Thursday, 27 May 2010

I went Cuckoo in Cabarlah...



Last Sunday Trent and I set off on an adventure day. Our first stop (my idea!!) The Cuckoo Clock Centre or Black Forest Hill at Cabarlah (which is just outside of Highfields in Toowoomba...). It was very, interesting and well I think unique is the right word. We only stopped in for a short look around. This place was crammed wall to wall with Cuckoo clocks and grandfather clocks and German odds and ends and ornaments. Definitely an experience... It is said that it is Australia’s largest display of German Grandfather Clocks and Cuckoo clocks & I believe that it is! There were TONS of clocks! My favourite part of the whole experience seeing their huge range of totally adorable Christmas ornaments. I love holidays, I love themes, and I love decorating stuff; so seeing all this Christmas stuff made me so super excited for Christmas this year. I told Trent before Christmas we are making a trip back for some new Christmas ornaments. There stuff is just so beautiful and adorable, I was in love! I swear certain objects in this store were made for me, my favourite animal is the squirrel – I’ve never seen one or met one, but I just love them... There was so many cute squirrel things... This place definitely has to be seen to be believed – the precision that must go into handcrafting these clocks in insane. I cannot believe they are handcrafted! They are amazing and the tiny details have to be seen to be believed... and so are there price tags, but a heck of a lot of work goes into it... But I guess if clocks are your thing this would really be the place where to get your stuff. This place is very unique and so very very adorable. It has a real old world feel. I thought it was very cute and the girl behind the counter was so happy and polite. Their range of products can be viewed here & I think you can buy products online. If you are in Toowoomba one day I highly recommend checking this place out, I’ve never seen anything like this, it doesn’t take long to stop in and look and it is FREE! So definitely worth the half hour stop! They are open 7 days and are online -> Black Forest Hill. To get there you go through Highfields where Mum & Dad live and Highfields is full of different little crafty cottages with little stores and cafes – my all time favourite ‘The Chocolate Cottage’! But that is all for another blog. So check this place out, they are something different and very adorable. I will definitely be back before Christmas – I want at least one squirrel Christmas ornament...
I only snapped a few pictures inside - I was a bit too shy to ask if I was allowed... So anyone from The Cuckoo Clock Centre, I'm sorry if I wasn't meant to snap away... So here are the few I took and really check them out online for more information!! 
This wheel is made from local timber - it is a replica of the waterwheels used in old German Village streams and rivers that generate electricity... Pretty cool - & makes for cool photos!!

I really dislike this photo of me, but the clocks are amazing!!
These are hand-crafted wild boars - I was going to buy for my younger brother who loves pigging and stuff like this, but sorry Tristan - $500.00 for pigs. I think not.
See a squirrel!! (This clock was $14,990.00!!!!)

Making friends...
My favourite part - look at all the Christmas stuff!! LOVE!
Such an adorable and very sweet building... It reminds of Hansel & Gretel!
I dragged Trent along but he was pretty impressed with the craftsmanship of the clocks.
This place is so unique and very cute. Really go check it out. It is FREE to look and there is no pressure at all to buy anything.. So really worth going, even if it is just to stare in awe at all the clocks (which is exactly what I did!)
x.B

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Introducing Daisy...

Hi all just a quick blog to keep you all updated on the latest news, well, this weekend Trent I went back up to Toowoomba to visit my parents in their lovely new home... So whilst up there for our long weekend trip we figured Sunday would be our “adventure” day, so we set off for a day of fun (well for me it was, poor Trent taking me places is like taking a child; I tend to get SUPER excited sometimes!) Anyway after a fun day of adventures (a blog to come – way to many pictures for this one LOL), we headed back home. Then we saw a tan kelpie running down the highway, so we pulled over and he came over to us, we put him in the back of the Ute and drove off. It was a fairly rural area that we were driving through along a highway so we stopped in at some local farms – after 3 attempts the last one knew who he was and said they would return him to the fella that lost him. So on we drive and about 45 minutes from home, what is sitting in the middle of the opposite lane, a young pretty border collie! (This became slightly awkward as I jokingly told Trent the next dog we find we could keep...). So we stop and put her in the back and once again stop to ask some local people if they recognise her. No one did. So we drove home (to Mum & Dads anyway) with her. Trent and Dad (who was not impressed with us bringing home a stray) made a make shift shelter for her for the cold Toowoomba night. On Monday morning I called the local council in the suburb where we found her and left my number – no one has reported her missing. We took her to the vet today to see if she is micro-chipped and she is. But they can’t seem to find her details in the registry; they think maybe she was micro-chipped in N.S.W? Our local vet clinic is looking into it further for us. If they can’t find her home we won’t be terribly devastated, she is a really nice dog and we would be more than happy to keep her. When we found her she was pretty dirty and had a fair few fleas, so today was all about baths, flea treatments, worming, brushing and presents (a snazzy new collar and a bone!). But wow, she is so pretty & smart & gentle. A very well behaved Border collie. So currently our Duke is a little over whelmed with the fact that he has a “girl friend”, she isn’t de-sexed & we are hoping they don’t make babies (yes puppies are adorable) but a border collie X German Shepherd would be an interesting mix – a bored shepherd! It would be a cross much too smart for its own good!

