Thursday, July 24, 2014

Her TBT Post: Australian Town Names

Angela at The Teacher's Desk 6 is hosting a Throwback Thursday linky party. The rules are simple - choose a previous blog post and re-post it.

If you follow His and Her Hobbies on Facebook (and if you don't - click here so you can), you have seen some throwback posts already this week. We were in Australia this time last year and I have been sharing the blog posts from that trip on their one year anniversary. (That sounds wrong. Can blog posts have anniversaries?)

Anyway, one year ago today I shared my love of Australian town names. They are the best!! 


I absolutely love driving around Australia, going in and out of all the small towns that dot the countryside. This is mostly because the names of these towns are so much fun. Enjoy this list of town names from all around New South Wales, Australia.

Which town name is your favorite?

Happy Travels,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Her: Fancy Hotel (Wyndham Crossings, Richmond, VA)

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Last week I spent three days in Richmond working with the Department of Education on some Civics curriculum/testing stuff. It was a great experience and I am really grateful that DOE organizes events for teachers to come and give their opinions about what is being taught to the students. These are pictures of the hotel where we all stayed while we were working - the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, VA.

Click here to go to the hotel's website.

"The Jefferson" - check-in and meeting rooms

"The Madison" - meeting rooms, ballrooms, and the restaurant

A circular courtyard is in the middle, with benches and classical music playing.

"The Monroe" - guest rooms

A putting green and "thinking spot" overlooking the golf course.

They have tunnels that connect the buildings so that, should there be inclement weather, guests do not have to walk outside.

The view from my room.

It was one of the better hotels I have stayed in. I loved the size of the room and all the amenities offered. It was the perfect place to stay while we worked.

Of the hotels you have stayed in, which is your favorite?

Happy Wednesday,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

His: Redecorating the Living Room

A few weeks ago we went to Clemson to see Amanda's sister, her husband, and our niece. I was asked to bring my sewing machine and supplies so I could help them with some redecorating in their new home, including recovering 9 couch pillows, recovering a ottoman, and a few other items. We headed out to get supplies and after visiting two fabric stores we had enough fabric to do everything. It took several hours of measuring, cutting fabric and sewing to complete all of the projects, but the end result was more than worth it.

 Putting new covers on the couch pillows was the easiest of the tasks and they only took about 10 minutes each after the fabric was cut to size. We chose 4 different fabrics so there was a nice variety of colours.

Amanda's sister also asked if I could sew a cover for the ottoman. I had never tried this but I was willing to try. This project took a few hours since I originally made it too big and had to modify it so it was smaller and was a nice snug fit. 

 This wooden toy chest is also a seat. It did not have a seat cushion so I was able to make this with some of the extra fabric that I had. I didn't have enough of the solid colour so I added the stripes to each end to make it long enough.

I also made a small pillow for my niece's chair. It's the perfect size for a toddler.

The new pillows and cushions look really nice in their brand new house and I was happy to do this for them. Have you ever sewn your own pillows or cushions for your home or for someone you love?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Snapshots: The Lighthouses of the Outer Banks

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

Back in 2002 we took a day trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Along with miles and miles of beaches we saw several lighthouses. Each one had its own paint scheme which is different to the lighthouses in Australia. Below are some pictures of some of the lighthouses that we saw that day.

The lighthouse at Hatteras.

The Lighthouse at Corolla.

The Lighthouse at Currituck.

What paint schemes do the lighthouses near you have? 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Snapshots: The Big Rubber Duck

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

A few months ago we went to go see the giant rubber duck that was on exhibition nearby. The duck looked just like one that you may have had as a child to play with in the bath tub but just a lot lot bigger. It was on display for 10 days and it was a very popular attraction, especially since it was free. Below are some of the photos from our visit.

 The duck was massive!

Amanda and I in front of the duck

We tried some of the trick photography that we had seen others post on Facebook. Here is Amanda trying to hold up the duck's bill.

Amanda and her mum trying to hold up the duck.

Amanda gives the duck two thumbs up!

The Big Yellow Duck travels around the world so maybe it will come to a city near you soon. Have you ever seen the Big Yellow Duck or something similar?

Friday, July 11, 2014

His and Her Five for Friday with Fuel Your Faith

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It's been a while since we linked up for our Friday recaps. We are glad to be back!

This week's posts:
We took a little hiatus at the beginning of the week, driving back from South Carolina, and decontaminating after a brush with poison ivy up the poison ivy (see #4), but we finished this week strong.
Wednesday - Her Wordless Wednesday
Thursday - Her 13-14 and 14-15 Back to School Goals

Today, we are linking up with Jessica at Joy in the Journey and Lauren Elizabeth for the combo Five For Friday and Fuel Your Faith linkup parties. 


2 (Amanda) We spent the 4th of July weekend with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece in South Carolina. We hadn't seen them in a couple of months so it was nice to spend time together and see their new home. I had a blast hanging out with them and playing with my niece. I'm hoping to go back with my parents in August for some more family time. 

I used the app/website Roadtrippers to try to find some fun places to help break up the long drive. I found a dessert and coffee cafe in Durham. I ordered a triple chocolate mousse cake, chocolate gelato, and a latte. Everything was insanely delicious and I cannot wait to stop by this place again on the way down to South Carolina!

Photo: Loving the new pit stop we found...chocolate gelato and tri-chocolate mousse cake with a latte to wash it down. Yum!!!
Click here to see Francesca's Dessert Cafe's website.

3 (Sean) I put in an application to be a vendor at a local craft show a few weeks ago. I received a reply and sadly my application was not accepted. They had a lot of applicants and a limited number of spots so some of us had to be cut. I was a little disappointed but I am already looking into another craft show later in the year to display my crafts. (I also have some of the items for sale now in my Etsy Store)

Isn't this pacifer clip cute??

4 (Amanda) A friend and I have started walking twice a week and I love it! It's adds variety to my workouts which I am grateful for. Last week, we walked in a park near my house and I must have brushed against poison ivy because my legs had a pretty icky rash. It's my first brush with the "evil ivy" (my new name for it) and I must admit I hated it. However, my clothes and linens have never been cleaner. I washed everything I could have possibly touched or contaminated with color safe bleach, on the heavy duty cycle with a presoak and extra rinse. The cycles took two hours each! I am glad that the rash is going away - finally! Here's hoping I never have to deal with the evil ivy ever again!

5 My brother in law and I went to play a round of disc golf around Clemson University at night. It is pretty popular with the students. It was a little bit different to regular disc golf as your targets were items such as stop signs, trees, doors and light posts. The course was a lot of fun and one of the holes even had you throw into an elevator and then continue once you got up to the next floor. The only bad part was when I had a bad throw and one of my discs landed on the roof of one of the classroom buildings. It was a totally different experience to a regular game of disc golf, but one I would happily do again.

How was your week? We hope it was a great one.

Happy Friday,
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