Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Some vintage cards, these are great cause they fold out, so you can write a long letter, how old fashioned! AND a Poole marrow plate, I LOVE Poole Pottery, it has such a lush look and feel to it, I knew before I flipped this over what is was, and was so excited when I saw the little Dolphin on the base! A small haul, but satisfied.
I'm not feeling very 'Christamssy' yet - the trees up, presents are all pretty much done, just my own child to go, always the way - but I'm not too worried about the department stores selling out of everything, she wants a talking Lola doll which we saw in a small shop in Balmain. I'm feeling pleased with myself this year, no plastic 'made in China' stuff at all, it's liberating not to be on that particular band wagon. Nice to know that no humans have been harmed during the making of our Christmas!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A very decadent day for my Little P! Fairy skirt is made with a vintage tulle (from Big D's Nan)that has a really fine hot pink polka dot through out, lined with silk satin in a lavender colour, kind of matches the hedonistic atmosphere.
I must say too that I'm overwhelmed by all the good wishes from previous post - makes me all warm and fuzzy to know there's much positive energy out there!
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Saturday, December 08, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
um, excuse me while I play around with my blog template, something happened to my header and for some reason it shrunk, so then I started playing around with it, and I'm fickle and can't land on anything I really like. Does anyone know how to get rid of borders around photos?
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Vintage lovelies for the tree - bought at the oppy for $4 - I really like the santa in the acorn, 'scuse the dark photo - bit of a murky day in Sydney today - although finding this lot put some bling in my step. Now if only I could find a box of 'shiny brites' - that would really make my day!
I also found this sheet, love the colours: yellow, green and grey - it has minimal fading, so will be great for little bags that I'm supposed to making as we speak!
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Sunday, December 02, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Monday, November 19, 2007
Little P made this cubby house for Kermit and her baby doll on the back deck (the doll is under the bean bag, you can just see her bald head) The kermit came from Big D's Nan, and he's made from the most revolting feeling kind of fabric, he's a harsh softie!!
I love the little things she makes when no one is guiding her play, they are fascinating little things! This morning walking up to Daycare I had to grab her and pull her off the road as there was a car coming, when we got to the other side she said to me "Mummy don't pull me like that, I'm not a tractor you know"- made me laugh!
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Saturday, November 17, 2007
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Friday, November 16, 2007
...in the shape of an overlocker has come into my life, thanks to Big D's Nan, it's old, but it works (thanks to Big D) just not sure how I feel about it. It's quick, and seams look 'finished' but then again are we just used to seeing our seams overlocked? The fact that it comes with tweezers for threading doesn't fill me with joy!!
On another note, I took Little P to an open day at her pre-school on Thursday, it was fraught! She was tired, it was hot, and when it came time to leave, she lost it, running and yelling 'nooooooooo I don't want to go, I want to stay and do pasting' - she was doing that yell and run thing so her words were all bouncy, and her nose was all snotty - and I was trying my best to stay calm, she was so loud though that I couldn't really 'use my words'!! The only words I really wanted to use were "fucking hell, why today?" Any way we made it out of the front gates, and home in one piece, and we did look lovely if that counts for anything?!!
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Monday, November 12, 2007
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Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I've decided to embellish, randomly and ad-hockly, the quilt for Little P, and thus rendering it a UFO, destined to float around the house to be picked up, embellished by hand, and put down again, and therein begins the vicious cycle.
A finished custom order, for a new born - I like to call it 'pini with bloomers'.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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Monday, October 22, 2007
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
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Friday, October 12, 2007
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Just in case you aren't sick of me yet, here's something that might tip the scales, I've been tagged again, and again by that talented minx, Ingrid! Here’s how it works:1. Players must list one fact, word, or tidbit that is somehow relevant to their life for each letter of their first or middle name.2. When you are tagged you need to write your own post containing your first or middle name game facts, word, or tidbit.3. At the end of your post choose one person for each letter of your name to tag.4. Don’t forget to leave a comment telling them that they have been tagged, and to read your blog. C = Has to be CRAFT. It nourishes me on a daily basis, keeps me feeling and looking eccentric, just the way I like it! (Wish I had another C, for COLLECTING) L = LOST - just like 'Emily' A = AFRICA - my birthplace, and a place I love I = INTUITION - I love and hate having acute intuition, sometimes, I'd rather not feel the way I do about situations/people etc. MOST of the time it's a blessing, and I should listen to it - always. R = RUDE - yup, I've got a very smutty sense of humour. E = ECCENTRIC - (refer to C,L,A,I and R). I'm tagging: Jade, Cathy and Fiona
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A rather drunk looking Koala
A guilty looking vulture
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Monday, October 08, 2007
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Saturday, October 06, 2007
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Thursday, October 04, 2007
I just want to get something off my chest re. my neighbour's neighbour's 9 year old boy. Our neighbours to the left have 2 girls aged 4 and 9, and their neighbours to the left have 3 boys, 2 teenagers and a 9 year old called Max. (No chance they will read this, I'm friendly but very private!) Max is (or was) very close to left side neighbour's 9 year old girl, they've grown up together, but the girl has outgrown him, nonetheless, he is ALWAYS over there, playing with the littlest girl. It bothers me, because I don't want this kid playing with my Little P - I think 9 year old boys should play with, well other 9 year old boys. And here, in brief is why I think this. About a year ago he was playing with the little girl (so him aged 8, her aged 3) and he was yelling at her that she was a "stupid lesbian" she was asking him what that was, he explained, in a 8 year old boy way (that's when I first thought, note to self, Parker isn't going to play next door - when he is there). A couple of months ago, I was indulging in a little Nana Nap - and Max is playing next door, out the front of their house with littlest girl, as per. I can hear them clearly and out of the blue I hear the wheelie bin slam shut and the little girl screaming, and Max laughing his head off, I think, oh great he's put her in the bin, and he had! Then he lets her out, and consoles her, and promises if she gets back in the bin he won't close the lid, she gets back in - and bang, he shuts the lid, this is really starting to piss me off, she's so little, so I say out loud, "right that's it, I have to say something" just as I am at my front door, the little girl's Dad appears and says, "Max, don't put her in the bin please". I go back to the comfort of my bed, cross, but at least he's stopped putting her in the bloody wheelie bin. THEN the other night, neighbours to the left are having a Footy Grand Final Party, and I can hear Max playing down the side bit of our houses (shared bit down the side) with the little girl, he's yelling at her "Stop lying, it's NOT YOUR Birthday" she insists that it is, and he gets really irate, and smacks her, I don't know where he smacked, I only hear this, cause it's dark, and then he says "I'm sorry it had to come to this, but it is NOT your birthday" (what an odd thing to say). Now the little girl cried, but I don't think she 'dobbed' on him. Not sure if I should say anything to the neighbours to my left, I know that I'd want to know, but don't want to be "Nosy Beryl" as big D is prone to saying when he takes the piss out of me! There, I've shared, it's nice having a public place in which to vent/brood/sulk/showoff and or otherwise off load!
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
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