Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Perfect Cardigan

Over the past 6 months (on and off), I've been working on a cardigan and early this month I finally finished it! 
I used the same pattern Solanah of Vixen Vintage used for her cardigan (The New Design in Cable Stitch pattern, which is the last one).
In order to make sure I finished it, I decided to do it in a colour that I'd been wanting for a while and made sure not to buy any navy blue cardigans. It worked like a charm and now I have the perfect cardigan! 

Thanks to Melbourne's weather being so unpredictable and not seasonal at all, I've been able to wear my cardigan a few times before having to put it away for summer!

Thursday, 19 December 2013


Yay! I'm a qualified scientist!

Yesterday, I attended my graduation. Three years of studying science over! It was great to finally feel like all of the work that I've put in has amounted to something. 

The day started with a 9:30 parade down Swanston St. My family and the boyfriend came along to this bit since it was only an hour. 

James and I in the bright sun

At the end of the parade we stopped off and took some photos in the park since it was a pretty backdrop (and right next to the car).

In the evening I went through the proper ceremony and got to walk across the stage which was a great feeling. I didn't take many photos though since I forgot my camera and it was poorly lit. The ceremony was very long and RMIT was a bit strict about where you could go once you registered. So, while worth it for the experience, I don't think I need to do it again...

Now it's out into the work force before going back for a Masters in education...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Star Spangled Headband

The other day I went to the Sacred Heart Mission Volunteer thank you party. Since it was the kick off to a lot of the Christmas themed fundraisers, I decided to get a bit Christmas-y with a star glittered headband! 

So, because everyone needs a starry glitter headband, I give you this tutorial! 

Glue (I used Glitter Glue)
Interfacing (if your felt is a bit floppy)
and a hot glue gun

 Step 1: Draw out some stars on your paper to use as a template. I did three different sizes to get some variation. 
 Step 2: Cut out the stars in felt and, if you find them too floppy, then back them with some iron on interfacing.
 Step 3: Glitter them up! Spread the glue all over the stars and liberally sprinkle with glitter. Then leave them to dry.
Step 4: Stick the stars on the headband using the hot glue gun and when dry, voila!

 A sparkly, starry headband!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Prairie (Part II)

So, as stated in Part I, we were on a diary farm! We spent half our time there and the other half camping/at his grandparents. It was a lovely, albeit hot, getaway. Most of the days it was well over 30C which was a bit of a shock to the system after cold, rainy Melbourne.

The view from our bedroom the first morning. 

This here is the cheeky Stumpy, who always sneaks over from her paddock on the side of the house into the bull enclosure. She was is of twins and has been rejected by her mother and the two foster mothers she was set up with. The bulls don't mind her hanging around and she seems to like the company. So, most of the time, we let her be.

Along with cows, there is another resident on the farm that I love to see...

Meet Milo, the reindeer!

She loves the treats we bring her and being patted! I love going to see her when we visit!

Having gotten the chance to settle in and enjoy the farm a bit, we decided to go camping in an area we could kayak. So, on the Monday, off we went to the Cohuna camping grounds on the Gunbower creek.

A great location for camping and a very equipped site, the place had a pool for use and it was easy for us to pop the kayaks in when we wanted(not to mention pretty inexpensive).

On the drive from the campsite to my boyfriend's grandparents house, we went through the Terrick Terrick National Park lands which were rather swampy and somewhat hard to navigate. However, we did get to stop off and see the Murray River.

I didn't get any photos after that due to it being so hot (and me therefore forgetting) but it was lovely seeing his grandparents again! 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Prairie (Part I)

This past week, I was up at my boyfriend's mothers house in Prairie, Victoria.
She and her partner live on a dairy farm and while we were up there we also went camping up near the Murray River. I'll show photos of that later. This is just a mini photo shoot my boyfriend and I did the day before we left. 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Vintage Magazines

Recently, I was given some vintage magazines from a lovely woman who works with my mother. She knows I like vintage and crafting so she passed on some magazines that belonged to her and her mother. One of my favourite things to do is flip through old magazines. I like seeing the advertisements, old recipes, patterns....

These are just two of the ones she passed on to me from the 1930's (Sunday Stories) and the 1950's (Woman's Weekly).

I love the ads!

I love the middle dress in the set of three french designs down the bottom.