Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Year That Was..



2011 has been a truly amazing year! I thought I'd share some of my favourite adventures and fun I'd had over the last 365 days...

Took a trip of a lifetime to New York City 
Enjoyed a surfing lesson at Angelsea 
Went on some magical Friday Date Nights
Wrote my life list
Celebrated my fifth wedding anniversary
Crafted and played with my gorgeous friends at Fine & Sunny
Guest posted of some lovely blogs
Had a wonderful long weekend at my first Confest
Wore some super fun vintage dresses
Began my Masters degree
Fell in love with red lipstick
Finally got myself an iPhone and an Instagram addiction
Made some wonderful new blogging friends and got to meet the gorgeous Laura
Thrifted up such a storm, I devoted a whole room to my treasures
Began a little house makeover and finally bought a new couch
 Wrote a blog post (or featured a special guest blogger) every day of the year
Created some special collections
Spent some wonderful days with my family
Began my dream adventure, Wilde Asher with my favourite partner in crime

My, what a year it has been! Thank you so much for joining me on my adventures, I just love sharing them with you.  I can't wait to begin 2012, I have a feeling it's going to be an amazing year indeed! Wishing you a most wonderful evening of fun and celebrations. May all your beautiful hopes and dreams for the coming year light up the night sky like beautiful fireworks! 

Much Love 
xxx

Happy New Years Weekend!


A very happy nearly New Year to you! What are your plans for this lovely last day of 2011? We are off on a little road trip this morning over the border to South Australia for a little thrifting fun and then of course we are getting ready to bring in the new year, with a backyard BBQ and some yummy sweets. Now to decide what to bake! I'll be back later this afternoon with a little round up of the year that was and in the mean time, here are some of my favourite links from the the week! 

The perfect New Year's song

I want to buy so many of these for my walls

Fabulous braid tutorial, love the details

I just ADORE this tote bag

Some gorgeous New Year's essentials

This amazing brooch collection

A perfect sparkling crown for a New Year's party

And some gorgeous Champagne party heels to match 

Have a most wonderful day!
Much Love
xxx

Friday, 30 December 2011

A Fine & Sunny Friday..

So I popped in to see Annie and Shell at Fine & Sunny this morning for a coffee, some shopping and an after Christmas catch up and to my delight I was just in time to decorate the shop window for New Years.  


We began with a lovely roll of Bespoke Press wrapping paper and some MT Tape (how gorgeous is their bowl full of lovely colours!) and set to work making some cute bunting.  Add a few gorgeous summer tees and some speech bubbles with some fun new year's resolutions and ta da..


A New Year's window! My favourite bit.. Shell's gorgeous idea to line up the pretty Saltwater Sandals all ready for some New Year's Eve dancing.  

It was a most lovely and fortuitous day indeed.  And of course I just couldn't leave without a pair of yellow Saltwaters and I can't wait to wear them picnicking on New Years Day.  I hope your Friday has been delightful too!

Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Summer by the River..


Well we are back from our little adventure and our evening camping by the river really was just magical.  We camped right on the water and it was just lovely to sit back and take in all the beauty, especially the amazing sunset.  Of course the was some swimming, fishing and treasuring hunting action too.  In fact, I caught the biggest fish for the trip, which I'm a little bit excited about! Jack had a wonderful time too and I'm sure we are all going to sleep very well tonight.  

I just love this time of year, there is something about the final days of reflection for the year that was and excitement, anticipation and planning for the coming year that I always enjoy.  I'm looking forward to recapping my 2011 adventures over the coming days and also sharing some of my dreams for 2012 (it's going to be a very exciting year indeed!)  I do hope you will join and share some of your hopes and plans too.

Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A Little Adventure..



The weather is just beautiful in Mildura at the moment and it's the perfect time of the year for a spot of camping.  So we are packing up the car and the dog and heading off for an overnight adventure to by the river with some friends.  My hubby and I go camping throughout the year separately for work, but we have only ever been camping together once in eight years, so I'm really looking forward to some time in the wilderness together. 

