Homeschooling and socialization

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This is so amazing. Thank you for taking the time to explain the socialization part of homeschooling. I really had a hard time explaining myself that it was getting dull and almost sounding like a justification. LOL! If you get to meet my children, they are one of the best communicator for their ages. They can talk to a thirty or fifty or a 3 year old with no mess or awkwardness. It is so natural and supernatural at the same time.

Originally posted on HomeSchool Malaysia:

Lovely well meaning people keep asking how my kids will socialize if they are homeschooled.  And I keep repeating myself.  So, I’m going to write it down here and tell them to read it because when I say it now, its so rote and practised, there isn’t any conviction :)

Well, in a typical week, Bern is visited once by Farhan who lives in the palatial mansion behind us.  They barely speak the same language but seem to have fun comparing what they can and cannot get away with on their bicycles.  Farhan is 8 and can cycle anything!  He has an amazing collection of bikes and can do tricks on them.  Bern can barely cycle with slightly elevated training wheels , bless his little uncoordinated soul!

At least twice a week, they play with Hannah and Sophie from further down the road.  Their games tend to be wilder, with…

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The real deal 4/2/14

I got up at 7am and I knew she is awake. Thank God today is not school reopen day. Lol! For that reason I am excited. I can imagine my ten year old princess waiting patiently for her breakfast. Now I hope I can crack this. The thrill has begun!

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I think I am satisfied.
So what’s there?
Her favourite croissant from Banjo’s (one of the finest bakery in Tasmania)
Topped with one layer of butter
Steamed and quick grilled cocktail Frankfurts cut in half vertically
One Poached egg Heston Blumanthel style (super proud moment there)
Dressed with honey mustard and Japanese Mayo (family favourites)
Garnished with cilantro and spring onions finely chopped
Salt and pepper to end it
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Some tomatoes and rockets on the side
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Ice chocolate (just because is blooming hot today)
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And a plastic glass of boring OJ (just because …)

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one proud 10yo

I think she loved it to the moon and back. We loved the emphasis we put on the breakfast in bed too much! Perhaps, you may want to include that in your birthday celebration traditions!

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brother and sisters are celebrating too

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Ada getting grumpy why her breakfast did not look half as great

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daddy being silly there!

Still celebrating …

This is my first scrap booking page of my 10 year old princess! I am really happy with my first creation. Not that there is no room for improvement here, but this will also be my first entry (ever) for Perfectly Rustics Challenge
Do visit these girls as they are fabulous people on planet Earth! I thoroughly enjoyed their blogs and websites. This is their challenge #15. Oh! I can’t wait.

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celebrate you!

My first born turning 10!

I am so excited – my first born Elisabeth is turning 10 tomorrow! I still feel like I am dreaming. How can this be? Lol! She is such a beautiful one and I kept feeling I have not done enough for her. Where did the time go? I am up thinking how can I give her the best breakfast in bed, have I checked out Pinterest photos enough? Or have I out searched Yummly app to get the best recipe and the best presentation. Oh My Goodness!
P.s breakfast in bed is our family birthday tradition.

happy happy happy birthday Lis!

20140203-230430.jpgStampinUp DSP theme timeless portrait

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I love vintage and upcycling ideas. I just want to give these old guys/ girls a second or third chance to show off – let the world see that they still’ve it in them. Lol! (Before the go to the tip) Perhaps, for the minimalist and the modernist I am a hoarder, but who cares! :) I love what I love :)
What I have done here is giving my old baking tray a facelift by lining my precious StampinUp DSP -timeless portrait theme. And she’s ready to serve again.
Because I am panicking here, I thought it would be best if I put down on paper what I am going to serve my 10 year old princess a breakfast in bed. That way I know panic attacks Are being eliminated! By Grace! Lol!

I hope to show you more tomorrow. Stay blogging.

See Red Sew Red

Well in the past post I mentioned Ruche Fabrics in Launceston Tasmania. Guess what? I bought 1.4m, very beautiful red velvet from that shop to sew my daughter a piece of cape with a hood. She reckons she will look like Snow White when she was in the jungle. I said she will look like Red Riding Hood.
I wished I had done a step by step sewing video/ photos. But I reckon I will sew another one for my little 3 year old. Perhaps, a purple next.

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red cape with a hood pattern found in this Japanese Sewing pattern book

Spectacular fashion and children’s toys?

personally challenged to sew something like that for myself

One of the Barbies depicting fashion of the 50s and 60s

 Just before I hit my head on the pillow in a cold cold night  I really want to show you this beautiful and elegant hi fashion video.  Brings back memories of myself playing with them and wishing they would stand on their own.
http://vimeo.com/48218548

Sew Shopping Shopping

Today I will be shopping for beautiful fabrics at Ruche Fabrics, opened on George Street, Launceston not too long ago. They carry beautiful fabrics from Europe and Japan. My shopping experience is going to be fun-tastic!

Three cheers to Launceston for having a great shop like this! We no longer only have that one big messy craft store to dig and dig.

Ruche Fabrics is on Facebook and website and lots of reviews on her So she should be an easy find for you.

