Saturday, 19 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
So to start the festive season off, here is Edith the Helpful Elf.
Edith is one of the little grandy and baa girls that is all dressed up as a very helpful elf. As you will see she is hand drawn so this is perhaps more of an idea or guide than an actual precise pattern. I think little Edith would look lovely as an applique or an embroidery. I will return later this week to show you my finished Ethel, who will be gracing Minnie's new Christmas stocking.
Edith the Helpful Little Elf
Please let me know if you are unable to print or download the PDF (I am trying Scribd for the first time on here). It should be fairly simple to print the PDF or to follow the link to the Scribd page to view and print from there. I would be more than happy to email you the design as a PDF or a word document.
I am really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful Christmas creations from around the blogging traps. How can this time of the year not be contagious?
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
On this trip we were constantly impressed by how well Minnie travelled, sometimes for long stretches in the car. After thinking it would have been the road trip from hell, we are now planning a journey to Far North Queensland...
More later on the rest of this little holiday.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
listening - to Minnie's compilation car CD that include tracks by The Cure, Joan Armatrading,
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
The lounge room at the Blue House is perhaps the smallest lounge room in the world. Well not quite but very tiny. It reminds me of living in our flat in London, huddled near the radiator, hot tea in hand, rug on our laps. Its that kind of room. Perfect for winters and chilly evenings as it heats up in a few minutes. But its small. Only about 4m by 4m. Its full with the people of the house in here, then add the great Molly and Daisy the cat and its almost bursting at the seams.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
'What has she got NOW?'
1 pkt Buttermenthols - eaten
1 tin of extra strong mints - eaten
5 tampons - chewed up
2 pads - chewed up
2 permanent markers - destroyed
1 hair slide, eaten
2 hair clips, destroyed
And one balloon pump, destroyed, a pile of Minnie's art work, a toothbrush, one tube of toothpaste and a packet of biscuits. Last week, she ate Minnie's bike helmet, 2 bags and my hand written recipe book.
And she brings us things - whenever we come home or wake up or enter a room she brings us something really special to show us how much she love us. Its usually soggy paper or knickers or a tea towel or a shoe. We pat her head and tell her 'good girl' and she looks all clever and happy with her self. Molly even takes things to the cat every time she sees her - the cat thinks the dog is mental. Then Molly goes and does something really 'cute' like eat my glasses (oh, yes - my actual glasses, the ones I have for seeing).
You know what? Even when I am often heard saying 'That bloody dog,' we do all love her.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
And some of my costume jewellery. I love how they sparkle and shine and I used to wear them often. Now there is a battle with a certain 3 year old over who gets to wear them. Given they have very large sharp pins on the back, they are staying out of circulation for a while.
(And yes, I am many days behind but who could blog when the weather was so glorious here over the weekend).
Thursday, 13 August 2009
This old house needs a lot of work, like the extension I have planned so perfectly in my mind. My husband and my sweet friend G get to hear about it, all the time. I know that one day it will happen. Just need lotsa cashola!
So here are a couple of walls that have had something done to them.
The before shot.
PS - I do realise I am one day behind - it would not be me if I was organised and on time...
And the after shots.
The above wall is small section of the hallway outside Minnie's room, opposite the lounge room and at the entry to the kitchen (if that makes sense). I have been looking at this wall now for a long time as sofa is on the other side of the lounge room, looking out into the hallway. I have long planned to wallpaper it. I found the perfect wallpaper on the online auction site but missed the end of the auction. Bum. So I moved on to my second plan.
I used some vintage children's encyclopedia's and atlas' that I picked up at the local op shop for 50cents each. And some wall paper paste that was $14.95 at a big hardware store (I only used about $2.00 worth on this project). Tearing out the pages of these old books was actually a little traumatic - as the daughter of an antique book collector, I felt very bad destroying them.
I washed the walls with sugar soap, let them dry and made up the paste. I simply applied the paste to the back of the pages with a paint brush, let it soak in for a minute or two and them stuck the pages to the wall. Although they looked a little bumpy, I smoothed them the best I could. It dried beautifully - all smooth and no air bubbles. If you are thinking of a similar project, keep in mind that some print may run in old books. Apply the sheets gently to the wall, without rubbing too much and you should be OK. I did this yesterday and it only took an 2 hours, which I think half of this time was spent reading the pages I was ripping out.
Last night a lot of time was spent reading the walls - I now know a lot about transportation in Brazil and cloud formation...
The next photo is a wall in our kitchen/dinning room. Its a big old country kitchen that once had a rather large wood fired oven. It looks like it was removed many years ago and the space has been boarded in to form a little nook. This was perfect for my cooking books. And I love blackboards and thought I needed one right here. Its great for Minnie to scribble on while I am getting dinner ready. I put the weekly menu up there so I we all know what we are having and it's often covered in times - times that I put things in the oven and the time they are due out. I do know there are oven timers for such things...
It was another inexpensive project - the blackboard paint was only about $10.00 and is enough for quite a few projects.
And this is a photo of the lovely shadows that are cast on our bedroom wall each morning. If only it was there all day - another project perhaps?
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
This week I thought I would blog along the theme of 'our house.' Is that just being really lazy, showing you a few snaps of the Blue House? I think perhaps in my case it is. Anyway, here are a couple of shots of Minnie's room. Look at that un-ironed doona cover! What a house keeper I am! You may also notice that you are only seeing a very small part of the room. Although it's a big room, the play/reading/book shelves corners were a little too messy on this day so that bit will come later.
I decorated my very, very cheap lamp on Minnie's bedside table by drawing on the lamp shade and gluing and fusing on fabric and buttons. You may recognise these little girls from my dresses and tee-shirts. The bedside table is a very old White Oil box that my father restored for me when I was a young girl. And Minnie's yellow bed is a antique iron bed that I found on eBay, winning the auction for $1.00 (but the lovely lady would not except the $1.00 or the $10.00 I was trying to give her). We built the slats that fit on this bed from a bed base that I found out on the roadside ready for Council pick up. So a pretty inexpensive bed!
And that little fluffy on the bedside table - that's my husbands toy he had as a baby.
Now I will try and tidy the rest of that room...