Saturday, June 09, 2012

thank you haters!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I got this from Facebook, but I can't remember who - if it was YOU I am sorry that I can't give you credit, but thank you.  It's fabulous.





BADLY PHOTOSHOPPED RUSSIAN WEDDING PHOTOS.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Hey, what's your name

I have two email accounts - one for Georgie Love and one personal gmail, well one really I guess, because they both go to my gmail account.  Now my gmail account is a very generic first name last name letter combo and as a result, I get wrong emails meant for other people ALL THE TIME.  Seriously several times a week.  I have thought about starting another blog for all the weird random photos I get.

These just came in a few minutes ago.  They look happy.  My favorites that came in though which I wish I kept were of someone's wall.  I am not sure what it all meant.  I usually just delete them, but maybe I need to CATALOGUE and start making up names and stories for them.  For example, Grandma Delilah on the end here just murdered her husband (poison).  Everyone is very happy because he was a bastard, but super wealthy and now they are all going to take a year long cruise on the QE2.  Cheers.

One thing I did wonder about is the fact that the three younger ladies seem to be wearing pearls.  Weird.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

workies



This is me: LADY IN THE OFFICE
So. Hello there, how are things with you?   I am officially in the realm of being a true and verified card-holding WORKING MAMA.  And good lord am I freaking exhausted.  But happy.  I really love working and I definitely missed it.  I feel more “myself” and like it was maybe the missing piece to moving to Armidale.  Of course, I have always been working on Georgie Love, but that doesn’t quite feel the same.  I get to talk to ADULTS and they TALK BACK TO ME and I am ENTRUSTED WITH TASKS. 

But good lord the MOTHERGUILT.  I am keeping a close watch on how the kids are coping with the change.  Ruby absolutely adores her Montessori Preschool and I have nothing to worry about there, she is thriving in Armidale – she loves school and her ballet and swimming classes.  She has a few close friends and is the happiest and most confident that I have seen her.  Lola being my gregarious baby is happy and settling in well at her daycare.  I am making a concerted effort that when I am with the girls that I am solely focused on them – I don’t spend much time CLEANING, or in my office or on my computer or phone, I try and plan things they will love, playing games at home, lots of time running around outside while the weather is still ok.  They are really responding to this positively, and it’s dawning on me that that quality time is far more important than the slightly distracted quantity time.  We all cherish it and love that special time together.  I think it’s making me a better parent.

But you see, I am a control freak.  I am one of those people who can’t relax while there are still things to be done.  This has been my biggest challenge, LETTING THINGS GO.  My kids are well fed, happy and healthy, it doesn’t matter if the couch is full of clean washing ready to be put away (it won’t be – the couch is in front of the fireplace where we have all naturally gravitated it’s a warm place in the morning), or if there are toys that are living in odd places and that the towels and sheets are overdue a wash.  Cleaning is no longer pre-emptive.  It’s a constant catch up, and I am trying to be ok with it. 

So there is a lot going on, and with the Rube’s preschool committee that I volunteer on, I quite seriously get barely a minute a day to myself, which is the tiring part.  I feel little stretched thin and the three week cold I have been enjoying is indicative of that.  Is this what you have to sacrifice as a working mama?


Other news
Kitty is continuing her killing campaign.  Clearly we were not appreciative enough  of the dead creatures in the house/on the doorstep as she has started leaving just delicately placed and neatly organised sweetmeats by the door.  Liver, pancreas, intestines.  Delicious.  It’s lovely that she is so appreciative of us all and her happier life with us, but I mean.  I can do without the death.  Meanwhile, it’s a good anatomy lesson for the 3.5 year old.

The goats are also on a kind of terror campaign also.  We have Shetland ponies who live next door and the goaties think that they are a part of the same herd, so they are constantly sneaking through the fence to hang out.  They got into the neighbour’s HOUSE the other day and ate all their houseplants and pooped everywhere.  Now if that was me, I would have gone FREAKING MENTAL, but they kind of laughed as they told us a number of days later.  RELAXED PEOPLE.  Hopefully it will rub off on ME.

