Monday, 4 February 2008


I have an award from Jeanne at Dream Create Inspire. Thanks Jeanne for the Spread the Love Award. I also received this award from Amy in December. Jeanne said that
"When you receive it you are in turn supposed to award it to someone else. The award is for spreading love, support, and blogginess to those people and blogs that make you happy and in turn, make others want to spread some of that good stuff around too*!* You are to then go to leave them a comment letting them know that you left them a little tidbit on your blog”

I would like to pass this award onto several blog gals – Karen- a Scrapbook of Inspiration, Jenn & Jacqui-the Bowerbirds Nest, Louise Beachy’s Cape Cod Cupboard


Jennalee(Jennifer) from artrageous afternoon for the 7 little known facts
So I will try and do 7 things.
1.I have moved house 7 times in 30 years
2.Love to garden
3.Hate shopping – I know it is so – ungirly!!
4.Love to thrift and browse through junk and antique shops(that’s not real shopping)
5.I have a ToyBoy – Max (my husband)is 11months younger than me but everyone thinks he looks heaps older than me.
6.Too tight to pay $100 for hair colour at a salon so my daughters do it and I only pay $10 on special at the supermarket for my hair colour.
7.Love blogging but probably spend too much time doing it.
Instead of naming people I will pass it on to anyone else that wants to play. So go for it!

I have been tagged for a fun little tag by Michelle from Gingham world. It is about swaps you have done.
1. What was your first swap?My very first swap was a Tussie Mussie Swap run by Maria of The Junk Drawer last August.

2. What has been your favorite swap and why?I don’t think I have a favourite as I have loved being in all of them.
Shannon’s ‘Cotton’n’Candy Swap, Heather’s Paper Dress Swap, Monica’s Deck the Halls Ornament Swap and now Dolly’ My Vintage Heart Swap.
3. What has been your least favorite swap and why?I think my least favourite was the Paper Dress swap but that was because I was so unsure of what direction to take. There were so many different ones out there.

4.What have you tried for the first time as a part of a swap?Making Tussie Mussie’s. I really didn’t know where to begin with that one. Here in Australia our Party Hats are different to the ones I had seen on blogs. They seemed shorter and wider and I don’t think we have the blank cone shapes that you get in USA.
5. What would your fantasy swap be?This is a tough one. I don’t have a fantasy swap choice. I think I just like to try something that I haven’t done before. Probably something that will look shabby chic and girly as I just love the soft colours. I am open to trying most swaps as long as I have the time for it. I just sometimes feel that I may not do a good enough job at it. I think we all doubt our abilities at some time.

I will pass this Tag along to others I know have done Swaps. Shannon, Rachael, Dolly and Catie.


Lachlan 5 started school today. He is going to the school his Mummy, Aunty and Uncles went to.
He thinks that’s pretty cool!
Before leaving home(the flash made shirt look lighter)

Under the school sign

What a big bag.


Lori said...

Hi Alison, your grandson Mr Lachlan is a sweet little cutie pie!!!

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Congrats on the award!


Katrina Chambers said...

Lachlan looks very happy! How did the day go? Cruise had his second day today and hasn't stopped talking about it - this excitement may only last a few more days as after he realises it's very single day he may turn his nose up at it!

Cool award and I loved the tagging too!

Rosemary said...

Hi Alison,
Congrats on your award.
I love your interesting list.
Your little one looks adorable.

Susan Tuttle said...

Congratulations on your award - so well-deserved my friend!

Lachlan looks so cute in his uniform - they grow so quickly, don't they?


Unknown said...

Alison, Congratulations on your award. Thank you so much for the award, you really made my day today. And look at that little guy. I love the uniform, and that backpack looks as big as he is...oh how blessed you are to have this adventure again. I can't wait to be a grandmother. My best days were when the girls were this age. He is the cutest. Thanks again. Blessings, Karen

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Congrats on the awards Alison.
Now I know 7 new things about you...sshhhh, I colour my own hair too.

Hope Lachlan enjoys his prep year at school.


God love him Alison, doesn't he look just gorgeous! That bag is almost as big as he is. What a huge day it is for them.
My darling little granddaughter Kaitlyn (5 last December) started school last Thursday too. I don't have any pics yet, oldest daughter is a bit slack - lol.
Cheers, Coll :-}

Unknown said...

Hi Alison,

Your grandson is adorable! Your whole family is very handsome--you must be proud!


Bristol said...

What adorable pictures, I love his school uniform.

kari and kijsa said...

Oooh- such an adorable memory in the making!! He looks so handsome trotting off for his first day!!

kari & kijsa

Deb said...

Congratulations on the award Alison. What a lovely little uniform Lachlan is wearing. Hope he had a happy 1st day of school.

Unknown said...

I just stopped by to save the award so that I can share it on my blog tomorrow. Thank you again...Did I tell you Alison that you truly made my day yesterday, I think you do a grand job of spreading love through blogland. Blessings, Karen

Nora Lee said...

