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Pinsteration and Frustration

22 Sep

Its been a long time since I posted any Pinsteration here, so I thought I might show you what I’ve been drooling over lately:

 

Because I think some massive bright clashing columns would look fantastic in my tiny little rental house.

You can see the details a lot better in this one, but it doesn’t have the whole picture.

artnouveau.eu

Erik Madigan Heck

500px.com

http://quintessenceblog.com/2012/01/living-with-color-in-connecticut/

OK, so I’m not too hot on the style of the floor painting, but I really like the IDEA of it. I’d love to go mad on our horrible stained linoleum. I might have to look into that….

http://www.net-a-porter.com/am/product/78489?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-ProductFeed-_-Temperley%20London-_-Dresses&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-r4E8I89QcWi57.4luVUdlw

http://twonewyork.com/products.asp?c=kaftans

And now that I’ve done the Pinsteration, on to the Frustration.

Look,  you guys can’t help but notice that I sew a fair amount, but I cannot remember the last time I made something for myself successfully. I just want to put it out there – I don’t seem to have any problems with sewing stuff for other people, but I have not made a single thing I have liked for myself in years. I have just spent the last week sewing a top for myself every spare moment, AND IT WAS FREAKING AWFUL! DOGHEWI GHEWIGH LIESJFGJERKHGTKJ!!!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrggghhhhhh!

I think I might have to go to some actual pattern alteration classes and work out what the hell I’m doing wrong….Anyway, just thought I’d vent.

On blogs everyone’s lives seems to be perfect and fantastic, they make amazing and wonderful things, they cook amazing and wonderful things, they never lose patience with their kids, their kids are fantastic and well-behaved, their photos show they live in a permanent twilight with soft focus, they swim in sepia tone, they are a perfect size 6 and they apparently live in a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORLD from the one I do.

So no, in case you hadn’t already worked it out (or know it because you know me well), things often go awry in Casa del Slacker.

Anyway, go and check this out for a laugh – but be warned, its a bit rude, which is why its funny:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000KKNQBK

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Fabric-a-brac at the State Library

2 Sep

I may not have been hanging around The Slacker for awhile, but I have been getting out and about.

Last week (was it last week? I cant remember now) my local meetup mothers group had a meet up at the State Library where there was a fabric and craft swap market (there was also some baby reading and rhymes thing that we went to first, but all I can really remember was the heaven to come). Holy moly it was fantastic.

I coulda spent every cent I had there. It was heartwarming to know I am not the only one who obsessively collects and DOES NOT USE craft materials. They were selling their lovingly hoarded bits and bobs at insane amounts, $3 or $5 for a few metres of material. I was seriously in sewing heaven.

Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the fabric-a-brac, I was too busy running around avoiding my children’s entreaties for attention/food/milk/home and rummaging through the masses of amazing material.

I actually managed to restrict myself to spending only $25. which was unbelievably hard, but now I regret not getting more. Isn’t that the way? Somehow everything I did get turned out to be pinks and reds though. Wonder what thats about?

It is almost all already button-holed for projects. I wonder if they will get done or if they will simply join my own lovingly hoarded yet untouched cupboard of pretties? Either way, THERE IS NO WAY I am going to sell them at the next Fabric-a-brac. Please PLEASE let there be a next one!

And We’re Back

20 Mar

Its funny how necessary computers have become to our lives. Our laptop bit the dust a few weeks ago, and you’d think a major catastrophe had hit  our family. We have become so addicted to online banking, paying bills, homework,  etc, that I hardly know how to do anything once the computer was not available. It’s pitiable really. And shameful. I know I used to be a useful person. I didn’t used to have a computer, but I’ve forgotten how to do anything the old fashioned way…like looking recipes up in actual cookbooks.

In the first few days, whilst my withdrawals were raging out of control, I started arguments, freaked out, felt out of touch with the whole world, felt panicked and crazed, sewed a whole dress, made complicated meals and the house has actually been clean! Slowly I realised I was actually enduring this enforced period of isolation. Eventually I realised I quite liked it. I had no idea what stupid arguments were going on out there in blogland or family feud land, I was getting stuff done, getting to bed on time! Getting some real actual proper sleep! For 10 whole days!

We have had the computer back for a few days now, and weirdly once we had it, I wondered what its point was? I had survived without it! I worked out how to pay bills and get stuff done (did you know some banks do still have open branches? Who knew?) but then I remembered all my blogs, and my emails (150 unread emails, all arguments), and pinterest! And slowly but surely things are starting to pile up again, the mess is creeping back along the floors and up the windows. No!!!!

Never fear, I am going to fight against the allure of the computer! I am going to restrict myself to a maximum of 2 hours in any one day online – don’t laugh! I know 2 hours sounds like loads, but be honest – you spend way more than that on the computer, don’t you?

 

Pinsteration

21 Feb

from Fab.com

http://cocokelley.blogspot.com.au/

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/paint/blue-home-decorating-ideas/#page=7

http://cocokelley.blogspot.com.au/

 

http://prettystuff.tumblr.com/post/17657243839/souleiado

 

http://www.polyvore.com/poppy/set?.svc=pinterest&embedder=998743&id=43973343

I never realised I liked pink and red so much, but since at least half of the things I like on Pinterest are pink and red, clearly I do.

Flowers For Me

19 Feb

Ok, I could pretend that I got these for Valentines Day, but that would be a lie.

My mother-out-law got the bouquet for Valentines Day but she is flying back home tomorrow so I am inheriting them. Yeay! I’m not proud, I will accept flowers under any circumstances. The smaller bunch is from our garden. The red one smells delicious and is a Chrysler Imperial and the white ones are Icebergs.

Sometimes there is something about flowers that just seems so rude…maybe it’s the whole plant genitals thing…?

The bouquet is beautiful but doesn’t have much scent. The home-grown flowers smell beautiful enough for all the store-bought ones. The Chrysler Imperial doesn’t flower often, and grows slowly, but when it does flower, it’s wonderful. The Icebergs, well known for their hardiness, flowers all the time throughout the year and survives my haphazard gardening. They don’t smell as strongly as the Chrysler, and the flowers don’t last long, but they are a wonderful hardy plant. I want lots more of them.

Stuff I Have Been Crushing on From Pinterest

30 Jan

From #designseeds

http://www.flickr.com/photos/riseandshinebakery/6174627060/

 http://www.pem.org/exhibitions/21-rare_bird_of_fashion_the_irrev

 http://prettystuff.tumblr.com/page/135

  Emma Shelton

And finally….

Fortunately he is scared of them when they are on, so I just have to put up with standing around for about an hour while he plays on them. Check out his gumboots! Aren’t they cute?