Georgie is a happy, content older dog who is enjoying retirement!  He loves a wander around the property with kitty, chasing kangaroos and sleeps in front of the fireplace.

DrMr grew up with German Shepherds and loves them and somewhat naively I said that we could get one in the future.  Our ace electrician’s Shepherd has just had puppies and is giving us one.  Just what I need MORE BABY ANIMALS.  He is insisting on chickens next (we just need to work out how to manage kitty and chickens) and then miniature pigs.  I mean.  Sheesh.  WHERE WILL IT END.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Picmonkey

I have talked before about how awesome Picnik is (online photo editing software), and I was devastated to discover they had been bought by google and it was changing some and moving over there and the site was shutting down.  Boohiss.  I had a paid membership.

Some of the team members from picnik have however got together and made picmonkey.  And it's GREAT.  It's free to use now, but there are some advanced options that I probably will pay for when it goes official.  I had a play around with it.


This is a photo I took this morning to send to my bestie who lives in the US who doesn't believe I wear colour these days, let alone yellow.  Yellow is one of my fave colours.  We have had a broken tank pump and had no water to the house for 2 days so I felt FERAL (no showering and face washing mostly with baby wipes), was up ALL NIGHT with a teething nine month old and a nightmaring 3.5 year old, so you know, NOT FEELING SO CHEERY.  In a pretty shitty mood to be honest.  GOSH!  You wouldn't know it.


HEY SAL, HAVE YOU LOST WEIGHT, YOU LOOK FABULOUS!




YE OLDE WORLDE SAL


Oh LOOK, I AM SO FLIRTY, DIRTY AND FUN LOVING.

etc, etc since I am SICK OF LOOKING AT MYSELF.

I did these in about 2 minutes, but there about a zillion ways to edit and I am GLAD for it.  I know some people who were fans of picnik who might like to know about picmonkey.



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Miss Kitty BangBang



I think I have mentioned before that we adopted Kitty.  She was a rescue cat, pregnant and dumped in the Armidale river, but looking at her now, you wouldn't know it.  She is an extremely happy and chatty cat, loves to play and have cuddles and is super gentle with the kids (baby Lola is her favourite and she sits next to her all day, and purrs when Lola pulls her ears and pats roughly, she tries to sleep at Lola's feet in her cot, but we keep removing her both to Kitty and Lola's dismay).  ALSO I am allergic to cats and have been my whole life, they give me asthma, make me itch, sneeze, eyes water... friends with cars know I come to their houses HEAVILY DOSED, but I still often start sneezing.  HOWEVER I have had not ONE reaction to Kitty and I pat her all the time, push her off my pillow at night, now she has decided that since it is so very cold, she would like to sleep under the covers with us.    Even Georgie and Kitty adore each other, you can often see them taking walks together around the property, playing outside and sitting next to each other inside.  We often remark how well Kitty fits in with our family.  Like she was meant to be with us.  We love her.

She is also SUPER cheeky.
HOWEVER.  Kitty is a killer.

She has brought in as gifts for all of us 4 rabbits (which we remark at as they are often 2 times her size and she has to drag them in through a high dog flap that it is no mean feat), a very large handful of birds, a POSSUM and countless frogs, moths and spiders.  When DrMr was in Portugal for a conference a week or so ago I came home in the middle of the day and it literally looked like a pillow had exploded in one lounge, with a little mangled bird body in the other.  I was SO tired with solo 4:30am starts and 2 sick babies that I cried at the mess.

Ruby has been very curious about death lately and it has involved lots of conversations about who would help her make her bed if I died.  She thinks she can make her own dinner, but making her bed is the tricky job.  It has certainly been a reality check on what happens when you die.  It's quite simple in her mind, when you die YOU GET EATEN BY A CAT.

