Monday, December 31, 2007

Browsing again

A big thank you to Fortysixth at Grace (of the gorgeous gingerbread houses) for pointing me to Crustation - an neat little resource with links to all sorts of crafty inspiration.
Taska directed me to Ball and Chain's Etsy shop , where you can snap up cute little silver pendants like these:

Friday, December 28, 2007

Boxing Day Picnic

Love this sunny Summer weather!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A belated happy Christmas to all!

Another Christmas has come and gone without incident and we're safe and happy together - who could ask for more?

The loss of my diary/address book meant I couldn't send all the Christmas cards I wanted to this year. I do love these wartime postal service reminder cards though:

(sorry - I can't remember where I found them. The album above was advertised on Amazon)

After several days of work- and family parties, today we had a quiet little picnic in the park, which is looking considerably greener after last week's rain. The weather was absolutely gorgeous!

Gus is a very tired little pup, and we've been so spoilt with presents and food I think it's time to lie low for a while too.... salads and rest might be the focus for us for the next few days.

Next Friday we're heading off for a week of camping - that means several days with no TV, no traffic, no work, lots of animals and birds, time to read and soak up the sun (hopefully!) .... bliss! Little campsite, here we come!

Friday, December 21, 2007


It's my last day at work before the Christmas break today - I'm off to hit the shops for my last bit of shopping ...

I was thinking last night that if I had my time again, I would like to have studied to be a fabric/paper pattern designer. How fab it would be to have the creativity and skill to produce tangible versions of quirky designs as they pop into my mind!

Check out these guys for some Summer pattern inspiration:
Aimee Wilder, Amy Butler, Lara Cameron, Lotte Jansdotter....

Monday, December 17, 2007

Underwater sculptures

A-little-bit-creepy but interesting works by Jason de Caires Taylor.

Messing about in boats

We celebrated K's birthday on dad's new (second-hand) boat. It was fun exploring Melbourne's industrial/dockland areas.

(this pic by Kirky from Altissima)

These guys looked like transformers ... as though they were ready to stomp away if disturbed....

Love this lifeboat - very Thunderbirds!

Oh yes ... and there was the small matter of having to get rescued by the police when our motor died. Thank you and Merry Christmas, Water Rats!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Crafty pursuits seem to be gaining popularity at a dizzying rate - every day I find new inspiration somewhere and am so impressed by the creativity and skill of others. This morning I discovered Bella Dia's blog ... I love these pictures of her handmade items.

Here are a few of her sweet little pincushions:

Monday, December 10, 2007

Barnes Readers

I stumbled upon these beautiful books while looking on the Web for pictures of ginderbread men.

So pretty, and so natsukashii!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


I spent yesterday with my grandfather. He passed away this morning.

Movember 2007

.... and so it came to an end. It was good fun and we managed to raise a lot more money than we had expected. Yay for Movember!

... and so the mo starts to diminish ...

- turned-down ends

- American police officer or firefighter?

- Chaplin had to make an appearance ...

the final cut!
(returned to the face I know and love)

... also ...

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