Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas tales


Bob Dylan poster by Milton Glaser, courtesy of the Galerie Montmartre Website
The lovely Shelley of Femme De Montmartre has allowed me to do a guest post on her blog and talk about my Christmas traditions and tales....If you are in Fitzroy, and you have not already had a peek in Galerie Montmartre, then what have you been doing??  Shelley and her partner Stephan have some drool worthy advertising and vintage posters, such as the very cool Dylan poster above, which I borrowed from their website, not to mention the fantastic warehouse style space they reside in.
Speaking of Christmas we'll be near the beach again this year, well not that we are far from it here in the Bagel Belt......and looking forward to taking the wee one to the sand if the weather is good. Fingers crossed. And toes.....What are your plans??

Friday, December 11, 2009

This week I've been....

....hanging out with the wee one making gingernut biscuits,


....and pipecleaner spiders, that one with the green body has been named Billy Bob, thanks to those TEEF.


Transplanting tomato seedlings.....


.....and geranium cuttings from my Grandma's garden.


Admiring these little beauties.








And wondering what to do with the parsley that's starting to go to seed??


Any parsley growing experts out there???

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My place and yours


This week's theme for Pip's meme is brought to us by Tania over at Myrtle & Eunice. Her theme is "Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home".  She's asked to see those things we have around us that really make our house "our home", and that we couldn't possibly be without.
I can think of many things actually, even though over the years I have tried to cull many "things", ie. dust collectors, from my house (and life).  Of course it goes without saying that my two boys (big and wee) make my house a home.
And then there are these little babes.  The German "cuckoo" clock was a gift from my Mum's best friend when I was a wee one. Her daughter and I share a birthday, and she also has the same clock....cute!
The round clock was made by my Grandpa, he turned the lovely Blackwood timber on his lathe. He wrapped it and gave it to me for my birthday one year....I think it was a teenage birthday, I can't quite remember.  Anyway these are two things that I would consider help make my house a home.
What do you have that makes your place home? Go on over to Pip's and join in the fun.
PS. Lately I've been doing a lot of this business " " in my posts....I don't know why, but I do apologise if it's irritating you.  I hope that's not the first step to using air commas in my conversations, if I did start let's hope someone would slap me out of my silliness.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A little retro stylin'



I had to share this pic with you. It's the "name" on a block of flats in a nearby suburb, built in a Hacienda/Spanish inspired style, if you dare call it a "style".  I like the juxtaposition of the trimmed pine trees and the lone gum tree!
I remember seeing alot of this style of construction in a small beachside town near where I grew up in Queensland.  A favourite there was called "The Playa Concha".....all white textured render and mission brown trim....gotta love it.  A little taste of the 1970's.

Ouch!



This is what I have been nursing for almost a week now, and what's been slowing down my typing, AND my making...ouch.
I have 3 stitches in the webbing between my last two fingers, and I would share with you the reason however it's been suggested that I need a much better story (than the true one!). So.....any ideas????

Saturday, December 5, 2009

My place and yours


Ok, finally getting around to this one again...for Pip's Meme "My place and yours". And the hostess with the most-ess for this week is Toni, go see what's stashed inside her Little Suitcase.
Toni's theme is "That's nyoice, that's different, that's unewesyewl", inspired by a couple of Aussie foxy morons.....I racked my brain for this one.  The best I could come up with is what we call our "Svedish Sauna, yah" (spoken in bad Euro-trash accent) bathroom .  It is lined with lovely fragrant timber panelling, a la Sauna, and tiled with slate. It's on the list of "to do" around here, the one that is never ending. I think there may be some of that panelling retained in the renovation, after all, it does also lend a bit of a Japanese-y feel.

PS. Yes, that is the toilet roll and the toilet close by....I hope you're not offended!!
PPS. And yes that little stool did come from Japan, Kyoto in fact. We carried it with us onto the plane home, it flew business class, we flew economy...
PPPS. My excuse for not blogging much this week I shall share with you later. Let's just say for now that my hand hurts a little when I type....