Sunday, December 20, 2009

tis the season to.................

eat lots of very yummy food,
drink eggnog,
make shortbread,
sleep in,
catch up with peeps you havent seen in a while,
remind people of how special they are to you... (you know who you are!)
remind yourself of the great accomplishments you've made this year,
think of others,
and most of all.........
have fun!
heres our christmas tree in all its glory, complete with my favourite silver owl happily feathering its nest at the top. the tinsel is a new addition, and special request from roy! ;)
so happy christmas to all my wonderful blog followers! its been a wild ride this year, and i thank you for all your comments, encouragement, and words of wisdom!
i wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday time, and a fabulous handmade 2010!

Friday, November 27, 2009

christmas wish list

please santa, ive been very good all year and all i want for christmas is..............................

mark ryden the tree show
handbag from ellesroom this is still on my wish list from way back in september....

brooch from osier............... ditto................

dexter season 4, even though its probably not available yet........................
and a beautiful frankie 2010 calendar
and some yummy nougat for good measure! mmmmmm nougat!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

no rest for the wicked!

oh my little bloggy! i have been neglecting you of late!
between the party extravaganza, and restocking stores, ive been trying to get some new stuff onto madeit and also stocking up for the blackbird market. (and making a batch of AMAZING apricot and strawberry jam)
so here it is, the latest and greatest of little wise owl's new stock!

polly jean dolls restocked in new fun vintage prints...........................................
cute little retro christmas birds for your tree.............................................................
and birdie brooches restocked! remember buy two, get one free!

and i nearly forgot my NEW crocheted brooches!
cool! im working on more calico bags this week, with a sling version in the works too, and brand spanking owl coin purses! fun!
have a great week everyone, peace ;)

Friday, November 13, 2009

my creative space

as some of you know, we are holding THE party of the year (daves 30th) tomorrow night! so my efforts have been concentrated on sourcing some great brie, making sure we have enough sav blanc, and as you can see making floral arrangements! tomorrow i have a fun filled 30 something degree day of filling balloons with helium, arranging tressles, and chilling beer.
next week im back on the sewing thing! sorry janice, i have been neglecting you of late!
have a grand weekend everyone! enjoy!
peace! ;)

Monday, November 9, 2009

oh meredith! how i love thee!

my wonderful trusty and ever so friendly postman delivered my much anticipated MEREDITH MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS!!!! today!
i am so far beyond excited, that im having trouble containing it!
you see meredith is most often than not, our only holiday for the year. a situation which i am more than comfortable with, and look forward to from the moment we leave the year before.
meredith is also the happiest place on earth (not disneyland, despite popular belief)
but last year i didnt quite get my fill, due to CRAZY weather, (i mean flooding, torrential rain, freezing temps, collapsed tent and a 18month old boy to boot) im ashamed to say we piked early!
so this year im super organised! we are taking daves sisters camper, and ive promised to pack sensible clothing. (dresses and thongs didnt quite cut it last year!)
this will be our 8th meredith and roys 2nd, it has changed slightly since our first dabble in 2000, but still has the same charms, hari chrishna food, fantastic lineup and kick arse chai that it did way back when i was younger, thinner, more naive, and less motherly.
so heres to you meredith! only 29 more sleeps till we meet again, just like alan alda and ellen burstyn in 'same time next year' we will have a grand, passionate, fun filled weekend!
you can check out the website here

Friday, November 6, 2009

kreativ blogger

yay! i have been awarded the Kreative Blogger award from the lovely Rachael over at ChallenCharms, Thank you!

This is my first ever blog award, how fun! and i balieve there are some handy rules to follow in order to keep this award growing:
1) Copy the picture and post it on your blog.
2) Thank the person that gave it to you and link to their blog.
3) Write 7 things about yourself we don't know.
4) Choose 7 other bloggers to pass the award to.
5) Link to those 7 other bloggers.
6) Notify your 7 bloggers. So my 7 picks are:
billyboy and mia
chunky chooky
handmade bits and pieces
lulu frou frou
mel makes pretty
pocket carnival
michelle art and photography
and heres the 7 things you probably dont know about me....
1. we have an aquaponics set up which includes rainbow trout and yabbies
2. i have a huge crush on dexter morgan
3. im afraid of water
4. i have never ever broken any bone
5. we have banana plants in our backyard that actually beared fruit this year! (in melbourne??)
6. we are living entirely debt free
7. when i was little, really (really little) i thought boy george was a girl!
so there you go! spread the love bloggers!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


happy happy 30th birthday to my wonderful husband!
i love you,
admire you,
are inspired by you,
envy you at times,
and miss you lots when your not around!
thank you for being a fantastic husband,
and best friend!

enjoy your new toy!
(its a limited edition epiphone les paul standard plus.....and pretty hot!)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

my lucky husband!

