Showing posts with label sewing don't love me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing don't love me. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Mollymook Bliss 2016

I've been having a little holiday with the Sonofaguns.

red haired amazona

A much needed trip away to stay with my parents at Mollymook on the NSW South Coast.

The poor Bear had to stay home as he had to work, so I traveled up in convoy with mum and dad, who had been down in Melbourne for Xmas.

It's just beautiful here.  

My favourite view as I arrive is this.

red haired amazona

When I glimpse the view of the beach and the waves I feel like I'm actually AWAY.

Sadly the weather wasn't very obliging for the first 4 days.  It rained every single bloody day! For the first 4 days, I hadn't had the chance to touch toe to sand because RAIN.

Thursday was the first day that there was a bit of sun and blue sky. After a drizzly morning, the skies cleared so I could take the Sonofaguns, the Mothership and my Furbrother Koko to the beach.

The Mothership and Fatherdoms garden is quite lovely.


Lots of beautiful tropicalish flowers and greenery. 


A King Parrot rests briefly after decimating the Fatherdoms tomatoes.





ulladulla

With passionfruit as big as lemons!


And little interesting creatures and sculptures.


Sunny Jim spends his days sheltered under the verandah tweeting and singing to all the local parrots.


Whenever I travel anywhere new, I'm always on the look out for local yarn shops. I google, ask locals etc because the small shops usually have interesting yarny finds.  Sadly there doesn't seem to be any of those around here, so when we drove up to Nowra on Wednesday, I satisfied my Yarnoholic tendencies by popping into Spotlight.  

I only picked up 2 balls of acrylics (because I don't think I have these specific shades of yellow and red ;)  ) but also splurged on a few metres of lovely japanese kimono style fabric.  
kimono fabric

So here's my thinking with that:

Before going to Spotlight, I found this pretty blue greeny floral maxi dress in a shop. It cost dollars. Just enough to make me think "Do I need this? No. Is it cheap? Not really. Do I look Not Fattish in this? Sort of."  
So I pulled the Mothership into the shop with me. She also agreed I looked not too fatish in the dress.
And before I had firmly decided NOT to buy it, I bought it.

Then I went to Spotlight because I also decided that even though me and sewing don't love each other and I'm moderately shit at it, that I can absolutely replicate this blue greeny floral maxi dress because the Bear bought me a whizz bang sewing machine for Xmas which can do everything all by itself and sew ALL OF THE THINGS. 
And that's what the lovely japanese fabric is for.

Because I suffer DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR. 

I will easily replicate the blue greeny floral maxi pretty dress to make another with the japanese fabric, even though I am totally shithouse at sewing and have 5% sewing skillz.  

After buying 3 metres of the fabric for a dress, getting home and having a cup of coffee to think about the making of the dress, I started to think the fabric would make very nice cushion covers. With Crochet edging.  Because I'm good at crochet.

Stay tuned for THAT one!
In about 3 years when I rediscover the pretty japanese fabric in the bottom of my sewing box.

The next day the Mothership and I swanned our ladylike selves in to the nearby village of Milton for ladylike breakfasting and the spending of the monies.

**Just in case, I'll drop in a quick note to say that I'm probably going to name drop a few shops and places of interest in this post. But only because I REALLY LIKE THEM.  This is NOT a sponsored post by any means. **

Milton is super cute with lots of cosy cafes and shops for the spending of the monies.  We breakfasted in a very ladylike manner on the top verandah of the Driftwood Cafe.

The Breakfast Egg Pot thingy with mushrooms and tomatoes was so delicious, I was trying to scrape around the inside of the pot to get every last morsel.

So ridiculously tasty!
We then popped into one of my favourite shops Nikki B's. It's a bit of an institution in Milton and has been there for years. In there you can find an eclectic variety of antiques, curios and new pieces, including some bootilicious Rockabilly dresses.  



