Monday, October 31, 2011

Madeit Monday - Halloween Finds

Very rushed blogpost here, we have just opened our last unit of school for 2011 (although just quietly I could do with a mental health break right now !!) and we have had several lightning strikes resulting in fires in our area.  Check out these fabulous Halloween finds on madeit

Eat My Feet "Halloween special" modern cloth nappy

From My Hearth Stay Away Monster! Scented Kiddies Room Spray $6.95

Not all who wander are lost Felt Pincushion $8.00

Gina H Designs Set of 5 Monster Cards $8

Little Red Strawberry Halloween Spider Glass Tile Pendant $8 

Kylies Collections Halloween Witch Tutu

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Madeit Monday.....Down On The Farm

Welcome to this weeks madeit discoveries. Some great farm finds for all those little (and big) cowboys & cowgirls in your life.

Harvest Time - A5 notepad PADDOCK PRESS $12.95

Boys T - Pooches & Pickups Red


Tractor Personalised Decorative Cushion


Organic canvas tote 'Chookie'

Country Style Acrylic SALTY BRUSH $35

Boys Dog & Ute Shorts KRUMPET $20

Boys Shirt Vintage Print Blue 1930's fabric print


Country Cottage Bracelet LITTLE REDHEAD $24
 Happy madeit Shopping, best thing to do on an overcast and horribly windy day like it is here today.
P.S KRUMPET also has the most amazing cowboy print shorts :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Meet Miss Emma...

Hi everyone! I'm Emma and I will be joining the AnK family in 2012 as governess and many-hat-wearer with Kristy and her family. Currently my fiance and I live in the rolling green Gippsland hills in Victoria, on my family's prime lamb and potato farm.

In the past I have also been a many-hat-wear - as a nanny, photographer, crafter, graphic designer and farmers-wife-in-training. I am a professional photographer, having studied commercial photography and graphic design at uni in Melbourne. I also have a children's clothing and accessories business, Little Miss Emma, on madeit (currently on a bit of a hiatus!) I love sewing, baking, blogging and generally being a non-typical gen y young woman ;)

I have a blog, Cinderella at Brindabella, where I chronicle all that goes on at Brindabella, scrubbing up the ramshackle farmhouse, our cottage garden and my highly organised currently very messy sewing room.

My fiance, Matt, and I are getting married this December at Brindabella. We are taking the honeymoon adventure of a lifetime and hitting the road after our wedding - traveling and working around Australia. 

First stop? Alpha QLD as governess and jackaroo team! We can't wait :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Our School...Unique & Amazing

Imagine a classroom more than twice the size of Victoria, where the playground is as vast as the outback and the partnership between home and school is legendary.

That's our school, fabulous, unique, school of the air - LSODE (Longreach School of Distance Education).

Yesterday was our local Cluster Day - a day where the teachers travel to us and the kids travel into town and get to experience a day with their teacher and classmates.

The mums and home tutors (or Govy's - short for Governess) get to catch up over a coffee or two, sample the 'bring a plate smokos' and discuss any concerns with their childs' teachers.  Yesterday we also previewed the new Distance Education National Curriculum Papers and some new technology that will be available in 2012.

Miss M works with her teacher on an art task.

Note the 'pipecleaner creature bracelet' worn by Mrs King, designed and created by Mr T :)

Miss B practises her very best Prep Handwriting

Miss F. is just as cheeky as her teacher, working on some Christmas decorations.

Miss G. designing a Christmas art scratching.

Mr Z. always enjoys catching up with friends at minischool.

Miss H helping a friend, showing her how to fold the Christmas decoration.

Miss M & her teacher.

We are really so very lucky to have such wonderful teachers who are dedicated and really do believe that 'Effort Conquers Distance'.

If you are interested in finding out more about the way School of The Air works, you can visit our school and have a tour:

Longreach School of the Air
Landsborough Highway

Longreach, Queensland

All proceeds from the tour and souvenir sales go to providing Excellence in education for Isolated Children.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Madeit Monday - Teacher Gift Guide

Do you buy your childs' teacher a gift at the end of the year? Why not give them a fabulous handmade gift :) 

We have been privledged to have a fantastic teacher in 2011.  This blog post is dedicated to the very supportive, super fabulous and very understanding Mrs King.  From on air lessons via the telephone and the computer, to cluster days (we're off to one tomorrow !), minischools and sports days - Mrs King has been a fantastic teacher for Miss M & Mr T & their little class of 8 students who are spread from Katherine in the NT, to Eromanga (Australia's furtherest place from the sea) and Alpha and everywhere in between.

Hope you can find some Madeit love to share with your childs' teacher this year.

Fabric Covered Notebook Chicken Ink $30

Luxury Eco Soy Candle oopsidaisi $29

Personalised Teacher Notepad DaniLu Designs $10

Fabric Covered Mouse Pad Little Yon Yon $8.95

Journal / Notebook Anrol $7.50

Always Remember Busroll Anrol Designs $29.95

Keep Calm & Eat Chocolate Hark Home $15

Happy Madeit shopping :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Footy Fever....

Sorry but I am not from down south so I know very little about AFL, but I LOVE the NRL.  During the season I follow Melbourne Storm only because Billy Slater plays for them (soft spot for Billy) but on Sunday afternoon I was hoping that the Warriors would beat Manly.  Partly because I am half Kiwi and also because I am not a fan of the colour maroon.  But I have found these gorgeous items in Made It that have the colour maroon in it.  I think I may even have to change my thoughts on the colour maroon/burgundy or what ever you call it!

Rainbow Lollies


Manca Un Bottone

Idle Hands

Curious Tuesday

Then I stumbled across this and couldn't help myself from sharing.....but it's for our four legged friends.