Another of my favourite magazines,
this one perfect for inspiring Christmas in July……
and in December too of course!
Although I loved hearing and reading Fairy Tales as a child, it always disturbed me that characters such as the wolf in ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ often met a horrible end.
In this wonderfully written and illustrated thrift shop find, the wolf is simply scared away by the waving of a woodsman’s axe.
“Happily ever after” for all….
Country Market craft…..
Meet ‘Lenny the Guinea Pig, pattern by ‘Bit of Whimsy Dolls’
My namesake plant ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ (Thunbergia alata)
As a child I loved to see this plant growing along our backyard fence in Sydney. I’m delighted that this same species is now the main feature of a small ‘once a puppy yard’ area behind our house – covering a gate, creeping along the wire fence and making its way across the ground.
It is a fact that if you have a lot of ‘stuff’ you need somewhere safe and accessible to store it. This has and no doubt always will be an issue for me – the keeper of all things useful past present and future. I like lots of shelves filled with treasures – and I particularly like glass containers for their ‘see through’ value (despite the fact that glass plus our many cats are not a good combination).
I once bought a dozen Bonne Maman jam jars from a ‘past the use by’ table at Coles and in no time they were emptied, washed, dried and put to good use in the music room to hold stationery bits and pieces. Not so easy to find more of these for my collection, now that they are no longer a supermarket item, however my friend Debbie kindly located some in a speciality shop for me……and I picked up a few mini sample jars from a hotel in London.
My miniature piano collection began with a filigree blown glass grand piano, a gift from my parents when I was 18.
I had a wonderful time displaying these ornaments at the Beaudesert Collectible Fair in 2010.
They made people smile, I was asked questions about where they came from and I heard stories of piano lesson experiences.
Some of the pianos are musical and play tunes such as ‘Fur Elise’ and ‘Love Story’……