Friday, January 30, 2009

6 random things about me

  • I really, REALLY wanted to be Princess (above) from 'Battle of the Planets,' when I was younger. Maybe I still do.....
  • I once hosted a 5 min Saturday morning TV show - in Korean!
  • I have a birthmark in the shape of Jesus on my left arm. OK, that's not true. But I did have one on my chin (not in the shape of Jesus) which I had removed because people used to think I had a drop of water hanging from my chin.
  • I hate drinking beer but love traditional apple cider
  • I like animals but I've never owned my own pet.
  • I estimate that I ate about 20kg/44lbs of chocolate on my last European trip. You could say our trip was called, 'Chocolate and other goodies from London to Vienna.' Pity we skipped Belgium...... Lucky we walked for hours every day so I didn't put on any weight!

Things to do when it's REALLY hot

We've been stuck inside for the past week. The longest heat wave in a hundred years (see previous posts!). We're pretty much confined to two rooms of the house because everywhere else is waaaay too hot. Here are some of the ways we've cooled down (keep in mind I am accompanied by a toddler!)

  • Get out some interesting kitchen things - strainers, slotted spoons, empty plastic sauce bottle (safety first! No dangerous objects please~) Play in the bath. For an hour twice a day : D
  • Freeze giant ice blocks in interesting shapes. Use some food dye if you dare. Play with them. Freeze plastic toys inside - zoo animals are great!
  • Make home made ice lollies with fruit juice and cut up pieces of fruit. Eat them.
  • Hit your local mall. Walk around. Have an ice coffee. Loiter.
  • Get a baby sitter and go and see a movie (OK, we normally wouldn't do this but it is hubby's birthday.)
  • Dampen a muslin cloth or bed sheet. Wrap it around you and sit in front of a fan/breeze
  • Watch Happy Feet or another movie set in a cold place. Eat ice cream and pretend your a polar bear. ( I know, bears don't eat ice cream.....)
  • Bring out every trick in your arty crafty book to entertain the kidlets. We've done finger painting, collages, painting with straws, painting on an easel, colouring etc etc etc There are plenty of ideas floating around the internet thingy so get a googlin'

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Why eat organic meat?

  • grass and other feedstuffs used must be organic (no animal by products are fed to them!)
  • livestock rearing involves strict animal welfare standards
  • growth hormones are prohibited, as is the routine use of antibiotics and other veterinary drugs. Antibiotics are only given to organic animals in cases of acute illness, when the animal might otherwise suffer.
  • no artifical light used to promote growth
  • genetic modification is not permitted
  • Naturally leaner and higher in protein
  • Contains fewer calories
  • Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • High in Vitamin E
  • Has a higher level of muscle building and energy promoting creatine
  • Much lower risk of E Coli and Campylobacter
  • High in Beta Carotene
  • Contains low levels of saturated fat
  • High in healthy Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLA’s)
  • The satisfaction of eating meat as nature intended you to!
Or, you could try going vegetarian..... Personally, I like to eat meat. I was vegetarian for over 2 years when I went through a 'don't fancy eating meat' phase. I definitely care about the welfare of the animals that I eat. This may seem hypocritical when you think about raising an animal for slaughter but if you compare the treatment of non organic and organically raised animals you may be able to understand my logic?
Hubby and I decided some time ago that we didn't want to compromise the quality of the food that we eat. We decided to eat less meat of better quality (let's face, eating organically can be expensive) and to spend our money on fresh organic produce instead of take away or highly processed food. We've both noticed a reduction in our 'hay fever' symptoms (stuffy nose, wheezing etc) and hubby's reflux has also improved since our conversion to mostly organic foods. Moo's egg and lactose intolerance have both improved and I have less eczema. That's worth the extra money to me!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's hot.

The toilet seat is warm.
The bed feels like it has an electric blanket turned on.
Going out the front door feels like walking into a giant oven.
43 today. 110 Fahrenheit.
It's horrid.
The weather is going to be like this for another 3 days at least. YUK!

Monday, January 26, 2009

I hate summer

Tomorrow's forcast temperature is 38. Then as the week progresses 38, 41, 40, 40, 40, 31 and 30. For all you fahrenheit people, that's 100-106 degrees for a week! It's going to be (I hope they are proven wrong) the hottest week here for over 100 years. Don't think I'll be getting any use out of the slippers I made...... Roll on winter. Please.

