Wednesday, December 30

Beach Season

We've just had a lovely couple of days catching up friends and relaxing down the bottom of the Yorke Peninsular.
It's been too long since we've seen each other and there wasn't a quite moment as our words and laughter flowed.

Berry Bay now has a wooden walk way to the beach, we used to lug every thing up and down the hill for a days surfing here.

Fishing boats are launched with tractors and our friends have the brightest one.

BBQ breakfasts are always good when you are on holidays!

Sunday, December 27

A Busy Week

Christmas Day was a lovely family event and even my mother said I "really excelled myself"!
The only small hiccup of the day was all being locked outside, it must have been the only moment that no one was inside for the whole day. Yes it was me who was pushed through the lounge room window. At least we weren't arrested for break and enter!
Santa squeezed the presents down the chimney so there were plenty of treats for everyone including lots of chocolate.
The highlight of the day was the chocolate pooing reindeer, from 6 to 80 and everyone in between was in fits of laughter.
I hope everyone had a magical Christmas.
I need to sort out my room as it's become a dumping ground for all the bits and pieces over the last few days.

Monday, December 21

Oh Christmas Tree

I finally found the tree, ornies and an assortment of Santas.
In a previous life I designed and made cloth dolls. After 20 years my desire and love was gone, most things were packed away and it took me a couple of years to actually make anything at all.
Slowly I have found my crafting passion and I'm enjoying creating again.

My love for "prim" disappeared a few ago and I'm still not sure how I feel about all these dark and grubby colours.

All the ornies on my fake feather tree were made by me or my friends.
With all these dark colours my lounge room seems to have shrunk even more!
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas, I hope the annoying fat man in the red suit brings treasure!
Stay safe and Happy
Love Melissa

Thursday, December 17

Christmas Decorating

More bunting, trying to look more "festive" inside.
Paper doilies sewn onto ribbon.

At some angles they look like dinner plates!
Yesterday was too hot to go into the shed and look for the larger Christmas tree and today it's too wet, gotta love south australian weather!

Wednesday, December 16


The rustic bunting is an attempt to be festive for Christmas.
Christmas always seems like the end of world, everything has to be done before Christmas, you know the sun will rise in January!
There is no joy or goodwill to all on the streets, just stress.
As we are hosting Christmas Day I had best go and ferret around in the the and find the tree.
Bah hum bug, at least I have a few more days to find "the Christmas Spirit".
Maybe I should look in the fridge!

The first frangipani flower of the season.
Welcome home to a very special girl today, see you soon.

Sunday, December 13


The beautiful Skilly winery in the Clare Valley.


Yesterday we celebrated an early Christmas with friends.
We lunched at the fabulous Skilly winery in the Clare Valley.
Wonderful company, food to die for and perfect weather.
We could ask for no more.
Thank you

Monday, December 7


What a busy weekend, Saturday I met up with friends at "The Art At The Hart" at Port Adelaide.
The market stalls lined the banks of the the Port River near the old Adelaide Mills.
Every stall had "hand crafted" treasures, such a nice change from all the imports that seem to be around. It just goes to prove that you can have a market/fair without imports.
My congratulations goes to the organisers, it was a great day lots to see and do.
Wonderful to see so many people supporting "hand crafted".
We celebrated and early Christmas with friends at the beach Saturday night, gin and tonic's on the deck as the sunset.
Up bright and early Sunday morning and back to Semaphore for the St Bedes market.
Thank you to everyone who came and said hello.


Our brightly coloured stall at the Semaphore Market on Sunday.

It was a lovely atmosphere at Semaphore on Sunday made all the more special when a couple of friends dropped by.

Thursday, December 3


This week has been spent busy crafting.
From this.......

to this.
I am off to the St Bedes Market on Sunday and I'm looking forward to spending the day with my delightful young friend.
If you are in Adelaide stop by and say Hello.

Monday, November 30

Our little shop front at Semaphore.
In between chatting with lovely people we spent our time catching our treasures and holding down our tent, thanks to the howling gale.
The organisers of The Semaphore Street Party did a fantastic job.
If you missed it put it on your calender for next year.


