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Nice one, Nature! February 9, 2011

Posted by Sarah in flowers, food, fruit, garden, gift, home made, nature, tomato, worm farming.
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Something cool that’s been developing in our inner-city garden recently is the emergence of pop-up tomato plants.

I keep two worm farms, and recently I transferred some of the castings from the farms to our pot plants.  Now, normally this makes our plants grow like crazy, and shoot out all kinds of new growth.  What happened this time however is that several little tomato plants started to shoot out of the soil in the pot next to our established Kaffir Lime trees.  A couple of weeks went by and then we started getting fruit!  The seeds must have been in the worm farms for at least 4 months, it’s incredible that they were still viable.

Normally we can’t grow tomatoes because our courtyard doesn’t get enough sun.  I’m loving the novelty of having tomato plants in our garden this year.  Even if they don’t turn red I’m sure I’ll be able to make some kind of delicious green tomato salad or salsa with them.

Thanks, Nature!  What a lovely thing for you to do.

Frocktober (day 31) October 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, reuse, Second Hand, Thrifting.
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Today is the final day of Frocktober 2010.  I have successfully completed my challenge!

Would you believe that I actually have more frocks than the 31 required for Frocktober?  Off the top of my head I can count another 5 that have not been worn for this month’s challenge.  Most of them need some alterations, or just a little TLC.  I’ll be fixing them up for summer over the coming weeks, and hopefully I’ll get around to posting before and after shots for the world to see.  If not expect to see them next year for another round of Frocktober fundraising!

Frocktober may be over for another year, but you can still donate online for another couple of weeks.  I’ll be doing a round-up post in the coming weeks with my final fundraising total.  If you haven’t donated yet there is still time!

Dress:  This is an oldie but a goodie.  I picked it up from a local Salvos store a few years back for the grand total of about $6.  It’s about two sizes too big, but the roominess is what makes it such a great summer dress.  It’s quite nice to have a dress that’s cotton, and loose under the arms for sweltering summer Sydney days.  I’ve been meaning to take it in for ages, but the more I wear it, the more I realise that it’s just fine as is.  All it needs is a securely fastened belt and it’s perfect.  I am going to change the buttons though.  That’s the least I can do.  Goodness knows what possessed the designers to put ugly desert brown buttons on such a colourful, fun frock.

 

 

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

 

 

Frocktober (day 25) October 25, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, newtown, Op Shopping, Second Hand, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I have a confession to make.  I am the owner of not one, but three Muumuu’s.

Today’s frock is the first Muumuu that I ever owned.  I bought it for a hawaiian themed party we threw many moons ago.  It was so perfect!

Dress:  Vintage polyester Muumuu, picked up from a vintage store in Newtown many years ago.  The print is of palm trees, rocky islands, and tiny windsurfers.  Hawaii is written on the sails of the boats.  Yes folks, that’s how cool this is.  I have no intention of ever parting ways with it.

 

 

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

Frocktober (day 21) October 21, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Another day, another foray into awkward self portraits.  This one was taken in a teeny tiny park around the corner from my house.  You could perhaps have a picnic for 4 in it, if you were really good friends.  Although I didn’t actually see anyone watching me it’s quite likely there was someone in one of the town houses wondering what on earth I was doing taking multiple photos of myself.  Poser.

Dress:  Vintage Muumuu!  I believe that this came from my favourite vintage store – Zoo Clothing.  It’s lovely and breezy to wear, and kinda cute I think.  Much more flattering than my other two muumuu’s (both of which you’ll see before the month is out).

 

 

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

Frocktober (Day 15) October 15, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, blue, clothes, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today I went to the Better Homes and Gardens LIVE event at Homebush.  Today’s photo was taken while I was admiring one of the lovely dogs they had in one of the pet food exhibits.

The second photo shows the close up of the dress fabric.  It’s a really beautiful floral print.

Dress:  Vintage, bought some years ago and now sadly starting to wear quite thin.

 

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

Frocktober (day 9) October 10, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Yesterday we headed to a friend’s 30th birthday party on their families farm in south west Sydney.  It was beautiful being out of the city for the day – we had such a great time relaxing and hanging out.

Dress:  Vintage, found at Zoo Emporium in Surry Hills.  This is hands down my favourite dress.  I love the pattern on the fabric, the cut of the dress, and the length.  It’s got pockets too – a necessary requirement for any perfect summer dress I think.
Cardigan:  Hand-me-down from my friend Rosa-may.  It was handed-down to her from a friend too.  It’s my new go-to cardigan.  Big and slouchy and a perfect shade of red.  I love it!

 

 

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

Op shop goodness July 16, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Cutlery, fabric, flowers, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Shop, Surry Hills, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage.
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Some sweet new additions to the household, courtesy of two local op shops yesterday.

Two sets of tongs, three beautiful knives, and one stunning vintage bed sheet.  Total damage = $5.  Happy times!

Something pretty June 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, flowers, home made, Saponify, soap.
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Lilac-scented soap bars freshly made and curing on the rack.  They’ll be making a home in my online store in early July.  They smell so lovely, i can’t wait to give one a try.

Aotearoa (part 4) January 23, 2010

Posted by Sarah in family, flowers, garden, green, holiday, love.
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Photographs from my dear Aunty Margo’s beautiful garden.

Frocktober day 29 October 29, 2009

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, flowers, Frocktober, Fundraising, vintage.
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I have just two days left of my Frocktober challenge!  I wonder if i’ll jump straight back into my jeans on Sunday or if i’ll continue on with frocks?

Today’s frock is so fun to wear.  I’m pretty sure I got it from Zoo Emporium in Surry Hills.  It’s so 80’s, I love it.  I got a few stares when I was out today, it’s quite overcast and a bit drizzly, I don’t think people were expecting to see a bright sundress in this weather.

 

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And it has pockets – I just love dresses with pockets!

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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).