Bloody global warming.

Felted jumper/sweater slippers

I cut these out a few weeks ago and finally got around to sewing them up this afternoon when Moo was having her nap. It took all of 10 mins. So easy and I love them sooooo much. Reasons;
  • super comfy
  • loose but don't fall off (I hate tight shoes and even wear a size bigger than I need to)
  • feels like bare feet but your feet don't get cold (not that I have to worry about that at the moment)
The pattern was found here. All you have to do is enlarge it to your required size using a photocopier. I used our printer/scanner/copier which doesn't have a manual 'enlargement percentage' button which made it a little tricky to get the exact size. But after a lot of experimentation I got the size I was after. *phewf* That was the trickiest part.

The felted jumper was another 'oops, woolens shouldn't be washed in hot water with normal detergent' accident. I'm so glad I was able to make something out of that poor shrunken mini jumper. Who would have known when I shrunk it over5 years ago that I would learn to sew and finally rescue it from a fate worse than landfill? I just threw it in the back of the wardrobe because I felt too bad about wasting a jumper that wasn't worn out. It even moved house when we did. Who knows what I thought I might be able to do with it - but there you go! Being a hoarder is not such a bad thing after all!

Well there you go.....

Moo when she was a few hours old - looking slightly sore....

I've just been looking through some boxes and I found some things that my Mum had saved - cards and paper from when I was born and my first and second birthdays. There was also the tags she and I wore in hospital and the tag off my humidicrib. It was very interesting to me (maybe not to you....) that there are huge similarities between my birth and Moo's birth. Mum and I were both admitted to hospital for an induction for being overdue (I was already 2 weeks over) and it was 2 days before our babies were born. They were both POP (persistent occiput posterior) - ie around the wrong way. I was delivered by forceps (and more which I won't share in this forum) due to fetal distress and Moo was born by C-section for the same reason. Annie and I were both slow to respond and lost over 200g (1/2 lb) before leaving the hospital. Moo was born only 1/2 a centimeter (1/5") taller than me. I weighed 3580 (7lbs 15ozs) and she 3850 (8lbs 6oz).

Moo at 6 weeks - looking more like herself - but with a funny expression on her face...... : D

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I got bored...

... of my old template. I felt like I wanted to freshen it up - that brown was getting really tiring.....


How it's going on the getting organised front.....

I have done a ton of research. I love to do that. I read anything I could get my hands on on the internet and then went to Borders and looked at some books. Realised that the information in the books was easily found on the internet and decided to save my money (and time to keep from putting the damn thing away again and again) and to go by the tips I had already gathered.

Basically, this is what I have done so far;
  • worked out exactly what needs to be done at our house on a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis
  • wrote each thing on a piece of 3x5 inch card and filed it under the days of the week, then weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the month and then each month of the year in one of those office organiser thing-a-ma-jigs
  • I sat down and wrote out all the appointments I have each week, like Mother's group, Moo's creche day, etc etc and decided which days to: do the grocery shopping, do cleaning, pay bills and do the finances etc (obviously not set in stone because I'm just not that kind of person!)
  • I place each card behind it's day or month and so it's there to tell me what to do each day/week. (Mind you I don't always stick to doing the things. Sometimes I just refile them for another day.)
  • wrote a huge long list of all the things that have been bothering me re the house, like painting and repairs and am slowing working down this list
  • set aside 20 mins each day to devote to decluttering. I've found that like going to the gym the starting is the hard part. I have actually been spending a lot more than 20 mins because once I start I get all inspired.... (sad, isn't it ; )
  • placed a container in each room for all the stray bits and bobs. When the box is full all of the things go back to their homes. It means I can do a quick tidy in 5 mins and the room looks spotless again. I also got a box with hubby's name on it to put all of his things in. He can put them away himself 'cause I'm no maid...... : )
This may seem completely over the top but I needed to do it. The state of things was really stressing me out and cleaning had become such a chore because the longer you put things off the harder they are. A boring example: Each morning after I finish showering I take a rag (I have a box of them under the sink) and I quickly swipe around the basin and wipe any marks off the mirror. Bathroom always looks like it's just been cleaned and I've spent all of 30 secs.
I've come to the conclusion that it's all about habits and working things into your everyday routine. The cards are just there to remind me and keep me on track. Of course seasonal things are easy to forget so it's nice to have a reminder for that stuff.....
Now that I've bored the socks off you it's time to go and tidy the dinner dishes! (And you put those socks that I've bored off you into the dirty laundry basket or else!!! ha ha ha)

Eye-spy something begining with 'J'

Jumping jackrabbits it's hard to find things that start with J (that aren't jam or junk).
I had to go and make something - this jazzy jumper. OK, it's not a jumper in the sense that us Aussies use (sweater) but it says 'jumper' on the pattern (Simplicity 7366 circa 1977).

