11.4.11

a vintage treasure chest...

england turned on it's finest spring weather...
lunch in the garden kinda weather...
we have had two days of sun-kissed gorgeous kids racing around...
all the doors thrown open...
& warm air filling the house...
we went to horse riding & football in the sunshine...
& lay on blankets reading in the garden...
i went *walking*...
the keep-fit-get-out-in-it kinda walking...
& at last i felt spring had truly arrived...

the next arrival...now we have the weather sorted...
is my brother & his beautiful family in the morning...
from the beaches of oz to the english countryside...
we've been making all sorts of things for their arrival...
bunting...
messages on blackboards...
beds...
&
err...another treasure chest
according to little miss.audrey one can never have too many treasure chests...
&
when one is counting the hours till one's cousins arrive...
{& from australia- that's an endless amount of hours & waiting!}...
a little girl needs to be occupied create....


this is no golden plastic inspired treasure chest...
the girl has style...
"i just need a shoe box mummy & your material all cut up into little pieces ok?"
she chose the fabric...& i dutifully cut...
she did the gluing...& i did the passing...
"i love it when you pass me stuff mummy..."
i did the giggling...& she concentrated hard...
when you're five & your fingers are gluey & your concentrating - life is lovely!


needless to say...i now have my *eye* on a very gorgeous vintage fabric treasure chest...
i could see that in my sewing room...
however... i don't think she sees it in my sewing room ...
there's been too much work in this to just *give it* away...even to her mama...
i keep a cupboard full of art/craft *bits* for the kids...
& i have to say...this is a true treasure made from nothing...
we had a gorgeous time cutting & gluing it in the sun...
& the cousins "are just a little bit closer now" apparently...


and as usual...one of my kiddos managed to teach me another lesson...
'life is better random'
whilst i would have lined the squares up...
& chosen colours with the primary thought being, to not have any two colours the same near one another...
audrey sang...& grabbed fabric...& glued over & under...
she watched birds in the garden & slapped the fabric on the box...
she scratched her legs...& kissed the cat...& glued again...
it was a random hour making a random treasure chest...
& i loved watching her create it without it necessarily being the whole of her focus...
kids are like that aren't they...
she made me love her even more...


if you have a shoe box
&
fabric scraps
&
want to learn "that life is better random"
then go sit in the sun with someone 
& sing & glue
~~~
...it truly is one of the lovely moments in life...
~~~

hope you all had a wonderful weekend
thankyou for all your thoughts & comments last week
it all makes me smile bigger!
one more sleep!!!
xox



23 comments:

  1. I love your blog! This is TOTALLY random buuuuuuut, how do you put a picture as your header on blogspot? I'd love to do something similar but can't figure it out.

    Thanks! :)

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  2. how cute..the box is beautiful! a special memory with audrey..i agree life is better and more creative random & unplanned.
    i still have these times with my daughter 21 although less often now but still just as special. i love her take on things...such as flowers in teacups.
    enjoy the spring and your aus visitors!
    cheryl x

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  3. I figured it out!!! Go take a look! :)

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  4. How lovely! What a great idea. I shall have to see if my 8 year old would be interested in this. :)

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  5. Oh, Miss Melissa, this is such a divine idea. I must try it with Miss India. So tell me what I need - fabric, pinking shears and what kind of glue? J x

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  6. Hey Melissa

    The way you write about your daughter's project and your time together is just beautiful. I am now imagining her reading this when she has her own kids and she will appreciate your love and kindness even more.

    Looking forward to hearing more about the Aussie connection too. Enjoy it all!!!!

    Best Carolyn

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  7. PS I just added you to my blog roll
    Best Carolyn

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  8. Without a doubt the most beautiful and precious treasure box there has ever been in the history of treasure boxes!! Beautiful job Miss Audrey, I think we can all learn a lot from you!! Gorgeous post Melissa! Hope you have the most wonderful visit with your brother and his family:) Sending much love to you and Miss Audrey across the seas, hope the itching has disappeared ~ Txx

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  9. Morning lovelies!
    Great idea again, you guys are the crafts nr. ones in my book! Enjoy your family, and the sun ofcourse and we will catch up whenever you time again to write ok? Now go and kiss your family,
    byebye!
    Maureen and co
    xx

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  10. eh,...whenever you have time again....
    that's what it's supposed to be...
    it's early here...
    hugs! Mxx

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  11. You always make me smile, what a lovely picture I have in my head of you and miss audrey in the sun. My daughter also loved treasure boxes, now 18 she has a memory box where she pops in cinema and festival ticket stubbs, photos etc. xx

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  12. Awwww! B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!! Enjoy your family time! Cx

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  13. Audrey is a very clever little girl...the box is gorgeous. I too would have lined up the squares...but what do we know...she had the right idea after all! Enjoy your visitors...it's great isn't it sharing England with family...especially when it looks so gorgeous! I keep telling them all back home...England might be grim and grey in winter, but it transforms in Spring/Summer and is absolutely beautiful on a sunny day! Robx

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  14. How clever your little one is Melissa.. and how beautiful her treasure chest is... I have to say I love the randomness of her handiwork!! How funny we adults always think we need to 'line it up' to meet some imaginary standard... wonderful little life lesson

    So.. you will be thrilled to have your brother & co visit.. hope they brought you whatever little bit of aussie you've been missing...

    PS.. glad you got a laugh.. love that enamel teapot of yours also...

    Have a great week.. I know you will!!! ciao xxxx Julie

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  15. What a lovely project to do with a little girl. I am a new follower of yours and so glad I found you - I am the opposite having been brought up in England and now on the Central Coast of Sydney- you keep me in touch with England!!
    Em xx

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  16. Love it. I love a good mother daughter project. I bet Audrey did too! Are'nt times like these just the most precious moments.

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  17. I would treasure that treasure box forever! What happy memories you will always have of making it!!! I think we have all learnt something today from your remarkably-wise-for-someone-so-young Miss Audrey! Bring on the fabric and the sunshine... reallly...how can life get sweeter than that?! I hope the b'day celebrations went well! I am so excited on your behalf of the upcoming family visit! I remember that feeling!!!! X

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  18. I love this shoe box, so pretty, would make great cheery storage :) thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  19. I forgot to say that I posted about the blog love, thanks again! Nighty night!
    Maureen x

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  20. There is nothing sweeter than spending random moments with our little ones.

    I love the little treasure chest, Audrey has done a great job :)

    xx

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  21. Hi Melissa, you are right, my daughter would love this project xx

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  22. That's cute that you took your kids horse back riding. I remember being a kid and loving it. It wasn't as fun as a adult but I think that's to be expected.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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