Thursday, 31 December 2009

The grass is greener...thats why I want to be there! :)



Do you believe that someone can be born in the wrong place?  Can someone really have a connection to another place without being born there or even having lived there?
I am almost obsessed with moving to the UK. I'm driving my husband mad.
When I say moving, I mean staying a year and then deciding what it's like, renting our house here so we dont throw away our future in one flight of fancy. 
We visited the UK in 2002 for 4 months, we went over just before Christmas so I did exprerience bad weather, low light, dark dark nights and bronchitis caused by bad Birmingham air and dampness and still it didnt put me off the idea of living there.  Everything about England appealed to me, the history, the beauty, the towns, villages and cities, the people, the laneways, cobbled streets, moors, dales, fens, broads...*sigh* I am obessesed I know. I even listen to UK radio, watch UKTV, download UK shows, books, plays...My Dad was Scottish so that fueled my first magical images of Scotland, and my Mum was a lover of British literature, history and Royalty, was that where it all started?
Anyway, my poor husband who loves his job here, earns a great wage, has a real love of his own country that I lack, said he may give it a go if I can prove to him that we wouldnt lose everything or be much worse off!   So Im now scouring job sites, immigration sites, real estate etc trying to see if this could work.
I should mention I have many relatives in England and Scotland who I'd love to know better, BUT I also have my best friend and cousin here in Australia and basically she is the one doubt I have about moving...I would miss her soo much!! 
BUT should I do it?  am I living in a dream world, grass is greener etc...I like Australia but I simply hate the  heat, I dread Summer,  the depressingness of the parched earth, straw coloured grass and red earth, the  sport culture, bad educational standards compared to Europe...the isolation!  People by the score move out here for the very things I dont like ;)  As I sit here in 38 degree heat...I just want to leave :(   Maybe it's me, Im in a rut, I feel like something inside me is squeezed shut and cant be released here...

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas




I have 4 children sitting around the table tonight..my two boys, and the two girls from across the road.  The excitement is palpable and makes me happy!  Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with no stress!! :)

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Handmade Handbags!

My new bag!



 I love it when spontaneous things happen and you end up having a lovely moment with friends :)   I was standing outside my house tonight, talking to my husband about where to put the Christmas lights, when one of the ladies down the street pulled up in her car and said "Come and look at some handmade handbags!" Well the words handmade and handbag both caught my attention, so we picked up another lady across the road and ended up a few streets away in a really creative ladies house and surrounded by bags!!  You should have heard the three of us trying to decide which one to chose...I think we all changed our mind many times.
So if you'd like to have a look at some really nice stuff made by a nice lady in her house....please go here!!!
Victoria Goodridge  (--- even her name is nice!


Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Rima Staines




Since reading about a wonderful handmade clock on my cousin's blog I have become transfixed by the life and works of Rima Staines. Rima and her husband live a nomadic life, travelling in a wooden van around the UK, what a lovely life :)
She is so brilliantly creative and clever, her blog is fascinating.  If you feel like a good read visit
The Hermitage :)
Here is a beautiful blackberry wedding necklace she made for a bride!  Covet covet.....




Friday, 6 November 2009

Living on Slim, Blonde Street!








I really really really want to lose weight...really really!   Ive now got to the point where I am now bigger than I have ever been, and with that comes depression, embarrassment and the wanting to lock myself away feeling!
I went to a lovely Melbourne Cup Day BBQ on Tuesday. It was at a neighbours house. I seem to live in a street predominated by slim blonde woman!! egads!  Where's the fat, dumpy, mousy haired Street??   Anyway these woman are very nice, and also very pretty, and also rich enough to wear different clothes every time I see them, unlike me in my same old hugey size clothes! (yes Im whinging ;))
I'd already been dieting for a week at this point, so I tried to resist the scrumptious cakes, dips and fried stuff! I felt annoyed but strong. Last night I weighed myself and I'd lost two kilos...hip hip hooray! I treated myself to 2 chocolate gold coins I found in the back of the fridge.  I want to be slim, brown haired girl in slim blonde hair Street, I hope I can keep it up ;)
2 kilos down........lots to go! (I feel embarrassed to admit this but to get to my ideal weight I need to lose one 11 yr old and one 4 yr old...my children combined!)  *sigh*

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Days when you feel like a pin cushion :)




Do you ever feel like this little butterfly girl on a wheel, being stuck with pins......

