Wednesday, 31 October 2007


I'm feeling a bit poorly today - low in energy, and in a bit of a creative I thought I'd cheer myself up by retiring to bed with a pot of tea, This American Life podcasts, and the Quilt In Progress.....yep.

Before I go though, you HAVE to have a look at This:

I am astounded. I want one of my own, very badly.

And some favourites, my friends, until next time.....


1. WANNA GO HOME lady pin, 2. Breakfast2, 3. New! color wheel quilt bundle!, 4. Flapper girl, 5. ada, 6. mango feathered facinator, 7. gorgonian sea fan, 8. mallory, 9. wip, 10. SPT - Trash lady, 11. A NEW EMPTINESS, 12. tank_1.jpg, , 14. many stories (red shoes), 15. fragile

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Thrifted Tuesday

It's been a quiet week around here at Casa Hyena, mainly due to the fact that I am working lots and lots, and all the spare time seems to be taken up by sleeping! As much as I wish I could sew in my sleep, that particular skill is yet to manifest itself, so I'm left with not a lot of makings to show.....

I do however, have a little Work In Progress on the table, which looks like this....


Can you guess?
I've bought a new sewing machine, and this is my first attempt at Making Something Properly, to the pattern, with extra things like french seams and bias hems and lined pockets...... so I'm taking my time, seam ripper at the ready, hoping that it all goes to plan........

I did have some time to do the op shop run again this week, coming home with a good pile of goodies:

Thrifted Tuesday
Thrifted Tuesday

From the top:

a white and black spotted neck scarf: $1,
two lightweight knit jumpers in grey and mustard: $5 each,
about 2 metres of floral stripe vintage fabric, $4,
a yellow and white gingham tablecloth with black crosstitch embroidery: $2,
3 metres of teal stripe fabric,
6 metres of teal linen weave fabric,
and a set of two black and white houndstooth vintage curtains: $10 for all three.

Those curtains are brilliant - but too short for the windows we have, so I might unpick them instead and use the fabric for something else....

I also managed to score three fabulous vintage aprons, all handmade, for $3 each:

Thrifted Tuesday

The red one has grey and white barkcloth pockets, the green one has hand peiced hexagon flowers and ric rac pockets, and the one on the end is feedsack crazy patchwork with hand embroidery along the seams.......yum!

And that's about the excitement quota of my week......I'm off to work again, and will be working crazy hours all weekend, so this is probably the last you'll hear from me for a few days...... if you're waiting for a parcel from me, they are all in the post! Everyone else, have a great weekend...... and I'll leave you with some impossible cuteness courtesy of my new niece, Grace:



Thursday, 18 October 2007

News and New Things....

Hello everyone!

I've been absent for a few days, mainly due to the roadworks men on my street deciding that waking me up at 7am every morning with their jackhammers simply wasn't enough; so they thought they might cut through my phone cable too - rendering me phone and internet-less for three days! Needless to say I wasn't impressed - less so by three days without technology to suck up all of my time - and more so by the fact that when I got back online there were 165 new blog posts waiting for me to read! AAARRGGHH!

But now I am caught up with you all again - you who create, waiting for no-one, and am free to share some good news with you all:

Earlier in the week, my sister gave birth to my new niece - Grace Miah!

My new niece!

I'm so excited to have a new addition to the family - our family is getting much more exciting now that there are kids involved, and it's brought us all back together in a brilliant way, livening up our family life again after the lull that happens after everyone leaves home and wanders around for a few years trying to get their shit together!

So congratulations to my lovely sister and her brilliant husband - I can't wait to meet Grace when they come home for Christmas!

The break in blogging means I have fallen behind on my group obligations - especially Thrifted Tuesday, so here's a bit of booty I scored at the op shop this week.....

A lovely big mirror for the mantle in the bedroom - $10.

Thrifted Mirror

(the light in there is terrible, but I'm sure you get the idea....)

Plus a set of gorgeous Staffodshire teacups in the most exquisite teal blue - $10 for the set......bargain!

Thrifted Teacups

Thrifted Teacups - detail

I have such an unmediated passion for teacups, I can never walk past a good one in the op shop, and these are currently the pinnacle of my collection, though they are new, so there's a bit of a bias there! I'm getting to the point where I might seriously have to get a piece of furniture made to house the bloody things - they multiply at a seriously alarming rate......

