handmade christmas challenge

when christmas time comes around, as fast as it does, i prepare the pressies, place them in their individual piles and review the amount of items per person, the total cost, the quality and of course are they relatively equal. cos you know, 1 person can not have 'more' than the other. (these are the kids pressies i'm talking about of course ; )

i always feel i need to add something extra, just one more little thing and so then i rush out to the shops face the hordes of people and roam aimlessly in a mad panic trying to find these last minute 'pressie' fillers. well  that wont be happening this year because i've already i found them. these gorgeous handmade felt softie cupcakes. aren't they adorable. courtesy of the fantastic toys blog/website. the pattern is free to download and there are heaps more very cute toys to make. have a little look see.

see the fabulous handmade christmas ideas over at knicky knacks. (the tea looks fantastic)



we had a fabulous morning yesterday. the sun was shining it was a glorious and we took ourselves off to mornington. the racecourse market was on always buzzing and full of people. its been ages since i enjoyed a stroll through the stalls and thoroughly enjoyed seeing lots of new stalls have been added to the mix. after picking up some chocolate coated licorice (yum), a hotdog, handprinted teatowel and some scone cutter a very belated mothers day present for my mum,

we headed off to catch the mornington train.

 it runs from mornington to mooroduc, and was so much fun! $14 return for adults and kids under 4 free all money goes to help maintain the train and tracks as its volunteer ran. such a fabulous job they all do sharing their love of trains with everyone. something we will definitely be doing again as miss poppet grows up but for now her first ride on a 'toot toot' was fantastic!


flea market finds

well i had quite a week with my oppy finds. i was so happy with all my finds i felt i had the fairies on my side this week.

 firstly was this lovely necklace, who knows it could quite possibly be from diva but i wasn't too fussed it was boxed in a lovely old aqua blue box and looks lovely on, something a bit different, sold!

next i found another lovely aqua blue jug this one a melmac made in australia one very happy! that makes two in the new 'collection'!

i found this lovely table cloth very 70's and a bit touristy but it made me think of my childhood and gave me a bit of that proud to be an aussie feeling!

and lastly these i could not walk past, they are not my normal footwear and i'm not a shoes girl, but i love them! very glam and high and for strutting ones stuff around town. as i don't get out on the town so much anymore i may save them for an occasion if not i'll wear them whilst vacuuming!

check out the other flea market finds of the week over at sophies.


handmade christmas challenge

do you remember when flower pressing was all the go? i used luv it. i have been all inspired to give it another go. retrieve the old flower press hopefully somewhere in my mums cupboards and try my hand at making handmade xmas cards such as the likes of this gorgeous deer one from studio flower power. well mine will look nothing like this beautiful one above however i love the idea of using pressed flowers for creating pretty pictures. i'm off to raid some gardens! 
pop on over to knicky knacks to check out everyone elses handmade christmas ideas.  

a bone to pick

its been a little while since i posted for that i apologise and as i'm starting off with a whinge i apologise. weight is an ongoing issue in our society and it annoys the hell out of me. you cant talk about it, its all you talk about, etc! arrgghh its annoying. i'm not big, the only time i put on weight was during my pregnancy when i gained an extra 21 kilos. but so what. i am now the same weight as i was before i was pregnant, as i literally walked my arse off.  i don't look like i'm fading away,  i am as i am. i have bits i'd like to tone and tighten but thats my problem.
what i am truly sick of is people telling me i need to eat! "you need to put some weight on, oh my god your tiny!" i don't hear them saying to others "god your fat you need to get rid of that butt so you should stop eating!" that would be rude. so what gives them the right to tell me what to do!! i eat breakfast, lunch and tea! so for all those 'opinionated' & 'caring' souls who have so much to say about my weight... shut up and mind your own business, please!

thank you i needed to vent i feel like a weight has been lifted (no pun intended)! : ) 


drum roll please

and the winner of my giveaway is megan from mousehouse

congratulations megan, when you can send me an email with your details. i hope you enjoy the beautiful home-made vintage book and find it inspiring. have a lovely weekend. xo

i used random.org to draw the numbers, winning number being 10.


flea market finds

as i have been a little under the weather this week, i didnt get myself out to any op shops so i thought i'd post some piccys of my two favourite baskets i have found recently in my rummagings and had yet to post about. a lovely sized round basket perfect for more sewing bits and pieces and a lovely old deep washing basket (pics dont do it justice i'm afraid) but deep enough that miss poppet can fit right on in shoulders and all : ) i have a love of baskets i blame/thank (which ever way you look at it!) my mother she always had beautiful baskets dotted around the house whilst i was growing up, well she still does in fact. they remind me of our country blood : )

check out the fabulous finds of week over at sophies


christmas handmade challenge

as we have a new little man in the extended family this year i've been thinking what to buy him for christmas this year. i have this very cute monster fabric on its way to me and for part of his birth present i'll be making him a cushion with his initial on it. as is becoming a traditional part of my gift.

so wondered if i would maybe use the rest of the fabric to make him a matching quilt for christmas. knowing me im sure if i manage to do just that i wont be able to wait till christmas! : )

see what everyone else is adding to their christmas list over at knicky knacks.


it's my party...

