styles.  So much fun.

Love Pretty things :)


PS - What is your style???  as in home style?  it could be what your current home is or what you dream your home to be one day.  Tell Me :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

a post just because..

Just because I can, and just because I finally downloaded all my photos's off my iphone.
They made me super happy looking at the all.  I think they are such an awesome snapshot of our daily lives and what we have been up to for the last 6 months or more.

Because I always have my phone on me, but not always my camera.  Lets face it the iphone is not a brilliant camera, but I LOVE the candid nature of all the shots.

Lots of fun,


Sunday, May 09, 2010

A big clear out

I *need* to make more room.

I am gathering more and more design and art supplies for my interiors course, and a heap of my crafty stuff is taking up valuable space.... and not being used either.

Of course I am keeping things I love, things I use all the time.  But there is still a truckload of things that could do with a new home.

I will post some piccies here before they hit ebay, just incase any of my online friends want them.

These stamps sets are all $10 each plus postage.  They retailed for much more, quite a few have not even been opened or if they have only one stamp has been used.  See what I mean? they need t go to a new home where they will be LOVED.

Please email me at pateygirl (at) tpg (dot) com (dot) au if you want to claim some :)

love birds - never used

Big swirls - never used

spring - never used

word fourishes - never used SOLD

They are all by Autumn Leaves and Retailed for approx $25 each.

There will be plenty more to come


PS - my blog is playing silly!!!  lots of links are not visable?  Driving me insane, think I might look at another blog service.  Anyone else having problems with blogger?

Friday, May 07, 2010

Her new jumper

This girls LOVES knitted jumpers (kinda like her muma).
I *think* the fact that her nanna knits for her and so did I when she was  little one is the reason.  She always had lovely soft snuggly knits on.

If I ask her to fetch a jumper, it is always a knitted one. If it is cold in the morning, she will grab a knit.  She has been known to sleep in them.

So when I found this super pretty jumper in her fave colour I *knew* she would love it.  Even better I picked it up for $4 at the local oppie, and it even has a bag with it that perfectly fits one beanie kid.

Her face was so cute when I gave it to her "Thankyou mumma, it is beautiful ... and someone knitted it with their hands for me"  awwwwwww  (Except it isn't a hand knit! LOL).

So today I am just so thankful for a child who appreciates what she is given, who see's value in things made by hand, and delights in a warm snuggly knit given to her by a Mum who knows what she loves.


Wednesday, May 05, 2010


We spent the long weekend (Anzac) sitting my the water at Toronto. They have an amazing park which even Jere enjoys.  Lots of climbing, spinnng, swinging and enjoying the sunshine.

Justin and I enjoy it, because there is a VERY HANDY cafe right there, so we can grab a latte and sit back to watch the kids play. It's perfect.  I took heaps of photo's of the kids playing at the park, but these three are my faves.  Just before we left I dragged them down to the waters edge for some snaps.

Jere even manages a smile (don't worry I have HEAPS of silly face ones as well!!!)

My little blondie - awwwwww. So cute!

Miss Lilli had a fringe cut as well over the weekend, and she looks so grown up!!  She loves it, and yep she looks cute as .... but a whole lot older :(

*sigh* why oh why do they have to grow up????

So onto some crafty goodness.  My DT kit this month from Scraptherapy included lots of yummy October afternoon.  I have been playing with the beautiful and bright nigh light range .... so good!!!!  Most of my work will be uploaded over the weekend for the monthly challenges .... BUT I can share this one now.

Check Jere's face, he is such a cracker.  Lee-Anne has filled the store with LOTS of october afternon goodies, and the turn around time for postage is *amazing*.  Love great service.

An assignment is calling me :-? So off I go .....


Monday, April 26, 2010

Something for the mums

So who out there is thinking that their mum would LOVE something hand made for Mothers Day? I have seen all the beautiful classes and I just know there will be more than one thing your Mum or Nan would love. I am really looking forward to putting some if not all of this gifts together myself.

