Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thrifting Finds/Look What I Made!!!!

Many exclamation marks.

So I just moved to Sydney, as you might be aware.  I love this city like a crazy person.  I can't explain it.  It just feels like home to me right away, it's awesome.  It's full of people, fashion, food, shops, trees, birds, new things to see and absorb and it's warm.  So warm.  Sometimes too warm.

However, I cannot for the life of me convince someone to give me a job.  Nope.  For example, today I got a call this morning to say that (a) the job I was shortlisted for was gone because they got someone from inside the company and (b) I was shortlisted for another job that sounded (to me) way to awesome to get.  I totally knew I could do it, but I didn't think they would believe me.  Plus it paid $46 an hour.  Do the maths, that's awesome in double digits.

So anyway, to my utter surprise I get a call to say they are really keen on me and they want to meet me.  I am over the moon happy.  It's good money, it's not so far away, its in an area I'd really like to get into and the job sounds challenging but I'd be up to it.  They're interviewing three people, including me.  Come meet them tomorrow.

So happy!  Finally!  But.  Then my agent calls me, she's gutted, they filled the position internally.

So, again, I am stoked and then disappointed.  And that's just one day.  I have been here for five weeks.  You can do that maths too.

So things could be better, I'm not going to lie.  But then, on the bright side, my agent said that I'm on the top of her list.  She is keen to get rid of me.  And she thought I could do the job.  And so did they, they considered me enough to meet me.  That's a great sign.  I might be worth $46 an hour.  I might tomorrow  get another call, about a different job.  Maybe this one will be on my train line.  So I cling to hope today.

In other ways, today was awesome anyway.

1. I did the dishes before lunch time.
2. I got dressed.
3. I got out of bed.
4. I didn't cry.
5. I went to an awesome op shop that is just around the corner.  Literally.  And its open only Thursdays 9-3.  And it is so cheap, it's ridiculous.
6. They are having a sale on Saturday (open two days a week!)
7. I bought excellent stuff
8. I used my sewing machine and made Simona a pressie and it worked perfectly.
9. I did four loads of washing.
10. I made macaroni cheese and loin chops for dinner. And a tomato.
11. I made lemon crush on my own without a recipe and it is awesome.
12. It's hot and I'm in my undies again.
13. There is a birthday party somewhere near my house and they sung and it made me happy.

That's enough?

Okay so today:

 Doilies - over a hundred years old and hand made
 Sweet mug (now we have two!)
old hymn book, thanks Ira D Sankey.

Awesome thrifting finds!  You can see more here...

And I made a garland for Simona out of the old hymn book pages and an old frankie picture I cut up.  I adore it.  I'm so proud of it!  It made me feel so good to do something creative.

Thank God for my sewing machine.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sewing Machine = Happiness

Yes, I own a sewing machine.  And I bought it on Ebay.  And I travelled for three hours to get it.  Thats walk : bus : train : walk.  And then repeat in reverse.

I paid the princely sum of $52.

And I get it home and lo and behold, it is magnificent.


It is in gloriously good condition, although I think I may have slightly wonkified it so I better get it serviced.  It has the original manual.  Yes it does.  This amazing teal blue tin filled with bits and pieces and envelopes and needles etc.

Oh I do love it so.

Anyway, I have had a lovely afternoon desecrating this ridiculous vampire book "the Historian" and turning the pages into Valentines Day decorations.  Simona cut out the little people and they are so cute. Then I sewed them into a garland and hung them up.

I adore them.

Oh here they are:

So we are in our study, the rain is pouring down outside, birds singing (invisible), decorations hanging up and Simona is studying in the recliner we got for $40 at the Sallys.

And JO is coming to visit me next weekend.  Hopefully bringing gifts of love from all Rabbits friends and relations ha ha.

Here's Simona, ain't she so cute?

She is a happy little chicken studying disgusting things at Med School.

Now, cushions are next on the menu.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

My Place and Yours - Stripes

Yes, time to play again already.

Bad day today.

So many stripes, in unexpected places.

See more here.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

My Place (And Yours)

Hello!  Well, my place and yours is back thanks to Hello Owl.  I have become a daily fan of Danielle since I did some MPAY last year.  Her baby Violet is maybe the cutest baby ever.  Except for my niecphews and also except for this ridiculously cute baby I saw on the bus the other day that smiled so much I nearly burst with happiness.  Honestly.  When this baby smiled, her eyes were like little half moons because her smile took up so much room.

She made the whole bus feel warm*.

Anyway, so my place has moved to Sydney now.  That's right, my house is this cute little art deco apartment in a beautiful brick building.  So basically, if there's an earthquake here, I'll be the first to go.  

Me and the Sumo are setting it up JUST AS WE WANT and that means a WHOLE lot of op shopping, which is basically my favorite thing ever.  Found the best shop yesterday - the Bower.  Oh. My. Word.

We got one three seater art deco styles couch, one fantastic 1970's dresser with beside table, one kitchen table and a multitude of glasses, two cute plates and a tea cup AND delivery for $207.  Oh and a brush and shovel.  Can't wait to show photos.

Anyway, for goodness sake, enough talk.

This weeks MPAY is  the second drawer in the kitchen.

Here is mine...

Oh so tidy.  We have a rule now that we only buy things we actually need.  So this is still missing say a grater and some peelers and our zester that hasn't arrived with our stuff yet, but it's pretty good.  All second hand except for the gorgeous knife from Ikea.  I am in love with this knife.  Oh and I think the can opener is from Ikea too.  Because, who would give a good can opener to a second hand shop?  They are so hard to find.  So I don't trust the op shop versions.

Oh and the drawer liner is from Ikea too - only $3 for a roll of this stuff and its so awesome.

Okay, last picture just because I love it.

This was taken at the back packers.  Seed pod from garden near naval base, sand from bondi, blue window sill from back packers.

You can see more MPAY here!

*Although it was Sydney so we were already disgusting hot.  Seriously living in my undies.  At home okay, never fear I don't go out like that.