Sunday, March 27, 2011

How to spend a rainy afternoon

stamping, cutting, punching and swapping brooches onto some new display cards -

What do you think?

How do you while away a wet afternoon?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Name that mannequin!

I've been having some fun with my new 'baby'

I just have to find the right spot for her.

But so far I have found her very adaptable.

I can use her for tshirts -

for necklaces short -

and long -

But she really needs a name!

Leave a comment with your suggestion and next week I'll pick a winner and then that person can pick any item from Boos Tees shop as a prize!

I've had a few wonderful suggestions already, but let's see what else you can come up with!

I'll decide on a winner next Wednesday.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

My creative space

this week - some new necklaces!

It's been a while but I got all inspired and made several new necklaces.
Some of them use new beads -

some a combination of newbies and beads from my stash -

And some from remodelled necklaces that havn't sold -

This one I really want to keep for myself!

I rarely keep my own jewellery now. My daughter always tells me "no! You have to sell it"
She's my conscience!

How about you?
Do you keep what you make? Or do you sell it all? Or give it away? Or all of the above?

If you would like to see more creative spaces pop on over to kootoyoo's blog

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday Wishlist

Sometimes your wishes come true!

I've wished for a head mannequin for ages.
One that I can use for photographing earrings. It would also be useful for BoosTees knitted hats.

So Tina arrived! complete with fun face mask!

Ah, that's better!

I also bit the bullet and bought a headless mannequin to photograph BoosTees tshirts on. could also be useful at craft fairs.
And I realise it's great for phographing necklaces.

She doesnt have a name!
Any suggestions?
Leave a comment with your suggestion and next week I'll pick a winner and then that person can pick any item from Boos Tees shop as a prize!


I've also been meaning to show you this wonderful brooch I bought from the Queensland disaster relief shop. It was on my wishlist of lovely items that were donated to the shop.
So I consulted my financial planner (me) and bought the brooch from Lauren Williams.

It arrived in the most gorgeous packaging!

and the brooch itself is so sweet -

I dont know whether to keep it for myselfor give to a friend for a gift.
Decisions, decisions!

You can find more of Lauren's pretty jewellery in her Madeit shop.

Do you have a wishlist to share?
Have any of your wishes come true?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

7 things sunday - 7 bands/performers I saw this weekend

at the wonderful blue mountains music festival.

I have selected 7 of the 50 or so performers over the weekend. We saw many of then but you can never quite see them all!

So we have the sweetly engaging -

tinpan orange

A new favorite -

Halfway to Forth

Everyone's favorites -

the waifs

The sweetest song -

leah flanagan

My favorite -

David Bridie

My favorite guitar virtuoso

tony mcmanus

And charming story teller -

keirin halpin

Thursday, March 17, 2011

*bespoke* winner!!!!

*drum roll!!!!!*

the winner of the *bespoke* giveaway is va!!

Yay! for va!!!!

and thanyou to everyone who took part.

If you missed out why not head on over to *bespoke* and treat yourself to a copy of issue #2

My creative space

I've been sewing -

and sewing -

and sewing -

and then sewing some more -

for BoosTees tshirts.

What have you been doing?

If you would like to look at other creative spaces pop along to Kootoyoo's blog

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday Wishlist

This week I wish for some pretty home decor to brighten my IKEA house!

What are you wishing for this week?

Remember to leave a comment mentioning *bespoke* zine if you would like a chance to win a copy of issue #2.
Last day today - I'll draw the winner later tonight - or maybe early tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

roasted pumpkin salad

For this salad you will need -
1kg butternut pumpkin peeled and cut into 3 cm cubes.
Place on non-stick oven tray and spray with oil. Season witht salt and freshly gound pepper.
Roast in oven at 200 C for 20 mins.
Cool a bit, doesnt really matter if it's warm but shouldnt be too hot.

At the same time put half a cup of hazelnuts on some foil and put on baking tray in oven for about 10 mins.
Chop roughly.

Meanwhile rinse 1 cup of small french lentils and place in saucepan with 3 cups of water. Bring to boil and cook for about 15 minutes until tender. Drain.

For a dressing I mixed 1 Tbs olive oil, 2 Tbs white balsamic vinegar and 2 Tbs honey. Shake them together in a screw-to jar and if it doesnt mix well, pop in the microwave for5 - 10 seconds and then shake again.
Pour a little of the dressing through the lentils and mix.

On serving plate arrange salad greens of your choice.
Put warm pumpkin on top. Then several spoons of lentils.
Crumble feta on top and scatter with chopped hazelnuts.

I added a garnish of quartered fresh figs and decorated the plate with quartered roma tomatoes.

Drizzle with the leftover dressing.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Not-Monday madness

Often on Monday I post about something I am mad about, but my previous post about my new-look blog had me thinking about not being mad about shabby chic.

Shabby chic is just not me - I'm an IKEA kind of girl, in fact I may have mentioned before that we have almost the complete IKEA house!

I'm not chintzy, or floral, or pink or tizzy!
And shabby chic can be all those things.

But I do like aged, distressed timbers that have a story to tell.
I like weathered, painted surfaces.
I like bird cages and damask designs.

I like old writing on old postcards.

These are some things that I do like!

What is your opinion of shabby chic?
Are you shabby or chic??
What is your style?

New look

I'm not really a shabby chic kind of girl - but I knew my blog needed a makeover.

But What and How?
I knew there were free templates around but hadnt investigated them, but I spied background I liked over at Kerri's blog vintage sew and sew, and saw that it came from itkupilli.
They have cute'n cool blog stuff and it's tres simple to use!

