Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Home At Last

Late last night when we should have been sleeping, we were instead coming to terms with the fact that we had just purchased this house with only about half an hour of inspection.

It was just what we were after.

A property that didn't sell at auction.
Had loads of potential.
Plenty of space for the girls to play, a vegetable garden, and maybe chooks.
Most importantly heaps of storage space in the garage for the occasional (ahem!) vintage item.

There is a lot of work ahead of us as it is in it's original condition, circa 1930's art deco style. The previous owner raised a family there and lived there for sixty years until she needed to go into a nursing home. So it has been an emotional roller coaster ride for her and her grown children. We were told that the elderly lady was happy to know that young children would once again be playing in the back yard.

So we will move in late May and begin phase one, with lots of scrubbing, peeling wallpaper, knocking down ugly built wardrobes and shelves, painting, ripping up carpet, and of course nurturing a vegie garden.

We are up for the challenge and I can't wait to get stuck in. We will try and do what we can ourselves to make it a bit more comfortable. We have grand plans for the future, but for now we must watch the $$$$. We will live with lots of lovely cracks in the lath and plaster walls and with the cornices coming away from the walls, as the floor needs doing first.

We hope to be able to remove the old gas heater and perhaps have an open fire or a combustion stove and I believe there is another chimney in the dining room that was plastered over years ago, so perhaps we'll just have to have a look at that as well. I wonder what we will discover?

Look at all that lovely space to play with.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vintage Treasures

Would you believe that I picked up all these goodies at the one garage sale. If only I had more cash and less restraint I would have snaffled up more.

Now the fun begins with rearranging them around on my dressing table till it's just right.

The bag has a worn silk lining and is from Austria.
The metal tin is also lined.
The glass bottles were $2.00 each.
The lady on the tag is from a set of six and was free.
The rose necklace is just sweet.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Vintage Finds

Oh what a fun week I've had.

Don't you just love "What's In The Box".
The box is metal.

The answer is at the end of this post, see if you can guess, no cheating now.

Anodised glasses with stand but with one missing, no problem I have several already. He..he..he
All this for a total of $6.50.

I do love naf covered hangers.

Two pink single sheets and the purple ones have been sewn together at the short ends to make one very long sheet. Why? The mind boggles. I'll be unpicking those babies.

A green leather jacket with a couple of buttons missing. WHO CARES!! I only paid $8.50. I'll use the buttons from the sleeves so that they match, then decide whether I want buttons on sleeves or not.

Porcelain doll with something a bit different.

Look!! A flip top head, she's quite small so I'm guessing "pills".
Any other idea's.

A porcelain puddy cat, which I nearly left behind until I turned it over, saw the stamp, then saw the price $4.00. It's mine! Snatch! Not even a chip. Ha..ha..ha.


Christopher Vine boxes in perfect condition, one with draw and lid, the other hold stationary with bra's in the corner.
At $2.00 I thought they would look sweet on my desk.

Heaps of yummy stripy vintage fabric or a country tablecloth.


Did you guess right?

Vintage green divider cards with paper (which was still wrapped in plastic)
and scrummy yellow with red lined cards.
I don't really want to use this for recipes, perhaps craft ideas with drawings?
I usually do that in a notebook though.
Any ideas??

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Doodle Art

Love the use of grey lead with a splash of red for her lips.

All drawn by my five year old Ava.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Meet our newest family member Miss Pixie Ann.

We adopted one year old Pixie 10 days ago from a shelter, where she was rescued from starvation two months prior. I spotted her sweet face on line from hundreds of homeless cats, then we drove 45 minutes to spend an hour at the shelter getting to know her and to make sure she wanted us to be her family, then brought her home. The girls are very excited that she is with us, as this is their first four legged friend.

She is such a loving little cat, and we are thrilled to be able to give her a home full of fun, love and lots of yummy food. She has settled in well and loves nothing better than to cuddle up to us and to play with the girls.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Slumber Party

We are still recovering from Sarah's Friday night slumber 8th birthday party.

This was her first ever sleep over at our place and it all went well except for not much sleep. Yawn!

We chose Friday night as I thought maybe, just maybe, they might be tired after a week of school as well as her friends could be there in the morning for her birthday on the Saturday.

We ate and played games in the park, then on dusk went home for cake, then snuggled in the lounge for a movie, before bed.

I also invited one of Ava's friends, so that she wouldn't be left out. I must say the girls all played well together and were a dream to look after. Yes, we had lots of giggles, screaming and chatter and finally around 11.30pm all was silent, only to be awoken at 6am for it all to start again.

We let out a sigh of relief when pick up came at 10am. I had heard later that most of the girls had naps later in the morning, however my poor tired Ava had to go to another party later that day. Sleep glorious sleep, couldn't come soon enough, even on Sunday we still felt tired, however that didn't stop me hunting for goodies at some local garage sales and markets, more on that another time.

We were thankful it was successful and it's over for now till Ava's birthday in a few weeks. AAHHH!!!

Good old fashioned three legged race.

Treasure hunt success.

Scary faces.

Snuggling up on the floor.

Pressie unwrapping time.

Pajama balloon jumping fun.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Moomba Magic

Monday was a public holiday in Melbourne and it was the Moomba Festival Parade. Moomba is Australia's oldest parade and has been celebrated since the 1950's and I had never been before. It was a lot of fun with so much going on, floats that were brilliant and made us laugh. The girls got lots of attention with high fives from the passing parade. Fun, fun, fun.

Steampunk madness, love it.

Vintage caravaning.

How's this for recycling, water bottles made into drums. The sound was brilliant.

Love her ski outfit.

The best jazz bike around.

Hello Ian "Molly" Meldrum, not sure if he was an Egyptian King or Queen.

This tree came right up to us and freaked us out.

Loved these cool jumping kangaroos

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Treasures

It's a lovely Autumn day here today and I've got so much to tell you about what's been happening here over the last couple of days, but I will save that for another post, as today is Tuesday and it Treasure day from Made It.

Here is a collection of some cute little felines.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Vintage Girl

My little one is almost out of some of her pretty vintage dresses, however at the Brunswick Music Street Festival last weekend, I found a vintage fashion stall with this little dress for $12.00 and it was just right for my growing girl.

Ava and Scruffy.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Heirloom Garden

I'm exhausted, as today I assisted in a school excursion into the city with the grade 1-2 classes. We walked to the station, caught the train, then looked at all the unusual vegies available on display, then had a play at the park in the rain down by the river.

I had six children in my care, which was lots of fun, however by the end of the day they were so tired, I had several children hanging off me, dragging their tired feet back to school.

Phew! I'll sleep well tonight.

I would so love this car. Imagine pootling around to the local markets in this little beauty.

Ava and friend inspecting goodies.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vintage Finds

Where does my time go? I seem to be so busy these days, that I haven't even had time to post and wander amongst my favourite blogs. Now that can't be good, I have missed seeing what's been going on.

I did however manage to get to a local garage sale where I picked up some vintage goodies.

I originally left this case behind as I do have Ah! Hm! several. However once I got home it kept calling to me, so I went back and it was still there, it was MINE.

This is no ordinary case.

Look! It's for picnics. Now all I have to do it search for sweet vintage goodies to go in it.

These Tupperware cups will not be for the case, but I liked the 70's colours, they also come with lids. The teacups are Kingsley-ware from the 50's.

Lastly single and double chenille bedspreads.

For more vintage goodies, pop over to Sophies.