well for as long as i can remember i have been trying to organize, (and save up for) daves 30th birthday present. so now finally comes the day to pick it up!
tomorrow im off to the city to collect the guitar that has been providing me with so much anxiety, excitement, and frustration over the past few months. and hide it from him till thursday morning. im so excited!.....probably more excited than i should be seeing as i dont play guitar, but it is an awesome piece of musicalness (is that a word?)
and im so happy for him to be getting a really good new guitar.
i wont post a photo just yet, in case he decides to check my blog tomorrow while im away collecting it, but thursday ill post a photo of the beast! xxx

Thursday, October 29, 2009

'you look like a doily'

oh 'reality bites', if i had a dollar for everytime i watched that movie in the 90's id be a rich gal!
its nearlys daves 30th! and for the occasion we are having a 90's themed night, yes! think grunge, 'friends', teen angst movies, oasis, spice girls, wearing lingerie outside (what was with that?) and all things 90's. needless to say we have been raiding everyones cd collections for 90's hits and have found some gold! hole, 'celebrity skin' now has residency in my car, and beck, 'odelay' has residency on my cd player at home.

so my question is.....'whats your favourite song/album from the 90's?'

Friday, October 23, 2009

summer here i come!

well today i was going to blog about the sweet little chocolate custard tarts im making to tak eto dinner at my sister-in-laws tonight, but more exciting thing are a-happening!
i just got a text from the lovely courtney over at the 'blackbird summer market' to say that i got in! wooooo! im very excited! this will be my first market though....... and im a bit nervous too.
anyhoo, its on the 5th of dec at the workers club in fitzroy. heaps more info available here
yay! what fun, now to get organised! eeeek!

Monday, October 19, 2009

new find

i happened to be browsing etsy this morning whilst wallowing in my throat infected delirium and came across this very talented lady!
her name is anke weckmann and i think her prints are just so lovely! i especially like this one as it has a tree, (i like trees) a cat, (well i have two, they dont allways let me like them though!) and they are drinking tea, (i REALLY like drinking tea)
so....on the christmas list it goes!
have a wonderful week everyone! have fun, and laugh!

Friday, October 16, 2009


JESSICA (imagination shop) won the chrissy apple
and ANNA (tillytom designs) won the 2010 diary!
my lovely helper boy insisted on them being drawn from his 'bob the builder' hat.
thanks to everyone who entered, and shared the fun exciting thing they are looking forward to in the new year! i think we will all be very busy.
could jessica and anna please email me on your postal addresses and ill post out your goodies asap!
also i have one spot left in my 'pay it forward' group, see post below!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

pay it forward

im participating in some 'pay it forward' fun over at sew busy mama and am continuing the fun here. i have three spots to fill for peeps who want to join in too.
I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 interested people. (all spots are filled!)I have 365 days to do it in…(but will ship out before christmas) What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise!The catch is that you must participate as well: you must have a blog and before you leave your comment here, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going.(just cut and
paste this one if you like!, which I did) ohhhhh, this should be interesting!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

giveaway goodies

here they are.........they giveaway goods!
one christmas apple decoration and one 2010 diary will be given away. to enter just tell me what you are looking forward to in the new year. my little helper man will draw the winner out at 9am friday! good luck!
p.s they are also available for purchase in my madeit shop!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

thank you ceri

a big thank you to ceri from ceriosities for my lovely bookmark! i joined up to her facebook page and as a special treat for being her first fan i received this lovely bookmark, it has already found a very comfy home! ceri has some beautiful items in her made it store, you have to take a look at her bags, such a unique idea!
also a big thanks to the ever lovely linda from lulufroufrou for my special surprise!
such lovely talented peeps on madeit!
oh and dont forget to enter my blog giveaway! lots of fun!

Monday, October 5, 2009


ok ill keep this short and sharp as i have a very determined little man trying to convince me to play trains with him. so here we go...........
its giveaway time!
ive been making some new things and thought id give you guys my loyal followers the first crack at them. firstly is some super cute apple shaped chrissy decorations, and secondly is a fabric covered 2010 diary. ill give one of each away.
to enter, id love to hear what you are most looking forward to in the new year. i know its a fair while off, but everyone has something.
me? im looking forward to 2 of the loveliest people i know getting married, not together, separately to their relevant fiances. and to our family camping trip to bright in march.
p.s i apologise for the lack of pics, but these items are a work in progress and ill post some as soon as they are done.
oh and comp closes oct, so that gives you just under 2 weeks

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


inspired by leah over at handmade bits and pieces here is my wishlist for the week. other than
a) all the housework to be done,
b) roy to be toilet trained,
c) my dog to stop sleeping on my dahlias,
d) world peace,
e) a DECENT resolution to carbon emissions,
and all the other 'wishes' i have, these are my favs!
owl brooch by osier
love it love it love it

paisley handbag by ellesroom
have had my eye on it for AGES! hmmm christmas is coming up isnt it?

blissfull hairpins by eclecticmoi
so lovely, i love the colours

button hair bands by lulufroufrou
my hair is getting so long now i think i will have to have some of these

Saturday, September 26, 2009

n e w g l a s s e s

i finally got my new glasses! found them on etsy a few weeks ago and just had to have them. my new friend 'mr optometrist man' went above and beyond the call of duty to fit new multifocal lenses in them. yay! so here they are, i have been informed that they were previously safety glasses from the late 40's. they are now my best friend!