Many years ago I bought a little dead crab in a glass bubble. Because dead crabs are cute. And macabre. This time I bought one of these little Sewing Pin pots in the photo below!  



Then Mum wanted to show me one of her fave shops called Surya which was a little further up the main street. Suryas website states 

"All our pieces are either Nepali certified Fair Trade, or are produced by small, ethical traders. Our producers are small cottage industry artisans, many of whom are home based workers empowering the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives in villages and cities in Nepal"

Nepalese ethical clothing

I had a little chat with one of the owners Melissa who was very friendly and kind enough to let me take a few photos of her shop! I loved the all beautiful homewares, jewellery, toys and clothing.  


hair pins

I bought myself this funky singlet dress (on the left), a cute blue skirt (on the right), one of those pom pom trivets (which I have been lusting after for yonks), and a couple of gorgeous hairpins. You can only see one in this photo as I was wearing the other in my hair!  I couldn't believe how reasonable the prices were and what a fabulous range they had! The Mothership bought some hand pressed wrapping paper. 


I just realized everything I bought in this photo has circles.

When the clouds finally cleared later that afternoon, we went to the beach.

Sonofagun No.1 contemplates like, rocks and water and stuff. And took lots of photographs of both.

We dipped our toes in water. I don't really like photos of peoples feet. You know those naffy pics peeps take when they're on holidays of views of the palm trees with their manky toes taking up the bottom third of the screen? Blech!
Or pictures of their feet squelched in sand on the beach? Jeezus people! I'm loving that you're on holiday but the only ones who wanna see your feet are the foot fetishists. You know this is true.
So here's a photo of my fat paddles. Because I was photographing everything in sight,  and ranting to the Mothership about peoples manky tinea holiday snaps, I logically decided to photograph our feet. The Motherships tootsies are delightfully painted. Mine are the ugly ducklings on the left.

narrawallee beach


Sonofagun No.2 caught his first ever fish in Ulladulla Harbour on his first ever attempt at fishing thanks to his fishing savvy Nanna...




The fish were practically leaping onto our hooks, but all were undersized, so they all got the Rex Hunt pash....

ulladulla harbour

And then popped back into the harbor to swim another day!


How's your summer/ winter going?

xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

An Amazona Christmas

How was your Chrissy?

Mine was lovely. Crazy hectic, but lovely.

Every year I tell myself that next year I'll be more organized and more Christmassy, and every year I barely get there by the skin of my teeth!

And when the magic day rocks around, I'm left a bare husk of a woman. Exhausted from all the last minute present buying & wrapping, house cleaning, cooking (although I didn't have too much of that this year).

This year that feeling was magnified as I was running around trying to do the one thing you really don't want to have to worry about on Christmas Day: KEEPING THE BLOODY HOUSE COOL!

In our Aussie Melbourne summers, we usually have ok weather. Mid 20s, sometimes stupidly rainy. 4 years back there was gale force winds which caused a bit of damage to houses in the north of the city.  But not really heat.

This year it was about 36 degrees.  And we were eating outside as my little cottage is not big enough to seat 14 people for lunch with any comfort.

But enough of that.

It was still lovely to have the Amazona Tribe come down to Melbourne.  Even my brother and his little family came to stay!

A few days before the big day, I decided to try and be all parental etc by getting Sonofagun No.2 to bake bickies with me.  We actually had loads of fun mixing and decorating with a little pre-made icing thingy that came in it's own piping bag. 

These are just the prettier ones. We actually baked about 25 which still all looked quite cute.

They were supposed to be for Christmas Eve to snack on whilst watching the Carols on tele.  But somehow the Sonofaguns managed to make the whole lot disappear!

And so to the decorating.

Last year I was super organized and decorated all the trees outside with lovely big baubles.
So I got out my super large tub of balls...




I probably only hung abut half of them in a fairly lazy way. I mean the weather was heating up in the Chrissy lead up. So my decorating meant I sat on the lawn under a tree, tied string to the ones which had lost theirs, and sent Sonofagun No.2 scurrying around to various trees and bushes to hang them. And of course he had his own ideas. He hung them from the bougainvillea, various door handles, the budgie cage, and some low branches.

