Some Shit I’ve Discovered Since Becoming A Mum

I have found:  When people say “it sticks to stuff like shit to a blanket”, the people who say this are not kidding.  I have also found out that partial digested spaghetti bolegnese also sticks very well to a blanket…particularly at 2 am.
I have found: A child can vomit into my ear hole when I am asleep.

I have found:  I can wake up very quickly when a toddler tries to wake you up…with an empty coffee hitting you in the face with it.

I have found:  That a toddler can carry a 4 day old baby up the hallway, perfectly safely, because he thinks she needs me.

I have found:  That a girl needs her Mummy…meaning I need my Mummy!

I have found:  Being a parent is, indeed, the hardest job you will ever have…and I’ve worked for Aldi, so I know this to be true.  It is, however, despite what some people might say, not a thankless job.  Every time your child smiles it’s a silent thank you.  Every time your child cries and you fix a boo boo, it’s a silent (and sometimes very high pitch screech) thank you.

I have found:  That, sometimes you need to reintroduce the child to the other parent…ie did you know that guy/girl over there is called Dad/Mum.  Or just change your name to Dad/Mum.

I have found:  My car keys in a ride on toy car…after searching for an hour.

I have found:  I can’t do everything.

I have found:  That you can tell kids future personalities by the way they dance at the school disco in Kindergaten.  True!  Stand there and look…there is a serial killer, there is the “popular with boys one”  (a touch of diplomacy there), the musician, the :I’m going to be in trouble with the law” one, the quiet and awesome achiever, the rebels, the leaders, ect ect ect.

I have found:  I don’t enjoy when my child comes home from school with a picture she did, and tells me the teacher told her it was wrong!! Seriously!! Oh and it was wrong cause the sky was orange.  Sheesh. I suppose I will get over it one day, it was only 15 years ago.  A few months ago my daughter thanked me for that, she remembers 😀 

I have found:  I shouldn’t forget that I am a person too.  I am a parent and a person with a life and a whole future ahead of me dammit!!  Take care of yourself fellow parents, enjoy being a Mum or a Dad or both, but your children also needs for you to be a well rounded person with interests other than them. 

To be clear…These aren’t the only things I have found…just the things I can remember right now.  My eldest child is 22 my youngest is 19 and I still have baby brain, so you will have to forgive me.   Maybe I will post things as I go.  If I remember cause…baby brain.



Beyond Recognition


The call of my people.

Decided to try a new recipe tonight, cause God knows I’ve had it up to here (I just pictured my Mum doing the action)  of making the same 20 things for the last 6981 days. Time for something new, I thought. So off to Pinterest I went, found a lovely recipe for garlic Parmesan chicken and, miracle or all miracles…I had all the ingredients. 

The recipe called for half a cup of mayo to spread over the chicken boobs…really?! Mayo, is that a hing people do? Put mayo on chicken and bake?  Well I was going to have a hard enough time trying to sell this to the kids anyway without the mayo part, so I substituted for natural yogurt. Everything else was pretty normal. Mixed in the cheese, and garlic powder (I think that can go in the bin, just looks weird and I always have fresh anyway) salt and pepper, spread it on the chook and chucked it in the oven.  Both kids expressed their doubt at this dish, at which I wittily remarked “just give chicken piece a chance!” Followed by the usual “get it, give peace a chance, chicken peace…pieces, get it”. No Dad jokes in our house, just pure gold from Mum. 

So after I finished explaining my joke it was time. My son was judging from the other end of the kitchen, which means he was next to me, we have a teeny tiny kitchen. I cut a small piece, smelt like crap, was not looking forward to this, took a bite, chewed, looked away from my son and indicated just how wonderful it was…then spat it in the bin. Crap. Mitch giggled as he got me a glass of water to wash out the taste. “So what’s for dinner Mum? ” By this stage they were getting something out of a box from the freezer, Bad Mother. Ah look, spring rolls and mini dim sims…into the oven with you guys. 

While I was waiting for these culinary delights to cook, I thought I would answer an Etsy inquiry. There’s a PC in the dining room so I could look after the, loosely termed, dinner. Typing away, bit more typing and send. Check dinner…open oven..”Oh for fuck sake, really!? Are you kidding me?” The dinner now consisted of little black nuggets, burnt beyond recognition.  Mitch came out to investigate and had a good laugh and well I couldn’t stop giggling, 2 dinners in one night! Are you kidding?  So Mitch called his sister for dinner and she had a laugh, we all laughed then went to McDonalds. 

Two hours later my husband got home and laughed also. 

Night 6982: Meat and three vege. 

Ruby Canoe Cake Topper in Top Australian Cake Decorating Book!

Well, it would seem that is been a while since I posted anything.  Truth is I just didn’t get around to posting anything.  I felt like I didn’t really have much to say actually.  But looking back now I did have a few things to say and share and show.

Late last year I was contacted by a very busy stylist from Sydney, Olivia Blackmore, who was very interested in a Happy Birthday cake topper I had made.  She bought. I sent. All good.  The End…Well no it wasn’t, cause a few days after she received her order I received a request for more.  So I busily thought of some new designs, cut them, glued them packaged them, and away they went.  They were for the possible inclusion in an International cake decoration book.  Well can you imagine how excited I was? Really, can you?  I was super excited! 

People that do this for a living probably don’t get excited about working on magazines or books, they probably get used to it. Or at the very least learn to hide the little girl giggles when they see their hard work published. Bit of a shame really, how wonderful would it be if you walked into a news agency and some man is jumping up and down on the spot with excitement yelling “Look, look, I did this! I picked this font! Woohoo, isn’t this a great font?”  Kids do this, they don’t know how good they’ve got it, do they?  Or maybe you go to Maccas (Australian for McDonalds) sit down to have your bacon and egg McMuffin and who is sitting next to you? The 17 year old girl that started at 5 am and made YOU a bacon and egg McMuffin. She suddenly becomes your Mother…watching the first bite you take…you chew…”do you like it?” Isn’t it great?” “I made that you know!” She said through her very (in my experience) expensive braces.  Well, anyway, do you get my point? I was excited that one, or more, of my cake toppers might be in a book. One thing I didn’t know about books. It takes a really long time to complete.  But I totally understand why they take a really long time to complete. Lots of magic goes on between the covers of a book. 

