Sunday, 3 August 2014


Yes I am being brave and showing you my good self in a snap taken by my daughter. I was quite proud of this pinny type dress as I had drafted it from an old dress that had seen better days. I quite liked that dress so I took it apart and used it as a pattern to make another.
The fabric is a Denyse Schmidt feedsack type. Unfortunately it has not photographed well in the bright winter sun. I kid you not we do get bright winter sun at times. I also dont think it the most flattering on me as I do actually have a shape! These floaty dresses do well when you have thin arms and legs....but I love it because behind a desk in my office its damn compfy....yes compfy!...i just made that word up and I like it.

 Hahhahaha this is me trying to look serious model like...and that is not my hair but a concrete lion framed just behind my head...sigh you just cannot get good paparazzi these days.

 So I called a stop to all this madness and stomped off.... to complain to my agent....

 These were some recent purchases from a market called "Finders Keepers" that my daughter persuaded me to accompany her to. Luck we got there early, it was way more crowded that a regular craft show, full of hipsters and fashionable young folk, and I must say I was impressed by some of the stalls there. Needless to say I gravitated to the vintage stalls and these precious pieces just had to come home. My daughter was a little surprised that I paid over the odds for them. But sometimes you know you will be hard pushed to source these things yourself so you pay premium to someone who works hard to pick these things out. 

 They look so good together dont they?

 And in the interests of keeping it real.....this is a behind the scenes look at how I set up my backdrop.....ahhh the glamorous world I live in.

And some more little op shop treasures just to show you I too can source little imexpensive vintage too.
This is my latest tiny crochet that I am working on, following on from the previous scarf I had just finished.
It uses DMC 8 perle cotton and a ripple stitch pattern. 
I am loving how this is turning out.

1.5 mm hook

This monster project is one I have set my daughter to continue. She was always nagging coaxing me to make her a granny square blanket, and well my concentration waxes and wanes a lot so I wasnt going to get it done anytime soon. So I saw and purchased this kit from Better Homes and Gardens, its acrylic yarn, inexpensive and might colourful. I sat down one evening and taught her the basics and AWAY SHE WENT!!!!!!

She has her own basket of colourful yarn and she is loving it. We have been watching the Commonwealth Games most evenings and she is storming along with the project. I will assist when and if she needs me, but I think she will be so proud if she sticks it out and completes it all by herself. She always was a girl who would stick it out until she could master a skill. I think I may be assisting with all those sewing in of ends though......I personally dont think she has left enough of a tail to sew in but she thinks otherwise......time will tell and like a good mum I will resist the retort..."I told you so"...(wont stop me thinking it but I wont say it )

I am finishing this, just appliqueing on the last hexagons. Its from Rosalie Quinlan and her book "A stitch in Time"

Made this up from a kit from the latest Mollie Makes...wearing it it.

Got heaps more to tell you but I will stop it there so you can go make a cuppa tea and have a rest. And I can go and join the family to watch Australia trounce New Zealand in the Netball final at the Commonwealth Games....because New Zealand always beat us in the rugby.
Talk soon dear blog friends


  1. Susan, you have been soooooo busy, and such a lovely variety of projects; you and your dress are looking great and I do like the fabric - how clever to make your own pattern and I enjoyed your antics in front of the camera; your finds at the market were good too, and that little basket rings a bell for me but the whole memory hasn't quite come back yet, a sign of the times, or age, I guess!!! Gosh your scarf is so pretty but how can you manage with such a fine hook and yarn, you brave girl you - hey, those colours would go well with your new dress on the days when the winter sun is not shining much at all :) I'm loving your appliqué work and sweet little brooch as well, and happy to see that your clever daughter has taken up the hook and is doing sooooo well with it - her Mum must be a good teacher, well done!
    Talking of bright winter sun, we had a beautiful day here yesterday - 'twas magic - but extremely cold night again, which I'm happy to put up with to pay for the lovely days, I'm sure you'd agree.
    You take good care of yourself and keep smiling :) Love, Joy xoxo

  2. okay second time writing this as the internet gobbled up my comment!!
    A lovely set of treasures you have acquired! that clock is so cute! And the crochet is so delicate with that tiny hook....its going to look lovely! And I absolutely love seeing you infront of the camera rather than behind it! I reckon that last photo sums your personality that I love!! And I love the dress, doubly so because its comfy....and hey you can always wear it with a belt to show of your curves! One of my favourite dresses to wear is shapeless but I reckon I will be replicating it with big pockets to carry all those bit and pieces I need around the garden :)) Its lovely to catch up on reading your blog. xx