Sunday, 19 February 2017

The First SuesDay of the year and a how to do thingy........a Tutorial!!!

FINALLY on Friday the Sues had a day out.  It feels like it has been years since we got a day out and about all our local charity shops.  There were great plans on my behalf to document the entire day but............. I forgot!!  Oooopppss!!!!

It was a dull wet day but I was so exited about the prospect of a SuesDay out that I was even waiting on my front door step for my Chauffeur to arrive. Next thing Sue slid into my driveway threw open the door and said something like "get in bitch" and we were off!!! 

Our first port of call was Habitat for Humanity as this is basically just around the corner from where I live. Very local indeed. Large place full of things and a good place to be when it was raining outside. 

Selfie next to the BOOKS because if I ever lose Sue she will more than likely be found near the books!!

From there we went to a couple more when I remembered the 'lets document the day'.

Once we left the big Hospice shop I once more completely forgot the plan!! Note Sue has an armful of BOOKS!  Blame it on what ever you want but I forgot.  We did the rounds of quite a few more shops, stopped for lunch at one of our favourite cafes, continued on, then called it a day.

The days finds were, gorgeous little hexagonal stool from Habitat $2.  There were two of them but I played fare and let Sue W have one.  Adrift brand top from Habitat, Monroe wrap frock from The Salvo in town and TS14 pants from Save Mart.

Best find of the day would have to be my vintage bathing cap at Save Mart for $5. I am considering joining a Synchronized Swim team now when I find some vintage togs and a peg for my nose!!
Best bargain was these wicked little boots that fit perfectly for $5 from Look Smart. Who pays the price on the right and then bins them? Well who ever they are I LOVE THEM!!! May they forever buy good quality and discard it so I can find it.

 And two more balls for the ever grateful Sheba as she always needs more balls.

Things that I have bought of late off Trade Me are:

Gorgeous colourful clothes of course L to R: Adrift, Neon Gypsy, Neon Gypsy and U First.  There are other things that are currently in the wash.

The dinkiest little filing draws that will be able to hold whatever the hell I wish to stash in them.  TOFs little eyes lit up when he saw them, but no no no, they are mine!!  The two temple looking shelving units were a super good buy let me tell you!

Turned out that the seller of the filing draws was a lady I sort of know, and she is a real good stick. Ended up hanging at her place for quite some time and coming home with this plant.  She had got quite a few from the garden of a house that was being demolitioned.  I call that a very smart move, rescuing plants and all for free.

Some of you were interested in the Wax Wraps I made and shared in my last post. So just for you and anyone else out there interested I made more today and took photos of the process.  

You will need an old Grater and a Pastry brush that you will never be able to use for anything ever again due to the WAX.  Tin foil, oven tray, and an oven!!  Cotton fabric and Bees Wax.  I used a Vintage cotton sheet from my stash and sourced my wax off Trade Me.

Grate your wax and put into a dish, looks like cheese but it ain't so don't be fooled and eat it. You cannot grate too much because what you don't use this time you can store because you will want to make more of these. I did this part outside as the grated wax can flick about everywhere.

Cover your oven tray with tin foil, make sure it covers the entire tray because melted wax will move and you could end up with wax on your oven trays if you are like me.  Tragic I know but nothing hot water and detergent didn't deal to. 

Place your cut fabric on top.  I use a piece the size of the tray because you can cut it into small squares or shapes when you have finished.

Sprinkle your grated wax on top.  You need enough that when it has melted the entire fabric is covered. Now place in your oven. We have gas and the lowest temp is 100*. My instructions said 80* but I watched a video where the lady used 180*. Whatever temp you use just watch until you can see the wax has all melted.
Remove from the oven and use your pastry brush to spread the melted wax, this also helps push the wax through the fabric.  Don't faff about to long as it will start to set.  Remove from the tray and hang up for a few minutes to dry.

This time I decided to make a round one, perfect for on top of round things!!  Squares are good.  Perfect for wrapping your cheese, and the best for that half an Avocado that normally goes brown in your fridge.

Make sure your student stays awake the entire time as mine fell asleep!!!

Meanwhile even the ATTACK CAT was asleep on the front door mat.  I am pretty  sure he was on an undercover operation!!!

I am relaxing indoors with some Sweet Pea and Vanilla in my burner, it is divine!

This morning was wet and humid.  You could think oh crap but I just grabbed my camera and went in search of some magic. Cup half full people!!

I found a line up of bugs sheltering from the rain using a large leaf as an umbrella.  Isn't Nature just the Best!!

Rain drops hung gently off all the plant life,
everything looked like it was draped in fairy lights.
Then I found a Fairy in a flower!!  
Told you there is magic in my Garden.

Two posts in a matter of days!!

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Preoccupied by that small ball of fluff every day

Having an adorable kitten in the house is taking up my time and I am getting very little done, like keeping up with my Blogging, so lets just blame Toebee!!!

