Monday, March 26, 2012

New Start!

There is a lot of action here on the Rummage Style front! I'm currently starting up my new online store and this blog. I'm pretty excited about it all. My shop will be custom made dresses where the customer can choose their size and fabric and then choose from extra options that they can add; like pockets, different types of sleeves, collars, etc. Basically you can take part in the design of your dress to custom it to be exactly what you want and definitely a true one of a kind. A build your own dress! Of course all the fabrics will be vintage and recycled and you will have to wait to see the designs. Am thinking that if I can pull a big night tonight after the kids are in bed I might be able to have it all up and running by the end of the week.
So I'm busy collecting up my fabrics, confirming my patterns and trying to snap the perfect photo.....stay tuned!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

a photo post

I figured that the easiest way to let you in on what we have been up to recently was with a bunch of photos....

The view from our back windows; the extension is on its way. I know it doesn't look like much yet but it has taken a lot of work to get to this point. Shortly there will be something that resembles a building going up!

Beautiful boy!

Beautiful girl!

It was Dave's birthday recently so we celebrated with a little party at home, just the four of us.

Our recent battle to keep Scarlett out of Jonty's room. She is relentless, I am constantly watching those little legs disappearing through his doorway and then I hear the distressed screams of Jonty as she embarks on a frenzied attempt to grab every car, truck, etc laying about.

I am really busy with Rummage Style trying to get the new range up and running.

More to come soon I promise!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

on the move

Right. Been a little while I know. But, things have settled down now and life with two children has slipped into a routine that should be able to squeeze in a little time here and there for a blog post. I do like the beginning of a new year; the craziness of Christmas has settled and for me it seems that there is a chance to start afresh. Things that weren't working last year can be revised and set straight and new goals can be worked towards. I think that it is only about now, in February, that I begin to lose the excitement of the new year....I know that this does seem a little silly; a new year doesn't really mean that it will be much different from a few weeks ago in the previous year, but I have always felt the same anticipation as time ticks over and we are suddenly living in a newly numbered time in history.
So, I have plans for this year and it is going to be big. The biggest thing of all is that we are on the way with our extension. The excavator has been and for the first time we have level areas in our backyard and a nice big flat spot to put the new build. It is going to take at least the entirety of this year as we are doing it ourselves in the evenings after the kids are in bed and on the weekends. It is hard work; so far a whole lot of time spent on trying to dig holes in rock, but it does move along and I am hoping that soon we will begin progress above the ground rather than under it! I do love the manual labour, I am the builders apprentice on this, and there is something so satisfying about the idea of physically building your house yourself. There is a sense of control that I think is lost when others are employed to do it which I also think brings the most amount of stress. We have no time frame, just short term goals, slowly, slowly we will get there.
There will be lots to show you as the year goes on and I'll try to keep up with the building process and all the information that goes with that.
And while that is all happening Jonty and Scarlett will be growing and reaching milestones as they continue to bring so much fun into these days. Scarlett is on the move now, commando crawling and getting into things (mostly Jonty's things!).

A common scene when Jonty isn't looking!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

hangin' around

Goodness, it has been a long time between posts! Time is moving so fast these days that it really is an effort to try and put the brakes on just a touch and slow things down a bit. Every day I find myself trying to organise and fit everything in to the day, and when it comes to the evening I am thinking about how I can manage my days better. How can I fit this and that in and how can I give more time to my work or staying on top of the washing. Each week I have a new plan and this time it is going to work and my days will run to clockwork with everything getting done.....well I think that it is time to let that go and embrace the idea that the days blur by in crazy chaos. Yet, somehow, things get done. The kids get fed, the washing gets done (even though sometimes it needs washing again because it sat around too long wet in the basket!), the dinner gets made, my business runs and just sometimes there is a chance to sit and quietly have a cup of tea! I will probably keep writing lists and keep trying to find the secret behind staying organised during these crazy days but deep down I know that it won't work and that the days will continue to be a messy confusion of dirty nappies, forgotten things on the grocery list and pretty much just always trying to keep up!
But it is fun and certainly a crazy ride!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

at our place...

...I've been surprised at how much produce can come from and be used in our dinners from our limited vegie patch at the moment (seriously if you are going to only plant one vegetable in your garden make it silverbeet [chard], it's the plant that just keeps on giving!).

...all our chickens are now on the lay so there have been many egg dinners!

...there's been a cold snap here in Melbourne so we have the fire cranking again and I spend a lot of time rotating washing around it to get it dry.

...and our little Scarlett just keeps on growing...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Around here we have a new favourite treat. . . chocolate hedgehog. It's made in bulk but generally doesn't last like it should. I have a huge, commercial size slice tin that I use for this and the intention is that it will be sliced up and put in the freezer to last at least a few weeks. But it never seems to work that way and by the time I get around to slicing it all up it just doesn't seem worth putting the remainder away! It's just one of those things that you can't stop eating... oh so good!

Here's the recipe for those of you that dare!

(I generally double this recipe for a huge batch but you need to have a big tin or lots of them to do this)

420 gms sweet biscuits (something like arrowroot)
210gms butter
210 gms sugar
60 gms cocoa
3 eggs, lightly beaten
coconut (I don 't measure this but I would say about 3/4 cup)
icing sugar
extra cocoa

-Crush biscuits. This is fun for little ones. Do this however you like. We put something between a tea towel and take to it with a rolling pin. Make sure you have pieces of biscuits not fine breadcrumbs. You can see in the picture the chunks of biscuit.
-Melt butter and sugar in a pan. Add coconut. Boil for a few minutes (it will split but that is ok)
- Let cool for a bit and then whisk in eggs quickly. Be careful not to let eggs cook so work fast.
-Add all ingredients together and mix well with wooden spoon.
- Pour it all into a slice tin (flat, shallow tin) and press down (I use the back of a spoon). Put into the fridge to set.
- After a few hours you can ice it. I don't measure these ingredients but just put about a cup of icing sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa in a bowl with a teaspoon of butter. Add about a tablespoon of boiling water over the butter and mix together so that the butter melts. Keep adding small amounts of boiling water so that you have a consistency of toothpaste. If you add too much water add more icing sugar. Spread over hedgehog and leave to set again. When the slice seems set enough to cut then you are good to go! Slice however you like and freeze what you don't need but be warned it is highly addictive!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

washer women

One thing that I have really noticed since Scarlett came along was the enormous increase in washing that I have to do! Little babies really do create a lot of extra work when it comes to housework and I am really feeling the noticeable difference.
Yesterday it seemed that all I did was washing. We don't have (or want) a dryer so it takes a bit of juggling to get it all dry as quickly as possible. It was a windy day yesterday so I seized the opportunity and rotated the wet washing on the balcony all day. Seriously, I think that I did about five loads and still didn't get to the bottom of the washing basket!

Since making my own washing powder and soap (you can read about that here) I have made an alteration and am now using my homemade soap grated in the laundry powder instead of store bought pure soap. I think that the results are better and the less products that I have to buy at the supermarket the better.
It's a simple recipe; 2 parts grated soap to 1 part borax and 1 part washing soda. It doesn't take much time and with a little baby and a toddler with very sensitive skin I know that I am doing the best for them in that regard.

I did, of course, also get the time yesterday to take some snaps of Scarlett and Jonty!

And, in case you were wondering, those very cute orange crochet shoes were given to Scarlett by Bec and can be found at her shop here in Melbourne, The Little Shop Of Handmade.