Olivia contacted me recently to let me know that the book has been published and that she was sending me a copy. Which was very nice of her. I received my copy soon after and the quality was amazing. I was hoping it was one of those fancy cookbooks where the cover has a beautiful texture and looks as though it is meant to be handed down through generations, and it was exactly what I was hoping for.  I am very proud to have something to give to my children to keep in their kitchens and maybe show my future far far far away grandchildren. It’s just beautiful.  Amazing Decorated Cakes. 

Recently my Mum came to visit, all the way from Bagdad…not that one…the lesser known one in Tasmania (I still think they moved there because Mum and Dad love telling people where they live), any way, Mum was visiting, I gave my much treasured copy to my Mum. It’s still nice to see pride in your parents eyes, doesn’t matter how old you are. A few days after Mum had returned to Bagdad (not that one) I got a call from my Dad telling me how wonderful my cake topper was. Yes, you and I both know he couldn’t give a rats hoot about cake toppers it only mattered that his girl had something in a book…totally worth it 🙂


Arranger of Pretties (Stylist):  Olivia Blackmore

Clicker Extraordinare (Photographer):  James Moffatt

Iconic Australian Publisher:  Australian Woman’s Weekly

I don’t know who picked the font but let’s give a thought to the great font choice.  Great job!

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And don’t forget about my other Etsy store (vintage prints, blueprints, patent prints and much more). 

More posts soon, hopefully. 

Like or comment any old time. 

Did you make it all the way to the bottom? Really? How nice are you? Oh and that lipstick totally suits you. xxx. 

10 Tips to help your New Etsy Store grow.

10 tips to help your new Etsy store grow.



I have been selling on Etsy now for 2 years.  For the first 8 months I wasn’t really serious about it and was trying to find my place, my customer and my product.  The one thing I do remember about the first few months was that it took me hours to do a listing.  So if it’s taking you an hour or more to do a listing, you aren’t alone.  Actually any problem you are having most of us other Etsy sellers have experience that same problem.  I have Googled the weirdest things to get answers about my Etsy listings.

I’ve learnt a few things in the last 2 years, but this certainly doesn’t make me an expert.  I have a lot of improvement to make as well.  But Etsy is a never-ending lesson in adjustments.  So here are a few tips to get your shop moving.

tip 1



Fill out the store policies.  Shipping, refunds, FAQ’s, and payments.  Have a real think about your policies.  Have a look at other stores, I usually go to stores that have lots of sales, as they have lots of experience with sales and customers, but please NOTE,  when looking at stores make sure you check their reviews as well.  Any stores with regular bad reviews should really be given a wide berth.  When you find a store that looks good and feels good, have a look at their policies; which you can find when clicking on any listing and then clicking on the shipping and policies button.

Shipping and policies

When you have got a good feel of other stores policies you can form your own to suit your Etsy store.  Try not to just cut and paste all your information, put your own spin on it and make it your own.





Oh my…I cried at the post office one day.  Yep.  I surely did.  I had sold a small item, which I was very excited about, made the product, packaged it up beautifully, drove to the post office and was very happy to send it.  I am in Australia and this package was being posted to New York state.  It was a small package of cup cake toppers, made with paper and toothpicks, and I was charged $14.20 to send this parcel to America.  I charged my customer $2.75 for the postage 😦 and the value of the goods was a whole $8, so when I had to pay $14.20 I felt like my business was no longer viable and shed a tear as I was paying.

The problem was that I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, and sometimes the people at the post office don’t know what they are doing either.  I found out later I could have sent it as a letter if I hadn’t wrapped it in brown paper, then tied twine around the order and then added a cute little button…which all added to the weight of the order.

So some of the things you will need is:

  • Postage app for your region, I have the Australia Post app and love it! And it’s free! and essential!
  • Digital scales; you can get digital scales for around $15-$20
  • Source a good supplier of envelopes or other packaging you need.  When buying envelopes ect have a think about how you want your shop to look when the customer receives your item.  I have recently switched to Kraft brown envelopes to fit in with the style of my shop.  Previously I used whatever I had on hand, which was not always ideal.  You can get really nice envelopes from Kmart and Target now, great prices too!
  • Packing tape, just plain old packing tape and a packing tape dispenser which is around $10-$15
  • Label maker (a great investment I have just made and should have done long ago!) retails around $90.  I was actually hand writing the addresses on the envelopes and boxes, which again was not ideal and I can’t believe how good the new labels are.

Try to set up a small area for all your postage and packing, if you don’t have room just made do with what you have and hit Pinterest for a few ideas on how to set up your work space effectively.

Packaging should, again, reflect your store.  I package each order like it was bought in an actual store front instead of online.  I am also trying to make my packages a little different.  I really wish I had done all this at the very beginning but I have learnt a lot in the last 2 years.

Ruby Canoe Design Etsy Packaging




Just because you know how to do lots of things doesn’t mean you should make them all available.  This is something I have to take note of myself, it’s so easy to get carried away.  And when you’ve got confidence with your first shop you can always open another one.  All you need is a different email account and a new shop title and away you go.  I have plans to open my third Etsy shop which will be digital downloads only.

When you do have your store stocked make regular checks of your products and any products that aren’t getting any views or aren’t getting favourited (not sure it that is officially a word?), just deactivate them or try to revamp them a little to make your product more appealing.  See Tip 4 Tags, Titles and Photos





If you read any tips about Etsy you will always read that your PHOTOS are very important. For good reason too.  Shoot your photos in natural light.  I got myself a big sheet of white poster board for backing and I take it outside (Caution: this poster board acts as a sail on windy days!) put my product on a table that is waist or chest height and take photos.  I am currently in the process of retaking all of my photos because I just didn’t take this advice.

TAGS TAGS TAGS, use all 13 tags available.  And make sure you don’t overlook the obvious tags, for example, I have a line of paper butterflies and I neglected to add the word BUTTERFLIES OR BUTTERFLY to my tag list!  It took me months to even notice!  That was a big derr moment for me!  You can also take a look at similar products in other stores, go to the bottom of their page and you will see all the tags they have used.  Have a look at the image below, this is the bottom of my Lego Blueprint (Big Blue Canoe) which appears on the first or second page of a search for blueprints.

When you have listed and published your item, search for your own item and see what page it comes up on…if you are on page 10 or more try changing some tags until you can get a lower page number.


