Saturday, January 31, 2009
I had a lovely day out at Sewjourn today (photos haven't been downloaded yet), so tomorrow I'm going to sleep in, and then read lots of blog posts that I've missed during the heatwave, and just generally relax!
I'm halfway through the follow up to Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs - Knit Two.
I've just borrowed some magazines and books from Tinniegirl - I'm really looking forward to reading 'Organising Your Craft Space'.... just what I need before I move house.
I loved watching Jalena Dokic in the Aussie Open. There's something about the fighting spirit from the underdog which I find amazing.
I'm also extremely happy that The Bold & The Beautiful has returned to its traditional time slot of 4.30PM. I always have a cup of tea at 4.30 and watch Bold.... I was very upset when channel 10 put my routine out of kilter!
Lots and lots and lots of chocolate..... vanilla slice, pavlova. There was also some real food during the month although not as memorable.
Stock for a market stall!
Valentines themed softie for a Toy Society Valentines drop next month.
Join in Just a Minute by visiting Jen over at August Street
Friday, January 30, 2009
I do love the fact that I have a pool in the backyard for another 5 weeks. I've just noticed that there's an inflatable pirate sword in the water (just in case you were wondering what on earth that was in the photo..... nephew droppings).
I also love the fact that I have an exciting weekend planned. Tinniegirl and I are heading off for the lovely day out at Sewjourn that we won during Blogtoberfest. We're going to sit in the lovely air-conditioned studio and craft away to our hearts delight!
My computer is not happy about being kept in a room that's 35 degrees and it keeps beeping at me to tell me that it's melting too...... so I haven't been visiting as many lovely blogs as usual but I'm hoping to catch up once the meltdown has subsided!
Hope you have a happy Friday too..... more Love Fridays here
Thursday, January 29, 2009
To celebrate, I'm having a little giveaway. This is the skirt that I made in December which is too big for me. I keep moving it around the house, trying to decide what to do with it, so I've decided to give it away to whoever would like it. It's approximately an Australian size 14 - waist is 104cm.
Just remember that it's the first adult size skirt that I have ever made in my life, and you will probably need to wear a petticoat underneath as I probably should have lined the fabric (I'm still learning these things as I go along).
Of course, I'll also throw in some fabric and some crafty bits and bobs as well. Just leave me a comment and I'll draw the winner Sunday night (1st Feb) Melbourne Time.
I've been keeping an eye out at the oppy for unusual bits and pieces that can be re-crafted.
This was a belt, but now I've taken it apart with my trusty pliers and I'm going to make some brooches for the market.
Head on over to visit Kirsty to see who else is playing along!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
An amazing parcel landed on my doorstep yesterday, all the way from the UK! It was huge, and jam packed with crafty goodness.
Lynsey from Swirly Thoughts and Cuteable had a stash of lovely touristy tea towels in her cupboard which she most generously offered to send me. It was a bit difficult to fit them all in for a photo but here's a list:
Fleet Air Arm (which I'm assuming is the British Forces)
Operations Ovelord Commemorative (British Forces)
.....and the piece de resistance
...this one which was actually designed and printed in Australia! It's been around the world and returned home again.
There were also some beautiful buttons and trims.....
Thankyou so much Lynsey....keep an eye out for all of these beauties to be transformed into funky aprons! I just wish you could have included a bit of your weather....it's faaaaar toooooo hooooooot today.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Apparently the Peppermint Crisp topping is a Victorianism, but Wikipedia says that "The Peppermint Crisp is often used in Mint-Chocolate cheesecakes and slices. In Australia, it is almost solely used to decorate a 'Pav'"
Then of course, there's also the debate about whether the humble pav really originates from Australia or New Zealand. I'm very sad to say that Wikipedia believes that we aussies lose out in this regard... "The dessert is believed to have been created to honour the dancer, Anna Pavlova during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand. The exact location of its first creation and the nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two countries for many years, however more serious research into the matter indicates New Zealand as source of today's pavlova" - Sewfunky and Paisley Jade were absolutely correct!