Things you should note: Kitty has a bell.  Kitty is kept inside at night.  I let the animals out at about 6:30am this morning to go to the toilet and about 20 minutes later I hear Ruby asking "what is Kitty eating?".  DrMr and I looked at each other with sinking hearts ready to justify why it is the other person's turn to clean it up.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

mkhkjgdx.

so sleepy.
Phew.  A lot is going on.  DrMr is away in Portugal on a conference for 8 DAYS AND NIGHTS. LIFE MUST GO ON.  SOMEHOW.  Ruby continues at school and acting out with Daddy away.  Lots of questions about who will make her bed and look after her IF I DIE.  Lola started daycare this week as an induction and my 3 day a week new job at the Uni starts NEXT week.  I accepted a position as Prez of Rubes' preschool committee a few weeks ago and I did not realise how much work it would actually involve.  Did you know?  I ALSO PRETEND TO RUN AN ONLINE BUSINESS.

I will revaluate this pool of self pity WHEN THE WINE RUNS OUT.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

News and offers and all that.

I have been a bit slack this week there is a lot going on life wise: baby with a cold, me with a cold, possible job interview, lots of work for Rube's preschool committee and all of that LIFE stuff.  I feel so busy and my head is so full and yet I am at home with a baby most of the time?  It's odd how the days move and change and fill with kids.


Also we decided to make it LEGIT a few weeks ago, but the ring finally arrived this week.  I think I have (almost) told everyone I should have, but the drmr and I are finally tying the knot.  In theory.  We have not decided any more details other than, LET'S DO IT.  And maybe elope, even though we have someone we love IN AUSTRALIA who we would like to marry us.  So we will see and maybe talk about the next step in another 6 years.


Also for this week our Georgie Love offer is FREE SHIPPING to all.  With the code LEGIT.  Because in the words of MC Hammer, I am too legit to quit y'all.  With lots of new things in store, it's an ace time to have a look.

(ps: I have wrinkly man hands)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Georgie Love's Deal O' The Week


GOOD MORNING.  I woke up at 6:30 this morning, a freaking sleeping in, so I AM FEELING JOLLY. As such, I spontaneously decided this morning that the Georgie Love DEAL OF THE WEEK would be 20% off HATS, SCARVES & BELTS.  

Why Sally that is a great offer, what do I need to MAKE IT HAPPEN.  Well my friend, thanks for asking, if you use the code SNUG it will happen FOR YOU.  LIKE MAGIC.

Now, let's have another cup of coffee and throw some ganache icing on this chocolate cake I made yesterday.  We are having someone over for DINNER.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stock



Pearl and Elspeth skirts now back in stock, including some cute, cute little ones for the littlest of ladies.



Ok, here is the truth.  I wake up at 5-5:30 every morning and I HATE IT.  I AM a morning person, but I don't consider that time as morning.  Lola wakes up at that time every morning and so she is up, I am up.  I bring her to bed for a feed and try and convince her that as it's still PITCH DARK it's SLEEP TIME, but she responds with some slaps and grabs to the face and kicks to the ribs (see image ref above, it's a magic snow angels / jazz hands combo).  My kids are subtle in their tactics.  DrMr, cognisant in the fact he will be lecturing in a few hours, grabs the spare doona and goes and gets a few more hours sleep on the couch.

I have tried putting her to sleep later which works a little, but she is usually so tired that she will fall asleep mid anything around 6-6:30pm, so beats me in that game anyway.

She fortunately WILL fall back asleep around 6:30am, where I manage to grab another 5 minutes sleep before Ruby comes in shouting I AM AWAKE AND I DO NOT WANT TO STAY IN BED AND WAIT FOR THE SUN TO COME UP (we have this ace grobag clock which has a simulated sunrise at 7am when Ruby is ALLOWED to get out of bed and come see us, but I put her back in her bed at least once.  Despite emphasising this point over 1000 times, it has not stuck).  Of course, shouting her morning greeting is enough to wake Lola up, who springs awake again mid grin like a jack-in-the-box.  My soul cries deep tired tears of sleep deprivation as I start the day as I will end it: HIGHLY CAFFEINATED.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

More photo stuff


PHOTOS - with the online obsession (self included) with apps like hipstamatic and instagram and the 1,000,000 more out there, I wanted to introduce you too a new super cute one.  La Photo Cabine.  Based on the old fashioned photo booth, it uses your computer's cam to take images.  You can edit them a wee bit before downloading, printing or sharing.  Yay!


(from one of my fave blogs which always has good stuff!)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Georgie Love's Deal O' The Week



As I have said before, I have a ton of vintage dresses that I need to somehow photograph and get online (a friend of mine had a great idea about asking to hire one from an op shop for a weekend, am getting on to that), so my DEAL OF THE WEEK this week to make way for the DRESSES THAT I HAVE BEEN PROMISING FOR ETERNITY (or at least since October last year), use the code VINTAGE for 20% off vintage pieces from 1950s (like pictured) and above.  Hooray!


Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A post not for the faint hearted.

I don't know why I am telling you this, but Ruby came home a long time ago from her old daycare with a new word we adopted.  They used to call that twin barrel of snot that little kids sneeze or let ooze out of their nose "bless yous".  And Ruby would say "Mama, I have a bless you, I need a tissue".  SO MUCH MORE CIVILISED than saying "Mummy, I have snot all over my face".  Bless yous.  My phrase of the day, in case you never knew what to call this magic phenomenon.

Lola was bested by a biscuit at the Armidale Show over the weekend.
The reason it is on my mind at the moment, is that Lola is in the midst of teething hell.  They have been threatening to come through FOR WEEKS, it started with a little cough which let us know (that and the chewing and whinging) that they were coming, and they STILL haven't popped through.  It's developed into a runny nose and bless you extravaganza, so surely those teeth are about to pop through ANY FREAKING MINUTE.

My poor little poppet.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Premature.

Feel the heat baby.
Hey SUMMER IS OVER, as odd of a summer it was, and now all this terrible FLOODING everywhere.  I saw on the news that 3/4s of NSW was at risk of being flooded or was flooded.  That some areas had received more rain in a DAY` than they had received in TEN YEARS.  It's odd because Armidale is supposed to have a lot of summer storms, but it's been quite dry and I have been waiting for the rain that the rest of the state has been having, but for the first time this summer really, it's been dry and warm.   Odd.  If you are reading this, I hope you are WARM and more importantly DRY and that everything and everyone you love is safe and happy.

Anyway, when we told people that we were moving to Armidale, EVERY response was "oh Armidale is beautiful, but be prepared, because it gets VERY COLD".  So I kind of have it in the back of my mind that we might all FREEZE TO DEATH, so I have been on a somewhat premature mission to buy all the warm clothes I can find to bundle us all up in.  There have been jumpers and snowboots and fleecy things suddenly appearing in the shops and I have been BUYING THEM ALL.  I have bought Ruby new gumboots, snowboots AND ugg boots.  Because I like overkill.


So as a result, I have been excited to see wintery things slowly coming on to Georgie Love too. I have some new things from Petrafanella and more to come (including warmer skirts from Pearl and Elspeth and new woolly fuzz from Zooblast too).  WINTER THINGS MAKE ME HAPPY.  I am going to buy one of these cowls/snoods from Petrafanella.  Pure wool, thick and snuggly, it's right up my alley and the colours are perfect.