Here is the blurb straight from the @home site.

We were thrilled with the response to our recent @Home Support Team search and narrowed our choice down to FIFTEEN finalists. As part of our stage two of the competition, our Top 15 girls had to come up with a quick, easy and fresh gift idea suitable for Mother's Day! And we were blown away by the brilliant ideas and great projects they designed!

Now that our search has ended and we welcome Sheree Forcier and Lisa Pate to our Support Team, we decided that we wanted to share the Top 15 girls' ideas with our @Home participants. Soooo, we have put together this new class featuring 14 of our 15 finalists PLUS members of our Support Team as we share ideas, projects and step by step instructions. Plus we have a few giveaways.

They join our Support Team girls as we present a glorious selection of Mother's Day projects. Make sure you take advantage of our Early Bird Price!!! Offer expires 30 April 2010.

Hope to see some of you there :)


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy Happy

Yep, that's me!  I am so excited to say that I am now a very proud member of the Kim Archers Workshops @Home team.  I am still pinching myself.  The competition was amazing, everyone who made the top 15 were and are seriously talented ladies.  I was chuffed just to make it that far...... but to become part of the team is just so COOL.  I have long been a fan of Kim's unique style and the girls on the team have been so wonderful and welcoming..... like I said just so so COOL!!!

And Kim made sure we were put straight to work :)  I loved that.  I can only show you a little sneak peak, but I will let you know that I had lots of fun putting it all together.

and in other exciting news .......

I am back studying :)  I feel so blessed to be finally doing something I LOVE.  I am doing an Advanced Diploma in Commercial Arts (Interior Design) and I am really enjoying it all.  So the plan will be Justin has his Vines in the Valley and I will have my office in Newcastle (I am planning on Honeysuckle along the restaurant strip!) and it will somehow all work out.

Life is feeling pretty good at the moment, and after such a hard year last year, it is wonderful!

Love Lisa

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What our Easter looked like

This is what we were busy doing for Easter and Justin's parents farm.  Collecting eggs (chocolate and chook ones), feeding sheep - Miss Liv seems to be quite the sheep whisperer, loving on Kel the farm dog, working with Pop (also knows as following him around the farm alllll day), playing basketball, painting, drawing and lots more!!

Justin and I were lucky enough to head out to a beautiful town called Nundle about an hour away from the farm on Easter morning (after all the egg chaos of course).  Nundle has a festival every year at Easter celebrating it's history as a Gold Mining town and the Chinese people who came to live and work there.

So together we wandered the beautiful streets, visited all the stalls, and tasted some yummy foods.  We visited the mill and even watched in in action.  My gorgeous hubby bought me the most BEAUTIFUL cashmere cardi while we were there.  I was so blessed.  I had picked it up numerous times and put it back down - even on *sale* it was expensive... but my lovely hubby bought it for me :) 

We had such a lovely time as a family, just relaxing and having fun. Was wonderful.


PS Shame about the mountain of washing I had to bring home!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Super Seven

How on earth did this little one get so BIG!  It's very bitter sweet my *baby* turning seven.  I love watching her grow and learn, but I will miss having a little one around.

She is such a funny soul, always laughing and playing fun.  She LOVES dress-ups, and here she is in one of my old hats that now has a home in the dress-up box.  So cute.

 Check out that gummy smile :)

Livinia is the babe who completed our family, who makes us laugh each and everyday.  Who surprises us with her smart brain, who delights in life.

 We are so blessed to have her.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Some more makings.

Seems the "make stuff" bug has hit hard around here.  I am forever cutting fabric, sticking down papers, and looking for things to paint.  I really love when I am up to my eyeballs in projects,it just makes me happy.

I decided to start to re-vamp our lounge cushions.  One needed a little imaginative hiding of a big stain, and the other I just decided to start all over with.  I love both.  My fave is the hodge-podge of fabrics one, I plan to make many more. I loved just ripping fabric, sewing haphazardly and watching it all come together.

