Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Pounce - The final one for the year

These little houses - called a Gingerbread Village are the work of Sam from inklore etsy store. Her designs are very simple, naive and original. This is a tea towel but she also prints on paper. I love the reusable gift bag and her store categories of carry, wear, eat, live. Need I say more.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All! I have had a text from Canada about all the snow and pictures from Seattle showing the same. The closest we are getting to snow is the sugar variety on the top of our gingerbread house. I wish I could claim credit or this work of art but this was a gift from our friend Sky - chef extraordinaire. By the time this photo was taken both the little girl and Santa had been eaten! As an aside in sunny Canberra it's currently 27° celsius or 82° Fahrenheit.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

More Presents

Look what arrived in the post this week! These beautiful earrings are from my gorgeous Californian friend, who many years ago was my room mate in Japan. The earrings are by Simone Walsh who is based in Australia but cleverly has both a US and Australian online store. Somehow my friend bought from the AU store and had it shipped to my address but with her name on the package. This really confused my darling husband who didn't recognise her married name! I was prewarned. How did she know I was a fan? Facebook of course.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Belated Pounce - Cards Cards Cards

Pouncing has taken on a very festive mood of late. I couldn't resist including all three from a single pounce page as they were all cards - and nice too! It's really fun doing a pounce so close to Christmas you can see what's going to be in people's stockings! These creations are from (top) AmeliaBeth etsy store, (middle) aruricards etsy store and (bottom) tomate d'épingles etsy store. Just lovely!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gingerbread People

Every year I make some little sweet treats to give to good friends and the boys' teachers. Every year I wonder why I do this to myself. My kitchen is now, quite literally, being invaded by gingerbread people, red iced heart shaped German Christmas cookies and spekulatius (Austrian I think) stars. Fortunately it's all over for another year as I am finished!! No doubt I will forget this experience and do it all again next year.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Pounce - Chairs, Rooster and Hen

It was a long time to find the right pounce this morning but this is what I finally landed on. Firstly, the colour and then the chairs - I really have a thing for chairs. I also love the story that went with it .. "This is a picture of Martin the rooster's beloved chair collection. He's the kind of guy who can't drive past a chair on the side of the road without taking it home and fixing it up; well, sometimes fixing it up, a lot of the time they just get added to the ever growing brokeny tree forest in the garage. Miriam the hen finds this all very vexing."
This gorgeous print is from zukzuk etsy store. Her prints are beautiful and I think I could definitely find a place for this one in my house!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Aesop

I subscribe to many newsletters... mostly because I don't like junk mail in my letter box. Most of them I delete (just like junk mail) except those from Aesop. They are makers of lovely lotions, oils and creams that have bulk mail newsletters that are filled with interesting links. In this months edition there's links to everything from Leonard Cohen tickets to a garlic farmer in the Hunter Valley. You can view the real thing online at Aesop - make sure you click the latest link to bring it up. The quotes at the bottom are randomly generated. Does it make me want to buy more hand cream (which I do actually use)?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's My Birthday!!

It's my birthday today and once again my family, nephews, sister-in-law, colleagues and friends have all managed to make me feel so special. This is my present from my darling husband but I have to confess I actually got it a week ago. Can you tell that I'm techno freak? I've also noticed that there is a pattern emerging to do with Apple products and my birthday - have a look at my birthday blog post from last year. Do you suppose that means I can get the 17" Macbook Pro for my 42nd birthday?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Pounce in Yellow

This week's pounce is this cute cushion from jamtart baby etsy store. Once I find a pounce I like to explore the store a little bit more. Jamtart baby is run by Christina Romeo, this is her selection for the modern baby (and Mum!). For some more really nice pieces have a look at her other etsy store ChristinaRomeo - I especially love the plates. I like her blog also both the name Dogwood Studio and the pictures showing today's date - go and have a look to see what I mean.