Oh so cute! He looks excited to be starting school. Also congratulations on your award.


Sugar Bear said...

Congratulations! You deserve the award. Lachlan is such a cutie.

blessings said...

Oh, I hate shopping too! Thrifting and Junking is definitely not the same. Though there are some luscious salvage-type boutiques that I could spend all day in. Isn't that uniform darling?!! Blessings... Polly

Cindy said...

Heck, I was fixin to tag ya too! LOL. I guess two in one day is enough. LOL. Your grandson is a doll! And congrats on the award as well.


Fete et Fleur said...

Oh... What a cutie-pie! I love the outfit. What a great idea to send your grandson to school with a hat to protect him from the sun!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Alison, Lachlan looks rearing to go, what on earth does he have in his bag, it's massive? Hope the school is still as good as when my kids went there, I often drive past and think of their happy primary school days. Congratulations on the awards!

Cape Cod Washashore said...

Oh Alison! Thank you so very, very much! It is very much appreciated!

Your grandson is a TOTAL DOLL! Love his hat! =)

bluemuf said...

Hi Alison. your little grandson is such a sweetie. Congrat on your award and I really enjoyed reading your lists.


Linda said...

Hi Alison, Congratulation on this nice award.
I love the tags, it's fun getting to you know a little better. I love to thrift shop too.
Lachlan looks so cute on his first day of school...I love his bag. Linda

vintage girl at heart said...

Lachlan is so handsome!!! He looks very excited and how wonderful to be able to attend the same school as his Father!!!
Loved reading all of your tag answers!!!
Isin't blogging the best??!!!

Tara said...

He's a cutie! Loved learning about you more in the tags!

Sandra Evertson said...

Congratulations to you and your grandson!
Sandra Evertson

Unknown said...

Alison, I left a Thank You on my post for you today. Blessings, Karen

Kingswood Food and Craft Market said...

Oh my goodness look at that bag ! LOL what on earth is in there ! Thats so funny, Lachlan looks so sweet and a 'Big Boy' now too.

Thanks for the tag, i'll get to it in a few days :)


Alison Gibbs said...

Mmmmm Shann I think his Mummy must have put a couple of housebricks in there instead of his lunch!!LOL

SweetAnnee said...

Lachlan is a little man isn't he???
and how did he like school?? Hope it was
kind to him.

Congrats on the award..I love that one..
and thanks for sharing facts about you!!
such fun, Deena

Jodie said...

he looks like he has a stowaway in that bag!

Ali said...

So glad your parcel arrived safely hon, you are very welcome. Thanks for letting me know, and how cute is your grandbaby. Wow, they grow so fast don't they? ox Ali

love.boxes said...

What a cute little scholar he is... and a fun uniform!

FourSistersInACottage said...

Oh Alison, What a cutie he is!!!
And what a lucky gal to get your swap box. LOOKS LIKE TOO MUCH FUN!!!
Have a great day today,
Hugs and Love,
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Natasha Burns said...

Oh Alison, Lachlan looks so cute there ready for school!!! Hope he had a great first day.
Congrats on the awards! LOL to the toyboy (I have one too but we have a bigger gap and people think Greg is older too... well at least that's what they say to me!)

BittersweetPunkin said...

Wow...he looks so big...going to school who cried when he went off to school?

MJ Ornaments said...

What a cute grandson, and great hat he's wearing! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Take care. ~Martha

Joy Zaczyk said...

My goodness that child is adorable!

Sherri said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. Love the pics and all the info in this post! Glad to know more about you.

Lori said...

Alison, What an adorable little guy! I had heard years ago about your uniforms when my son's girlfriend did her student teaching in AU. she said the children were wonderful! You would sure be shocked if you seen how American children show up for school!! take care, Lori

Miss Rhea said...

Oh, Lachlan is a Doll !! What a sweet guy on his first day. :) Brings back memories of my sons first day of school. I made him wear hot pink shoe laces in his shoes. What a Mean mom I was. lol

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Oh My Goodness! His book bag is almost as big as he is! He is adorable!

Great to learn a little more about you!

Sadie Lou said...

What a great award!
I liked reading your tag answers too--did you join or Cottage Style Etsy Street Team? If not, shoot me an email and I'll set you up with facts!

Adla said...

awww what a cutie heading off for his first day at school. It was fun reading your tag and totally relate to the cones here in Australia being 'shorter' for tussie mussies. Cheers to getting your hair coloured by your daughter, I do the same for my mum. All in good faith that we are better than the hairdressers :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Award Alison!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Your grandson looks so handsome all ready for school. It looks like your swap gifts to Dolly are fantastic. Congrats on your award!

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Many congratulations on your very well deserved reward!!!! Your little grandson is so cute!!!

