Friday, November 28, 2008

Retro Christmas: 1953

All aboard the paddy wagon! :
Worst Christmas Present. Ever:


Grandma prepares the ghetto for some break dancing:

This amuses me no end...

A turkey for creative vegetarian perhaps?

You can see the tutorial here

Happy thanksgiving!

This is for all my American readers as we don't celebrate thanksgiving in Australia. Hope your day is lovely and festive. :-)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Retro Christmas: 1952

I want that coat in my size:

Watch my head spin around...

We provide the morning entertainment on January 1st.

Aunt Pelegrine forgot the vegetarian option but thought seafood close enough.

Cool junk mail art-tutorial

I found this tutorial at Apartment Therapy. I'll add to the list of intended projects. Perhaps my new year's resolution will be to try 10 of the many linked and bookmarked projects I seem to acquire...

If you like this, you might also like this. Awesome!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Retro Christmas- 1951

I'm loving the patterned wrapping paper!

My parents used to dress us in matching skivvies. Here's taking the theme too far...:

Totally stylish scarf and shoes:

That's what I call a Stack Hat!:

I love paper dolls far too much:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Retro Christmas- 1950

I've decided to post some retro Christmas pics from 1950 onwards. Christmas used to be a big deal in my family but it's been hard since my twin died last year. We are having a quiet one at home this year instead of visiting extended family or anything like that. It's hard to think of Christmas without the childhood memories of opening presents together and more recently, chatting to David in England as we talked about how we were spending the holidays and he would tell me of any snow sighting. So I'm trying to focus on Christmas in celebration of good things in my life and things that make me happy, which is about people and memories rather than just presents and too much food.

Anyway, here's some pics from 1950. All pics are from flickr, if you would like a particular link, just let me know.

There's nothing like applicances from Santa...

Look what happens to naughty children
I like...
I want these curtains but my husband would say they are too girly...

Christmas ornaments-tutorial

We don't really do Christmas decorations at ours, but I was excited to see these ornaments made from old Christmas cards. They are different enough to catch my interest, without possessing the wintery christmas ethic which completely confuses my english husband, who fails to understand why we still have cards with snow and robins and such on them...

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's monday already!?

I had a lovely but far too brief weekend.

It started with some Gin and Tonics at home with an old friend, then onto Mr McClelland's Finishing School where Chris was dj'ing. It's a monthly old school indie night with all the old classics, particularly when Chris took half my cd collection with him! It also has a very cute logo:

Saturday we went to CERES for some plants,and I managed to get spectacularly burnt in theprocess, as I forgot to put sunscreen on. It's going to be an insanely hot summer, apparently the hottest in 10 years and I'm not looking forward to the sweltering heat.

We spend the afternoon planting our new veggie patch (potatoes, capsicum, cucumber, chillies, tomatoes) and various native plants. It looks a bit sparse but rather exciting. Afterwards we went and saw Burn after Reading which I very much enjoyed, then onto Ding Dong to hear Christina's band, The Lansburys. Then home to bed nice and tired.

Sunday we slept in then Chris went for band rehearsal and I did some crafting and grocery shopping and made lasagne for tonight's dinner party.

A good weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Free Silverbeet!

  • Our veggie garden is overflowing with silverbeet! It's been a staple in all kinds of veggie dishes and also got me into making silverbeet and fetta pastries the other night. They were a hit for all of us, even the young child we were babysitting!

    I don't have any pics, but here's how it goes...

    fetta cheese
    puff pastry
    salt and pepper

    1. lightly saute all veggies. The silverbeet shrinks considerably so use more than you thought needs.

    2. add cheese and condiments and mix through. Allow to cool.

    3. Defrost puff pastry ( I must confess I've never made my own)

    4. Cut pastry into triangles, spoon mix to the centre and fold over pasty. Seal by tweaking the edges.

    5.Bake at 200c for about 20 mins or until golden.

    You could certainly add tofu and/or whisked eggs if you would like more protein.
    So, if you are based in Melbourne and would like some silverbeet, please let us know. We also have an ample quantity of rosemary growing in our front garden.

Monday, November 10, 2008

this is....something I'm surprised I like

After topping my scales at my heaviest ever (eek!) I have joined the gym. I'm working on my disordered eating through a group program at Latrobe and today I got my gym program. It involves exercise balls, cross trainer, weights, swimming and various methods of torture. It feels good to be doing something healthy for my body and my spirit.

Here's a few motivation pics:

thanks to the wonderful three buttons for this week's theme

Crafty sunny days are lovely

I had alot of fun op-shopping on the weekend and I'm busy working on bits and pieces for upcoming craft markets (not to mention battling my sewing machine!).

Here's a couple of quick crafts:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obama wins! Hooray!

In celebration here's a showcase of some cool pro-Obama crafts from around the net:

Bottlecaps for Obama from Obama Craft Project

Cute retro Voting softies from here

Obama earrings from here

Cupcakes by definatalie

Amazing Obama mosaic from beans found on Craftster