Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Back to school.

Here's my day today. The kids went back to school after 5 weeks of holidays, and I was overwhelmed by sadness. I still had my two beautiful little men at home, but for some reason I took it hard this time. I'm well aware that they are growing up way too fast. They had a lovely first day back, and now I must get back into being a taxi service for cricket, soccer, swimming, school, tennis, pre school and playgroup. Craft will be squeezed in there somewhere. Most likely at the expense of sleep. :-)

By Sharon Newth

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Salvaging postage stamps.

I"m officially the most unreliable blogger ever, but here I am again. Whilst those on the other side of the world were experiencing a 'polar vortex', in my part of the world we were sweltering under a week of extreme heat. We had a whole week of temperatures in the mid 40 degrees, which resulted in us doing nothing but swim and hide indoors. It caused my internet to be out of action for a week too!

Here's something I made using old postage stamps I salvaged from letters and postcards. I had no idea what I was making when I started this, I was just making it up as I went. My favourite way to create.

I've got a bit of a thing for hot air balloons, so here's what I ended up with. :-)

By Sharon Newth

Monday, January 13, 2014

Vintage towel refashion...

Here's something crazy I made from a big old vintage towel. This was one of those 'because I can' moments.

Towel, Found at the op shop for $1. My mum used to have one like this when I was a kid.

A few snips and lines of sewing and it becomes a circle skirt. Just watch me twirl!

Also doubles as a bather cover up.

Crazy I know, but fun.

By Sharon Newth

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Handmade goodies by me.

A yellow dancing alien.


A New Year's thanks.

A school holiday activity jar for slow days

A jar of awesome.

Some crochet on holidays.

All made by me. See, I did manage to fit a little bit of crafty in amongst the mayhem of school holidays.

By Sharon Newth

A crafty hubby

One of the things I love about all of my making is that it has turned my hubby a little bit crafty too, and he now makes me things for my birthday. I love getting handmade presents and I love seeing this rare creative side of him.

Here's what he made me for my birthday on Tuesday.

He made me this map using some recycled wood from our garden at our old house in Melbourne.

I love it! There are pins to put in places you want to go. I love dreaming of new travels and adventures near and far. Look where I'm going this year!!! Yay! It's far not near.

He also made me this present. Made me laugh. Emergency rations.

Clever hubby!

By Sharon Newth

Recent op shopping adventures.

Here are some of my recent op shop finds. Most of these I found when we were on our family holiday.

Firstly, a couple of awesome vintage chenille quilts and fantastci condition. I love the pattern.

Some side plates from Johnson.

You know I can't resist this!

More Johnson ware.

And some stocks to make some more bird feeders and cake stands. Or just have a tea party.

Mr D fell in love with this strong woman. From the free toy box out the front.

A 50s chair that matches perfectly with Nan's table. Needs a tiny repair.

And a free couch and 2 armchairs for my outside undercover area. I love these. So old school comfortable and very well looked after.

Just had to do some shuffling in my kitchen to fit the new plates in.

Anyone else been thrifting?

By Sharon Newth

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


There isn't much time for anything but kids at the moment, hence my silent blog. Today I did manage to get crafty with the kids though, and do a little refashion. I do have some other posts to try and catch up on but for now I'll stick with today.

The kids and I made random artworks from recycled materials we scavenged from around the house. It kept us amused for an hour or so while the made toddler was having a nap.

Juliet then made me a tree with all of the love heart gum leaves she had gathered as a present for me.

I really needed to do something creative, so I dragged out this 80s op shopped dress and gave it a refashion.

I took out the shoulder pads, removed the pockets, took it in at the back and sides, and took from off the bottom. I made it too short! I'm going to have to add something funky to the bottom now.

What have you been up to?

By Sharon Newth