Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fabric - free to a good home

I think there is a metre. Gorgeous blue cars fabric, med - heavy weight, with a checked border. I have a few fat quarters to throw in too.

I am happy to post anywhere in Australia - first commenter who can put it to good use gets it.

Comes from a crazy cat household, so can't promise it is entirely cat hair free.....

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Studio update

So now that I have finished my masters degree I am hoping to spend more time in my studio. I had a tidy up a few weeks back and boxes that were stored in there now have a new home in the almost finished garage.

Sewing space

Studio and cat

Bookshelves in studio

Little displays

Hat rack

Monday, February 10, 2014


I have just submitted my last assignment!! If I pass this one I'll have attained my Masters. Yay!! No more study......


Not sure what I will do but am keen on starting a garden. Worth waiting till it rains again (if ever)!!


I bought magazines today to celebrate and one involves making things!! There's a novel idea....


Or maybe I'll just take some time to enjoy my surrounds.


I still have a full time job mind you so I am not going to have time to REALLY enjoy my freedom. Although my Mr has quit his job, now if I can just get him and the 18yr old Miss to do all of the cooking, cleaning and washing ........ Hmmmm.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

2014 word - simplicity

I think my word for 2014 will be 'simplicity'. For a while I have been trying to declutter the house and my studio. After phases of mad magazine, book, fabric, vintage teatowel and other odds and ends buying, I have accumulated quite a lot of ... well, crap really!

I need to simplify my home life and work life and try to achieve things by focusing on fewer, more important tasks.

I will finish my Masters Degree in Feb!
Our renovations are getting on and this year I will have a garden!
Also the step-girl has finished school and may be moving out .....

Lots of endings and new beginnings?

So this year - more of this:

Home decorating


plastic and packaging in the rubbish
blog reading

8 days off

Since Christmas Eve when I got off work this is what I have been doing:

Making: potato and green salad, ice cream, brandy butter, pumpkin and fetta salad, date and walnut brownies.
Shopping: Christmas gifts, food, drinks and hardware.
Doing: cooking, painting weatherboards, sanding weatherboards, filling nail holes in weatherboards.
Accomplished: Hosted a successful Christmas lunch for 12, painted 42 weatherboards, survived 1.5 weeks of school holidays (so far so good), completed and submitted two essays for Uni.

Outside of the new bathroom, loo, laundry and garage.

Inside of new bathroom, loo and laundry, garage on the right with Frida in it!

Hope you have had a lovely Christmas and achieved something this break, even if just relaxing!! Happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

1 year

We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary this week. This time last year we were in Tasmania, eating our way around the island!

So this weekend we went to Tease and Tearaways in Canberra, had dinner at Bicicletta and stayed at the Diamant Hotel. We had breakfast at A.Baker and went to Pialligo for garden design inspiration.

Definitely like this idea for garden beds, veges and other plants! This was a shared garden for units at New Acton near our hotel.

And I picked up my new toy! I have had a Bernina for about 30 years. I am getting it serviced and will give it to my Step Sister and niece. Looking forward to doing some making soon and considering joining the local Quick Quilters group. There is also a local Roller Derby club I have just discovered, not sure if I am up to roller skating again.... Looks like fun though!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Saturday in Yass

It was lovely and sunny this weekend. After a day off on Friday to get my eyes tested, my hair cut and coloured (goodbye grey - for a while anyway) and lunch with a friend, I had a restful Saturday. Mr Bloggs and small boy (11) were off on a motor bike day trip.

After an early massage, I bought a pre-loved Allanah Hill dress, white blouse and a cute clutch from Label Love in Yass. After a bit of a look around the Canberra Centre on my day off I think my local country town has more interesting clothing (missing Melbourne)!! Worth a visit, a trip from Canberra even?

I also stopped in at Wilhemina & Celeste (find her on Facebook), she stocks lovely gifty things. I am hankering after the set of black and stone moose towels and pair of moose earrings. I did manage to find a gift for someone else and some reindeer food for my nieces to sprinkle in the garden.

This is why the moose items appeal to me :-) Any ideas on Christmas decorations for Morris? I am thinking a red nose?

This is the lovely Yass Crafty Co-op shop - under the old art deco Liberty Theatre. Good for home made yummies, baby gifts, old magazines and plants.

And a stop off at the local farmers market for veg, a chicken, leek and proscuito pie for lunch and fresh bread.

Lovely! Sunday? Study, while Mr Bloggs takes small step-boy back to the coast. I did do a lot of cleaning and washing yesterday but the enjoyable morning made up for that!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


I just thought this was a nice poem. Found here while catching up on professional development :-)

W. H. Davies


WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sunny Saturday

I mowed our lawns today. I get such a sense of accomplishment, I used to do it at my house and then sit out back with a G&T and enjoy the results of my labour! Shame I don't get that same feeling cleaning the bathroom .......

The garage construction is moving ahead slowly, we have two walls with windows fitted now. It is starting to take shape.

It is going to be a big garage. Room for 4 cars, or 2 cars, 2 motorbikes and a caravan in our case.