Friday, December 31, 2010


So I am sitting here literally wiping tears away at a video of people getting puppies for Christmas.  Which is ridiculous, but I love Christmas and buying presents and can't wait to see that excitement on Rube's face when we buy her something big and unexpected one day.  DrMr is teasing me, but he knows I am sap about those sorts of things.

We have been back from DrMr's parents for Christmas for a few days now - I have been terribly lax with everything, lots of napping, trips to the beach, watching Charlie and Lola in bed with Rubes and eating breakfast, yummy fish lunches in cafes, lemon sorbet... You know.  Just a wonderful and relaxing time which we all needed in the crazy and hectic lead up to Christmas.  Even Ruby is tired.  She has always been a great sleeper, but is napping for 3-4 hours a day, which as parents - is bliss!  If you are feeling jealous that my kid sleeps and yours refuses to nap and still wakes through the night - take heart, my kid refuses to eat and feeding her is the bane of my existence.  If it's not one thing it's the other - cooking in our house is something we both dread (plus DrMr and I like REALLY different food, so neither of us enjoys cooking for the other).  All she will eat is yoghurt, crackers and dip, cheese, sometimes bread, sometimes cereal (if it is someone else's breakfast), mince meat, sometimes spaghetti and mash.  Oh but has no problem with the occasional ice cream or cookie or freddo frog, obviously.  She would still live on milk, which we restrict to before bed, cause she fills up on it all day.  At daycare she will eat everything the other kids eat, but at home - nightmare.  We try not to make it a stress, if she doesn't eat, fine, we don't force it.  But JEEEZ.  Have a freaking strawberry kid.

It's 40 degrees (over 100F for those Northerly) so it's HOT today, we are deciding which beach to visit once Rubes wakes up from her mega-nap.  Our usual NYE involves food, crappy tv and early nights (it's actually like most nights for us, to be honest), but we will have a special day today so that makes up for our complete lack of party-ness tonight.  Don't get me wrong, although we DO go to bed way before midnight, we will wake for fireworks at the stroke of 12 as Georgie likes to bark and go nuts and jump on the bed and try to suffocate us.  So we will be ringing in the new year.  I hope you have something lovely planned and it's exactly as you hoped, whether it be low key or high key, but most importantly, involves your favourite people.

The first half of 2010 was kind of a hard year for us, but we have had a great second half and think that 2011 will be a fairly awesome year.  It's just got that vibe to it, that the best stuff is still coming on it's way.  I believe that and if you said where we'd be a at NYE last year... well, I probably wouldn't have believed you.  We have some changes coming up this year (and DRMR IS PROMISING ME A HOLIDAY) and it's all exciting.

Other things:
Green and yellow are my favourite colours.  Equal bests. FOR FESTIVITY purposes, I picked a sparkly green for my toes for Christmas, but on it was sort of a yellow green and looked like toenail fungus.  So when I got back, I got them painted what I thought was a mustardy yellow colour, but in fact has come across as a lurid fluro orange.  I think I am going to go back to black and leave colour for those able to pick it with some degree of success.

I once stated as a naive pregnant woman that Ruby was not going to have merchandisey stuff... but if you saw her santa stocking you would realise how um... you know, I stopped being uptight and just bought stuff that would make her very happy.  Even in 40 degree temps, she is refusing to take off her yo gabba gabba vans.  Just don't look at her bedroom, it's ridiculous.

Now I have some time, after about 6 (probably more) months packed away, I have set up my sewing machine, got out fabrics and armed with Pip's book, I am going to attempt a dress for Ruby.  You know, as soon as I can get out of bed and pluck up the courage.  I am NEARLY there.  Just one more nap....

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, etc.

Now, I have blogged profusely before about crotchet-wonder Julie Ramsden and now this Christmas present has been given, I can tell you what I got Bec.  Julie has made us crotchet versions of our pets

This is Bec's dog  the whippet Vance

And her other whippet Fletch.

So for Christmas I thought long and hard about what to get Bec for Christmas and I approached Julie about possibly making Bec a doll of her husband, D.

And Julie agreed.  And thus Mini D was born.