Here are some pictures of our latest addition... Introducing Miss Daisy - like Daisy Duke... Yes, I know I probably shouldn’t have named her considering she maybe going back to her owner. But Daisy really suits her (even the vet said so)! She is such a kind natured dog. So for now, we like to think of her as a kind of like a present from God or the universe (whatever you believe in) - we did a good deed by finding the other dog and getting him back home, maybe this is our karma? Maybe. Or maybe we just attract stray dogs? Whatever it is we are please to have her for now...
"Rusty" - the people told us his name, the first dog we found...
Saying goodbye to "Roadie" the name we named him (he was running along the road)
Introducing Miss Daisy...
both my 2 boys are in total love with her...
She is a working border collie... So she likes rounding up the goats!
Stalking the goats...
Duke likes her so much he even shares his bed with her...

x. Night all. x

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

TV Commercial Weirdness - Winner Pascalls Clinker ad'!

Ok has anyone else seen that bizzare new "clinkers" TV commercial. Chocolate for adults? What the? Cheating unicorns that gamble and sing about paternity tests? Someone in advertising was clearly on drugs and so was whoever approved this commercial...
Here is a link for the TV Commercial in question -> Pascall Clinkers TV ad - Unicorns! Let me know if you think it's as stupid as I do.
Just thought I would humour you all with what I found interesting today.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Sick of being sick.

So what to blog about tonight? Hmm... the joy of sitting in a physios consult area watching him “massage” Trent’s shoulder muscles with tiny volts of electricity coming out of rubber cups that leave delightful red alien like circles on his shoulders? Hmm... No I shall spare you that one. The joys of helping my family move into their fancy & very pretty newly built home? No, not this week (that blog will be coming once I have taken the “final” house photos!). How about how much I enjoy being deathly ill at the moment? Ok I am not dying, but I sure feel like it. It started off with the flu and now it’s this annoying cough that will not kindly piss off. Oh I hate being sick, I am sure no one enjoys it but I really hate it. It makes me tired and more cranky than usual (yes, I often have a short fuse when it comes to complete idiots). Like really, I can’t do anything. Updating Facebook seems tiring. Bleh – I really dislike this illness crap. Especially in winter, now don’t get me wrong I LOVE winter, I love wearing winter fashions and being all cosy and the snuggles that come with the cooler weather but the one thing I hate is the coughs, cold and flu’s it brings out and lucky me I have been sitting in Doctors waiting rooms in Ipswich with Trent lately which equals sick me! I felt a little better on the weekend for a short while but I am 90% that was just a mental thing of being “back at home”. Being “home” with Mum always makes anyone feel well again. Oh well, I shall live. I thought I would give you all an update on life at the moment; I shall be working on some hopefully “cool” blogs soon. My restoration of my 1950’s table, my latest vintage score off of my Mum (I scored tons of cool stuff by helping her pack up the house!! & even discovered some of my old favourite things), my cards I've been making, my wedding planning and my new boots (oh and how I love them!!).



Until next time; I hope this flu & cough doesn’t find its way too you, it really sucks! Let me know if you have any blog suggestions!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Trent turns the big two one.

Trent had his 21st a few weeks ago (Friday the 30th of April to be exact). He thought we were just doing a small family dinner at the local football club & that Outback Spectacular had been his “big celebration”... Well his family and I had something else up our sleeves. For me this was a huge deal, I don’t enjoy lying to him at all, so for almost a month I had to play dumb and keep a big secret (not my strongest quality; lying/not telling Trent something) – his surprise party. Everything went to plan; he only caught onto the plan when we pulled into the parties’ venue... He was surprised and loved it. For his birthday I bought him a very snazzy Armani watch. (Spoilt much?)

He loved his birthday celebrations and was quite impressed by me keeping such a big secret... I really am a terrible secret keeper when it comes to things to do with him! For example; his original birthday present (the box set of House M.D 1-5) arrived a month early and I could not keep it from him at all (we are now up to season 5!), so he was pretty shocked to learn that I didn’t let it slip at all! We are very grateful that everyone we care about showed up to help him celebrate the big two one! I’m so glad he enjoyed the night and his gifts. Here are a few of my favourite photos from the night! (yes his arm is in the sling because he had a fall the Tuesday before his birthday, still currently undergoing physio... )
The Present.
Us.
The birthday boy.
Checking out the gifts...
Laughing with my parents (fav pic!)
The cake
Cutting his 21st cake!!
My family & I!


Have a great week. x

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Vintage Pin Curl hair tutorial....

