Friday, August 27, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds

Well it's nearly Fathers' Day and one of my favourite things to give Mr Neat are cufflinks (attention grammar police!). In this regard he's much luckier than my poor Dad who was always given Computer Socks (they were designed on a computer so they would stay up!) or the ghastly smelling Brut 33 (aftershave).

I have some lovely cufflinks of my own (shameless plug) at madeit.com.au but let's have a look at what else is out there.









You can find the cufflinks here:

1. Britannia Patriotic Steampunk Cufflinks
2. Antique Cash Register Key Cuff Links
3. Star Wars R2-D2 Cufflinks
4. sterling silver connor cufflinks in vintage map custom location
5. Steampunk Cufflinks - Vintage Repurposed 15 Jewel Bulova Watch Movement Cufflinks
6. Monopoly Wooden Red Hotel Cufflinks

x Sarah

Thursday, August 26, 2010

five things...

Five things that made me smile this week

1. Mr 3 announcing he wants to be a "Rainy Man" when he grows up. A Rainy Man, in case you don't know, is a meteorologist - see rainy man is much easier to say. Especially when you're three.

2. Mr 6 keeping some food and liquid down after a day of vomiting (sorry to be gross but it was a cause for celebration - at least for me!).

3. Miss 9 coming home from school with a book on soccer for Mr 6. She bought it for him at the school's Book Fair with her own money.

4. Stripes. They always make me smile. Especially red and white stripes.

5. Mr Neat doing stacks of washing and folding while Miss 9 and I were at zumba. He's amazing!


Five things that made me go "grrrrrrrr" this week

1. Tissues in the washing.

2. Horror movies - I can't watch them but I don't even like that they're there. (How intolerant of me!)

3. Politicians who don't answer questions but who bang on with their five second audio grab in response to everything that is put to them.

4. Politicians.

5. Parents who drag their children across the road between cars when there is a perfectly good set of traffic lights with a crossing nearby. 

Five things that made me cry this week

1. The end of Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. Everytime. I discussed this constancy of tears with my s-i-l and we agreed it had nothing to do with Ewan McGregor but the thought of how many fathers / husbands / brothers / sons didn't come home from WWII and how that loss is so unbearable.

2. The end of The Children's Book. Well it ends with WWI and I can't think about WWI and the terrible loss of life without shedding a tear or seven. (Marvellous book, by the way, by the amazing AS Byatt.)

3. Physiological tears as I choked on a small clear plastic star that Mr 3 had slipped into my drink of water. Poor Miss 9 thought I was a goner. 

4. The world - such a tragic, violent, mixed up place. Twas ever thus but it doesn't make it any easier. I wonder if it is possible to be aware of all the evil/sadness/tragedy that happens, feel compassion and make a real contribution to fixing things while not being overcome by the magnitude of it all.

5. The human condition - well mine in particular. "For what I want to do I do not do and I do what I do not want to do." And the fact that number 4 is caused by number 5.    

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds

Ooooops - I forgot last week. That is just so typical. Anyway seeing I stuffed it up last week I thought this week I might show some of my favourite stuffed things. They're not quite toys or even dolls and they're made by very clever people.















If you want to have a go at making a softie or a stuffie or whatever you like to call them check out http://www.softiemaking.com/ There are loads of free patterns and suggestions.

If you want to buy something lovely like the things shown, check out these gorgeous places:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mummysam
http://www.etsy.com/shop/flyingstartoys
http://www.etsy.com/shop/contemori
http://www.revoluzzza.com/
http://www.herzensart.com/portfolio/en/start.html

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

new brooches online

New brooches listed online at www.madeit.com.au/twicedesigns The cool thing about these felt flowers is the finding / brooch pin on the back. It has a pin and a clip which means if you don't want to pierce your clothing / hat / scarf to wear it you don't have to! Just clip it. You can even clip it in your hair!








Tuesday, August 17, 2010

scarf sale on now!

Winter is nearly over and so I'm having a scarf sale to celebrate! Some scarves are $20 off! Women's scarves are reduced to $30 and girls' scarves are reduced to $20.

Here are some examples:





Visit www.madeitcom.au/twicedesigns to pick up a bargain!

things I learned this weekend

1. It is possible to give yourself a nasty burn from a tomato and cheese toastie.

2. If you are videoing your child's soccer match they will score a goal precisely at the moment you

 a. get distracted by something
 b. run out of batteries
 c. turn off the camera

3. Don't try and stack/unpack the dishwasher or load a frontloading washing machine while wearing a long scarf. It will end in disaster.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

this weekend

This weekend I'll be at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church for their Epiphanies Exhibition. I've just finished setting up and have mentally spent a few thousand dollars on various artworks and crafty goodies. Come along and visit. I have scarves reduced to $35 and greeting cards reduced to $2 - that's less than wholesale!

Opening Night: Friday August 13 7pm-10pm ($20 admission)
Saturday August 14: 9am-5pm
Sunday August 15: 10am - 4pm

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

new cufflinks in funky vintage lucite

I just love lucite. It's a plastic that was used mainly in the 1960s and 1970s and was invented to look a bit like glass but have a more flexible application due to its lovely lightness. Lucite cabochons make fabulous cufflinks - if I do say so myself.







Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

new scarves on madeit.com.au

Some new scarves to be listed on www.madeit.com.au/twicedesigns - that is if my computer stops crashing long enough for me to upload them!