Saturday, 16 September 2017

2 great markets in Coburg tomorrow!

Merlynston craft market in Merlynston  ( Coburg north) and pre loved spring fashion fair at St Albans Church in Coburg West! 

Introducing " Edna"

The other weekend I got a phone call from my team leader at work. I did wonder why she was calling me on a Saturday- until she explained that she had spotted something on hard rubbish, and wondered if I might like it!
This is what she found-

I need to go to Bunnings & get a proper piece of dowel,  but luckily I have I sturdy metal base already from a previous hard rubbish find!
All the adjusting dials work, she just needs a bit of glue and a wash.

But a hat and an old tshirt will do for now!
I have named her Edna-because she comes from Moonee Ponds!!!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Brunswick fabric stores- "Unique fabrics"

I had to drop the youngest  to school after a 9am dental appointment today. so I figured since I was in the neighbourhood I would make a quick detour to Sydney Road.  There are several fabric stores near Albert st ( with parking available off Albert st either in the Woolies car park, or behind Bunnings). 

"Unique Fabrics" seem to have expanded and improved their range of fabrics, I'm guessing this was in response to the nearby Spotlight Brunswick closing.

They stock a range of dress fabrics, cottons, and suit fabrics, as well as a small range of stretch/ knit fabric in the back room.  I have found some lovely silk remnants in the remnant basket just inside the front door, and have made some cowl/ scarves - very handy for quick presents!
( but of course when I make a quick present I sew it, wrap it and hand it over- completely forgetting to take a photo first!!!)


My favourite fabrics in the store are these vintage upholstery fabrics - I think they are actually the real thing, not reproductions. Looks like no one is buying them though- they are reduced to $7 per metre, which is an absolute steal - I have seen similar fabrics for 5 times that if not more!  If only I had another vintage chair to recover - or room in my house to fit another chair!!!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The colours of Spring

Some lovely Spring blooms spotted on  my morning walk today-

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Random August round up

Bargain box of coloured threads found in Aldi for $5 - handy for repairs & craft projects, can never have too many different coloured cottons!

New ( to me!) cookbooks - borrowed the " Outlander" cook book from the library, & copied a couple of recipes to try.

Yummy ginger & sesame seed slice from the slice cookbook.
Happy flower with 3kg weight inside- another make for work, based on the " Zelda Zinnia" pattern from  the " Simple Softies" book.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Crafty things to do this weekend and next

The Round she goes 2nd hand clothing market is on this Sunday in Coburg.

Brunswick North West PS have their winter magic market-
And next weekend the sister's market returns to Brunswick.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Ribbit ribbit

I need a frog for work ( as you do working with toddlers & preschoolers!) and couldn't find my favourite frog toy at work, so I quickly made one tonight ( when I should have been doing the dishes!).
The pattern is an old one, found in a book or possibly from the good old "Australian Women's Weekly". 
My mum made one when I was in primary school,  in 2 shades of blue, filled with budgie seed courtesy of our 2 pet budgies.
When I started high school I was in " blue" team, known as" Bates house" - the school was originally a girls' school, so the 4 house teams were Bates, Bronte, Nightingale and Chisolm. The blue frog was then named "Bates frog" and was taken to some school sports events in junior high as a team mascot.
I sewed the frog up on the machine before cutting it out, stuffed with some stuffing instead of seeds- I need it to be light so it can bounce around on a parachute or piece of blue fabric. 
I will try it out at playgroup tomorrow, singing along to "Der Glumph" and "5 green speckled frogs"!!!