Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

It's that time of the week again for Tuesday Treasures and I've gone a bit magical, as my search today from Made It was for mushrooms.

Just look at the wonderful goodies that I found.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vintage Finds

Another local school fete, with goodies to rummage through yesterday. I found some fab clothes, books and CD's, however these are my new vintage treasures.

This sweet little sewing box for $1.00, will become a gift for my 7 year old. I will put in it all the essentials that a little girl will need to start sewing with. Things like a tape measure, small scissors, pin cushion, needle case, and thimble.

This vintage leather bag I found at a garage sale just out of the school, the girl selling it told me it belonged to her grandmother who used to do a lot of travelling. We weren't sure how old, maybe 1970's, any ideas?

For more vintage goodness, pop over to Sophie's blog.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Doilies Love

I made this two days ago and put it in my Made It shop and I'm proud to say that it sold this morning and is now on it's way to it's new owner. I do think they look pretty (if I may say so myself) and it's such a nice way to display these pretty things that just got shoved in a cupboard. I think I'll make some more.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Doilies Christmas Cheer Bunting

Yesterday I decided to make a Christmas message bunting with the doilies I purchased from a garage sale last weekend.

I'm rather chuffed at how they look and I think I'll make some more for my Made It shop.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Now is the time to get those cards out for Christmas. So for today's treasures from Made It, my search was for cards, and I've found so many lovely things for posting and presents.


Monday, November 22, 2010

The Knitted Igloo

I've got myself cold, complements of the girls and I wasn't feeling up to doing much yesterday, except to tinker at my new work space and add some rows to my knitted tea cozy.

Later in the afternoon, we took the girls for a lazy bike ride along the river, past the falls to the farm, while we walked. As we approached the falls I could hear the sound of cool latin style music drifting on the breeze and to our delight a band had set up shop, playing away to passes by. What a pleasant way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, listening to some nice music on a lovely spring day in a beautiful setting.

Near them was a construction that looked like a tent or yurt, but was in fact a knitted igloo, made from all sorts of cut up knitted items, then all sewn together. There was a sign out the front that all were welcome, however upon entering no real words were allowed to be spoken.
So we thought we'd give it a go. Do you realise how difficult it is to converse in a made up language. Ava managed the best reverting into baby talk, I just coped with my Bill & Ben Flowerpot Men impersonations, but mostly there was lots of laughter.

So all in all I felt better, but returned home very tired. I hope this cold goes away soon.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vintage Finds

Today I scored by finding this table at a garage sale. I had been looking for something like this for ages to use as my sewing table. Now I can finally have a space of my own, in a corner of our bedroom, with no more packing and unpacking of the dining table. Yipee!!!

I love my new space, as there is more natural light and I have a great view onto the street.

I found these vintage patterns yesterday at an op shop.

These doilies to be recrafted and the Enid Blyton books also found at the same garage sale.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I found these fabrics all bundled together this morning for $3.00, without taking too close a look I just bought them anyway, as I liked the colours. When I got them home and had a closer look, they had been sewn together on three sides to make small cushions.

I think I will unpick them and make them into a dress or skirt. Any other thoughts?

I was at my local cafe the other day, to have my usual pot of chai, but this time I said to the boys that make it, that there is just one thing wrong with this pot, it needed a tea cozy. I could see them relaxed and said "they just needed to find someone who can knit or crochet", to which I then raised my hand.

I thought about something bright and colourful, but decided to start with this earthy looking cozy to see if the boys approve.

So was I right to say something, their pots are metal, and you can get a scolding from it and they do look more homey, as well as keeping the contents warmer.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Some of my earliest memories are of sitting in my dad's shed watching him craft something together from wood or metal. This was a place where there was always something interesting to watch, a secret place, I even had a toy box in a corner.