I have just been reading the blog of my lovely cousin, Sue, you can visit her at Discombobula! She happened to have a really horrible exchange with a young guy at the station the other day, one of those moments when you want to run away and cry and not face anyone for a few hours!   It made me think about the deep hurt and shame we cause each other on a daily basis, the throw away lines said in anger, the cutting words spat out when we feel crap about ourselves and want someone else to feel it too, even if it means making you feel worse in the long run.  Why do we do it? 
I sometimes feel mad at the world, I know many people do! maybe all of us at some point or other.  What scares me is becoming more and more bitter as I get older, letting those hurts of the last 40 years eat me up and make me someone I'm not!   I seem to get hurt by the same things now as I did at 10, I thought you were meant to grow a thicker skin as you got older!!
Its made me realise how important blogging can be, to blog and to read other people's.  It can change your mood, getting a nice reply, a confirmation that someone thinks you are ok,  and sometimes reading about other people's lives makes you forget your own nagging troubles or doubts, or maybe realise you have a lot to be thankful for!  I love delving into other people's lives, Im nosey like that :) Yay for blogging!


Wednesday, 28 October 2009

This week :: Missing my Boy but enjoying the colour!






My garden has gone crazy this week! Spring is here with a vengeance. I'm sure the plants are rejoicing in these perfect conditions, unlike our hot dry summer earlier in the year that just about wiped out gardens everywhere (not to mention what the fires did)
I'm feeling like a bit of a sooky Mum this week, my eldest son Alex has gone on school camp for a week and I really miss him! The house just doesn't feel the same without him and Campbell my 4 yr old boy is following me everywhere...at one moment lost without his big brother and the next relishing his chance to have all the attention :)
I'm sure Alex is having fun, so I will try and be brave ha!
Here are some pics of my crazy garden that needs a good prune!






This is Mr Plod, he has been around for many years, I'm pretty sure my Dad found him for our garden when I was just a kid, anyway I love him!

Sunday, 25 October 2009

My Place and Yours : "Bedside"



I love this Meet me at Mike's meme , last week was "on your shelf" this weeks theme has been chosen by Pottymouthmama "Bedside"
Here's mine...

Thursday, 22 October 2009

On the Shelf




Pip from Meet Me at Mikes is one of my favourite bloggers! Her latest meme is very cool and is called "My Place and Yours" this week's subject is "..on the shelf" and I do love shelves, I love to see what people cram onto them, books, food, toys, collectables!
If you would like to have a look at some lovely things go here.
Here are a couple of my shelves!

Above this post is a picture of the top of my book case, I like to rotate the books around so I can appreciate all my lovely vintagey book covers. It also reminds me of being a child and going to the school library every week. I used to love to see what books the librarian, Mrs Webb, would put out on display, all the titles and cover illustrations made it hard for me to sit patiently and wait until we were permitted to go and explore! On the left is a lovely old scotty dog with a tartan jacket! He was given to me by my cousin when I was pregnant with my first son, it had been her husband's toy as a child and I was really touched that they passed it along to me. This little dog means even more to me now because my cousin passed away suddenly early this year.



The above picture is in my kitchen, an old set of scales that were my Grandma's are now a perch for a little plaster hen, above that is a spice rack with three old milk bottles that belonged to my parents, and a lovely green spotted bowl made by Grindley of England, found in an op shop! Im trying to decide whether to leave the milk bottles empty or fill them with something colourful!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Moss Graffiti


I love the idea of moss graffiti. Im not a fan of your old everyday spraycan tagging type graffiti, but I do admire some of the more artistic stenciled wall art! BUT even better is something non toxic and living.

I might just make me a moss shake and paint my shed wall...see what happens!

I found this recipe on the wonderful www.storiesfromspace.co.uk

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1 can of beer
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Several clumps garden moss

You will also need a plastic container (with lid),
a blender and a paintbrush

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To begin the recipe, first of all gather together several clumps of moss (moss can usually be found in moist, shady places) and crumble them into a blender. Then add the beer and sugar and blend just long enough to create a smooth, creamy consistency. Now pour the mixture into a plastic container.

Find a suitable damp and shady wall on to which you can apply your moss milkshake. Paint your chosen design onto the wall (either free-hand or using a stencil). If possible try to return to the area over the following weeks to ensure that the mixture is kept moist. Soon the bits of blended moss should begin to re-couperate into a whole rooted plant – maintaining your chosen design before eventually colonising the whole area.


Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Real Late Starter - Nerina Pallot


This could be my theme song!

Love the clip too :)

Monday, 28 September 2009

Yippeee, a blog award for me!


Let’s Be Friends Award

Thanks to lovelylissie for my very first blog award!! Im so excited!
Please visit lissie's very lovely blog Vintage Joy

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Postcrossing




Despite my love for the internet and the quick fire way you can connect to people all over the world, I do love to get snail mail! A postcard, a letter, fancy writing, nice paper, stamps and stickers :) My cousin and I used to send bumper letters to each other, packed with news & questionnaires and the envelope was pretty much covered with the bands and pop singers we were totally in love with ;)

I recently joined Postcrossing, I thought it would be fun for me and the kids! You get 5 random addresses sent to you from all around the world, you check their preferences and likes, and pick out 5 interesting postcards to send to them...and of course 5 random people get your address!
Today we received our first postcard from Finland, the postcard has a gorgeous picture of the Moomins from Moominsummer madness. I first learnt about the Moomins a month or so ago on Loobylu's blog, and since then Ive been caught up in their magic :)

Anyway, if you feel like a little postcard exchange..please click the postcrossing banner! :)

Postcards Exchange


Friday, 18 September 2009

Babooshka Babuska


Well as a fan of the song, and a fan of the dolls, I just have to enter this lovely Little Snoring blog's contest and win a Babushka necklace! They are children's necklaces, but I think I'd be asking for a longer one for me!! Cant decide which colour I love most.


and now...I just have to include some Kate!!!


Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Vintage Style



Make yourself over in pure Mad Men vintage style! :)

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Dancing fruit!


I just had to post this kitchen! Who wouldnt want this 1948 kitchen with dancing fruit wallpaper border? How could you ever stagger, sleep deprived and hungover, into this kitchen and not feel instantly cheery ;) (click for bigger pic)

Home Sweet Home


Wow, buy this kit home and you can enjoy a summer's evening among the faeries and sprites, SOLD!




I love looking at old photos and advertisements for houses and household products, especially around the 40s and 50s. There is a great blog called Retro Renovation, I always love to browse their pages and pages of retro houses and adverts. Instead of buying an old house and ripping out everything that gave it style 50 years ago, retro renovation shows you great photos of houses updated but not completely stripped of their old charm and beauty. They have a "Save the Pink Bathroom" campaign, which I love!
Anyway if you're like me and love looking at houses and suburbs from the turn of the century through to the 1950s have a little looky at Clarke Historial Library. It has a wonderful index of old Aladdin Home sales catalogues, apparently a well know kit home manufacturer in the U.S. I love looking at the covers and the amazing illustrations of how houses developed through the years.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Wall Art at Blik.



I would really love some wall art..I have a back room that needs redecorating. A big picture on one wall would be something different! What do you think? Is it for you? If so, I'd love to know what you would have on your wall. Have a look at Blik
I quite like this thwarted cat

Friday, 21 August 2009

Something With Numbers - 89 Freedom St Video

Aint this clip cute? I just like the idea of everyone having a perfect match :)

Something With Numbers - 89 Freedom St

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Bookcase to heaven


IM in love with this amazing staircase/bookcase! There are so many nooks and crannies that can be great places for books! I found this on Apartment Therapy

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Plastic fantastic!



I found this wonderful craft book at the local second hand shop "Plastic the wonder handcraft" I just had to buy it.
How nice would crochet plastic earrings and a lovely spray of plastic flowers on a brooch back be? not very, me thinks!
But am I dismissing this too soon? I tend to think melting and crafting plastic would be the least likeable craft activity, just think of those fumes! and I'm yet to see a good picture of plastic craft, so maybe I'll reserve judgement
Anyway it's all fun and the lady on the front cover looks pretty impressed with her plasticy bouquet! I'm guessing this booklet is from the 1950s? There is no date, and the lady on the front is the only real clue!





Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Tuesday "Im Coveting." (but on a Wednesday)



Pip at Meet me at Mike's has started a fun game of posting things you covet!
There's some great lists of lovely things on her site!

I'm Coveting...

I love these blocks
and I really want Regina Spektor's CD "Far" and music from Bat For Lashes
the whole set of Miroslav Sasek's "This is" series of books..looking forward to the upcoming Australian edition :)
Id love two of these for my 4 & 11 yr olds..would be handy for our next holiday.
and a never ending supply of printer ink so I can print out all of this free stuff at Feed Your Soul
and as I like clouds...this raincloud from Corky Saint Clair


that was F.U.N!

