Saturday, April 24, 2010

feeling nervous

It's a week until Mathilda's Market and I'm feeling a bit nervous. Lots of things to make, price and pack. Yesterday and today I was making some playing card pictures. Some of them will be hard to part with... My favourite has to be the gorgeous Crazy Eights picture. I only had enough cards to make one but I just love it.

x Sarah

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

buckle brooches in stock

A bargain at only $25 for a lovely one-off piece. I will be listing these on bigcartel today. Contact me (sbarnettATbigpondDOTnetDOTau)for wholesale prices.
{Thanks Mr Neat for noticing that I had put the WRONG email address down. It is correct now. Sorry to anyone trying to get in touch!}

Happy Birthday Mr Neat!

I met Mr Neat about twenty years ago when I was still at school and he was at uni but we didn't really notice each other until a year or so later. We've been together since 1991 and married since 1995 and it's all gone by in a blink. He's super smart, super sporty, super hardworking, super fun and of course super neat.

I'd love to buy him a Featherstone chair or a David Moore photograph but finances prevailing it is a pile of books and some other goodies.

Thanks for being a legend and for putting up with little Miss Messy (that's me!) Happy Birthday Mr Neat!

Monday, April 19, 2010

a new market

There's a new market in town - the Billycart markets at Narrabeen. They are going to be held quarterly and I've decided to jump on board the cart and see how it goes. It's been organised by Melanie - another mother-of-three with an addiction to vintage  - and it looks like it's going to be lots of fun.

The first one is on June 26 from 9am-3pm and is being held at Lakes Parish Hall, 21 Lagoon Street, Narrabeen.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

holidays in the sun

This is my first ever visit to an internet cafe - although there's no coffee. In fact this aint no cafe it's a video rental store. But here I am, living on the edge.

I've been having a lazy holiday with the family soaking in sunshine, swimming, reading, eating... bliss but no internet access. Hence the internet-whatever-this-is.

Did I mention I was having a craft-free holiday. Strange but true. I've brought some knitting but I've hardly touched it. Too busy reading.

I was about to launch into Wolf Hall when Cath Rose thrust A S Byatt's new tome, The Children's Book into my hands. So far it's splendid. Cromwell will have to wait.

x Sarah

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

still tidying

Still tidying. Lots to do. Lots of distractions. And I just want to make some stuff... 

Here's just a tiny thing I did. After all Mothers' Day is coming.

x Sarah

Sunday, April 4, 2010

books books and more books

Well it's the school holidays and I'm taking a break from crafting. My study is so unbelievably messy that I can't actually make anything - there's not enough space. So one of my big holiday jobs is to tidy the hovel. And read read read.

The other day I suddenly realised how important books are to me and my family. One of the first questions OB2 (older brother #2) asks when we see each other is "What are you reading at the moment or what have you just finished?" And a long conversation about the text in question ensues. The usual gifts my family gives each other are ... books.

Isn't everyone like this?

These holidays I have two tomes to devour. I have to admit I've caught the Stieg Larsson bug and I've just started the third  book in the trilogy. After that, something a little more highbrow with Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

So what are you reading?

x Sarah

Saturday, April 3, 2010

mosman markets

It was somewhat soggy today at Mosman - I must invest in some plastic sheets to cover my stock. But I met some gorgeous fellow vintage-philes who were more than happy to talk old stuff with me. While I'd be fibbing if I said I didn't appreciate lots of sales, it's great conversations that I really love at the markets. Thanks everyone who popped in to say hello!
x Sarah

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Mr Neat will be home for Easter, so there will be some preparations required for his return. Miss 9 has instructed me - with the endorsement of Mr 6 and Mr 3 that a cake will be absolutely necessary. I'm thinking more about vacuuming, washing and dusting. Cake sounds more fun though.

It's been fabulous looking through Miss 9's old drawings. I found another that is just lovely. It's called "Easter" and it's fairly self explanatory. Although I wonder - is it an observer standing before the cross crying or is it Jesus?