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Hi Alison, thanks so much for checking in at my blog whilst I was having a little break, you are a real sweetheart!
aLicia ~ Time Worn Style

Just Between Us Girls said...

Lachlan is an absolute doll. What cute clothes he wears to school. I like your lists and comments. So fun to hear more about you. Congratulations on your award.

Barbara Jacksier said...

It feels good to resurface and be able to visit again. I love the school uniform. It's so unlike what kids wear to school in The States.

Dena said...

Oh your grandson is a doll and I just love his name! Congrats on your awards :)


shabbyfufu said...

Congrats on your award Alison! Lachlan looks so grown up in his little outfit. ~XO~ Janet

girlgonethreadwild said...

Oh look at you shine! These photos just make me smile as does your entire blog. I've enjoyed my time here, I know I'll be back before long. :) xo, Monica

Artifax said...

Doesn't Lachlan look happy on his first day! What an exciting big day!

And congrats on the award!

Unknown said...

Hi Alison, congrats on the award, and your grandson is just gorgeous, I just love seeing little kindys!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting my blog Alison! I think I have a few plates that are depression glass pink and green.Your grandson is adorable too!

Elle Jay Bee said...

Your grandson is utterly adorable!!
Congrats on the award, and it was really fun reading more about you...I laughed when you said everyone thinks your hubby looks way older than you...all is right with the world- that's the way it should be!!! LOL!!

Oh, and thanks for always leaving me such kind Aussies are always so sweet...!!!

I'm off to add you to my links- I can't believe I hadn't done this till now!!


Country Wishes said...

Hi Allison,
Your grandson is gorgeous! My twins started in prep this year, oh so sad..
A big congrats on the award!

Laura said...

Those pictures of little Lachlan touch my heart. Starting he'll start to grow into the world just like he'll grow into those clothes. Time just goes so darn fast. It's hard to lose the babies, but getting to know the "big kid" version is one very happy trip.

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Alison, You know I have yet to do a swap. But I am looking forward to being involved in one. Hope little Lachlan had a great first day of school.

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The Feathered Nest said...

Alison, what a little cutie patootie! I can't believe he was manhandling that big ole' book bag, too...He looks so adorable. I'm counting the days till I get to be a grandma ~ you are such the sweetie, always cheering me on, thank you so so much. You deserve each and every one of the awards you received! Thank you so much for voting and I thank you for being such a sweet blog friend! xxoo, Dawn

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the award! The grandson is such a little cutie!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

So So Cute!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Alison! Congratulations on the award! That picture of Lachlan in his uniform is too cute!!! It's unbeliveable how fast they grow up!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the award sweetie always nice to them!! & you totally deserve it!! Lachlan looks super excited!! What a cutie!! hugs mands

Siobhan said...

Lachlan looks sooo cute in his new uniform and so little! :) Hope he enjoys school! xo

~~♥ Mamma Millan ♥~~ said...

What a lovely blogg you many beautiful things.

Nice kid you have!!

Hugs from Sweden!!

Flea Market Queen said...

He looks adorable...
What a cutie!

Unknown said...


You are invited to a World-Wide Giveaway. How nice...just in time for Valentine’s Day. Stop by my post today and leave a comment to enter mine, and follow the yellow brick road to the links to skatey-eight bloggers from around the world who are participating. Have a lovely day. Blessings, Karen

bj said...

Your grandson is such a sweetie. Ok, now that he has started school, you won't turn around twice until he will be in high school!
Congrats on your pretty award and thank you for stopping by.
hugs, bj

Christy T said...

Your grandson is adorable! I think that bag weighed more than he does!

wanderlustandpixiedust said...

I know what you mean. I've only paid once in my lifetime to have my hair professionally colored. I always buy what is on sale at the local pharmacy. Usually comes out fine. Usually! I would rather take the money I save to to the flea market!

Thanks for visiting my blog...

12 Days of Christmas Swap said...

I am back -what a gorgeous, big school boy, I felt quite `fuzzy', such a big day for the `wee man'
Hugs from N.Z.

Nunnie's Attic said...

Just popping in to say Hi! I've been terrible at visiting. I loved the 7 things you mentioned. And I hate shopping too. For clothes that is. I could shop for hours at a thrift store. Or a country decor shop.

Your grandson is adorable and I love his name!


CatieAn said...

lachlan is sooo sweet. his back packvlooks like it is heavy enough to have to drag along behind him?
aren't they just the most wonderful of God's creations?

CatieAn said...

oh alison
i just saw that you tagged me for the swap questionaire so I will try to do tht today.
I will also update my fav blogs as well. i haven't put you in there yet and it is just because I am lazy and forget to do it.
you are one of my very favs actually.
have a very nice day
catie said...

So cute, he looks too little to be in school uniform though!
Fun tag, will do mine soon:)

Fete et Fleur said...

Happy Valentine's Day Alison!!

Hugs! Nancy