His bench was always covered with jars of nails, bolts, bits n pieces plus wood and metal shavings. I remember one day when he was out, I decided to put everything in order, as only a little girl could. I swept up the mess, then tidied and rearranged everything on the bench. To make the transformation complete, I found an old jar, picked some of mum's flowers and put it in the middle of his blokey bench. I can't remember what his reaction was, but I hope it made him smile.

On my wanderings around my neighborhood I came across these old sheds, that unfortunately will not be around for much longer. As younger people move into the area, they are pulled down to make way for a more sterile manicured look. I can understand if they are no longer safe, but all I see are constructions being built with no style, charm or character, which makes me sad, even my dad's old timber shed was replaced with an ugly metal one.

This shed will be gone in the new year, I just love it's shabbyness.

My dad's been gone three years now, but his bench and all his bit's n pieces are still there, just how he left them. A few weeks ago I cleaned his bench and tidied up for him, arranging everything neatly.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Summer will soon be here and for today's Tuesday's Treasures from Made It, I am featuring items with "sun" from my search.

They are so bright, cheerful and lovely, I hope you like them.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Vintage Find

On the phone to my sister the other day she told me of her great find, an old donut maker still in it's box with the price of $0.99 cents. I couldn't believe it as I had one also, but mine was broken by one of the midgets playing with it, much to my annoyance.

I met up with my sister yesterday and the gorgeous girl ( I know you'll read this sister dear) gave it to me to replace my broken one. I am thrilled to have this little beauty and before I saw the box I didn't know that it could be used for pancakes.

Thank you my sister, I owe you.

For more vintage finds go to Sophie's blog Her Library Advetures.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Book And A New Knit

I'm just six pages into this book and hope that I will enjoy it. I've had a few duds lately, so I don't bother trying to finish a book anymore if I'm not enjoying it. I allow the book two chapters to draw me in, if not I fling it into the pile for the next garage sale.

This is a new knit for a friend, I just hope it will fit. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Yes, I've done it again, I completely forgot about Tuesday Treasures yesterday. Better late than never.

I have found some awesome items just perfect for the festive season. Just look at all these goodies, there is so much to be found on Made It for reasonably priced gifts. Enjoy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Beautiful People

I just have to say how I love all you blog friends. I have found such a wonderful community of like minded people.

The fun, laughs, advice, help and kindness that I have found from all of you is just amazing.

Today I received this gift of scrummy fudge from Allana of High Maintenance Hippy. In her note she told me that she had forgot to post this with her giveaway that I won a few weeks ago. How sweet is that! I wouldn't have known any different, but she obviously felt it was necessary and hey it is chocolate. Thank you Allana, it was so lovely of you. I've had some and it is hard to stop at just one.

Last month Robyn Lee asked me if I could supply her with an easy shortbread recipe. I have finally got of my butt, here it is below. It is so quick and easy, I hope you like it.

Shortbread Slice

250 g melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup icing sugar
1/3 cup cornflour
2 1/3 cups plain flour

Beat cooled butter, vanilla, sugars and cornflour in a small bowl till thick (about 5 min). Stir in sifted flour. Press mixture into greased 19cm x 29cm rect pan, ( I use my hands, then spatula). Mark into squares or rect, prick lightly with fork. Bake in mod oven 180 C for about 25 min. Cut where marked then cool in pan.

Sit down with a cuppa and enjoy.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Vintage Finds

It has been a weekend of rummaging through garage sales and fun at a school fete. Here are some treasures that I found.

What's in this dirty old metal box.

A timber paint pallet.

Some very old oil paints.

A hidden compartment.

A beautiful mess.

On close inspection on the pallet I discovered the name Winsor & Newton Ltd London.
I then did some research and discovered this to be a respected name of art suppliers dating back to the 1840's. On their website you can access some of their old catalogues and I think I may have found when this paint set was made, which was in 1896. Wow!!

A lovely old set of plates to add to my growing collection. I have other pieces of the same brand but in yellow and other pieces with wavy edges that are pink and blue. I just love the soft muted colours and the feel of old china. We use these everyday and when the table is set with all the mixed colour's it looks so pretty.