Sunday, March 31, 2013


We are currently camping at a beach in western Victoria. I can hear the waves crashing while lying in bed. The girls are asleep, exhausted from a big day. Andy will be catching the train back to Melbourne tomorrow to work for the next few days, while the girls and I will be staying here. This is the first time ever that we will be away camping without him. I think it will be good for all of us. The girls have a lot more freedom here and are enjoying scampering around the sand dunes on there own, although our dog Lucy is with them. This is what I remember from my childhood holidays, not being fenced in but having the freedom to explore. Almost like the Famous Five, anyone for lashings of ginger beer.


Here are some lovely looking tents I found on Pinterest, they certainly make camping look easy. Unfortunately our tent doesn't look as romantic but it's nice to dream.

Happy easter


Friday, March 22, 2013

Project Lantern

I found this filthy lantern at a garage sale the other week and I've been so busy with other things that I haven't had a chance yet to give it a clean.

So tomorrow will be the day this little baby gets a spruce up.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tea Party

It was a beautiful sunny day, just perfect for an afternoon birthday tea party.

I had covered the old clothes line with vintage sheets and placed the table underneath with
miss-matched vintage china cups, saucers and plates, that I had found for $1.00 each at a garage sale.

I served veggie sticks with dip, fruit platter, butterfly cakes on a vintage tiered stand, home made sausage rolls and flavoured milk poured from a teapot with a pretty cosy.

The girls squealed with delight when they saw what was awaiting them in the yard and raced over to get a seat. They discovered on their plates mini crowns that I had found at a $2.00 shop with more squeals, then devoured the goodies with much unladylike gusto.

I had also arranged on a smaller table a nail painting area, with lots of sparkly bright colours. The girls painted nails and toes, then dressed up and played a made up "I'm a lady" game.

It was a rather simple affair, low budget and easy for me to organise, with just one day of baking and one day to set up but best of all, they all had a lovely time.

Sometimes the simple things are often the best.

Oops! I missed a few spots with the icing.

After the girls had gone home, we lit the candles again with what was left of the cake for another singing of "Happy Birthday", this time just our little family.

There's one tired but happy ten year old.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Here are two of my latest items I've been working on. 

I so love the colours and the softness of this scarflette.  

I purchased this wool from a spinner while on holiday in South Australia and couldn't wait to start knitting something up with it. 

I wanted the overall look to be about the colour and texture of the wool, so I kept the design simple, it's just a simple stocking stitch with holes throughout. 

I found in my stash the perfect vintage leather buttons to complete the look.

 I have a small amount of this wool left which I might make into a head band.

I'm still deciding whether I'll put it in my Made It shop. 

This baby is one warm heavy throw.

 This knitted up reasonably quick as the wool is thick and large needles helped. 

I would love to keep it but I have so many throws already, so I will be adding this piece to my shop soon.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hot Sauce

Why oh why did I have to run out of Worcestershire Sauce now.
It's really the last thing you want to be doing on a hot 30 degree day, but when I looked at the weather forecast for the rest of the week it's more of the bleeding same.

So yesterday I got stuck right in and cooked up the black goo for three hours.
The house reeked of spicy vinegar, but now we are set for the next year or maybe two with 
"kick a moo cow", 'knock your socks off" Worcestershire Sauce.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Vintage & New Blue Finds

Some days the things I find tend to have a theme. 
This lot of garage sale and market finds were all found on the same day and happened to be blue. 
It wasn't something I was conscious of it just happened that way.

This darling old dress is in need of some careful repair work which I'm prepared 
to do and it cost only loose change.

I saw this lovely vintage fabric in a basket and fell in love with it, then I was delighted to discover
 that it was made into clothes hanger cover.

This lovely soft scarf which is big enough for a wrap will see me through for the cooler months ahead and only a couple of dollars.

I also found this crocheted scarf at the same garage sale.

 A pretty piece of fabric that I'm not sure what to make with it yet.

I love sarongs, they are so useful. 
I use them as a sheet when hot, especially camping.
I have draped one over my shoulders and head when it's required while travelling in foreign countries.
I wrap them around my waist to be worn as a skirt over bathers.
They have been used to block out the sun at a car window and 
draped over a pram when the girls were small.
Everyone in my family has one, I now have several.

What can I say about this leather case except divine.