I also received some mail love this week from Emily of The Black Apple, I bought a Gramaphone Girl print and a cameo pin from her Etsy shop last week, and I was so excited to open the parcel and see my goodies inside!

The Cameo Pin was one of These.

By the time I'd had it for one day, proudly wearing it on my favourite orange cardigan, all through the day and into the night, over a couple of bottles of wine and dinner, and then, spilling some red wine on my cardigan, I whipped it off into a bucket of cold water to soak overnight so it wouldn't get stained, forgetting - COMPLETELY FORGETTING UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING - that I had left the lovely pin attached to the cardigan as it soaked............

So that when I finally remembered - and dashed in a mad panic to the laundry, what I pulled out was this:

The Black Apple Disaster

I am so sad. I cannot even tell you how annoyed I am that I didn't have the presence of mind to take the pin off before I soaked my cardie. *sniff*.
It was such a nice pin. As soon as Emily makes some more, I will buy another.

Well friends - now I've come to the end of a long post, without even telling you about my new sewing machine! But I have dinner to eat and work to go to - so tomorrow, perhaps.

I hope you are all well out there in blogland - xxxxx

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

New Nongs....

Though it's probably not the best idea to drink three bottles of wine with your partner, and then proceed to take photos of your new creations, that is exactly what we did on Monday night!

Armful of Nongs

Out of the many, many that were extremely blurry due to the hilarity of the situation and the stumbliness of the perpetrators, there are a few worth sharing....

Here's the new gang in its entirety:

New Nongs

The latest couple I've been making have been sporting rather fetching winter jumpers: (that be a sweater for our North American friends!)

Winter Nong

Who can go past a wooden toggle button? Not me....

Winter Nong

And this little guy gets to sport some sexy pants from Hollabee hand printed fabric....

Winter Nong

In all seriousness, though, I think I learned something from these photos; namely that everything looks better given a context - I like the way you can see how big the Nongs are in relation to my own body, and they look so much more fun in an interesting setting rather that just up against a plain surface. And what could be better than a whole armful of stuffed toys? Marvellous!

Before I go, I want to say thanks to all the fabulous people who responded to my Tagged post - I'm still working my way through the emails, so if I haven't replied yet, I'm sorry!

It was great to hear everyone's feedback and personal stories, and if anyone wants to take up the meme for their own blogs, please do so - I love hearing little details about other people's lives - vouyeristic? no! (said, as always, with lots of sarcasm!)

Have a beautiful day, friends! xxxx

Monday, 8 October 2007

Tagged, and Tagged again.

I was tagged by the lovely Nicolette for the 7 honest things meme, and considering I have gone all this time without doing any, I might as well pack them both into one week.....

1) I was quite severely bullied at High School. I changed schools because of it, and I still get uneasy when I see private school girls on the street. I have an inordinate amount of sympathy for people who are a little different, trying to make their way through the vipers' nest of High School, especially in small country towns where diversity can be seen as a threat. Though I still carry scars from what those girls put me through, I am eternally grateful that I never felt the need to conform or change in order to fit in. Most of the fabulous people I know went through something similar, and have grown up to be way cooler than the people who tormented them anyway. Still, whenever I hear someone say that your teenage years are the best of your life, I want to punch them in the head. Life begins at 20. I swear by it.


2) I am obsessed by books. My sister taught me to read when I was around four (thanks, Bones!) and I've rarely had my head out of one since. When I was having a particularly bad time at school, I would hide in the library, sitting for hours among the stacks, reading everything that I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, I have terrible powers of recall, so actually remembering the information I read after the fact is difficult. As a result, I'm a compulsive re-reader, and return to my favourite books again, and again. I've read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' once a year since I was 11, and I still discover new things in the story after each re-reading.

3) I have a morbid fear of the colour pink. I think this might stem from a time when I was little and I threw up all over one of the fabulous, all pink tracksuit numbers my Mum was fond of dressing me in. Other people wearing pink is fine, me wearing it is unthinkable.

4) I have shared houses with over 100 people in the last ten years. Some of these people included a crazed, promicuous lesbian with a penchant for Barbara Streisand videos, a chainsaw sculptor, a graffiti artist wanted by the police, a chainsmoking Taiwanese exchange student, a truck driver from a small country town, a mad punk woman with a heroin habit, and various artists, musicians, hippies and actors. I am eternally grateful that I don't live in share houses anymore, but I did have a lot of fun.