Hello lovelies.
I often get asked on my Facebook and by random friends how I do my curls... I often wear my hair in curls and they tend to last all day & night if I need them too. So how do I do them? Vintage pin curls are the trick. I’ve tried curling wands, hair straightners to curl with and any other method. I’ve tried it all. The only other thing I have found that works just as effective is a vintage steam curling set my Nin (Nanna) gave me... But it’s a bit tough sleeping in them, so for me the Dolly Pegs work a treat.
The steam curlers my Nin gave me...

Dolly Pegs!!

In this blog I will do a step by step tutorial but I’ve also made a video for YouTube for this. SO CLICK HERE -> Vintage Pin Curl Video Tutorial.... I really love this method of making curls. Almost everytime I go out I will do my hair like this as unlike heating products it doesn't damage my hair or the curls don't drop and sag... (I often wake up in the morning after a night out with my curls still very curly!) So I really hope this works for you...


To start with you will need some supplies.
- Hair brush
- Comb
- Blow-dryer
- A Dolly Peg
- Hair spray
- A hair tie/ Hair separator
- Bobby pins
- A large square head scarf
- Smoothing serum or a light leave in hair conditioner


Step 1:
Brush out your hair making sure there are no tangles/knots.
Step 2:
Section your hair into halves, I always start from one side on the bottom and work my way around.
Step 3:
Take the section of hair you are about to curl and run the comb through it making it smooth and knot free... * Remember; the smaller the section of hair the tighter the curl, the bigger the section the looser the curl. I like mine tight and springy so I use smaller sections*
Step 4:
Take the DOLLY PEG and slide it onto the bottom of the section of hair.
If you don’t have a DOLLY PEG, simply curl the bottom bit of the hair onto the length of the hair like a coil of rope.
• * The direction in which you roll is up to you! Through trial & error I have realised I do mine randomly = random curls! That's just a personal choice with the curls, once you've done this a few times, you'll work out how you prefer your curls! *


Step 5:
Now loop the hair around the peg as if it was a curler.
If you have no DOLLY PEG, start rolling the hair up like a snail.
Step 6:
Once you have rolled the curl up to your scalp, hold one side with your thumb whilst slowly pulling the peg out. Remember to hold the curl very secure, if it slips out you will have to start all over again!
Step 7:
Take a bobby pin and slide it into the “barrel curl” securing in place. This should only take one bobby pin depending on the direction in which you rolled the curls and how heavy your hair is.
And TA-DA now you have completed the first roll. Now to keep going. This curling method will honestly give you the best arm muscles, my hair is pretty long and it kills my arms when I have to curl it...
Step 8:
Now repeat steps 3 – 7 until you finish the bottom level of your hair.
Step 9:
Separate the top section of your hair into halves.
Step 10:
Repeat steps 3-7 on the top layer now!!
Step 11:
When you have completed your whole head into “barrel curls” take your hairspray and very lightly spray the curls. If you do the hairspray too heavy your curls will have a “crunchy” effect and not a cute look.


Step 12:
Take your square head scarf and wrap it around your curls. (I will do a video tutorial on how to tie the head scarf shortly...)
Step 13:
Take your blow-dryer (I use a diffuser on mine – because it distributes the air more easily) and heat up the curls... (I do this straight away after I put the head scarf on and about 10 minutes before I need to take them out...) * Keep the head scarf on whilst blow-drying to avoid frizzy gross curls! *

Step 14:
Go to sleep, go about your day (yes I bravely went out to take Trent to the doctors in a hot pink head scarf the other day with my pin curls underneath...), have breakfast whatever. When you’ve woken up or finished doing what you do take the head scarf off and start un-pinning.


Step 15:
The un-pinning technique I use is simple; remove all bobby pins and let the curls fall as they do, once all pins are removed I run my hands gently through my hair to separate some of them, then flick up head upside down and shake the hair and flick it back (it seems to create a little more volume in my hair?)
Step 16:
Take a tiny tiny amount of hair smoothing serum/conditioner/whatever you use to smooth out fly a ways and lightly run your hands over the curls smoothing out any frizziness!
Step 17:
Style in your desired way. (I blow-dry my fringe and do some light teasing at my part and pin my hair back...)
Step 18:
Ta-da you’re done... Now take pictures of your effort, email them to me Vintage Pin Curl Tutorial
mailto:b.bartley@hotmail.com, tag me in them on Facebook/Twitter anything, I want to see your attempts and results... If you need any help email me or Facebook me!! This hair style is super easy and so effective. But please keep in mind I am NOT a hairdresser and am in no way claiming this is the best way to do this, this is just how I like to do my hair. I find this way works best for me. It may work for you or with some slight tweaking it may work better for you. But I do hope you find this useful and check out the video on YouTube as well click HERE 
 Thank you for reading dolls!!
Let me know how you all go.
Xx