Friday, July 8, 2011

When??

So how do you know when its all finished and its actually time to go? Is there a magic sign?

Is it....

When the cushions are plumped up and inviting you to stop, to plop down and have a cuppa and crochet a few rows?

(Please note the coolest organic WA vintage map cushion a la My Bearded Pigeon that we will be stitching our route on as we go. Thanks Cath!! LOVE!! XX)

When the craft supplies are sorted and packed?

(Divine The Textured Leaf pin cushion. Thanks Wendy! xx)

When you would be happy if you never saw a muddy puddle or wet chooken again for the rest of your life.

When the business looks like it will run beautifully and is ready to be handed over?

When there is only a small pile of fire wood left?

When the favourite crockery is stacked neatly waiting?

(Most georgeous doily tea towel by FlowerPress. Thanks Susie. x)

When you have farwelled nearly everyone you know? And some more than once.

When you have nothing left to wear because you have packed all your bestie clothes already?

When the coffee machine is in the caravan and it is too cold to hang out in there to make one?

When the bikes are on the back?

When this year's tax is done? Seriously! Eight days into the new financial year!

When Kate dolly is looking oh so lonely and desperate for company. (Dolly from A Little Vintage. Thanks Jennie! x)

**Jennie is having a 25% off sale in her etsy shop here, pop the code JULYSALE4U in the checkout to claim your discount.

When four bed sheets, four doona covers and 13 caravan sized curtains have been sewn.

When the most hoarded, favourite ever piece of fabric in the stash has been cut up and used as a door curtain.

When Nina Bernina has gone off to sewing machine club med for some well deserved pampering.

When the pile of books on the bedside table is diminishing and the pile on the caravan bookshelf is growing?

When you are so over answering the question when are you going??

When the to-do list is looking scarily finishable?

When keys have been cut and the house minders are packed up and ready to come early next week?

Ahhhhhhhh.....

63 comments:

  1. Just do it! Just go. Right now. Go. Oh wait, you may want to take your family, so best wait for them.. maybe..

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  2. Oh my goodness, how exciting - you look so very ready to go! Mind you I would have counted the Rancilio being packed as ready (forget the curtains, books, sheets, clothes ... I have a coffee machine, I'm off) so I'm not sure I'm the right person to get an opinion from :)

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  3. So.

    When are you going? ;)

    I was totes going to send you something for your trip but, well... I didn't make it.

    Perhaps it will become a welcome home present. (...perhaps not...)

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  4. so exciting! Have the BEST time Kate x

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  5. Cushions looks ace!! And I can see the book you won on my blog on the shelf too! yay! xxx

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  6. Get those groceries on board and fly the coop girl!
    Have a wonderful time and see everything. xx

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  7. When you look at him and he looks at you and you both make a dash for the door. Seriously set the date. TOMORROW sounds good and can you please stop past the City library on the way? to say goodbye? No wait, we have to say hello first!
    x

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  8. Sounds like you are ready.....have a fab trip. xx

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  9. It all looks so great...wishing you all the best and looking forward to hearing about some of your travel adventures!

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  10. that caravan is so going to leave you behind if you don't get in it!!

    x

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  11. No wonder you are crawling up the wall! Not long to go now. Wishing you all the best for waiting out these last few days. Hope you can keep your mind and hands busy!

    :)

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  12. Oh. WOW! So ready - so homey. Happy travels lovely family! xx

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  14. If you don't hurry up Kate, I will fly over and move in LOL

    Sorry the previous post was mine but I had my alternate self logged in LOL

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  15. Excitement plus Kate! I bet your lovely Kate dolly will be happy when she is seeing all the views from the window too. Your caravan looks so snuggly and comfy too. Have a great trip and remember to blog a little bit while your gone so we can see what your up to, otherwise we will see you when you return!

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  16. Silly Kate, you go when Simon says! .... Now we just need to find a bloke called Simon :0)

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  17. EXCITEMENT CITY!!
    but on my part sad city too, because well selfishly I'll miss you heaps xoxo

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  18. Hubby & I did a 5 month trip around Australia last year. It took us almost 12 months to prepare. In the end we had to set a date. Ready or not!
    And we did...it all panned out well, & now I envy you when I dream of the beautifully sunny & warm weather we had in the middle of June. Have fun...this will be something you will look back on for the rest of your lives.
    (We lived in a roof-top tent with annexe and a 4WD...your van looks much more inviting!)

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  19. coool!! it's looking more than ready, specially with the coffee machine packed! well done with the tax.
    xx

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  20. Glad to see you haven't down scaled as far as a coffee machine goes - most important! And since it is already in the caravan I'd be away.

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  21. Oh, & we've got your coffee machine! LOL...but that didn't go with us, we had one of those split pot things that you put on the stove top.

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  22. That door curtain is even prettier than the window curtains. I would say that if the coffee machine is packed, it must be time to go. Have fun :)

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  23. And should have said -if the caravan is hooked up to the car and the girls are in aswell as your farmer boy, maybe it is time!

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  24. Coffee machine = excellent!!
    (and so is the idea to stitch your way on the gorgeous cushion!!)

