Sunday, February 27, 2011

A New Project

I have had in my possession for years bags full of tapestry wool, which I didn't know what to do with. I must have acquired them at a bargain price and then stuffed them into a suitcase and shoved them into the back of a cupboard, for a special project to do one day.

So today I bought myself a rug canvas and I am going to stitch a rug, using some of the brighter colours in my collection. I think I saw something like this in Cath Kidstons book "Sew", (which I don't have, but is on my covet list).

Wish me luck as this could take a while.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Finds Finds & Finds

Two garage sales and lots of finds later. Heavenly!

I found a sweet spot for this crusty old stool.

At first glance I thought this was Cath Kidston, however I was told this was purchased at an estate sale and is original from about the 1930's. It is hand made and so beautiful. I'll be putting my sewing bit's and pieces in it instead of shoes. It just needs a light press.

Mohair rug

I snapped this glass & timber art deco lamp up even before it was put down on display. I'm pretty chuffed at only $10.00, and it works.

A large rose tin to match my small tin.

Aahhh!!! What's happened to my little munchkins.

Fab finds by my little bargain hunters.

Ava scored this treasure chest with contents for $3.00.

Ava's finds from in chest, plus nose masks.

Sarah's finds all for $3.00.

Lastly vintage toys and fabric.

So lots of fun and finds for all

Have a lovely weekend and for more vintage finds pop over to Sophie's.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I'm Knitting And Reading

I think I'm making good headway with this project. I find the colour changes enjoyable and look forward seeing the next colour appear, it's rather addictive.

I can remember seeing this movie years ago, I think it was in black & white. I thought I'd refresh my memory of the story with one of those penguin classics, what a great buy for less than $10.00.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's Been Happening

First of all we had our little house up for auction on the weekend which was past in, however we finally sold it on the Monday. YAY!!

Andy had bought it about 13 years ago, we met and I moved in, then we raised our wee ones there till Sarah was five. We then spent two years in Perth, returned back to Melbourne and moved into a rental as we had outgrown our little house. It is sad to say goodbye, however we are excited about buying something a bit bigger in the same suburb.

The requirements are that the yard must be big enough for the girls trampoline (still in storage) and space for a four legged friend which the girls can't wait to adopt. Hopefully it won't be long for the right place comes along.

We were also babysitting the girls little cousin, this was her first sleepover and she was a dream guest, no tears, fights or grizzles AND I didn't get one pooey nappy. He..he..he!!

We walked down to the Collingwood Childrens Farm and the girls loved petting and feeding all the animals.

I discovered that the farm is yet again under attack from developers and I have been running around the last few days helping to make people aware of what is at stake. There are certain paddocks that the farm could lose the use of, which means that several of the horses that they keep will have to go, this will be a terrible loss as they are cared for by older children from the area and in return they get to ride them.

We are lucky to have this unique heritage site 4 klms from the CBD, it would be devastating to lose it.

If you would like to help, you can sign the petition here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday's Treasures

Hello All,

I've been a busy girl running around doing this and that, which I will talk about more in another post.

Today is all about one of my favourite fibers "Linen" for this week's Tuesday's Treasures from Made It.


Thursday, February 17, 2011


This morning my knitting needles arrived in the post, all the way from the USA. The size I needed was not easy to find here and I was lucky enough to track down a knitter who had a pair for sale at a reasonable price.

When I opened the package I was delighted the colour of them.

Here are my first stitches for Ava's dress. The wool is so fine it is actually for socks and the needles are small, so this is going to take me a while to knit, hopefully before April which is Ava's birthday. So that means all other projects have to be put on hold.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday Treasures On Wednesday

Oh Dear! I have been tardy again and have left Tuesday's Treasures from Made It for Wednesday.

There is only a few more weeks left of Summer and I am already looking forward to my favourite season Autumn.

I am featuring today some lovely Autumnal items.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Rustic Shabby Vintage Finds

Hard rubbish finds, found left on the curb.

This old box made from crates was filled with broken bits and pieces. I thought the lid was useless, so removed it, cleaned it up a bit and now it is a small shelf unit.

This old table has seen a bit of wear, however still life in the old thing yet. Will now be a little outdoor table, kept under cover to rest my cuppa and magazine on.

These bits and pieces were found in the old box or next to it. Square tin was for biscuits, round tin I could just read the label, which says Dunhill London Cigarettes 50, mini oil can and this wooden thing with a screw end, that I have know idea what it is.

Glass bottles also found in box that weren't broken. They do need a clean, however for the life of me I can't get the little one open to empty the unknown substance inside.

Don't forget to visit Sophie's blog for more vintage finds.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


For Christmas my eldest Sarah who is almost eight, received this lovely Knitting Nancy from a special friend who lives in Paris.

It didn't take long for her to get the hang of winding the thread and lifting it over to make this lovely long cord. Not sure what she wants to make with it yet, I thought perhaps sewing it up into snail looking bag.

Any suggestions?

I've progressed a bit further with this shawl, it now measures 50cm, only 150cm to go. Aahhh!!

We took a day trip on Sunday to The Dandenong mountains for a bbq and a bush walk. Later we stopped at a small town for some afternoon refreshments and I found a cute little wool shop. Warning! Warning! I don't need anymore wool!

I couldn't help myself, I saw this sweet little girls dress knitted up on display and I just had to have it. I asked Ava to choose the colour she'd like, and I couldn't wait to start.

Once I got home I realised I didn't have the right sized needles size 3.5mm and they are not easy to buy in Australia. So now I am waiting for my needles to arrive from the USA before I can start on this for her birthday in April.

The girls were feeling better this morning after a couple of days of high temperatures, so they have gone to school. Thank you for your well wishes. On our way out I noticed an animal asleep high up on our neighbour's window ledge.

It wasn't a cat, but mummy and baby possum. We still have fruit high up in the trees and we have had bats eating them and now possums. They are lovely but they do wake me up, with there chatter and munching away.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Yesterday all my plans for the day became unraveled, as I had to collect from school not one sick child but two sick children. The poor little things had a fever, I tucked them into bed at lunch time and they slept for the rest of the day, ate a little for dinner, then back to bed.

Today the fever has gone but now lots of sneezing and coughing. Not a good start to the school year but hopefully back to school tomorrow.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vintage Fashion

Hello me lovelies!

Phew! We had a lotta rain last night, which was such a relief after an icky sticky day.

Here are some sweet vintage finds I scavenged last w'end.

This sweet 1950's dress needs a new zipper in the under dress. Price $5.00. I need to lose about 2 cm around the waist, or there is enough in the seam allowance to let it out. I think I'll be taking the easier option and letting it out. Ha..ha..ha.

This 1940's silk blouse I did iron for the photo, however I had the iron on slow low as I was afraid to burn it, it didn't really work.

It needs a gentle hand wash, a little bit of repair, then I'll iron again with a cloth over it, hopefully that will work.

I just love it and it cost me a whole $1.00.

The blue in this velvet jacket is deeper in colour than in photo and just needs to be dry cleaned. Price $5.00.

My little dancer's in there new outfits, about to go for their first real dance lesson.

Another scarf day, I was feeling a bit earthy hippie yesterday. To play along or see other scarf wearers, visit Sophie.