Monday, September 21, 2009

designer spotlight!

a big big thanks to the wonderful bec at madeit for picking me as the september designer spotlight!
it was so much fun to do!
you can find the interview here and while you are there read about the other designer spotlights too! there are so many fun creative peeps out there!
oh also, i had a crazy busy weekend, my birthday, friends wedding, ect ect, but i managed to get finished my new spring/summer handbags! wooo! im so pleased with them!
have a great week everyone,

Thursday, September 17, 2009

meet janis!

i realised today that it has been 17 years already that i have had my trusty companion the janome my style 30. and while realising this, i also realised that i have never named her! which is very unlike me, i name everything! cars, plants, roys toys ect ect.
we have had some great times, she has been with me through sickness and health, good times and bad, and a good 5 years where as a starving art student i couldnt afford to get her serviced.
so from this day forth she shall now be known as JANIS! all hail queen janis!!
i also from this day on promise to treat her with the respect she deserves! more regular servicing, i wont try to sew vinyl with all purpose needles and ill try to remember to oil her at least every now and then. because without her i would certainly be pretty screwed!
i love you janis, and happy 17th birthday for tomorrow!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

softies for mirabel

meet me at mikes are doing their 3rd 'softies for mirabel' drive! this is a great idea for all those crafters out there to spread some christmas cheer to the less fortunate kiddies out there. theres heaps more info here and the deadline for donations is 10th of december (just before meredith weekend, for anyone going!) so get on board the softies train, experiment with crafty fun, and know that your beautiful creations are going to be cuddled by some lovely kids!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

new new new

boy have i been a busy little chicken! loads of new fun things in the madeit store! handbags, purses, ect ect ect! and im card making all day today so there will be loads of them on tomorrow! yay!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

impatience....huh! what is it good for? absolutely nothing!

today i found myself getting really frustrated at mum, who was so overly impatient even Roy was getting anxious.
first it started in the supermarket, which i avoid at all costs! some renovations had been happening of late and it drove mum insane that her longlife milk wasnt in the same spot it was a fortnight ago.
then i had to get fuel! due to our wonderful pack mentality, everyone within koowee of me had decided to fill up the exact same time as us. i was quite happy playing 'i spy' with roy, but mum was twiddling her thumbs, checking her watch every 30 seconds, and tapping her feet impatiently.
so on the way home we have to pass a school, which i quite enjoy. roy loves to watch all the 'big kids' on their bikes and scooters, and waves to them as if he knows them all REALLY well. but mum asked me a)what on earth the hold up was, and b) if there was any other way we could go. so i turned the car around and went a good 3km out of our way so she didnt have to sit and wait for the kids to cross the road.
i have all the time in the world, im never in a hurry, and i suppose mum had somewhere secret she needed to be?
i wonder if i can impose a 'NO IMPATIENCE' zone in my house/car/personal space?
hmmmm i wonder?

Monday, September 7, 2009


what more can i say? i really love and appreciate tea! all sorts, anytime, any occasion.
i especially love earl grey, and chai. i have recently got onto this 'tease tea', they are at my local market,(CONVENIENT!) and they have great blends. along with all the standards, earl grey, chai, green, ect ect, they have a chilli tea, which is black tea blended with chilli, cinnamon cloves and other fun things. it is amazing! not burny burny hot, just a bit of a kick! and fantastic for relieving any sinus congestion.... so tea lovers unite! and enjoy one of your favourite blends today!
p.s is there an international tea lovers day? there should be!
xxx i love you tea xxx

Saturday, September 5, 2009

how cute!

this is roys fathers day pressie for his wonderful papa. i ordered it off etsy from 'julie the fish'
im so pleased with it, and i know our budding guitar legend will be to! so happy fathers day dave! you are the best papa/husband anyone could want for!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

first blog!

ok so this the the start of the whole blogging thing. after reading so many other awesome blogs i thought i would have a crack at it myself. it will no doubt take me some time to get the hang of it, but i hope it to be fun for you and myself!
in appreciation of spring and all it has to offer my madeit store has 10% of EVERYTHING untill the 7th, just mention the blog and ill send you an adjusted invoice!
lovely, have a wonderful week!