Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday's Treasure

Last week when I started this feature I was thinking about fabric and style and warm fuzzy childhood memories.  Objects also play a part in shaping my creative output.  Some of my favourite things are everyday objects - simple in design yet beautiful nonetheless.  This glass container, complete with lid, currently houses my labels.  My Nana gave it to me a long time ago - she had no need for it anymore.  She thought I might like it.  It's green.  I do.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Market Report

Yes it's time for another Monday Market Report.  Saturday's Modish Market saw me situated between Anna of Mooch'n Around and Michelle of Mecino.  Close by were Gromarts and Redressd and we had some lovely chats.  Of course I neglected to take a camera.  Somehow I did manage to photograph these cake-pops before they were inhaled by the tribe.  Apparently they were delicious...

Modish Markets is full of talented folk such as Totally Innocent, Miss Ruby May and IdTee (just to name a few).  I feel like I'm making a Logies speech - there are so many peeps to mention!

The next Modish Market is on October 2.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Sunday afternoon drive

My Dad worked long hours running his own business.  Sundays mornings meant church for us while Dad gardened and washed cars.  Afternoons, if we weren't visiting grandparents, often saw us driving around country Victoria.  We'd pile in the car (not always willingly) and Dad would drive.  For hours.

Today was Sunday afternoon drive day.  When we woke up this morning it wasn't part of the plan, it just kind of happened.  So mid-afternoon when the children were home from parties and plays with friends we drove to Kyneton.  I love goldfields towns, having spent lots of time in Ballarat and Clunes with family and friends (see, it pays to have a far-flung family!)

Next weekend, as we discovered, is the Kyneton Daffodil Festival.  We can vouch for the daffodils!

This town has some rather lovely shops, most of which we admired through their windows (children plus fancy antiques don't go well together!).  We did come home with bread (love a country loaf!), fresh produce and plants for the garden.  Highly recommended!

Shop fronts and paving stones in Piper Street.

Hellebores outside the florist

Friday, August 27, 2010

To market to market...

Today is Friday, which means tomorrow is Saturday.  And that means a market day for Squirt Baby.

I really truly ruly want to clear the last of the winter stock.  Tomorrow is your chance to pick up a bargain.  I am getting excited by my new spring gear - you can have a sneak peek next week. In the meantime, tomorrow I'll be here -


See you there!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday's Treasure

Much of my inspiration comes from my childhood and the crafting that went on around me.  While I have no desire to embrace all aspects of growing up in the 70s (flares really aren't my thing!), I feel incredibly warm and fuzzy when I think about the dresses Mum made for us and all the knitting my Nana did.  My other Nana (whilst not a "crafty lady") had her specialities in the kitchen - rich fruit cakes, vanilla slices and profiteroles.  Luckily, Mum still has a collection of our favourite clothes (well, she has the wardrobe space and a strong sentimental streak).  In an effort to bring some order to my blogging, I will endeavour to share some of these treasures on Tuesdays.  Ooh!  I've just found the name "Tuesday's Treasure" - sounds much better than "Inspiration #1"!

Mum knitted this dress in about 1965 for my eldest sister.  It is beautifully soft and so well made.  For some unknown, unremembered reason it was never worn.  I'm the youngest of three girls, so there were ample opportunities for it to have an airing - it just never happened.  Just before Christmas 2004 Mum gave it to me, and Marv wore it on Christmas Day.  Imagine that - a dress you knitted for your own child nearly forty years earlier being worn for the first time by your grand-daughter.  Can any of us really imagine that?  Of my three girls, Marv is the only one to have worn it.  I'm wondering whether I will have the opportunity to pass it onto a grand-daughter one day.  I do know that in the meantime I am the custodian of a very special dress - knitted with love.

Waiting for Spring

Life is a tad sluggish around here at the moment.  I'm ready for sunshine, warm weather and the scent of Spring in the air.  On Sunday we spent some time outside in the garden, and marvelled at the discoveries - blossom on the nectarines, baby sugar snap peas and flowers on the blueberry, just to name a few.

Creatively speaking, I've been on a go-slow.  Lots of ideas floating around, but not much of the making.  Weeks and weeks of winter lurgies took their toll.  A bit of sunshine and some ever so slightly warmer days are helping.  A visit to the zoo last week, and an op-shop find of a care-worn picture book lead to the creation of some badges.   As a book lover I normally wouldn't do this - but the volume in question had pages missing already and was really rather forlorn.  Now it has new life!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Happy birthday Leos!

Okay, I need to count them off on my fingers - August birthdays in our family.  There's my cousin on the 9th, mine on the 13th, my triplet cousins on the 13th (yes, totally upstaged there!), Im's on the 17th.  Did I mention that we also have four friends with birthdays in the first half of August?  And that I'm discovering even more with each passing August day (happy birthday Davia!)?

It was fitting that yesterday's birthday outing to the zoo netted animal stamps including this lion.  Good choice Im!  The sun shone on us as we made our way around.  A highlight was a visit to Mali (she really is very cute!) and watching the Port Jackson sharks being fed.  As the third child of four, Im sometimes gets a little lost in the crowd so it was lovely to see her revelling being the centre of attention.

It was a long day, full of birthday goodness.  By the time we ate cake (close to 9pm - way after her usual bedtime) Im was a little tired and emotional.  She'd already fallen over and ruined her brand new tights - both knees!  And look - here she is all dishevelled with underwear peeking out.  Smiling for the cameras with happiness for being the birthday girl.  My five year old princess!

