Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday Funny

I thought you might enjoy this...

I just heard about this blog and thought I'd share it with you.

It's just as it's described. It's a man, talking in his sleep and it's hilarious.

There is quite a bit of swearing though, so if you're not into it, don't listen, or if there are little ones around, might be a good idea to turn the speakers down.

T-Shirt dress

I've been doing a bit of sewing these past couple of weeks. Not a lot, just a bit.

I love a bit of bling, but I also like "simple" so thought I'd make a couple of T-shirt dresses in different fabrics for night and day.

I found some sequined fabric in soft gold, not too sparkly, so got a couple of metres to see how I'd go....I'd like it to resemble this Philip Lim sequined dress, although I plan to make it with short sleeves.

I've had this old Butterick pattern since the 1970's, at least I think that's how old it is. I originally made it up in a dark navy blue knit and I wore that dress to death.

The other day I made it in this black knit. I bought this wool jersey ages ago and got it for a real bargain because it had some faults. This is the second dress I've made from the piece of fabric and there's a little bit left to make a floaty sort of top too.

This photograph isn't the best as far as detail goes though...( I really must do some photography classes to hone my skills). Anyway, this was my trial run dress and I plan (hope) to get the gold one up and running over the next week or so. We have a big holiday planned and I'll need some party frocks, so I think it'll look nice in gold... I hope it will anyway.

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's in the Mail

My Mail Exchange gift is on it's way to my "mail exchangee"

I had great pleasure wrapping it in various layers of tissue and some old looking vintage paper yesterday

Then some bubble wrap....

...finished off with some tough as nails brown paper...and some string.
Hope she likes it!

Friday, February 19, 2010

3 Chooks+2 Dogs = The potential for very smelly shoes

So I bought these today... Cute Huh?

...and not only are they bright and cheery, they were an absolute bargain!!

I toddled into Target on my way back from the Optometrist this afternoon and lo and behold, they were there, calling out to me!

They were reduced to $19.98, with another 20% off.
But when I got to the checkout they scanned at $7.88

Thank you very much Target. They're just what I need when venturing into the yard to lock up "the girls" of a Winter's night...or check the rain gauge.

Happy weekend everyone...hope it's a good one!

I'm off for a spot of (window) shopping and a coffee with my girlfriend "G". Perfection!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mail Exchange

G'day all.....hope you're all fighting fit and ready for a great weekend that's not too far away

I've been super busy this past week so haven't been posting much...but I thought I'd find time today, so I could tell you about the Mail Exchange I joined a couple of weeks ago.

I read about it here and thought what a darn good idea!...

Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim fame paired everyone up and our task is to send our respective exchangees a gift worth between $20 and $30. Each person detailed what sort of things they like ...here's what I selected for my mail exchanger...

There are these pieces of fabric...

A little Eiffel Tower

...and this vintage children's book and a vintage children's dress pattern book by Enid Gilchrist.

I hope she likes them! I had fun finding them all...and in the process found a wonderful fabric store that sells only vintage style prints.

I'll tell you some more about it next week... it's truly magnificent!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Beautiful Vancouver

Did you watch the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver?

Here at Number 10 we watched and cried...or at least we watched. I cried.

The TV was running hot all weekend what with the Opening Ceremony and the beginning of competition

There were a couple of stand outs for me though...

Joni Mitchell singing "Both Sides Now" Simply beautiful!

Slam Poet Shane Koyczan...and K.D. Lang's haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

I've read a couple of comments on forums where some Canadians believe the poem "We Are More" by Shane Koyczan, wasn't appropriate for the event and in fact, displayed a type of insecurity by Canada.

I disagree. I thought it was sensational!

But then, I'm not Canadian.

Vancouver is an absolutely gorgeous city....we have friends there and will be visiting them in a couple of months. I can't wait!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

My one true love?

G'Day all...how's it going this very beautiful Monday?
I can tell you, it's pretty darn warm in Melbourne!

