04 January, 2008

What I did today.... by James Brown the Pug

Well, the day started off well, She was working from home.

So I slept on Her lap for a couple of hours (snoring of course!). BUT, then She left me! All alone!!! I cried at the front door for a bit, paced a bit, went to my food bowl (empty!), and then I saw it.... this place (it was a little bit high) with all of THEIR food on it.

And they had left one of the dining chairs nearby...

It took me a litle while, but I got up onto the chair and then up onto (do they call it the kitchen bench?) from there, and there was water in a cup (from her breakfast) that I finished off and this stuff called bread (I was great at this... I got into two packets and ate half of each!) oh, and there were these round things (the packet said water crackers but there was no water in them.... btw, aren't I a clever pug to be able to read at six months?!?) , and those round things were GOOD (I ate the whole pack).

I couldn't get into everything (like this peanut butter stuff), but what I did eat was GOOD. I do have a bit of a sore tummy though...

She's home now, cleaning up... She's saying I "trashed the place" (!)... All I did was some exploring, with some little snacks along the way!

She has a lot of work to do before this baby thing comes into my house...

Will let you know if I have any more excitement,
James the Pug x

ps. How sweet (and boring!) do I look in this photo?!?

01 January, 2008

etsy maternity shopping spree!

Hi all ... I know, two posts in one day is quite extreme! (It's 40 degrees in Melbourne, and so I am enjoying sitting still...)

Guess what? I am getting bigger and growing out of my pre-pregnancy clothes. So, what better than to cruise etsy and look for some great, original items to suit women who are pregnant?

For those of you interested in maternity gifts, be they for you or for a friend, here is a sample of some of my favourites currently on etsy. I have listed the shop names and items below the pics, so you can check out the items in the relevant shops.

Any Australians or New Zealanders on etsy or madeit with maternity items... drop me a comment and I will feature your item in a future post!

Enjoy (and happy shopping if you get inspired!)

great new book finds

Hi again and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Last month I was so behind with my posting that I didn't even get to show you what I bought with my birthday book vouchers and $ (thanks Mum, Dad and Auntie Mill). So, here is my show and tell of great new book finds (new to me, not necessarily new books).

At our local (beautiful) secondhand bookshop The Stray Dog Booksellers, I found this gem of a book, which some of my flickr friends have mentioned in numerous chats, The Readers Digest Complete Guide to Needlecraft. I was very excited to buy this book for only $22 (plus a couple of books I sold to the bookshop). I can't wait til all of the boxes (of fabric, beads, craft items etc) are unpacked again and I can play!

In Box Hill, I found these two beautiful books, and had to buy them from Sharon immediately! 500 Handmade Dolls is a book I get completely absorbed in, and is a real inspiration! I only hope that after many more years and many more classes I will be able to produce dolls which are half as stunning as some of these! Softies is probably a book that many of you are familiar with, as it features some of our favourite bloggers and softie makers, including Soozs, Two Little Banshees, and hop skip jump.
The Best of Handmade I found in an opshop some months ago in Dandenong (but since I am showing and telling my books, I have included it here), for the bargain price of only $5. This book was published in 1994, but to me has a strong late 80s feel about it - it is filled to the brim with Australiana. As it is an Australian book, it includes many of the classics you would expect - a folk art painted milo tin of an outback homestead scene, knitted and crocheted koalas, Australian flora cross-stitch and a brightly coloured Australian animals mobile.

Looking forward to sharing the craft that is inspired by these books, and I hope that some of you may be excited enough by this post to track these books down, in an opshop, secondhand bookstore, library or shop.

Have a fabulous week! x


to my other half who puts up with the mess, makes me happy and keeps me sane.
to my beautiful boys who give me so much i want to remember and make the everyday something to treasure.
to my mum who alway let me play with fabric and the good scissors, and who knows a lot of songs.
to my dad who was always happy for us to make a mess and who laughs at us when we deserve it.
to both parents for making sure i still got the work done.
to my dear friends for listening and for sharing the laughs.
and, to you for visiting!