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Frocktober (day 30) October 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beach, birthday, dress, fabric, friends, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, sewing, silk.
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This photo was taken at the park in Maroubra, prior to all of our guests arriving to celebrate the Mr’s 30th birthday.  We had a most excellent day in the sunshine, surrounded with friends, and eating plenty of lovely food.

Dress:  Handmade in Vietnam by a local tailor, this silk dress is so lovely to wear.  It’s the perfect picnic frock.  The circle skirt is plentiful enough that I can sit quite happily cross-legged and know that I’m not flashing any friends.  Definitely a factor to consider when selecting your picnic going frock.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

 

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Frocktober (day 26) October 26, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, clothes, dining out, dress, fabric, friends, friendship, Frocktober, Fundraising, love, picnic, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today is my lovely boyfriend’s 30th birthday, so I packed a picnic and met him in The Domain for lunch.

Dress:  This dress is new to me as of Saturday.  It was donated to the Frock swap by my friend Virginia.  It’s a very fine, soft fabric that drapes beautifully.  The top is a big big for me so I’ve improvised by pinning it together with one of my Nana’s brooches.
Belt:  A cheap leather imitation purple tie belt, picked up from some chain store in the specials bin ages ago.  The belt was actually much higher when I left the house, but after a rather rigorous cycle around town it’s made it’s way down to my hips.  It looks much better up higher, but I’m sure you get the idea.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Fabric Backgammon Board Game October 26, 2010

Posted by Sarah in backgammon, birthday, buttons, fabric, game, gift, green, hand made, home made, Pattern, recycle, reuse, sewing, thrifty.
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If you had asked me a week ago if I’d ever played backgammon my answer would have been no.

This is what I said to the Mr when he asked me if I had played before.  I said that I’d like to learn though, so he downloaded an iphone app for it and taught me to play.  We both agree that it’s a great game.  It’s one of the oldest board games around.

Fast forward one week and we’re both slightly addicted to the game!

I wanted to do something special for J for his birthday this year.  He turned 30 today you see, it’s a pretty special day.

I had originally planned on buying a vintage set online, but after some searching I found them to be way out of my rather meagre current budget.

This is what made me decide to make my own backgammon board for him.  I remember seeing one on a blog many moons ago that someone had made.  I couldn’t find the link, or any free patterns online yesterday, so I decided to design it myself.

Yesterday afternoon I drew up a pattern, cut out my fabric, and pieced it together.  I made the board the exact size of our coffee table so that we can play while we sit on the couch at night.

I made the board entirely from things that I found about the house.  A very thrifty project indeed!

The green fabric came from a thrift store in Batemans Bay.  It’s very thick felt, like what you would find on a snooker or pool table.

The white fabric is a thin wool, perhaps from a blanket.  I purchased that from Reverse Garbage in one of my fabric gathering outings.

The backing fabric is a Japanese cotton, something that I bought from Tessuti ages ago.  I had been waiting for the perfect project to use it on, and I think it works really well.

The pieces/chips are buttons that I picked up from a local thrift shop ages ago.  I got about 150 of them for $1 I think.  I plan to sew or glue little circles of coloured felt into the tops of the buttons, but the white stickers are doing a fine job for now.  I found the organza bag in amongst my craft goodies, perfect for storing the pieces.

The only thing that I don’t have is the 4 dice, but they can wait.  In the meantime we’re using an iphone dice app!

I’m off to pack a picnic lunch for us to share today.  It’s a glorious day for a birthday picnic I think.  Happy birthday honey!

Power animals September 13, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, Bear, birthday, friends, friendship, gift, hand made, home made, Ilustration, llama, love, Polar Bear, Rosa-May.
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Rosa-May wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday this year, and I asked her to draw something for me.

I cried when I opened this on the night.  So special.

I sanded back an old blue frame and repainted it brown last week.  I love it!

(In case you’re wondering, it’s supposed to be the Mr and I).  So sweet!

We are family August 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, Dad, family, friendship, holiday, love, me, mum, Mum and Dad, Parents.
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Mum and Dad were here for a short visit this week.

I absolutely love that first photo of the three of us – I almost dropped the camera right before I took this shot.

We’re a pretty funny bunch.

Mum’s laughing in the last photo too, by the way.  xx

Melbourne August 19, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, birthday, dining out, Fitzroy, food, friends, friendship, holiday, Josephine, Meet Me At Mikes, Melbourne, Retail, Shop, Store.
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After my birthday Josephine and I headed down to Melbourne for a few days.  It was my first visit, so we had plenty of exploring to do.

It was very cold and rainy, so we didn’t get to venture out and about as we would have liked.  Mostly we found nice places to eat and drink, and did a spot of shopping.  I’ll show you what I bought for myself in another post I think!

We checked out Meet Me At Mikes in Fitzroy.  I’ve been following Pip’s blog and twitter feed for some time now, so it was very exciting to go to her store.  She wasn’t there the day we went, but we were served by her lovely daughter Rin.  Josephine and I both found ourselves cheap little summer skirts – yay!

This is all the graffiti we managed to photograph due to it being so wet and cold.  I’d like to go back another time and spend some time photographing more of the alleys and laneways.

Great coffee at Sonido on Gerturude St.

A tasty lunch of Arepas at Cruzao Arepa Bar, Brunswick Street.

On our last day we headed out to St Kilda to check out the famed cake shops and ‘beach’.  I loved this old theatre.  I think it’s beautiful.

We shared a slice of the famous plum cake at the Monarch Cake Shop, St Kilda

Back to Sonido for another coffee!

Just before we left for our flight home we headed to Hwaro Korean BBQ for a few beers and snacks.

More photos from our trip are on my Flickr page.

Melbourne

Josephine August 18, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, birthday, friends, friendship, Josephine, love.
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The awesomeness that is Rosa-may August 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, birthday, Frank and Dean, friends, gift, giveaway, hand made, home made, Ilustration, love, Store.
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My dear friend Rosa-May is a very talented artist and photographer.  Right now she’s running a giveaway on her beautiful blog, and I think you should head over there and check it out.

She and her sister Stella also have a store full of beautiful illustrated stationary.  I highly recommend you head over there and stock up on their beautiful things.  It would make me so happy if you supported my sweet friends!

The giveaway will be drawn this coming Friday, the 6th of August.  That, my friends, is my birthday!  Go there, enter her giveaway and win something.  I dare you!

Little Elephant for a little friend July 30, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, buttons, Craft, Elephant, fabric, family, gift, hand made, home made, love, Pattern, recycle, refashion, sewing, toy.
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I made this Elephant for my Great-Nephew Felix’s 1st birthday.

I used a pattern from the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.  It was good using a pattern for a change.  I learnt quite a lot about construction while I was working on it.  I think the pattern could have had some better instructions at times, but mostly it was easy to follow.

The fabric that I used to make the Elephant came from my massive stash.  I believe this particular piece came from Reverse Garbage.  It’s a lovely soft thick knit, wool I think.  I must have thrown away the tag when I washed the fabric, so there’s no way to tell really.  The fabric inside the ears is the same wool that I used for this Kitty, a present for another little Nephew of mine.

My lovely big Sister was visiting this week, so I gave this little Elephant to her to take home to her Grandson.  I hope he likes it!

A special day January 24, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, friends, love.
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Today is a special day, it’s my dear friend Josephine’s birthday.  Happy birthday beautiful, I miss you!