Thursday, February 28, 2008

on my desk

This post should of appeared yesterday as part of Kirsty's new Wednesday meme On My Desk. Great game you should join in!

On my desk is
Thread Den sewing timetable
Earth Hour newspaper cutting
Recent op shop purchase - tin .50c
Vintage ishuffle circa 2004

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

the plot thickens

Just when I was thinking to myself who could I contact that maybe interested in having a look at the Miss Australia photo collection I have, Violet & Rose kindly pointed out to me that there is an exhibition currently running at the Melbourne Museum - Miss Australia: A Nation's Quest. Well, I never... what are the chances of that! I honestly had no idea. I can't wait to go and have a look at the exhibition.

If you are playing 'this is...' you will love our challenge for this week. It may require some homework for some but the good kind of homework not the my-brain-hurts kind of homework! Have fun!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

a scary ebay story

Today I received a parcel in the post, I recognised the username on the back of the parcel and thought to myself it was from a blogger that had arranged a mini swap recently.

When I opened the parcel I was totally amazed... how did she know I was looking out for Australiana tea towels? Perhaps Allison who very generously sent me some tea towels last week knew her and told her?? I was dumbfounded but very happy. Then I remembered I actually bidded for and won the tea towel on ebay last week...

miss australia 1966

It turns out that the beauty pageant photo collection I have here is infact a Miss Australia photo collection! Here I was thinking it was the local RSL fundraiser winner.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


On Monday a parcel arrived from Superbuzzy, the trim that I had ordered came inside a popcorn gun man paper bag.

On Thursday my partner's father gave me some homegrown popping corn.

On Saturday I bought a vintage sewing patch from an antique shop and they popped it into a popcorn bag.

Another serendipitous story... and another beauty pageant!

This is...

Me taking a picture of myself in the mirror with my favourite accessory.

I found the small signet ring I'm wearing in the back of a station wagon in 1976. Back then it could only fit on my middle finger then as the years went on it made it's way to it's permanent home, my little finger. Through out the years it has been lost and then found, bent and battered, neglected and then re-loved, used in clairvoyant readings, re-silvered, etched with the letter A and fitted with a new ruby twice. It's probable worth is $2.00 on ebay but it has a story and is my favourite accessory : )

Thank you Jhoanna for another great theme!! I'm going to ask Pip from Mikes for next week's theme...

Feel free to join in the fun at anytime!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

beauty pageant

Bricolagelife has started a 'found photo' meme, which has inspired me to join.

My partner's father used to do alot of work demolishing and refurbishing buildings, he has picked up a few things along the way like this framed photo of a beauty pageant from 1975. She is one of 10 framed beauty pageant photo's that he has kept. This photo is one of my favourites. I think I will photograph one a day so I can share the complete collection.

Thank you Kirsty for alerting me to this meme and thank you also for your 'on my desk' inspiration!

on my desk

articles from old frankie magazines, fabric bought from spotlight last night (i'm thinking lining for inside a chocolate brown coin purse), old matchbox found within a matchbox collection...

article found in frankie issue 12. enjoy.

Friday, February 22, 2008


I've pulled two numbers from a sewing basket and I will be sending off a fabric allsorts pack to both Snailblazer and Sallad!!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

polariod no more

Have you heard that polaroid film is to be discontinued by the end of the year. Very sad news indeed and something to be aware of so you can stock up before it's gone forever.

Above is what has been snapped on my camera phone this week. I use my camera phone alot, it's not exactly the best quality but it's always on hand when something catches my eye. Maybe you could post what is on your camera phone too and we can come and have a peek?

If you want another laugh out loud moment you have to go here, it's funny.


Frankie is amazing!

Jhoanna has posted her theme for this weeks 'This is...' and it's another good one!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

decals and a flashback

I picked up some unopened retro decals from a secondhand shop not long ago. This particular decal reminded me of a flashback photo I remember seeing back in the days of Flashback Friday. After a little research last night I found the photo!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Kath and Kel - Dancing With the Stars

this is... what makes me laugh out loud

I'm not actually a laugh out loud kinda person, I'm more a laugh from the inside kinda person. That said however Kath & Kim can sometimes get me laughing out loud and Little Britain ofcourse, I do love a good comedy!!

I would love to ask Jhoanna from One Red Robin if she would like to suggest our 'This is...' theme for next week. Thank you Poppalina for this weeks theme!