It's a size 3 which swamps our skinny Moo Moo but I figure she can wear it next winter with a long sleeved top and leggings underneath and the bonus is it will still fit next summer. And the summer after that. And let's face it, most likely until she is 4 years old. Great! (She can still wear clothes meant for 9mth old babies - the are just waaaay too short. Dresses become tops and pants become shorts. Handy use of last summers clothes really.)
I guess I should have placed my pattern more carefully so the pattern was not misaligned on the front but basically I just didn't have the patience....... How terrible is that???
Mum saw the post where I wrote about finding the bed sheet and pattern and she tells me she made me the very same jumper when I was about the same age. That's nice.

Thank you to Cindy at Bug and Pop who is hosting Eye Spy and to Lauren for the fun theme.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Feeling nostalgic

Today I got an email from my friend in Sweden. She attached some photos and in some of them E and her family were making a little camp fire on an island in the middle of a frozen lake and eating snacks. It reminded me of the day we went there. The weather was perfect - the lake was frozen but there hadn't been any snow yet (perfect for skating!). The sun was shining and it was just before Christmas so we ate lussekatter (saffron buns) and drank coffee. We too made a fire and grilled some sausages. We skated around and acted like kids. B (my friend's brother) did some 'ice dancing' (parodi) and we cut some holes in the ice in the hope of catching some fish. Fun times.
When we were in high school E and I used to write to each other at least once a week. Now we're lucky enough to manage an email every 6 months. That doesn't mean that we don't think of each other - it's just that being a grown up means you have other responsibilities. I can't sit in Math class anymore and write a letter, pretending I'm solving equations.....
But, I'm going to try and make an effort to write more to my friends who live far away. B and E and C in England, Sweden and New Zealand are the first 3 on my list.
If I can write a blog I can find time to email my friends, right?

*sigh* I miss you 'syster yster'!

If only it were true.....

I've been reading a Swedish blog called 'tjuvlyssnat', which I guess translates to eavesdropping or overheard. People send in convos that they've heard and some are very amusing..... I liked this one:

Two girls about 20 are in the dairy section buying supplies for what appears to be a taco night.
Girl 1: Hey, look at this! She picks up a small carton of sour cream from the shelf and points to the label.
Girl 2: What?
Girl 1: Look, 30% fat! That's heaps!!
Girl 2: Oh bummer....but we have to have sour cream. What'll we do?
Both are silent for a moment and look devastated when one girl sees something on the shelf that makes her smile.
Girl 1: Look! This one is a large carton!
Girl 2: Yeah, so?
Girl 1: Don't you get it? If we buy a large carton instead of a small carton, the 30% fat is diluted in a larger surface area.
Girl 2: Oh, of course!! Damn right we are good!

If only it were fact!!! Then I could get the giant chocolate bar, the giant cake, the supersize lasagne......

Overheard in New York is the English version of the tjuvlyssnat site. Go and have a laugh!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Eye spy - A taste of summer

The beach. Cousins, Uncles, Grandads and family. Floaties and rashies.

Sandy towels. Seaweed. Snacks on the beach when you're tired of swimming.
Floaties and blow up boats. Rainbow hats.

Watermelon, afternoon naps, ice cream, movies, camping and boating.
Sitting outside in the evening with a beverage of your choice, enjoying the breeze.
Fish and chips, crunchy salads and BBQs.
Thunderstorms, home grown tomatoes and having no schedule.
Oh, summer! How I love thee. (When you're not tooooo hot.....)

