Friday, July 30, 2010

Sneek Peek At My Seat

Well I've managed to put it together to complete my seat. I just need to thread some elastic around the edges and then it's done. Next job I think will be to knit a long skinny stripy bit to go around the bar part ( I don't know the correct bikey talk).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Old Postcards

At a country market last weekend I enjoyed rummaging through a huge collection of old photo's and postcards . I came across these ones that I thought looked interesting. I particularly liked the ones that had been written on, I can read the date of 1906 on one. It is interesting to get a sneak peek into a small piece of the past, although I do struggle in trying to read the scrawled handwriting. I wonder who the lady is in the photo, she is very beautiful.

Blasted stamp collectors, I wish they had just left it on.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vintage Sheets

I've been collecting these pretty sheets for a few years now, with the intention of cutting them up for craft, however I just can't bring myself to do it. Since having the girls, I just love to brighten up there beds by mixing up the sheets with vintage pillow slips. The ones that have seen better days do get recycled, but for now I throw them on their beds and fold under the edges.

My latest find.

On the bed, a vintage flannelet

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Knitting Vintage

From this vintage 1970's knitting book of hats and gloves, I am attempting to make this beanie with a cable pattern. I have never done a cable before and hope that once I can complete this, I will then be able to tackle something larger, perhaps a cardi for the wee ones.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vintage Finds

Only found one garage sale today, but it was a big one. Had the munchkins with me and they are becoming very good little bargain hunters, rummaging through boxes for exciting finds. A chip of the old block.

I really like this tray of Sydney for $2.00, I think it would be from the 70's.

In a bag of stuff, I found this box of stockings for $3.00, which has never been opened and they have the seams down the back of the leg. I'm guessing from the 50's.

This candelabra is from Italy and will adorn our table when we feel like going a bit posh.
I think Sunday breaky could be fun.

Friday, July 23, 2010


What to do on a rainy day? I know lets find the biggest puddles to splash and play in.

This one was the biggest, we did get water in the boots.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Super Easy Comfort Cauliflower Soup

When it's cold outside and your feeling lazy, this soup is a winner. My girls said "ooh yuk cauliflower", but after tasting it, I heard those magic words that brings a smile to my face, "can I have some more please, that's yummy". This recipe came from Stephanie Alexander's Cooks Companion. I have made some adjustments.

Cauliflower Soup

1 cauliflower chopped into pieces, including stem.
1 litre chicken stock ( if your feeling lazy just use stock cubes)
Salt & pepper
1/2 cup cream - more for comfort, less or none if dieting
Grated parmesan

Cook cauliflower in stock till tender.
Let cool a bit before you puree altogether. (We don't want soup all over the kitchen, as I have had before - not very comforting).
Add cream put back in pot to warm up again.
Serve with lots of parmesan and crusty bread or hot buttered toast.

Dinner is served.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On Ya Bike

Last night in front of the box, (Stephen Fry in IQ, always funny) I made these little crochet circles, which I have to join together in a basic triangle shape, then I will try and crochet around that shape to form what I hope will become my new comfy bike seat, which should keep my bot bot warm. I think it needs some yellow and green wool to give it a bit of twang. Unfortunately this photo doesn't show the right colours, they are brighter and what looks like dark blue is actually purple.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Today's treasures from Madeit have been created using upcycle elements. I just love the fact that crafter's use recycled materials into their work to create new, interesting and original items.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Vintage Fashion Finds

Out and about yesterday, I found some great vintage clothes at a couple of garage sales. I very rarely buy anything new. Some I will upcycle, some I wear as is, some just need a little repair.The best thing is they haven't cost me a fortune, as most were purchased between $2 and $10.

This has a 1940's look to it and cost $2.00.

The perfect hostess, a $2.00 purchase.

This is not vintage, however I love the colours. It seems to be handmade from teatowels and was also $2.00.

Sweet little vest from Holland for $5.00, I'm wearing it today.

Another $2.00 purchase.

This is my favourite buy, a 1950's original for $10. It needs to be repaired, the skirt seams and hem are all undone, but it is so pretty.

Our Lazy Sunday Morn

Morning sun

Uplifting oil burning - Mandarin, Lemon, Bergamot, Lime, Lemongrass & Cedarwood


Kids breaky

Avocado, fetta, cherry tomatoes, drizzle olive oil, ground pepper

The perfect soy chai

Friday, July 16, 2010

Knitted Bikes

Found these photo's on the lovely jumbles and pompoms blog. I thought these were so fantastic I'm going to attempt to pretty up my bike. All I need is lots of colourful scraps of wool. I'd best go a hunting all the local op shops.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


We made these for an afternoon tea play date. They were very easy and lots of fun to make. The girls loved getting their hands into it. They were well washed beforehand.

Gingersnaps - makes about 16

100g (4 oz) SR Flour
40 g (1 3/4 oz) sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bi carb soda
50 g (2 oz) butter
2 tbl golden syrup

Oven 180 C/ 375 F

Put all ingredients in bowl except syrup
Rub in butter using fingertips
Add syrup
Use hands to mix together into a ball
Divide mixture into 16 pieces
Roll each into a ball then press down with a fork on baking sheet
Bake for about 10 min
Let cool, then gobble up