Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Anniversary

It was one year ago today that we stood on the wind sculpted rocks at Red Bluff with two of our best friends* and exchanged vows. Thank you for making me a very happy woman. Happy Anniversary baby xx.

*we had a double wedding so our two friends were actually exchanging vows also. Happy Anniversary C+C.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

North Fremantle

I went walking with a friend yesterday (because I'm the type of girl that will sit on my bum all day reading blogs if not for an exercise buddy) and I walked down streets I have never walked down before. I love that. I also loved this little bit of whimsy on the front of a fibro house we walked past. So much detail in there. I wish I could have taken a better photo for you but alas, I have no idea where my camera is and fear I may have lost it, so its all iPhone these days, sorry.

There was also a sweet little dog that came out of one of the other homes to say hello and get some stranger love. He totally fit the profile for the kind of dog I want to get too. Lucky owners, lucky I'm not the dog napping type! but I wish I'd thought to take his photo.


Monday, November 23, 2009

block party

I'm much more of a dry landscape type of girl so this picture makes me very happy. It's a photo of our country block. We went there on the weekend and celebrated it's purchase. This is what it looked like before 30 people arrived and flattened the grass with tents and cars.

We had such a great time. We wont be moving out of the flat any time soon, but plans are afoot. I am very much looking forward to planting the family fig tree.

Hope you all had a great weekend full of friends and fun.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

from pink to green

I wondered perhaps if there would be a colour change from washing my attempt at natural dying with an enzyme laundry powder. Guess what? there sure was. Now I know how to make green!

I didn't rinse the dye solution out before hanging the dress to dry and I think this is the reason for the unevenness of the pink. Not to worry, a bit of bleach and we're back to square one. I've since gone and bought a packet of pink dye. I think this will give me more of the brightness of colour I have in mind for this dress anyway.

It was a fun experiment and I will give it another go some time. The flat certainly smelt lovely with all of those roses boiling away on the stove.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Natural dyeing

I'm trying to hand make most of my Christmas gifts this year and on my list is two dresses each for both of my beautiful nieces. I have started one of them, made from a pillowcase from the op-shop. As I figured white is not a very practical colour for kids and the fabric had yellowed, I thought I would dye the dress pink.

I did a little bit of internet research for dye, looking for a better and cheaper option than I could get from the supermarket. Nothing really came up but I did find this great page on natural dying. Apparently both roses and lavender can be used to make pink dye. So I collected my flowers and tried my luck tonight. The dress is hanging out to dry on the balcony and I am excited/nervous to see how it turns out.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Finished project

(mostly finished anyway) I know I posted about these curtains ages ago, and they have been finished and hanging for a while... but here they are. I am so very happy with them and think they make our bedroom a much calmer space now we don't have the contents of our wardrobes on display.

Here is the progression of our wardrobe system since we moved in earlier this year.

hhm, not very effective, or attractive

more effective, but still not attractive

ahh, so much better. Clutter begone!.. or at least hide away behind a curtain!

Now this is what I see...

from our front door (excuse the Mr's kite board)

and from our bed

I love it so, now I just need to convince the Mr to close the curtains when he opens them.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Feed Your Soul

Free art! I'm not kidding. I ran across this yesterday (if only I could remember from whence I arrived there I would give credit to the cool blogger who posted about it). It is an Indiefixx initiative to get affordable art (free is my favourite kind of affordable) into the hands of the populace in these interesting economic times, and help artists promote their work. Go check it out, you wont be sorry. The only problem you may have is leaving some blank space on your walls. I've already picked out my faves.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Place & Yours

Blog HQ is this weeks theme. I wouldn't call the couch much of a headquarters, but it is where I do nearly all my blog surfing. Unless its a delicious weekend morning... then it would be in bed, with my laptop and the vegemite toast DH makes me.

You can see the first ever quilt I made hanging over the back of the couch, and 1/4 of an inch in my blog reader.

Head on over to meet me at mike's to see who else is playing.


Sunday Quote

I heard (or saw?) this quote yesterday, and I love it.

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on"

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

ah, now I remember where I saw it. here, where that cool photo of that monkey's fist above came from. Again the Bone's of a Poet Flickr group. Snapped by snaps+ink, you can also check out her blog newly nested.