Normally my tendency to be a control freak would walk along behind him putting them in the 'right' places, but I just let him do whatever and actually came to the realisation that he loved his choices, and I loved his choices because they were his.




Our Elf on a Shelf Sockso also made an appearance.




So how was my tree decorated this year?

Well I tried taking a photo of the whole tree but it didn't want to look good for the camera (it kept telling me its bum looked too big with all those bird decorations).

So here's a few pictures of my favourite decorations...

Favourite number 1s are the ones my Sonofaguns have made over the years...

Don't ask me what that that thing is on the left with a plastic iPhone cover attached. I don't know but Sonofagun No.2 told me it's for Christmas. So I hung it on the tree.
Because parenting.




When I was about 9 or 10 years old I used to make loads of things from Fimo. I made this little Santa and dog. I attached wire and cotton thread, and sent them to my Great Grandmother. Every year she hung them from her tree at Christmas time. And then when she passed away, they came back to me. I now I hang them from my tree. I love the feeling when I take them from their little box each year that I remember and think of her. She was a lovely soul.


Juicy Moosey (who's really a deer) got the Chrissy treatment.
Those super cute little porcelain owls and dogs are from my fave shop Typo.



Here's a few more of my favourites...




So the BIG DAY arrived.  I made those little cloche hats for 2 of my gorgeous nieces.

Instead of having the majority of the flowers on one side, this time I opted to decorate the hats lightly all around like a garland. All the flowers and the sweet little bee were sourced from the book 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet.



The love of my life (apart from the Sonofaguns) aka The Bear heard my whinging about a crappy sewing machine and how sewing and me don't love each other. And also how I had THINGS to sew and wanted a machine that would sew ALL THE THINGS, do it all by it's self and make me a cup of coffee which I could sip while I watched it sew all the things.
And gifted me this wonderous creature...

I am in love. I used him yesterday. I'm thinking of calling him Bob.
So with the temperature soaring up into the mid 30s (that celcius peeps!), we set the tables under a massive marquee, carried out 3 massive coolers and platters of delicious summer eats.


The Motherships amazing Prawn & Mango salad...

Apple, Ginger and Strawberry Punch

The kiddies played and enjoyed having cousinly time. See how many penguins you can spot...
All year Sonofagun No.2 begged for this $80 Lego Ninjago toy. He saved his coins (and got to $22.15). And so I bought it for him for Xmas (Sonofagun No.1 got a whizz bang camera).
And because he's 6 and the lego contraption is for 9+ year olds, guess who got to put it together?

Me. And after 3 hours, I finally finished. 3 hours. 6 labeled lego bags. 2 instruction manuals labeled Book 1 and Book 2. And over 110 steps. And I didn't even use the Craggle!

To his credit he's been super careful with it and loves it with all his big 6 year old heart.


And so to the pack up. I kind of had an urge to pack up early this year. And clear the decks for a fresh new year.
So the careful pack up began today.

I love wrapping the glass ones in pretty paper. Then next Xmas it feels like opening special delights!




All my special tree treasures!




All boxed up for another year!



I want to thank you all for reading my little ramblings, buying my patterns, following me on Facie and Instagram, sending me lovely photos of your finished projects and just being straight up gorgeous Creatures of the Yarn- lovin' and non-yarn lovin' kind!

And I hope you all had wonderful Christmas and a fantastic, yarny, healthy, happy 2016! 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Peonies, Parties & Fleetwood Mac

It's been a fun, busy time in the Amazona Queendom.

Sonofagun No.1 turned the grand old age of 15 and we held a Glow in the Dark party on Halloween night to celebrate.

We set up marquees and loads of comfy chairs and beanbags for teenaged, angsty lounging.

I purchased a long UV (blacklight) light which was set up in the marquee.

