Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Splayds - Remember these

Popped in to our local op-shop yesterday and found some great bargains. Still in its original box were a set of 70's ? vintage buffet forks, (Westminster brand). We have another brand of these at home, and use them all the time, so some more will come in handy. Splayds is the name of the original buffet fork and is what most people call them.

And......I also found this lovely italian glass water jug.
I'm sure it will see a lot of use this summer. I can just picture it filled with lots of ice, water and sliced limes, or perhaps some Sangria?......

Cheerio for now
Sandi x
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Shortbread Stars

It's that time of year again..........

Christmas get togethers and parties.......

Rich & buttery
 melt in your mouth......

I like to give friends some shortbread stars as a thankyou
 for their friendship throughout the year.

Packaged in cellophane bags, tied with a ribbon and miniature christmas decoration.

Of course I do have to try one or two.......(for quality control purposes....  :)
mmmm...... I may have to bake more.

Sandi x
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Cute Coin Purse


I saw this kit to make a Japanese Coin Purse at the Indigo Niche stand, at the recent Quilt & Craft Expo.  (Southbank, Brisbane.)
It was so easy to make.
 I will definitely make more of these, I just have to order the special clasp set.

It has a magnetic closure and a slide clasp.
Just a bit different.

I sent the purse to my sister for her birthday.
I hope she likes it....

Sandi x
***Edit*** These clasps are really hard to find.....luckily I saw some at a recent quilt fair.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Meet the latest additions to our household, a trio of Rhode Island Red chooks,
Ginger, Marmalade and Lacey.

Quite recently I had arrived home one afternoon to find Cricket (border collie pup) and four of the  neighbors chooks in our front yard...........(unharmed and quite happily pecking around).
Other days, when I couldn't find Cricket at home, she would be next door (another neighbor) watching their chooks. 
......So now she has her own chooks to look after (and it gives her something to do when we are not home). 

She is doing a very good job.

Sandi x
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Show Off!

I have had this little non-descript cactus for about 2 years I guess now. It has grown quite a bit since it was a cutting.
It was given to me by a lovely chinese lady. She has an import business in Brisbane. I was admiring her collection of pot plants she displays amongst the pots for sale in the garden section outside. I commented on how pretty they looked, and she gave me some cuttings, how nice!
The cactus didn't have any flowers on it at the time, so I didn't know what to expect.

A few months ago, the little cactus developed some red buds, which slowly got bigger and bigger........
every day, I checked the ever growing buds.......

until one day.......

'It's out, the flower is out at last'!I was excited!  I just had to show Mr Roo.
 The most spectacular red flower was finally revealed.
It is an orchid cactus or Epiphyllum.


One of Mother Nature's masterpieces!
When it grows bigger, I will be able to share it too.......

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vintage Van Loveliness

Imagine my surprise this morning happening upon a photo shoot,
just up the road.......

Meet Lisa
and 'Vicky' (the very pink vintage van).
They are going to appear in  New Zealand Life & Leisure Magazine.(January issue)
How exciting!!


Lisa was kind enough to let me have a wander through......

Am loving that tea cosy!

I'm glad I stopped by.
What a pleasure to meet Lisa and 'Vicky'.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spring is Here

You know that spring is here when the wisteria is in bloom. (Pictured above). This vigorous vine just about covers the entire pergola with it's fragrant clusters of purple flowers. 

Glowing in the afternoon sunlight is an abutilon (chinese hat) flower.

Dangling from a fork of a tree, I found an orchid I had planted long ago.....and now it is flowering, what a lovely surprise!

And lastly, a rhondaleisha shrub in bloom, with it's pretty scented pink flowers.

I love this time of year in the garden,
lots of pretty flowers
and lovely fragrance in the air.......

Sandi x
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Father's Day

Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day today.
Pictured here is a much younger me with my dad.
I popped in for a visit and shared a cuppa with mum and dad this afternoon.
You can always find dad tinkering in his shed down the back.

Sandi x

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vintage bits

I thought I'd show you a few vintage things today. I love this beautifully illustrated label from a packet of red binding.

And from my collection of cottons are these ones on wooden spools. The names of the colours are so imaginative.

Do you collect vintage sewing things too?
Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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