Friday, May 31, 2013

Lap Wrap

When I'm sitting down at the computer or at the sewing machine my legs have been getting cold.
 Now in the past I've just put a blankie over them but then when I get up, of course it falls off.

Well I've come up with a solution, an apron that's warm.

Using an old wool skirt which I cut up and some wool fabric scraps I put together the lap wrap, 
complete with handy pocket.

So now I have a warm lap that moves with me.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vintage Finds

Isn't this something special.

I found this large jardiniere at a garage sale of all places.
In fact I found heaps of amazing things there.
I still can't believe it was mine for a $10.

This has to be one of my favourite all time finds.

I found this last month, it's just taken me a while to post about. 
I have been busy trying to declutter and have not been out 
hunting this month, well not much anyway. He..he..he..

This was another find from the same place.
I just love it and it's shiny red bottom.

A cheerful sugar bowl

Four cups and a creamer for the grand total of $2.50

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Knit Knit Knit

New Project

I'm knitting away happily seeing what my hands will make of this wool.
I think it will become a scarflette.


I will call this cowl "Midnight"
It is made from the softest baby alpaca wool.
The colour is a favourite of mine "Antique Dark Blue".

Friday, May 17, 2013


I'm knitting like a mad woman at the moment.
I've had a rotten cold for the last two weeks, which has knocked me around a bit but I am really enjoying quick and easy projects.

This is one of my latest creations, a big soft warm baby alpaca wool cowl.
I find knitting round and round rather therapeutic. 

I finished this scarflette a while ago, however I've only just added the buttons.

Both these items will be up for sale in my Made It shop soon.

Nothing like a scrummy raspberry & white choc muffin, 
washed down with a cup of tea to perk a girl up.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Look at what arrived in the mail today.

Hidden within it's pages is treasure.

Each page is filled with beautiful images awaiting a touch of colour to awaken them.

With the use of some of the most divine pencils we have in our collection, this book will come alive.
This is not for my children but for ME, all mine, mine, mine.

For years I've sat on the sidelines watching my girls pour colour out onto pages, wishing that I could join in on the fun. Sometimes I would be allowed to participate but mostly just watching, looking at their enjoyment, but now it's my turn.

I have allowed myself the ultimate indulgence of just sitting at the table and colouring in between the lines.

Why did I ever stop, I don't know but I do know that I can't wait to sit down and start filling in the blanks with colour, I feel very self indulgent and you know what, I like it.

I fell in love with this book as soon as I was it on a shelf, I thought about buying it for the girls when I just really wanted it for myself. I walked out of that shop empty handed and heavy hearted, after a few weeks I thought why not, I deserve something that's not sensible, something that's not practical something a bit different to enjoy and I'm hugging it with glee.

Let the colouring begin.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wood Collecting

Wood collecting for our fire is just another way for us to save some money.

Last year we spent almost $600 on having red gum delivered to our door in Melbourne.

I can remember when I was a small girl going out in the bush for a day as a family. Dad would fire up the chainsaw and us kids helped to fill up the trailer. Mum would have a packed lunch for us with sandwiches, cakes and there would be a thermos for a cuppa. We would arrive home with our trailer full of timber for the winter, tired after a big day out to a bowl of hot soup and buttered toast.

I looked back on those memories with fondness as I told my family this story.

My man never had that experience, he grew up in Sydney where the weather is a bit warmer and his father was not much of a DIY kind of guy. He says he would have liked to have had a dad like my dad was, who's attitude was "why pay someone else to do something that I can do myself".

So a few weeks ago, I researched where about's we were allowed to cut and collect timber. We packed sandwiches, muffins and a thermos and headed out bush.

The girls helped and played, Andy felt very manly with a big tool to play with, we saved ourselves a lot of money and we all had a great day out, but for me the best thing was we put to use again my dear departed fathers trailer. I like to think he'd be very happy that he's passed on some of his resourcefulness to his youngest daughter.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Snug Rug

The weather is getting colder now and my big black girl Lucy huddles into her bed.

In the past I've put a blankie over her only to find that it falls off as she wriggles around to get comfy,
so thought I should make her a snuggle rug to keep her warmer.

Using an old blanket and with a rough idea of the shape I needed I cut it out.
 I asked her to model for me so I could make some minor adjustments till I was happy with the fit, she looked at me with her big brown eyes and patiently sat till I was done. 

It wraps together at her chest and joined with velcro, I added some loose fitting elastic
 under her belly and again used velcro to join it, so it should stay in place.

She was pretty happy when I fitted it on her and snuggled straight into bed,
I hadn't even finished the edges.

I was thinking of making it a double layer and quilting them together but maybe I'll have to make another one as I don't think she wants to give this one up.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Declutter Declutter

The time has come.

I am officially over the clutter in our house and shed.

Now I love to collect pretty and useful things from op shops, 
garage sales and hard rubbish but I'm starting to feel overwhelmed with it all.

For years I've been keeping things in boxes, putting them in the shed thinking that
 I will use that one day, when in reality it has just stayed in the box. 

The bookcases are loaded with books that I've read but will never read again 
or books that I've never read but have kept for so many years.

Why keep so many when I can just read what the library has to offer.

What I'm selling now

I have so many clothes that don't fit but I've kept thinking they'll fit me one day. 
Shoes, coats, dresses, my wardrobe is so full I can't shut it.
There's kitchen crockery and glassware that never get used. 

Years and years of collecting, heaps and heaps of stuff that's been taking up space. 
It's madness I say, MADNESS!

So it's time to let it go and in the process feel lighter and calmer with room to breath, 
room to move and room for my creativity to flow. 

The added bonus would also be to make a little pocket money along the way, 
especially since we now have no income. 
I like to think that all this stuff can now actually serve a purpose 
and that I kept it for a rainy day which has now arrived.

I will always love the thrill of the chase, the hunt for a bargain and the excitement of a curb side find but I will try and keep it under control until I've culled the huge pile of stuff that I spent hours on the weekend sorting out in the shed. 

What will be coming up for sale soon.

If your interested in what I have on offer I will be uploading items 
continually on Ebay here or Etsy located in the side bar.

I can see this will be a long process but a necessary one as we continue to make changes
 towards a calmer, slower, happier life, plus we will now have room to
 tinker away on all the bits of furniture that need renovating in the shed.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Girls

Look at what we brought home today.

Two lovely little ladies.
Meet Rocky and Bok Bok.
Our daughters had chosen the names of their chickens months ago and now they are finally with us.

We popped them into their coop for about an hour to settle in, then we supervised the cat and the dog as they got to know them, they were curious at first but it didn't take them long to get over their excitement.

Once we felt they seemed calm we then let them into veggie patch to scratch around and clean up all the leftovers from our summer crops.

It's so exciting and now we just have to wait for the next exciting moment when we will have our first egg.

This is another step in us moving along a more self sufficient path which is even more necessary since my man's job became redundant.

We are hoping that it won't be too long till he has another job but we are making changes to help us extend the payout that he received.

It was actually a relief when it did happen as we have been living under the threat for over 18 months and now we are rising to the challenge.