Thursday, October 28, 2010

Craft & Vintage Finds

Yesterday I had a little girl stay at home with me, who is now suffering from a cold after the wet day out on Saturday.

To cheer her up we had a special lunch together in our local cafe. Later I showed her how to do her first embroidery stitches using this kids stitch kit which I picked up a few weeks ago at a garage sale for $1.00. She took to it really quickly and enjoyed the peace and quite of stitching out in the lovely sunshine.

First ever stitches

Here are some of the finds I discovered last weekend.

How gorgeous was he YUM!!!

How daggy were they. Ha..ha..ha..

Another vintage frock

I nearly fell over in my haste to snatch up these two nanna cushions

October is almost over and the blogfest ends. Phew!! I think I managed to blog everyday, however this will be my last post for this month, as I am spending some time away with my family over this weekend.

Poor hubby has been coming home late from work most nights this week, and the girls haven't seen him for days but he has Friday and Monday off and Tuesday is a public holiday for the Melbourne Cup. So we are taking advantage of this and will be enjoying a much needed camping trip to the country. I will also be scouring all the op shops on the way, OF COURSE.

Yee Ha!!

Have a lovely weekend all, see you in November.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Black Sauce Recipe - Worcestershire

The spicy aroma from brewing this sauce is now permeating the house.

I usually only have to make this once a year, which is good as it takes a bit of time to make but this recipe will make 2 litres and last's for a long time.

This is great for bbq's, but I like it on my weekend eggs. It is a lot spicier kick, with more flavour than the shop bought sauce.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Today for Tuesday Treasures from Made It, I am featuring some special silver items that could be a treat for yourself or a gift for someone special.

I also was the 1st prize winner from Made It for the month of October, for blogging about the wonderful handmade items that can be found at Made It. Thank you Bec for this lovely prize.

A $30.00 credit with Made It.
A newsletter advert worth $38.50
and this cool book above.


Monday, October 25, 2010

An Award

Thank you Loo from Jumbles and Pompoms for passing this award on to me.
Now as a winner of this award, I have to tell you seven things about myself.

1. I will admit that every now and again, I enjoy reading a good old bodice ripper, romance. I know, it's rather sad, but they do make for an easy read especially as an in between book. Well, that's my excuse anyway.

2. This is what happened when my man asked me to marry him.

We were in a mountain village in the Himalaya's in Nepal after climbing down from reaching the Annapurna base camp. I was exhausted, it was snowing and my man and our guide (who knew he was going to propose) decided to celebrate with a few drinks. I thought they were becoming rather annoying and decided to go to bed. With a bit of a push from our guide, he followed me up to our room and being a bit tiddly, decided proposed to me. I thought he'd had too much to drink and must have been feeling a bit light in the head, and told him to go to bed and sleep on it, then ask me in the morning when he was sober. He then desperately tried to tell me that he had been planning to ask me, and didn't mean to have too much to drink, it was just that he was so happy.
He managed to convince me that it wasn't just a drunken blurt.

We were married in six weeks after returning home and it will be nine years married this Wednesday.

3. I like to lick the dregs of the cake mixture from the bowl, if I can get it away from the girls.

4. I'd like to learn how to salsa, swing and dance the tango, I am just really useless at coordinating my feet into any type of dance, I just tend to bounce around.

5. I love traveling and I would like to sail to Antarctica, but I get terribly seasick.

6. My first vintage purchase was when I was about 7 years old. I found all these old magazines from the 40's, 50's and 60's in an op shop (before it was cool to shop at them) and I wanted them. They were only a few cents each and my mum said I could have them if I carried them home. I don't think she expected me too, but I did AND I still have them.

Now it is my pleasure to pass this award on to five other deserving lovely bloggers.

1. Alanah of High Maintenance Hippy
2. Paula of Sweet William
3. Jellywares
4. Wendy of the Textured leaf
5. Angela of Bounty Huntress

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Giveaway Winner & Fete Stuff

Well, who would have believed it, we got the wettest day of the week for the fete, but that didn't deter the faithful.

