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Frockotber (day 22) October 22, 2010

Posted by Sarah in black, clothes, dining out, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me.
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Today was lovely and warm, and I confess I stayed home in shorts and a tshirt all day.  I had a full day of making, cleaning and tidying at home, and didn’t get a chance to frock up until the Mr got home.  A perfect excuse for taking me out to dinner was that I needed to wear my dress and get a photo – yay!

Tomorrow I’m hosting my Frocktober fund raising afternoon tea and frock swap.  I’m very much looking forward to seeing all my lovely lady friends for an afternoon of fun times!

Dress:  Nicola Finetti zip up LBD.  I love this dress.  It always makes me feel great when I wear it.  Check out last year’s Frocktober photo for the dress sans cardigan.
Cardigan:  Gorman – given to me by a very thoughtful friend for my birthday this year.  You can’t see in this photo but it has little stars all over it.  Cute!

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

Frocktober (day 20) October 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in black, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, me.

Today I rode in to the city to drop off the Mr’s lunch for him.  It’s really great that I can just take a 10 minutes bike ride and be at his work.  So handy!

Today’s dress was a slightly silly choice for a bike ride unfortunately.  The split in the front of the dress makes it easy for my to walk, so it’s a necessary part of the dresses construction.  Unfortunately, when I ride my bike that split ends up at a most unladylike height.  I didn’t realise this before I left the house today.  If you noticed a girl riding her bike along William St today holding the handle bars with one hand, while the other hand was trying to conceal her modesty, it was me.  I’m thinking I may need to invest in some wonderfully 80’s bike shorts for these kinds of dresses.

Dress:  Tailor made for me in Vietnam a couple of years ago.  It’s cotton, and comfortable, and of course fits perfectly.  Made for me even.
Belt:  I picked this belt up from Zoo Clothing a few years back in their moving sale. I think I paid $4 for it.

In other news, I’m hosting a Frocktober Afternoon Tea and Frock Swap at my house this Saturday afternoon.  I’ve asked everyone attending to donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.  It should be a fun afternoon, and a great way to raise some much needed funds for the charity.  Yay!

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


Getting it done October 18, 2010

Posted by Sarah in black, blackboard, business, fabric, lists, Saponify, thrifty.
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Last week I went to the Better Homes and Gardens LIVE event with my friend Helen.  I scored some free tickets from the lovely Amanda at Calico and Co.  We had a fun day out, it always is fun hanging out with Helen!

While we were there I purchased a piece of chalk cloth from Me Too Please.  Already it’s been used at a menu board for the dinner party we hosted on Saturday night.

It’s now in use directly above my desk.  A totally useful, and environmentally friendly blackboard.  Awesome.

I just need to get myself some new chalk now.  I’m writing with tailors chalk at the moment, which isn’t really ideal.  I’m hoping to pop in to Reverse Garbage after boxing one day this week and pick myself up a box.  Fingers crossed they still have some available!

July 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, black, business, green, Hammer, home made, kings cross, Letterpress, recycle, refashion, Saponify, Second Hand, soap, vintage.

I’ve been indecisive for some time about how to brand and package my soaps for Saponify.  After much discussion with friends, customers and family I feel like I have in my head a clear idea and direction for what I want.  I want my soap to look like what they are.  Handmade.  Rustic.  Natural.  Covering them up with excessive packaging goes against what I want for Saponify and also what I want for this planet.  Yesterday I wandered into the most beautiful store called David Met Nicole.  I just wanted to stay in the store all day, poring over their collection of vintage stamps.  The store is tiny, but filled to the brim with exciting treasures.  The sales assistant was so lovely, and helped me to find just the right S for my soaps.  It’s a very old letterpress piece, I think that it was from the 1950’s but can’t be sure.

So, what do you think of the new look?  Do you love it or do you loathe it?

These little rubber stamps are teaching stamps from schools.  How great is that!  I’m going to use them on my notes to customers.  I need to find ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ stamps next.

Comments appreciated.

Frocktober day 21 October 21, 2009

Posted by Sarah in black, buttons, clothes, dress, fabric, Frocktober, Fundraising, scarf, sewing, silk.
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Goodness, this Frocktober business totally got me today.  I didn’t realise when I left the house that it would be such a warm day, so i’ve been melting slowly all day in this dress.  Black is always a bad idea on a hot day, positively stupid on a 33 degree day!  Luckily it’s cotton otherwise I really would have melted.

I had this shirt dress tailor-made for me while we were in Vietnam last year.  The belt is actually a vintage silk scarf that I picked up from an op shop a while back.


It splits quite high at the front when I walk, so when I have a moment i’m going to sew a little snap closure on the button band.


Remember, if you would like to support the Australian Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation during the month of Frocktober you can.  Click here to donate.

My registration number is 539381.  (you can put the registration number in the final page of your paypal payment).

Crochet kitty September 15, 2009

Posted by Sarah in black, Craft, crochet, gift, home made, kittens, toy.

My gorgeous friend Josephine made this crochet kitty for me for my birthday.  I love him!  He looks like quite the beatnik, don’t you think?


The details are amazing – he’s even got little toes and thumbs!  Josephine visited me earlier in the year and was just learning to crochet, and within a few months she’s produced this beauty!  He’s resting on a Heather Bailey handbag pattern Josephine also sent to me.  Talk about spolit!  I may just make the handbag this afternoon :)

Thank you so much honey!  I miss you SO much!

Joh’s new scarf May 25, 2007

Posted by Sarah in black, cosy, gift, home made, knitting, scarf.
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Joh’s new scarf is complete, i’m really happy with the results. I did the casting off myself, and it looks pretty tidy and neat. Now I’m jealous. I can’t wait to go shopping for new wool for a scarf for myself.

I got my first scarf compliment today at work! It was cool to be able to say that I had made it myself. I was wearing an old one I made a few years ago. Imagine what people are going to say when they see this years batch!