A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Thursday, 7 August 2014


Our little town only has two op shops, but it is surprising how often I find something very useful.  

For example, today I was in town for my weekly errands and walking up the street back to the car, took me past Vinnies.  I walked past, then backed up and went in.  Sure enough a few handy items came home with me - for the princely sum of $4.50.

I have a couple of the Sure Fit Design kits - but didn't have this Shirt Kit.  I checked the SFD website and a Shirt Kit would set me back $36.56AUD plus postage from the US; so $2.00 from Vinnies would classify as a win.
The McCalls book has many many fitting tips and how to's, so for $1 it looks good (interestingly the original cost in 1976 was $1.95).  The Justknits shirts pattern will be useful for tshirts I need to make for working on the farm - 50c.

The knitting needles 5s and 6s 50c each set, will be used to make the shrug that Nanna Chel talked about here .  I have a poncho (a what!?) that I'd like to unravel and reknit into a shrug.  But don't hold your breath waiting for a photo, it could take me a long time as I'm a poor knitter.  Anyway, I'll give it a go.  You never know Chel, I might wear it to a Simple Living Toowoomba morning yet (probably in a couple of winters haha!).

See you.

Friday, 1 August 2014

PAINTING, PAINTING................

So this is what's been keeping me quiet.  

In order to sell our Boonah patch, we have been sprucing the place up a bit.  Don't you just love vj walls - not me!  I'm not a fan of painting and I'm rubbish at it, but these days good quality paint is very forgiving of poor paint-womanship.  So, after lots of filling, gapping, painting grooves and rolling, we are on our way.

The walls are being done in the ubiquitous Antique White USA which is a lovely soft pearly white and they are coming up a treat I have to say.

My poor photography abilities don't really give any an idea of how the rooms look, but that's all I've got.  

See the old way of running power down to a power point?

And the ceilings are just white.

Look away from the hideously old ceiling fan
Hmm, hints of other neglected washing/folding/ironing tasks....

Don't worry those curtains are going

Iron me, iron me...

See the lovely soft sheen?
After 5 years of cheap looking flat pink/salmon walls (really why did we put up with them so long?) the new look is so much fresher.

Now for the living/dining rooms.