Saturday, March 03, 2012

meow


We have a new member of the family.  Her name is KITTY.  It was originally TWINKLE, but Ruby changed her mind and is calling her KITTY instead.  I am more of a dog person than a cat person, but KITTY is rather lovely.  She was horrendously dumped with a belly full of kittens in the river, but she has had them, recovered well and is now home from the RSPCA with us.   She and Georgie are getting along surprisingly well, but he has mellowed out in his old age.  He has had a few sniffs as she wanders by and then they will lie together on the floor in the sun.  She is playful and chatty and gentle and loves pats.  She also is a bit of a hunter, which is good for the mouse partying in the pantry, but we will need to keep her inside at night for the frogs and birds and other wildlife.  She is nice, isn't she?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

GIVEAWAY WINNERS



Okie doke, it took me a while to count up the near 100 entries, but random.org tells me that the winner of my super big and happy-making giveaway is:

1.  FIRST PRIZE Jambo Chameleon from blogland


2. SECOND PRIZE Rachel C. from Idle Pines from twitter.

Congratulations Ladies!  Please send me your address ASAP so I can get some lovely things to you!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who took the time to enter and encouraged other people to do so too.  You are ace and I appreciate it.  I do love a giveaway, so stay tuned for more soon!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Giveaway last call


TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!   Winners drawn tonight or tomorrow morning, so SOON!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Georgie's Deal of the Week!

This is my happy face today, nothing is too difficult! 
HOLA!  It is MY AIM TODAY to get to the bottom of my washing basket.  BECAUSE I ROLL FRISKY.  And life is SO EXCITING here, it's non stop cleaning and tidying action.  As well as quite a bit of cranky yelling as it was ANOTHER 5:30am start today, which is better than the 4am start yesterday and it's not even the teething baby that keeps waking me, it's a rather obnoxious threenager.  Ggrrahhahhhjjjjjhdbclnbcldf!

ANYWAY, I hope YOUR day is far chirpier than mine, to make it a little bit niftier, use the coupon code GIMME10 to receive $10 off any order over $50 at Georgie Love.  Hurrah!


I am tempted by this gorgeous bunny girl print from nomuu!  Something very nice to brighten your wall!


Monday, February 27, 2012

Ho hum


I was just literally about to write about how incredulous I am that I NEVER EVER seem to get to the bottom of the washing pile and it is frustrating beyond belief, when I realised - Hey, while I am ALL FOR Keeping it REALZ here, that is just leaping over the line from REAL to SO BORING TEDIOUSLY CLOSE TO EVERYONE'S REAL LIFE THAT I NEED TO QUIT THAT NOW.


So instead, here are some photos of where we visited on the weekend  - Dangar Falls, which are maybe 20 minutes out of Armidale.  It was the biggest freaking waterfall I have ever seen, it was ah-may-zing.  I also discovered for the first time how scared of heights DrMr actually is.  He didn't squeal like a little girl, but he DID get very nauseas and cranky.

We DID make it to the top of the falls... I think.
It was a long way down 
And then up... I had an extra 9 kilos strapped to my front with Lola strapped to me the whole trip, but DrMr had to carry 14.5 up the slopes.  Who was worse off?

This is more our speed.  Well, level.
I have been hooking up some new knitwear and skirts and things coming online at Georgie Love in the next few weeks, which I am excited about.  With rumours of up to -15 at night in Armidale, I have been SLIGHTLY obsessed with squirrelling away warm clothes for the family.  I know summer is only JUST on the way out, but -15 DEGREES PEOPLE!  I actually bought cute and very warm snow jackets for the kiddies before we left, as well as scouring opshops for some lovely pure wool blankets and that was November last year.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nothing to see here folks.

note: this has nothing to do with the post.
So there is this guy I know, who was a friend of an ex of mine, but who is a friend on Facebook.  He is one of those guys who I like to call Chicken Little.  The sky is falling.  Who would call themselves a pragmatist (ok, which is odd and uncomfortable, because I call myself a pragmatist too), but is one of those negative people who finds something wrong with everything.  I commented in my Georgie Love account the other day that I had a shitty and tedious day of paying bills and talking to customer service people in banks and insurance companies.  And he said "are you sure you want to be saying this in Georgie Love" and I had a real WTF moment.   Why wouldn't I say that in Georgie Love? 