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Today I went in search of The Classic Bicycle Shop located in downtown St Kilda. The shop is filled with the most amazing and beautiful classic bikes. I've got my eye on the seductive senorita above and I think on a less sun-blazing day I will go back for a test ride and fingers crossed a purchase!

Here are some other bike themed links of interest
one free bike
copenhagen girls on bikes
the sartorialist


If you would like to purchase a Fabric Allsorts Pack they are now available through my etsy shop!

Each kit is available for $10USD and not $10 Australian as I wrote on my previous post, I wonder why etsy doesn't let us use our Aussie dollar.

Friday, February 15, 2008

fabric allsorts pack's

As of tomorrow I will have Fabric Allsorts Pack's available via my shop for $10AUD plus postage. Inspired by licorice allsorts each fabric pack contains 100 grams of delicious fabric scraps perfect for adding too a log cabin cushion or baby quilt. Strips vary in width between 8cm - 2.5cm. You can see a preview of some fabrics from the front of the pack plus there is more tucked behind!

They are only available until they are all eaten up! I would love to give a pack away to two readers. If you would like to be a part of the giveaway please leave a comment with 'mmm... yes please'. I will draw two winners same time next week!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Yesterday a caught up with Allison for lunch and she generously gave me two of her new beautiful soaps. Too good to use ofcourse. When I arrived home after lunch my new owl soap dish had arrived. It was all very serendipitous!

I've also realised that I forget to mention who will be suggesting our 'This is...' theme for Sunday. I asked Poppalina if she would like to suggest something and she happily agreed.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

this is... sunday lunch

When it comes to weekend meals I'm not afraid to 'outsource'. Weekends usually involve breakfast/brunch at a Melbourne cafe followed by sometimes an 'outsourced' dinner. For those who have seen the size of my very tiny kitchen you would understand why this is so.

Today was a beautiful Chickpea Salad from a beautiful cafe named Made. So beautiful infact that I couldn't resist taking photo's inside their cafe whilst having my camera with me.

Saturday, February 09, 2008


I spied this on today's TV guide and thought I would share.

Tonight SBS 9.30pm
The Beating of the Butterfly's Wings (Comedy. Rating M)
A striking, offbeat comedy about the whimsical nature of fate. Stars the popular French singer Faudel and French beauty Audrey Tautou.

craft is

As seen in today's paper, it must be true.

apricot jam made by harry

Not only does Fiona's son make a damn good Apricot Jam, I think his handwriting is pretty cool too!

Friday, February 08, 2008

online reading and being late

About five days ago I unexpectedly received a You Make My Day Award by Ainslie. *blush* : ) Thank you Ainslie!

The Purpose of this Award is as follows:-

'Give the award to 10 people whose blog brings you happiness and inspiration and makes you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware, you may get this award several times'.

So five days later I bring to you 10 blogs that give me a smile and a day of inspiration too.

Daydream Lilly
Tabitha Emma
Meet Me At Mikes
All The Tiny Things
Arthur's Circus
boobook sausage dogs
The Lark
Inside a Black Apple
Belle and Boo

And for some inspirational online reading you should go and have a peruse of Blanket Magazine, which just so happens to have an article on Sew Your Own!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

inside a black apple

Emily from inside a black apple has created a PDF of these very sweet illustrations for all to download as a special Valentines treat. How adorable are her illustrations!!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

a busy day means no time for play

Today I packed up my suitcase full of kits and dropped off some orders around town, it's been a long but a very productive day.

Allison has posted her suggestion for this Sunday's 'This is...' post, you can take a peek over here. I think this Sunday's menu is going to be extra special...

Monday, February 04, 2008

calico and chintz

Last week I visited Calico & Chintz who are sadly closing down. They are having a closing down sale starting tomorrow. I have included the sale details above. Pop in and say hello to Kathryn and Beverley. I'm sorry to hear you girls are leaving however I have a feeling you will be embarking on new adventures (It's hard to keep creative women still) and we will see you both again soon!

Calico and Chintz 99 Auburn Road, Hawthorn 9813 5634

Sunday, February 03, 2008

this is... my collection

One of the things I love to collect is ceramic figurines. I especially love the ones with Made in Japan stamped underneath.

I would love to ask Allison from Lark to finish the sentence 'This is...' for next weeks theme.

I'm off to look at everyone's collections!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

electronic journal

It was time to clean out my photo files from my phone as I've been missing out on photo opportunities when my phone reads Memory Full at the most inconvenient times. Looking through the images I had taken with my phone I realized how much it was my portable electronic journal.