Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pottery dreams

I love this work by New Zealander Zekiah Heath. There is something about these little vessels all grouped together like this, they look like little aliens peering up into the sky! You can purchase them in her Etsy store here. Please add to my Christmas wish list.....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A vintage wedding

I've been scanning some of my wedding photos (vintage 1991!) for my Flickr page. But I'm sharing this classic with you. From the late 1960's. In Healesville. Starring my Mum, two Aunties and my Nana. I think it's a classic. Look at all those pastels.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Squares and stripes

I've embarked on what may turn out to be an ambitious project - making darling son a patchwork quilt for his bed.

I picked up a pattern called "Two Square" from Amitie and so far I have managed to piece together the 30 squares. I've used a bunch of gorgeous Japanese fabrics that I had picked up in Tokyo, mainly in blues and reds.

I've also thrown in a few vintage Italian silks from a stash that belonged to my Great Aunt. I've got so many of these and have been selling a few of them on my destash shop on Etsy.

I had to purchase fabric for backing, strips between squares, edging and the batting, so that put a pause on the project. Now I need to cut into all this new fabric, and I'm having a mental block! Let's hope this week of dreary weather predicted for Melbourne will motivate me.......

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Kitchen

I promised myself when my new(ish) kitchen was finally tidy I would take some photos to post on my Flickr page. Yesterday was the day. Armed with enthusiasm and cleaning cloth I managed to put everything away AND rearrange the furniture. So here are some photos of the renovation to excite you!
Still left to finish:
1. Order a sheet of clear glass to go over my painted brick splashback.
2. Get the hubby to polish the floorboards. We are going for a dark chocolate stain and satin finish to match the rest of the floors in the house.
Hope your team won!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday's creation

This post is dedicated to my most recent Apple Cinnamon cake to use up all those apples that are getting close to their use by date.

Recipe courtesy of "Best Recipes from the Weekly" (Given to me by my Mum many years ago and still called on now and then - for sweets recipes at least).

4 green apples
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup water
125g butter
1/2cup castor sugar
2 eggs
2cups SR Flour
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup milk

Prepare apples (peel, core, slice) add to pan with brown sugar and water, stir till sugar dissolves, then bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 7mins till apples are just tender.
Drain and reserve syrup.

Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs one at a time. Fold in sifted flour and cinnamon (I added a little extra) alternately with milk (I needed more of this than the recipe called for too). Spread half cake mixture over greased tin, top with half of the apples. Spread remaining cake mix and decorate cake top with remaining apples. Bake in 180degree oven for 50-60mins.

Boil reserved syrup rapidly until reduced to about half, brush top of cake with hot syrup. Serve for a dessert with ice cream, custard or cream. Or if you are feeling decadent why not all three.

P.S. Like my new green cake keeper, four bucks from our favourite local op shop!?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thrifty Tuesday

Stopped off at our local "op shop" on the return home from a lovely walk this morning and I picked up a few books for the boy, along with this little macrame treasure featuring a pair of owls.

And the best thrifty find is a free one, which is what this little chair was. Not a block away from the owl purchase we found this wee one sitting on the footpath waiting for a new home. After a brief consultation with young sir it was decided that it should come home with us.

Now I am trying to decide if it should be:
a) given a sand and new lick of cheery paint
b) clear varnished again
c) leave it a little rough and ready as it stands
....what do you think??

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Handmade Life

This little gem is the latest addition to my reading list, however I am lamenting that I have two other books to finish first. One of which I have borrowed from a friend back in January and haven't even started yet!

"Handmade Home", is a collection of things to make from repurposed materials. It's been written by Amanda Blake Soule, who also wrote a book recommended to me by Fe, called "The Creative Family".

Amanda also has a lovely blog here with inspiring photos and ideas on how to make your life more handmade and getting back to the important "stuff". You can even buy a signed copy of both of her books direct here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Farewell to vintage finds

I don't know if you have noticed that little box down there in the side column entitled "My Destash Shop". Well in case you haven't and you didn't know, when I am feeling the walls closing in on my ever expanding collection of fabrics, I off load some bits and pieces here on Etsy.

This week I've been busy photographing and writing descriptions for a bunch of vintage stuff my Mum posted to me. Once upon a time she had an antique shop. And she had lots of goodies for sale including antique and estate jewellery and some reproduction pieces. I've got a few of those goodies for sale now over on ElsieBetty.

My favourite is this brooch. I think it's modelled on a peacock. But a very RED one at that. I love it and I'm tempted to keep it. But no doubt it would sit in the cupboard with all those other had to it's for sale for someone to embrace and bring back some eighties stylin' up.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tokyo dreaming

I sent a big long list of Tokyo highlights to Tess recently. And it got me all nostalgic about our two trips to Tokyo. We hope to go back next year, pending budgets of course, and take the wee one with us. In the meantime I'm posting a bunch of pics taken over the course of our two trips.
Enjoy. **Sigh**.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Creative Women meet again

Melbourne's Creative Women's Circle meet again this Saturday. Details are:

Saturday 12 September, 10am - 12 midday
Guildford Lane Gallery, 20 Guildford Lane, Melbourne CBD (off Queen St, between LaTrobe and Little Lonsdale streets. A short walk from Melbourne Central Station or Elizabeth St/Latrobe St trams. Open air parking lot nearby.)

Speakers are Monique McNamara (founding director and creative strategist UP&UP Creative) and Jessie Fairweather (creative director of Foundry)

Please RSVP to Tess McCabe tess(at)

Might see you there!

Friday, September 4, 2009

I heart Muji

I've been absent for a week. Don't know why really. But I'm back and I'm sharing with you one of my loves again. This time it's MUJI. Yes, that Japanese store for all things interior, homely and cosy, with a, shall we say, Japanese-y feel.

So I thought I'd drag out the little catalogues I've had stashed, and share a page with you, along with my dream of shopping any old time in a handy MUJI store, if only they were in Australia.

My friend Meg bought me one of these sets - Tokyo of course - and I adore it. It used to be on my window sill, but now it's safely locked in my jewellery cabinet, away from toddler slobber (bless him).

Have a great weekend.