Friday, October 26, 2012

Something Crooked

Once again joining Deb from Ramblings of a Square Peg in a Round Hole  for the weekly scavenger hunt.  Something Crooked and I already spring to mind an amazing tree we spotted while travelling around Tasmania last year.  I know I have used the photo before but I never tire of it.  I love Tasmania so much we are now planning a camping trip around Tasmania for about a month late next year. 

This is one of the easter biscuits we decorated.  Unfortunatley my drawing of straight lines are not the best.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Weekend of camping and memories.

Last Saturday saw us heading out to Rathdowney for camping.  It was great to visit down that way.  I hadn't been back to Beaudesert since we moved from there 12 years ago.  I really forgot how hot it gets and last weekend was certainly a hot one.  I could not believe the changes within the 12 years and the progress.   We bought the family home many years ago  that my husbands grandparents lived in.  This home was amazing.  The gardens in their glory days had won many garden shows.  So many memories.  But progress happens and was told by the local lady at the newsagent that  in 6 weeks time it would be gone for redevelopment.   The house looked so sad and I needed to take one more photo. 

I also  forgot how beautiful this time of the year is and all the Jacarandas through the streets were out in bloom.  Beaudesert had certainly grown up now.  Loads of new shops, more traffic lights, more people and houses but if you get in those back streets it still has that country feeling.

The old family home

After stopping off in town we headed off out the back to our destination.  The dry conditions of late was certainly showing on the journey.  No rain for awhile means very high fire danger by christmas.

We finally arrived at our destination.  Set up camp.  Enjoyed the weekend even though it was so hot during the day and freezing at 3 am in the morning.  Rathdowney certainly bought back some memories for us.  We even managed to have a visit at 2.47am from one of the resident possums who managed to get in the outside room.  It wasn't pegged down completely as we were only staying one night.  Next time we will take the time to do it.  Bill managed to get him out.  All in all it was a fabulous weekend and can't wait to head out again soon.





Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scavenger Hunt- Whats in your 3rd drawer.

Yes its that time of the week to join Deb for the weekly scavenger hunt.  This week is whats in your 3rd drawer.

I chose the 3rd drawer in the kitchen which houses a couple of aprons, birthday candles, dishcloths,and the plastic and foil wrap.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Scavenger Hunt- A book I would recommend.

Again this week I am joining in with Deb in her weekly scavenger hunt.  This week it is a book I would recommend.  I have so many but narrowed it down to one of my favourite recipe book that I truly would miss.  If you have ever watched the Gourmet Farmer with Matthew Evans then you really need to check out his books.  I have a couple of his plus his DVD's but this is the book that tells me everything I need to know about fresh food, homemade goodness.  This was a christmas gift from my daughter Sarah last year.  The Real Food Companion.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Fantastic morning spent learning how to wet felt.  I had only attempted felting soap some years ago and failed miserably but armed with my sushi mat, squeeze bottle and towels Sarah and I headed over to Imogens Art Space for a workshops on basic felting. 
This workshop was organised by the Brisbane Brown Owls which I am a member of.  I was so happy it was on a weekend plus a weekend I had vacant.  The workshop was run by Sandrine.  I had only really ever heard of needle felting so this was something new. 

I am so glad I went.  I created a beautiful piece of felted material which is now at home in a frame.  I also added some beautiful bridal beading material that I picked up at Reserve Garbage a few weeks ago.

So happy with the results I am now trying out the soap felting again.  So next market you will see some felted soaps to my stall.

I hope everyone else has had a wonderful weekend.  Like normal it went way to quick.

Keep creating people!

Sue x

The Boys new Toy

Last weekend we purchased a used Camper Trailer in excellent condition.  Today since the weather again was beautiful the boy's decided to set it up before we head to Rathdowney next weekend for camping.

Lucy supervised the boys.

Bill testing it out. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Upcycled Jars

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of some jars that I had painted.  I keep all my jars after we have used them because they can always be reused.  My son loves eating Mighty Mite very simular to Vegemite so I have had so many jars in the cupboard.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been  making a candlelabra out of these jars.  I am quite happy with the finished result.  The piece of wood looks amazing.  Since it is buy nothing new October I didn't go out and by a wood stain from the hardware.  Instead I used Rosehip tea and Red Clay and painted it on the wood a few times.  After I got the desired look I wanted I added a clear lacquer which I had in the cupboard.  Anyway see for yourself.  This will look amazing over the table outside and will definitely be a talking point.

Do you recycle/upcycle things as well.  I love turning things into masterpieces.  I now have a box of old records at home.  I know how to make bowls from them and have recently turned the record covers into little boxes but I am going to try making a handbag over the coming weeks.  Stay tuned.

Let me know your ideas.  Have a great week everyone.  BTW haven't blogged about my diet last week but did lose just over a kilo.
Sue x