soft furnishings

Shibori you life

2 weeks ago Trish and I took a trip to Thomastown for supplies and then headed home to mix up a vat of indigo dye.  This plan has been brewing for at least a year!

It’s not often I celebrate our outside laundry.  But for the week long ‘festival of shibori’ that followed I was very pleased to have an old concrete tub and not a care in the world regarding indigo splatters here and there.

Trish and I did about 15 tea towels the first day.  But then … I got up at 5am to do a few t-shirts, and a few more tea towels at night.   And then some more …

The pinnacle of my shibori week experience?  I dyed an old white queen doona cover and pillowcases. A feat in folding and dye fabric management to be sure.

And as I lay cocooned in shibori the other morning, and thought about the 40+ tea towels, 20+ t-shirts and various linen throws and cushions now all beautifully blue and patterned and piled up all around the house I thought to myself, hmmm … maybe it’s time to stop?

pickings from the trash and treasure stall

My new cushion came from a fair trash and treasure stall.

It’s the long one at the front.  $3 I think.  

I’m embracing blue (my always favourite colour) on my new (to me) EBay lounge suite … Which I ❤️❤️❤️ more each day!


my new couch (or what you can get for $13.50 on EBay)

It’s true!  I bought a new couch on the weekend. From EBay.  For $13.50.  

Amazing, don’t you think?

It’s a nice navy blue valour patterned modular couch with a chaise.  The people who owned it moved out of their house and needed it picked up on Sunday.  Some time after 2pm – which is when the EBay auction ended.  

And thus there weren’t many bidders.  And thus I got it.  For $13.50 …

Thanks Dad for backing down that alley in North Carlton.  With the trailer!  That was an amazing feat in itself.  

And thanks Mum for helping me to reorganise my soft furnishings and rehang my pictures.  

I think apart from the art and the rug (and the TV etc.) everything in my lounge room is second hand.  Second hand cushion covers and curtains.  Hard rubbish coffee table.  And the lamp, plant and throw rug hand-me-downs from Elise.  My Nanna found me the chest of drawers.

Happy days.