Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Soiree

We all had fun choosing a suitable outfit for the Royal Wedding.  I wore the faux fur I bought on ebay and I pinned an old brooch that once belonged to Aunty Molly on the front.  My daughter pinned my hair up, I put the diamond (?) necklace on and off we went to a friend's house for a little soiree.

I bought this magnificent royal blue dress for $2.50 at the local op shop and styled my ever cooperative sister with the addition of a hastily made sash to signify her royal bearing.  She won best dressed - of course.

I loved the bride's dress. It reminded me of Princess Grace on her wedding day.  Everyone in London seemed to be having a lovely time - a change from gloom and doom.
 This trifle was wickedly alcoholic and so delicious.
 The bride was there.
I got a bit silly with the lolly fake teeth....

Friday, April 29, 2011

I'm happy about...

This week I found an old silver teapot in the cupboard.  I gave it a polish and put it out to use.  It says underneath that it is the Perfect Teapot. We shall see.

Afternoon tea with Chocolate brownie slice and raspberries was rather grand.

And I added Stella the rabbit and Maureen the cat to my collection of softie creations.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

walking on a Monday.

 This is my favourite walk from my house down past the old Ansett estate to the beach. As it was a public holiday on Monday I had the company of family members and the dog.
Beach, sunshine and family - perfect!
This is the edge of the Ansett estate (now owned by Chas Jacobsen). The building in the distance is Morning Star - once a Home for boys and now a restaurant and wedding venue.
 Ranelagh Beach

Up the path to Nanna and Granpa's for a cuppa.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


I found my crafty mojo this weekend.  I gathered the materials from our local Savers.   Only the softest old jumpers would do for this task.  Next I washed them and hung them to dry.  I traced the outline of a soft toy and worked out what the individual pieces should be.  Then I cut up the woollies.

It was quite odd to be cutting in to these pieces of clothing but they were going to become something else

I’ve made many stuffies (here) before so you’d think I’d know what I was doing. But my first attempt was not a success.  The body stretched too much and it was as wide as it was long.  Just not right. But I like my final little fellow. 

He’s my Easter Bunny.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I'm happy about...

I'm a coffee lone ranger on occasion - but don't feel sorry for me!  I often have little moments of discovery when I allow my mind to wander or my eye to observe - all in that happy haze of decaf coffee. 
I go to Page8 in Mornington to have their amazing sandwiches and read Frankie magazine.  I love it so much I am now a subscriber.  But I still love the back copies.  In a recent lone ranger moment I read in the letters section an ode to Grandfathers as the less lauded of the grandies. The writer told of how her grandfather used a youtube tutorial to learn how to iron a shirt after his wife passed away. Reminded me of my Dad asking me how often one should change the sheets. That's a bit sad. Little tears were mixed with my decaf that day.

My little bowl of lemons and other things made me smile this week.

A random feather on the sand.

Hot Cross buns! This bun was the bun no one chose because it had a wonky cross. Still delicious.

I found these silver pieces in my Dad's old stuff. I think they cleaned up quite well.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I ♥ IZ


Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole was a Hawaiian musician.
His medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” was featured in films, television commercials and television programs. He remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music.
Every time I listen to this version of Over the Rainbow I am completely absorbed.
On June 26th 1997 Israel died of respiratory complications caused by his weight.  The world lost a beautiful spirit.
Have a listen and maybe see what I see.

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