Don’t use fancy TITLES.  Use titles to tell it like it is!  Again with my paper butterflies…I have named my range of paper butterflies “SCATTERFLIES”  I love the name but I wouldn’t use it in the title as no one will search specifically for Scatterflies.  If you have a colour specific item, mention the colour and add the colour to the tags also.  Again, look at someone elses store, take information you learn from them and change it to make it your own.





You set what kind of payments you accept.  I strongly advise you accept all types of payments.  My sales increased after I accepted all payments.  Previously I only accepted PayPal, now I can take your money any which way! And up go my sales!





When listing your product you can list variations.  For example I sell paper hearts for weddings, the variations I offer are different pack sizes and different colours.  When my customer chooses to buy the heart pack, they pick the pack size and they are then charged accordingly.  Below is the Extra Large Paper Heart listing showing what the variations look like.



Not every listing requires a variation, but if customers are messaging you asking how much it will be if they purchase 50 of such and such thing, maybe you do need to add a variation.  Listen to your customer, they always tell you what they want.





The first thing I do in the morning is check my stats.  As I’m in Australia I get most of my views when I am asleep.  80% of my buyers live in the United States, so I usually wake up to a sale or two or a conversation (message) from a customer asking a question.  You’ll get to know the average views you get in a day.  If you’re not getting enough views or sales there may be many factors that can come into place.  believe it or not the weather plays a part, when the US are experiencing massive winter storms my sales dip a little, when it is a bit warmer more weddings take place, therefore my sales rise.  When your store has been open for a few months you can go back a few months and look at your stats and see a pattern forming.  This is also good to set realistic goals too.





Search for items that you personally love.  Like items, favourite shops and some people will favourite your shop and like your items in return.  So when you add a new item to your shop, that item will appear on their news feed = instant prospective views!  The more people who favourite your shop the more people might just see your items.







Plan your day:  At the beginning of each day (10am most days, sometimes earlier) I write a list of things I want to do and things I need to do.  Then work through them.  I know it sounds simple but it really works for me.  If this isn’t you, do something you know works for you.

Plan your year:  Yes plan your year.  I have a list of each month and I have written what section of my shop I need to work on.  I know I will be busy making Teacher Thank You gifts in October and November and December so I make sure in September I work on these products and have them all ready for my customers to buy.

Customers don’t want to struggle to buy stuff from you, so be prepared for whatever busy season suits your product.





Making money takes time, a whole lotta time.  Promoting yourself takes time.  Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter ect ect takes time.  Unless you put in the time you won’t magically earn a $1000 a week on Etsy but you will learn as you go so don’t get disheartened and just work on your business.  Your business isn’t just craft, it is so many other things too, and you control it all.

So that’s it, 10 tips to help you and your shop along a little bit.  If you get stuck, and it’s really easy to get stuck on Etsy, just google it, that’s what I did and that’s still what I do.

If this post has inspired you to open an Etsy shop click HERE and use the link then you and I both get 40 free listings.  That’s enough to have a nicely stocked Etsy shop!!

Good luck and feel free to comment with the name of your Etsy shop and/or a link! And don’t forget to check out my Etsy Shops:





Thanks and goodluck! xx Ruby

Well, it’s almost the end of the second month of the year.  Time flies when you’re having fun right?  Time flies even when you’re not having fun as well…it’s all relative.  February is a good month for us in Australia, it means the hot weather is starting to be less than the temperature of the sun.  And, with any luck we are able to venture outside (without melting) and get shit done.  Yay!

For the last month we have had rain and sunshine, and everything is strangely green, bright green, hurts your eyes green.  And boy oh boy is the grass/weeds growing rapidly.  The lawns are being mowed 3 times a week at the moment.  I think if I sat on the front steps and watched the grass I would be able to see it grow.

I’ve been a little busy this week making a heap of Wedding Cake Toppers in preparation for wedding season, which apparently is March April and May (keep reading it’s not all about soppy weddings, unless you like soppy weddings, then it totally is about soppy weddings).  I’ve made a heap of these last week, as they will be featuring in a Contemporary Cake Book, along with 3 or 4 others that I’ve made.  When it is released I will certainly do a post or four about it and my cake toppers.

These cake toppers aren’t specifically for weddings, I can change the wording and certainly change the colors for you too.  Click HERE to go to Etsy

Very exciting, gunna be in a cook book, do dah, do dah.

These look just beautiful.  And there is more to come over the next few weeks. If you have any special requests please contact me via Etsy or my Facebook page and I will certainly try to help you with anything.

Just a special mention about the paper I use if anyone is interested.  Recently my supplier stopped supplying the KaiserCraft paper I used everyday.  I was royally pissed off to say the least, considering I had invested many hundreds of dollars in keeping up a good stock level of many different colors.  I even contacted the suppliers head office (which I usually do not do) to ask what the go was.  Anyway, long story short, the KaiserCraft paper was being replaced by AmericanCraft paper.  I looked online and thought the paper would be identical as the packaging was.  But I was delighted by the new AmericanCraft paper.  Just beautiful to work with, and I highly recommend it. And the colors are so so beautiful, I used mostly AmericanCraft paper in the above photos.

Whilst I love my paper, is doesn’t come cheap, and I have found when you want to only sell quality items you can not cut corners.  These are a few of the things that go into the pricing of my products…

  1. This paper I use is not cheap, using a cheap quality paper produces lousy cuts and a poor quality finished product.
  2. When running paper through my cutting machine, I have the machine set to quite a slow speed and I also do double cuts (cuts twice), this produces a perfect cut everytime.
  3. When I send my products I like to package them thoughtfully, so that when you recieve your package in the mail it’s exciting and like receiving a little present, even if you did pay for it 🙂
  4. And then there’s all the other stuff: electricity, glue, scissors, pens, rulers, skewers, tooth picks, books, sheet music, dictionary’s, atlases, upkeep on the machine, bought designs, and about one hundred other things.

So, rest easy my friends when you purchase a product from me, you won’t be purchasing cheap and nasty, you will be purchasing well priced (for you and for me) items that are well made and a product that I love too.  Oh and don’t forget you can tell all your friends that you purchased your cake topper from a shop that has cake toppers in an actually real true blue cook book.  (Little hint: It’s probably Australia most famous cake cook book company) We all love bragging rights, right?

Anyway it’s almost 1 am so I should go off to sleep.

Have a good day/night!

Ruby xxx

Where Is All Your Money Going?

Well, I have been MIA from my blog lately.  Had a little break.  I didn’t go anywhere, but just wanted a little break from spending so much time online, you know what I mean?