Oh well...... here it is in all it's magic pavlova glory, smothered in whipped cream and topped with smashed up peppermint crisp......mmmmmmm
It's another day dedicated to packing for me today, but I am going to reward myself with some yummy food at the end. The leg of lamb is in the fridge ready to go.... I'm making the traditional aussie lamb roast with three veg and gravy.
Depending on how the packing goes, I'm contemplating making a pavlova. I've only ever made pav once in my life and it was a complete and utter flat pancake inedible disaster.
But now I have a new secret pavlova weapon that I found at the oppy last week.... this plate might just be the answer to my pavlova dreams. Oh, and better still, it means less washing up!
It's just missing one vital instruction.... there's no mention of topping the pav with the traditional aussie crushed up peppermint crisp.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This is a fat quarter that I bought from Amitie last month. I'm using it as a panel on a bag which is nearly finished. It's much more orange than it looks in this photo. I have no idea who it is by, but I just saw a red version of it over here which is absolutely gorgeous. If anybody knows, please enlighten me so I can buy it again!
More Sunday Stashers can be found by visiting Tamara at Quarter of an Inch.
So I'm going with this: Eye Spy with my little eye..... lots of JUNK.
I have boxes of junk that haven't been unpacked since I moved into this house over 6 years ago. I have more boxes of junk from when I packed up the old kitchen to renovate two and a half years ago..... and then there's my tendencies to bring home even more junk from the oppy, or from the hard rubbish.
I'm hoping to do a little de-junking very very soon!
Head on over to visit Cindy for more Eye Spy players (and while you're there, check out her whizz bang binding foot.....eeeek I'm in love). Thankyou Lauren for making me see the error of my junk collecting ways..... ha, we'll see how long that lasts!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I spotted these brooches on TinnieGirl's blog a little while ago, after she spotted them over at Edward and Lily, and then I also had the chance to see them once they'd arrived in the mail.
So of course, how could I resist?
I headed straight over to Sophie's Etsy Shop and ordered my own..... she even made me one with my own custom label (I heart chocolate).
I was very careful not to rush and rip it open before taking photos of the most gorgeous packaging. I love taking the layers off and looking at the little tags and ribbons.
Thankyou Sophie, they're both absolutely gorgeous! Check out Sophie's blog for more of her amazing brooches, collages and artwork.
Friday, January 23, 2009
The side wall will have tables for the sewing machine and overlocker, and the big wooden bench which is currently in my kitchen, becomes the cutting bench for the craft room.
Of course, I haven't actually taken any measurements to work out whether everything will fit, but this is how it looks in my head at the moment.
This area is completely open to the living room, so I'm also thinking about either having a gorgeous curtain that I can pull across, or some sort of sliding or folding screen. I'm not sure about keeping the carpet yet, but I might just see how it works out.
The most exciting thing about the house is that there is an entire wall of storage cupboard space in the laundry. It's bigger than the built in wardrobes in my current bedroom and will be absolutely perfect for housing the fabric stash. Just think, I can bring things home from the oppy, wash them, dry them, and put them directly into the cupboard..... joy! Oh how I adore good storage solutions.
Now that I have somewhere to move to, this weekend is dedicated to sorting and packing and deciding what I actually want to take with me. There might just be a lot of Freecycling going on.
Head on over to Tinniegirl for more Love Fridays
Thursday, January 22, 2009
More inspiring creative spaces can be found at Kootoyoo
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I'm heading into the city for lunch with Tinniegirl, Handmaiden and Taccolina today so I thought I'd test out the gorgeous earrings that Sharon made for me.
It's really quite difficult to take a clear photo of one's ear!
I've teamed the earrings with my Tiffany pendant..... again blurry.... Whoops!
Head on over to Dear Fii to play along.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
The lovely Map of Tassie placemats are now aprons.
I've made two so far - the apron body is a cotton drill with spotty bias trim all the way around, and spotty straps. The placemat is now a large front pocket, perfect for keeping your bits and bobs handy when you're crafting around the house.
They both have super long straps so that they can wrap right around and be tied at the front (if that's what you prefer).
I'll be popping them in The CurlyPops Shop very soon!