So now "voila!" - new look planettreasures blog!

I love it so much - I cant stop looking at it!

Next is a make-over for my planettreasures etsy shop!

Remember to leave a comment about *bespoke* if you would like a chance to win a copy of this lovely zine issue #2.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I won again! - Stylish blogger award

I have been awarded another blog award!
What an honour.

1. Thank the person that awarded you -

Thank you Samara over at Maddabling

2. List 7 things about myself -

1. I enjoy ironing! I dont know why - I just love listening to the radio and smoothing out those wrinkles!

2. I love movies especially Coen brothers movies, but I haven't seen True Grit yet.

3. I'm a big Van Morrison fan.

4. Last year I broke my ankle whilst bushwalking and had to be airlifted by helicopter.

5. I do the quick crossword and the cryptic crossword in the paper every day. (And the sudoku and kenken)

6. I love blue but not green.

7. I wish I could dance.

3. Pass the award to 15 other stylish bloggers -

1. vintage sew and sew
2. yarn about yarn
3. wilde designs
4. my little buffalo
5. voodoo rabbit
6. vanilla pixie
7. la femme jewels
8. the crafy DiY bride
9. stitches by Kryss
10. sparrow salvage
11. shrimp salad circus
12. sheeps clothing
13. sandra darling
14. pink lizzy sews
15. ish and chi

4. Let those bloggers know

Remember to leave a comment about *bespoke* zine if you would like a chance to win a copy of issue 2!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My creative space

In my creative space this week -

glass cabouchons made by Deb of studioglassclearance and uniquedichroic.

They will become necklaces, pendants or brooches, but there is a lot of work to be done first.

A few stones snuck in as well!

If you would like to join in with my creative space or see what others have been up to, pop along to kootoyoo's blog.

Remember to leave a comment to go in this week's giveaway, but you must mention the "item" that is up for grabs ; )

Giveaway - Bespoke!

Would you like to win a copy of *bespoke*?

What is *bespoke* you ask?

Well it's sweet little full-colour Australian print zine (also available in digital download form!), published by Jessica Van Den (the blogger behind Issue 2 of *bespoke* features a huge array of Aussie and international crafty types.

Issue 2 includes articles such as:
- vintage crafts - rag ruggin'
- how to find your vintage era
- a tutorial on how to carve a sweet birdie stamp
- the stories of 3 women who gave up corporate careers to launch thriving creative businesses
- thrive - an interview with a crafty lady making a full-time living from her upcycled kimono jewellery
- and lots more :)

Issue 1 had a print run of 500 copies, which all sold out, and issue 2 has a limited run of only 1,000. Oh - and *bespoke* is written totally by the community, for the community - Jess is always on the lookout for submissions from artists, photographers, handmade and vintage biz owners etc.

How to enter - leave a comment here mentioning *bespoke* and I'll pop your name in the draw.

I'll draw the winner next wednesday.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

and the winner is -

The winner of this week's earrings is -

*drum roll*

Poetess Wug!!


Congratulations! And a very well deserved winner as Poetess Wug is the most generous blogger, always leaving such thoughtful comments - not tomention that she is an amazing crafter and has an awesome blog!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mad about doors

I do like doors.
The older and more weathered the better.
Why is that?

Is it because they have a story to tell about all the lives that have passed through?

sepia door by rebeccaplotnick

What are you mad about?

And remember to leave a comment, this is the last day to enter my earring giveaway - I'll draw a winner tomorrow.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Awesome blog award

I was thrilled to have had this awesome blog award bestowed on me by Laurie at kottagecreations -

So, I am supposed to tell you 7 things you do not know about me.

1. I dont like icecream
2. I have a bachelor of science degree in physics
3. I have a cat called ginger who is 16 years old
4. I used to be a potter
5. I have lived in 3 countries on 3 different continents
6. I love guinea pigs
7. I get terribly seasick

And now I am to pass this award on to 15 bloggers that I admire. I will try not to pick bloggers who have already won this award. Here they are in a totally random order.....
















Thanks for being here - now why dont you pop on over to a few of these blogs and check them out?
.....but before you go please leave a comment here - remember I'm giving one lucky commenter a pair of earrings this week!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My creative space

Today I had an unscheduled day playing shops at the craft co-operative that I belong to.
How it works is that we take it in turns to man (or woman) the shop, which is open every day.
But todays rostered person had an appointment and asked if I could swap.
That's one of the things that is so good about the co-op, we all help each other out.

So I grabbed a couple of boxes of beads so that I'd have something to do between customers. In fact customers like to see when we are creating and I always get comments about "all those tiny beads"!

This is a spirtal roe bracelet using 7 different shapes and colours of czech and japanese beads from size 11 up to 4mm cubes.
Did I tell you already how much I love cubes?
Remind me to show you what I made last time.

I also have to show you my newly organised workspace but it's not quite ready yet!
Maybe next week ; )

If you would like to take peek at other creative spaces pop over to Kirsty's blog at Kootoyoo

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday Wishlist

So long since I've posted a Wednesday wishlist, and my wishes are piling up!

Even though we have now entered autumn I still covet everything in this shop -

ruffled flowers tshirt by nikacollection

I'm seriously on the lookout for a new handbag.
This one is on my short list.
I love the fabric so much and last weekend I saw a lady with a skirt made from this fabric. It was great!

This artwork speaks to me.
I dont know if it's my fondness for antique maps, or the balloon, or the bird?
It's the combination of these elements that make the whole.

Life's Journey by CrimsonCircleStudios

What are you wishing for this week?

Remember to leave a comment to go into the draw to win the earrings I'm giving away this week!
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