I spent a fair bit of time lately getting my house, therefore my life, under control.  The difference in just great.  I did the usual clean out of the linen press, donated some things and threw out other things, just generally purged the linen closet.  I was just amazed at how much room was actually in there, and let me tell you it is quite small.  It is very easy to clean out and purge things out of your life, you just always have to remember NOT to fill it back up again.  You are not making room for more shit in your life.  While I was cleaning out the linen press I was thinking, thinking, thinking…all about how much money we waste in our lives.  I have said for years that every time I leave the house it costs me $100, which is almost true.  Go up to the shop for one thing, come back with a whole lotta stuff you really only wanted because the store set it up that way.  The first port of call for saving money in our house was electricity, unfortunately you do have to spend money to save money, so we bought an energy reader thingy.  It tells you to the cent how much your electricity is costing you.  I had suspected, for a while now, that our old fridge and freezer were the main culprits in our house, so that’s where we started…sad face…I was right…sooo much waste…such old technology, we actually calculated that they were costing around $1200 a year to run !!

Where is all your money going?  You'll be amazed where it is all going!

So…need…to…buy…a…new…fridge/freezer…wa wa waa. We shopped around (which we would never do before) got the best deal online, so we went to the local retail store and negotiated, yes I negotiated and scored $50 less than the online price (which also happened to be more than $1500 off the recommended retail price).  So it can be done, I used to be the one that saw the price on the price card and go “here’s my money, I’m buying it!”.  Well not anymore dude.  That’s my money and we work damn hard for it too.  So we picked up the fridge/freezer and laughed a little watching my husband and my son and my sons mate trying to get it up 13 steps and into the house…a big fridge it certainly is!

Well I thought I was on a roll, in the saving money dept.  And I had a giant fridge/freezer to fill, because most of the food in the old fridge was only mildly coolish, I am actually surprised we are all still alive, because the difference in temp between the old one and the new one is astonishing.  Anyway, back to filling the fridge.  Went to the shops, kids were at school and Uni, so I could take my time, and did the shopping.  I created 2 rules for that shopping trip:

  1. Don’t buy unless I really need it
  2. Don’t buy unless it is reduced and I need it, or it is essential

Where is all your money going?  You'll be amazed where it is all going!

Finished shopping and looked at the docket, due to my expert shopping, I saved $101.  I also got a years worth of laundry detergent (on special at $9 off) a months worth of cat food ($30 cents off) and a few other things I can’t remember.

Ok now that sounds great doesn’t it…yep, until you have to put all the shit away in your teeny tiny pantry 😦 Okay so next thing to do was to clean out the pantry and organise everything so I can see everything so I know what I have and don’t have.  I had a hell of a lot of miss matched containers and half empty packets.  So, going from shelf to shelf, I took everything out and placed it on the bench, and wondered what to do with it all.  I couldn’t just reorganise it and shove it back in, because clearly that isn’t working for me.  So, off to spend more money to save money.  (This takes place over 3 days, I am not a miracle worker you know).  I did the rest of the groceries sticking to the two rules mostly (had to be realistic) and also bought 2 trays of mason jars (24).  I just gotta say I love mason jars, and it is not really a thing in Australia, but let me tell you it should be, pretty and functional too.  So anyway, groceries are done, so many bargains, oh so many. And now for the crappy part…organising it all.  Crap.  What have I started.  So I took my time, thought about placement of items and got stuck into it.

I have 50% more items in the pantry and have 25% more free space than before and have eaten 50% more healthy food, just because I am organised.

Okay, realistically, I know that everyone can’t just go out and buy a new fridge just cause the old one is crap, I really know that.  The fridge was at least 25 years old and the freezer was 16 years old, so let me tell you I have put up with crap. The real point of this article (can I call it an article?) is this: know where your money is going, you earned your money, keep a hold of as much as you can. Think about how much it cost you to run the dryer, when you could just hang it out, think about how much it costs to run the washing machine again, because you forgot about the clothes for the third time, it all adds up.

For example:

I have started buying 3lt of milk on a Friday from Woolies, 3lt of milk is $3, because when we ran out over the weekend (which happened 4 weeks in a row, yeah we are real quick to act in our family) we would buy the milk from the convenience store which is conveniently (as the name would suggest) place 200 metres from our house.  When buying the milk from the corner store, it would cost $6 and then there is a $10 minimum at that store as well, so already we spend $7 more than we should and of course the extra items wouldn’t always come out at $10 so we spent up to $20 to get milk and all the other stuff we don’t need.  Over 4 weeks that was between $60 and $80, and that is crap.  Let’s look at that again my 3 lt milk just cost $60 when I should have spent $12…what an idiot.

So sit back and have a bit of a think about your money…YOUR MONEY…IT’S YOUR MONEY.


PICARD says it's your money, so find out where it is all going for heavan sake.

Some quick tips:

  • Turn off the lights when no one is in the room (yeah obvious and easy)
  • Make lunches
  • Take water with you when you leave to go shopping
  • Get a banking app on your phone and check it every day, from home, not while you are out
  • Get the local supermarkets app on your phone, check for super specials every Wednesday
  • Go over your junk mail and know your prices
  • Treat your pantry like an organised mini supermarket, including checking used by dates
  • Any coins go in a jar, or in our case, a vase.  It can add up over the year
  • If you see a significant super special try to get a years worth
  • Keep an eye on the local paper for free activities for adults and children alike
  • Try and do all your shopping in one day and try to keep away from the shops
  • Buy magazines from second-hand book shops.  Can start at 10 cents for a recent magazine
  • When cooking try to turn off the cooker just before the items are cook, it will continue to cook and you won’t waste your gas or electricity
  • Know your finances, do not leave it to one partner to do
  • Shop around and negotiate
  • If you have bought something from a supermarket and it is not satisfactory take it back. I bought a kilo of bacon from Woolies and it had no taste, so instead of throwing it away I took it back, I got a refund and a replacement pack.  How’s that?  🙂
  • Try and understand that not everyone you know needs a Birthday present every year
  • Have a special dinner at home
  • Make extra for dinner and have for lunch, saves money and time
  • Know when the sales are on and wait for them
  • Write lists, grocery lists, things to do lists, people to call lists, bills to pay lists ect
  • Always try to eat at home or eat home made…kinda like some other points but it is important
  • Remember cheaper is not always better
  • Do maintenance checks on cars, appliances etc
  • Before you need to buy things post a request for the item on your Facebook page, maybe a friend would like to get rid of it, you never know until you ask
  • Buy yourself a pressure cooker, I prefer these over a slow cooker any day, fast means less electricity (well in my mind it does)
  • Follow rules, sound weird doesn’t it…don’t speed, don’t park in the wrong place, don’t pay bill late, these all cost money, and sometimes they cost a lot of money…follow the damn rules!

