Wednesday, 27 February 2008

All of it and Everything Else...

While posting is a little thin on the ground over here lately, I'm finding myself with rather long mega-posts in order to do some catching up; please feel free to wander off and make a cup of tea while I rant on a bit about my week.....

First up: a long overdue This Is meme post - This weeks theme is This Is....."me taking a photo of myself in the bathroom mirror wearing my favourite accessory"

This is: My Favourite Accessory

All the mirrors in my bathroom are at head height, which made taking this photo no mean feat - please excuse the lack of artistic integrity and focus instead on my favourite belt -

I once met a man, a friend of a friend, who was visiting from San Francisco. Camp as a row of tents, and with a mysterious liquid income, Alexae was a mad punk, and we hit it off straight away. After spending a week or so showing him the sights of Melbourne, I said goodbye, and haven't seen him since.

About a month after he left, a MASSIVE box arrived in the mail, addressed to me, and packed to the brim with gifts. Toys, clothes, comic books, nail polish, glitter, fabric, stickers, and this belt, a smaller, girly replica of the one he wore which I had requisitioned for the whole of his stay.

This was ten years ago. I still wear the belt practically every day. I have short spells of not wearing it, but it is one of those things that has become synonomous with me: the tinkle of the chains as I walk, the little bits and pieces people give me to hang off it, the way it can take any outfit and make it punk. I LOVE it. Even though I don't identify as a punk anymore, I still wear it.

I have no idea where Alexae is now - perhaps he'll randomly read this and get in touch.


Second point of order: a question for our Australian readers who are dorky enough (like me) to actually watch and enjoy Question Time in parliament.


Is anyone else having this trouble? And don't even get me started on how weird it is to have a Mr Speaker that is Actually Amicable. Hmmmm......

(apologies to our International friends...)


So by now, if indeed you are still reading, you're probably gagging for some photos of great stuff I found at the op shop this week...... Happy to Oblige:

Thrifted Tuesday

First up: Remember that fantastic red suitcase I found the other week?

Well, today, I found the MATCHING BEAUTY CASE. Oh My oh my oh my.

Thrifted beauty case

I am now a Woman With Matching Luggage. How 60's airline hostess of me.

Here it is again full of a pile of yarn I also got today:

Thrifted beauty case and wool

Turquoise blue mohair and black worsted pure wool.... yum. (More on the knitting later)

Next up: a set of very cute Scandanavian-ish doileys:

Thrifted doileys

I'm thinking I might make them into pockets for a skirt or something....

I also found a couple of cute bangles:

Thrifted bangles

And hit the motherload of vintage Pyrex, with these three green bowls: gasp!

Thrifted Pyrex bowls

Don't forget to come over and join us at Thrifted Tuesday - we'd love to have you!

Now I was going to bang on about my knitting for a while, but I've exhausted myself, let alone the patience of my dear readers, so I'll leave it there. Hopefully I'll see you all soon - in between working mammoth shifts at the pub while one of the bosses is away...... zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Take care,


Thrifted Tuesday - Best Of

It's been a wee while since I've posted a Thrifted Tuesday, not that I haven't been op shopping, I've just been a little slack on the posting front!

But I thought I might start a semi-regular post on the best thrifted items posted in our Thrifted Tuesday pool!

If you'd like to join, head on over to Flickr and sign up - all you have to do is add photos of your favourite thrifted finds - easy peasy!

So I'll try to do a bit of a Best-So-Far in this post, and then keep up with the new additions as we go along......

All the photos of course belong to the members who have uploaded them, and you can click on the images to go to the members' Flickr photostream....

Thanks is also required to Tricia from bits and bobbins, whose wardrobe_remix posts are the inspiration for this idea..... Thanks Tricia!

So, on to it:

How cute is this lamp from mrwphotography?

My new lamps

**tWo pInK pOSsuMs** always finds the BEST vintage crockery....


How's this for a Pyrex collection? And look at that Pinnochio funnel from Vintage Pleasure!