They look so pretty together.

Hope you are doing something creative today.


Saturday, March 06, 2010

A Project kinda girl

I really love projects.  You know something other than scrapbooking (shock!)  that will take most of the day to complete.  Something that ususally makes a huge mess.  Something other than housework.

So today I decided it was time to make a teepee :)  I had seen and admired one that Rachel Denbow made so printed out her instructions and away I went.  Rachel's blog is super cute and full of lots of crafty goodness, so pop over and have a lookie.

The only thing I had to purchase was the poles.  They came to around $30, we couldn't find what we needed in pine so just bought another type of timber, I am sure if you could find pine it would be cheaper.  Everything else I had at hand.  It was really nice to use up some of my vintage sheet stash.

The teepee was really easy to construct, but by the end there was lots and lots of fabric to hold while sewing.  The looks on the girls faces when it was finished was wonderful, they have played in it all evening (as has Mr Freddie Bear our doggie) and it won't be put away anytime soon.



 Now I want one for my bedroom, with fairy lights in it.  Which of course won't happen, because our room is tiny ..... but I can certainly dream :)

Love Lisa xx

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

and missy Lilliana turns ten!

 Yep, that's right TEN!!!  Oh dear.

Not quite sure where my little Bambino went.  She just kinda morphed into a gorgeous grown up girl.  She is so GORGEOUS and has no idea at all.  Which I love.  Don't get me wrong, she loves clothes and bags and shoes (even stealing mine, our shoe sizes are almost the same!)  But she isn't really aware of how stunning she is.  As a baby everyone would stop me and comment on how beautiful she is - they still do.

She seems to have inherited very European looks, both from my side (Italian) and Justins (Spanish).  I would love to have her olive skin.  We call her our brown berry :)

She is such a delight.  Softly spoken, creative and has a fiery side that no one ever expects (just quietly I am sure that is from me!). She knows her mind.  I love that.  I love her.


PS - we had ANOTHER trip to the emergency ward of John Hunter Hospital yesterday with Jere and another kidney stone .... eeeekkkk this one passed OUT.  OUCHIE!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Back from a break

And hasn't it been a busy one?  Christmas, New Years, Aussie Day, Back to school.  It makes me tired just thinking about it all.

Throw in my Birthday, Ruby's birthday, friends over, changing of rooms, painting, sorting throwing.  No wonder I havn't have the chance to sit and blog.  I was also having MAJOR perfectionist issues with the look of my blog (LOL) everytime I opened it I saw the old photo's of the kids, a background that needed changing and I just couldn't be bothered.  So I didn't.

But FINALLY I got my butt in gear and made some changes, still need to do more, but it is much better.

I am totally excited to say that I am OFFICIALLY part of the Scraptherapy DT.  The team is fabbo, and I am so happy to be a part.  So head over and check it out, there are some wonderful challenges this month and a cybercrop coming up too.

I did this layout for the January Sketch Challenge at Scraptherapy I LOVE this photo of Livinia on her first day of big school last year, and it was nice to finally scrap it, with some yummy Sassafrass Lass. 

And I can't end this post without saying a huge happy birthday to my Boy, Jere who turned 13.  Oh dear!!!!  We bought him a guitar for his birthday, and were so thankful that my Dad is an AWESOME guitarist and knew exactly what to buy him.  Dad is also teaching Jere for the first 12 months and has promsed that he will buy him his first electric guitar if he practises hard this year.  YAY for great Poppy's!!!!

Here is my BOY  TEENAGER .... so excited with his gift.  I grew up with a dad who is a guitarist and a brother, and I gotta say the sound of someone tuning their guitar still makes me want to rock in the corner :)  But I am looking forward to Jere learning his instrument and making some pretty cool music with his Poppa and Uncle Kris.

Till next time...