Monday, September 28, 2009


It's just another half arsed filler.
If you have not been to Big Huge Labs it is great fun!
I love our little reproduced mini Kewpie dolls, one day I would love to take lots of photos of these extra cute little guys!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good Game

I am not really a Huge fan of Ausie rules but it was imposible not to get caught up in the day! It was an 'exciting' grand final too!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Distinguished Banana Man

Distinguished Banana Man
Originally uploaded by Miss Retro Modern

While I am hanging out here with 'Miss Retro Modern', recovering from a hissy fit... I thought I would post
another photo from her fantastic photo stream. Definitely a good rainy day activity, I am now set to make some veggie people with the help of my kids!!
There is a whole heap of these fruit and veggie people over there, very amusing!!
Pretty cute and edible!

Fig.173 Hysterics

Fig.173 Hysterics
Originally uploaded by Miss Retro Modern

I have got a couple of flickr (free accounts) and a couple of different email addresses, a Blog, a Gmail? a DISQUS and Google account… probably more stuff that I don't even know about! ! ! !! AND WHY does my flickr photo display on the side bar (I am guessing the lingo here) not work anymore? Aaauughhhh!
I think I am going to have a Tantrum! As long as it all works ok,
I guess its all good but it seems so complicated.
P.S. Why can't they all work together and everything link up as one!! Thats the hippy in me talking now.
P.P.S. Miss Retro Modern is a fun place to hang out! X

Inspiration mosaic

I have finally, I hope, worked out how to link to other blogs and great sites "neatly"! I've felt like a BIT of a DER BRAIN
(a huge one really) but NOW I can feel like... less of one? YAY! NEAT LINKS!
This has been on my long list of things to do for a long time, it would make a lovely present!!
Fabric doll house tutorial
Here are some favorites, including one of the little Fabric Dolls House. I am thinking a button tree on the exterior of my fabric house would be perfect and maybe a peg doll??

1. deciduous quilt, 2. Untitled, 3. Clothespin Doll Ornaments, 4. Fabric dollhouse

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ahhhh, ALMOST no timetable!!! Don't you love it...
It's Geoffrey's birthday today, the big 40, so here is an old a photo of Geoff and his 1st beloved cat, Caesar.

Geoffrey (17yrs old) and Caesar

We are leaving the big celebration until later in the week when we head out to a local brewery to sample some nice new beer and then dinner with some good friends. Also, asap, we are heading down the mornington peninsula for a much needed break. Fingers crossed!

Good book and good beer
I have just started "The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work" - Alian de Botton. I don't want stop reading, I wish it had bigger print though. I love his books and his tv work. A review is here

I made my first pavlova in years today... who hoo! It's collapsing with the weight of cream and fruit on top but we are looking forward to eating it anyway.
Pavlova and fruit
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Reproduction Antique French Playing cards

Visually stunning cards

These are really wonderful to look at, they are replica antique French Playing cards. I was given these by an old friend, Jann, when I started picture framing.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Jewelry Board

My daughter Maeve has a collection of 'georgous' dress up jewlery that she has collected from various op shops around the traps. But her lovely little Jewelry box was becoming way too small for all these 'chunky numbers' and was spilling out, leaving a tangled mess of jewels. So after seeing my friend's Cathie's brilliant earing board, I deciced to made this 'Jewlery board' for Maeve.
I used a cheap canvas from the bargain shop and glued on various fabric scraps and ribbon. Then I stappled a layer of Tulle over the top, this gives you something to hook earrings and neck laces onto. It was quick and easy to make, it looks great hanging on the wall, its functional and a real space saver too.

Jewlery board

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

For Drew

For Drew

I hope this photo is semi decent, I really must take photos of my work more.. I have made over 50 of these for presents and after so many birds you would think I would learn to be better organised... wouldn't you! I would like to sell these some day....... with better photos ...

Fun and Games

Going fishing

We have made it through this winter relatively intact this year, touch wood, managing to avoid the plethora of colds we were unlucky enough to collect all of last winter.
These last few weeks however have been really very cruddy!
Everyone here has been unwell, the kids have been stuck inside a lot and are reacting like lightning before the storm warning. (Even the ‘adults’ in this house have been just a weenie bit testy too) not very much fun!
I have been trying to get some home work done for my new sewing class but was too brain drained to concentrate and I think I might have sewn a sleeve on somewhere strange.
Thankfully I remembered a great post I read recently for an inspiring project found at M* “anyone for Fishing” (follow my awkward link here)
So I decided to make our own fishing game. This was really good fun to make and although it was all about relieving the kids boredom, it became good therapy for me.
I really enjoyed the crafting while juggling my sick kids and husband (not literally) and I made my sea creatures.
Thanks very much Melanie for the inspiration and the encouragement! (good idea for your book one day Mel!)
P.S. Maeve (nearly 7) loves make believe games and has already had a lovely time playing with them…. Alas, Fiann (our lovely sick and cranky 3 year old son) had started using the fishing rod as a weapon within the first 4 minutes!! Hmmm. Sick kids are not the most rational. I’m sure we will all be well again soon!
Chele x

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mosaic of Favorites

1. Robert Mark Allen, 2. august_bunny02, 3. Untitled, 4. "Deer" Bear, 5. what's out there?, 6. Untitled, 7. Untitled, 8. Moot gardens balustrade, 9. Granny day 64, 10. granny, 11. Gingham Baby Blanket - Edge, 12. Fab Exhibition launch, 13. Funky flares, 14. Rainbow ruffle Patchwork Dress, 15. vintage enamel flower pins brooches., 16. bird, 17. Untitled, 18. Granny A Day 1-20, 19. Untitled, 20. Untitled, 21. cooking, 22. Lady bugs freaked him out, 23. fawn4, 24. Samuel Bear's Big Day, 25. Vinyl Bunny Dolls

P.S. I especially like 3. the hauntingly beautiful doll by no 3. , the really cute photo by no 16. and I So would like one of these beautiful little broaches made by no 17 +20. Lovely images. Links shared like a real non pro!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I Love my new necklace

I hope i do not break it!


Now my favorite necklace.
Found at

Ta Da

Well I am Amazed, I worked out how to post Bigger photos on my blog!!!!!
A BIG Thank you to Geninne’s Art Blog for posting the link for making photos bigger. Now I just need to work out how to make links to great blogs like this LOOK less awkward!?

Our easter hats

This is an old favorite photo of Maeve and Fiann with their Maya Made newspaper hats decorated with herbs and flowers.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Stencil Graffiti Fitzroy

One day I want to dedicate a whole day to just wandering around Melbourne checking out the great street art. There are some wonderful images around, this one was in the back streets of Fitzroy on the way to the Veggie Bar for lunch. Mmm Veggie Bar lunch... Koftas....
I could happily live with this on my wall.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wizard of Oz puppets!

The Wizzard of Oz, thanks to 'the small object'

I found these cute ‘dress up doll’ years ago and had forgotten where they came from? You can print them out for free and either color in or dress up in bits of this and that. We have had hours of crafting fun with these. They have been used for Gift cards, Christmas cards and for home Puppet shows. I was sure they were Sarah’s work from “The Small Object” but I could not find them anywhere? I was a little worried that maybe I had used something I should not have. Aghh. What a terrible feeling!
After contacting Sarah I am most relieved to say, yes they were hers and they are a free printable found on Loobylu (and Phil’s) other great blog Kiddley, years previous.
Link here
If you would like to look at more of her lovely little people head over to

Just in case you have not met Loobylu, you must go to
P.S. Untidy looking links, sorry everyone but have 'No idea' how to do something slicker yet!