beach knitting


The view from the tent, down our own private track (past the boat houses and the totem tennis) directly to the beach. And the sandbanks. And the nice warm bay water …

So, we’re up to week 3 and the holiday has relocated. Hello caravans, hello tent (my home this week). Hello Rosebud foreshore. It’s great to be on the Mornington Peninsula again!

And a shared crafty project has landed in my lap. Elise bought a bag of home spun wool (still full of lanolin) at the op shop for $5 for the lot when she was at Port Fairy last week. What a bargain. Having spun my own wool I truly appreciate the work that has gone in to these balls. And she bought some nice fat needles at the same time. Perfect.

And so project cushion knitting has begun. The new knitted cushions are going to look just super on Elise’s brown leather couch. What a great beach camping holiday activity. It’s going to be a happy week. I can just tell.


Our beach. Our sandbank. Our umbrella. Love. Love.


the mill market ballarat

Last week we stopped in at The Mill Market on the city side of Ballarat and had a bit of a browse.  I always love these type of antique barn places that have individual stalls.

We didn’t have much time, and I didn’t buy anything, but I took a few inspiration snaps.  

First I found these chairs … only $10 each. For $80 someone could get an industrial chic look with these matching fun dining chairs. And I have a fondness for brown vinyl … I was tempted … if only we lived in a warehouse in Fitzroy …

And then I saw this yellow crockery.  It really was very lovey.  It looked more interesting in real life than in these pictures.  20 pieces for $295.  The man who owned the stall told me that the same company that made this also made the blue and white striped china that you see around (like my sugar bowl).  That’s why it caught my eye.  It looked old and good quality china-ish, but had such a unique pattern on it … And it was so cheery in yellow.

And these bird cushions were $10 each. Weird and interesting.

It’s funny what you notice.  It all depends on your mood right?

country road cushions

Cushions are a fun thing to look out for when out second hand shopping.  Recently I have found some very lovely Country Road cushions.  My first purchase was a cream cable knit woollen cushion – a style I have been admiring for a while in home magazines (being a dabbler in knitting myself I have vaguely considered hand knitting a cushion … ).  This cushion didn’t have an insert, and was quite bally (as wool sometimes gets) when I found it and it was very cheap (only a couple of dollars).  I washed it and gave it a once over with a fuzz remover and put in a feather insert.  It looked great.

Then, about a month later, on the way home from my daughters gymnastics one Saturday afternoon, I spotted a garage sale and stopped.  I picked up the linen Country Road cushion with the blue stripe.  I was very excited as I really love it as well!

And the lady running the garage sale told me she was an interior decorator and had the olive and cream striped linen cushion custom made.   I couldn’t resist this either at $5 including the feather insert.

So now I have a great new (to me) collection of cushions!