Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Sweetest Things

I'm trying hard not to get stressed at this time of the year.
Everyone's busy, everyone's tired.
Breakfast outside in the cool of the morning flicking through a much loved magazine.
Avocado and cherry tomatoes on toasted sourdough baguette with pomegranate tea.

Cheerful flowers with the added advantage as a natural deterrent.
Feverfew - not only does this herbal shrub have medicinal properties that help to relieve migraines but it is also a moth repellent. Use dried leaves in a sachet.

I have seen plenty of the little blighters around this year. They lay their eggs in your most favourite of garments for their larvae to munch away till your lovely cashmere cardigan is riddled with holes.

 Don't you just love pressies in the post.

This sweetly wrapped parcel was gifted to me by the delightful Allison from Just Underneath she also has the love of vintage things and came across something on one of her op shop travels and thought they'd be useful for me.

I am thrilled with her gift and thoughtfulness. Aren't they just the cutest of vintage patterns. I'll try them out in the new year.

Thanks heaps Allison

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tea Poetry

A little poem I wrote one day in the distant past while awaiting my favourite beverage in a local cafe.

The teapot arrives all shiny and silver
A red cup and saucer awaits
As the milky liquid is poured into the cup
 Steam swirls and the spicy scent drifts into my nostrils
A drop of honey
 Now to stir and sip it's heady flavour
It's warming goodness fills my body and delights my soul

Can you guess what my favourite drink is?
What's yours?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Work Day

Yesterday was head down and bum up.

I had a few projects that needed finishing and with it being a cool day it was just perfect for having the oven on for a few hours baking the Christmas cake. The recipe I used is one from my old school home economic class which has always been easy and reliable.

Once the cake was in the oven that left me free to do my other project, which was making a simple smock dress Miss Sarah, who was selected to recite a poem for the Italian Poetry Competition tomorrow against other schools.

I not only made one but two as she is doing it with a friend. The idea is for them to look like two little peasant girls, so I made them gingham head scarfs also. Phew!

Unfortunately my poor old sewing machine has decided it doesn't want to wind cotton onto the bobbin anymore and I just managed to complete the job. Not a good time of the year to try and get her serviced before Christmas, wish me luck.

While all this was going on, my man had the day off work and decided it was time to have a go at some paving.

This area was part covered in broken concrete and part dirt, dump area (previous owner). I thought I'd love to make it into a usable space where we can sit under the fig tree and enjoy it's shade.

I was adamant I didn't want it to have a neat sterile look and lets try and recycle as much as we can. So after we smashed up the concrete we are using some of the broken pieces as pavers, mixed in with a stack of bricks that was here and some slate pavers that we bought.

It's like a jigsaw putting it all together and I hope it will look good once it's set in place properly. He's a good man putting up with my crazy ideas as each piece is of a different thickness, so he's got a bit more work to do. Doh!

image via

My vision using above image as inspiration, is that in time moss will grow between the cracks to help soften the look. We'll have some potted plants and a simple outdoor setting which I collected from the curb that's in need of some renovation and we'll be able to relax in our new space that was never used before. Maybe even before Christmas if we're lucky.