Thanks Anastasia for this weeks theme.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

One of my favorite rants


Buy These Organic if you can (HIGHEST IN PESTICIDE)
Sweet Bell Peppers
Grapes (Imported)

Lowest in Pesticides
Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Sweet Peas (Frozen)

The Full List: 45 Fruits & Veggies




1 (worst)


100 (highest pesticide load)





Sweet Bell Peppers


















Grapes - Imported















Green Beans



Hot Peppers

































Honeydew Melon






Winter Squash






Sweet Potatoes






























Sweet Peas-Frozen









Sweet Corn-Frozen





45 (best)


1 (lowest pesticide load)

Why Should You Care About Pesticides?
There is growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people,especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, shoppers are wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible.
What’s the Difference? An EWG simulation of thousands of consumers eating high and low pesticide diets shows that people can lower their pesticide exposure by almost 90 percent by avoiding the top twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated instead. Eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables will expose a person to about 14 pesticides per day, on average. Eating the 12 least contaminated will expose a person to less than 2 pesticides per day. Less dramatic comparisons will produce less dramatic reductions, but without doubt using the Guide provides people with a way to make choices that lower pesticide exposure in the diet.
Will Washing and Peeling Help? Nearly all of the data used to create these lists already considers how people typically wash and prepare produce (for example, apples are washed before testing, bananas are peeled). While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
How Was This Guide Developed? The produce ranking was developed by analysts at the not-for-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) based on the results of nearly 51,000 tests for pesticides on produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2000 and 2005. A detailed description of the criteria used in developing the rankings as well as a full list of fresh fruits and vegetables that have been tested is available at

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fell off the wagon

Today I was feeling like I couldn't be bothered with being organised or decluttering. So, I totally dedicated the day to hangin' out with Moo. We built wooden castles, read books, played in the sandpit, went to the park and spent an hour walking around our neighbourhood. On our walk we talked to the neighbours, meet the cutest puppy in the world, examined every stick, leaf and gumnut, poked a long piece of grass down the hole of a telphone pit and then dropped some stones down there for good measure. Moo spent quite a bit of time marvelling at how warm the footpath/sidewalk was. She lay down and put her cheek and hands to the ground and smiled an 'Ahhh, that's nice' smile. I didn't because it would look more than a little strange if I lay down all smiley on the footpath. Instead, I talked about how energy from the sun can warm the land, air, and water through heat absorption and how some colors are better at absorbing or reflecting light from the sun than others. Annie smiled and gave me that 'what are you talking about?' look. I've gotta get me some adult conversation....

No procrastination and no sewing

'Clean sweep' by velo_city

The past week has been filled with getting on top of my new year's resolution. Every time I have had the urge to sew I have spent the time decluttering instead, telling myself that when I am finished I will have more time to sew because I won't be chasing my tail trying to keep things tidy. We'll see. But I can tell you, so far, so good. I am slowly getting things under control and finding that maintenance is a lot easier than waiting for the house to be buried and then trying to dig it out. Who would have thought that 'a stitch in time saves nine ' had some kind of basis? I'm hoping for 'a stitch in time gives me time to stitch nine garments.' Yay!

Is that my yard?

I just saw what I thought was a picture of our backyard on HoppoBumpo's blog. I'll have to show my husband because he thinks we are the only ones in the world who have 'lawn' that looks like that.
My excuse is that it is an educational experience for Moo. She can see all kinds of flora and fauna and pretend she is hunting through the jungle for tigers. Yep, that's it. Educational.
Wow, HoppoBumpo, you're really providing a great imaginative play area for Argy and Bargy ; )

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

As the song says it's too damn hot!

It's 10 o'clock in the evening and it's still 32.4 degrees Celsius outside. That's 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Interestingly, the high today was 37.1 (98.8) degrees at 6pm.
Tomorrows forecast. 39 (102.2). Ouch!
At least we haven't had an 47 (117) degree days this year - YET.

Two quilts by Andrea R found on Flickr

I will say I made the most of it though. Yesterday I threw quilts in the bath while Moo was sleeping and stomped on them, pretending the whole time that I was squashing grapes for wine because that was infinitely more romantic. It also threw me back to my childhood when Mum used to get us to do the stomping of all the winter blankets etc during the hot summer. We thought it was the best fun ever invented. Now I can't wait for Moo to get old enough to be excited by running laps of the bath over a few quilts.......

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Eye Spy... something I want to try in 2009.

I'm Eye Spying on Saturday night instead of Sunday because I know I'll be busy tomorrow. Moo's Great Grandad is having his 91st birthday party. Woo hoo~~

How to pick just one thing?