Vintage Mini Pyrex

elsiemarley has hit the jackpot with this gorgeous little play kitchen....

play kitchen

I love the neckline on this dress from ifiori:


kootoyoo took us all on a childhood memory trip with this find:


wearmystuff has a great collection of vintage religious icons going on....

religious things

This is one of my favourite photos, from quickcow_80 - the outfit was thrifted, not the baby!

100% Thrifted

meetmeatmikes is of course a thrifting genius!


Comfy & Cosy is the queen of vintage patterns and notions:


sewyourown has assured my eternal jealousy for these little beauties:

suitcase finds

and Creature Comforts always seems to uncover something fabulous - and she has a shop, too!

6 little dishes


So if you'd like to be part of the action, get yourself over to Thrifted Tuesday and join in the fun!

Friday, 22 February 2008

And in other news....

Manda from Treefall is having her new baby right as we speak.... how's that post for blogger dedication????

Love it.

Breathe, Manda!


Thursday, 21 February 2008

This is....

I'm so late on this one..... Sorry Shula!

Last week's theme - This Is.....'What makes me laugh'....

First up: Flight of the Conchords:

"You're so beautiful, you could be a part-time model" - GOLD.

If you are as yet unaware of the brilliance that is Gemaine and Bret - get thee to downloading - even just for the novelty of seeing New Zealanders in America.... he he he.....

Second up: Overheard In New York.

The kind of crazy shit that New Yorkers will say to each other in public never ceases to amaze me.

Sales clerk: Can I help you with anything?
Depressed girl: I just want to find the nearest window to jump out of.
Sales clerk: I can escort you to the highest point of the store.


Girl #1: Okay, let's go around the table and tell horrible hook-up stories.
Girl #2: Can anything top the time I woke up stark-naked in London after a night partying in New York?
Girl #3: No one can top that. Unless you consider the time I stole a guy's car in the middle of the night so I wouldn't have to do the walk of shame.
Girl #4: Don't forget the part where you wrecked it and went to jail...


Girl: I still don't understand the definition of emo.
Boy: It's more emotional than other music.
Girl: Oh, please, everything is emotional. My face? Emotional.


Girl #1: So, we have a bet -- if I have sex first, then I have to wear a shirt that she's written all over, but if she-- [looks around].
Girl #2: If she what?
Girl #1: ... I'll tell you later. I feel like people are listening, and I don't want to end up on some website.


And last but not least: I Used To Believe.

This is a website where people submit stories of silly stuff they used to believe when they were kids..... I can get stuck on this one for ages, snorting into my tea......

Some of my favourites:

My brother and I thought that Grandma lived at the airport because that's where we always went to get her. Then when we were tired of her, we took her back.


I had a strange fear that if I closed my eyes in the bathtub, William Shakespeare would come up through the drain and kill me. I knew his name, but I had no idea who he was, so I just naturally assumed he was some sort of bathtub vampire.


When I was little, I used to think that our house was haunted, so every time I had to go to the loo in the night, I would drape a blanket over my head and shuffle toward the bathroom "ooh-ing" softly, so that any passing ghosts would think I was one of them. A cunning disguise, I think you'll agree.


I used to believe that they filled peoples coffins with peas, hence the saying...Rest In Peas. I was in my teens when i found out that it really meant...


That's about it from me for this week - I'm working so much I don't have time more much else, but I'll try to get some more posting done soon -

Before I go though, I'd like to thank the people who sent me the "You Make My Day" award - I'm working on my own list now, so I'll be nominating soon!

Have a good week lovelies....


Friday, 15 February 2008

I love bloggers.

Something that has happened to me since I started blogging, is that I have rediscovered good intentions.

Bloggers are amazing. They will loving handcraft an item, put together a swap package, buy something at the op shop, or choose something from their own personal collections, wrap it up carefully, and post it off to another person. Free of charge, free of expectation.

Before I started blogging, such acts of random kindness were reserved for bumper-sticker sentiment only. Not any more.

