Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Place & Yours : That's nice, that's different, that's unusual

A new theme on Meet Me at Mikes- My Place and Yours. The Theme Queen for this week is Toni from Little Suitcase. Her theme is 'That's nice, that's different, that's unusual'
Our house has been renovated over the years so any strange things that may have been here are long gone now.
My daughter and I wandered around this morning and this is what we came up with..................

That's Nice.
I picked this chair up at a Clearing Sale a few years ago for $15. We had to hang around until dark as it was one of the last things Auctioned but I was determined to get it if it was reasonably priced. It is such a sweet little chair with a hidden surprise.

It has a potty under the seat! 

That's Different.

There is a very old fence post in the lawn next to the path not connected to anymore fence posts, just standing all alone.. Everyone has asked my Husband why he put it there but he really hasn't given us an answer yet. So what do people say when they see it, 'That's Different!'

That's Unusual.
My sweet babies. Axolotyls are the strangest creatures but so cute. These are my girls who are about 10 years old. Marvin the Male is hiding in the corner, camera shy I think, he's nearly 13. We have regular batches of babies who don't make it much further than just hatched.
So there you go, My Nice, Different and Unusual.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Place & Yours:My Collection

         Kate from Fox's Lane   has chosen My Collection for this weeks theme in Meet me at Mike's My Place and Yours Meme. What a can of worms this weeks theme opens up for a hoarder/collector like me. Every room in the house has something I collect, Vintage Furniture, trunks, china, linen etc etc

My Violets. seen them before in the first My Place and Yours, this is just a closer look.  It started as a couple of pieces that were my Mum's and Nanna's and grew to this. Some were gifts, others Op Shop and second hand shop finds. Everyone who knows me well seems to be on the look out for my Violets. Some pieces are 100 years old and others not quite as old.

It has spilled over from the sideboard to the tea trolley and still going. No rules as long as it's Violets and not brand new!

There are teapots in the Dining Room, this is what fits on the top of the cupboard. I have some put away as well.

Then there are Rolling pins, kitchen scales, cannisters, hand beaters and the like in the kitchen all mixed up with lots of Chookie things.
I have Vintage hats, handbags, jewellery,gloves and coats in the bedroom. Vintage sewing items, buttons, fabrics, cottons, laces etc etc in the sewing room. Ladders with antique Quilt tops and Vintage Doileys. Oh and Chairs! Old wooden 'em.
It just goes on and on really. I don't think any of my Collections will ever be finished, there are very few rules apart from the older the better. I like to think I am preserving the past for future generations, not that my Collecting needs justification!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Websites Birthday!

Can you believe that a year ago today I put my Website up for the world to see?
All the support I have had from friends, family and an ever increasing group of loyal customers has made the Butterflies in my stomach fly away and my confidence grow very quickly.
I can still remember how exciting it was and a relief when my first order came through! It is still a buzz when someone wants to buy one of my creations and I think that will always be the case.  The hours of work, lack of sleep, messy house and wishing for more hours in a day or days in a week are all worth it!

So now I am sitting here waffling on as I do when I probably should be up in the sewing room warming up the sewing machine and getting on with it!
So much to do, so little time!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Place & Yours : Through the front door

This week's Theme Queen is Shelley from Femme de Montmartre. She's chosen 'Through the Front Door' as this week's view.
Well here is my front door! Our front door is used a lot by the boys and their friends. There is always shoes thrown off where ever. And yes Pam I had to put my glass of wine down to take the photo!

And this is what you usually see in the lounge room through the front door. If it's not Beau (the baby of the family, 16 next month) on the couch it will be someone else. Amazingly enough it is quite tidy today. Thats the Dining room off in the distance.
Not overly inspiring  but it's home.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The work of a couple of Graffiti artists just down the road from my house. They managed to paint smiley faces on about 100 Silage bails on Saturday night. The local paper asks why would they do it? Maybe it is the age old answer........because they were there!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

My Place & Yours : My Secret Weapon

This weeks Theme Queen is 'My Bricole' and she has chosen 'Your Secret Weapon' .
So many things carry me through my days and all of them are here, in my Home. That WAS going to be my chosen secret weapon but on thinking a bit more I realised it is the people in my life not the things that are my real secret weapon. Family, even though they drive me crazy most of the time they are still the most important thing I have created. Four grown children finding their way in the world, all beautiful and all individuals. Parents who were there when I needed them and a brother and sister who sometimes make me grit my teeth in frustration but also are my best friends.  Friends are a mainstay. There are those who I have never actually met face to face but we can spend three hours on the phone without drawing breathe, or email with exciting news, bad news or day to day drivel. Other friends I have known for 30 years and no matter how long between visits we just seem to pick up the conversation from where we left off. The people I work with are a huge part of my life as well. Now days we get to meet so many new people on the internet and some of them can become an important part of our lives as well. Imagine life with no interaction whatsoever. So there you go, my Secret Weapon......the people in my life!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Don't You Wish.........

Don't you wish that the most important thing you had to do all day was chase the multitude of Magpies that descend into your yard?

                Or sit and watch the young pup run around like a mad thing

 Wouldn't it be nice to have the time to sit for hours waiting for a lizard to poke its head out

Or take time to smell the flowers!

Don't you wish that sometimes you could just scratch around all day ,chase the ocassional butterfly and just enjoy the sunny day?