There is a new blog in town called “We Love Perth” which shares lots of wonderful tidbits about our quaint city each day. If you live here or ever want to visit make sure you read up on all the best bits here. When you live in a city that is as small and isolated as this one it’s easy to be negative and complain about all the things lacking. It’s refreshing that someone is celebrating the good bits.
I was lucky enough to win a gift voucher for my answer to the question, why do you love Perth? I wrote; “When I first moved to Perth (Fremantle), I was a bit dubious about living in the most isolated city the world. I came to realise that for its size Perth has the most amazing pool of creative talent. You don’t have to look far to find inspiring, creative folk doing fabulous things with music, fashion, arts and design. I mentioned this creative vibe that I couldn’t really explain to someone not long after I moved here. They told me that there are some unique meridian lines that intersect over Perth and it causes an intense creative energy. I don’t know if I believe that story, but that’s what I love about living here, being amongst so many creative people.” It’s a true story, if a little corny. I can’t remember who is was who told me about these magical and intriguing meridian lines. It has stuck in my mind all this time and so far I haven’t heard a better explanation for the mysterious creative vibe in Fremantle.
I happily ventured out of Freo over to Mt Lawley to the Ruck Rover General Store to use my voucher. It was a tough choice and after deliberating for more than little Baby D should have tolerated, I decided on a cute wooden caravan brooch. I can’t go past anything with a retro feel and the caravan reminds me of my wayward folks. (They sold up their house a few years ago to become grey nomads). It was really nice to go into the store and chat to the owner. She was so sweet and sincere, I would go back to the store just for the genuine, wonderful customer service. If you can’t make it in person you can peruse online. Unfortunately the fairyfloss blue typewriter was not for sale and will have to remain on my wish list.
When i’m feeling a little overwhelmed and in need of a quick soothing remedy a cuppa often does the trick. Cradling the warm cup in my hands and taking a minute to sit and sip my milky tea is a ritual that I very much enjoy.
I had an email from a friend this week and there are a few things getting her down. She lives in Sydney so I can’t take her for a cup of tea and give her a hug. I thought the next best thing to cheer her up would be to send her a parcel to let her know I am thinking of her. I saw this very sweet tutorial on making your own teabags over at the love mae blog. A perfect little homemade gift to pop in the post.
I have had this beautiful strawberry print tissue paper tucked away for years, I knew I would find the perfect use for it someday. After a little origami I had a set of very sweet teabags filled with loose leaf tea. Of course I had to go out and buy a mini stapler just for this and I have decided that teeny tiny staples are just the most adorable thing! Incase you’re wondering, the idea is to just tip the tea out, it would be a shame to dunk that pretty paper in hot water!
I hope my friend likes them and feels comforted when she has her cup of tea.
Lately I have been dreaming of going on a holiday. It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper trip away to relax and unwind. Though the concept of a holiday is a little lost on people with tiny children. For me the idea of a vacation is to get away from the day to day stresses and responsibilities of ‘real life’ and go somewhere that you don’t have to think about housework. You can spend all day reading a book and not feel guilty that there are other more important things to do. I can’t see myself being able to take a break from my biggest responsibility, two tiny children. I can just imagine the chaos if I did try to laze around reading a book all day, so a holiday is going to stay a dream for the near future. When the time comes though, I know where I want to go. To the Lark House.
The Lark House is too adorable, it’s in Daylesford, Victoria, near Melbourne and though I have never been there, I already know it is my kind of place. What’s not to love about a holiday home that has vintage drawers of coloured thread and crocheted cupcakes?
Firstly, a huge hello and thank you to all the lovely people who have commented on my little blog in last couple of days. I feel very thrilled that wordpress chose my ‘little piece of pie’ to be freshly pressed. Sorry I couldn’t write back individually to each comment, there were so many! Welcome, I hope you enjoy reading my blog, it’s wonderful for me to be able to share with you.
I have been meaning to ‘show and tell’ this cute card and I think this post is the perfect time to do it. A very talented and wonderful friend of mine made this for me when my second baby was born a few months ago. Isn’t it just so sweet. She cut lots of little triangles from fabric for the bunting and sewed them onto the card. The perfect way to use up the little bits of scrap fabric you can’t bear to throw away.
The alphabet stamps are from Kikki K, the Swedish stationery store, I can’t go in there without being tempted to buy something. It’s one of those places where I could very happily have one of everything!
I did try to do my own alphabet stamp set once but it didn’t work out. I think because I hand sketched the letters and they just weren’t neat enough when I transferred them onto the rubber block, so when I cut them out they were too messy. There was a great tip in my comments to print off an image from the computer and iron transfer the image onto the rubber. I am going to print off an alphabet and see how that goes, I will let you know if I succeed.
I have a love affair with paper and stationery and I thought I would share the love with my mother-in-law for her birthday. I made a stamp of her favorite flower (luckily a protea is a good shape for a stamp). Then stamped away some pretty cards and matching envelopes so she has her own set of stationery at hand for when only a hand written note will do.
It looks fancy and it is very easy to make your own customised stamps. I did a little post about another project here. Or you can jump straight over to Geninne’s Art Blog and watch her video tutorial.
Having a cup of tea in town the other day we came across this tree. Someone has thoughtfully knitted a rainbow suit for it out of wool. It’s such a perfect snug fit all around, must have been quite an accomplished knitter who did it. I think it’s called yarn bombing, is that right? I’m not up with the knitting lingo yet, but give me time.
I have been thinking about what I will make when I am good at knitting. I can’t see myself knitting a jumper or a cardigan, but this I can imagine. I wonder what my Hubby will say when I tell him I want to knit stockings for the trees in our garden.
Come to think of it, there is a tree near my local shops that is begging for some colour. I think it would really brighten up the neighbourhood. If anyone knows of the wonderful knitter who decorates the trees around Fremantle let me know!
Searching for knitting needles in Vinnies I came across this ultra beautiful old sewing tape measure. It has inches on both sides and says made in London. When I unravelled it at home I discovered it has my baby’s name on it too, how sweet. I love it, possibly the best 25c I have ever spent.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes for Mister E, his little surgery went well and he was much braver than me! I am a huge softie and didn’t hold it together very well, but it’s all done now and hopefully that’s the end of ear infections for my little guy.
Hope you are having a good week and enjoying a bit of sunshine.