Yellow is catching my eye this week if this spread from the Kikki-K christmas catalogue is anything to go by. I don't wear yellow as it really looks hideous on me but could I stand to be surrounded by this much yellow?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Bring It Home

Meet Michael and Loyzek who have come up with the most ingenious idea yet for Canberra. They have started Bring It Home, a business going on buying and transportation trips to Ikea in Sydney. Despite the rumours Canberra still hasn't qualified for it's own Ikea and it seems they were equally frustrated by this as a vast majority of Canberrans. These guys will be doing regular trips for 17% of the purchase price - sounds good to me! I love Ikea you only need look at our house! Now I better go an make my list.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Pounce



I must confess that I was a little less random in my pouncing today. I purposefully went in search of snowflakes and knew that if I just kept hitting the Pounce Again button then something would appear - being so close to Christmas. It didn't take that long to land on these gorgeous snowflake wall decals from Decorette esty store. And why the snowflake? Well it's very cold and wet outside and almost 1 week before the official start to the Australian summer there is snow on the ranges surrounding Canberra! I thought it quite funny that Decorette is based in Melbourne. If I get brave enough this afternoon I may even go take some pictures of the snow to post here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Flickr by Colour

This one is courtesy of Idée - a little tool that allows you to look at over 10millions Flickr photos by colour. You can select up to 10 colours and it will display pages thumbnails based on your choice. I went for a green hue, of course, and then added a pink to the mix! Click on any of the thumbnails to go to the original. I have no idea what this would be good for but what a great time waster.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Quilt Project #2 - Take 1

Look what arrived today! I am in fabric heaven. This is the stash that will be used to create my next quilt. I was going to publish a picture of the pattern I plan to follow but then I thought it would be nice to see it evolve here. I went with fabrics by Sandi Henderson from her Farmer's Market collection. I just couldn't go past those apples. A big thank you to Ruth from Sew Love Fabrics etsy store. My list of 29 fabrics was not for the faint hearted and she not only had them all in stock but had them sent off to me in less than 24 hours - what a feat! She'll be happy to know that I miscalulated just a little so I'll have to return for a little more backing fabric. Now let the fun begin.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Pounce

I couldn't go past this bicycle charm in today's pounce. I have a bike mad husband (not that there's anything wrong with that) and we spent a very small part of this morning watching a criterium that he chose not to take part in. This charm, complete with moving parts, is from Charmed Living etsy store. Sadly I couldn't spot anymore bicycles but the vintage charms are worth browsing through. I used to collect charms (mostly musical instruments) until I ran out of links on my bracelet which is probably just as well for my the sake of my bank balance.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Handmade Market

Canberra will play host to a Handmade Market next weekend at Albert Hall. These cute bags are by Elrock and are but one of the many talented designers and artisans that will be selling their wares. I stumbled upon these via Canberra's Got Style blog - one of my favourites. I can only assume by the location of this photo that Elrock are also Canberra based.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Peonies

I absolutely love peonies but I always associate them with completely impossible to achieve interior design spreads in posh country style magazines (which I never buy by the way). When I came under budget in my produce shopping I just had to buy a bunch of these happy flowers from the woman wearing the "Super Mum" apron. They look just fine in my cluttered kitchen.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday Pounce

It's been a slow pounce day today. I hit the Pounce Again button many times before I stumbled upon this little star. I have a thing for stars so they will always catch my eye. This pretty little one is the work of d'Pholk Designs etsy store. Besides the stars there are many other cool glass pieces. We like to add a few more ornaments to our Christmas tree each year which always seems to include a star.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A New Favourite

I believe I have found my new favourite chocolate. Every Thursday my youngest and I have an outing together to the local produce market. After buying fruit (mostly) we stop by the organic cafe for a latte (me), babychino (him) and banana bread. Over the last few weeks or maybe months I've been sampling their organic chocolate range. I love dark chocolate and can make a block last a whole week and sometimes more - impressive huh? This has been my recent find, Green and Black's Organic Maya Gold - it's got just a little hint of orange and spices that makes it taste amazing. If you want to read the Green and Black's story go to Craig Sams Homepage.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday Pounce

I seem to have an eye for the whimsical at the moment. It's quite unusual for the first listing in a pounce to catch my eye, but here it is. This cute little glass pendant is from Designs by Linda Nee etsy store. With Christmas just around the corner, or so advertisers would have us believe, this might just be the perfect thing for the office Christmas party. Of course for us in Oz the weather is getting warmer and there is not a snowman in sight but we still are inundated with images of the cold, snowy and Northern Christmas.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Graffiti Belly

Three guesses on what this is a picture of... give up? This is my stomach with cryptic notes written by a surgeon. I had surgery last Tuesday (you don't need the gory details) and he wrote on my belly just before I went under. I asked him the next day what it meant and he told me it was so he was completely accurate in the surgery he was about to perform. Given that I was wheeled into the operating theatre wide awake I wouldn't have thought there would be any room for error but then again. He was also amused by my skin - I have icthyosis - he'd never seen it before and apparently I'm unforgettable. The five incisions follow a lovely crescent shape around the graffiti and I am happy to report that all went well even if I'm still feeling a bit sore.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Pounce

