Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spring Break.

Last week l drove interstate to spend some time with my daughter for her Birthday. l love to get over to see her since she makes me so welcome and plans all these things for us to do.....we had dinner at a riverside restaurant, lunch at a Boho Bar...we went wood choppin', whip crackin' crazy at the Adelaide show (ok maybe that was just me:-) We also trawled markets, museums, galleries and shopping centres all in the space of a few days. Whew!!!! Now l need a holiday to get over my holiday:-) 
l'm sure it wasn't a good look as l hung precariously off the ladder to reach the high branches of the neighbour's blossom trees that (sort of ;- ) hang over our fence....the silly things l do to make pretty pictures..haha. The weather was against me as the wind had knocked a lot of the blossom from the branches, but hey...l got my pics:-)
l hardly ever take photos in the lounge room as l'm so over the carpet and our couches are dark burgundy. l'd change them for white slipcovered ones in a heartbeat, but when your hubby's a tradie it's just not a practical option....l know they can be washed but seriously who wants to do that every few weeks...especially during Winter, so for now we'll just stick with the wipeable leather. l guess it's easy enough to throw over a quilt if l want to lighten up the space.


While l was away l kept a keen eye out for pretties for my stall at the Mill and was lucky enough to find a few. l also found these gorgeous earrings to add to my ever expanding collection of  vintage enamel jewellery.
Sweet little ballerina print and Madonna with child print.... hand painted Florentine tray.
Here the blossoms take centre stage. 
Two pics above are from  Rachel Ashwell. 
Hope you all enjoy a wonderful and uplifting weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Spring At Last.

Spring's sheer bliss to see the world coming alive again after Winter (when pretty much all you see is sticks:-) seems all of nature is bursting and blooming just to impress humankind.

l couldn't wait to bring in fistfuls of flowers, dig out the floral prints, and open up some doors to let air and light in.

It'll be lovely to again pick flowers from the garden....mind you l'm well grateful to be able to buy them throughout the Winter months to add a bit of pretty to a room and lift everyone's spirits.

An explosion of colour.....pretty papery ranunculus.

The placemats were simply torn to size from a length of need to sew anything,  just keeping it simple:-)

The Old Curiosity Shop is open only one weekend a year in Spring and these photos were taken last year. Mosaic work on the house began in 1855 by James and Caroline Warwick. It took 40 years for the work to be completed and was first opened to the public in 1895.

The Warwicks' are the only owners to have ever lived in the house, it's heritage listed and doesn't exactly have too many modern conveniences, so the current owner built a home at the rear of the property where she continues working on the home and garden in her free time.

This is a section of the hand built stone front fence, James would pay the neighbourhood children money to bring him their broken dolls to inset into the cement. 

This is a photograph of the Warwicks outside their home in 1900..... State Library of Victoria.
What's so amazing is the range of things they mosaicked with..... broken ceramics, tiles, shells, marbles, mirrors and heaps more....they broke all the rules and it just looks fantastic. 
Hope you enjoy the weekend coming up and thanks so much for popping in here.

Til next time,