Thursday, March 31, 2011

For a good cause: Door snake making workshop

Sunday April 10th
12pm onwards
Cate' s house in Brunswick (email me for address)

I'm organising a Green Renting expo for people living in social housing and rooming houses in conjunction with a housing organisation to be held in May. We're hoping for a fairly decent turn out, and would like to offer all attendees with their very own doorsnake for draft proofing their room.

As most shop sold door snakes are mass produced overseas in sweat shops I'd like to make my own instead. So this means making about 100 Door Snakes. They're pretty easy to make. I have two sewing machines but feel free to bring your own. Donations of fabric thread and wadding/cut up scraps are also welcome. (Some makers use wheat or sawdust but this is not an option due to the risk of pests and bugs).

So if you can't sew, it could be an opportunity to learn or you are welcome to do cutting, turning fabric right side out, ironing etc. All useful tasks!

I'll put on some snacks etc but feel free to bring something. You're welcome to bring people who would like to help but we don't have *heaps* of space so might have to spread out a bit. It won 't be too sweatshop like, there'll be wine and chocolate and music and tea and all the good things! A great chance to hang out with crafty people and chat too :)

Feel free to give me an email or 0433584889
Many thanks

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Things I like today

Amazing embroidered Penguin classics by Jillian Tamaki. I'm in awe of the amazing detail and finesse of her work!

Yet another beautiful Mod cloth dress.

Flat shoes by Hasbeen!

Such a beautiful pillow including a tutorial! Really surprised that it involves hot glue

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Things I like today

Not a hope in hell that I could do these without cracking the eggs but gosh they're stunning!

Nanas everywhere will be rejoicing over this book!

Rather tempted by these Dick Bruna curtains!

We won the WWF Education Award for our work at Green Renters! Thanks for all your support :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Things I like today

Loving these mod paper dolls!

Great quirky example of upcycling!

Great tutorial for vintage cotton spool buttons.

Another beautiful painting by Annette Mangseth

Today is the last day you can vote for Green Renters for the People's Choice Award for WWF Earth Hour. We'd love you to help! We're the bespectaculed folk in the top row :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Crafty workshop tonight in Melbourne

Are you a student interested in learning how to do basic mending and recycled craft?
We've got a workshop tonight Wednesday March 23
The Couch
69 Bourke St, Melbourne.
All materials supplied!
Email to RSVP

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Things I like today

I adore poppies

Daniel Egneus' work is just haunting...

Beautiful detailed embroideries found here

This photo did make me laugh

Things I dislike

Just thought it was time for a blog post with a difference, for a bit of fun.I've been showcasing things I like for a long time so I thought I'd make a list of things I don't like. Besides natural disasters, unethical practice, animal testing and cruelty etc, think of these as first world problems...

  1. Country and Western music (except for Dolly Parton, anyone who has their own theme park has to be doing something right)
  2. Car drivers who can't contemplate that other people choose not to or can't drive
  3. People who define themselves in their email, business or blog name by their maternal status. Mummyblogs etc. Painfully twee and surely somewhat limiting to the diversity that is a women's identity?
  4. Science fiction films and books
  5. People who always use plastic bags when they go shopping for one item
  6. People who stand at the pedestrian lights without pushing the walk button
  7. Tandoori tans
  8. White trousers
  9. Encores at gigs and concerts. Just get it over with so we can go home
  10. People who conduct loud personal mobile phone conversations on public transport. I don't really need to hear about your termination thanks.
  11. Everyone hates Raymond and all other half hour sitcoms
  12. R&B and mainstream misogynist hip-hop
  13. Football and any other sport aired in television
  14. Gladiator sandals
  15. Men who sit on public transport with their legs wide open
  16. People who spit in public or engage in any activity that exposes others to their phelgm or mucus
  17. People who sniff instead of blowing their noses
  18. The fact sports people earn more than people in community services, welfare and education
  19. Coriander
  20. Christmas carols
  21. Peanuts and peanut products (not allergic, just don't like the taste)
  22. People who play music on their mobile phones in public
  23. Couples with shared email addresses
  24. Aniseed
  25. Perpetual beanie wearers like Syd from Skins
  26. Shopping at shopping centres and department stores in general
  27. Beer
  28. Loud commercial radio in shops and cafes
  29. Apple juice
  30. Rodents
  31. Salespeople in shops who repeatedly greet you insincerely and ask if you want help when you have already declined
  32. Being accosted for money on the street, I give to my chosen charities
  33. Loud children in libraries
To be continued....

Friday, March 18, 2011

Things I like today

Green has never looked so good

Loving this DIY scarf and tutorial

Love this bookshelf of interlocking boxes which can be rearranged to suit. Great for moving house too, no more packing boxes of books!

Gorgeous book mobiles

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Things I like today

I think any crafty person would love this necklace

I love glass balloons, I saw some like these last time I was in Italy. Alas they're not exactly travel friendly!

I find this gnome slightly sinister...

I've always liked Clarkes shoes and these ones are great!

You probably know that as well as my crafty pursuits, I also work for the not for profit Green Renters Well I'm proud to say that we've been nominated for an award in the WWF Earth Hour awards. We're in the top four in the education category for all of Australia which is a huge honour! If you fancied, you could also vote for us in the People's Choice Award and go in the draw to maybe win a prize....(we're in the top row, third along)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Polka Dot Rabbit vintage stock sale

Polka Dot Rabbit vintage sale! 25% off all vintage stock! Prices already reduced!
Have a look here

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Things I like today

I don't have any tattoos, but I think this is beautiful

These tights are amazing!

and these ones too

I love a good gin cocktail like this one

Another beautiful image by Matou en Peluche as seen here

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Things I like today

Such a lovely image...dreamy
New Polka Dot Rabbit wallets! They been selling really well lately which is great as I have lots of costs right now!

I have way too many blue dishes in my kitchen!

This has been making me snigger for days...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Things I like today

Two of my favourite things are re-purposed tea tins and plants!
If I had any knitting ability, I'd make dozens of these pugs
Quite tempted by this lovely shrug

Autumn is all about the eiderdown
If this came in my size I'd buy it in a shot!