So if you want to add to the list or have anything else to say, feel free to comment or like or share 🙂

Thanks for staying until the end,

Ruby C xx

Mouthful Of Oil Anyone?

Okeydoke, here we go.  Sitting here typing away.  Two cats sitting on the floor looking at me like, well they are looking kind of concerned.  I have bulging cheeks. And there is a strange noise coming from my mouth.

I am oil pulling.

Soooo, have you ever heard of oil pulling (not that kind, out of the gutter people!).  Until last week I had never heard of it either.  I haven’t told any of my friends, I told my husband and he kind of went “alrighty then” (the general rule in our house is: happy wife happy life, I did not make this rule, but it seems to work).  Anyway back to oil pulling…oh God just typing this makes my stomach turn…When I was pregnant (keep reading it’s only a short little story) with my second baby, I didn’t want to go over the due day by 2 weeks like the previous child.  So I took a spoonful of castor oil (oil pulling does not use castor oil, so don’t panic) and threw up, holy crap that shit is disgusting (and I must have swallowed some of it, cause I went straight into labour within 1 hour), even now I know where that stuff is kept on the shelf at Woolies and I can not look at it, cause I dry reach and it is a little embarrassing in public. So the though of a spoonful of oil in my mouth was yukky.

Oil pulling is…um…basically using oil instead of toothpaste.  Keep reading and stop rolling your eyes.  So you put a teaspoon (or whatever suits you) of raw coconut oil in your mouth and you swish it about for twenty whole minutes.  Eye rolling yet? Yes twenty minutes.  Who has the time to do that you ask?  I do.  I work from home and have a few things to do during the day, so after school drop off yesterday I tried oil pulling for the first time.  I didn’t throw up, BONUS! I put a teaspoon of raw coconut oil into my mouth and swished and swished and did a few things and after twenty minutes of swishing I spat it into the bin (not the sink).  It feels good so far.

Now why you ask?  Apparently it whitens your teeth and it removes the bacteria blah blah.  I have heard it cures (yes cures!) cavities…I don’t understand that bit really?  How the hell that works I don’t know.

Anyway it is just a little experiment and I can’t see the harm.  I would just like whiter teeth and that is really the only reason.  There is plenty of info floating around so google away people.  Just remember to take some information with a grain of salt.  And seriously I am not recommending you do or try anything.  Just letting you know what I am doing.

Eye Spy

What I see when I look out my window:

  • Brown grass that crunches under foot (could do with some rain)
  • weeds (could do with a gardener!)
  • beautiful wrens (these beautiful wrens are fascinated by seeing themselves in the mirror of my car, this explains the poop in the side of my car…)

  • double bar finches
  • Lol a chicken egg (we have a ghost chicken…we have never seen it but we get about 3 eggs a week, just randomly placed in the garden…as you do)

  • Roma tomato plant
  • cherry tomato plant (both tomato plants have grown randomly, I suspect the seeds were washed down the sink…at this rate I will be able to make a chicken caesar salad complete with poached egg and chicken, just from stuff I find in the front yard)
  • gum trees

  • palm trees
  • wattle trees

  • a bus shelter
  • the park
  • walking track (I lied, it is really just a path to the local shops, but walking track sounds so much better)
  • jet fighters (RAAF base)

Short and sweet post.  What do you see when you peek outside?



Extra Extra Read All About It!

I kinda miss the days of clipping cool articles…I suppose that is what Pinterest is all about these days…that sounds really old doesn’t it?!

Remember clipping magazine photos and articles.  I remember I had a large scrapbook and I seem to remember I clipped a photo of the couples from ABBA.  The I cut a zig zag between each couple (because they split) and wrote something very very lame above the pictures.  Looked pretty weird.  Weirdo.

And Loving It…

Well I actually made myself a little something last week.  &!  A paper cutout of and ampersand with a nice little spray of flowers.  🙂  Simple and lovely.

When I actually go window shopping I always admire the big & that some specialty shops have on display, do you know the ones I mean?  Big tin rusty &’s or &’s with lovely little lights through them, or just the typography &’s.  So I made my self one.  & I ❤ my &.  I actually made it to put into, of all places, the bathroom.  Why the bathroom, just because.

Just thought I would share my new little addition.

Have a good day/night xx

Life Time Tolerance Of Cat Videos Reached…

One of the advantages of having a twenty year old son is the exposure to an abundance of cat videos.  Yay. <=== Sarcasm. (I do love my dear cats, all three of them, I love the purring, the welcoming parade that I encounter when I wake up, the daily cat races up the hall way and over the lounge, the fur balls from my long-haired lovely…description: looks like he turned inside out… mostly they are pretty great).

Found this beautiful print on Etsy a beautiful shop called Oh Dear Molly!, click here to take a look

Currently I am being tortured by a cat video done by engineers.  Cat yodeling.  Cat laser fight.  Which really has just proved to me that men never really grown up.  (No offence guys, but you know for however long you live you will still want to play with Lego’s and you will still like trains and will always want to look at boobies).

The cat yodeling was quite funny.
On relection I think there is still room for more cat videos.

Have a great day/night!!



I Feel (Chicken) Cooped Up!

I think I am a farm girl at heart.  I love animals.  Pretty much all animals.  And when you live in suburbia dreaming about farm life, the life you might hope to have one day, you inevitably end up on Pinterest.  Okay so what I mean is everyday I end up on Pinterest.  And what do you find on Pinterest?  Chicken coops!  You just knew I was going to say that didn’t you?  Even in suburbia you can have chicken coops you know…just go easy on the roosters if you do!  No one likes a rooster in suburbia.

Chicken coops come in all shapes and sizes.  The most amazing one I have seen is one on a blog call The Fancy Farm Girl, a chicken coop from heaven…very special.  So that one is top of the wish list, but I have also found others that are pretty cool as well.

