Friday, August 28, 2009

Cardi, Simple Tee and Poppy Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Photo of the outfit from

I have just discovered this blog and it is amazing. She is always having giveaways!!! This is the latest up for grabs!! What an adorable outfit. Click on her link below for your chance to WIN!! Very inspiring!

Grosgrain: Teacher's Pet Cardi, Simple Tee and Poppy Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Embroidery Hoops in Design!!!

Bjorn Wallander

I love this idea of using ready-made curtains and an embroidery hoop for this bed canopy. Can not get much easier than this!! If you want the DIY info on this go to

These pictures come from
Who would have thought about using embroidery hoops in interior design. I just love this idea too!!! I plan to use this idea in my daughters room. She currently has a horrible fluorescent light fitting in her room, this may be the answer to disguising it. So many design ideas out there it is hard to know where to start sometimes!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Desk Area Shelving

My son loves sitting at his new desk. The space above the desk was very unispiring. Thought some shelving would be good. Picked up the box shelves from Bunnings for about $12 each. I did have three put up on the wall, but it just didn't seem to work. I think I will make some bags out of fabric to hang on the wall next to the bottom shelf. Made these boats this morning from the drift wood I collected at the lake on the weekend. This little area is starting to come together but not quite there yet.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lake Views

The views of the lake from our house. Although they are slightly filtered lake views (wished there were not so many trees in front of our house), we get to enjoy looking at the lake anyway. What a great day to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine!! On that note, off I go in search for some drift wood down at the lake for my next project in the boys room.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I have been busy sewing the frilled pants for the market next month. Will post some photos later. I have been also ordering some new patterns to add in with my range of girls clothing. Very excitied about the new peasant style dress pattern that is on it's way. Here is a pic of the dress. I love this combination of fabrics - Heather Bailey and Alexander Henry combo.....Can't wait to get started sewing these sweet dresses!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Garden Make Over

All the supplies for the job.
The garden bed before the makeover.

The gardens here are a mess and nothing much has happened here in years!! Now that we have inside looking OK, I can start on the outside. As you walk up the front stairs there is a garden at the side. It has been in need of some attention for a while now, so this morning I went to Bunnings to buy pots, plants and stones for the makeover. I wanted something low maintence as I will not have the time to be weeding. Got some cheap pots for $7 and painted them white. White stones and some mother-in-law's tongue for the pots. I know I'm no landscape gardener, but it looks much better than it did and what a difference a day makes!!

After - pots painted, stones down, plants in.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thrifting Finds!!

A while ago I was in the local salvo's store and came across a trundle bed. It was scratched and plain pine. What a great price at just $10. Nothing a coat of white paint couldn't fix. I bought it home really happy with the purchase, yet my husband wondered why we needed another bed??? Well, once I painted white so it matched the beds in the boy's room - it looks perfect together!! Once the boys are big enough for friends to sleep over, we have a spare bed!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Fabric for the Market

After speaking with Belinda yesterday, I did not relise it was only a month until the French market. So thought I had better get busy. Went fabric shopping today. There were fabrics I liked, but none that would really sit well together. I did not want to use all different fabrics that would make the stand look like it was left over stock that didn't sell.......if you know what I mean.......then I found all these fabrics that seemed to all blend together. I think it will make more of an impact if they look like they are all part of the one collection. Have gone for fabrics with pink, red and white colour tones. Hopefully all the pants will look great and most importantly SELL!! Better get busy cutting.......

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Second Hand Shopping

Went into my local second hand shop on the weekend. The first thing that grabbed my eye was this great basket. Perfect at just $2.50!! I have been looking at the older style oval mirror there for a while now, but it has a few scratches in it. They had $30 on it, but after speaking with the guy about the scratches and the small chip out of the side, he said I could have it for $10, so thought why not get it. The small square mirror was $4 and the oval mirror with the wooden frame was $15. Overall happy with the weekend shop!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Council clean up weekend!!

I always love the weekend before the council pick up. We recently had one in our area. I could not go past these two cane chairs that were put out on the street. Painted up white they will look great in the courtyard. Once I make up some cushions for them and find a rustic coffee table to team with them, it will be the perfect spot to relax and take in the sun.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fabric Baby Shoes

I am starting to get together some things to take to the French Market with a friend on the central coast in a month or so. I am going to do a bit of everything to see how it sells. I have been making these sweet little fabric baby shoes. What do you think???


Pencil tin before the make over
Pencil tin after..

After speaking with my best friend the other week, she was on a mission to get some tins and cover them for her girls craft area. What a great idea!! You'll find her at
I too went on the same mission for my son's desk. I used an large beetroot tin so it was big enough to fit all his pencils in and covered it with the same scrapbooking paper I used to cover the window pelmets in the boys room. I think it looks great........Thanks for the idea Belinda!! You are always inspiring me.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Laundry

I have been thinking about what I can do in the laundry. The walls are not in great condition, so by just painting them would not really look that good. I have been looking into the different wallpapers available. I know I want something different in the laundry. I came across this stone wallpaper. What do you think?? I also found this fish wallpaper pictured below. That may be a bit of fun and add some colour in there. I have also had a look at the porters paint wallpapers. The beetles and dragonfly wallpapers are interesting as well. I am still liking the fish or the stone at this point....Decisions, decisions.............