After reading the Tea Cup Post the other week, a lovely woman got in touch with me, saying she had a teacup she thought I might like. Out of the blue. Just like that.

So today, this arrived in the mail:

Gift from Laura

Not just any teacup, but a polka dotted one that has more class and style than my whole collection could ever dream about.

What a gem.

Laura, I'm talking about you.

Thankyou, it's beautiful.


Thursday, 14 February 2008

Gocco Love

It's been a productive day for me today - up at the crack of dawn ( well, 9am, but for a night owl like me, that's brutal!) to open the Shop, and a bit of packaging and emailing and updating as things sold - thanks so much to those of you who purchased something, I was a bit worried I'd be sitting at the computer all day waiting for something to happen!

There are still plenty of bits and pieces to be had if you want to check it out, and I'm planning to do another update early next week with a few more goodies....

While checking on the shop, and pottering about, I broke out my new favourite toy - purchased last week from This fabulous Etsy Store....

That's right - it's a gocco!

Here's my first print:

Gocco Alice

It's just a little card to send out with purchases and such, with a little space in the speech bubble where you can write whatever you need to.... I think it worked remarkably well for a first attempt, especially considering I was dubious about getting anything out of this little plastic machine! (the background card is actually a really nice pale blue - not all greyish like it looks here...)

So needless to say, I'm in love with it. If you're thinking about getting a gocco, I say do it! They are easy peasy to use, and I can't wait to get some more practice in to make better prints.......

Even as we speak I'm hatching an evil plan to take over the world with miniature screenprinted art..... he he heh....

Anyways, I hope you're all having a brilliant day - I need to go and see if I can muster the same amount of enthusiasm for the dishes! bah!


Shop Update!

The Shop is open!

Pop on by and have a look!


Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Hyena In Petticoats Trunk Sale!

Just letting you guys know that I will be opening my Hyena In Petticoats Online Store once again, tomorrow at 9.30am Adelaide time.....

Inside you will find some large pieces of vintage fabric, home wares, shoes, and some other vintage bits and pieces I have been hoarding.....

I am doing a first batch of listings to get the shop up and running, and I'll be adding to the inventory over the next week or so, so keep visiting!

Hopefully I'll see you all there!

Hyena In Petticoats Online Store

If you need to convert the time zones, you can do it here: Time Zone Converter, just choose Australia, Adelaide as my location, then pop in your location, and you're done!

Sunday, 10 February 2008

This is....

This Is Meme

This week, we have "This is....... Sunday Lunch"

I'm going to cheat a little on this one.
I always work on Sundays, and The Man is pre-booked with other commitments, so Sunday Lunch is a no go around here.......
However, we both have Mondays off, so instead I'm going to share Monday Lunch....

Spicy Cold Noodles

Every Monday, we go to our favourite place to eat; a tiny vegetarian tea garden in the city that sells the most amazing noodles in the whole wide world.

These are the Spicy Cold Noodles - thin hokkien noodles, slathered in spicy and sour peanut sauce, with fried tofu and soy protein, grated carrot and cucumber.
We joke that the noodles must have crack in them, because when we have to go without, we get serious withdrawals.

They also make a wonderful old style noodle soup with thin clear broth, rice noodles, soy protein and bok choy. Yum.

The father of the two brothers who own the place is always scooting around in there, and will sometimes invite you for tea ceremony in the small space downstairs he has outfitted for that very purpose. We'll sit and chat in broken bits of Chinese and English, drink tea, and come out feeling sleepy and high from too much Oolong. Lovely.


I'm still pottering away at the shop opening, I'm thinking perhaps a Friday opening will give me all week to write all the descriptions and work out whether to use those pay pal button thingys or not - I'll keep you all posted!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, 7 February 2008

Shop Update + Work In Progress

I couldn't wait much longer to show a few things I'm putting in the shop, so here's the sneak peek I promised......

Blog Shop Update - sneak peek!

This is about half of what I intend to list - so hopefully there will be something for everyone......

