Thursday, May 31, 2012

Eco Craft

Previously I had posted about some cushions I had made from my children's pram blanket that they had grown out of. I had some squares left over, which I'd stitched together and they have now been upcycled into a cover for a retro vinyl foot stool I found at a garage sale for $5.00. I've crocheted around the edges and woven in some hat elastic to keep it secure.

 A completed wash cloth, the cotton I used was made from recycled t-shirts.

Previously I posted about this bag I found in a pile of hard rubbish, the lining had perished but the bag and leather handles had charm, so I rescued it from destruction and with a quick cut and sew from a recycled doona cover it now has new lining and a new purpose.

My new knitting bag, cost $0.00, just one hour of my time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Step Back In Time

Our visit to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat on the weekend. I hadn't been here since I was a girl, it was better than I remembered.

Please excuse the quality of the photo's due to the fact it was rather dark in the shops and I found without a flash the images were blurred, also not long into our adventure the camera battery died, so I missed out on some wonderful shots inside cottages, panning for gold and going into the mine. AHH!!! Don't you just hate that.

Inside a miners tent.

Inside we ate some yummy meat pies cooked in an old bakers oven  

The blacksmiths shed

We were like kids in a candy store.

Pouring gold

Holding the just made $160,00.00 gold bar.

Making lollies

Friday, May 25, 2012

Project Hard Rubbish & Craft


This old cement pot I managed to lift into the car without giving myself a hernia ( thank goodness I've been working out, I knew there was a reason why I sweated away at the gym). I'll test it to see if it's going to leak first, but I think it will look nice with some water plants in it. It certainly has character.

 These four terracotta tiles will make nice stepping stones in my veggie garden.

A new wash cloth I'll be putting threw it's paces once finished. I must admit knitting with cotton is not my favourite yarn as I find it a bit clingy on the needles, lucky they are only small, I don't think I'll be attempting working on a garment.

What a great day to be crafting today, it's cold, wet and pouring with rain outside and now it's time to take a break with afternoon tea.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hard Rubbish

It always astounds me the things that people throw away, without me rescuing them they'd be landfill now.

These two pretty paintings need a little bit of love to clean them up, but they were thrown out onto the nature strip.

They will soon be adorning my walls once my man gets the right masonry drill bit to hang a few hooks, I've only been waiting a year. No need to hurry. Huh!

 "I'm goin ta saddle up ol dollar an head out onto the pass"

I was hootin an a hollarin when I saw this saddle, no idea yet what I'll do with it but definitely wasn't leaving that behind. 

The girls are now asking for a pony for the back yard. AS IF!!

I actually had to pull something out of the back seat I had collected, to squeeze not one but two of these chairs in. There was another scrounger nearby who helped me load them in and he was very happy with my cast off as a thank you.

All perfect except for small damage to vinyl on back rest, I can live with that for now. They now reside under the verandah out the back, quite comfy reading with a cuppa in the warm Autumn sun.

 A nice bag with leather straps, all it needs is a new lining which I'll do soon.

 Candlestick was covered in cobwebs and bits of rattan were attached, cleaned up it looks nice next to my fire.

A garage sale find for $2.00 again needs a hook.

I also found ethnic tribal fabric which I've washed, but I'll save that for another post.

More happy hunting ahead.

Friday, May 18, 2012


There's nothing worse than being sick unless it's your child that is sick.

Last night while at dancing Sarah said she didn't feel well while watching her sister dance and waiting for her class to start. I just thought she's a little tired and said to her to have a go and stop if she felt worse. During the class I popped out for about ten minutes to collect our Vietnamese takeaway dinner and upon my return she was slumped in a seat. So we left immediately for home, we had only just got in the door when all hell broke loose and the poor little thing heaved her guts up.

This then continued throughout the night with us both getting little sleep. Sarah sleeps on a top bunk, so we moved the mattress to the floor, Ava slipped into bed with daddy and I had her bed to be close when needed, which was constant. I felt all her pain with each bout, I have never seen her this sick before, it was heart breaking. I just wished it would stop. Finally eighteen hours later with nothing left in her tummy, drained and completely exhausted she looks like she's now on the mend.

I know of a few other families at school who have suffered something similar, so it's obviously going around, I just hope the rest of us are immune as it's a nasty one.

It's almost two o'clock in the afternoon and she's now sleeping peacefully and as for me I'm going to curl up in a chair by the fire with my new magazine that arrived in the post today (perfect timing) and maybe drop off for a nap.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Upcycled Granny Rug

A while ago I posted about a small pram rug and how I was going to upcycle it into cushions.
After completing one I was then distracted with other projects, but now I'm happy to say that the last two are finally finished.

Our cheerful baby blankie now has a different purpose with the girls still enjoying snuggling into an old favourite.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


 With the last few days being wet and cold, to have the sun out has put a smile on my dial.
So after dropping the girls to school the dog and I enjoyed a stroll along the creek back home.
Our little piece of sanctuary in the city.

  Hope your having a smiley day.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


This morning I've enjoyed warm little bodies climbing into bed for cuddles with smiling faces.
A cooked breakfast with a pot of chai was made for me while I browsed through a craft book.
Gifts of flowers, chocolates and a voucher for some much needed "ladies unmentionables".
It is so nice just being able to relax and be pampered, while outside it's raining and there's a cold wind blowing.

To all the mothers everywhere, 
wishing you all a lovely Mothers Day.