Tuesday, April 29, 2008

This is ... Late

This is bar none, pants down, my favourite picture book

BLIND fly (wun-ying) Carrie Chau Drawings
(just a little bit too big for the scanner)

Thanks Daisy in LaLa Land for this week's theme.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Weekend Antics

A trip to the Blue Mountains, the 3 sisters looking resplendent in Autumn colours!
The colours at this time of year in mountains are just fantastic. The walk down and back up the giant stairs, not so fantastic, specially with a 4 year old who has become obsessed with the Dreamtime Story of the 3 sisters. Love the story, but I've told it well over a hundreds times this week!
I need a T Shirt that says 'I'd rather be sewing' - mmm walking lots, not really my favourite, I enjoyed the cable-car ride immensely, just 'looking' at the view is more than fine by me.

I did get some sewing in, my Softie For Mirabel ...

She's a bit 'other worldy' not sure what it is, something with legs and ears and a happy face, nice for a baby to play with I think. I forgot to photograph the back though, I will before I send her to Pip.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Winter of our Discount Tent

As seen on the back of a loo door, in a cafe in Newtown, crudely recreated for your amusement.
Speaking of Newtown, we are off to the The Enmore Theatre tonight to see Ross Noble - it's my birthday today, and any excuse for some good humour, delivered in an accent that I understand!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cheap Therapy

I'm a virgin knitter!

I found this wool at the oppy and really love the texture, not sure what it is some sort of mohair hybrid, it's lovely and soft, and after the week I've had, I just need something gentle to sit and do - it's strangely comforting, even though my knitting is still very naive! I'm trying to knit a scarf, after checking out how to cast on from the net - I didn't read how to cast off yet, will wait till I'm up to that part in a few years time.

Knitting is very slow, compared to sewing, but you can knit and blog, knit in front of the tele, knit and engage with your demanding child!! Not quite ready to knit in public, but you know, I could if I wanted to!!

I've been here to get some knitting inspiration, this is a link to Donna's old(ish) blog, which has a link to Purple Kappa, her new(ish) blog. Both are well worth reading.

And also here for knitting that I can only dream of!

Friday, April 18, 2008

I feel like a bad Mum each time I say/feel this, but school holidays are tough, one week down (almost) and another one to go.

I'm angst ridden today, even though we've been out to Playgroup and there's stuff to do, it seems never enough for Miss P. She just calls out 'Muuuuuum do you like my cubby house, come and see, see can you see? can you see me?' Sounds cute (and I know it is really) but ALL day - times it by 40 and, well, you get the picture.

Every time I start to do anything that doesn't involve her directly, she starts on at me - just gets so tiresome ...... Any one who thinks having 1 child is easy - well, I'd like to dispel that myth: there are no other siblings to play OR fight with, it's intense! Having 1 sedentary child would be easy, I imagine, but P just wants it all RIGHT NOW!

Ho well - big sigh - I know that in 5 or so years she won't want to be seen with me - so on the upside, I'll try and make the most of it - promise I will!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

This week's 'this is' ... my ideal dinner party guests. Thanks to lily & Agathe for the theme this week. So in no particular order, here are my six ideal guests. (I agonised a bit over this, and ended up with 6 seperate lists, but this is the first list I made!)
Vita Sackville-West, for gardening/marriage advice!

Morrissey, just cause I love him! Besides, Every dinner party needs a self proclaimed celibate homosexual, and Sir Cliff Richard doesn't do it for me.

Florence Broadhurst, just so she could get really pissed and tell really interesting lies! And say things like 'Circles are the basis of all good design' Oh yes, so true!

Ross Noble for a big belly laugh (going to see him live next week)

Daine Arbus - what a woman, what an eye, I just love her work!

Hundertwasser - I'd love to meet this guy!

Monday, April 14, 2008

A bit of sewing

on a cold and gloomy day, a little girl's skirt, made all proper like, with a zip at the side.

Look who came home....

.... Our lovely Miss B - we missed her so much, Parker took this photo to celebrate her return! Bupka was in shock, and I guess in hiding from the bully cats, she hasn't really eaten much, but she is on the mend she's been cleaning herself and purring, a good sign!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Where is my Miss B?

I'm really sad to write this, but I need to get it off my chest.

My Bupka has gone missing, and I'm in a bit of a state. In the whole time we've had her, she's 12, there hasn't been a day that I haven't seen her.

She was attacked on Saturday night by 2 cats that live over the road, she was around briefly on Sunday, and we've been looking for her ever since. Phone calls, door knocking, and lots of tapping on tins. I just want to see her again, pat her again and hear that purr.

This photo was taken a few years ago, and I love it - even with the huge blister on my thumb (from playing bass the night before) and the yellow finger (from smoking all night the night before)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Bizarre Fabric at the Oppy

To celebrate the birth of their new chicken, Dan decided to dye his hair pink and smoke more cigs!

'oooh, I knew nothing good would come out of it - look at him with his pink hair, and smoking like that, with a new chicken! '

'Look honey it's a red fish'
That's nice dear, now you just keep that hat on, all the ladies are talking you know'

Monday, April 07, 2008

Blingin' init?

This is ... the contents of my jewellery box, thanks Angela for this week's theme, also for hosting this fun meme, while I'm at it, thanks for hosting lots of interesting meme's and for generally entertaining me with your blog!

An old glass bead necklace, earrings and gold broach that were my gran's.

A vintage movable fish thing (70's) that Big D does not like, and I love

Bangle from the oppy

Some 60's rings found at a market way out West (close-up above). I love these enamel rings, I hardly wear them these days, mainly cause I don't have the time to think about which ring matches my belt any more. Comforts me to know they are there though.

More vintage earrings - I love clip-on earrings
Silver broach that was Big D's Nan's

Some danglies made by my friend Amanda for my Birthday last year

An ENORMOUS vintage button ring, that little P can play with soon!

I think you can tell allot about a girl by looking at her jewellery box!

Op Shop Plunder

And so with the memory of the horrendous move fading, I am finally able to put things on the counter at the oppy again.

I am just in love with these melamine utensils, the fabric is I'm not really in love with, but can never pass up the vintage stuff. The blue and white is 50's and feels like a really heavy silk, eff knows what I'll do with it, it's the pick of the bunch today.

I really do feel like a pirate when I go hunting for treasure in the oppy!

Made in Japan, for mushrooms?

A reminder of what is yet to be put away.

I found this Scandinavian type print at the Oppy pre-move, it's been made into curtains, I really love it, the whimsy of the girls dancing and the little birds will do it for me every time. I've put the lid on this stash for the time being, I get panicky that I'll forget all about it, and then find it again once my fickle taste has changed!

Friday, April 04, 2008


Some of my flicker favourites, I've no idea how to do this from Flicker, so that all the links show-up - any advice most welcome!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Back to making little dresses

...for little people, for my Little P to be precise, for when the weather changes.

Vintage poppy fabric found on e-bay.

I've got a real thing for these little, round, elasticated pockets. Back to sewing with pin-cord already?!

Miss P on having a little accident at pre-school:
Mum: 'Did you wee in your pants poppet?'
P: ' Yes, my wee tricked me, it told me I was on the toilet'