It has been a while since I last posted. Victoria has been hit with the worst bushfires in living history with so much terrible loss. While we are thankfully safe and well in our little area, so many have lost so much. The awful stories have been just heartbreaking, with many losing family, friends, schoolmates and work colleagues. More are suffering from terrible burns, and many, many more are alive, but have lost absolutely everything. It is impossible to comprehend the massive toll of the past two weeks, with apparently more to come this weekend.
With all this going on it seems so trivial to talk about buttons and yet the rest of the world has continued to spin....
Frogs....Do you love frogs? I am always amazed at the number of frog lovers at my craft shows. Otherwise normal people ohhing and ahhing over little green amphibians. Me - I am not a frog lover, they are a little to squishy for my liking, although they do always seem to be smiling, in a froggy kind of way. The frog in our range was one of the first buttons I created on my laser, and last week I decided it was time for a revamp.
They are cute aren't they. For the many many people who ask me "Do you really hand paint them" here's a couple of photos showing just that!
I always paint at my kitchen bench as it has the best light and is right next to the coffee!
The other big news at our house is last week the council came and started digging holes in the park across from our house. Sarah and I watched for ages, with Sarah pacing up and down the footpath trying to figure out what they were doing. Then they brought out a huge blue slide and cemented it in place. Sarah was SOOOOOOO excited ! She was yelling out to the guys "Thankyou men, thankyou!" Skippity do dahing up and down . Of course we had to wait for the cement to cure, and wisely the workers put barriers around to keep extremely eager little people at bay. Thirty six agonising hours later, the barriers came down and she was off, racing across the park like a fox terrier. Here she is christening the slide.
Oh so exciting, up the ladder, pause for photo opportunity, down the slide. Wipe hands on skirt and then "I've had enough now!" Since then, the girls have all been over at the park each afternoon.
Meg is almost 13 and has those long legs that just make a mother shake her head in wonder. Unfortunately it makes her less 'graceful gazelle' and more 'baby giraffe struggling to it's feet for the first time' so she has not tried the new slide. Super cool high school girls apparently don't slide or swing, or do much of anything actually. They definitely don't ride their bikes to school - regulation school mini skirt is little more than a bandaid, and of course Meg is wearing a size 2 !!! I thought that was a mythical size, not real, not possible. But for her and Callista Flockhart there is a size 2 womens (I'm not even going to tease you all about how itty bitty your waist has to be to get into it- I would be able to wear her skirt on one thigh!)
So there you have it... life in the Button Bliss camp for the moment. If you are able to I URGE you to give BLOOD. The burns victims will need blood products for many, many months and it is such a simple thing to give. Just go to the Red Cross website and register your interest and they will contact you.
Lastly a huge HIP HIP HOORAY happy birthday to Miss Allana who turned 11 yesterday!