Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I honestly wouldn't normally associate the Melbourne outer eastern suburb of Ringwood with notions of style and design brilliance (hey, I'm a Moe girl born and bred, I am very acquainted with suburban/country town average-ness). So when I came across the house of Simone and Rhys Haag (from The Design Files, via Miss Moss), I was quite blown away and in total awe of their lovely, lovely home. 

Here are a few pictures, for your own viewing pleasure, all courtesy of The Design Files)

I very very much like the wood paneling - kind of beachy, kind of Scandi 

I love the nook for the free-standing oven. I also love how it is tiles (i do love tiles...)

Brilliant shelving. 

Great sink (and tiles, of course)

Leather door handles? Yes please. 

Beautiful colour combinations

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Nothing of particular significance has been happening lately, at least, not enough to dedicate a whole post to. So instead, here is a pictorial round-up of whats been happinin' in my little world lately...

admiring armchairs

buying a couch

and a bookshelf/tv unit

and a 'bar'

picked this bad boy up op shopping in Barwon Heads the other day with a friend. this brings my shirt tally (since last posting about them) from 2 to 7

saw this set, but alas, didn't purchase. kind of regretting it

baked my first loaf of bread!

did some study (am not much of a poster-on-wall person, but studying an ancient language means lots and lots of colour coded posters...)

selling stuff on ebay! please feel free to go buy something!

finally a picture of the finished quilt (Helen, this is for you!). has been required the past few nights, as has been quite chilly

collecting various shades of red lipstick and an Egyptian motif ceramic container from my late grandmother

getting these beauties ready for walking

and these gorgeous coats ready for wearing
(would you believe that 4 out of these 6 coats came from op-shops? Well, perhaps from their style you could...they probably all came to no more than $30 altogether! Man i love it when the hard work pays off!)

And that's about it!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Anyone who knows me well knows that i LOVE Grand Designs (I also love Kevin quite a lot too...). And my by far, all time, most favourite episode just happened to be showing on ABC recently, so i thought i would screen-capture the crap out of it so that

a. i could save the images for ever and ever


b. i could share them with you!

This episode features a 30 something interior designer who is able to build the house of her (and my) dreams, on a plot below her mother's house. Beautifully tucked away down a steep driveway, the house is secluded and amazing and wonderful. 

WARNING: this is a very picture heavy post
(oh and sorry about the somewhat blurry images, ABC iview is to blame)

recycled and dud bricks are used cheaply and painted white

the balance of bright white with the silvering cladding 

spacious kitchen dining area (with Kev-Dog too! What a spunk)

bespoke wooden stairs, shelves and bench tops, that wrap around high street drawers and cupboards

lots and lots of lovely open shelving

AMAZING stairs. Hands down my favourite feature

front door leading right into main living area

smart use of book shelves - dividing the room, but keeping the space light and open at the same time

step down into lower level lounge room

lovely little fire place, wonderful parquet flooring and light flooding the room

minimal bathroom

parquet flooring extending to the first floor


I'd like to move in next week please. 

UPDATE: A good friend pointed out to me that the owner of above house has her own website, and by god, its chock full of her signature awesomeness. Have a look for yourselves

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Colette Patterns recently released a wonderful shift dress pattern called Laurel. And whilst i almost purchased it, a combination of student budget and already owning 6 tubs/drawers full of patterns, stopped me. So whilst I would encourage all to go and support Colette themselves, I did the dodge and instead went to see what I had that would be a pretty close match...

So, the pattern:

Butterick 2704
Early to mid 1960s (??)
One of those that is co-ordinates inspired, with each garment pretty much able to be mixed and matched with every other. A whole wardrobe in one tattered envelope!

I selected the pink number, up top, on the right. Seemed to be quite a nice combination of shift style, french darts (keeping the overall shape more fluid and vertical...if you get me).
The only thing I really wanted, and it didn't have, was sleeves. So I think I just selected a short, capped sleeve from another pattern of a similar era. 

Surprisingly, the pattern itself was a really old-school one (i.e no marking on the tissue paper, but rather a series of differently sized holes indicating the main features of the pattern pieces.) This meant i had to copy it out onto separate tissue paper (usually a good idea anyway, as the original patterns can be pretty delicate and tend to tear easily). 

As i was adding a sleeve from a different pattern, I had to fiddle around a bit with the armhole measurements. I am more of a 'trail and error' sort of person when it comes to this sort of thing. Yeah, i'll do some measurements to try make it match, but i figure the toile/mock up version is for testing this stuff out, and playing about some more if it does not work first time. 

Here is the toile, made from a rather pretty op-shop bed sheet. Shame (and rather gross) that whilst the outer edges of the sheet were bright white and the roses colourful, the centre of the sheet was musty grey and the colours very faded. So, whilst not good for real wear, perfect for a mock-up. 

You can see here that i have had to put some tucks into the sleeve head. I was playing about with fitting it into the arm hole, and though gathering the sleeve head is the conventional method, i thought some small tucks would be cute, and give it a little (but not too much) puff and body.

And here is the finished toile. Pretty happy with the fit all up. Apart from widening at the hips (only a fraction), i didn't alter the main shape or size of the pattern at all. 

The neck is a nice boat-neck style, which is good as it covers the scar on my neck (past thyroid operation), and isn't too tight or constricting. The back has a simple slit, closed by a button and thread chain, but it is really just for show, as i can easily slip the dress over my [big] head without undoing it. 



for the finished dress!

Sorry about the grainy selfie...

The fabric is a poly-blend/unknown i picked up last year from an opshop in Ascot Vale. I really like the dark blue (almost black) and white stripes. Actually, i was a bit of a badass and broke a cardinal sewing rule: i didn't follow the true selvedge line of the fabric, but rather went for second best and used it cross-ways, as i liked the stripe going horizontal more than vertical. 

And that is about it! I've worn it once so far, luckily our summer seemed to go on forever (has only really dropped in temperature in the last week or so - and even then we're still getting tops of 20-25 degrees C!)