Nor this one, for fun I sometimes google "animals in clothes".  Look at his little jacket!
So, I am pretty much the same person all over the place.  I have never portrayed myself in that shiny-shiny everything has a rosy-vintage-hipstamatic glow about my life.  I want to be real and I want people who shop from Georgie Love to know that it is a real person behind it, who wakes up ridiculously (and resentfully) early, gets cross and yells sometimes (but I am working on that), has shitty days, can't cook very well and likes to look at life with a humorous slant.  I am a normal working mama, struggling to balance everything, but likes to laugh at the big and little things to help get through the day.

Hee!
I don't know why I am telling you all this, it just ANNOYED me.

Last one for good measure!  Look!  A CAT! EMBROIDERING A CAT!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Deal of the Week


Georgie Love's Deal of the WEEK.  20% OFF EARRINGS for the next week, with the code LOBELOVE 

YAY!

My Worker Friends



Stop what you are doing.  I want you to watch this video.  CITY FOLKS, I AM TALKING TO YOU.  When I first saw this when we moved here, I thought it was some really terrible Late Show / Fast Forward style comedy shop spoof.  It is not.  In Regional Australia, this palava comes on at around 7:20 TO TELL THE KIDS TO GO TO BED.  I am sorry, I tell my kids to go to bed at around 6-6:30 and then we crack open a bottle of wine and clink glasses that the kids are finally quiet and in bed and our time is finally our own for the first time since 5:30am that day.  

Channel 10 isn't the only one, but it's the one we see the most.  NBN has BIG DOG.



And Channel 7 Prime has the Prime Possum, which I have never seen, because I never see, we never seem to watch channel 7.



I am pretty sure if I was sitting around with MY worker friends and I started singing this song and acting like this, they would hit me in the face.  Is it just me, or is it kind of ridiculous????  (CLARIFICATION:  Not KIND of ridiculous, but completely ridiculous and insane.)

(ps: Lovely, lovely people. Thanks for all the ace advice and supportive words on my last THINKY post.  They genuinely did help  I think what is "troubling" me is that since we moved, my main and sole identity here is being Mama, which is lovely, but at the same time kind of one dimensional.  I like existing in more 4 dimensional terms.  I know, slowly and surely.  Today I got asked to be on the board for Rube's preschool which I said yes to, COMMUNITY STUFF, yes Sally, GET INVOLVED.)



Monday, February 20, 2012

In figuring stuff out

moodychops
A number of times in my life I have packed up and moved somewhere new.  When I was 21 and in a particularly unhappy period in my life, I sold off nearly everything I owned, packed up my little banana yellow mitsubishi colt and drove by myself to Sydney.  And lived there for three years until a series of unfortunate events (house break ins, mugging, car stolen all within 36 hours) led me to returning to Melbourne with my tail between my legs.  Sydney was a FUN time, but a hard time and I have only returned once since.  It's not a place I miss at all.

When I was 26 or so, in the middle of a particularly unsatisfactory relationship, I packed up everything and moved to the UK for a couple of years, until I found myself in a even worse relationship.  Which is another story (I am a tres glam international divorcee lady of mystery).

SO. I am used to new places.  I am good at making friends, which is odd because as I bang on about here ALL THE TIME, I am QUITE shy and definitely VERY socially awkward.  I am good at occupying myself and moving beyond isolation or loneliness.  I am good at finding my way around, where the good coffee is and the best place to buy cheese.
That tin shed in the distance is our house
So late last year we moved from Melbourne to Armidale (well, about 10kms out), I have moved from big cities to big cities.  I have never lived in a small country town before.  And it's HARD.  I have friends who will read this and think that means I regret our decision to move, or that I want to move back, or that I  have changed my mind.  I haven't - this is absolutely the right decision for us as a family.  We LOVE our house and being able to afford to buy a massive place on 7 acres - we were looking around buying in Melbourne and getting very despondent before we left.  We love the fresh air, animals and friendly people and natural beauty and great selection of schools.  That Armidale literally only has two sets of traffic lights in the whole town.  THEY ARE LANDMARKS.  The daily storms and cool nights.  That's not to say that I am not homesick and missing my friends and the familiar and a decent selection of shops (I never realised before how much I shamefully enjoy SHOPPING MALLS.  Lordy)