...and i'll cry if i want to. it's my birthday today and i'm feeling very sorry for myself as im quite sick, slowly on the mend but still out of sorts and a little blue. so in order to try cheer myself up i thought i'd take a leaf out of brenda's blog and have a birthday giveaway.

as i'm now vintage and wish my home was feeling a little more lovely, the beautiful book "home made vintage" by christina srutt is up for grabs

to enter just leave me a comment and i'll draw the winner next friday 30th july (melbourne australia time). good luck.


market today

if you're out and about today (in melbourne that is) dont forget to pop into the handmade show at the oakleigh/carnegie rsl in drummond street. jade from holigoddess will be there along with some fabulous other crafters including  


they'd love to see you xo

latest crush

my latest crush is with melbourne based artist cindy-lee davies and her beautiful recycled vintage plate 'chrysalis' collection and adorable children shaped mirrors. you can find and fall in love with all her delights here. i think they are simply beautiful and the 'to wear' mirror, little girl in big girl shoes reminds me of a beautiful little golden book "come play house".  so cute!

i think i'll have to move these to the top of my wish list!


flea market finds

this little beauty is my fave find of the week. white wind up alarm clock made in czechoslovakia $2 at a local oppy. 
i love it. 
others in the house arent so keen with his ticking and i must admit i kept having little moments where id panic at the sound coming from the back seat while driving him home. now its grown on me and i find it quite soothing and as he now sits on my sewing table he doesnt bother anyone! : ) 
check out everyone elses market finds at sophies


handmade christmas challenge

i have a really bad habit of buying xmas cards at the last minute, writing in them all then not sending them. i have last years in my card box still waiting to be posted. thought about saving them for this year recycle in a sense but no just kidding i wont be doing that instead inspired by the handmade challenge at knicky knacks i though i'd make my own early this year using ex library picture story books, buy the stamps then i have no excuse!
join in the christmas handmade challenge at knicky knacks.

international happiness day

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happy international happiness day!
we are off to a wedding a very happy occasion.
what are you doing today?


new inspiration

a lovely fellow colleague of mine informed me she will be purchasing some new home and craft books she found on decor8's blog and thought i may be interested when they come in. so after having a sticky beak around this beautiful and truly inspiring blog i am very keen to get my hands on these new books. i'm certain that very soon my bookdepository wishlist will grow more out of control ; ) enjoy 



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started back full time last monday. wasn't that fun!! 
anyway i'll stop whinging and get to the point i need help. 
tips, cheat sheets, advice, fail proof 5 minute recipes whatever it may be on how on earth people do this! work full time study part time run a house hold love educate cherish discipline encourage etc an 18 month old have some me time & sleep. people do it all the time i know they do but i'm still trying to figure out how. what's the trick? 


feist & sesame street

not that i need an excuse to watch sesame street, now that miss poppet is starting to take an interest however if i did this would be a fabulous one, feist and sesame street, a fabulous combination. its very addictive (poppet 2 mama 4) enjoy x



how do you get veggies into a little miss (poppet) who refuses to eat anything that is of course even remotely good for her?

you put it in chocolate!

i heard of this method years ago, (not sure where now) and thought remember that for 'one day' well my 'one day' has arrived it's at the end of my tether. and in the hopes of getting something into her that contains vitamins, calcium and iron i have combined chocolate muffins and spinach. they look 'normal' and taste 'normal'. i'll just have to wait to see if she thinks they are 'normal'.


new stock

check out some of the new stock in my made it store

flea market finds

this weeks fave flea market finds are going to go perfectly with the bedroom makeover instigated by the chair i bought a few weeks ago. as i'm going with a green/jade colour scheme i think these new pieces will work very well. all thats missing is a beautiful bunch of flowers to fill that milk jug! 
check out all the other flea market finds of the week over at sophies. i'd love to get my hands on something similar to the beautiful jug she found! 


made it...

...sold it!

how exciting i've now made two sales on madeit. i was told it would be a pretty amazing feeling when i sold something and it is! will have to pop a few new things on over the weekend. please pop back later and check them out. have a wonderful friday xo


on its way

two of my pay it forward parcels are on their way. hope you like your goodies ladies and are having a lovely week!


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 "i want to be remembered as the girl who always smiles even when her heart is broken. the one that could always brighten up your day even if she couldnt brighten her own." unknown   


flea market finds

this weeks favourite find- matching retro pyrex $4 for the pair.
i was very psyched! : )

very cool thrifty finds over at sophies


nothing like it

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theres nothing quite like arriving home after a full on day at work (still paying for not being open on the public holiday) and being greeted by one very happy and excited little poppet cause mama is home. playing pretend on the surfboard in the lounge room, drawing with pen at the big table, catching bubbles and then sitting down to homemade lasagne. my day got one hell of a lot better. hope you had a lovely friday and you and yours have a fabulous weekend xo