Monday, December 19, 2011

Vintage Finds

We went to a small fundraiser yesterday and found some goodies.
One was this tall blue glass vase. It's not vintage but it sure is pretty.

This sweet child's chair in perfect condition and the girls loved these trolls.

Some little birdies for an outdoor windowsill. Ooh! I'd better clean up that dust.

A favourite place to relax with a cuppa and a book or
on warm evenings with a glass of wine and some nibbles watching the world go by.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


A patchwork of colours.

One of my new look dresses.
I am working on fun funky designs for girls to romp and play in.
Fabrics are a mix of vintage, recycled and new.

Rear view

Friday, December 16, 2011


The last few days I've been trying to spruce up the house a bit
before the scallywags finish school next week.

My solution to a shortage of dusting cloths was to cut up an
old baby sheet I found deep in a box in the shed.

Recycled and washable to use again.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Yummy and buttery

Mix mix mix with a wooden spoon

We all had a turn in stirring the mixture
but I had to take over and use my bulging biceps

My old high school hand written recipe book

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


What was once a baby pram blanket now has another longer life as a cushion.
I should be able to make 3 more cushions from the blanket.

A piece of a vintage sheet for the backing.
Total cost $3.50 for the insert.

Now to finish the others, each with a different backing.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


One of my childhood favourite's.
We have been reading this most nights before bed and are almost at the end.
Not sure what will be next, perhaps an Enid Blyton.

Sarah's been reading this.

Since Ava started to read a few months ago, she has been unstoppable and devouring lots of the old ladybird books and has now moved on to this collection.

My man's book.
It's nice to see him getting back into a novel again instead of just the newspaper.

Now for me.
As a lover of vintage items this book intrigued me.
Have you ever wondered about the history of your vintage pieces?

A box of items from an old lady who died alone.
The real story behind the objects is lost, but the objects are the story.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Vintage Finds

This morning I awoke early and said to my man I'm not going to any garage sales today.

A few hours later at around 8.30am I announced I'll just do a few, to which he just laughed. I just couldn't help myself and I'm so glad I went, as look at my treasures.

These three items were all in one box covered with grime $10.00 for the box.
After a little spruce up, don't they look lovely and they are all green.
I especially love the meat grinder as I haven't seen one like it before.
It's a Harper 1500 made in England, it is in good working order,
has two attachments and came with the original instructions.

I will make a display of these in my kitchen once I get a shelf.
Hopefully I won't be left waiting too long.

I think these old scissors I found for $10.00
will look interesting displayed on a wall where I sew.

Friday, December 9, 2011


In just a few months we have gone from a barren veggie garden.

To this colourful lush veggie garden

The fairies certainly wove their magic.

She's all smiles now after the tooth fairy came during the night,
however it wasn't like that before bed.

Last night at a local Christmas carols where her big sister was singing in the school choir, Miss Ava was off skipping and dancing with her friends having a lovely time. Later when she came up to me I noticed that the last thread that her tooth was hanging from had finally broken but poor little Ava had no idea when or where it went.

Her happy face changed in an instant to one of distress, her tooth was gone and how would the tooth fairy know.

On the way home I thought maybe I could pretend that I had found it and substitute one of Sarah's teeth but decided to write a letter to the fairy instead telling her where it was lost. Amazingly the fairy wrote back in teeny tiny writing that she did find it and a gold coin was left in the glass. Thank goodness we had smiles and all is well again in the world. Phew!

Happy this morning in their new dresses mummy had made.

Garden magic

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Garage Sale

Today we had a garage sale, which we shared with another family.

Here's why I'm a little tired now.

There was all the sorting out of boxes and hanging up of clothes in the lead up days.

Woke at 5.30am.

I made muffins this morning for the kids to sell to hungry customers, but I was a little distracted and they failed terribly. I had put them into the tins then happened to lick a bit from the bowl and realised I'd forgotten the sugar. I tipped it back into the bowl added the sugar (not a good start). Then thinking they were cooked through I pulled them out of the oven only to watch them sink like pancakes. Most annoying.

We started at 9am, and from then on it was fairly constant till pack up at 1pm, then the clean up, with most things being donated to op shop.

Best things about garage sales.

Meeting neighbours - most lived close by but we've never met before.
Friends dropping in for a scrounge.
Our kids got to have their own stall and keep the proceeds. Great learning experience.
Having a bottle of bubbly at 11.00am. Very wicked! he..he..he..
Great clean out. Now room for more of my finds. Ssshh! Don't tell my man.
Lots of laughter.
Pocket money.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Granny Rug Remake

The girls have certainly grown out of this small pram blanket, but I've always loved it's cheery colours and have kept it till I could come up with a solution.

I was going to make more squares to make it bigger, but I've decided I will unpick some of it and making it into cushions with granny's on one side and fabric on the other.

While I was trying to take some photo's of it Miss Pixie hopped up and took a bit of a fancy to it.
Can you guess what she might find under the Christmas tree this year?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Gone Bush

I've been a tad busy these last few days and have only just managed to do a spot of blogging.

Here's some photo's of our Sunday adventure out in the bush doing some rogaining.

Rogaining is a type of orienteering where you have to use a map and compass to find your way around a course to each checkpoint. The real serious rogainers will run it and they have six hours to finish thirty eight checkpoints, then there's the more relaxed type like us who only select a few checkpoints and walk it. We chose to do five checkpoints, which took us about three and a half hours (little legs and lots of stops which included plenty of sweeties to give us that much needed sugar hit).

All in all, it was a lovely sunny day to be out in the bush and we came home very tired but happy.

Starting out on a bush track

Going bush bashing.
Sarah led us to the next checkpoint using a compass by taking bearings.

Bush lunch and staring to feel a little tired.

What can I say?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Family Crafternoon

This afternoon we all sat around the table and got a production line going to make our Christmas cards for this year.

Andy - folding and cutting of card.
Sarah - pasting of paper cut from an old non English book.
Ava - stamping.
Me - cutting of paper and supervisor.

Simple and fun

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Out and About

I've been battling with a cold for over 4 weeks now and it's starting to get me down a bit. So today to cheer myself up I visited this place which is not that far from me.

Ceres is a community environment park and today was one of the weeks organic market days. After I had made my purchases I wandered around the community garden getting ideas on my way to the cafe for a reviving cup of tea.

It did the trick and cheered me up. Must have been all that healthy organic stuff.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Library Room

In a previous post I showed my new leather chairs I found from hard rubbish and talked about how they are perfect for our library room.

They are currently in the garage awaiting for me to give them a good clean and polish.

This is what the library currently looks like. I do love my current chairs with their shabby floral print and they are very comfy, but we will swap them over soon and then I'll show you what the other ones look like in this room. We might use the leather for winter and the linen for summer.

My work space.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


We are discovering the delights of our first ever veggie patch.
The pleasure of grabbing a basket and picking the lettuce leaves to add to a meal.

From garden to plate to mouth in less than 5 minutes.