So here's my find from today's etsy pounce. This little weirdo, named shaina, is courtesy of susarto etsy store. There are many others and I recommend you go and read about them, they have quite the personalities to go with their unique looks. With my dear friend Reneta having a baby about now (labour started yesterday) and my dear friend Mette due in January a little weirdo may just be the perfect gift.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Unfolding Mystery

It's quite strange buying a house in winter when all the shrubs and trees are dormant. It's been such fun watching the garden bloom and trying to work out what's what. Here's three flowers that are currently enjoying Spring. The irises are dotted all over the garden. I have no clue what the centre one is but it changes colour from pinks to orange and finally a beautiful shade of purple just as the flowers are wilting. The roses are huge and smell divine.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Belated Sunday Pounce

Due to my night away in Sydney (it's alright for some) and celebrating 10 years of Squiz.net, I wasn't able to do my Sunday pounce. So here it is a little belated. This was truly eye catching, and recently sold. These gorgeous bags are by the RaspberryFairy (aka Alice) and are available from her etsy store Raspberry. I think I love the photo as much as the bag. Thanks by the way to my darling husband for letting me sojourn to Sydney and browse The Rocks markets and go out for breakfast (all the things I used to love to do). It sure was lovely coming home to my boys.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Pounce

So here is my new weekly challenge. I have made no secret of the fact that I love etsy. I also really love their Pounce feature... it really satisfies my love of random (right up there with the iPod shuffle and iTunes new Genius - but more on that later). So each week I'm going to pounce and see what catches my eye. This was a recently sold pounce (as opposed to the undiscovered). Today's eyecatcher was this cute owl wall sticker from the clever folks at Vinyl Wall Art etsy store. Owls are very popular right now - have you noticed?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Flags

Floriade is almost finished for another year, and not as awe inspiring as previous years. It could have been for the fact that we went on a Sunday (too crowded) and spent half our time looking for a lost pink pig that my youngest insisted on bringing with him (we didn't find it). I did come home with these cute happy flags though. I have 3 of them arranged in the garden and they really do make you smile when you gaze outside and also make you momentarily forget about all the weeds out there that need to be pulled.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Quilt Project - Take Nine - It's Finished!


I have finally finished! It's only taken me... what... 8 months. I simply cannot understand how some people churn out 20 quilts a year. Anyway, it looks fabulous on our bed and is incredibly warm to sleep under, thanks to the bamboo batting. A big thanks to Joy and A Joyful Soul Fabrics for assuring me that the dark backing would be a nice contrast to the light top. And another big thanks to Maria the Goulburn Quilting Angel for doing such a beautiful job. OK... now it's time to get some inspiration for my next project!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sportacus in the house!


My youngest is completely enamoured with Sportacus the character from the TV show called Lazy Town, which hails from Iceland of all places! As a reward for all his stickers on his toilet reward chart (yes we are tackling toilet training) he got this very cool Sportacus suit. He loves dressing up and he decided to wear the hat and goggles to the markets last week - he sure did look cute with the curls sticking out from under the hat. He won't let us have his hair cut, but that's another story. This is him doing his best Sportacus pose.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Vanishing Boy!

This is just so strange that I had to take a photo of it. My eldest has taken to laying out his clothes, as above, when he's getting undressed for a bath. We have no idea why. I walked into his room and saw this! It reminded me of the Wizard of Oz when the Wicked Witch of West melts.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ahhh Poppies

Spring has well... sprung in Canberra. Yesterday was so warm and the outside so inviting the perfect start to Floriade - our annual tulip festival. Today is a cold, rainy and very windy but at least we've had a taste of what's to come. I can't help but take photos of flowers and this bunch I bought from our local farmers market at EPIC. I go there Saturday mornings with my beautiful friend K (Happy Birthday for tomorrow). There are so many beautiful flowers out at the moment and if I've come under budget with my produce shopping then I buy myself a bunch.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quilt Project - Take Eight - Just Missing a Cat

I thought I'd include this picture that shows I've finally got around to putting the binding on my quilt. When I looked at it it reminded me of many other pictures of quilts in sewing machines that always seem to have a cat lurking nearby. Now it's time to do a little hand sewing... sigh!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

