Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Thrifted Lately..

It seems like forever since my last thrifting post, most likely because it really has been! Over the past six months while Tallow wasn't at all impressed with going in the car, thrifting was pretty much out of the question, but since we've been back in Mildura and Tallow's out grown her dislike of the car, it's been so much easier to pop out  for a quick search of a thrift shop or two.  Before we moved we decluttered a great deal, so these days I'm not on the hunt for too much really, but every now and then when something catches my eye, I just can't resist bringing it home.  My rule is these days that my finds have to be both practical and beautiful and we are also enforcing a one in one out rule, especially in the kitchen, so only the best bits and pieces make it through the door. I'm pretty happy that these finds made the cut.  

I nearly left this tea set behind, until I realised I already owned the matching sugar bowl. So a week later I went back and thank goodness the thrifting fairies had been keeping an eye on it for me.  So lovely to complete the set. 

 Searching for floral linen & fabric might just be one of my favourite past times and I was delighted with this little stash.  The tea towel has already become Tallow's Easter present and I have plans for some cushions and bunting next. 

Now I promised I didn't need any more Pyrex but this cute pair were to lovely to leave behind.  And besides they are perfect for winter cooking! 

On my thrift wish list right now is a mid century style lounge, a vintage mirror and an old bath to plant herbs in. The perfect pair of jeans would be wonderful too!   

What have you been thrifting lately? 
What's on your wishlist?

Much Love

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Everyday Moments..

Letters nearly ready for the post..
Getting ready for winter..
Easter morning..
My very first homemade hot 'heart' buns..
Precious afternoon nap time..
Pattern love..
Always a touch of floral in our kitchen..

Much Love

Joining the weekly stills over at The Beetleshack

Sunday, 20 April 2014


"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Tallow: Peek a Boo! Right now it's all about crawling, exploring (looking in and under everything!) and making us laugh. 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Making & Doing - the Easter Edition..

It's such a joy to spend the long weekend together in our new home.  It's the first opportunity since moving back, we've all be able to spend longer than a weekend together as a family and the everyday moments, baking and gardening are proving to be the most precious family time.

 I love creating new traditions and this year seems to be the perfect opportunity to try out some new things we've had on our family to do list. The first was to make our own hot 'heart' buns.. what an adventure.  While not overly difficult, they take time and accuracy to get them just right.  I made a little batch of nine using the traditional CWA recipe that the inspiring Kirsten suggested. I must say, they were a labour of love and I'm so happy I put the effort in, they were totally worth it.  A little wonky, probably could have had the oven up higher and added a little more mixed spice, but all in all, a yummy and satisfying new tradition and that I can't wait for Tallow to help me with for many years to come.    

We finally caught up on the second Hobbit film.  We decided it was inevitable that with a running time of over two and a half hours, that we would never see it in one sitting, so we watched it over the whole day, in between kneading dough, feeding time, laundry and searching for the dog (who got spooked by a low flying eagle and hid from us for half the day).  I loved the Hobbit growing up (I always kept a copy on my bedside table) and have been amazed at how vividly it's been captured.        

We are slowly working on our back patio, adding a little potting table, lots of hanging pots, herbs and greenery. Now all need to find is the perfect outdoor table setting and some fairy lights and we'll be ready for an Autumn dinner party. 

Inspired by the lovely Gaby we are looking forward to a no buy month in May and I'm also excited to be taking part in Mindful in May too.  It seems like a great time for personal challenges.  I just have to remind myself to invest in some slippers and warm socks before our no spending starts as these Autumn nights are getting wonderful and crisp.  

I'm loving this home, Pia's beautiful raw and honest post, these beautiful wares and this sweet collaboration.   And I am beyond delighted and truly humbled to receive a place in this year's Kidspot Hall of Fame, beside so many of my favourite bloggers, who have greatly inspired my blogging journey over the past six years.  

Tomorrow we are planning a picnic in the garden, followed by planting out some new seedlings, reworking a table Ben made me a few years ago and an afternoon walk in our favourite park.  

And Easter wouldn't be complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny, so a little basket was thrifted this morning and filled with some sweet books, a cute cardigan, a wooden teething rattle and a little handmade retro tea towel bunny.  It's sitting on the fireplace next to our Easter vignette, ready for Miss Tallow's first Easter morning.

Wishing you and your family a beautiful long weekend whatever you are up to.
Happy Easter!
Much love