    Thanks so much for mentioning my sale - huge hugs to you! XXXJ

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  25. It all looks fantastic Kate!! Well done. And I love that you're taking your coffee machine - a woman after my own heart ;-)
    Btw, hope you don't mind, I linked to you in my latest blog post x

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  26. wow, so exciting!
    have a fabulous time!
    Looks like everything is ready,set..xxx

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  27. So exciting Kate! Looks like it's all ready to go...and you can breathe a huge sigh of relief. So glad that you can fit all your little crafting needs and books (great excuse to visit all the local oppies). Enjoy yourselves!
    ps- hope you can spare a little time on your travels for a little blogging?

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  28. you'll know.
    If I didn't have to look at another wet chooken or mud puddle or egg - I'd be hoppin' in!

    xx
    Bon Voyage!

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  29. Well you haven't said goodbye to me so I guess you can't go yet...:) Remind me to tell you something funny when I see you ...caravan related xo

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  30. Have a fabulous time Kate. Love the door curtain. xx

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  31. ...but...but you are taking us with you...aren't you?

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  32. OH! I think I would almost pee my pants if my trip was that close!

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  33. Oh wozies Kate, so close, it's looking fantastic, a lot of hard work but well worth the result - taking off!! You're sounding amazingly calm & zen about your departure, yay, ready for lift off!! Love Posie

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  34. Can I suggest if you're going to WA to stop in Hyden (wave rock is there, the kids will love trying to run up it and sliding down) and there is the BEST bobbin lace display for a crafty mum AND a huge (seriously huge!) toy soldier display right next door for your farmer boy to reminisce over. You won't be disappointed - great attractions for such a small town in the wheatbelt of WA!

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  35. So excited for you all, you are reminding me of our favorite book Are we there yet, what an adventure. I love the WA pillow and stitching your way is so awesome!

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  36. Congrats on a van makeover well done. Such a relief to see that the crochet will be continuing, very much hoping this means that the always inspirational blogging will also continue too. melx

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  37. Hi Kate..you've really got it all together there..the 'van looks fantastic..and hey, you'll just have to get going now the espresso machine is hooked up! Happy journeying!

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  38. oh you so nailed that post so much better than my equivalent. It also sounds like you nailed the process a wee bit better as well! We only managed to get the two previous years tax done. hmm. busy few years!
    have a great trip. we head onto teh west after 3 or so months in the north.
    see ;you round!
    x

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  39. Wow, you looks like you're all set! Enjoy! I can't wait for updates!

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  40. You are stitching your route on a pillow!?!...genius.
    xo Jana

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  41. I can not believe that you are taking the coffee machine as well!

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  42. Big breath........it's time to gooooo, how very exciting, have lots and lots of fun, and please keep us updated so we can enjoy your travels too.
    x Sandi

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  43. Safe travel to you and your family, Kate. I love the fact that you have your coffee machine in the caravan!

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  44. OMH KATE.....you can almost smell it!!!

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  45. oh goodness. the caravan looks perfect. off you go :-) i hope its the best adventure yet for the foxs lane family x o x o x o

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  46. I get so jealous when i see others taking off on caravan adventures when i am sitting in the wet that is Tassie and have to wait till march again for another big trip. I know you will have a fab time (well most of it, its not normal not to have a head twitch moment while on the road). I love how you have made it your own. I was so pleased that we had the vintage with us in our caravan while we were traveling, made it seem more homely...boo hiss to the big white monsters with no personality xoxoxo

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  47. Oh, Kate! You are all systems go now. Just brilliant. Have an absolutely fabulous time. I can't wait to follow your little adventure! J x

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  48. Sounds like you are well and truly ready to me! I adore the fact that the coffee machine and grinder fit SO perfectly.

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  49. OMG kate and co. god speed to you all. miss kate dolly is divine and looks quite wistful as she gracefully peers out of the window. will check in on you soon. sooo very excited

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  50. When we were kids my folks took my brother and I on lots of caravanning holidays, and I can remember well how stressful the lead up always was for them, with all of the packing and organising. But I also remember well that brilliant, exciting moment, early in the morning, when we were finally all packed and ready, waving good bye to the house and heading off down the road! Enjoy!

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  51. You and I are both so close to exciting new journeys! Thinking of you sweet Kate as you embark on your glorious adventure x

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  52. Kate I am loving a book now and I can't help but think of you and your family. It's called Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver...all about food and life, growing veges, buying food locally, heirloom veges, knowing where your food comes from.. I SO recommend it for you, and Meg and everyone.....Wel, remember to look after yourself while you are making sure everyone else in the family is having fun...you have the most beautiful caravan I have ever seen... Seen you next year!
    Ali, Kiyo Enna Sage and Mimosa

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  53. Once the coffee machine is there then it's time to go! ;)

    Happy and safe travels!

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  54. ah! You have a Rancillo Sylvia; we call ours "Sylvia". The kids think we are so weird that we call her by name. But really, she is my best friend! :o) Have a wonderful time on the road!

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  55. I love the doll of the little lady.

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