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!