Monday, June 27, 2011

Op Shop Colour

This winter I'm loving all the colour that's the op shops have to offer. As I've said before I've always been one for beige, white and naturals but bursts of colour are filling my house and it's making me happy. This gorgeous selection of knitting needles are were all found at the one shop, there are some tortoise shell and English made ones in there too. Maybe if I look at this bunch long enough it will prompt me to learn to knit.

I love this little $2 mug, I just loved the design and thought it was perfect for my desk. I googled the brand and found that the Norwegian design and brand Figgjo are quite collectible.

This little English tin was only $1. I'm not normally one for collecting tins but I just love the tiny bit of blue with the red. Perfect for my leaf tea.

And this is designed and printed in Australia, cute little pillow case which Rosa has claimed as her own.

Once again I'm playing along with Sophie at Her Library Adventures, go take a peek.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

birdie lampshade

I finished Rosa's birdie lampshade today, Using all scraps I cut approximately 1.5 cm strips of any girly fabric I could get my hands on and just started wrapping and wrapping and wrapping. Pretty soon I ended up with this...............the lampshade was thrifted and already a gorgeous shape, now the fabric just makes it all the more prettier.  The birdie pattern was found here and is super simple.  I also used thin strips and plaited them to make the string to hang the birds from. 

And finally a pic of Rosa's room, after all I did name my blog after it and I don't think I have ever shown a full picture of it. Always a work in progress and ever up white walls. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Lots of lovelies found this week and last, once again the country oppies did not disappoint. 

This English retro beauty was found in Sydney, I love the green and yellow and the oval shape. I saw another woman spying on it when I put it on the counter,lucky I got there first I say.  

a milk glass jug and blue glass Avon vase.

This is one of my favourites, it's a milk glass juice decanter. I love the childish design, so bright and colourful.

some beautiful vintage children's books, the illustrations in these are so gorgeous, there are definitely some frame worthy pages in there if I can bring myself to rip them out.

more Holly Hobbie love, the sheet is in such good condition, don't know if I can bring myself to chop into this either.

one can never have enough rose floral table cloths and tea towels.

I found these Krups kitchen scales for $7.50 at the Salvo's in Goulburn.  My sister nabbed them as she has a thing for orange and they do look great in her kitchen.

I'm loving the sweet fabrics I found too, the cherries are divine, I can't wait to make Rosa a summer sundress to wear with her red saltwater sandals. 

How was your op shopping week? see more at Her Library Adventures here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


It's raining for the 6th day in a row, I have no children at home and I'm sewing......... I'm one happy girl indeed. Working on my Sherbet Pips quilt, then I move onto a lamp shade and cushions, why can't I concentrate on one thing at a head is spinning with ideas.

What are you making this week?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Snippets of a Long Weekend

The past long week end was so nice. My sister, Rosa and I took a trip to Wagga to visit our family. We left boys and the rain behind us.

Casserole night, toasted marshmallows and open fire in my brother's back yard was bliss.

Spending just a little bit of time with this precious poppet was special.

The sunny, lazy picnic in the park was priceless.

Receiving a much loved crochet cowl from my mum was appreciated.

Hope you are having a happy week.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Charlie Boy

My gorgeous first born turned 8 today, I seriously cannot believe it has been 8 years since we bought this beautiful boy of ours into the world.

Here he is (left) after a fabulous Sunday at Luna Park with his best friend Luke and Rosa and Harvey. He and Paul took a train into the city in the morning to pick a special present at the hobby shop and ended the day eating ice cream and playing with his new electric train set.

Happy Birthday my special boy, Have fun being 8!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Kitchen Thrifty Finds

A few kitchen things were to be found this week.  Some great glass jars to house my tea and coffee.

I found this tin in Vinnie's for $2, the lovely lady next to me at the counter said I should use it for agar salads.  Now my siblings will have a little chuckle when they read this. As kids, every Boxing day we would begrudgingly go to a luncheon at Betty's house. Betty was the sweetest old lady from our church who always put on a spread of meatloaf, cold meats and the finest of agar vegies. There was jello peas, jello carrot, jello get the picture. We would giggle away in the corner and never manage to eat any, I'm telling you, nothing was rolling off our plate. 

I have no intention of using it for jello carrots but you can find the recipe here for Grandma's Sunshine Salad. Oh and sorry sis, not ironing the tea towel (also an op shop find) Who's got time for ironing tea towels and table cloths. 

One can never have enough retro, mustard Pyrex. Also my favourite for the week, a Noritake sugar bowl for $3.75....bargain. I see these on ebay for $25

Some cute Arcoroc glass wear.

A wooden chip and dip platter straight from the 70's. 

Check out Sophie's for some more kitsch or otherwise beautiful finds.