PS I'm sorry if my last post was a bit too emotional.  Thanks for your kind words.  During the writing of it, it kind of took on a life of it's own and I was surprised by the intensity of my own emotions.  And that's the thing about grief - you become accustomed to living with your loss, but it never goes away.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bittersweet memories

Sometimes there are periods of incredible intensity in our lives.  When my birthday swings around, as it did last week, it marks the beginning of a season of birthdays and anniversaries.

Five years ago today I was just about to leave Mum and Dad's to pick up Mate from kinder when my waters broke.  At eight and a half months pregnant, I thought my pelvic floor had given up and continence was a thing of the past!

Every year when Im's birthday comes around, lots of memories come with it.  My Dad was terminally ill with cancer and (although we didn't realise it at the time) he had just a few weeks left.  In the afternoons, when he felt up to it, Mum would drive Dad to Williamstown where they'd watch the activity on the Bay.  Quietly, together.  That's where they were when I headed to the hospital.  I think of them in their own little bubble, time ticking slowly, while our place was full of frenzied activity - packing bags for the hospital (well, I wasn't due for a couple of weeks), bags for the kids, food for the pets.

My sister rushed home from work, picking up her son from childcare on the way. Not in active labour, but with waters broken and a history of quick deliveries - I was about to be confined to the hospital until my baby made her way into the world.

Tomorrow is Im's birthday.  Somehow, Dad managed to visit us and hold Imogen for the first of precious few times.  He was worried he didn't have the strength to hold her, but she stopped wriggling and snuggled against his chest.  I am grateful that she was the perfect breastfeeder, a placid baby, so portable and accommodating.   She and I stayed in the hospital with Dad during his last days.  This tiny bundle a constant reminder of the gift of life as Dad's slipped away.  Mum holding Im up to Dad's face, cheek to cheek.  Reluctantly leaving the hospital to celebrate my nephew's birthday, only to be called back with urgency.  My eldest sister stuck in the UK with the Home Office in possession of her passport, about to grant residency.  Standing in line at the Post Office, breastfeeding Im just hours after Dad died, only to be told our passport forms were unacceptable because our witness' signature had gone outside the box.  The long haul flight to the UK for my sister's marriage.  Posting my final assessment task from London for a course I was studying, not caring whether it made it back to Australia.  Emotional reunions and meetings.  All within a matter of weeks.

Every year I have to prepare myself as we enter this season.  I'm ready to head into tomorrow.  For Im - because it is her day and she's so excited.  My precious little girl.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Baby it's cold outside!

Where do I start?? 

I guess I'm back from my bloggy break.  And being here means I'm not at Shirt and Skirt today.  Cottage Nerd and I made the decision last night to pull the plug.  It might make us look like fair-weather outdoor marketeers, and that's exactly what we are!  Some rather heavy showers have justified the decision to stay home.  Wind and rain equals damaged stock.  

Yesterday's Sister's Market was pretty popular, as was the Squirt Baby bargain-basement-prices sale!  I'm chuffed to have cleared lots of stock, so now I can freely go silly creating new gear in anticipation of the summer to come.  This week will see me loading up sale items onto my much neglected shop.  Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you for all your birthday and get well wishes.  I'm pleased to say I survived another candle-blowing ceremony, and I might even be feeling a little better (thank-you modern medicine!).

After knitting myself some new hand-warmers (read the sorry tale of the lost ones here), the resident kidlets have been putting in requests left, right and centre.  Sure, lovelies, I'll whip them up in my spare moments!

Blue for Mate

Raspberry for me (but snaffled by Im).

All I need to do now is sort out the myriad of technology issues and life will be just peachy!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

To market to market...and a super sale

This weekend Squirt Baby is having a super dooper SALE .

  Time to clear the decks to make way for delicious new gear.  Stop by and stock up.  

Most items (excluding knitwear of course) will be going out for $20.  I know, it's completely insane, but there you go!  Pants, dresses, skirts, tops - a fantastic clearance sale.

Saturday will see me here

Sunday (weather permitting, and it's not looking good at this stage!) Cottage Nerd and I will be sipping our lattes at -

Looking forward to it - it's been a while.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Technology *groan*

Briefly popping up for air.

The antibiotics are slowly weaving their magic.

Just as well, because this weekend is a market double-header (more about that later).

I'm having technology issues, which means my email and website have disappeared.  Thankfully I still have this here blog to communicate with the outside world.

So, I can always be contacted by folk leaving a comment somewhere on the blog, or go to the contact page I'm about to create to find my details.  Thanks lovelies!

At least we've had some fantastic rain today, and then some sunshine late this afternoon, just in time for Mate and Marv to walk home from school.  Great timing!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Time for a bloggy break

It's time for a little blogosphere holiday for Squirt Baby. Our household is still in the grip of some kind of lurgy (and it's going on for nine weeks now - argh!!) and energy levels are a little low.  I'm wondering if SAD is, in part, responsible for the slump we (okay, that should read "I") are in!

According to Wikipedia, symptoms of SAD may include difficulty waking up in the morning (I thought that was from years of sleep deprivation and natural ageing!),  a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on completing tasks, and withdrawal from friends, family, and social activities.  I don't know if I believe in SAD, but I can tick off most of the symptoms on the list!   

It doesn't help that we have a funeral this week, my Mum will be in hospital for eye surgery and the MOTH will be away on a work trip.  I must admit that sometimes the constant herding of four young children does my head in. Please, someone tell me it will get better soon!!  Anyhow, it's time to have a teeny break from blogging.  I'm sure I'll be back next week.  With new Squirt Baby gear for the coming warmer weather -  summer is just around the corner!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hair-bands galore!

With three daughters, one can never have too many hair-bands on hand, or on head, even!

Reversible hairbands to go with every outfit.

Just a few of the fabrics that will be available at the next Sister's Market on August 14 (and on-line really, really soon!)  And the good news - they fit grown-up girls too.