Monday, August 30, 2010

Collections: Vintage Chocolate Boxes

I have a thing for chocolate boxes, all sorts, and especially if they still have chocolates inside...hee hee, but my favourite are the ones with ladies on them. Here are a few that I have dotted around our home (mostly in our bedroom).

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Garden Lovelies

Its such a lovely day today, a total contrast
to freezing cold of the past 2 weeks. With Spring just around the corner, we have been clearing out the old weeds and preparing the garden for some new flowers.

Last year I was able to start my little cottage garden in the front of our house, having build a small fence to banish Tinkie from sto
mping down all the plants as he happily roams the perimeter yapping at passers by.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend too, T

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Golden Ticket?

My favourite movie growing up was 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory', 1971 with Gene Wilder. The lickable wallpaper for the nursery walls was so cool and of course the Chocolate Room was truly unbelievable..and how exciting would it be to find a golden ticket? Right? When we visited the lolly shop last Saturday morning, look what I found!...a real 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' chocolate bar, with a chance to win a GOLDEN Ticket!

.....with all entries to be claimed by the 20th September 2010 was this a sign? This date just happens to be my birthday!! Lets open and see:

Just a little bit.....

...a little more.....

Damn it! No golden ticket :( Looks like I will have to keep saving my pennies for our trip next year...:)

p.s. The chocolate bar was pretty Scrumdiddlyumptious too....

Happy Friday everyone!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Junking Makeover: Cane Parlour Chair

I thought I would show you a quick makeover I did on my parlour chair. I found it at our local shop for $65. It was covered with yucky tan vinyl but was old and in great shape. Under the white paint is the original tortoiseshell cane, a little has been stripped off, but I left the rest as is.

I removed the original trim around the heart and reused it to finish the new back. I used a plain white doiley underneath and the bell shaped crinoline lady on top. As a quick fix, I simply placed a cushion cover over the seat.

It is currently in our granny flat, you can see the green painted concrete floor underneath the chair (inspired by Sandy @ Paint Me White). I will show you the granny flat makeover soon.

Have a good one, Tamara

p.s. don't forget to enter my giveaway...entries close 31st August Aussie time :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Treasured Past Giveaway! Yay! I've made it through the first month!

Hi guys, well I made it through my first month of blogging....yay! As a token of my appreciation, I would like to give you the opportunity to celebrate with me.

After some deliberation, I decided to make a little collection for
One Special Person.


The prize will include:

1. Scrabble tiles spelling the words 'Hope' and 'Dream'
2. Rogers & Gallet soap (quite shabby),Yardley Bath and Hair pin boxes,
3. 13 fabric swatches (each roughly 8 x 11.5 inches),
4. Selection of matchbox covers,

5. Cupie and peg doll,

6. One small hand-worked tablecloth and doileys,

7. Snaps and shoulder strap retainers (2 missing) on card and a vintage postcard,

8. Snakes and ladders card,

9. Five music sheets :) ***do you recognise the Fleurette music sheet from my mannequin makeover and blog header?***


1. For 1 entry: leave a comment in this post, it could be .....why you would like to win, what is your favourite category on my blog, what you love to collect, what you would like to see more of....etc.

To increase your chances:

2. For 3 entries: Post about this giveaway on your blog
, if you have one and let me know with a followup comment or in an email to

This giveaway is open to all readers, you don't have to have your own blog to enter. I will ship worldwide!

The giveaway
ends 31st August at 11:59 PM Australia EST. One lucky person will be randomly selected and announced on 1st September.

st of luck!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pebbly Beach

On the way back from the Milton Swap Meet, we took the kids to Pebbly Beach. It is really amazing there. The kangaroos and parrots (King parrots and Crimson Rosellas) are super friendly and live on the beach.

In the rock pools:

Natural heart shaped rock and pool, you couldn't make something more perfect if you tried :)

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend:)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Razmataz Photo Challenge: Pink

Each Friday Chania @ Razmataz will blog a word or theme with a McLinky link. The challenge is to post a photo that encompasses the weekly theme. This weeks word is Pink.

I personally love the colour pink. I took a photo of my powder puff which is the perfect pale pink, soft and feminine.