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My perfect summer 2010/2011 January 24, 2011

Posted by Sarah in beach, beautiful, chocolate, christmas, dining in, friends, holiday, picnic, Sydney.
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Christmas truffles laid out prettily in their coloured cases

 

Christmas Day feasting with our Sydney family

 

Beare Park in Elizabeth Bay for a Picnic in the sunshine

 

New Years Eve with our sparklers

New Years Eve fireworks

Stunning view of the Estuary from our Holiday spot in Red Rock

Salmon Blinis for an afternoon snack

Checking out the walkway through the wetlands

The flooded local Bowling Club

We gorged on freshly caught local prawns - so delicious!

Played in the odd sea foam that was on the beach

The view of Red Rock from the beach

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.

 

 

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.

Frocktober (day 24) October 24, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, friends, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, gift, recycle, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today we went to our friend Noa’s 1st birthday party, which is why I’m wearing this party hat!

I nabbed this dress yesterday, in our afternoon frock swap.  My friend Virginia donated it, and I love it.  Thanks Virginia!

Dress:  Otto Mode stretch cotton tunic.  It’s so comfortable and soft, what a great dress!  I wore a black slip under it, which is what you can see poking out from underneath.

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

Frocktober (day 23) October 23, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dining in, dress, fabric, food, friends, friendship, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today I hosted an afternoon tea and frock swap to raise some funds for Frocktober.  I’ve just looked in the collection tin and there’s $170 in there!  Fantastic!

We all had a lovely time eating cakes, drinking bubbles, and swapping our pre-loved threads.  It poured down right in the middle of our afternoon tea so we all had to move inside quick smart.  This photo was taken right in the middle of the hardest downpour of the day.  The things we do!

Dress:  This one is the perfect picnic dress, a breezy cotton Gorman sundress with silk ties.  Love it.

 

 

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

Frocktober (day 16) October 17, 2010

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Today I cooked a 3 course meal for 15 people in a silk dress!  We were planning on having the dinner party outside but the wind was so strong that we ended up staying inside.  I look like I’m bending at an odd angle in this photo, because it was so cold!

Dress:  Silk, from Misery Boutique in Auckland.  I wore this on day 26 of my challenge last year.  It fits so beautifully, and feels great on.

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

Handmade napkins October 4, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, blue, cotton, dining in, dining out, Engagement, estate sale, fabric, friends, friendship, fruit, gift, green, home made, picnic, recycle, sewing, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Our lovely friends Fiona and Tarek recently got engaged, and had an party yesterday afternoon to celebrate.

We took along a little engagement present of some of my handmade napkins.

The fabric I used came from an estate sale that I went to recently.  I’m guessing it’s probably from the late 60’s?  It’s an amazing cotton print, the purple watermelon is so cool.  I used an old sheet to back these napkins – that way they’re double-sided and they’ll last for ages.

Fabric napkins are perfect for picnics, dinner parties, and everyday use.  We use fabric napkins all the time at home- we just love them.

Congratulation Fiona and Tarek!  We’re so very happy for you both!

Reenie and Daniel September 28, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blanket, embroidery, Engagement, fabric, friends, friendship, gift, green, hand made, home made, picnic, Picnic Blanket, Reenie and Daniel, sewing.
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My sweet, supportive, totally awesome friend Reenie got engaged to her man Daniel recently.  Yay!

This is what I made for them as an engagement present – a picnic blanket embroidered with their names.  I was going to stitch a heart around the text but decided to leave it more subtle.

Congratulations Reenie and Dan!  Here’s to many happy days in the sunshine together!

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!

Happy days with Rosa-May September 8, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, blanket, Frank and Dean, friends, friendship, Ilustration, love, picnic, Rosa-May.
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My sweet amazing friend Rosa-May is heading back to New Zealand to live.  I am sad for me, but happy for her.  She and her beau Bruce just got engaged and I’m so very happy for them!

I am going to miss her so much, only people who know this girl can really understand how much fun can be had whilst in her company.

We met at the Cafe I used to work at.  This friendship is the very best thing to come out of my two years of employment there.

Hands down, she’s one of the best people that I have ever met.  She’s a gem.

Rosa-May and her sister Stella are both incredibly talented artists, and have started an online business together selling their stationery.  Beautiful.  I’d highly recommend that you consider their wares if you’re needing a unique lovely gift.