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Spoonflower



If you love fabrics and design and prints and colours, then you might like Spoonflower. Its one of my favourite places to waste some time! You can also make your own fabric prints or vote on the fabric of the week.
Its a lovely site!
cheers

Monday, 20 July 2009

Some people are so clever!

I really love this stop motion trailer. It was made by the author and artist Maggie Stiefvater for her book Shiver, out in August. The book is apparently about a girl who is in love with a boy who becomes a wolf each winter. The illustrations look gorgeous!

This really makes me want to write!!


Friday, 17 July 2009

Book labels


I really love the little "This book belongs to" book plates and illustrations inside books. Some of the loveliest pictures in books seem to be placed around a book plate or on a label! So I went looking...looking...looking and found Oiseaux
I think I'll buy some, they are gorgeous!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Florence and the Machine

Im really loving this young female singer! So many good female singers coming up through the ranks. (Hope triple J take note! imagine having a top 100 songs list without any female singers/bands!)

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Sunday, 26 April 2009

My First Dictionary



have a look at this Blog :) My First Dictionary
As a school girl who loved putting words in sentences often to the point where they ended up as paragraphs...I love this! I always wanted a job as a sentence writer for school dictionaries :)

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Aurora




Did anyone else read the Aurora series?
I remember reading and enjoying them when I was about 9 or 10! I think what first appealed to me was that Aurora and her family lived in a high rise apartment, something I found so much more exciting than living in a suburban family house! The other interesting feature of the Aurora series was that Aurora's Mother worked and her Father (who was studying ancient history) looked after Aurora and her little brother Socrates.
The books were written between 1966 and the early 70s and in Australia I would think this type of living arrangement would have been quite rare at that time. Not sure about Norway where the books were written, and set, but Aurora's apartment building seems to think it's odd too.
Anyway!!Id forgotten about these books until recently when I spotted an ex-library (and quite grotty) edition in a second hand shop. Hurrah!. Have read a couple of chapters and can still see why I loved Aurora as a child :)

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Timmy, Toby and Teddy!

Ive found a couple of lovely vintage children's books at the Op Shop.
One, Tales of the Countryside has the most gorgeous illustrations.
Im in love with this picture from "Timmy, Toby and Teddy: The Three Gnomes"


These three lovely little chaps do good deeds throughtout their forest home but alas as the author tells us "The three little men had no one to look after them, No one to cook them nice dinners, or bake jam tarts. No one to kiss them goodnight and tuck them into bed warm and cosy"
Well as karma plays out, the little gnomes help out poor Honey Bee who has lost her wings! They take her home to Mushroom Cottage and with the help of a magician restore her beautiful wings..in return Honey Bee decides to look after her three new friends, doing everything from making them all new sets of clothes to making a new counterpane for their little bed! Heaven!

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Lyric of the week!



Ive been listening to British band, Elbow over the last week or so, I really love their lyrics! Some of them are quite poetic..

One song I like is The Bones of You...it reminds me of how often Im taken to a different time, place and feeling when a song comes on the radio!

The Bones Of You - Elbow


So I'm there charging around with a juggernaut brow
Overdraft, speeches and deadlines to make
Cramming commitments like cats in a sack
Telephone burn and a purposeful gait

When out of a doorway
The tentacles stretch of a song that I know
And the world moves in slow-mo
Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

Do I have time? A man of my caliber stood in the street
Like a sleepwalking teenager I know
And I dealt with this years ago
I took a hammer to every memento

But image on image like beads on a rosary
Pulled through my head as the music takes hold
And the sickener hits, I can work till I break
But I love the bones of you that I will never escape

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I can't move my arm
For the fear that you will wake
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

Friday, 3 April 2009

Colouring & Mandalas

A book Id love to buy!



I love colouring! I could honestly say that its a form of meditation for me, it keeps me in the here and now and lets me feel like a child again (which is always nice!) Mandalas are wonderful to colour! You can give the same mandala to dozens of people and the different ways in which people go about colouring them is fascinating!
There are tons of great mandalas to print online and some good books to buy too...yay for adult colouring!!
My 40 yr old self is off to gather my pencils and paper...hurrah!


There are some nice pages to colour at the Printable coloring pages blog!

and you can watch someone else colour one at the cool 5min art site