I'll be back tomorrow afternoon with some photos from our adventure. Have a lovely day and enjoy the last fabulous moments of 2011.

Much Love
xxx 


Tuesday, 27 December 2011

My Summer Fort..



It's become a little summer tradition of mine to build a fort to hang out in over the holidays.  I used to love building them when I was little, so I thought I'd put my skills to the test and create the fort of my daydreams.  Last night seemed like the perfect opportunity to build and decorate my summer fort.  At first I was hoping for a more tent like construction, but as this was a last minute decision, I used the good old dining room chairs and a clothes rack for the front door, giving my nook a more fort like quality.  Filled with thrifted linen and cushions, plenty of books and tea, it's the perfect place to spend the evening.


This year my fort even had a little table, perfect for flowers, books, tea and cookies


Of course every good fort needs a typewriter for letter writing and a project or two..


Other important fort supplies, lovely reading material and a journal for thoughts and ideas..


Enjoying a quiet moment..


Until the guests arrive and want to check the place out.. Olive didn't quite get the idea of the front door.

Check out my little fort from 2010. I'd just love to invest in a teepee style tent in the near future, what a lovely  way to spend the summer.  

Much Love
xxx

Monday, 26 December 2011

Boxing Day Fun..


I've always found Boxing Day to be one of the most unusual days of the year.. What do you do? It's a holiday, so you want to make the most of it, but after a big Christmas day, the couch often seems like the best place to hang out.  Or you could always, join the crowds at the Boxing Day sales, go to the movies, watch the Boxing Day test match (the cricket), eat yummy Christmas Day left overs, spend time with family and friends.  If it's sunny, go to the beach, if it's rainy, play with your new Christmas presents.  

So what am I doing this Boxing Day.. playing with my Christmas present of course!


Today has been all about exploring and cleaning.. and finding more quirky details.


So far I've discovered that.. the bed turns into a couch and the dining table turns into a bed, the was 90% of the original lino hiding underneath the carpet, I'm in love with the original vinyl upholstery and door handles and I've got lots of work to do!

Whatever it is you are up to, I hope you are enjoying a lovely Boxing Day too.
Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas! Wishing you and your loved ones a truly magical Christmas. May your day be filled with much love, family, friends, laughter and joy. Thank you so much for all your love and support throughout 2011, it means so much to me and I can't wait for many more exciting adventures in 2012.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Much Love
xxx

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Last Minute Baking.. Gingerbread Stars


Need a last minute gift idea or just something yummy to have on hand? I've got the perfect thing, lovely little ginger bread stars.  They are so quick and easy to make, you can have them made and in a jar or on a plate in about half an hour. Yum!

Gingerbread Stars 

Ingredients: 125g butter, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of golden syrup, 3 cups of flour, 1tsp ground ginger, 1tsp cinnamon, 1tsp mixed spice, 3tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 egg, 2tsp vanilla exract, icing sugar for dusting. 


Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan on a low heat, stirring occasionally until the butter melts then allow to cool.  Sift flour, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice into a large bowl. Add bicarbonate of soda to the cooled butter mixture and add to flour mixture. Add egg and vanilla and mix into a soft dough.  Roll out onto a floured board and cut out star shapes using a cookie cutter.  Place of greased baking trays.  Bake in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for 10-15 mins.  Cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar.


Enjoy!

Are you ready for the big day? We did some last minute grocery shopping this morning and I think we are finally organised.  Looking forward to a lovely Christmas party tonight and nice weather tomorrow for a picnic by the river.  Would love to hear about your Christmas plans too.

Much Love
xxx

Recipe adapted from Mararget Foulton's Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery

Friday, 23 December 2011

Friday Decorating.. The Bedside Table


  Someone once told me, you can tell a lot about a person from their bedside table and as I peered over at mine this morning, I realised it was long overdue for a little makeover.  So while I was tidying my wardrobe today, I took a little time to redecorate my bedside table. 


I love keeping special bits and pieces on my bedside table and I find a lamp always gets in the way.. Solution, a thrifted frame and some lights.  In the middle a lovely wall decal from Love Mae.