If all goes well - I should have all the descriptions written and ready by early next week......


In other news, right this minute, I am attempting to sew this:

Madame Weigel's

I'm working on view B - and it's turning out quite well so far - if I get it done tonight I'll post a picture of it tomorrow......(click on the image if you want to see it bigger)

Til' then, my friends...... goodnight!


Wednesday, 6 February 2008

The real teacups....

After the last post, I thought it would be best to 'fess up, and show what cups we really use for breakfast:


heh he heh!

I do use the pretty teacups, but only when I make tea in a pot - and when it's breakfast in a hurry for us - out come the daggy mugs!

So there we are - back down to earth!

I'm a little frustrated today - I've recently invested in a cutting mat and rotary cutter - the tools du jour for any self respecting quilter - and I've cut a massive pile of strips off my favourite fabrics....

WIP - ????

And no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to put them together in a configuration that I like.

I'm cultivating a new sense of respect for quilters - those people who manage to get their fabric combinations just right, leaving this fabulous, effortless looking piece of craftsmanship behind.... *sigh*

Why can't I do it?

You'd think after ten years at Art School I'd know enough about the use of colour by now. Obviously not.

So for now, they are destined to sit all fanned out of my desk like so:

WIP - ????

Until some kind of inspiration strikes. poo.

So instead I'm going to spend the evening working on some custom Nongs, and writing posts for an exciting shop blog update - I've been collecting stuff on the sly for a little while now - fabrics and housewares and bits and pieces, and I hope to fill the shop blog with lots of fun stuff for you to buy in the next week or so...... so stay tuned!

Maybe I'll post a little preview of what you can expect, so you can decide if there's anything you want.....

'til then, m'dears.....


Monday, 4 February 2008

This is....

My Collection:

This Is...... My Collection

Teacups. I'm obsessed. I actively collect Meakin pastels, but I'm not a brand snob. If I like the way it looks, I'll buy it, no matter the maker.

I especially love polka dot teacups, but they're as rare as hen's teeth round here, so I don't actually have many. My dream would be a full set of Cornish Ware blue polka dot teacups, which you can still buy new, for about fifty thousand million dollars. Meh.

I've recently starting buying japanese tea cups from local ceramic artists - something about the simplicity of a wee cup without a handle appeals to me. yum.

I'm excitied to see all the other collections out there..... Three Buttons has a full blog roll of all who are playing if you'd like to look.......

Thanks for looking, and it's not too late to play along!


Favourites O' The Week.....

I know this is a lame cop out of a post - especially as I should have the photos ready for my OWN THEME for the "This Is" meme......

Truth is, I just got home from work, it's the middle of the night, and I haven't taken them yet. Tomorrow? Brilliant.

Here's some eye candy to keep the wolves at bay until then......

sorry gang!


ps: does anyone know why the mosaic maker keep leaving out photos? I can't seem to get it to make a complete on the links to see the missing ones.....

Favourites o' the week....

1. 疲憊者流星人 /, 2. ready to roll, 3. 000_0008, 4. Boring Powers, 5. Untitled, 6. new red phone, 7. Flowers, 8. Vintage Kitchen Fabric, 9. Spencer, 10. Primavera, 11. 3:45, 12. macba, 13. Untitled, 14. saturday morning..., 15. Mom washing Nash, 16. Untitled, 17. Untitled, 18. helicopter screen printed fabric, 19. Heart and Heart and More Heart!!! ♥, 20. Water Splash... STOP!!!, 21. 2, 22. Hm, 23. Woodland Girl Marieke & Bunny, 24. grass, 25. owl 2, 26. cup a day #5 - 1.5.08 - speedy delivery 12oz, 27. Untitled, 28. Spiderman!, 29. umbrella, 30. #6/366 a photo a day - keyboard, 31. make yourself at home, 32. Rosendo. (detail) 2008, 33. rosie is splendid, 34. Henry's Beach Market, 35. bound by the ties of paper cup phones-side two, 36. happy

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