Thursday, 18 December 2008

all good things...

come to those who spend too many hours on eBay searching for that 'perfect' piece of furniture. This is our big Christmas present this year. Isn't it lovely?

The photo is from the eBay man - that's not our house. The gorgeous piece is in our bedroom and looks (or will look) wonderful. As it only arrived last night (thank you darling husband for going out of your way to collect it) I can't show it off in situ as our bedroom looks like something has exploded - not so Danish, a bit more dumpster...




I have these chairs (I wanted to show them off again after seeing these gorgeous finds today) and I am now on the hunt for a new dinning table. And one day, the perfect sideboard for our dinning room/kitchen will be there on eBay, waiting for only me. Or perhaps beside the road on hard rubbish night? Or left at my door in a moses basket with a little note...
My work here is not done. eBay for me is like porn is for many men. I need it everyday. And sometimes I hide it from my husband.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

stretched... (and a little giveaway)

Christmas Destination...

The calender days seem to be flicking quickly over. With it comes that urgent need to get things done before the end of the year. I am not sure why this becomes such a battle, such a rush and at times, such a stressful time. I know we put this pressure on ourselves but does it really matter if some tasks flow over to the New Year?

So I am feeling a little stretched. Trying to get a million things done before Saturday 19th December - that's the cut off you see. My sweet, sweet biggest brother is arriving from London (where he lives) with his new wife, whom I have not yet met! We are all spending a few days here and then travelling to Tasmania to spend a family Christmas in the country. Sadly my sister who lives in Hong Kong has chosen warm sunny Thailand over the possibly freezing cold Midlands...


So I am trying to get some sewing finished for presents for new babies, friends and family, send out Christmas cards, swap the contents of 2 full rooms while painting them, get the garden under control and get ready for our holiday. I am sure there are more things on this list...


What are you trying to get done? And more importantly, how are you keeping sane?


And as a reward for your efforts, someone will get a little pack with some plastic sewing needles featured in the previous post and some hessian squares for your minnie sewers. Just leave a comment before now and Wednesday 17th December.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

it must be craft week...





Minnie thanks you all for your lovely comments about her printing. She did want to point out that she didn't cut the design out herself - its one of her Mummy's applique designs. Just in case you thought she was some kind of scissor snipping prodigy...

Today we had a trip to a great big fabric store (Shyster-Light) in search of some plastic needles for Miss Minnie's sewing. I have let her use great big metal darning needles but have to watch her like a hawk - I have horrible flashes of what could happen if that needle made contact with, for example, a toddlers eye, temple, nasal passage...

So we went to the store, spent 55.00AUS on fabric and 'stuff', even after pointing out that they overcharged me 20.00AUS. Every time I go to Shyster-Light they 'accidentally overcharge' - some 'computer error' that for the last few months seems to have gone un-fixed. I almost offered up the services of my brother-in -aw, who as an IT manager-person for a BIG computer company, may be able to whip up a fix for this 'computer error.' I am starting to think they may like this little 'computer error'... This computer error was matched by the other little issue today - 'sorry we charged you for 3 cottons, I didn't realise there were only 2...' Mmm, computer problems and an apparent visual impairment epidemic in the staff. Poor loves, how can they cope with it all?

Anyway, back to the story. We got the plastic needles - they are darning needles, to be found in the knitting section (if you can climb over all the crap on the floor) and the brand we got are Arbee.


I got some hessian (about 4.99AUS a meter at Shyster-Light), cut it into squares (about 20x20cm) and over locked the edges of little squares. I threaded the needles with embroidery thread (floss) and started the first stitch - as the weave is open on the hessian, I sewed over the start a couple of times so the knot doesn't pull through.

Then leave it to professionals...



Tuesday, 2 December 2008

the print makers assitant...


Afternoon at the blue house. Minnie asked yesterday to do some printing but given it was about 7.30pm, I promised that we would print our little hearts out today. So this afternoon out came the screen, the paint, the stand-in squeegee (no idea what happened to the real one), and lots of paper.


As you can see from the photos Minnie knows her stuff. Yes, the paint may have bled a little (not really printing ink you see) but she hasn't got her prints listed in an Etsy shop yet so I think its OK...


But like all activities with a toddler, they can be over in 1/50th of the time they take to set up.

Oh and I forgot to tell you all that Minnie has been out of nappies for about 2 1/2 months. We thought it was never going to happen and with the move and Alice dying we didn't push it. Then it just happened. 2 weeks after the move to no nappies in the day, she wanted to stop wearing nappies at night. No accidents yet. We get very cute little wake up calls at 5.00am 'potty please' - can't be cross about that. I was a little sad actually - no nappies, weaned in May - no longer a baby....

So its big girl nickers now. But as Minnie is a very little big girl, the smallest sizes fall down if there are no clothes holding them up.
Sadly, her mother doesn't share this problem...

Monday, 1 December 2008

shameless plugging...

I know, switch off now if you don't want to read a post of shamless plugging... But you see I have some very clever friends and I am actually helping you out. I imagine that some of you are like me and have not perhaps done very much shopping for Christmas or the holidays or Hanukkah... So I thought I would help you out by showing you some creations from some super clever and super lovely people I know. All handmade, all based in Australia.

Harriet and Tim (from Hobart) from Dick and Dora make the most gorgeous acrylic and wooden jewellery - I have this brooch and a bird necklace. Lovely! Get it here.

Selina makes very cute pants for very cute bottoms (obviously not mine...) and hats for sweet little heads. Selina has a shop here.



Looking for cards? Look no further my friends. Check out Wendy's range here.



And a new comer - my darling friend Tania from MYlittleFERRETS is making tote bags for boys and girls. She is getting ready to add her beautiful creations to her shop so check back often to have a look. You can get them in person here at the moment...