The little dish I thrifted yesterday makes the perfect place to store all my favourite  jewellery and bobby pins.


Who knew the Eiffel Tower would make such a cute ring holder? And a tea cup full of crafting supplies, because I realised I'm always after a pen or pair of scissors just as I get comfortable, so problem solved!

I hope you are having a most wonderful lead up to Christmas Day.  I just bought the last box of rice flour in town, so I best put it to good use and make a few batches of shortbread.  

Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Midweek Thrifting..


To begin my holidays I thought I'd take my new pair of clogs on a thrifting adventure around town.  It's such a treat to go thrifting during the day and oh my did I find some wonderful treasures, it may have even been one of my favourite thrifting outings this year.


The sweetest Nally Ware cake tin


Johnson and Kingsbury Stoneware plates... Might be a new favourite Johnson pattern I think.


Some gorgeous floral dresses..


A lovely set of 1950s Tower scales


And a perfect little matching dish and kitty combo..

So delighted by my finds today! I'm off to play dress ups and find a few spots to squeeze my new bits and pieces in.  Then I think a little baking and watching The Holiday might be in order. I do hope you are having a most wonderful day!

Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Making Me Smile..


The perfect Christmas party outfit.. (include balloons for a dramatic entrance)


These gorgeous party nails.. (must try!)


Elsie's most amazing closet! (Be sure to check it out and swoon over the beautiful dresses and shoes) 


Oh, Hello Friend's pretty gold ribbon and lovely gift wrapping ideas


Love this 1950s Christmas ad.. perfect hair and dress!

What's making you smile today?

Much Love
xxx

Click on links for original image sources

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

She has Arrived.. Introducing Asher


It's been a little quiet around here this morning, but that's because there has been some exciting things happening at the Library Adventures cottage.  This morning we picked up my Christmas present, my 1970s Franklin caravan... called Asher.


We have spent the day making space for her in the back yard, pulling down the fence, fitting her inside and then putting the fence back up.  


I love all the original details, the clock, light fixtures and worn old Franklin sticker.

Now the fun part starts, the transformation! Can wait to share more about the renovations with you soon.

Happy Tuesday!
Much Love
xxx

Monday, 19 December 2011

Guest Post: Creative Collective - DIY Star Garland..


I'm so delighted to be guest posting over at the fabulous Creative Collective today! I'm sharing the my Star Garland DIY, which is one of the most fun projects I've worked on so far this Summer.  You can find it over here along with so many other fabulous creative contributors this month.

xxx

What I Wore.. Skirt Love



Top: Target Skirt: Thrifted  Belt: Thrifted
   Shoes: Rivers  Necklace: Wilde Asher


It seems that thrifted floral skirts are fast becoming my favourite summer pieces.  Every time I'm out thrifting, I find myself madly searching through the skirt rack, looking for the perfect mid length skirt with a sweet print and buttons. And last week I was in luck! With a hint of dark green and red, it's a little festive too, perfect for Christmas shopping.  I teamed it with my favourite shoes (remind me I need to get the black pair) and one of our gorgeous new Wilde Asher necklaces, which will be available in our band new online shop opening in the new year.  I can't wait to share more news about all things Wilde Asher very soon.

Have a fabulous Monday! 
Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Flea Market Finds..


Happy Sunday my thrifting friends.  I hope you are having a lovely weekend and have found time amongst the Christmas festivities for a little thrifting.  Check out all of last week's lovely finds over here, as always there are just fabulous and so inspiring!

During the week I found some fun 1970s craft books and some sweet brooches and yesterday I picked up some more of my favourite things.


My obsession with vintage plates continues.. so I've decide the best option is to embrace it! This week's  lovely little assortment from Japan and England  


My favourite finds this week, a sweet little Japanese tea pot and the cutest Pyrex cup! Now I'm on the search for a whole set.


A couple of leafy Pyrex dishes


And a summer picnic basket and some lovely floral linen

I'd love to know what you found this week.  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from your blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! Oh and pop over to Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.  Please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.   Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely thrifty pictures. If the Linky disappears, just refresh your browser.

