Every now and then I do an op shop run to look for fun stuff and maybe some funky fabric to upcycle into shorts. Yesterday I did quite well. I found an Actil and Star Wars (!) doona cover, a couple of pillowcases and a linen 'Birds of Australia' teatowel - they have all been soaked and washed and will be turned into shorts. I also found a single fold out mattress. I made a smashing new cover for it and the dogs are happy with their new bed (it fits perfectly inside the crate).
But this is what I got really excited about. A bit too excited, you might say...
The entire collection of the Sesame Street Library, published in 1979 (before I was born!). The characters are completely old school. There are characters in there that I had completely forgotten about (remember Barkly?). And guess what? Not a trace of Elmo. After some googling, I discovered he first appeared in 1985. So there you go. I remember Big Bird being the popular one when I used to watch it. How times have changed.
Anyway, I bought the books because I (a) love Sesame St and (b) I love vintage and (c) I assumed they would be in pretty poor condition, so I could make gift tags out of the pages. Well, to my suprise the books are in almost perfect nick. Not a torn or scribbled on page. The covers have some age marks, but that's all. It was also pointed out to me that the series has recently sold on ebay for quite a princely sum. So these books will remain intact. I will put them away and pass them onto my kids when they are old enough to know how valuable they are...
It's not too late! I'm still taking orders for Christmas (and judging by the flurry I've received over the last few days, there is some last minute shopping going on). So, in a spot of shameless self-promotion, here are some Christmas ideas from my Madeit Store:
... To neglect my blog. Sorry blog. So much going on though, I'm sure you understand.
We had our first Christmas Party on the weekend. Just a little get together with our very good friends (who are also our neighbours). It's so special to have such great friends just over the fence. Another added bonus is they have two daughters, their first is only a month younger than Ollie and their second is only 3 months younger than Ed. We've been able to go through pregnancy, birth and all the little milestones that come after - together, it's so nice to share something so important with someone who completely understands.
We shared yummy food, like this icecream cake that I *cough* made for the kids *cough*
We opened presents with the kids...
We drank a lot of syrupy sweet Limoncello that had been brewing away in my kitchen for a month or so.
And then, after the kids were sleeping peacefully....
We Wii'd! We Wii Wii Wii'd all the way home :) It was a great night.
I love flicking through magazines and drooling over the gorgeous photos of food that compliment the recipes. Baking is my absolute favourite though. I was in the mood for some baking this morning, so we whipped up some gingerbread men (well, gingerbread snails, hedgehogs and squirrels).
I've also made around 3 litres of Limoncello to have with my neighbour when we have our little Christmas party. Noni grated up all the lemon zest, I added a bottle of vodka to it and it has been sitting for a few weeks. This morning we added another bottle of vodka and a litre of sugar syrup. Mmmmm... can't wait to get happy with a couple of glasses really soon.
1. BabyBird has been offered a stall at the stunning Boutique Markets at Portside Wharf in January. Yay! I am very excited, it's such a beautiful market, with a strong focus on all things lovely and handmade.
2. BabyBird now makes shorts for boys in up to a size 6! Previously, they were only available in 00-3, but I had so many mums frustrated with the lack of boys clothes in larger sizes. So I hunted around and found a larger shorts pattern (patterns for boys shorts in size 4-6 are so elusive!), customised it and have started sewing away.
In other news, Ollie has become obsessed with all things Santa this Christmas. It's the first one where he is actually starting to understand what goes on, so while they're asleep today, I am attempting to sew him a little Santa softie. Wish me luck!
So now that I have a minute, I thought I would tell you all about my first BabyBird Clothing Party. It was touch and go for a while there, I probably jumped in and organised it way too quickly, but in typical fashion (and being part of the now-now-now generation) that's what I did. In hindsight, it's not a great time of year for short notice, but I was lucky enough to have six lovely women come along.
At first I thought the number was too small and that things would be awkward and weird, when in fact, it was probably the perfect number to have! The day turned out to be 34 degrees, so I decided against holding it on my back deck and set up my tables and racks in the air conditioned loungeroom instead.
When all my guests started arriving, I was a tad nervous - I always feel a bit nervous about putting all my stock on display. It's like opening up a big part of my heart for people to see, which is a bit scary. Anyhow, I shouldn't have worried, because of course, everything was fine! The clothes were well-received and everyone was kind enough to buy something and it was more successful than I had hoped.
My biggest consideration was pressure - I absolutely hate being pressured into buy something, which is why I avoid Tupperware Parties like the plague. So I gave a brief and very relaxed introduction about what was for sale and then I went to make tea, letting everyone browse in peace. Later I spent some time chatting to everyone one-on-one, which was lovely too.
Huge, huge thanks to those who came along to support me and made my first party a success!