I have been trying to work out where I fit here and I think part of my displaced feelings are because I miss having a bread and butter day job.  I liked my 3-day-a-week job in Melbourne and miss the certainty of having that to return to.  I don't think I was built to be a full time stay at home mum.  Even now, I volunteer at Ruby's preschool in their office half a day a week to help out and don't get me wrong at all, I LOVE being a parent and ADORE my babies, but I like being Sally and not MUUUUUUUUM sometimes too.  I think I am having trouble finding my place and who I am here - or who I am going to be.  It's a sticky transition.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Ugh this kid falls fast asleep every time we are in the car, even if she just woke from a nap, 10 minutes later ZZZZZ.  She is a mixed bag sleeper.  She has slept through twice recently GIVING ME HOPE THAT GOOD SLEEP IS AGAIN PREDICTED IN MY FUTURE, but then like last night, she wakes every hour on the hour and decides 5:30am is the right time TO GET UP AND PARTAY.

UNLESS I am getting up at 5:30am because we are catching a 7:00am flight to some fabulous tropical island locale for a holiday, I DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT, IT IS UNHOLY.

Cranky and bleary eyed.

SALLY

(ps: but I just can't resist that dumpling belly, so all is forgiven, even though she is now asleep and I am awake and EMBRACING THE DAY.  Are you free today?  Will you drive around in the sunshine and let me nap in the back?  k thx bye)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shoppy Tips

Could this be Australia's tiniest Centro?
I am a bit of an online shopper as you can imagine.  This has come in VERY handy since we moved to country NSW as while there are 3 shopping malls, the best of shopping here is Big W, Target or if you are feeling frisky, Noni B and Jay Jays.  There is not a lot.  I always bought a lot (most things) online before we moved anyway because I love the convenience, I find much more interesting and fun pieces online, plus it is freaking cheaper, even if you include shipping,

I think I do struggle to find a balance between shopping and supporting local makers (which I definitely try and do with handmade as a first option obviously, buying fruit and veg from our local farmer's market, and free range meat from the local butcher), but for other things, I want to find the best value.  I know I have harped on about this before, I DO think we are hideously overcharged in Australia, our market is smaller and we have been locked out from importing for ourselves products that are better priced and will be shipped to us.  For example last year I bought a Bobbi Brown eye palette which was $120 in Australia.  I bought it for $60 from the US (I do have a lovely friend who ships things for me, I could possibly hook you up too!).  I find it offensive.  If you look at this Australian Bobbi Brown site and this almost exact same page on the US site, all the products in Australian dollars are double.  Why would I pay that?  WHY????  I WANT to support small and independent stores and WILL where I can, but I want a fair and equitable price too.

Most days I will wear an outfit where everything I am wearing (including underwear and shoes) were bought online, the only thing I bought from a shop would be my socks.  I am online shopping SAVVY.  I have had things occasionally arrive slowly, in 10+ years of shopping online (seriously) have had fewer than 5 things go missing, and what has was always replaced.

I often visit this page for free worldwide shipping websites (note: not ALL sites are free all the time, some are oft occasional promotions) and this one for international sites that ship to Australia, which even WITH post is hugely cheaper.


I have thought A LOT about making shipping free on Georgie Love as an ongoing thing, but I am such a teeny business that I can't afford it yet, but it is one of my eventual goals.  However to practice what I preach, use the coupon BLOGGY for FREE SHIPPING on anything for YOU till the end of FEB which I think is FEB 29 this year!




Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BOX OF WIN - GIVEYAY!