The entertainment was brilliant, on the small stage children performed throughout the day with all types of acts, there was dancing, jokes, magic, singing and more. Then on the main stage we had some past students performing with their rock bands, parents singing quartets and choirs, and a couple of the guys from the band formally known as Tism with their band, and boy did they get the cold crowd warmed up, it was great to see all the kids jumping around, no doubt high on sugar.

The beer and wine was not flowing as fast as in past years, as everyone was looking for a hot cuppa and some cake to keep warm. The food again was great, everything is made and served by the parents. There was the good old bbq sausage, souvlaki , dahl, vegie burgers, dumplings and more.

A much needed rest

I had a few purchases which I'll post about soon, but I also had a special visit from a fellow blogger, the most loveliest Tamarah of Shabby Vintage Junk. It was great to catch up, however it wasn't easy to relax and have a good old chinwag when there was so much going on and it's wet and cold. It was wonderful to see her again, however I think we need to meet next time in a quite abode, without distractions. Tamarah also gave myself and both my girls beautiful gifts she had made ( I'll do some pictures soon).

We were happy just to have you with us, the girls loved you, but thank you so much they are very special.

Me and Tamarah, trying to keep warm

There were so many activities for the kids to keep them occupied, like the spooky forest, the pirate pit, box maze, tikes on trikes and many more. If it all got too much and the kids just needed a rest, the staff room (which has a projector) was made into a movie room with continual films to watch. In the afternoon we went to see if anyone was there and were surprised to see the room covered in little bodies, crashed out on couches and pillows, all watching intently to the movie that was playing, it was also nice and warm.

Tamarah and the girls exiting the spooky forest
Tamarah looks more frightened than the girls ...ha..ha..ha

Sarah searching for treasure


Notice Sarah's grumpy face, she wanted to draw the winner, but she did it last time.

Now for the exciting bit, drum roll please......... so the winner of my blogger number 10...... which is Catherine from pencils and pins. Congratulations Catherine! I'll leave a comment on your blog also, but if you can email me your address details to

Thank you to all you lovely blog pals for entering, I wish you all could win, maybe another time.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happily Exhausted

I am going to keep this brief and post more about the big fete day tomorrow as I am currently trying to herd two very tired girls off to bed who are coming down from a sugar high and a day filled with lots of fun.

We will then be able to put up our feet and sigh with relief.

Don't they look exhausted.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Baking Day

It's the day before the school fete and I've got some cakes to bake. I've got two chocolate cakes in the oven, then it will be shortbread. One of my friends is putting me to shame, she has done 17 cakes, yes that's right folks, SEVENTEEN!!! Wow what an effort, that deserves a round of applause. However she does have one of those swanky large ovens, where she can bake four at once. I want one.

So one more sleep to go, thanks goodness as the girls have been giving my ears a bashing in their excitement. I am looking forward to all the fun and I get to catch up with the lovely Tamarah from Shabby Vintage Junk. Now that will be a hoot.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Magical Day

Yesterday I spent the day out and about with a good friend of mine, and we had such a fun day.

It all stared with me helping her move a table from one side of the city to the other. We hoisted it up onto my car's roof racks, then started to secure it. We must have looked like damsels in distress as a lovely older gent offered to help, which we gladly accepted, with thanks. Isn't it wonderful to still see chivalry.

We reached our destination without any hiccups, then it was time to maneuver it into her studio, which is up two flights of very old rickety stairs. There was a bit of grunting, but we finally got to the top to discover it wasn't going to fit through the doorway on the angle we had it, so with much groaning, and trying balancing this table we managed to lift it up and tip it over the way and it just squeezed through. Thank goodness. We looked at each other and just laughed at what might have been. I could see myself with a saw cutting away at the legs, to make it fit.

After that effort, we had a hard earned thirst, matched with a ferocious hunger, so around the corner we went to a favourite organic cafe, where we quenched our thirst with elderflower cordial mixed with orange juice, then tucked into a hearty moussaka. With the day being so lovely we wandered along the street, browsing into a few shops while licking away at an ice cream.

