Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Funday Sunday

I did not get out of my pyjamas today.  And most of yesterday too.  I woke up, showered and then got back into pyjamas.  These are special Super Productive Pyjamas.  Yesterday I wore them as I pottered around home, cleaning, cooking, hanging out with the kids and hubby.  I had my dad over for a lamb roast.  That was a nice get together.

Today was not as productive although I did make some headway on my Babette Blanket.  A few of my friends are walking around with baby on board!  The first one to have a GIRL will get this as a gift!  I am trying to not get scared of the sewing up and sewing in part.

Another exciting thing happened today! I finished my Teepee AKA Wig Wam!  I started this project ages ago and had nearly finished it but just needed some holes drilled in the top of the poles to loop through the rope that holds everything up and together.  My husband and the boys had fun with the task of drilling the holes and then the boys busied themselves filling it with books and toys.  I think they are enjoying their cubby corner with its new addition!

I watched some old movies today as I crocheted.  There was one called Jeanne Eagels - It was based on the story of an actress who was around in the 1920's.  A really interesting story about a then famous Broadway and Hollywood actress.  The movie starring Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler and Agnes Moorehead was very dramatic with beautiful fashion throughout.  Some of the fairground scenes were amazing too - if you like Carousels there are a few good ones in this!

 And have you noticed lately that there is often an Elvis movie on a Sunday afternoon?  Today's offering was Follow Your Dream.  Nice to crochet to and fun to watch (listen to!)

That was my Pyjama Clad Weekend! 

Happy PJ Days
x Miss G

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Craft Room Make Over

Don't you love Make Over shows?  Whether they are making up a scruffy man or a tired lady, I can't help but watch the transformation.  Hair, make-up, clothes and hey presto they are new people (until they go home and pull on their favourite overalls, tie their hair back and be themselves again). 

Well, my office was getting very scruffy and tired and required a make over intervention.  I hope it will not become the crazy, unfriendly place it was before.  This was also a bit of an anniversary present from my husband as we recently celebrated 10 years of marriage!  

So it started last Wednesday.  I called Vinnies so they could come and take some furniture away as there was a lovely floral 4 piece lounge suite in the room which I had bought from them 8 years ago.  I also looked into storage furniture and a work table - alas my op shop visits were fruitless as there was nothing really big and wide enough to accommodate all the things I wanted to have in my room.

I had my plan.  I made this about 6 months ago.  I had it hanging on my office wall so I wouldn't lose sight of the vision.

Okay.  This was the reality.  With no storage in the room, the lounge suite became a dumping place for everything.  I also had fabric and sewing machines, wool and needles, craft books and whole lotta other stuff in the lounge room.  Any attempts at crafting had to be packed up for meal times and I was not able to leave things out to ponder and think about them.  They got tucked away and sometimes forgotten about.

 On Friday, the lovely guys from Vinnies came along with a truck and took the furniture away.

Just before they got there Officeworks had delivered the new storage furniture in flat packs ready for assembly.  I had a blank canvas and it started getting exciting as I started putting a small book shelf together.

This was the space I had to work with.  It's quite a large room with good natural light in the morning.

On Saturday, I waved my husband and boys off as they headed to Rutherglen for the weekend.  The Rutherglen show was on and it was a good chance for them to catch up with their Pa Frankie.

I got right into it.  I started with the large storage shelves.  I found some tools and built one slowly. The second one was faster and soon I had two done!

After a little visit to Officeworks and Ikea  to pick up some small storage stuff and a new light fitting, I kept going.

At around 5.30 I found myself up a ladder trying to rip an old light fitting out of the ceiling.  NOT CLEVER GINA!  I took a deep breath, swallowed my pride and admitted that I would need a professional!  Lucky for me, I have a neighbour who is a friend and electrician.  I popped round to his place and his daughter told me she would ask him to call me back.  He popped around a little later and installed the new light fitting.

OH MY GOD - THEN THERE WAS LIGHT!  This room has never been so bright. EVER!  He left and I happy danced!

 By the end of Sunday, after a lovely visit to the Camberwell Market, I started sorting, packing, deciding and shooshing the room.  The work table is enormous - big enough for everything I need to do!  The bookshelf is full of my favourite craft books,  the storage shelves are full of boxes of my crafty bits and bobs.  Even my lovely Dr Esse Jane has a place from which to survey her new surroundings (she has no head but I know she feels it!)

By the time the boys got back from the country I had practically finished.  The boys were impressed that they could see the top of my desk and that they could find the mouse.  They have started making plans on how they will use the room too….. mmm….

It's been a long time coming so I am feeling very happy that I have achieved one of my main goals this year…. and its only October!

Happy Make Overs but be yourself!

x Miss G

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Op Shops & Skip Bins!

Holly Hobby says it all in this cute ceramic apple shaped dish.  This was found at Salvos in Ringwood  and it ticked all my boxes!  Apple shaped, ceramic, cute, nostalgic … check!  I also found some scarves and knitting needles.

And just as we were about to leave, I noticed something in the Skip Bin at the Salvos.  I could see there were some car track games so I thought I'd go over and have a look….. it started raining so all I could rescue from the Skip was this incredible Milton Bradley Twister Game!  FROM 1967!! In amazing condition down to its spinner card and plastic mat!  SCORE!  How cute are the box graphics, I ask you?

Happy cute things & fun games!

x Miss G

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Making and Baking

 I've been making a few things!  Brianna (rollinginfabric) taught me the fundamentals of embroidery at the Northern Craft Bonanza session a few weeks ago and I practiced at home with French Knots! So much fun and terribly cute!

I have been working on this blanket for a little while now.  I am growing it daily and I am loving the colours!  Next I will try a Babette Blanket like the one in the Smurfs Movie! It is scrummy!  

I made a wicked Spanakopita! Yum for the whole family! Dad grows all the greens in his garden and this turned out better than even I could have hoped.  Really easy and delicious!

More to follow! 
Happy Baking and Making!

x Miss G