One more thing that, I like so much about her is that she carries Japanese Sewing pattern books too. I was floored when I saw those books. I used to go online and search and search. But now….Voila! Easy peasy.

So go check her out, all you fabrics hoarders, or lovers! LOL!

Japanese Sewing Pattern Book

Well two weeks ago, I just can’t stop thinking of what project I ought to begin. That got me to searching on the Internet for Japanese Sewing Pattern books. And guess what? I bought this beautiful Japanese Children’s wear sewing book off a very famous seller on EBay. I believed no one can disagree with me her, her quality in online services, also the items on sale.
I really appreciate her beautiful lace wrapper. Also, her quick service. Thank you.

Searching for a long lasting home machine – JUKI

I am looking for a very long lasting sewing machine and I have always used JuKI – industrial kind, but due to space problem… I am looking for a home machine that can do heaps more; embroidery, sewing, and quilting.  LOL.  sound too much?

Anyway, I found this great place to shop simply because of their tip top customer service.

So check them out:  http://www.sewingmachinecity.com.au/

Will update you with pictures of my project once I get my hands on these JUKI-monstrosity machine: HZL – F600 and Home Serger MO 735.

Pictures are below:

http://seamslikeparadise.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/sewing-machine-review-juki-f600.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamos/3101437555/lightbox/

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My yellow submarine is reappearing…

Hi followers and lovers of all handmade,  I have been away for a long long time now, and I finally have good strength to write again.  So sorry to all of you that was following me for sometime now.  Please forgive me for disappointing you friends.

Now that I am back, I want to celebrate with you what I did this afternoon:
Sourdough Bread!!

Yes, this is entirely homemade and handmade (no miracle, or life changing machine involved here) sourdough breads.  And my entire family and friends are loving it.

Firstly, I want to say thank you to Andrea Ferguson for giving me the starter and from there I need to treat it like a pet (living pet).  She also gave me a very good ratio to mix the bread and the whole granny story on how to look after my Holly (my pet)

Well, I must say this journey was not easy as I live in a very cold area in Tasmania.  This success came very close to giving up the whole idea of making my own bread and crepe and what not!

upclose and personal with my Holly after being in the tanning bed for 1 hour

Holly #1, Holly #2 and all the way to Holly #5

trying out my artistic side of photographing

loaf form from Tupperware; with the recipe below I yielded a good five loaves.  
(I love how it comes off clean)

Sourdough 101

1)Sourdough dislike cold places.  (can’t grow well or rise)

2)that just mean Sourdough loves heat.  Grows really well in the summer

3)Sourdough dislike metal surfaces touching it.

4)Sourdough loves plastic, wooden made, glass or ceramic bowls or spoons.

After three attempts I now have a 100% success rate and I would love to share my tips with you:

How to look after your pet (Sourdough)


Firstly, you need to be ready to have a new pet in your kitchen.

Be sure to give time to look after it like you would look after a goldfish? dog? lol!!! (since, we are going to take care of it we might as well give this thing a name) My son gave it a name and a type too; Holly the Sourdough Dinosaur.  (I was laughing out loud when he gave me that whole story)
After we have build an emotional attachment to our sourdough we are well and truly ready to begin.

Feed pet with even amount of flour and water (the amount of repetition really depends on how much you will be using)

If you do not bake a lot then, my suggestion would be just before you want to use it (bake it) and keep the rest of it in the fridge for 7 days.  (that way, your pet is hibernating and does not require any feeding during the 7 days)
Reminder: Being in the fridge ONLY means the process is being slowdown.  So feed your pet after 7 days

….. ANOTHER WAY

You may want to feed your pet once a day on a daily basis.  (your pet will certainly grow really heaps, Be careful that you may well and truly create a monster pet! LOL!  This style of feeding is mainly for families that eats only sourdough bread and you have a heap of recipes using sourdough as a main ingredient.

For both methods please make a blanket for your pet and be sure to change your pet’s sleeping area (container) once a month.  WE want to have a clean area for your pet to grow.  LOL!

Sourdough Bread Recipe

4 cups of sourdough (pet)
6 cups of water
13 cups of flour
salt to taste

Mix starter and water.
Add 6 cups of flour and mix well, with your hand.
Add the rest of the flour and salt and mix with your hand again.  (very sticky so I suggest that you use only one hand as your other hand might be useful to pick up a phone call or a bubba)
When it is all mixed well, leave in the big bowl overnight in fridge.
The next day put it in pans or free form.
Leave it on the bench top for the day (be sure where you leave her has a lot of heat) and covered with a wet tea towel.
Once you see your pet double in size you know that it is ready to be put in the oven.
Depending on ovens, I have my oven turned up to 150C for 1hr.
Beat the bread like a drum and you should look for that drum sound.  And it is cooked.
Andrea’s oven is turned to 180C to cook for 40mins.

As I mentioned earlier, I live in a very cold area so I omitted the step where I had to put the sourdough in the fridge after I mixed it up.  It fact I need to crank up my heater just to see it double in size.  So have a go and try what suits you bestest.


Hope you like this recipe and will try it.  Do let me know how you find your pet and how you like this recipe.  Enjoy life!