Early Sunday morning I packed up the car in the pouring rain but 2 hours away in Semaphore the sun shone brightly.
Despite the howling wind people crowded Semaphore Road for the street party.
I had a fantastic day, lots of lovely friends and a very festive vibe.

Thursday, November 26

Semaphore Street Party

I am off to spend Sunday at the Semaphore Street Party with my delightful young friend again. Semaphore Road will be closed to all traffic on Sunday with a Christmas market, bands and performers.
Not only have I been busy making goodies for the market, I have also made the packaging.
Pretty pages from magazines have been stitched together and I've added a ribbon handle.
If you are in the area come along and say Hello and do a spot of Christmas shopping.
"In this age of mass production there is nothing like giving a gift that has handmade warmth and individuality".

Thank you to everyone who entered my give away.
The winner is Kath.

Sunday, November 22

Beach Shacks

Once our coast lines were dotted with these humble fibro shacks, unfortunately they are disappearing in favour of the "mac mansions".
As kids mum and dad used to rent an old shack for 2 weeks in January while learn to swim was on. We had a great time, the beds all sagged, nothing matched, no one complained about the sand inside and we ate loads of fish and chips. Mum always said it wasn't a holiday if she still had to cook.
It's sad to think that in years to come our children will never know the joy of the humble fibro shack where nothing matched and time stood still.
We have survived our first heatwave here but I am sure there are more to come.

Monday, November 16

Give Away

Everyone loves getting mail, especially presents.
It's time for another give away.
Just leave me a comment or email me,
Someone will receive this wired button and bead bracelet plus a few extra surprise goodies.
I'll announce the winner next Thursday 26th of November.
Good Luck.

Saturday, November 14

Hangin' Out

With the heat wave here in south oz we've been down to the beach most evenings.
Here we can drive the car onto the beach, out with the decks chairs and watch the sun sink.

Watch the tug boat go by.

Dream of the spring we missed out on.

Tuesday, November 3


What to do when one of your besties wants a picnic for her birthday and it's 37 degrees outside?
You have it in her dinning room of course!
We had a lovely day yesterday sharing our picnic lunch and catching up on all the news.
The Semaphore market on Sunday was fabulous, had a great day. Alas I forgot the camera but I will remember next time.

Thursday, October 29

Sunday Market

The garlands are finished and packaged in readiness for Sunday's market.
I'm off to St Bede's market at Semaphore this Sunday November 1st with a young friend.
I'm delighted at the prospect of spending the day with this gorgeous girl.
If you happen to be in the Semaphore area drop in and say Hello.

Saturday, October 24


Meet Percy the Peacock he lives in our street and several dear old ladies feed him. His beautiful tail feathers have now returned and he's calling for a girl friend day and night.
Apparently he lost his girl to a fox several years ago.
Miss Lilly is completely deaf and screams like a banshee, unfortunately for Percy he seems to mistake her caterwauling for an off key pea hen!
As yet they haven't met face to beak!

Thursday, October 22

Art Quilts

I've been having a lovely time playing around with bits and pieces, renewing my love of needle, thread and fabric.

Small art quilts made from all those little bits saved from larger projects.

I've made removable fabric journal covers and stitched the art quilts on the front.

Saturday, October 17


Finally I have found some time to craft, no I haven't tidied my room, I just moved to the kitchen table!
I'm not good at tidying messes, I just like to make them, probably a good job I don't live alone, there would never be a clear space!

Buttons are my passion, there are so many colours, shapes and sizes.
When ever I find a vintage button I wonder what garment it adorned and who wore it, imagine if they could talk.
Using a blend of vintage and new buttons makes each of my necklaces unique.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

Thursday, October 15


This jacket is my favourite purchase while in Melbourne.
It came from one of the vintage shops in Chappel Street.
It has 3/4 length sleeves and will be just right when the weather warms a bit, if that ever happens. Winter seems to be dragging on so long!
I seem to be dragging my feet this week, still trying to catch up from being away.