What better thing to do on a perfect sunshiney day, than meet up with some lovely crafty bloggy girls for afternoon tea. Megan is in Melbourne on holidays for a few days so it was a great chance to meet up (or have an internet date as we all like to chuckle about) and I also finally had the chance to meet Liz aka Betty Jo.
We had some scrumptious crepes at Breizoz in Gertrude St. I had chocolate crepes (of course), but I forgot to take a photo before it was all gone!
....but we were too late, so a photo had to suffice for the day!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Holidays at the beach
and swimming in my backyard pool (it's actually more like me sitting on a banana lounge, and watching other people swimming in my backyard pool) are the things that most remind me of summer.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
I arrived home from my pulmonary rehab class to find a mystery package in my letterbox with no sender details on the envelope.... hmmm what could it be?
A gorgeous vintage tea towel from the oppy!
Gillian went on a road trip from SA to Ballarat last week for the Trashalou blog meet. Lucky for me, she stopped in at the op shops on the way. Thanks so much Gillian, this one will be absolutely gorgeous as an apron.
If you haven't already entered, then don't forget to head over to the Silly Gilly blog and enter this fantastic mystery giveaway to celebrate Gillians 101th (yep 101th - that's not a typo) post.
....and of course, head over to Tinniegirl to join Love Fridays!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I'm working on some more flower brooches at the moment. It's been very slow going over the last couple of days with the extreme heat.... it saps my motivation to do anything!
Head on over to visit Kirsty to play along and link up here.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I used some vintage florals at the sides of these ones, and then trimmed them and made straps using some lovely polkadots.
Head on over to the Lino Forest for a much better look, they look great in Liz's funky kitchen
Monday, January 12, 2009
We started in Bacchus Marsh, then drove to Gisborne, and then to Melton. Next stop was supposed to be Deer Park but we completely ran out of time after taking some unintentional scenic routes while searching for the local op shops!
I don't have any photos yet as everything has been dumped in the laundry for a nice soak and wash.
I did take a quick photo of this placemat. I bought a set of four, with the idea of making them into little waist tied craft aprons. Of course, the problem is that they're probably not quite politically correct if you wear them tied around your waist, if you get what I mean.....
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I suppose that if I put the information out into the public domain rather than keeping it my head, then it's more of a reality that it's actually going to happen.
Tinniegirl and I spent a little time thisafternoon planning some secret squirrel business that we've been thinking about for a while.
It's not secret squirrel business anymore..... we're going to take the plunge and try selling at our first ever craft market. There......I said it out loud (well, typed it out loud anyway)!
We've made a list of things to do beforehand, discussed what we'll be selling, and then we had a little play around on the kitchen bench with some props and containers to see how it will all look.
I still need to go and check Amy's Market Checklist and Cintia's Market Wisdom too.
Of course, this now means that I really have to stop procrastinating and actually start sewing...aaagggghhhh.
Thanks to Cindy for hosting and to Bek for this weeks theme!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Kirsty from Kootoyoo has a fab new game - Deal or no deal!
Kathryn from Our Shabby Cottage is celebrating her 100th...err 112th post
Stacey from Sheeps Clothing has a very interesting question to ask....
Here's my Love Friday Apricot Jam making session story.
I saw this beautiful large heavy bottomed saucepan at Vinnies on Thursday for $6.50. I picked it up, had a look at it (perfect condition), thought about it, reminded myself that I already have at least 5 saucepans, and I am supposed to be downsizing, and cooking for one, and I need to pack up all of my possessions........ so then I put it back on the shelf. I walked away, then came back for another look, paused... but ultimately decided to leave it behind..... and then left with 2 chairs instead (but that's another OCD story for another day)!
But then, my mum called me Thursday night to tell me that she was going to make apricot jam on Friday but she didn't have a large heavy bottom saucepan. You see, it was just like the saucepan was calling out for a new home. Mum popped down to Vinnies first thing yesterday morning and it was still there. The actual saucepan had a $6.50 label but the lid had a $5 label, so she ended up getting it for a fiver.
So I googled a recipe here, and mum made jam while I watched and drank cups of coffee.
I did actually contribute by writing the labels and tying a piece of raffia around the top to decorate the jars at the end. The jam was still cooling while I left so I'll have to pick myself up a finished jar later today.