As next Sunday is Christmas Day, Flea Market Finds will be having a week off and will return to see in the New Year on the 1st of January.  I just want to thank everyone who has played along this year. It has been an absolute delight to share in the thrifting love with you all each week and I can't wait to see what treasures 2012 brings! A very happy holidays to you and your loved ones.

As always Happy Thrifting!
xxx







Saturday, 17 December 2011

Saturday Decorating..Christmas Sparkle


As I pottered around the house this afternoon, I decided our fireplace needed a little bit of Christmas magic. Our front porch is all ready for Christmas but I thought I'd add a touch of sparkle to the living room too. I set out to buy some fairy lights, but to my surprise I was told that they were sold out... Everywhere! A town without Christmas lights, what was I to do! I can home and raided the garage and then remembered I still had my Christmas twigs from last year. After a little bit of reworking I had a little string of lights, just enough for the fireplace.  Add some pine cones, candles and three lovely winged horses from Fine and Sunny and my festive cheer is complete... unless of course I find some sneaky Christmas lights hiding out in a top cupboard.  

I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday evening!
xxx

Happy Weekend...


My goodness, can you believe it is the weekend before Christmas! Where did December go? I do hope you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying plenty of Christmas festivities.  This morning I did a spot of Christmas shopping and popped in for morning tea at Fine and Sunny.  Annie and Shell's amazing little shop was buzzing with festive delight and was the perfect place to spend an hour chatting with lovely people, enjoying lovely coffee and the yummiest chocolate brownie ever and crocheting a few rows of my latest project. This afternoon I'm giving the living room a little festive cheer and crafting up a storm.  What are your plans this weekend.  As always here are a few of my favourite things from the week..Enjoy!

A great messy bun tutorial


A wonderful and heartfelt gift idea

The gorgeous new vintage shop

The perfect miniature Christmas tree

A great post about staying inspired

This lovely print

And this print because it's so true

These fabulous vintage girls


Much Love
xxx

PS. I'm also guest blogging my favourite thrifting summer tunes over at Parsimonia (Secondhand with Style) 


Friday, 16 December 2011

Five Thrifting Tips..


One of the questions I'm often asked is tips about thrifting. So today I thought I'd share a few of my favourites that I've picked up over the years.  I've been thrifting since high school and have always adored searching for treasures.  What started out as the odd peruse for a costume or two and soon turned into regular outings, for fabulous shoes, hats and handbags for photo shoots.  And well, these days you will find me out and about most days, tinkering about on the floor amongst the crockery or under a cupboard searching for the perfect book.   These little tips help me find my treasures.. 


1. Have a Plan..  
Although I do sometimes stop randomly at thrift shops, I generally have a plan of attack. As I often go after work, I'm usually a little restricted by closing time, but it's often quiet and it's nice to search the shelves alone.  I try to get to know where things are at my local thrift shops and will always know what I want to check out first.  For example.. one shop I will always look in this order, crockery, ladies clothing, linen, shoes, books and then odds and ends at the counter.  I do this because I often find great crockery and vintage dresses there, so I check those sections first. This saves time and allows me to concentrate on finding the best bits and pieces.  This technique is especially useful if the store is large and overwhelming.   


2. Be Organised..
I'm not a super organised person, but I try to do these few things to make the most of my thrifting adventure. a. I  always carry a spare tote bag in my handbag. Some shops only have a small amount of bags, so it's always nice to have one of your own, of course it's good for the environment too.   b. I love satchel bags and always carry one when I'm thrifting.  Sorting through racks of clothes can get quite tiring and it really helps to have two hands (especially when you stumble across a jackpot of lovely dresses). c. Make sure you have some cash on you (if possible in small notes and coin).  Many shops have card facilities, but I have found myself only spending a few dollars and not having any change.  


