Sunday, 26 August 2007

Look what my sister gave me recently. Her overlocker, which has only been used a few times and has just sat in a cupboard for years. It's very similar to mine which is no longer working, but this one has differential feed. It's just like new. I really appreciated it as I miss not using my old one.
I also scored a Breville breadmaker, again, as new. I have successfully used it to make some dough for pizza bases, but I think I'll have a go at some loaves of bread or rolls this week.

This last week we've had lots of lovely rain. I'm going to start planting some more Summer vegies and hopefully there'll be no late frosts. All of my silverbeet is doing well, although it'll be a few weeks before any of it will be suitable for picking.
I took this photo one morning at about 6.45 am. The building below the rainbow is our neighbour's surgery. She runs a very successful practice from there. It's so convenient for us as we only have to go next door if we need a doctor. A pharmacy has recently opened in a small town about 12kms away and they have free delivery for filled prescriptions. Another of our farming neighbours just a little bit farther away has a dental practice, so we are quite well-serviced here.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

This is the book which inspired me to thoughts of painting Australian wildflowers on the cupboard doors. There are some really beautiful designs and I've even used the book as inspiration for embroidery.
Kate Broadfoot also has some gorgeous books published.

Here are pics of of a glass-doored cupboard I bought from our neighbour's clearing sale. One pic was taken with the blind closed, hence the colour difference.The exterior was painted white, but I've stripped most of it back. I've left the original painted interior. It fits just perfectly on the top of an old floor-standing cupboard that belonged to my parents. My intentions are to one day re-paint sections of both cupboards and try some folk-art on the doors of the bottom one.
Most of my collectables have cost me very little, or sometimes nothing. There are some tiny English Wade china animals on the centre shelf that came in a large box of items from a Lifeline Op Shop. I paid $2 for the whole box. The Wade china hedgehog though, came out of one of my childhood Christmas crackers.(bonbons here in Oz)The little cat coming from our local OP shop and is from Mexico.
The wall-hanging I have on the front of the doors was made for me in a swap I took part in. The saying is so apt.
I also love old bone china cups,saucers and plates. I have a plain white china dinner set with a gold edge that can be mixed and matched with all the odd pieces.
My lovely old 1950s glass cabinet is in need of repair at the present. My ginger cat jumped at a chair which fell backwards into the beautifully rose-etched glass door.
I don't think I'll be able to afford to replace it with anything other than plain glass. Thankfully nothing inside the cabinet was broken.


Look what I found when I was out watering my garden this morning. This tiny plant is flowering at the base of a standard in a large tub I was given. It's some type of bulb, but what exactly?