The Fancy Farm Girl...Go and visit this lovely page :)

The Fancy Farm Girl…Go and visit this lovely page 🙂

Oh, and if you are thinking of buying chickens cause it looks like fun, please think again.  As in all animal purchases they are living beings and require and deserve care.  So if you can not provide adequate shelter or feed or all those other things required for survival, don’t purchase.  I don’t have chickens because I can’t provide for them as needed.  And I would be one of those crazy people who would bring them into the house, in the AC, when it is stinking hot…and lately they would be inside a fair bit.

Made from pallets and recycled wood!  I’m pretty sure you can get used pallets for less than $5 and the other bits and pieces needed can be purchased from a second-hand shop I suppose.  And don’t forget about Ebay for some of these sorts of things.

Who would have thought about an old car body for chickens?  Not me…nice to know though.

Even on the inside, you can recycle .  Buckets! Awesome.

Okay, so this is ridiculous!  How amazing is that.  A tin roof made from cans!!  Who thinks of doing this kind of thing?  This person, clearly!  I think the pictures demonstrate how to make them.  Probably should wear gloves and I think making this roof would be a little challenging but worth the effort.  Luv it!  (after much searching I have found this on

Don’t forget your chicken sky light!

❤ ❤ ❤ Leadlight windows ❤ ❤ ❤

Maybe one day.  The dream is to move to Tasmania, where it is nice and cold, and buy myself a farm…nice dream to have too.

I even have a picture, taped to the back of my front door, of 3 white chickens in a rustic kitchen, inside a renovated church…it’s all about goals!

Have an eggcelent day!

I crack me up…sorry.

Ruby xx


Why Didn’t I Think Of That??

I don’t go to the beach very often but…holy moly that is an awesome idea, a fitted sheet!! Unbeleivable!…Why didn’t I think Of That??

Paint brush storage, awesome again…Why didn’t I think of that?

An apple slicer to cut up potato wedges!  Now why didn’t I think of that?

Wow.  Why didn’t I think of that?  …(I did and use it, it’s awesome)

Love this idea! (Go to for more)  Why didn’t I think of that…I have been making sandwiches for a long time, kinda feel a bit stupid I didn’t think of that!

Why didn’t I think of that!

Oh so in love with this…only 2 rules for this one in my house

  1. No socks on these stairs
  2. Must have a blood alcohol level below 0.05 or you are not permitted to use these, because you will fall to your death!

If you like hit the “like” share or comment, and have a great day!

Early Start

Well, I have been out and about since about 6.30 this morning.  Busy busy busy.  It is such a beautiful day today.  Hopefully the hottest days of summer are over.  The skies are clear and there was a very slight chill in the air at 6ish.  Welcomed relief.

Went for a short walk with the kids, enjoyed the surroundings and took in the view. Just such a nice time of the morning, and I am so not a morning person.  I was thinking, while driving to school this morning, about how lucky I am to live where I live.  I started recalling all the animals I have seen just this morning.  Yeah it’s a long drive to school, and there was nothing on the radio.

I have seen :

  • One hoppy plover
  • One Slobbery Welsh Corgie
  • 3 Blue Heelers
  • One Border Collie
  • One Hawk
  • 50 odd Bouncy Kangaroos
  • 7 Goats
  • 1 Shetland Pony
  • 8 Horses
  • 3 Llamas
  • 4 Sheep

The kangaroos were really cute just bouncing through the paddock next to the road.  Love that…the part where they are in the paddock and not on the road.  On the road-bad.  In the paddock-good.

So I have just received a heap of orders via Etsy, which is awesome and keeping me very busy.  I am doing some beautiful birdhouse boxes for a wedding and a birdhouse wedding cake topper.  I really can’t wait to see the photos from the wedding.  Anyway, gonna have a nice cup of coffee and get started.  Have a nice day!

Blast From The Past…

Well yesterday I found an old old old diary that I had written when my kids where little…from the beginning of the year 2000!  Have you ever written something down and re read it years later and then you realize how lame you actually were/are?  Well I am super lame…apparently, just in case the previous posts didn’t give that secret away.  I was going through a poetry stage, when I say poetry this is a very loose term!.  And the subjects were my wee little kids.  So at the risk of appearing more lame than usual…here is one of them:


My Kids:

Why can’t I?

Why can’t she?

Why can’t he

Why does it do that?

Why is it called that?

Why do I have to?

Why did you do that?

Why does the world turn?

Why can you see the moon at day time?

Why do things fall when you drop them?

Why do people do bad things?

Why has that man got a bunch of flowers?

Why can’t we fly?

Why is that dog wagging his tail?

Why are we here?

Why do we have to go to school?

Why does Dad snore?

Why do we have Christmas?

Why do I have to eat vegetables?

Why did my toy break?

Mum:  Because.

Kids:  Why because?

Mum:  Just because.

Kids:  Why just because.

Mum:  .

And that my friends is just how lame I was…am 🙂

Join me in my lameness and post your own ridiculous poetry for all the world to see…go on do it! (My prediction is no one is going to post any poetry…but that’s cool, I am quite comfortable in my lameness, luckily)

Have a great day.

Ruby C! xx

Challenge For The Week: Stay On Target!

The challenge for the week is to stay focused.  Very difficult.  Me trying to stay  This is what is going on at the moment:

(And yes I secretly say this to myself sometimes, in the voice too)

         I am using my laptop on the lounge, TV is on and a Friends episode is on…but it is muted, my son is making himself pizza for breakfast, he is listening to some swing music by Caravan Palace (if you haven’t heard them before they are really worth a listen), he is asking me where things are in the fridge (have a Mum look !!) then there’s no ham, can I use bacon?? Yep you can!  Do I cut the fat off?  Yep you can!  I just throw that in the bin right?  Yep you can!  You aren’t going to make something out of it are you? (I am on a recycling kick at the moment and we are all about using everything)  However I feel he was being a little facetious there.  Then the complaints about fatty bacon, and then the cats decide it’s time to run up and down the hall way, which ends when one lands on the lounge and the other sits and looks at the victor for 27 seconds and then walks away, presumably to have a nap, cause they are cats, and after running for 3 whole minutes they need their 20 hours sleep.  On the upside, it gave me something to write about!

So being focused is difficult as it is in any household.  But being a Mum helps, you tend to block things out when you’re a Mum, until things get quiet that is, or until there is blood.  So happily there is no blood, and plenty of noise…

So that’s my first post of the week.

Have a great day all!

