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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.

 

 

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Frocktober (day 29) October 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Second Hand, Surry Hills, Thrifting, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today J has the day off work, so we headed out for a late breakfast at Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point.  Delicious food, as always.  The company wasn’t bad either!

I got plenty of odd looks while posing here, which is strange considering the high percentage of posers that live in our area.  Go figure.

Dress:  I bought this to wear to my friend Kate’s Hen’s night.  It’s quite short, so I like to wear a pair of leggings underneath so as to not shock any sensitive locals.  Purchased from the ever wonderful Zoo Clothing in Surry Hills.  Yes, it’s pretty much the only place I shop for quality dresses now.

 

 

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

Frocktober (day 18) October 18, 2010

Posted by Sarah in bike, blue, clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Fundraising, me, recycle, refashion, Second Hand, Thrifting, thrifty.
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Today I jumped on my trusty old bike and we headed to Glebe together to see my friend Satomi.  Satomi gave my hair a much needed trim and tidied up my somewhat unruly fringe.  It’s amazing how much better I feel now that my bangs have been tamed again, thanks Satomi!

Dress:  Op-shopped, shortened, taken in.  Total cost $4.  This dress wasn’t always so cute.  You can read more about it’s transition from cast-away tent to much beloved frock here.

 

 

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

Frocktober (day 14) October 14, 2010

Posted by Sarah in bike, clothes, dining out, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today it’s a beautiful 25 degrees here in Sydney!  I headed out at lunchtime to meet my Mr for lunch in the domain.  It was lovely riding my bike in the sunshine, in my dress.  It feels like it’s been a very long time since I’ve done that.  Yay for Frocks on bikes!

Dress:  Vintage, from a store on Crown St in Surry Hills.  It’s so very pretty and really comfortable.  I love this dress so!
Bike:  From Sydney Vintage Bikes, just in case you’re interested.  We have so much fun together riding about town.

 

 

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

Frocktober (day 10) October 10, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage.
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Today’s Frocktober photo was taken early this morning while I sipped a cup of tea in the dewy grass at the farm.  I still hadn’t had a chance to wash my face so I’m looking a little bedraggled, but at least the photo is authentic!

Dress:  Vintage – no idea where I got this one.  I’ve had it for about 6 years I think.  It’s comfortable, and a really great cut.  This one is probably my most worn dress in the wardrobe.
Cardigan:  Zara – bought in San Francisco last year while I was on holiday.

 

 

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

 

Frocktober (day 5) October 5, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, green, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I’m a little late posting today.  I spent the morning in my exercise gear as it’s the only way I can guarantee I wont chicken out of my boxing class.  I had a great class, got home, showered and ate, then headed out to take today’s Frock shot.

Today’s Frocktober challenge is an old favourite of mine.  It has no zippers to struggle with – it just pops on right over my head.  I love it.  It’s so very easy to wear.

It’s a really unusual shade of hospital green.  It makes me feel a bit like I’m wearing a nurses outfit.  Or a girl guides uniform.  Or a weird combination of both.

Dress:  Op-shopped cotton 80’s find – $7
Brooch – miniature knitted brooch – Kitty Came Home

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

And, just so you know that I’m not alone in this challenge – here’s a link to some other ladies Frocking up for the month:

http://www.hawkercentral.com/frocktober/

http://thefrockedengineer.blogspot.com/

http://www.littlesuitcase.com.au/2010/09/frocktober.html

http://freyafrock.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24576681241&ref=ts#!/pages/Christchurch/Our-Month-Without-Pants/106393842758454?ref=mf

Frocktober (day 4) October 4, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, Second Hand, Shop, Store, Surry Hills, Thrifting, vintage.
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Today is Labour Day, so we’re enjoying a very pleasant 3 day weekend.  We just headed out for a short walk to enjoy this lovely spring day.

This dress is a vintage number I scored from a great little recycled clothing store on Crown St in Surry Hills called U-Turn.  It has a very Mad Men kind of feeling to it.  I love the cut of this dress – the waistline is just perfect.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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

Suitcase love September 28, 2010

Posted by Sarah in bag, blue, fabric, picnic, Picnic Blanket, recycle, refashion, Second Hand, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage.
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I picked up this suitcase this morning from Reverse Garbage in Taylor Square.  The perfect shade of blue, and just the right size.  Small enough for carry-on, but large enough to be useful for storage when I’m not jet-setting around the world.  This little beauty set me back the grand total for $8.  A total bargain!

I also came home with a pile of upholstery fabric to use for the backs of some new Picnic Blankets.  I’m going to be making them again this year to sell for Christmas.  Watch this space!

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!

Ginger Gems July 9, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, butter, cosy, dining in, food, Gem Irons, Ginger Gems, home made, recipe, Thrifting.
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Wont you come in from the cold?  Can I tempt you with a just-baked Ginger Gem?

Actually, we baked these last night.  They were lovely with tea after dinner, and even better for breakfast this morning.

This old Gem Iron belonged to my Grandmother.  I packed it with other essential belongings and it moved countries with me.  I am so very fond of it.

I haven’t seen a new Gem Iron for sale in a store ever.  I wonder if they’ve stopped making them?  I wonder if The Delta Metal Co Ltd, of Christchurch, New Zealand are still in business?

The circular Gem Iron is a recent acquisition.  I found it at the Surry Hills Markets last Saturday.  $5 and it came home with me.

Pre-loved.  Worn from countless morning tea’s over the years.  Sturdy and dependable.  I like imagining the old lady who owned this before me.  I wonder if she used the same recipe that I do?

Two recipe for Ginger Gems

Taken from the Edmonds Cookery Book, 1980.  Written in the matter-of-fact way that Edmonds recipes are synonymous with.  At least in my mind.

Ginger Gems

1 cup of Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Milk
25g (1oz) Butter
25g (1oz) Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Golden Syrup
Sift dry ingredients.  Beat egg and add with milk.  Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup together and mix in last of all.  Put in twelve hot greased gem irons and bake 12 minutes at 215 C.

Taken from At Home At Play, by Pennie Oliver

Ginger Gems

60g Butter
150g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
175ml Milk
250g Plain Flour
2 teaspoons Ground Ginger (we doubled this)
extra Butter for gem irons and for serving.

Preaheat the oven to 230C.  Place the gem irons in the oven to heat.  Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl  Beat in the egg.  Stir in the golden syrup.  Mis the baking soda into the milk.  Add the dry ingredients and milk and baking soda to the bowl.  Mix to combine the ingredients.  Remove the gem irons from the oven.  Drop about 1/4 teaspoon butter into the bottom of each of the hollows.  Spoon the mixture into each hollow to two-thirds full.  Bake for 10 minutes, until the gems are cooked and golden.  Serve plain or with butter.
Makes 20 – 22