Now, today's post is not about the weather. NO. It's about something very dear to my heart.


You know, I think people fall into two categories, those who love renovating and those who would rather spend three months trekking across Siberia eating nothing but raw seal meat. That's not really a picture I want in my mind for very long, I can tell you.

Me? I LOVE it. With a capital LOVE! (Renovating, not raw seal meat)

I love the whole process...from the demolition and mess to the building and ultimately, the transformation. Have I told you how much I love it?

MONT got home from the beach on Saturday and while we were having a quiet drink and a chat on Saturday night, we decided to make a few changes and finally finish Number 10!
WOO HOO! Finally!

The first project is to relocate the back door... or move it slightly

Yes I know it looks OK, but unfortunately, it's a wasted "nook" right outside the study and the floor space could be put to much better use. Right now it's where the dogs cozy up on cooler days.

What we plan to do is remove the study window and replace it with a smaller, single one. We won't sacrifice light though as the study also has French Doors opening onto the back deck.

We'll then push the doorway out so it gives me more space inside to install a floor to ceiling cupboard. It'll hold things like the ironing board, washing things and all the cleaning stuff...as well as the clothes airers, which I have to say are one of the most difficult things to find a home for...at least for me.

As you can see below, my laundry is extremely small and extremely cluttered and messy. It started out as a storeroom, but is now my laundry/junk depository.

I used to have the washing machine and dryer in the kitchen, right here where this cupboard and the fridge are now.

But it wasn't as practical as I thought it would be, so we moved them into the storage room towards the back of the house.

So, that's the first project on the cards. It's not going to happen for a couple of months yet. But that's fine with me. It gives me time to start the planning (and dreaming) process. My favourite part.

The second project will be the main bedroom...but more about that a little later...

So, there you have it...more renovations at Number 10 coming up...I'll keep you posted about how the plans progress.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Great Aussie Holiday

Well, I've just completed my first week back at work and I have to say it was a bit of a shock to the system.

I know I only had 2 weeks off work, but I tend to get into the spirit of a holiday pretty darn quickly, so coming back to reality is not always pleasant.

This is a part of our little caravan park. As you can see, it is perfectly positioned right near the beach.

I know camping out in a caravan is not unique to Australia, but does any other country have caravan parks so close to the water?

A couple of old salts chewing the fat.... Grampy (MONT) and the little one

Kids like nothing better than crabbing in the shallows....and boy, I can honestly say I've never seen so many little crabs in one bucket! They sure outdid themselves.

A couple of their finds

These guys are trying to avoid the spotlight and finding a new hiding place.

I did a total "relax" while we were away. While I cooked a couple of meals and made lunch a few times, I did not wash one single dish or pot.

Now that's a holiday!

Please note, no critters were harmed during this crabbing expedition and all critters were returned to the water

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bedroom Beauty

I love a nice bedroom...In fact I love a nice any room!

I especially love this. It's so glamorous.

Image-via this is glamorous

... and this...how lovely to have such a "girly" room to wake up to each morning.

Image - Polly Wreford

Don't you just love the beautiful dress on the wall as decoration?
I'd love my bedroom to look this beautiful...I don't think MONT would be too impressed though. He's not the frilly type...

Monday, February 1, 2010

I'm Back

Yep....back from my little break at the beach and back to work!

Lucky I like my job!...although I can't say I like it more than a nice relaxing holiday.


Once I arrived home at Number 10, I started on the washing and drying and putting things away. The thing I want to know though is, why doesn't it all go back as easily as before? Did all the stuff I took to the beach, miraculously double in volume on the trip home?

Yes, I did do a (little) bit of shopping, but it certainly couldn't be called "over the top" and only a couple of extra things came home with me.

Anyway, I'm back into the swing of things and am looking forward to a great 2010.

By the way, I've got a giveaway over at Live Laugh Love and Cook...check it out later today.