And it is RIDICULOUSLY good, the photos don't do it justice.  And Bec absolutely loved it, which made me very happy as well.  And Julie remains one of the most awesome crafters I know.  Thank you Julie!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Helen Dardik

I love Helen Dardik's style of illustration, I have a number of prints on my wall at home.  All purchased from her etsy store.  In her blog, she is currently giving away these free gift tags to print and use to add a little colour-joy to your Christmas gifts.  I think they are rather spectacular!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A few new things on Georgie Love from Allira Tee for last minute Christmas presents.  Am particularly a fan of this "The Art of Tea Towel Snapping" Tea Towel!  It's $25.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Georgie Love launches something new, people are amazed.

I know the interwebs are totally RUNNING HOT with the question of where's Sal? What is she doing?  For real peeps. And I will be able to tell you more about all of that in detail shortly (this morning: swimming with Rubes, working on new Pearl and Elspeth vintage skirts to go online, chowing down on substandard rocky road and this afternoon I have plans of picking up dry cleaning, hanging out at the park for a bit and dropping things off at Bec's house).  AWESOME RIGHT?  Ah, the crazy crazy, fascinating and glamorous life I lead.  I had an ace friend over last week and she got to join me of an afternoon of reading books to my kid, helping me prepare dinner and bathe aforementioned kid.  I am not sure if she is going to come back again after all that excitement.  That is what you can come to expect from hanging out with me.  Plus, I am pretty sure that my house smells like a combination of dog, ground up weetbix in the carpet and op shops.

Anyway, I didn't come here to brag, I came to tell you about ERIN.  ERIN is my BFF.  We actually met through freaking Livejournal a good ten or more years ago, in very, very different lifetimes.  We've both had and left very unhealthy relationships and are now in these ridiculously content and well adjusted adults in healthy and very happy relationships, which is certainly not the path that you would have thought for us if you HAD met us, or listened in to our conversations over the years.  She is the person who knows ALL my secrets, that I could tell anything to without hesitation or judgement.  And I do, and feel terribly lucky that I have someone I am so close to that I can and I hope you do to.  They are the best presents from the Universe.   Obviously, we have been lucky enough to actually hang out in person too (she lives in the US), and I hope that we will again soon.

It's kind of weird, cause seriously 3/4 of my friends these days I HAVE met on the internet, whether that be through Georgie Love, blogging or what not.  Cause clearly I don't get out much, so you have to make friends where you can find them.

So, Erin and I have been chatting for years about projects and business ideas that we could do together - and we have had and started a number of different things, which have petered out due to time constraints mostly.  Until now, Erin rus a successful Etsy store, selling plus size vintage clothing for the ladiez.  So she is in Op Shops ALL THE TIME, and we came to a mutual agreement that it would also be awesome  for her to stock Georgie Love with some vintage clothing, currently for women and kids, but we are looking at adding menswear soon.  AND SO IT WAS.

So it took me this whole blog entry to finally get to the main point, Georgie Love now has a very limited range of perfect condition 1960s and 1970s clothing for your enjoyment, with more stock coming all the time  Yay!  If there is something you like, the code XMAS will give you 10% off it for good measure.

Monday, December 06, 2010

More Gift Ideas

So, I am languishing on the bed, in front of the fan now that the kidlet is finally having a nap.  I am writing responses for a newspaper interview about online shopping ideas for Christmas (and I don't think they will be prepared for the essay that I have given them... it's uh.. something I am passionate about).  BUT one of my favourite things on my list that I wanted to share with you, is this:

It's a handmade wooden fairy door from Monkeytail and Wellington.   They have premade ones, or you can custom your own, but isn't it the most DELIGHTFUL thing in the universe?  I have given it as a gift in the past, and it is just one of those special things that is an absolute winner for little people with a fairy fascination!

This is what the store says about them:

Not all fairies like to live in the garden. Some are metropolitan dwellers who take to suburban homes and apartment buildings. But how do they get there and where do they live? Well, if you want fairies to enter your home, you need to install a fairy door and we have just the ticket!

