Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Handmade Christmas presents....

Do you hand make your christmas presents? I bet you do. I love the idea, but I'm extremely time poor at the moment. So I need some projects that rock, without taking hours. I'm thinking I could make up some of these gorgeous hanging terrariums for the special girlfriends in my life. Would you like to receive one of those? I might make a few for myself to keep while I'm at it ;)

But what about the kids? And the blokes? Hmmm... any suggestions? Perhaps I should consult pinterest. I'd love to hear about what your are making for Christmas... :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

life and stuff...


Well hello Monday. I just had the most wonderful weekend with my little family. For the first time in a long long time we didn't rush around trying madly to get stuff done, we just ignored it all. And it was bliss. We lazed in bed while the kids watched t.v (we NEVER do that). Mental note: we should do that. We had tickle fights and played games. We spent hours adoring our wee baby boy and marveling over his utter awesomeness. The kids played nice for most of the weekend and we even got to go out by ourselves, as a couple, no kids in tow. Amazing. Gosh, it's so nice to start the week feeling happy and relaxed... I can't wait until we are the kind of people who don't need to be doing a million things all the time. Will that ever happen? Is being crazy busy all the time what being a grown up with three children means? Or is it just because we have a wee baby and are trying to build a house to boot?

Speaking of the house... building planing is in full swing. We are focused, we are productive (except yesterday, and maybe the day before...) I spent all of last week pricing appliances and bathroom fittings. This week- more pricing and quotes to get for water tanks and landscaping and solar systems etc etc.
Hopefully we can lodge our building permit this week... then when that's approved, we just need the bank to say YES and we are off and running! It's so close now...

In other news I failed at no poo. I pooed my hair on the weekend. I had to. It was making my new linen pillowcases brown and I'm sorry but that's just not right. I wanted it to work I really did, but I'm too lazy with my beauty regime. It was too much effort to try and get the balance right. Still rockin the honey face wash though, that is the BOMB I tells ya. Seriously, amazing.

Almost finished the longest craft project ever, the knitted bed throw. I tried to cast off while watching a movie and got halfway through before realising I didn't leave enough wool. Doh. So, as I don't know how to go back, I had to order another ball of wool and I have to wait for that then finish casting off. Meh. Anyway, it will be awesome when it is finally done. Then I can move on to the next item in the trousseau, woven bath mats. Anyone know how to do that by the way?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The David Bromley Auction...






Well... we popped down to the viewing for the David Bromley auction yesterday, and all I can say is, can someone please lend me fifty grand? It was an absolute feast for the senses. Awonderland for wee Charlie. Beautiful art, furniture, vintage and antique curios, buses (how good would that be as a studio?), cars, sculpture and best of all a wonderful insight into the life of this great Australian artist and collector. It's a real loss to Daylesford I feel. I hope this is not a sad sign of the touristification (great word huh?) of our wee town. I remember visiting Daylesford when A Day on Earth was on the main street and it was a rambling rabbit warren of pure amazingness. Beautifully crafted, unique items carefully chosen and curated. Now our main street is sadly full of tacky gift shops and bad bakeries. No one creative can afford a shop in our main street. This is the only thing I don't like about our town. Anyway, rant over. I will be at that auction, and I will buy something, even if I have to sell my first born son. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dear Santa...

I swear I've been a very good girl this year. All except from that time I went out with the lassies & drank too much tequila and vomited in the taxi on the way home. But surely Santa that's only a minor blemish on an otherwise spotless year? I've carried and given birth to my third child, and I've tackled with gusto the challenges that this addition brings. I think I deserve something good this year. Please Santa? I'm not above begging...


Can I please have anything from the David Bromley collection auction...


this antique stamp set...


this pretty picture...


and this, our house motto, from hello polly.

This necklace from Stone & Honey...




this bag from Cafe Press...


And most of all, this dress from Gorman.

That's not too much to ask is it Santy?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Charlie Style I


I never really had dolls as a little girl, I was pretty deprived. I had smurfs that were a hand me down from my sister, and a tree I pretended was a horse. So I'm really enjoying playing dress ups with my wee girl. I am very conscious of not wanting to put too much focus on her looks though, god knows little girls get enough of that from everywhere else hey? So I try to put a bit of a 'life education' spin on it. We talk about the different colours and styles and what works with what and why. Then we put on the B52's- Rock Lobster (Charlies favourite song) and dance.

Dress: Vintage 70's from a Kongwak Market
T-shirt: Big by Fiona Scanlan (Thrifted)
Shoes: Flea Market Find.
Cardigan: Seed
Socks: Borrowed from her big brother.

Playing along with 'small style' over here :)
No.1 is at school, no.2 is at daycare, no.3 is asleep- I really should be working on at least one of my five million craft projects right now. Or maybe I should be trying to make a dent in our Mount Everest of dirty washing. No, I should probably be vacuuming the floor that has not seen a vacuum since my mother-in-law last did it. Perhaps I should be collecting quotes and prices for the house? No I really should be in the garden planting out the last of the summer veges. Cleaning the chicken house? Organising something for dinner? Oh no, I really must get all my things sorted and priced for the market next weekend. The grass is really very long though, maybe I should be trying to mow it? No I really should be working the kitchen design...

My goodness that hammock does look good.... 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Flea Market Finds...



1. The best shoes ever, by Elly Kishimoto (perfect for a spot of croquet), found at the Mill Markets. 2. Cute yellow sundress (unfortunately polyester), found at  The Mill also. 3. Cute boots, found at Camberwell Market (my one purchase before the children went crazy).

See more flea market finds here :)

Just one ball to go...



And my chunky bed throw is done! Woohoo!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My creative space...


In my creative space the humble beginnings of a new project. Brushing up on my drawing skills!

Free Christmas Printables & DIY's Roundup..



This morning I felt a wee whisper of the festive spirit stirring in my soul...
The big boy was telling me we are not allowed a Christmas tree this year, as it's wrong to cut down trees. Can't argue with that? So this year we've decided to build our own Christmas tree from sticks and willow... stay tuned for that project.

Ahhh I LOVE Christmas, so many crafty things to do!
To help you get started, here's my round up of free christmas printables...


I used those beautiful reindeer tags from Eat drink chic last year and people loved them. The fabulously talented Amy has so many gorgeous downloads and diys over there.


And some crafty diy's...
I think we will make the salt dough ornaments at our playgroup Christmas party this year- better than the bits of cardboard covered in glitter we did last year! Ooooh I bet there's heaps more great xmas diy's out there!

Yay! Happy chrissy crafting peeps :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

6 months...


Oh it's been a tough couple of weeks here. Sigh. No crafting, no creating, no blogging, no time to think. I have felt completely overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, by everyones needs and demands. There have been tears and fights and a lot of mess. But Mr Lovely and I have been in the trenches together, and that makes it all totally bearable, beautiful even.


And wee Otis is celebrating his half year birthday so it's time to cheer on up, make a cake, put on some music and dance around the house. Join me...


That strange expression on my face? That's because I happen to be walking on the beach at 5.30 in the morning with an awake baby, instead of snuggled up in bed with my husband. I remember when wandering the streets at that time was fun, te he he. Actually, we saw a few people who had obviously not been to bed, there was talk of searching for coconut trees...

But I digress, (yes I am in sleep dep exhaustion mode, my apologies) back to Otis. He's six months, boy has it flown by! He's huge! He's almost crawling, rolling both ways, eating and making a mess, all the usual stuff. And he's funny, really funny. He's always smiling and happy, calm and grounded, my little earth sign. I love you Oty Boty, happy half birthday!