{WW} Dally Show 2014

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on August 27, 2014 · 11 comments

in Explore, Family, Share, Teapots and Tractors

We had a great day at the Dally Show in 2014. It was a gorgeous day and with lots of free activities for the kids along with the usual fun it was a lovely day out.

Dally show

Family Fun

Dally Show 2

and my little dare devil who thought this was the best thing ever. (All while Mum held her breath time after time!)


Actually DOING the Crafting

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on August 26, 2014 · 18 comments

in Teapots and Tractors

My craft room looks like a bomb hit it again. And no it’s not my mess. It’s the kids. They have been crafting which I love. They also pulled out the Duplo which they NEVER play with anymore and set up a city…that I am expected to climb over. I give it this week and then it is going back away.

But on my desk I have some ideas and even some things I have started. A gorgeous card using a paper bunting. I have some wooden beads I intend to make a necklace out of. I have some material I am going to make a little girls dress out of – just need a zip. You will be proud Sarah (from Hunting for Ladybugs).

I have made a decision to spend less time on Pinterest and more time actually doing the crafts I put on my Crafts to Try Board. Do you have one? I do! A whole pile of things that I say I intend to try. Lets just say I have only made a few. I’m more than capable but I lack the motivation some days.

But like prioritising exercise I am going to prioritise the other thing that makes me happy. Making things. Did you know that 30 minutes a day is only 2% of your whole day. I know when you think of it like that it’s hard to use time as an excuse. That has been my mantra for fitting in exercise.

So I plan to make a few things over the next couple of weeks straight from inspiration from my Pinterest boards. Thought I would share just in case you want to make some too.

Crafts for me to make 2

1. Chelsea from twotwentyone.com is full of great ideas including this Covered Corkboard

2. Wire ‘hello’ from viewalongtheway.com – I have plenty of fencing wire to try this out

3. Painted calico tote/shopping bag – what a great gift this would make. Tutorial by V and Co.

4. Framed patterns for my wall – I think these are so cute and would be great on the wall in the craft room.

5. The Geometric Wreath Tutorial can be found at vintagerevivals.com – Doesn’t it look awesome (It’s only straws, wire and spray paint!!!)

So tell me what are working on at the moment in your craft room, chair, kitchen?

Are you on Pinterest? I’d love to find more ideas. You can follow me here.


{Hair} Ballerina Bun

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on August 25, 2014 · 7 comments

in Family, Learning at Home, Make, Share, Teapots and Tractors

You may have heard a dancer lives in our house. She has for the last couple of years. We also have this little girl who loves looking at Pinterest for new hairstyles to have Mum try out and see if she can do. Obviously I am no where close to being a hairdresser. But I am willing to give things a go. Especially now that she will sit still and be patient. She only has one requirement most days – make her look like a princess. I know – not too much pressure.

Ballerina Bun

{Image Credit – Makeup.com}

So when she spotted the Ballerina Bun I thought there was no way I would be able to do it. Plus she decided that 20 minutes before we left for school was a great time to try it out.


I think it worked out quite well in the end. I need to use less to start the braid and put the pigtail up a little higher. I’m sharing because I think with a little practise everyone that can braid could make this one look beautiful on their little princess.

Do you have a hair diva?

Where do you find your inspiration?



by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on August 22, 2014 · 52 comments

in Family, Share, Teapots and Tractors

{Review & Giveaway}

We all have musicians we have grown up with. That we were teenagers when we first heard them, still listened to when you had babies or had children. Listened to when you had break ups or they had break ups. Sang songs that seemed to match times in your life as they happened.

Kasey Chambers is one of those artists that I grew up with. She was one of the first country Female artists I listened to or bought the CD. ‘I’m Not Pretty Enough’ is still one of the songs I hum to myself when I’m hanging out the washing. I was a young single Mum who had seen a few tough but good years.

Recently I was asked to review her new album. It made me feel nostalgic and quite rightly made me remember how much my eldest daughter and I listened and enjoyed Kasey’s music together. She is 20 this year!


The new album by Kasey Chambers is called Bittersweet. She has managed to pull together a bunch of talented artists to help create what is her 7th solo album. You can see the film clip to her first release from the album Wheelbarrow here on her Youtube channel. It is a real bluesy song and Kasey’s voice joined with  that of Ashleigh Dallas has you drawn into the song and its brassy lyrics.

I have to say that my favourite song from the album is the Albums title track – Bittersweet. Takes me right back to Barricades and Brickwalls. While the Alternative Country song is different it is the strong, ballsy sound I love. It may help that Bernard Fanning’s talents also feature here. My other favourites include Stalker, Is God Real?, and Oh Grace. Just love her unique voice which makes her a clever storyteller that grabs at your core.

Kasey has sold more than 1.2 million albums across Australia alone. Super talented and with many awards under her belt I recommend that you head out and pick up your copy of Bittersweet when it is released on August 29 2014. Or you can just hop straight over to Warner Music and pre-order it.


Kasey Chambers giveaway

Kasey’s team at Warner music have given Teapots and Tractors 10 SIGNED copies of the Bittersweet Album to giveaway to you guys. To enter just make sure you follow Teapots and Tractors on Facebook and leave us a blog post comment telling us

“When did Kasey become a part of your life?”

To see more of Kasey Chambers you can visit her website or follow her on Facebook. She is performing at the upcoming Gympie Muster on August 28th and also playing 3 smaller intimate shows on the East coast For all her upcoming tour dates head to her website.

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway

The ten most creative answers will win ONE copy of the album Bittersweet by Kasey Chambers each.
This is a game of skill; most interesting/creative answer will be chosen by my team at Teapots and Tractors. 
The winners will be contacted via email only and so you must ensure you provide your name and a valid email address. The winners have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or the prize will be redrawn. Entries who do not provide an email address will not be valid entries. Open to Australian residents only, judges decision is final.Competition opens Friday 22nd August 2014 4am AWST and closes Friday 29th August 2014 at 12pm AWST.

Please see my Disclosure Statement for any further information regarding reviews and giveaways held on the blog.


Why I Write

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on August 19, 2014 · 18 comments

in Share, Teapots and Tractors

Thank you to Lisa from Mummy Manifesto for tagging me and asking me about why I write. I’ve written before a little about how I started because I was a lacking some connections in a new small country town for me. New baby, new town and it helped me immensely. Today I am sharing Why I Write now.

Why I write

I Write

for connection

to let it out

to inspire

to show others they aren’t alone

to share

to learn

to teach

to get support

to offer support

to show understanding

as well as to understand

in relief

in anger (I don’t share these often)

for my children

for my friends

for my family that are away

to show growth

to build friendships

to find answers

to show how proud I am

in laughter

to make someone smile

to illustrate

so people see me

for my readers

and finally

I write for me

I’m not tagging anyone else, but please feel free to write your own piece about Why you Write and make sure you let me know so I can come have a read. They really do fascinate me.

Now Why Do You Write?

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