Monday, June 24, 2013

Vintage Baskets

I have slowed down my treasure hunting of late, but sometimes I come across some finds that I just can't say no to.

I have a thing for old wicker baskets and I recently have added to my collection.

This lovely little beauty I found at a market along with the book. Just perfect for my bits and bobs.

At the same market just as I was leaving I saw this vintage babe hiding in a corner.

I had never seen such a large basket like this before. The lady who was selling it said it belonged to her mother, so I'm guessing it's from the 1950's or maybe even earlier.

It has three sections, the top two baskets are removable and these were full of vintage sewing items.

I now keep my embroidery and tapestry threads in it.

I seem to be collecting a lot of vintage sewing things of late. We are still sorting out my purchase of vintage tins full of old buttons I found at a garage sale last month but that's another story.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


I live five kilometres from the heart of Melbourne and since I don't work there anymore
I find that I hardly ever visit, I actually forgot about all the hidden places amongst it's streets and lanes.

 I'm not one that enjoy's large shopping complexes where all the shops are the same enclosed under one roof including it's own food court, as I find them all rather depressing.

Today Andy and I walked the girls to school, then continued on to the station 
to take the train into the city.

It was a place of enchantment seeing it with fresh eyes.
The architecture of the old buildings squashed between the new.
Dazzling designer shop fronts as we walked up Collins St.
Tiny cafes down lane ways and quaint bookshops.

In need of some refreshment we found a sweet cafe / bar hidden 
away down a lane and up a flight of stairs.
Not sure on what we would find we were delighted when we opened the 
door into a Dickensian style abode. 

Look here to view more pics of Von Haus

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Slow Knitting and Heavy Reading

Some days are better than others and this little knit has taken longer than expected.

Perhaps it's the fact that I've pulled it out three times.

It's certainly not difficult it's just that in a lapse of concentration I've knitted instead of pearled
 and haven't discovered it till about twenty rows later. Ahh! 

I just want to finish it now and move onto the next project.

The Pillars of the Earth has been on my bookshelf for absolute years and it's never been read.

Coming in at over eight hundred pages and being a hard back it's certainly a weighty book to carry around but as I'm trying to loose a couple of kilo's before our holiday in September, I'm going to put it in my backpack, read a few pages when I can and get a work out at the same time. Ha!

Have you read it and did you enjoy it?