The “Casey Cardinia Kids” magazine contacted me today and have asked me to donate some copies of our coffee table book, “At Play” for a competition. Their photographers came to my home and took our photo for the magazine.
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 cap full vanilla essence
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat. Add all other ingredients. Spoon into patty pans ¾ full. Bake in a 230 degree oven for 10 mins.
The magazine, Retro Vintage Review issue 5 hit the shelves today. I am so excited to see two of my articles featured in the issue. One was on the ‘Rocka Billy hairdressers at Sandown’s Greazefest and the other was an article about my Pops caravan that my husband, John and I rescued and cleaned up. The caravan was hand crafted by my grandfather in 1958.
I wrote these articles and sent them in to the magazine. The rockabilly one is just as I sent it, However I was pretty disappointed with the edit of the caravan one as the gramma in places was poor, (not the way I wrote it.) Other changes made took my words out of context. Not very happy with that but at the end of the day out of my hands.
At the Melbourne Writers Festival today I had the pleasure of attending an event called “Caravan Conversations.” The idea is that you can book a seat in this fabulous, vintage, Airstream caravan. They only take five seats at a time and we get to speak with a famous journalist of author. We can ask questions and chat with them and their work for half an hour. I booked two slots and got to meet with Tim Lester and Latika Bourke. They both had books out and were very interesting and engaging. I bought Latika’s book and had this photo taken with her.
I took a road trip to Castlemaine today to participate in a workshop with none other than Hazel Edwards of, There’s a Hippopotamus on my Roof fame. It was a wonderful day, very informative, and fun with a great bunch of like-minded people.
Sorry Hazel you look good in one photo and I look okay in one so I had to show both.
Today we had a fabulous book launch for our long-awaited book, “At play.” We are very grateful to the Italian club in Ferntree Gully for letting us use their beautiful venue for the event, and also for the two hundred plus people who came to support us.
The book was very well received by everyone and we sold 243 books. The children featured in the book seemed to enjoy seeing themselves in it.
Check out these very cute, tasty and healthy snacks. I love these I found them on a Woman’s day Magazine post on Facebook.
My book, “At play,” is finally finished and ready to be picked up from the wharfs today. It is a coffee table book based around children at play. It’s a glossy hard cover gift book and is full of beautiful photos by my daughter, Laura Dascoli, from MooseStar Photography, and a collection of poems and anecdotes written by myself.
We are very proud of our first book. Australian Publishing Company did a great job of it.
If anyone would like to buy one you can call me on 0409828770.
I had an Idea for a series of books for late primary school to early high school children.
The small booklets would highlight peoples journey to their chosen occupations with intention to inspire students to strive toward occupations that they perhaps had not thought of previously. I made a test book using my daughter, Donna, and her occupation, an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, as my first victim/subject.
I took this first draft to a very well-known educational publisher, Hawker and Brownlow and to my delight they have said a big yes and have given me a contract for a series of ten books.
This is very exciting for us. It will be a joint effort with my eldest daughter Laura, doing all the photos for the series and my youngest daughter Donna, doing all of the editing and preparation to submit work.
I also want to engage the local primary school, Mossgiel Park primary, getting the input of the senior students to ensure that their questions are answered in the books. I have the permission of the school so I can’t wait to get started.
Hi there, everyone. Welcome to my first ever blog. I am wife of John, mother to Laura, Donna and Aron (in heaven).
I have been hairdressing for 41 years and back in 2010, I was offered a job with Yooralla as an additional assistant in the state kindergarten system. I was so blessed to be offered this job, as working with children has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager.
Yooralla appoints me to a kindergarten for a predetermined amount of time per week, based on the needs and requirements of a child with additional needs. The role is not a personal assistant for that child but an extra pair of hands in the group for all the children in the class. I am passionate about this job and the value of this special year for all children, before they embark on their school life.
The other thing that I spend my time doing is writing. I have been writing for, and about children for a very long time; however, it was about three years ago that my girls urged me to do more and take it more seriously. I’ve done a lot of workshops and a TAFE course and been writing my fingers off. I have also had to learn to use a computer, which is no easy task for an old girl.
About two and a half years ago I came to my eldest daughter, Laura with an idea that had been chewing at my brain for about six years. I had been collecting funny stories from children for some time and had written a few poems that sound like a child could have written them. I had this idea to combine these with photos to create a celebration of children at play in a coffee table or gift book. We started immediately and our book “At Play,” was born.
It was completed and launched in July and has been received very well. We are now going about the task of getting it in to a few bookshops in the area.
I have lots more things to tell you a bit later on, so bye for now.