Sunday, 19 April 2015

lovely autumal happenings

 I have my first sour dough starter up and going. every day I had a spoonful or two of flour and a splash of water and it seems happy enough bubbling away. I'm making a loaf of simple no-knead bread once or twice a week now and it's something I look forward to every time.

this weekend I was treated to a night away in the lovely little town on Mildura. we stocked up on plenty of fresh produce from the roadside stalls along the way and the Farmers Markets had plenty of delicious home grown goodies too. time flew by and I'm already planning for the next trip there.
 these two pillow slips were my only op-shopped find while in Mildura. the perfect little $2 souvenir of our trip away.

I received my copy of Hundreds and Thousands mag and it's filled to the brim with cute articles and photos and all things handmade. you too can purchase a copy here.

thank you to all those who signed up for the Vintage Sheet FQ Swap 2015 and have sent a parcel off. there's still a couple of people who I haven't heard from so i'll give it 'til Monday and start swapping the FQs on Tuesday and post them back. you've all sent such beautiful designs it's going to be a struggle not keeping them all for myself.

and lastly to my little autumn give away...
Naomi of Look See is the lucky winner of a copy of Pip magazine and a handmade wall hanging.
if you could email me your details I will get your give-away gifts in the mail on Tuesday.
 
 
any sour dough starter tips? what other goodies do you make other then bread?
 
what lovely things have been filling your autumn days?

Thursday, 2 April 2015

pottery classes

In February I started pottery classes. it's something I've wanted to do for some time. i enjoyed pottery in high school art lessons and did a couple of classes outside of school too.
so when i saw that their was a local pottery group in town i signed up and i'm so glad i did.

i attend a three hour evening class once a week held at the cutest corrugated iron clad building that was once an old Scout Hall.
now these 'classes' are pretty laid back, with each person working at their own pace on whichever project they choose.
i started off with a simple slab pot. where i rolled a piece of clay to about 1cm thick and cut four rectangular sides and a base before 'gluing' the edges together with a slurry and further strengthening the joins with a clay coil.
i then moved onto making bowls using the pinch pot method.

it really is addictive and i've been busily pinning all things pottery inspiration on pinterest.
i cant wait to start back again after easter break.

have you tried pottery before? is there a pottery group in your local town?

Monday, 23 March 2015

butter and buntings dress swap


have you popped by Taz's blog butter and buntings lately? if not you may have missed the handmade dress swap she is currently hosting. If you're handy with a sewing machine (even if only at a basic level) or know someone that can sew for you, you can join in. and if you don't feel up to making a dress you can also join in by making and swapping a skirt instead.
I think a simple shift style dress is perfect for this swap. something with only a couple of pattern pieces and the sizing is fairly forgiving too.

think of all the possibilities... using a vintage sheet or tablecloth, adding pockets maybe made from doilies, or adding a lace or pom pom trim around the hem

also you there's still time to get involved in my vintage sheet FQ swap 2015. you can find all the details here.

hope this week is a lovely one. x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

give-away time


a little Autumn give away just for you.
first up a wall pennant. I made this from a vintage cotton sheet with the prettiest leaf design and free-hand stitched the quote. it will come with a dowel and twine for easy display on your wall.
next up a copy of the latest Pip magazine. I somehow managed to find myself with 2 copies so this one is for you. this is an Aussie magazine full of all things permaculture. this issue has informative articles on saving tomato seeds, no-dig gardening, making your own cheese and tips on decluttering your home.

to be in the running simply leave a comment telling me what you love about Autumn.
this little give-away is open internationally.
good luck.

open until April 8, 2015.

Monday, 9 March 2015

little tienda


another dress. a bit of a change as this one is not made by me, instead it's a little tienda dress (my second one now) and in a beautiful shade of blue with a rainbow of embroidery. I took the hem up on it and it's now the prefect length for me and oh so comfortable to wear.
teamed with my favourite tan lotta clogs, wewood watch, op-shopped silver bangle and a timber bracelet from deadwood creative (it's amazingly made from a skateboard)

with beautiful autumn temps these last few days I'm getting as much wear from this beauty before it cools down too much. x

Friday, 27 February 2015

wearing: stripes

 
another day, another dress.
I trialled a new op-shopped pattern for this dress (McCalls 5084) and instead of my usual floral fabric choice I went with this blue and white stripe.
it's a lovely, light cotton. perfect for pairing with a tan leather belt and my favourite tan Lotta clogs.
 
x

Saturday, 21 February 2015

vintage sheet FQ swap 2015


I've found some beautiful vintage sheets lately and am also in the process of making a quilt. this got me thinking about when I last hosted the vintage sheet FQ swap. looking back through my blog it's been well over a year.. September 2013 to be exact.
it was such fun swapping all those vintage sheets with others who have a soft spot for pretty florals so I'm hosting another.

to get involved simply leave a comment with your email address. alternatively you can email me at zara-117(at)hotmail(dot)com and let me know that you're interested in joining in this swap.

i will email all participants as you sign up with more details on the swap.

please have your vintage sheet FQs in the post to me by the 31st March, 2015. this gives you a bit over a month to source/raid the stash for vintage sheets. i will aim to have the FQs swapped and in the post by the end of the following week.

you can choose to swap as many or as few FQs as you want. the number of FQs you send will be the number you receive back.

place your FQs into a pre-paid parcel satchel. also include a self-addressed pre-paid post satchel so I can send your newly swapped FQs back to you.

pre-paid post satchels can be purchased from the post office in 3 sizes:

small satchel $10.55
holds up to 500g
35 x 22cm

medium satchel $14.80
holds up to 3kg
40 x 31cm

large satchel $23.60
holds up to 5kg
51 x 43cm
(Australia Post prices)

the small sized satchel will fit approximately 15 FQs and the medium 3kg satchel will fit 50+ FQs.

now for the important details-

- a fat quarter (FQ) measures approximately 50 x 56cm. these can be ripped or cut to size from the sheet as long as they meet these measurements.
- sheets should be washed prior to being sent
- ensure FQs are free from marks, stains, rips or holes. please only send sheets you would be happy to receive
- please only send cotton or cotton blend sheets. no flannelette or polyester. do not send sheets with cartoon characters or any solid colours

due to differences in how prepaid satchels would work for posting/returning of prepaid satchels overseas, this swap is only open to those living in Australia. sorry.

please share this swap if you'd like. the more involved the greater the variety of sheets you will receive.
if you have any questions please ask.
 
 
i'm really looking forward to this swap, and cant wait to see all the pretty florals you find.