Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Beautiful Strathalbyn

We often visit the town of Strathalbyn as my parents have lived there about two years now. It is such a beautiful town and a major antiques centre in the Adelaide Hills with many antique stores and three thrift stores.

A small river winds through the town and there are lovely parks for the children to play. The buildings are quite old and so beautiful.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Fabulous Finds

From our local market last week
A vintage squeezable honey bottle.

A vintage sticky tape tin.

A vintage magazine from the 1930's with wonderful illustrations.

Vintage craft / needlework books from various decades.

This great children's magazine from 1964, unfortunately a little nibbled on the bottom corner.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Just wishing my Mum a Happy Mother's Day and a Happy Birthday today as well. She has encouraged me with art and crafts all my life and is always helping me with sewing. Not only that, she is also an awesome grandma to the boys.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums out there!

Lets Go To The Party

So lucky to come fourth again in the Spoonflower contest this last week. The theme was birthdays and top ten were printed on gift wrap. It was great to see the designs on the paper and lovely to see the photos of the top ten taken at Spoonflower.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Wildflowers Table Runner

I made this table runner as one of the gifts for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. The design is Wildflowers Charcoal, available in my Spoonflower shop. It is just one yard of fabric folded in half and stitched around the edge with right sides together, leaving a gap to turn through. Then the opening sewn shut and the entire runner was top stitched around the edge. I hope she likes it!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Medieval Fair

We went to the Medieval Fair at Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills this weekend, it was awesome, the boys loved it!

There were lots of very entertaining and sometimes humorous battle displays. These two guys looked like they were straight out of Lord of the Rings.

There were great artisan displays and many people dressed in medieval costume and so happy to have children photographed with them.

The boys enjoyed having a small battle while we were watching the equestrian event.

Alex was the only one of us dressed up but Jimmy wants a costume for next year. I think we will work on something a little more appropriate for Alex's footwear next time as well and maybe some longer pants, these were a few inches too short but he insisted they had to be grey.

There was so much to see and although we were there for just over four hours we still did not see everything. Well worth the $30 family entrance fee. 

Trouble at Sea

So happy that Trouble at Sea came fourth in the sailing contest at Spoonflower last week. Once again they did a lovely job of photographing the top ten fabrics. All the designs looked wonderful together especially as it was a restricted palette contest.

From the Garden

From my parents garden again, there is always a lot happening there and they always inspire me to do more in our garden. They have a small orchard as well as the vegetable patch and many of their plants have great structural foliage.

These succulents are nestled under the base of an old sewing machine.


We have had beautiful Autumn weather this year, these are a few shots of the leaves around our garden.

Anzac Biscuits

For Anzac Day on the 25th of April I usually make Anzac biscuits, and this year chocolate chip cookies as well. They did turn out a little flat, maybe too much butter, but they were great with a cup of tea. We spent Anzac Day with my parents and finished the day with a BBQ. Next year we want to take the boys to the dawn service and maybe the march in the city.
The plates the cookies are on were from my Grandmother, she had the best collection of seventies crockery and orange is her favourite colour.

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