Ruby Ruby Ruby (said in Cary Grant’s voice as in Judy Judy Judy which he didn’t say but you know…just go with it).  xx

Oh and on a really crappy note…I was genuinely upset to hear of the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  I just keep shaking my head over that sad news.  A lot of people are going to see his photo on the news and say “oh that guy died”  but many many many other people knew what a fabulous actor he was.  Brilliant actor, and I don’t say that very often.  I have followed his career since it started and I am very sad and disappointed when I think of the many future roles and beautiful performances we have missed out on.  This news is just shit 😦

Weather Update:

Just an update on the extreme Brisbane weather, apparently we received 27000 lightning strikes over the 2 hour period until the storm moved out to sea late this afternoon.  There has been localized flooding and various storm damaged.  One person has survived being struck by lightning and is recovering in hospital, I hope all goes well for her.
This weather event seems to have cooled the city, which we desperately needed, as our state (and other states this week) have endured temps up to 49 degrees celsius.
Excerpt taken from a quote given by:
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said Amberley, Peel Island and Grantham bore the brunt of the extreme weather, as large storm cells “collapsed”.
Mr Narramore said the “collapsing storm cells” did not circulate air like tornadoes, but expelled huge amounts of wind, similar to tornadoes.  “When the core of the storm collapses you get this big push of air,” Mr Narramore said.  “A lot of storms in that part of the world showed this type of signature behaviour.  “That is part of the storm collapses, it kind of hits the ground and pushes out the air in front of it.  “And you get this really, really strong wind – you get this 20 or 30 seconds of really strong wind and then it just drops right back.”
The only advice I could give to anyone when you experience extreme weather, be it rain, hail, heat or snow (or whatever special extreme weather you have in your region) just listen to the warnings given, and follow instructions.  Also give a thought to your pets and/or native animals, sometimes they need a helping hand from us.  As you can see when they get desperate they don’t care who you are.  For our native animals during periods of extreme heat it would be great to leave out some shallow containers of water out (and away from your pets) so they can help themselves if needed.  (Be cautious as they are still wild animals, cute furry wild animals, but still wild).
So, it’s early (very early…3 am early) Tuesday morning…must remember to get the boys to put the bin out before 6am 🙂 …and I can hear the cicadas doing their thing outside, but the air is very still, and I don’t have the air conditioner on (for the first time in about 5 days).  It seems that the ferocious storms have cooled down everything and we can have a few normal days.  Yay.  Going back to sleep now 🙂  Night Night…Oh and they aren’t called koala bears…just koala’s, not bears 🙂

Ruby xx

Some Very Active Summer Storms

Around 7000 lightning strikes in the storm that just went through.  I was looking out the lounge room window when I saw a lightning strike about 500m away.  Very impressive.  This strike was followed by two others in almost the same place.  Followed closely by massive thunder.

Just such a crazy storm.  Stradbroke Island has had a large fire burning for a few days now, I hope that this will help them.

Luckily I have heeded the warnings recently, I moved the car under cover, tidied up the yard, moved loose items, and protected the animals.  Do you have a storm plan?

Stay safe.


Easy: How To Make Butter Tutorial

I was very lucky after Christmas and the local supermarket had marked down lots of units of cream.  So I bought about 5 large (600ml) containers.  I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do with all that cream, but it was Christmas/New Year and we were having guests and some nice dinners.  But still 5 containers of cream??  And I really hate cream.  Seriously, even when I have to decorate the odd Pavlova (the Pav itself is not odd) I usually substitute the cream with vanilla yogurt, which is yum, you should try it…and if you have never had Pavlova, you should try it…yum!

Anyway back to the cream issue.  It is the 3 of January and I had one bottle of cream with the used by date of the 5th, and it’s 9 o’clock at night… so I said to myself “self! I think it is about time I made butter” so here is what I did…

  1. Pour cream into the mixer.
  2. Turn mixer on.
  3. After a few minutes, when it is a bit watery you can drain the buttermilk and save for pancakes.
  4. Add about a quarter teaspoon of salt (optional) mix for 20 seconds more.
  5. Drain more buttermilk.
  6. Put on fresh toast and add some jam.

I didn’t take any photos of the making of the butter but just imagine…

a picture of cream here…

now imagine…

a picture of lumpy yellow cream here, with watery stuff all around…

and here is some butter, that I made for $1.13 and it is really really nice.  Um I also added some toast crumbs for effect.

It is really simple, you don’t need anything fancy and you only really need one ingredient.

Have a great day or night.  Ruby Ruby Ruby xxx

Easy Do It Yourself Pet Bed

Easy Do It Yourself Pet Bed Tutorial Included. Ruby Canoe Design

***I originally posted this in June 2013.  However due to its popularity I have decided to repost this one.  I made one for one of my cats, she knows it’s hers and everytime I look at her curled up or sprawled across it it makes me smile.  So here it is…give it a shot, it’s very easy and lasts for quite a long time, I have added a little bit of stuffing in the last month but that’s it. Easy 🙂

The above picture is actually from a McCalls pattern.  I saw this picture on Pinterest and had a good look at it, sorted it out in my cluttered brain and then proceeded to make one pet bed complete with a top blanket…and I did it in about 15 mins for about $8.

I just know you wanna know how to do it…it is soooooo simple.  So I am going to show you how to make a cheap and easy, no sew, pet bed.

  1. Grab yourself 2 contrasting coloured fleece blankets, I got mine for about $4 each.
  2. Lay them on top of each other on the lounge room floor, making sure you haven’t attracted the attention of pets, because they WILL try it out by sitting right in the MIDDLE of your material.
  3. Cut an appropriate sized circle…mine was about a metre across (3 feet) I just sketched mine with a black marker.
  4. Now cut fringes all around the fleece circle.  Make sure they are about 4 cm (about 2 inches) wide and  I cut about 10cm (4 inch) in from the edge.  Be sure to keep both pieces of material together, they pretty much stick together anyway, so I didn’t even pin them.
  5. Now tie almost all of the fringes together, leave about ten untied.
  6. Find an old cheap pillow laying around and cut it open and stuff that stuff into the pet bed.
  7. Tie up the remaining fringes.
  8. I also added an extra bit of material on the top to act as a little blanket, cause it has been cold and I feel bad about them being cold.  So,  I cut a semi-circle from the left overs and gave it a fringe and tied that on too…I just have to lift up the little flap and Maat The Cat jumps on in.

