Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vintage Finds

It was a weekend of fete's and garage sales and we are exhausted, hence the late post of vintage finds.

I struck gold yesterday at a garage sale.

I just knew I had to get up early for this one which started at 8 am, which is a bit tough on a Sunday, especially since we had spent the whole day before at our school fete, but when you get the calling you just have to respond and let me tell you I was not disappointed.

I unearthed some real treasures, some I have photo's of below, the others I haven't got around to photographing yet.

These sewing draws were just screaming out to me to take them home, as I was trying to think where I would put them, the lady reduced their price by $10.00 to $30.00 and I needed no more prompting.

Just in need of a bit of spit and polish.

My happiest moment was when I saw this table.

I've been looking for a while now for a new sewing table as my other one is being used in the kitchen. I think it's English oak and it has drop leaf sides for space saving when not in use.

It could probably use a bit of tidying up, but I'm happy at the moment as it is. Not bad for $55.00.

Here it is with one leaf up.

I can't believe this plate was still there at the fete by the end of the day. I paid $3.00 for it, there are no chips or cracks and it's Beswick.

See Sophie's for more vintage finds.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Little Girl Big Adventure

This morning we said goodbye to our little 6 year old going away from home for the first time for a one night camp.

So much excitement for her big adventure. I am so happy for her and I hope she has lots of fun, but I'm also a little sad that my youngest is becoming a big girl.

She was so sweet this morning saying goodbye, giving us lots of squeezes and kissing us both goodbye without any prompting.

I know I'm going to miss her cheeky little face tonight.

Some of her friends.

Two large cakes I baked awaiting to be iced, for the kids and staff to eat around the camp fire.

I'll be having a baking bonanza this Friday as I attempt to make twelve cakes to sell at this weekends school fete. Wish me luck.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Vintage Finds Part 2

Two of my favourite sayings:

"Seek and you shall find" and

"Good things come to those who wait"

So you can imagine my excitement when yesterday I found some of the items that have been on my wish list for a long time and then hey presto, I've finally found them.

That is what happened yesterday at a local car boot sale with these next two photo's.

Just what was missing from my shabby old kitchen.
$2.00 for the sifter and I think the letter holder was $5.00.

I'm skipping and jumping with joy.

Isn't this the sweetest thing. Not vintage but oh so cute.

Can you believe I only paid $2.00 for this pretty dolls high chair.

I love my old baskets for shopping to the corner shop.
Also great to fill with kids things for entertainment when at a cafe.

This one $0.50. WOW!

Now here's Miss Pixie on an old table that came with the house when we bought it. My man said he'd chop it up and dump it, to my horror. I could see many advantages keeping it. Yes, sure the old laminate has seen better days with holes and scorch marks, but it is still solid. So after some gentle persuasion he eventually came around to my way of thinking and here's why.

It's been a great art table for the kids with the messier projects.
No more back bending with potting plants on the ground and now that the warm weather is on it's way, it only needs a simple makeover and it is perfect for out door dining.

That's where my next finds come into play.

Nothing like a vintage tablecloth to hide what lurks beneath.

This haul $12.00 the lot.

Lastly, this pineapple upside down cake recipe came from the book by the Australian actress Lisa McCune and her good friend Di.

I bought this on Saturday at a kinder fair for $5.00, and even better it is signed by both ladies. It has many lovely family friendly recipes, hints, games etc in it. So the girls and I baked this cake as a celebration cake for their dad completing the 210 klm ride "Around the Bay in a Day". We thought the pineapple circles looked a bit like bike wheels.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Vintage Finds

It's crazy out there at the moment.

I just can't get over the amount of fetes, garage sales, fairs, car boot sales there were this w'end.

I thought I'd hit the mother load when I went to a street sale. There were 16 houses along the street with all types of goodies on offer. Sarah and I had a lovely time wandering along the street going from one to the other. We were happy to find goodies for all the family, which I'll show you now, but when I got home tired but happy, I found that I had missed a vintage, retro bonanza only streets away. DARN IT!

Sweet little timber village, some in need of a bit of glue $2.00.
Will show you again once repaired and set up properly.

Now if you saw last weeks post, I found myself a pretty pink chair.
Well now I have a rather sturdy one in blue, this baby $2.00.

Enamel dishes in need of a clean $0.50 each. Fun for the kids making mud pies, great dog water bowl, handy at the bbq or just use in the kitchen.

Be still my beating heart.

This gorgeous array of vintage fabric just had to come home with me.
I almost bought the lot, but didn't want to look too greedy. Ha!
All these and more on the chair later for $25.00.

The complete loot.

So what do you need with all that vintage fabric.
Vintage patterns of course, found at a different house, the lot for $5.00.

One old baby cradle, soon to be girls toy box, as they found so many goodies $3.00.

A shelving unit, just needs a clean $3.00.

Look familiar.
Sorry about photo quality, will try again later with better camera.

So this morning while Andy was slogging away on his treadly riding 210 klm's for "Around the Bay in a Day"( I rifled through his wallet for much needed funds, he..he..he.. silly boy leaving that at home), then girls and I went to a car boot sale and YAY upon YAY, we found some more lovely finds to use and play with at home, but I'll save that for tomorrow's post.

Visit Sophie for more fab finds.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kitchen - Warts And All

It's been a while since I posted about our reno on Doris, probably because we had come to a bit of a standstill.

I have however been in need of shelving in our temp kitchen and Andy FINALLY made me some from found bits and pieces that we had in the shed. Their not beautiful but then either is our shabby but functional kitchen and they do the job keeping needed items close by.

Three new shelves

The only original piece we kept in the kitchen even the whopping crack.

Bookcase shelving

My window ledge friends

I'm still moving things around trying to get them like Goldilocks said, "just right".

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Vintage Finds & Fun

I found these goodies while out and about on the weekend.

Pretty shabby pink chair $5.00
Flower print $5.00

I was told this print was $4.00 but I wasn't sure if it would it actually work in my house, then the man said (without any prompting from me) "ok, $3.00".

Sometimes it pays to hesitate.

Once family had left our abode on the weekend, we were keen to get outdoors and stretch our legs. We decided a nice long walk along the river was just what was needed.

After the rain


To keep the kids going a pocket of lollies worked wonders and the all important of bribes, an ice-cream half way.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Go Cats

Being an ex Geelong lass and having my family follow the team for around 100 years. I will be spending the day in front of the box with family and friends yelling at the TV, cheering our team on. I don't really follow the game as much as I used to, but it's always a fun get together on Grand Final day for a few drinks (hic) and a bbq.