3. Search by Pattern, Style and Colour..
One of my golden tips... If you don't have all day to wander, search by colour, pattern and style.  Right now I'm after loving pieces from the 60s and 70s, so I'm on the lookout for bright, floral, retro prints which often stand out on the racks.  Crockery is the same, although you might have to sit on the floor and do some searching.  Look for patterns and colours that interest you, and always rummage around the back of the shelves. An example of this was last weekend when I found this retro cushion.  It was actually on the shelves at the counter and knee level and it was only because I happen to looked down when I was about to pay, that I noticed the fabulous print.  It pays to have a keen eye.


4. Learn a Few Tricks..
If you love something, do a little bit of research so you know what you are looking for.  Some pieces will only jump out at you when you realise what they are.  Check the bottoms of crockery and the labels of clothes.  You can often tell the age by the font and style.  Another trick is to find out when new stock arrives and to always ask at the counter if they have anything special out the back, if you are interested in something in particular. 


5. Take your Time and Enjoy the Adventure..
Of course my last tip is to have fun and enjoy the adventure.  Go searching for hidden thrift shops and jumble sales, you never know what you might find.  Always keep your eye out and if possible take your time to have a good look around.  I often feel like it's a trip through the history of popular culture wandering through a well organised store and I'm often filled with a wonderful sense of nostalgia and adventure. 

I hope these tips will help you on your next thrifting outing.  I would just love to hear your tips too!
xxx

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Things I Love Thursday..


Things I love.. The new Frankie magazine and yummy Christmas treats! I'm also loving..  This game,  this dress and this dress, this photo, this book, this outfit, this fun way of sharing exciting news, this tutorial and this gorgeous DIY project

And I'm really loving.. Picking up my caravan tomorrow!

What are you loving today?
xxx

Questions for a Bookworm..


If you could a favourite author just one question, what would it be? I would ask Lewis Carroll, why is a raven like a writing desk?

If an author gave you the chance to rewrite or to change the fate of a book character, who would you chose?   Robbie and Cecilia from Ian McEwan’s Atonement

   Did your parents read stories to you when you were little? If yes are there any special ones you remember the most? My parents spend a great deal of time reading to me and I think it’s why I love books so much now.  Some of my favourites which I still own include, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle by Banjo Paterson, The Secret Staircase and anything by Beatrix Potter.

What do you like more the smell of old antiquarian books or the smell of new fresh ones you just bought? Old books. Second hand book shops and libraries are my favourite places to be.  I have been known to wander around and pick up the books just to smell them.

You get the opportunity to choose between to secret talents: either to be able to make things come to life through reading them or the gift to read yourself into a book. Which one would you like to have? Oh this is tricky, I think I would like to read myself into a book.  There are just so many wonderful places to explore! Wonderland, Neverland and Oz would all be high on my to visit list.

  Do you have a favourite children’s book or a favourite fairy tale? I have so many! A few of my favourites are, The Secret Garden, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Peter Rabbit.

Someone would talk to your friends and ask them to compare you to a book character. With who do you think would they compare you? I love this question, I’ve been told my name sounds like something from Mary Poppins and I have been compared to both Alice and Dorothy.  I’m not sure who I would prefer to be!

Tell me the name of a writer who you would like to have as a friend. Oscar Wilde, he would make the perfect dinner party guest.

You can hide in a written down world for only one night into which world do you escape? Into the secret garden of course, hopefully Mary will give me the key. I’d also love to go dancing with the Bennets or the Marsh girls and go back to Paris in the 1920s, sitting at a cafĂ© with Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

You have to flee to an unknown place and all you can take with you are three books of all the ones you own. Which three ones do you put into your bag? My tattered copy of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, a very early copy of The Glass of Fashion by Cecil Beaton and Virgina Woolf’s, A Room of One’s Own, because in their own way, each is wild, raw and beautiful.


These questions were adapted from Madamedaydream.  If you are a bookworm too, feel free to share the bookish love, can't wait to read your answers.

Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Midweek Thrifting..



Love a bit of midweek thrifting, especially when I find some lovely treasures like these lovely patterned plates and a pair of sweet brooches. These are the first brooches I've ever found around here and they made my day!

Oh and look who has found a new spot to hang out in.. 


Olive's crazy box obsession continues...That is a strange looking mushroom indeed.

Hope you are having a lovely Wednesday!
xxx