Da daa, easy peasey!  Seriously it is so very easy to make.  This is something you could make with a very young child as well (supervision is essential, scissors: Ouchy mama).

I have also, previously, made a scarf with this tieing technique…so I suppose you could also make a reversible scarf with the two different colours tied together.

Anyway give it a shot and let us know how you did.  Please feel free to share this post or reblog if you would like, we don’t want our furry children to miss out! xx

PS Have you seen some of the lovely new additions to my Etsy shop, the listings might have changed quite a bit since last time you were there, so why not have a look 🙂 Click here.

And Happy New Year! xx

Australia is Melting…

   Well it just hit 45 degrees celcius…for those of you that don’t use celcius, that would be 113!!  Ouch.  The roads are literally melting too.  I had to take a trip to the shops earlier and there are some wacky clouds forming on the range (Great Dividing Range)  hopefully no more hail though.  And, of course, I just finished typing that sentence and heard the first thunder clap.  Here we go again!

Stay safe 🙂


Ironically the above sculpture is titled: Hot With A Chance Of A Late Storm!

Gotta Love A Butterfly <3

Recently I decided to try my hand at cake toppers, and when I say hand I mean machine.  I have already received quite a few enquiries about the wedding cake toppers.  It seems that people like to spend a lot more money on weddings than I did when I got married.  But even if you haven’t got much to spend I have priced these quite reasonably.  I have tried to create some unique wedding cake toppers and hope that this is just a start.   🙂

Anyway…So I have only been doing this work-from-home thing this year, and I must say it does take up a hell of a lot of time, but it really is worth it.  Although some days it does feel like you are talking to yourself or it feels like you are beating your head against a brick wall, but mostly it’s pretty good.  I say perseverance is my friend 🙂

Next year will, in fact, be my year.  Or our year 🙂 Let’s make the most of it eh?

Have a great weedend.  Ruby.  xx.

30 Ideas For Your Unachievable New Year’s Resolution

Well I can’t believe the year is almost over again.  It really sneaks up on you doesn’t?  So many things can happen in a year.  Births, deaths and marriages and all that goes in between.

And every year a few of us leave it until the first of the year to change something about ourselves we don’t like….or something we really really like but shouldn’t.  Why do we leave it until then?  Why can’t we change things on the first of a month or a Monday (not as if Monday’s have enough things against it), or even when you wake up.  It’s never too early or late I suppose.

Some things we might want to change or to do:

  1. Diet
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Be more organised
  4. Change jobs
  5. Get a better job
  6. Be more daring
  7. Make new friends
  8. Get rid of crappy friends
  9. Learn a language
  10. Improve your education
  11. Travel more
  12. Travel less
  13. Be more caring
  14. Sleep more
  15. Sleep less
  16. Declutter
  17. Drink less alcohol
  18. Be more frugal
  19. Stop wasting money
  20. Start a hobby
  21. Buy from small businesses more…like Ruby Canoe 🙂
  22. More time in the garden
  23. Less time on the computer
  24. Call family more
  25. Tell someone special how you feel about them
  26. Learn to the entire Thriller dance
  27. Donate blankets at winter (to homeless humans and RSPCA)
  28. Donate food
  29. Go one month without buying fast food (including drinks)
  30. Do something you have never done before

Chances are we won’t check off many things on our own resolution list, but maybe we can do just one.

Best of luck!

Ruby.  xx.

Define: “Food Drunk”

(copy and pasted from Wiki, because…well..the title says it all really, hope you had a lovely Christmas and got totally food drunk)

Historical meaning

The use of “drunk” to mean overcome by substances other than alcohol is long-established, e.g. drunk with opium (1585), or with tobacco (1698).[2]

In October 1905 Thomas Edison (then 58 years old) declared that “the country is food drunk…. the people eat too much and sleep too much, and don’t work enough”.[3]

The phrase was echoed by Dr J E Rullfson of Toledo after fasting for sixty days from January 5, 1907. He holds that the entire human race is food drunk, saying “the dinner eaten by Napoleon just before the battle of Leipsic proved so indigestible that the monarch’s brain was clouded and as a result the battle was lost and a pie which King Philip failed to digest caused the revolt of the Netherlands.”[5]

The state of being food drunken

When people overeat, their bodies have the tendency to chemically change including metabolic shifts. There are also electrolyte imbalances due to the process of digestion that occur once the massive amounts of food have entered the body. This can also cause a feeling of depression, emotional attachment to food, fatigue, and even boredom.[6]

Well Ya Don’t See That Everyday…

A koala, you don’t see koala’s everyday..but when you do they are so bloody cute!  I wouldn’t pick one up though, have you seen their claws?  I am very lucky to live where I live.  Yesterday I was saying goodbye to my little family, in the front yard, and just across our little street I saw something move…”A koala!!! A koala!!!” I yelled, and we all just stood there watching this koala bounce across the grass, like it had no problems in the world, grab hold of the tree…has a little look around, and continues on his little journey to his dinner.

I have lived in Oz all of my life and only see koala’s, on average, once a year.  They are amazingly beautiful.  This one just happens to be the only one in the general vicinity and is happily doing the rounds of the eucalyptus trees feasting all by himself.  Or herself of course.

I did happen to snap a few (far away) shots. 

Love Tree

A new listing on my etsy store.  Australia only, unless you’re desperate…money talks 🙂

I received my Silhouette Cameo this week and this is my first piece.  Hopefully many to come.  I have found this machine to be wonderful, so far.  The software is easy to use and the outcomes limitless.  It’s also great that I can find free svg files online, courtesy of some fabulous crafters.  Crafters are very sharing people.  Other than that there are heaps of designs available at the Silhouette Store for $1, which can work out a little pricey when you want heaps!

Ruby. xx


No Milk In These Milk Bottles

Remember the days of the glass milk bottles?  Clearly this week I have a thing for glass milk bottles…see yesterday’s post.

I remember the sound of the milko delivering the milk in the wee early hours of the morning,  the sound of the bottles clunking together, waking me up…

Just recently a local company has started selling milk in 750ml glass bottles, and it’s awesome. It costs a bit more but, as the cookie monster suggests, it’s not an everyday purchase.  The milk also comes straight from the farm, bottled on site, onto a truck, and into the store, you can’t ask for better than that.

^^^^^Measuring cups!!!!!!!!^^^^^OMG!!!!^^^^♥♥♥♥