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.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Find Of The Year

Get a look at this.
I have been jumping about with joy since yesterday.

This beautiful chair I found in hard rubbish.
Yeah! HARD RUBBISH! Who'd have thunk it.

I was driving along when my heart skipped a beat, because there on the curb side was this chair. But wait, there's more.

There was not one chair, but TWO.
Two beautiful leather chairs and I had to have them.

I heaved and pulled and somehow with superwoman strength managed to get one into the back of my car, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get the second one in.
So I took the seat from it, turned it over so it didn't look too attractive and sped off to take the first one home, about a 20 min drive one way. Once I had unloaded it (a bit easier coming out) I then raced back for the other, hoping and praying all the time that it was still there, which it was. YAY!!!
Then another back breaking lift into the back.

When Andy got home, I did the big unveil and he couldn't believe his eyes.

We both had been hankering after a crusty old leather chair for our library room, but couldn't justify spending all that money just yet and now hey presto, two lovely chairs all for free (chiropractic bill not included).

I'm so happy it comes with cracked leather arms, it gives it so much character, just how I like it.

Today I also saw two beautiful green Chesterfield replica's with a swivel base, but unfortunately had to leave them as they were too big for my car and sooo heavy. I hope someone else got them as they would have just ended up in a rubbish truck. Shame.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I finally have completed some knitting projects that have been on the boil for a while.

This large scarflette is my own design and was knitted using reclaimed wool.

Many years ago I made a large crocheted granny rug not using small squares, but just going around and around. When I'd finished I never really liked it so it didn't get used, I just put it away in a cupboard. I finally decided to unravel it and reuse the wool for other project. This scarf is just the beginning as I have lots more wool to use.

My first ever cotton face washer.

This wrap is still in need of a lot more knitting. A while ago, Andy sat on it and broke one of the needles and I kind of lost interest in it and needed some smaller quicker projects to finish.

So perhaps now I will pick it up and have a go at finishing it.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Throughout this year both my girls have been going to dance class and yesterday was their first ever dance concert.

They have been practicing hard to learn two dances each. Sarah is learning ballet and Ava's learning jazz ballet. What I like about the dance studio they go to is that it is relaxed, they don't need to have proper outfits or shoes, just have fun and enjoy the movement.

We had a lovely time and the girls hard work paid off with it being a lovely show. We are so proud of them both and here's a few pic's.

Ava on far right

Ava at front

Sarah far right

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Vintage Hard Rubbish


Now did I have a fun few days trawling the back streets of Melbourne in my search for treasures to give new life to.

Some need a bit of work, others great as they are, but all are as I have found them, so when each one is looking it's best, I'll do a before and after.

Some I will keep, others will be for sale.

Here we go.

How could anyone put this cute little fella out in the rubbish.

This lovely old fan had its plug cut from the cord.
I might just have to have it repaired, as it's just fab.

Not old, but funky in their shabby rusticness and standing at over 30cm tall
these candle holders will look great at Christmas.

My car was full when I came across this and there was no way in the world
I was going to leave it, so onto the roof racks it went.

A new paint job and this will come up a treat.

A little worse for wear but after a visit to the Temple of Bunnings for a new timber top,
it will be good as new.

I can't pass an old wooden box.

A sweet timber box, just needs a bit of lovin.

Came with goodies to sort through.

A bit of a sand and a splash of paint is all that they need.

Old metal baskets, always useful.

An old sewing machine cover, now what on earth am I going to do with that.

A beautiful heavy metal bucket.

This old tool box will be great after a spruce up.
Useful as a plant holder or great for carry sauces and things for the bbq.

Not a bad loot and I found more at garage sales that I will show another day.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


A big boy had a birthday and when asked what kind of cake he would like, he said an old fashioned sponge cake, filled with jam and cream with a dusting of icing on top.

This recipe was from my late Aunty Ethel, she always made the best sponges.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Out and About

I've been playing around with the size of my photo's and have made them very big. What do you think are they too big or do you find them easier to view.

Note: I have reverted back to the old size as it was difficult for some of my readers to view, so thank you to the lovely Barb who tracked me down and advised me.

So here they are again in standard size, with a few extras.

A stroll around Abbotsford convent