Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Springtime quilt and happy mail

I've finally made a start on my very first vintage fabric quilt. These are all pre loved sheets from op shops and fat quarter swaps. I have the biggest stash and it must go down because I keep seeing lovely sheets and just have to buy them. I have to justify it somehow, they all can't seriously make it onto our beds.

This pretty number is made up of 5" squares and is going to our neighbour's baby who was born six months ago. I'm using a thrifted white chenille bedspread for backing..................does anyone else take this long to get baby gifts out? I'm feeling a little guilty. 

And now for some happy mail shots. I won these gorgeous baby burp cloths from the lovely Tania over at Ivy Nest.  I know a certain someone having a baby girl soon so at least she wont have to wait six months for her pressie. Aren't they lovely? they are so soft and I love the yellow.

and look what she snuck into the package, pretty pins tucked into a hand made envelope.

And this sweet summer dress which I have put away for Rosa's birthday next month. Julie from Narioka makes the prettiest girls dresses and tops, not to mention amazing quilts, you really should take a look.

Thanks girls x

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Just a few op shop finds this week, A sweet set of 4 Arcopal France mugs, the kids love their hot chocolates in these, they are the perfect size and the perfect price of $2 for the set.

Two small plates for my plate wall, I love the simple design on the top one.

A Pyrex plate found for $1.........I spy one on Sophie's post too!

And the week wouldn't be complete without some bright orange Pyrex for $6.

Linking up with Sophie at Her Library Adventures 

Hope you have all had a happy week end!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Florence cushions

My friend recently bought this lovely Florence Broadhurst fabric from here. I'm making her a couple of cushions for her lounge, she kindly gave me the rest of the fabric so I whipped up a couple for my friend's birthday this week, she has been in hospital with pneumonia so hopefully they will cheer her up a bit.

I used a charcoal pre made piping which I love (anything to get out of making my own) and an almost black micro suede. I positioned the zip across the back as I'm yet to learn how to add a zip in the bottom of piped cushions. I loved how they turned out and can't wait to make the other two.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stepping up

Last school holidays my older two did an afternoon mosaic workshop turning an old grey paver into a beautiful work of art. 

Two very colourful stepping stones were laid yesterday while doing the gardening and enjoying the Sydney sunshine. Now I'm off to the hardware store to get another one for Rosa. I have all my old mosaic tiles and grout tucked away in the shed. This week we will create a girly one to add to the boys.

Top - Harvey's snake, Bottom - Charlie's dog.

Hopefully you've had some sunshine and creativity in your part of the world this week end. 

Monday, August 8, 2011


I've been collecting an assortment of plates on my op shop visits lately. I love the antique floral, the modern and the retro, what ever takes my fancy I buy and see how they all look together. I'm planning on creating a plate wall feature in my new kitchen.

Inspired by these gorgeous images (sorry I have forgotten where I found these images, if they are yours please let me know so I can credit you).

And this little box set beauty was found on my recent trip to Daylesford, I've been eyeing them off online for a while and finally bought them as a birthday gift to me. Rob Ryan is so talented and each plate comes with a lovely meaningful saying. I'll be finding a special spot on my wall for these too.

Playing along with Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures.

Have a happy week everyone!

Friday, August 5, 2011


It's been measured and ordered, I'll be counting the weeks until our new kitchen is in.

There is a lot of floor work to be done before I get too excited. Yes I have lost my sink and have become accustomed to washing up in the bathtub. Yes I've been staring at a dirt floor for the best part of a week and yes our house smells like a musty, damp garden....but it will all be worth it come mid September.

And I can't say my makeshift kitchen is all that bad.................yes that is an installed dishwasher in the corner with the pipe out the window.....yes I have a handy husband who tries ever so hard to make my life easier.