Thursday, 25 April 2013

Precious time

As you may know, we're awaiting the arrival of our first son (third child).

[Although, at risk of stating the obvious, we're not exactly sitting around idly waiting for him to make his appearance into the world.]

Back, in what seems like a long time ago, one of the reasons I was particularly keen for my second child to be another girl, had a lot to do with my emerging journey into sewing, making and creating.

Girls seemed so much easier to make things for.


Having now had my fill of 'pink' - I'm relishing the opportunity and challenge to sew for a boy.

And this afternoon, with my girls having quality time with their cousins and grandmother, I got some precious time to do just that.

Seriously easy to follow pattern found here

The lining of this reversible jacket comes from a South American poncho my Dad brought me home many years ago - and I never found a use for it: until now.


I have also made 2 baby blankets from this poncho - and seeing as it doesn't seem right to sell something that started out life as a gift... I've got one to give away.

And you get to do some giving too.

Valued at $45

Under this picture on The Penny Drops Facebook page, tag the name of someone you would like to see receive this.
I'll post it to them anywhere in NZ.
Names must be received before Friday 3rd May 2013.

xx
Mel

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Things that keep me awake

Like many pregnant women, sleep is not always my friend.


I'm getting better (thanks to plenty of opportunity to practice) but still plagued by busy thoughts that race around my head...

Recently by thoughts of this:

Wooden bunting, $49

And this:

House blackboard, $40

And wanting to combine all manner of fabrics to make a few cushions... 4 down, 1 to go.

Cushion - sold; Bunting, $35

And lists of things I mustn't forget to take to Playgroup the next day... but now school holidays are here, I should be spared that one at least.

 School holidays in Arrowtown

People often ask where my ideas come from. I don't always know the answer, but invariably I could tell you when then come.

4.30am.

xx

Mel


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Put a plant in it

For a while now, I've been looking out for a large basket (or two).

Naomi Paul - indoor plants, crocheted lights, painting

I found one.


And then I thought I'd paint it.

paint dipped baskets

So I did. 

My basket - after the paint job.

I love it's shape: pure luck - thrifters can't be choosers...

black and white. love the basket and plant against the cooler palette

So my next move is to put a plant into it.
Yellow Trio Basket Plants & Little Bird & Nest  LOVE THIS !!!!!!!

And maybe a nest. And a bird.

I think I am most taken with the basket covering the ugly plant pot. I've got a house plant candidate for this treatment.

These big trees look great.

Bonesteel Trout Hall - Fiddle leaf fig plant in  basket, beautiful bench seat with amazing fabric

Plant shop here I come!

xx

Mel



Friday, 5 April 2013

Weekend d.i.y. - drawers makeover

Before: imagine a cheap set of mass produced MDF drawers with fake 'wooden' veneer... (sorry for lack of 'before' picture).

Add some coats of paint... and an image, quote or design of your chosing.


Supplies: nailpolish remover, a photocopied image and an old rag.



1) Place image on painted surface face down. (If using words, be sure to flip the image so the words read as though you are looking at them in a mirror!)


2) Apply nailpolish to paper liberally - literally soaking the paper with it and applying pressure until the paper rubs away.



3) I had a very disappointing outcome with this attempt. The image was very faint in some places so I painted over the vague outline using dilute black paint and a fine paint brush: no artistry involved - this was just a tracing task...


4) I have had thoughts of distressing the finished product and/or sealing it with a clear acrylic - but as yet have not done so...


Et voila: the finished product.


Although results may vary - as they did for me - this is a cheap project to undertake (nailpolish remover + photocopy), so little harm comes from giving it a go.

xx

Mel

Monday, 1 April 2013

A potted history

As I understand it, my shop was once the weekday residence of a farmer. 


Hence I justify calling it a cottage - although it is merely one small room.


It has also been the home of sheep (judging by the 'muck' I had to clean out from under the lino when I lifted it to whitewash the original floor boards)...


... A dog or two (evidenced by the paw prints I washed off the walls)...


... A teenage boy (who left copious sticky-tape residue on the walls, but - perhaps thankfully - not the pictures that were once taped there)...


... A duck hunter or two (with my apologies to those who still come duck shooting at our place and now have no 'lodge' to sleep in)...


... And a lot of junk.


I much prefer it's current incarnation.

The Penny Drops country shop is conveniently loacted 10mins from Edendale, or a 25min-half hour drive from either Gore or Invercargill, just off the Southern Scenic Route. It is open occasionally or happily by prior arrangement (if I'm home it can be open). My 2 lovely assistants love your visits - as do I.

xx

Mel