Fairy doors can only be opened inwards using Fairy magic and if they are forced open the fairies will see this as a break and enter and will flee to safer pastures. Due to their size, fairy doors are quite delicate and are designed for ornamental purposes only. Your child can still interact with the fairy door, but the idea is to leave letters, teeth and gifts for the fairies to see what magic happens in return.

In our house, we secretly placed the fairy door in a corner outside our children�s bedroom and waited until they had noticed the door themselves. Then a few days later, we sprinkled fairy dust near the entrance to the door and left them a little note from the fairies and some fairy chocolate treats.

Each fairy door comes with a miniature key and a vial of fairy dust, and instructions on how to install your fairy door. Fairy doors attach to the wall with double sided tape and are removable, so if you move home your fairy can move with you! Each door is 1/12th the size of a regular human door, which is approximately 25cm high by 15cm wide.

Each door that we create is unique and one of a kind. We use only child friendly paints and glues.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Please check your kid's homework..

Oh this made me laugh - from funnyexam.  Definitely click to enlarge to read the letter from the parent.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Seriously, my Christmas wishlist.

DrMr, bless him, is a terrible present buyer.  He gets flustered every year and worried about what to buy me, thinks that I am very hard to buy for (a disagreement point), so I end up making a big wishlist and sending it to him, of which he is supposed to buy me a surprise selection, but usually ends up buying the whole list.  Which you know, ace.  SO THIS YEAR MY FAVOURITE THINGS I HAVE SUGGESTED:

Does anyone NOT have Sew La Tea Do on their wishlist?  It's beautiful and I have thumbed through many copies in bookshops and the like.  I have a copy for a gift and I KNOW that DrMr has a copy for me as well, so we are well covered.  See - I am a beginner sewer and I LOVE the first book and I really want to try a number of things from this one, when I have a bit of time (AND MY OWN PERSONAL COPY) in the new year.  January is set aside to sew, didn't you know.

I also need to tell you that in case you haven't met Pip in person, I can assure you that she is absolutely as friendly, ace and kind as she appears in her blog.  She really, really is - I find her to be completely inspirational and I think we should support someone local and wonderful who would without a doubt be supporting us (by us, I don't mean Georgie Love - I mean anyone online reading this) if we were doing the same thing.

I first met Pip when I was putting Georgie Love together 5 years ago and there was just Meet Me at Mikes and Craft Victoria flying the flag of Melbourne handmade, so I had very nervous and shy chats with them all.  She was as ace and helpful then as she is now and she deserves all the success coming her way, so if you DO know someone with any crafty inclinations Sew-La-Tea-Do is the perfect gift.  Perfect.

I think you can buy it instore at Mikes in Fitzroy, otherwise get it from some of my favourite shops - Lark and Readings (who are doing a bargain bundle of Pip's first and second book for $69.95)!

I don't know how it happened, but Foal Design hats started sending me their newsletter a few months ago and I kept madly pining for one, but never bought one, I LOVE the hat designs and vintage fabrics they use, but for me - I am hoping to see the dark denim one under my tree.  You can buy them direct from the site, or etsy, but I imagine you will see them everywhere soon.

Candy Stripe Cloud has the most ridiculous range of cute stuff, but I can't go past Lyndsay's Red Apple Shadow Box.  Seriously cute and a bargain at $45, I think.  It also comes in a juicy green pear

I can't remember if I put this pinwheel brooch on my wishlist as well, but I definitely fancy it.

I know PottyMouthMama has these on her wishlist as well, so I DON'T mean to copy, but I have wanted a pair for ages - especially since Rubes has a pair that barely leave her feet and they look rad, are super comfy and can be worn wet or dry without losing their shape.  I really wanted the super hot mustard yellow ones or maybe red, but went with super sensible, wear with everything, black ones.  From Little Pinwheel, who has the best price out of all  (the very few) Australian outlets I think.

FINALLY, I wanted a Red Riding Hood teaset from Made590, but it's disappeared from their website, still they have a  range of supercute Japanese tea sets that I think anyone would love!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In the meantime...

So, still struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones*? the code XMAS will give you 10% off anything you like at Georgie Love.

