Monday, March 25, 2013

Tumble dryers and my tiny laundry

Does anyone have any recommendations for a tumble dryer?

My old Simpson died last year and I've been thinking about getting an Asko, to go with my washing machine, but an Asko has to sit either on top of the machine or next to it on the floor. It can't be mounted on a bracket on the wall.

ASKO side by side-perfection in my eyes

Now, I only use my dryer to finish things off, rather than completely dry something. I usually put things on the clothes line or airer to get them started, then bring them in of a night and put them in the dryer for 10 minutes or so, just to soften things up like like towels and MONT's work clothes.

My laundry-extremely small

My old Simpson dryer is vented out through a hole in the wall....but despite this...and despite cleaning the filter regularly, I was still left with dust and fluff in the laundry

This beautiful and very functional little laundry above is one of my favourites. Small but oh so doable...and not much smaller than my little room.

ASKO-I love this 

So, do you have a dryer that you swear by...or have you had some issues with yours, as I have with mine

Electrolux Dryer

Friday, March 22, 2013


I recently had my first encounter with a person who cleans houses.

My house to be precise.

Since I started working again...yes I now work each day - from home - I felt like I didn't want to spend all my spare time cleaning the house or thinking about cleaning it.

I'm only going to have this amazing person come in once a between visits I'll do the basic stuff like vacuuming and washing floors etc...but I just wanted someone who'd look after all the "nooks and crannies" around the place

Her first visit was terrific...she and her husband arrived, I showed them what I thought needed attention and then, I left

When I got home that afternoon the house was SPARKLING!!! ... and it smelled good too

Which brings me to these little beauties.

While I hate housework, I do like nice smelling products to use on the odd occasion that I do get stuck into it

I was checking out Ness's blog, Marley and Lockyer a while back and she was mentioning these gorgeous Murchison Hume cleaning products.

Lo and behold...there they were featured on the Temple and Webster updates I get each day/week.

So I ordered some and they were delivered this morning

Have you checked out Temple and Webster yet?

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Lot's of gorgeous things on sale...everything from cushions and floor rugs to throws and homewares.

Worth a look.

My second favorite household chore is ironing.  My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.  ~Erma Bombeck

Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy.  ~Author Unknown

“Excuse the mess, but we live here.” 
~ Roseanne Barr

Monday, March 18, 2013

Street Invasion

Seen in our street, our front garden and in our trees this past week


They're noisy....


...and very funny to watch

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Take a bit of this and a bit of that...

It's pretty neat what you can come up with when you want to use up a lot of stuff that's hanging around the shed....

So.....Take an off cut from an old solid timber kitchen bench

An old, spray painted Singer sewing machine frame...

Add some decorative timber trim....

...and what have you got?

Well, you've got a new table top. That's what

Once the top is painted I'll show you how it looks

Sadly, after that burst of energy to get the sewing room/studio finished before Christmas, it's fallen in a have we in this shocking Melbourne heat wave.

Hopefully we'll get back into it again once it's a bit cooler.....

Monday, March 4, 2013

Plastic fashion?

I'm no "fashionista"...nosiree. Nor am I a fashion snob. I say whatever works for you, then go for it.

I do like looking through some of the slide shows of the fashion parades that come into my "inbox" every now and then though

But when I saw some of the offerings from Celine's RTW Fall 2013 Collection, I couldn't help but think of this

I mean, really?

I love a nice coat...but this just doesn't do it for me

Nor does this combination

...makes me think though that some of the things I've made myself in the past, aren't too dissimilar to these styles...the fabric is WAY different though