Actually, now that I am thinking about it it's quite hard to come up with something that;
a) isn't something too personal that I don't fancy putting it out there in cyberspace
b) isn't trivial like trying to sew a button hole with my old machine as posted in my new year post
c) is something I have the capacity to actually carry out


OK, here it is...... don't hold me to it though!

I want to try being an organised and tidy person. I want to try living a de cluttered life.

Photo by Yvestown via Happy Living

There. I've said and there's no taking it back. I'll let you know how I go and if you don't hear anything about it we can just pretend that I'm doing it and no one will be the wiser.....

(To anyone who is wondering 'Eye Spy....' has replaced the 'This is....' meme and is kindly hosted by bugandpop if you would like to join in.)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Today's little project

I went to Borders today to buy a gift voucher for someone and I thought I would have a quick look at the magazine section. BIG mistake! I ended up buying 'Stitch' for way too much and drooling over it all afternoon. Then I got a brain wave to make some slippers out of an old felted jumper (read jumper that accidentally got thrown in with the normal wash and came out as a mini jumper). I cut them out but couldn't be bothered pulling my machine back out so, I decided to turn my attention to one of the projects in Stitch. A little winter hat for Moo. I spent what felt like a million years trying to get the pattern right because the recommended blow up size (that's what I wanted to do to it - blow it up@!) wouldn't fit a newborn. Grrrrr. But I finally got it right and cut it out and put it together after Moo went to bed.

And, no, I am not the proud mother of a weird looking recycled bag holder creature. Moo was asleep and all of her doll's heads (all 2 of them) were too small to model for me.... so the plastic bag receptacle it was. (Bag made from IKEA scraps a few weeks ago.)

And it just looked strange with no eyes..... so pins and blue tack it was!

A few notes about the hat:
  • It was supposed to be made out of a felted recycled jumper/sweater but I wanted to try out the sizing in a cheap material first in case it was completely wrong so I used polar fleece.
  • The original pattern has bias binding around the edges which matches the fabric on the chin strap. I couldn't be bothered making tape and as I had used polar fleece did not need to worry about raw edges. I was going to blanket stitch in a color that complemented the chin strap but when looking for the navy wool I found this old ribbon that I had bought in Sweden and thought I would sew that on instead.
  • I know it is summer and maybe you are wondering why I would be sewing a winter hat. Haven't you heard the story about the ant and the grasshopper? Well, that's my excuse...... It had nothing to do with the fact that I love felt and I thought it was pretty....

Because I'm a Mum and this is what Mum's do

When we were on holidays Moo drew this picture. As always, I asked her what it was, expecting to hear the usual nonsense babble. But she pointed to the middle drawing and said, 'Daddy.' Then she pointed to the right blob and said, 'Mummy.' I asked her where she was so she drew the little blob on the left! Anyone else would think, 'So what?' But I'm her Mum and I thought she did a GREAT picture! BTW she's 20 months not 20 years old ; D

I showed husband who asked, 'Why is Daddy the giant fat one?' I told him kids don't lie. he he

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Moo LOVED the bean bags. I left them stacked up on the table and she saw them as soon as she got up from her nap. There was a lot of excitement but I'm not sure why she thought they were so wonderful.... They have gone everywhere she has this afternoon. Including the park. If you happened to see a toddler dragging a bag along the footpath that appeared to weigh as much as they did you probably saw us walking to the park. Moo refused (toddler style!) to let Mummy carry the heavy bag. At the park we threw them about, carried them all at once (tricky), bounced them on the "she-shaw" and threw them down the slide. Great fun.
This evening Moo even shoved them up her shirt and proclaimed, 'Boobies.' What's next I wonder? At least she didn't want to take them to bed with her. Maybe she's saving that tantrum for tomorrow?


What do you do with a scrap of upholstery fabric and some out of date rice? Make beanbags! (Or should I say rice bags?) These beanbags measure 10cm x 15cm (plus 1.5cm seam allowance) and contain one cup of rice each (uncooked!). The material was bought from IKEA in a bundle of scraps that I scored for a couple of dollars. I chose this fabric because of it's strength and of course the pattern - mostly black! Good for hiding the inevitable dirt.
I had been thinking about making these for a while for Missy Moo to play with. I thought it would be an excellent project to get me reacquainted with my machine. I was right. The project was just short enough for me to not get sick of it..... aaaaa, patience. Was that on my New Year's Resolution list?