It was so nice not to do any house work, and just chat, laugh and have fun with a gal pal.

A few weeks ago I went to the studio to see my friends art and the other artworks that were on display, and I admired this piece of work, it made me laugh as it reminded me of my girls and how they love each other, but at times can be little monsters. I was very touched when my friend gave me this piece of art work to me as a thank you for my help. The artist is Wendy June, you can find more of her work here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Giveaway Box to Celebrate

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, it's a magical day.

I logged on this morning and I found that this is my 200th post AND I have 50 lovely followers. Wow!!

To celebrate I feel like a little giveaway. So I'm thinking something special. Why not some of the things that I love. So this will be a box filled with some of my favourite things. I want it to be a surprise, but you should know that I like things recycled, natural, handmade, organic, vintage.

So my lovelies if your up for a surprise box of goodies, leave a comment about your magical day. I will announce the winner in 4 sleeps, so that will be Sunday. Good luck and have a most delightful day. Oh and I will post anywhere.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

It's that time of the week again for Tuesday Treasures from Made It and this week I thought I would do a search for bags.

Perhaps these lovely bags could be for you, or they would make a great Christmas gift.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Vintage Finds

These are some of the goodies I found at yesterday's fete. For more vintage finds visit here.

I just love bright colour of this sewing basket and it's shape is very unusual, it's 30 cm tall.

This rustic old pot will become a pot plant, best of all it already has the holes punched in the bottom.

Not vintage, but oh so pretty.

More books. These Enid Blyton classics have beautiful pictures. Me thinks I'll be reading these stories again at bedtime very soon.

Little china pieces to go into the girls display boxes.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Kitchen Garden Fete With Stephanie Alexander

First of all I must apologise for the poor quality photo's as they were taken on my phone, as guess who forgot to take her camera.

Today we went to a school fete at Collingwood College. It is a lovely fete where there is minimal hired children's entertainment and a lot of creative activities, using organic materials. It is also the school where the famous Australian cook Stephanie Alexander started up her idea of creating a kitchen garden for the students.

Each week the students spend time in both the kitchen and garden, learning how to grow the plants, then how to cook nutritious meals. She felt that through children's viewing on television they were being exposed to 30,000 persuasive ads by manufacturer's promoting processed, high fat, high salt and high sugar content each year. The children are from all walks of life, most living in high rise apartments who have no access to a garden, or who's family are unsure of how to make affordable healthy meals.

I was so delighted when I discovered that Stephanie was there today and was doing book signings. Oh no! I wanted to meet her but I already have her books, which of course were at home, then I found that she had a poster about garden planting, Aha! So up I went starry eyed, she signed my poster then I asked if I could have my picture with her. Yes I know I was like a groupy with a celeb chef, but I don't care, so there.

How the kids had fun

We lost the girls in the cardboard box maze for about half an hour, they had so much fun scurrying around on their knees through the boxes, popping their heads up now and again through some holes in the top, not bad for a $2.00 donation for both.

Then they went fishing in a bucket of stripped paper water using magnets as hooks, to pull out the cutest little hand stitched felt fish, again at a bargain $1.00 each.

Fishing for Viking treasure, wrapped in brown bags with string.

The girls decorated decomposable pots before they planted a lettuce seedling in it to take home, again only $1.00 each.

I also enjoyed a good rummage through the trash and treasure, book and clothes stalls, which I will post about my finds tomorrow.

Next weekend is the fete at my girls school, so we get to enjoy another day of fun, treasures, cakes, plants, music (some famous performers have shown up to perform in previous years), food and games. Andy will be working on the woodworking stall, where the kids get to hammer away to make wooden toys and I am doing some baking for the cake stall.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Indian Wisdom

I am being really slack with today's post, however I think it is worth sharing.

This is from a little book I found in an op shop called "Springs of Indian Wisdom".