5) I've had a stalker. I had to do a runner in the middle of the night from the house we shared after I rejected his advances and he trashed my room, throwing my possessions about, some of them out the two storey window. He proceeded to follow me everywhere, write me letters, call my house a million times a day, and listen in on my conversations at parties and then confront me with accusations that jokes I had made were to his detriment. The police told me a restraining order would be practically useless and difficult to uphold because he hadn't actually threatened me with violence. The latest rumour I heard was that he had inherited a lot of money, and blown the lot on a misguided foray into nude performance art. Seriously. I later met a few other women who had had problems with the same man. One of them said she shared a house with him and she woke up in the middle of the night in bed with her partner and he was standing over them, watching them sleep. Creepy.


6) I am compulsively early. I think this comes from growing up in the country where you had to drive for half an hour to get anywhere, and now I can't kick the habit. Even if I deliberately try to make myself late, I'll get green lights the whole way there and still be twenty minutes early. I can't stand it when other people are always late, because I've already been waiting for ages, even if they get there on time!


7) I got my first ever bar job by working at a gay bar in Darwin, dressing up as a pussycat and serving cocktails on a tray. One night when it was busy, I was thrown in the deep end behind the bar serving people, even though I'd never done it before, and after that I hung up my ears and tail (thank god!) and worked the bar instead. There were two of us, me and another guy, and the lesbians loved me, and the gay men loved him. Little did they know we were actually seeing each other! I put a sign on our tip jar that said "Tips greatly enhance your chances of seducing the bar staff" and we tripled our tips overnight. It was a lot of fun, but I swear I am NEVER working with drag queens ever again. Way too much drama.

I don't think I'll do any tagging this time around, but if you want to take this one up, you can!

It's been a little quiet around here of late, but I have been working on some new Nongs, which I'll take photos of soon, and there's been a few bits of postal joy:

new fabric from Hollabee

I recieved some of this gorgeous fabric from Hollabee the other day, and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy more.....its a cotton linen blend, and is so lovely to work with - some of the small amount that I bought has already ended up in one of the new Nongs....

I also recieved my parcel from my Scrap Swap partner, Linda, chock full of new little bits of fabric!

scrap swap parcel

scrap swap parcel


Now I'm off to the post office to send some much awaited parcels that I'm seriously late on - Bec, Leonie and Kate, they're on their way!


Sunday, 7 October 2007

Technical Difficulties....

Hi Friends,

Just letting you know that I have realised that there are quite a few photos missing from various places in my blog - including the Cathedral Windows Tutorial... aaarrrggghh!

I'm not sure what's happened, but I'm working on trying to get those images back online ASAP.

So if you're wandering around my blog and notice missing pictures, don't fret - all will be well once I complete my emergency degree in Computer Programming.... (ha!)

Hope you're all having a good

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

The Name Meme

Courtesy of Shula. After One Hundred posts and not being tagged once, this week I've been tagged twice! Here's the first - mine is unfortunately nowhere near as funny as some of the others I have read, including Shula's, but never mind - participation is the key!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car)

Fluffy Lantra

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)

Toffee Yo Yo

3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name)


4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)

Red Meerkat

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)

Janelle Timboon

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)


7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put "The")

The Black G & T

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)

Clifford Alan

9. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy)

Rosemary Redskin

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names )

Christine John

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)

Can't Remember Canberra

12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower)

Autumn Heliconia

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)

Fig Scarfie

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree),

Egg Curly Willow

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour")

The Softie Sewing Summer Day Storm Tour.

And just so we can have a photo in this post - here's the latest Flickr Obsessions mosaic.......Teapots!

Teapot Love...

1. teatree, 2. high tea, 3. Tea time, 4. I'm a little teapot, 5. morning tea, 6. ウーロン茶 - oolong with ginger & cherries, 7. alameda finds, 8. have a nice cup of tea, 9. Yudofu in the morning, 10. Tiny Tea, 11. tag teapot, 12. thrifting, 13. jueves, 14. Tea, anyone? (34/365), 15. My kitchen, 16. You WILL Have Tea!, 17. the tea cupboard, 18. bob's java jive, 19. Untitled film still #1, 20. Tea time, 21. Decorated

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.