I love a giveaway.  It's just me and my good-customer-service-but-terrible-business-acumen way of running Georgie Love.  LOVE looking after people and making them happy, surprises, extras all happy-happy goodness.  I haven't done one in AGES.  I have spent a lot of time in 2011 and earlier this year looking after my family and a new baby, which is super important of course, but it also meant that I put Georgie Love on the backburner and now I need to spend some time and energy building it back up.

Last year I acquired about 45 amazing handmade vintage dresses for Georgie Love (story to follow) which have been sitting here with me since October last year and it is my MISSION over the next few weeks to start putting them online.  It's going to be tricky since I DON'T have any kind of model to show them off at their best, so I need to figure how to shoot them flat on a board and at their best.  I am working on it.

Anyway, it's a New Year, it's VALENTINE'S DAY and I am getting a bit of time back to myself as a parent and small business owner so to celebrate, yep this IS OUR BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER.


See!  Look at all that goodness smooshed up in that one photo.  Can I explain what the WINNER will get.


PIP LINCOLNE!  Australian craft icon and all-around-lovely dollface of a Melbourne lady has written a number of brilliant crafty inspiration how-to books and you can win TWO.  Both are gorgeous, brand new and ready to inspire you on YOUR OWN crafty journey.  Because I love that and believe in Pip and her super ace work in encouraging and inspiring others.


TO HELP YOU CREATE, a small selection of vintage fabrics and teatowels to help you make.  There might be more than this in your BOX OF WIN.


CUTE! This is an as-new vintage dutch apron is just SUPER CUTE and I have been holding on to it for far too long and I think it needs to find a super-happy new home.


SHOP, OH lookie here, it's just a $50 Georgie Love voucher to buy something nice for yourself.  




VINTAGE PICTURE BOOK BROOCHES because I MADE THESE MYSELF.


GEORGIE LOVE cute earrings, brooch and hair clips.


SHOES! VINTAGE! YELLOW! About a size 8 chosen specifically to go with:


DELIGHTFUL VINTAGE DRESS.  GOOD LORD do I wish that I managed to find someone to model this, as my photos of it are JUST SHIT.  This is one of my faves from the batch of dresses I have and one of the few store bought vintage dresses in my collection.  It has however been completely refashioned by the dressmaker previous owner.  This dress is a vintage size 12, but is actually quite generous, it can be belted for a smaller lady for a glorious swishy-swishy look to it, or belted for a fuller figure (to a 14 or maybe even 16?)  It is a dress and size that could fit and suit a lot of different sizes and shapes, so that is why I included this particular one.

 




It's adorable, take my word for it.  The original light polyblend was white and navy striped shift with tiny navy spots, but the previous (dressmaker) owner added (VIA HANDSTITCHING MIND YOU) navy polkadot sleeves, neckline and button sleeve feature, and can I just point out ALL THE PERFECT PLEATS WHICH ARE COMPLETELY HANDSTICHED.  It was a dull dress that had a magnificent make over.  I am disappointed my pics are so shitty, as it is AWESOME.  So find a cute belt, put on the yellow heels and note that Georgie Love now has your cutest spring outfit SORTED.

Clearly though, I need to sort out my dress photography OR a model before I get cracking on these dresses.


Oh wait there is a RUNNER UP GIVEAWAY!  A copy of Pip's second book Sew La Tea Do AND A $30 GEORGIE LOVE VOUCHER.

Ok, here is the important HOW TO ENTER INFORMATION:
Blog (to clarify in YOUR BLOG!), Tweet, Facebook link to what you would buy from Georgie Love with the $50 voucher (or put it towards).  Put the blog entry link here, If twitter, use #georgielove as a hashtag, or make sure I can count the facebook link, by friending Georgie Love)

1 entry per media format (eg: Facebook, Twitter and Blog) allowed

Only Australian Residents are eligible for main giveaway.  International entries welcome for second prize

Winner will be drawn on 29 Feb through a number randomiser.

If I have missed something ASK ME.

Good luck, I hope YOU are a winner!