There was a Neon Facepaint station where the Pimply Ones tried to be all like,

"you know, cool and pretend like it was kinda dumb but let's humour Sonofaguns Old Lady so she stops nagging us....

...And maybe I kinda do want the Star Wars poster she's offering as a 'wackiest makeup' prize.  And maybe it's actually fun but every time the oldies come near, we'll stop grinning like idiots and do our best 'head hanging' Joey Ramone impression (or that's what we would do if we ever heard of the Ramones or any of that daggy old persons music)."

It wasn't long though till guys and girls were spraying each others hair with neon hairspray, making each other look like Intergalactic neon tribal warriors and actually laughing and having fun as their faces glowed under the blacklight, playing with sparklers and toasting marshmallows.


Later in the week my sister the Blonde Amazona, The Blonde Bombshell & I went out into the rainy Melbourne night...


yarra river melbourne


To see one of my all time favourite bands play at Rod Laver Arena: Fleetwood Mac!

rod laver arena
 
I last saw them in Sydney when I was a wee lass of 17 in 1990.
I have all their albums going right back to the late 1960s.
Yes, even the old blues albums from the Peter Green era!


It was an amazing concert. They had the same energy as they did 25 years ago! 

I can't believe I'm old enough to say I last saw them 25 years ago.

I sang my lungs out to every song. Except some new Lindsay Buckingham tune I hadn't heard. I took the opportunity at that point to nick out to pick up some merch!

fleetwood mac rhiannon

Isn't that background scene amazing!  Some were images, but there was a lot of movie type shots of girls swimming in golden White Witchy/ James Bond liquid, flying over Scottish moors, ancient trees etc.

When I saw them in 1990, I bought the Tour Book and a tshirt.

I loved that Tshirt so much, I wore it all the time.

I know everyone says that about some favourite item of clothing. But I was their biggest fan.  And I actually wore it ALL THE TIME.

I wore it to school. I slept in it. Then showered, put it back on and wore it to school again. I wore it on the weekends. To BBQs. To band practice. To the shops. Everywhere. All the places. All of the time.

The Mothership and the Blonde Amazona were having a laugh about it a few months ago.

"Remember that old holey Fleetwood Mac tshirt she used to wear?" they said.
"She used to wear it ALL OF THE TIME!" they laughed.
"Holy Daffodils and Jonquils! that thing was a rag!" they howled.
And then I said,  "I still have it."
Silence.
"You what?"
And I went to my box of special memories...

fleetwood mac concert guide
 

They weren't kidding when they laughed at me wearing a holey tshirt. I wore it until I realized if I didn't stop wearing it, it would crumble to dust!

And now I have a new one!

It's a lovely soft dark grey cotton, but one of those unflattering crew necks. I'd really love to give it a V or scoop neck, but I'm a bit too scared to cut into it, and am not confident enough that my sewing machine has a suitable stitch for tshirt material.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be very grateful.

fleetwood mac on with the show

So today the Sonofaguns are both sick at home, on the couch under cosy blankets watching Harry Potter.
 
 
This morning after taking them to see Dr Leprecaun, I walked past the florist and spied these...
 
 
 
Amazing to see, but not my cup of tea.
 
Then I noticed they have Peonies! My favouritest flower in the Universe. 
 
I always look forward to when a few bunches appear in some florists each December, so to see these a few weeks early was a real treat.
 
These were $15 a bunch so I chose a bunch of the soft pink as they seemed to have the least developed flowers.  After having a lovely chat with the florist, she offered them to me for $10. So naturally I then decided to get one of each!
 
 
Aren't they divine?


peonies australia
peony roses
peony rose

After spending the last few weeks working on the pattern for Stevie Bird, I wanted to free my mind a bit so have started making this sweet fox I found in a copy of Simply Crochet magazine Issue 35...
 

amigurumi fox

I hope you have had a fun/ peaceful/ productive/ relaxing week!

xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona