Thursday, May 30, 2013

Smokey the Bear

How cute is this ... it totally looks like he's acknowledging that he's a naughty bear who's been lighting fires in a national park.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nat Geo's 'Found'

Thanks to Frankie magazine I came across this lovely Tumblr 'Found' by National Geographic. As a child of the 80s I, like many other 80s' babies, spent many a night on the floor flicking through a National Geograpic - I actually wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up. 

One of my best childhood friends had a farm in the Daintree and her mum would 'drop us off' there for the weekend. We were only about 10 or 11 years old, these days someone would have called DOCS quick smart, but we had a box of Ryvita biscuits and some avos, so we were all good. At night we'd lie in the attic with a candle (I know, seriously!) and read the pile of potential fire fuel, I mean 70s Nat Geo mags. 

I loved the articles about digging stuff up and cool people who lived in far away places - often with missing teeth. Did you read these when you were a kid?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ladybird religious books, they write themselves

My favourite books to make in to cards must the old religious Ladybird Readers. Baby Jesus and The Child of the Temple are up there in the hilarity stakes. Combined with the more raunchy Mills and Boon novels these illustrations are hours of fun - and they're good sellers.

All the other Ladybird books are great too as they are so 1950s - women are cooking and cleaning and the guys are just out walking the dog, talking about cars.

We're like the Sex and the City girls, who do you think would be Samantha?
Joseph, when I said I wanted a pony, this is not what I meant.

This line is actually from the book and the page.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Kito and Pulika - book fair finds

I picked this cute little book up from the UQ Book Fair as I thought it was Finnish - the names look very Finnish as' pulla' (my grandpa's dog) is a type of sweet bread. Turns out it's written in English and is about a family travelling gypsies, it's very cute. 

I am gearing up for the Lifeline Bookfest in June, this time I will buy some nice books as 'keepers'. If we have little grommets I want to read them these beautiful old books - so many new books are just so boring and the illustrations are all done on a computer, ugh.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Totes on sale for post 550!

Woo hoo, 550 posts about silly things like my idiot dog and brooches - I totally rock the drivel blog scene. So two cool things are happening this week - the 550th post of course and I fly out to Germany for my first ever bridesmaid gig... rockin.

My little Etsy and Made It shops will be offline from 11 May until 22 May while I am away. Until I leave I have 25% off everything in both shops - that's awesome.

Click here for my Made It shop with almost 100 handmade items all on sale.

Click here for my Esty shop - just use 'Holidays' at the checkout for the 25% off.

Here are some of the last name tags I made for the wedding - as she (the bride) is an Aussie getting hitched in Germany I thought it would be nice to have a few Australian-themed tags. The first one is obviously not for an old German Oma. 

They're all bundled up in little envelopes sealed with washi tape - I seriously love washi tape.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

My little garden in pots

While we're renting I have to make do with a 'garden in pots' - all my pots are from the Tip Shop and at $5 a pop they're pretty good value. I buy my seeds on eBay, you can find so many cool variants by using 'heritage' or heirloom' in your search. 

I have some Thai Pink Egg Tomatoes sprouting alongside some Royal Black Chillies. There's not much 'gardening' per se. I just water them and pick herbs and veggies from the pot but it's nice to have a few fresh things to add to dinner - Sybil likes to supervise.

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