Other thing I wanted to share with you was this FREE and wonderful 2011 calendar.  Customise your calendar online by choosing from 30 different owl illustrations. Then generate a high res PDF, download, and print.  AWESOME and seriously, the artwork is great, but this is not going to go far in convincing DrMr that I am not in fact obsessed with owls. You are welcome.

Everyone's got a bottom is a story about Ben and his brother and sister learning and talking together about bodies. It is a tool for parents and carers to gently start a conversation with children about self protection.

It's about children keeping safe in a style that is fun, positive and protective.

In a more serious note, we bought this book for Rubes which talks about bodies and inappropriate touching in a safe and non-scary way.  It is a disturbing topic for parents that is important to talk to your kids about early (how early?), but this book is a winner and I recommend it.

*disturbing and hilarious ad from top 48 ads that would never be allowed today

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We've been away.  Someone turned 2.  TWO!  TWO!

That's some kind of ridiculousness there.  But happiest of birthdays to my crazy, hilarious, smart little cake-seeking firecracker.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Built to last

So hey.  It's cup day and I am not really interested in the race - I had to work today (and so did DrMr), so it didn't feel like anything but an ordinary day - apart from the chicken and champagne lunch in the office and zero traffic on the roads.  Hooray!  I can certainly celebrate good food and wine.

We've been quite busy, I am still catching up on Georgie Love work, there are so many new things on the site just in time for Christmas.
I literally ADORE this pendant from Madz has Runaway and I am contemplating purchasing it for myself.  We just had a HIDEOUS electricity bill and need two new tyres on the car... so maybe not quite yet, but I hope to before anyone else does!

 We have also been going to the beach on sunny days, swimming at an indoor pool during rainy ones, working on our new vegie patch!  We have dug, fertilised (STINKY!) and planted.  We are just waiting for our little seeds to sprout.  In retrospect I would have bought seedlings, but fingers crossed we will be eating some delicious organic vegies at some point in the future!

ALSO, I picked DrMr up from work today and I noticed (as I have for a while as I have been driving through at times and not able to stop) that some of the fancier suburbs around Toorak are having hard rubbish. So we had a little time before Rubes got super cranky and we had a (sadly, very) little drive around It's a well documented fact that I LOVE hard rubbish.  ANYWAY,  for the first time DrMr got right into it (he is usually waiting mortified in the car) and he scored for Rubes:

2 pretty awesome bikes, both are in good condition and just need a bit of a scrub.

For himself, a fairly hideous ceramic panther that he insists is going to go in his office.  This thing is almost the size of Georgie.

and FOR ME, from one house, we picked up 5 (FIVE) sewing machines.  They are of different age, condition - only 1 I am convinced really is dead.  I found my sewing machine in a hard rubbish haul last year (with another one), had it serviced by that guy in Belgrave who is convinced that it's in immaculate condition and will last me the rest of my life.  It's AWESOME and probably from the 70s.  When things were BUILT TO BE KEPT.

Some have manuals.

The oldest and stinkiest, but in such lovely condition!  I am sure a collector would dig this.

More, etc.

Now obviously I only need one sewing machine, which I have in my work space and use too infrequently.  I don't need seven.  I haven't checked any of these, but I certainly can - if you have a niece or daughter (or son!) or cousin or friend who is interested in learning to sew and you wouldn't mind paying for it to have a service - you are welcome to one.

I am DESPERATE to go back and look for more gold in the trash, maybe tomorrow.  Ahhh!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Georgie Loves Queen

Ok, so I have banged on a lot on this blog about my absolute favourite Australian clothing label - Queen Clothing.  The pieces are made in Melbourne, are just super-rad, quirky and stylish, comfortable, long lasting, SO WELL MADE and everything (fabric etc) is also made in Australia.  I have had a long-term, big-time love for them.  In short, the clothing is beautiful and I am very passionate about it!

ANYWAY, I am so beyond chuffed to tell you that as of today, Georgie Love is the only online retailer that you can buy a few select Queen pieces from (and hopefully more to follow).

As for me personally, I am not going to be able to resist the black Georgie Dress (GEORGIE!) or the simply magnificent Sailor Skirt.

Anyway, I hope you love them as much as I do - and if you want to try something out, using the code QUEEN will give you 10% off your order for any pieces in the Girls Clothing category.