There are an endless number of games and uses for these little bags and I can't wait for Moo to wake up so we can try them out!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year's Resolutions interspersed with holiday snaps

  • Be 4 dress sizes smaller
  • Get a tummy tuck so I don't have to look at my empty baby house any longer
  • Win lotto
  • Have another baby that my husband can carry for over 42 weeks (that's TWO PLUS weeks overdue) and then labour for 3 days for instead of me. He can also do the recovering for 6 weeks part too. Oooo and the waddling and rolling out of bed 'cause you can't sit up.....

OK, none of the above is realistic (or possible! ; ) so I will stick to some things that I can actually do;
  • eat healthily
  • exercise more
  • de clutter the house
  • stick to my budget
  • sew more
  • be organised
  • be kind to myself and my family
That should do it. I have so many things in my head because I've been on holidays for 2 weeks and what do you do when you're on holidays with 'nothing' to do? Sit around and think of things to do when you get home!
(This picture reminds me of a Rothko....)

For some more tangible, able to be crossed off a list goals:
  • Paint the front room
  • Remove the wallpaper from the hall and paint
  • Paint all the skirting boards, door frames and doors in white gloss. (Currently dark wood).
  • Install two sky lights, one in each end of the hall
  • Insulate the entire house - ceilings and floors
  • Weed and mulch the garden so it doesn't look like hill billies live here
  • Get some storage. Clean out some cupboards and wardrobes
  • Finish the bathroom (sanding and painting, glass shower screen to be installed)
If only I could cross the 'win Lotto' off the list I wouldn't have to worry about any of the rest.....
I'm just thinking it's a good thing I have an entire year to do these things!

And while I'm making lists. Here is a sewing goal list;
  • Learn how to do button holes on my old fan dangled machine
  • Try knitting again (for the millionth time)
  • Make husband a winter hat using the giant knitting Nancy Mum bought me for Christmas (thanks Mum!)
  • Try drafting some patterns from my Enid Gilchrist books and making them up
  • Use some of the vintage patterns I've bought
  • Make a list of handmade presents I can make for people this year for their birthdays and have them made in advance so I don't have to stay up until 2am the night before......
  • Practice putting in zippers neatly
  • Win Lotto and buy a fancy new machine and an overlocker. (Lotto is really featuring here....might help if I actually bought a ticket! ha ha ha)


OK, I can't remember now which Blog I found this via but here it is; Top 100 Tutorials of 2008 on The Long Thread!
And here's one for making you own BabyLegs!!!!!
I'm sooooo wishing for toddler free time to get sewing.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Next project

Well, a new year calls for some new projects. Project number one (I think...) is to make this pattern (to the right) using this orange and yellow vintage sheet (courtesy of Wonthaggi and Phillip Island op shops).

Then, I think the Amy Butler Barclona skirt using this sheet:
And I'm not sure what to do with this Sesame Street sheet. I think appliqued onto denim and made into a little top? Or on a T? I've got a whole single bed sheet of them so I could do that AND more!

Here is my other op shop score.....

With a few inspiring patterns.....

And these, just because I love the illustration....

It's a pity I can't get my hands on the publication advertised on the back of the book......
Now there's some inspiration for the whole year!~ : )

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy 2009

Well, we've just got back from a lovely beach holiday - thanks to our parents who put up with us invading their homes and beach houses! I'm going to write more about new years resolutions, what we got up to on our break etc over the next couple of days but for now, here is a taster....

We arrived home after lunch today so the afternoon has been spent busily unpacking, doing load after load of washing and tidying the house after our Christmas party. We left almost immediately so bar tidying up anything that would be gross by the time we got back we didn't really clean up much..... fun fun fun.
On the happy crafting front I picked up three vintage sheets in the op shops at Wonthaggi - one orange and yellow floral, one blue and purple floral and one vintage sesame street (pre Elmo) which I LOVE! I found a cute pattern (circa 1975, size 3 girls dress/jumper found in Phillip Island oppy) that I can't wait to get a start on in the coming days. Got a whole roll of black bias tape for a couple of dollars (Phillip Island Country Women's Assoc.) and a couple of bags of buttons. Oooo, and I also picked up an Enid Gilchrist baby/toddler pattern book ($2) which I am also very excited about......