He loves being outside being a big cat, so he is spending a lot of time exploring the garden.  The good thing is he will always come running when I call his name.  When I say run it is more like a mad dash and scramble flat out with sliding once he hits the kitchen floor.

I gladly shared the garden with some baby sparrows that were enjoying some sunshine one afternoon.  There is room for us all!!!

There is so much glorious colour going on!

Even a Cicada shell and the drying Magnolia leaves looked photo worthy.

The produce from the garden keeps coming.  Loads of new Lemons, a massive crop of Blackberries is slowly ripening, and we have a tree covered in Apples.  Our Strawberries were tragic this season, at least the flowers are pretty.

Those garden arches look like they have been here forever now.

Toebee is so much like a toddler, when he sleeps he sleeps like a log.  How cute are his back feet all crossed over and all, and what about that tongue hanging out?

The last of the plums got bottled, a kilo of them has been frozen, ear marked for more jam, and the last few went into a Plum Cake for the Spare and his girlfriend as a flat warming gift, complete with the dome.

TOF was unhappy to see a cake go out the door so I made him savory scones and some Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins.  While on a roll in the kitchen with my apron on I made some Red Pepper Jelly.

Then the Tomatoes kept getting brought inside by TOF.  So some jars of Tomato, onion and parsley have been made, perfect for a spag bol.  Tonight I used a couple of kilos of toms to make sauce, and by golly it is mighty nice! Sue W shared on face book where you could make and print your own labels, so I DID!!

On another day I finally got around to making my wax wraps.  I actually detest glad wrap, cling film, you know the stuff.  I used a vintage sheet and followed my instructions from lovely Laura and next thing I was wrapping half an avocado to store in the fridge.  Good news is three days later that avo was still looking good!  So better than glad wrap and these are re usable and so very easy to make. 

On a sun filled day I set up the garden swing.

From the garden swing I can sit in the shade and sip tea and read if I like.  But I always have my camera so I can capture the things that give me pleasure outdoors.

I finished gathering the Sweet pea seeds from the dried pods, read some of my new book (a Xmas gift) and was joined by the wee lad.  Of course Big turned up, Oscar joined me for a moment, and Sheba lay with her ball at my feet.
The girls have been gifting us with at least three eggs a day of late so they have been getting plenty of back garden time.

Toebee was quite fascinated with dear old Aggie.

I always smile when I catch them Sun bathing and dust bathing.

How gorgeous does Dawns pottery look with some lichen growing on it.

I played with some pastel hair colours, I love them when they are wet.  Dry they are so subtle which is all good to.  Semi permanent so they wash away.

TOF and I bought a couple of large bags of tub mix so potting up plants has begun.  I have lifted all my bulbs from pots now I have to decide where to plant them.  The two large pots I scored from the Dump Shop, so cheap for such big pots $8 and $6. The Rooster was gifted to me by a dear friend.

Shebas' playmate Stella, the Spares puppy came to play.

My old wheelbarrow has been re soiled and we have planted Lettuces in it, heavily protected from the girls tho'. This could be classed as meals on wheels!! The half baskets I also found at the Dump shop, $4 each so they are getting planted up.
With a vacant bedroom again I have lifted the grotty old carpet.  The  wooden floor is Native timber and so much nicer.  The walls need to be stripped and the wood work needs to be sanded.  Then I can paint and decorate.  This is going to be a reading room/guest room.  I have plans, BIG PLANS!!

I ordered this online and I had to put it together.  Well when I say put together, I mean screwed on the arms and legs.  This meant using THE TOOL BOX!!  Epic fail as I screwed on one leg back to front, this was pointed out to me by TOF.  It arrived faster than I expected so best I pull finger with my decorating.

The same day that my sofa bed arrived, my Ultrasonic Aroma Humidfier arrived. I put Sweet Pea oil in the water so we had a beautiful fragrant mist.

It even changes colours!!!

The Summer Sales are already on so I swooped on this bed cover at half price. Other things I saw were 70% off, now that is a sale.

Toebee Time!!  He sleeps in the most funniest positions, so relaxed about life. I love how he stretches and yawns, even tho' his yawn looks like he is laughing.

     A perfect place to sleep is on top of Oscar, among those soft white curls.
The other best place to sleep is with your best friend.  These two play all the time.  Sheba is smitten with this new toy that we got her.

Toebee is so ballsey for someone so small, and Sheba is so gentle for someone so big.

 Of course another cool place to rest is in the old dolls pram with that doll.

Basically anywhere, anytime is good for a snooze.  I guess that is why it is called Cat Napping!!

My final photo is my $10 dump bike with the $4 planted basket that is now permanently parked by a tree in the garden. My inspiration came from Julies garden.  She plants so many different things and bikes large and small are a feature.  

Not much charity shopping has been done, but a SuesDay, first for the year, is planned for tomorrow.  So who knows what we will find, all I hope is the rain has stopped!!!

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