Thursday, 25 June 2009

When It All Just Falls Into Place - the longest and bestest blog entry yet!

Quite clearly I was meant to leave the house today. I have had an infected/inflamed gum for nearly a week now. I made an appointment with the dentist on Tuesday however was told my dentist was sick and wouldn't be back until Thursday. Thursday came and I went to work for a morning's worth of training but sadly the dental clinic called and said I would have to reschedule for tomorrow as the dentist was still sick. Ho-hum. So I had to take the day off today which was not so ho-hum.

We do not have a dentist in town so I have to travel to Castlemaine which is about 25 minutes away. I went to the dentist, he confirmed what I knew and prescribed me some antibiotics (which I dont like taking but that is another blog entry in itself).

I then went for a wander down the street as I felt I needed a new pair of boots. (I have a job interview next week which -if successful - will change the lives of Mr. S and I quite dramatically - good and bad but again, that is another blog). First I thought that another lovely pair of Doc Martens would do the trick but I really needed a good pair of dress boots that are somewhat ladylike and rather smashing at the same time.....then I laid eyes on these babies. $130, leather, hot diggerty and my size - you beauty! 20% you say? Even better. While I was in the shop, the lady commented the ring I was wearing (Manca Un Bottone of course) and asked if she knew me from somewhere. When I stated that I actually made the ring and I was from Daylesford she said she did in fact know me and saw me at the Maker's Market. She then asked if I had been to the button shop in town. BUTTON SHOP IN TOWN? WHAT BUTTON SHOP IN TOWN?? WHY DO I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS AND HOW COME SOMEONE HASN'T MENTIONED THIS SOONER!!!!!!!!!!???????

So off I toddle to Number 8 Templeton Street, Castlemaine. There I found Habadash and all my Christmas' had come at once.

Plastic buttons, glass buttons, wood buttons, metal buttons, vintage buttons, buttons on cards, buttons in bags, buttons in tins, buttons in baskets, buttons in drawers, buttons in frames, buttons in books. Buttons.


Two hours later I walked out with a new friend called Sonia (who is FANTASTIC!) and a bag full of buttons. Wait til I show Mr. S, he will be so so pleased. I also purchased the two prints which I am refusing to take out of the plastic until I find a very special spot for them. They are by Kate Greenaway who was a children's author and illustrator in the late 1800's. Sonia tells me that some clothing buttons were actually inspired by her drawings. I will investigate and report at a later date.

So after spending a large quantity of cash (which was a heap of fun and worth every cent) I decided it was best I made my way home. Not before stopping at Castlemaine Organics and checking out their produce. Another $30 gone and a bag full of goodies to munch on. What a fabulous day. Probably the best I have had in a very long time....and to think, if I hadn't have had a gimpy mouth non of it would have happened.


Check out these beauties. I have been flicking through the new Frankie this afternoon and stumbled across tmod. I don't know which one I want. I love them all. I think I love the cube most of all though. I am sure it would entertain me whilst listening to people ramble on at work...Maybe it should go on the Christmas wish list.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009


If you know of anyone who has Vintage buttons that they would like to sell please let me know by sending me an email.
Will pay good prices.
Large, coloured buttons preferred.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

I love you Frankie...

Today I have subscribed to Frankie magazine. I love Frankie. I find it very upsetting when I go to my local newsagent and all the copies are sold out. This is a fool proof way of making sure I have my Frankie copy for the next 12 months. Unless some magazine stealing bandit takes it from my mailbox....hmmm.
I also purchased the Frankie magazine 'Afternoon Tea' cookbook.
I dont know where my passion or skill came from in the cooking department as my mother and grandmother are pretty meat and three veg kinda peeps. Well actually, they are both kinda hopeless to be truthful (self confessed too so I can write that without being nasty). I love cooking and the Donna Hay cookbook I blogged about some time ago has been FAB-U-LOUS! I have been cooking something new each week and everything has worked out brilliantly. Mr. S has been rather pleased and well fed of late. Donna could be a secret waistline curse now that I think about it...
Speaking of magazines....this month's Better Homes and Garden's magazine has some great button projects. I haven't had a chance to flick through it properly yet but I am sure I will find something to work on over the next few weeks.
If you haven't noticed...I love buttons...I got some great vintage buttons on E-bay this week. Vintage button packages are always exciting to unwrap and sort through. Even Mr. S gets excited these days when a parcel arrives...something I thought would never happen.

Monday, 15 June 2009

This week brings...

This week is going to bring a certain little angel into our home for TWO whole nights. Isn't she the sweeeeeeetest thing?
Let me introduce Miss MGM. She is Mr. S's newest niece. I claim her as mine too as I am an only child so all Mr. S's nieces and nephews are mine as well! Little Miss MGM lives in the big smoke and is coming to stay with us so her Mum and Dad can go to a wedding in town.
I am jumping out of my skin with excitement. Mr. S and I do not have any children and he seems to think children are easy (especially babies). HA! I think he has a rude shock coming. Stay tuned.

Thankyou Miss Curly Pops!

How lovely to receive an email from Cam at CurlyPops saying she was going to write a blog on her button prize. Thanks so much for your kind words Cam. Hopefully next Maker's Market we will be able to meet!

For anyone who would like their own buttonie goodness you can check some of my stuff out here....or post a comment....or send me an email

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Originally uploaded from Kitty's Kaboodle which you can find here! Feel free to join in kids!

Outside my window… Mr. S is sanding back the HJ's bonnet...

I am thinking… that the HJ is the beginning of a divorce!

I am thankful for… having such beautiful and supportive friends and extended family.

From the kitchen… today brings potato and leek soup (to be consumed during our busy working week) and tonight a homemade mushroom risotto. Sausage rolls, mexican and parmasan crusted chicken with roasted vegetables will be in there some time this week to I would imagine.

I am wearing… oh, white and blue striped pj' bottoms and a red singlet (It's Sunday and I have been cooking and cleaning all day!)

I am creating… button attire...

I am going… to work tomorrow :(

I am reading… The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog: And Other Stories From A Child Psychiatrist Notebook by Bruce D Perry.

I am hoping… that I get a promotion.

I am hearing… the brand new tunes from Sia. I love her.

Around the house… are things that have been gathered and collected, all of which have a special memory and make me smile.

One of my favourite things… is my newly purchased cookie jar which I blogged about not too long ago...

A few plans for the rest of the week… work, job application writing(that's a whole day), washing, cooking, blogging and maybe a trip to Melbourne if I can get my s**t together.

Sewing lessons anyone?

Singer was right in this statement however I have a problem. I can't do it. I'm hopeless.

Yesterday was the second Daylesford Maker's Market that I have attended and on both occasions I have envied the fabulous women who have sewn their own wonderful creations. I wonder if there is anyone in the Daylesford area that would give me sewing lessons....or knows of any classes running?