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Bike date August 28, 2009

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I took the beauty to the Botanical Gardens for lunch under a tree today.P8280015

We listened to the flying foxes muttering in their sleep.

New market bag August 24, 2009

Posted by Sarah in bag, bike, fabric, home made, markets, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty.

A new market bag, this time in Japanese pear print.P8230031

The strap is made from the offcuts from a pair of denim jeans.


I’ve discovered that this bag works really well as a messenger bag for cycling too.  I wore it on a 20km round trip on Friday.  I had my handbag and bike lock in it and it worked a treat.


The bag is reversible – the white and gold bird print fabric was given to me by a friend that works at the sydney branch of Kvadrat.


Home made soap August 24, 2009

Posted by Sarah in health, home made, soap, thrifty.

Batch 001P8230015

Lavender and chamomile tea


Jasmine and chamomile tea


Rag-knitted bath mat August 24, 2009

Posted by Sarah in cosy, fabric, home made, knitting, recycle, refashion, thrifty.
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I wanted to find a good use for an old bedsheet of ours that had become too thin to use on the bed.  I decided to make it into yarn, and then knit it into a new bathmat for us.P8230006

I used this tutorial to work out the best way to make ‘yarn’ from my sheet.  I highly recommend the technique described for joining the ends.  It works wonderfully, and you can hardly see the joins in the finished product.


I tried to get as many stitches onto my needles as possible, to make the mat as big as I could.  This meant that I had to use pegs to hold the stitches on the needle while I wasn’t knitting, so that they didn’t jump off the end.


I used size size 15mm needles, it’s like knitting with table legs!


It’s big enough for Joh to be able to use comfortably, which i’m pleased about.  The finished bathmat is super soft because the sheet was so well worn.

Garage sale beauties August 24, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, dining in, flowers, food, garage sale, markets, recycle, tea towel, vintage.

Miss Maree and I headed to the Eveleigh Markets on Saturday for a spot of shopping and munching.  We stopped at a garage sale along the way for a peak at what they had to offer.  I snapped up these adorable old plates for next to nothing.  The whole lot cost me just $10.  The lady that I bought the plates from told me that she was very pleased to see a young person buying the plates, as they have been in the family for years.  Joh made scones for breakfast on Sunday and we ate them off these plates.  Perfection!P8230023



Miss Maree’s new guard snake August 20, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, cosy, draft snake, fabric, felt, flowers, home made, sewing, snake, thrifty, toy.
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This little beauty is for my dear friend Maree.  She specified that she would like a cream and green snake.  I hope she likes it!P8200026

The tongue is made from pure wool felt.  The little collar is wool, and the flower on the collar is cut from a piece of beautiful italian lace.


Buttons that I used for the eyes came from my mother, very retro.


This photo is to show the underbelly of the snake, I used some charcoal denim for the bottom half of the tail and the same kermit green I used for the head on the other half.


This is a close up of the fabric that I used for the top of the snake.  It’s a beautiful textured cream fabric with a while brocade pattern printed on it.


I stuffed it with old cotton fabric, it’s just heavy enough to hold tight against any drafts that come under the door.  Traditionally they’re filled with beans or rice but I’d prefer to use something non-recyclable and non-toxic that’s destined for the landfil.  I’m heading to a local recycling centre this weekend to see what I can find.  In the mean time, the cotton fabric stuffing works just fine I think.

I’m planning on making many more of these little darlings so if you would like to order one off me just leave a comment at the bottom.  Cost is $45 AUD plus postage.

Edited for Maree:

Maree named her Lilith!

Likes:  Licorice lozenges, leggings and leopards

Dislikes:  noisy neighbours, hairdryers and dill