More From Etsy

It will come as no surprise to you that I love Etsy. It's the one site that I can waste so much time and, if I had it, I would probably spend a lot of money there also. I am always looking out for quilt inspiration even though I manage about to create one quilt every two years! I found this great store called Carolina Patchworks . It's owned by Emily who lives in Raleigh North Carolina. I think I was first taken by how she photographs her quilts. I do love her choice of fabrics and colours and even the blocks she uses. Now if only I could afford one!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Quilt Project - Take Six and Seven

A little belated I know. Here's the tale end of my quilt project. It is now on it's way to be professionally quilted. This is the backing fabric drying on our line. There was 9.5 yards of it so it was quite unruly to handle.

My last step was to lay it all out on the bed to see if the backing was infact bigger than my top - a mistake I made in my last project. I'm happy to say it all fits so I look forward to getting back. It's sure going to change our bedroom.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

In Memory

No pictures today. I just wanted to stop and pause and remember my dear old uncle who shuffled off this mortal coil a year ago today at the ripe old age of 87! In doing so, he left all his earthly possessions to me and his gift has done much for our family in the last year. I will probably never completely understand why me.
A couple of weeks ago I was overcome with such an overwhelming sadness at the realisation that I would nevermore speak to him. I'm sure those moments are part of the grieving process but at that exact moment I found it almost incomprehensible.
These days I'm happy to say I think of him more with a smile on my face than a tear in my eye.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Going crazy at Etsy

I have been having a lovely time browsing Etsy lately and in the process have bought myself a couple of housewarming presents. This one completes my Utensils collection. My eldest chose this one, I couldn't decide between the spatulas and the egg beaters so he chose the egg beaters. It was such a good choice that he thought he deserved a star on his star chart! This comes from my favourite Etsy store - Studio Mela.
This was the second (and final) purchase from a store called the yumi yumi shop. This is my Party of Nine. I love these happy little owls and their big sparkly eyes. I haven't worked out where it will go in the new house, but where ever it ends up I'm sure it will make me smile.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Envirosax




Last week I discovered these gorgeous packable grocery bags. They are made by Envirosax a company based in Queensland. It's always nice to support Aussie companies. You can buy them as singles but I bought this "Mikado" Graphic set that comes in it's own little pouch. They arrived yesterday and I got to test them out at the markets this morning. I also liked that they came with instructions on how to fold them so they would all fit back into the pouch. Nice.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Quilt Project - Take Five

A little belated, but so is everything when you're getting ready to move house. I received the second last lot of fabric from the wonderful Joy at a A Joyful Soul Fabrics. A small piece for the binding and this piece intended for the borders. My youngest opened the package with great excitement and proceeded to drag this long length of fabric around the house. He spread it out very carefully on our bedroom floor and rolled around on it - as pictured above. I had to wait until it had been thoroughly road tested before I could wash it!

Friday, June 27, 2008

10 Years!

Today my darling husband and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Wow I chose well, I could not imagine life without him and look forward to the next 10, 20, 30 and maybe even 40 years. I know, a little too sappy but definitely true. This photo is of the bouquets carried by myself and my bridesmaids. I didn't have time to get permission to publish their faces so I thought it better to crop them out. This photo was scanned by the same person who drove us to the church - having a photo on computer was such a big deal then. Happy anniversary sweetie.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Correction

I chose the wrong picture. This is going to be my border. Thank you to Joy for picking that one up. I agree that the green is a good choice, it may soften the pinks a little which will make my darling husband happy. He's already commented that the quilt is a little girly... here's hoping he's joking!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Quilt Project - Take Four

So I have finally put the strips together for my quilt. Despite being a relatively simple pattern, actually squaring off the quilt has been a challenge. I believe that quilting is chaos theory in action. One slight error can culminate in one large discrepancy in measurements. I am now trying to work out what to do for border - it needs it. In keeping with theme of Amy Butler Lotus I think I'll use this one for the backing. I like the contrast of the dark back to the light front.

As far as border goes I think I'll go for this. As Joy from A Joyful Soul Fabrics pointed out, maybe the green will bring out the greens in the quilt top. I do like green.

But I have just learned that Amy Butler is now doing coordinating solids so we'll see how we go... and for the binding. Well it has to be a stripe - that's becoming my tradition.