Faerie

Faerie

Once again, Sunday evening has rolled around, just as I was getting used to it being a weekend and not having to go to work.  Sigh.  But work allows me to a.) pay my rent, b.) go op-shopping on a regular basis, and c.) buy card-making supplies.  Those latter two things are VERY important.  This weekend was spent partaking in both delightful activities.

I was staying at my Mum’s as I was cat-sitting for my best friend who lives in the same neighbourhood.  I hauled a bunch of craft supplies over to Mum’s and spent much of Saturday making a bunch of cards and messing up Mum’s house ha ha.  It was a VERY warm day, so it was too hot to do much else, although we did pop out for a spot of op-shopping and we both picked up some bargains before the heat got to us and we went home for some cool respite and a cup of tea (hey, it is NEVER too warm for tea). My brother popped round with my nephew for an hour or two and I had fun playing with Lego and building a castle ruin.  I don’t think you ever get too old to play Lego, although sitting on the floor is rather more uncomfortable than I remember it being when I was my nephew’s age (ie eight), and getting UP off the floor is A LOT more difficult than it used to be too.  Totally worth it though 🙂

This morning, after taking care of the cats, I continued on with my card making.  I knocked this one up really quickly, considering it involved some sewing (the skirt) and dainty scissor work.  I am actually really pleased with it.  I like anything on a stick ; cheese, fruit, lollipops and, in this case, a fairy.  She’s a stylish little lady, with no need for legs – she has wings, after all – who needs legs!?

My cousin called in at midday and she, my Mum and I all went out for another round of op-shopping.  There is one great shop near Mum that is open for a few hours on a Sunday and it always has fabulous stuff.  Today was even better as everything was 50% off.  I will show you what I got in an upcoming post, but it was definitely worth going.  Plus, thankfully, it was very cool in there with air-conditioning blasting away (so Mum didn’t wilt too much).  We went out for lunch (and more tea, of course) and had a lovely afternoon.  It was a nice way to round off the weekend.

Trying not to let the obligatory Sunday Evening Blues get to me.  I had a nice weekend and I am very grateful for time spent with some of my favourite people, doing things I love.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too 🙂

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High Tea Fun(d)raiser

High Tea Fun(d)raiser

Happy Sunday all!  Boy the weeks are flying by – I can’t believe it will be Christmas again in just over four months!  We’ve been in our new place for 8 months now and soon will have to think about whether we want to continue with the lease or find somewhere else to rent.  I can’t bear the thought of moving again so I am trying to just not think about it at all!  I haven’t even unpacked all my packing boxes yet…

This week at work we had a High Tea fundraiser.  Each of our departments had a separate day to come up with a theme and organise food to go along with it (as reported in my post here) and our Client Services team decided to have a High Tea, complete with “vintage” stalls, raffles and “Best Dressed” competitions.  Cupcakes and thrift-shopping during work hours?  Don’t mind if I do!  Such a lot of work went into organising it and setting it all up on the day.  It all looked beautiful – the food was gorgeous and so pretty with everything from dainty cupcakes to scones, pastries and sandwiches, lots of different teas and champagne.  The ladies all did an amazing job and deserve a pat on the back.  Client Services is one of our busiest departments and I have no idea how they managed to find time to put together such a wonderful afternoon of treats and fun.

Here’s a few pics of the lovely goodies on offer…..

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Everything was so tempting…but I’ve been on a diet this week and trying desperately hard to be good and not eat naughty things.  I had a couple of tiny things – so delicious – and spent the rest of my time wandering about, taking photos and perusing the “vintage stalls”.  I picked up quite a few bargains (and only spent about $5!) and had to control myself in terms of spending or seeming a bit overexcited – you know me and shopping, especially anything that resembles op-shopping/thrifting.  There were some gorgeous items for sale – brand new pairs of shoes and lovely jewellery and accessories.  I bought a few necklaces that had nice beads on them…they’ve already been pulled apart and stored in my bead boxes to turn into other things later on.  I got this lovely bracelet, which I thought I would alter and make into a pendant:

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I also got a couple of rings – the paler one is way to big for me but I really liked it and so I got it anyway.  Maybe I can change it or make it into a brooch or something… I like the darker one – it looks kinda like marcasite (which I love) and is adjustable so I can make it fit my teeny fingers.  It does have a little stone missing but I’m sure I’ve got one I can just glue in there:

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I also got this bracelet (purely for the beads – I liked the stripey ones!):

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I picked out a pretty pink scarf for Mum…

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…and this “pearl” bracelet (again for the beads) for me:

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When all was said and done and packed up, the department raised about $1000 for Alzheimer’s Australia, which was pretty awesome.  They deserved to do well because they really went all out (and put the rest of our departments to shame – even though EVERYONE did a great job in their themes, this one really took the (cup)cake!).  At the end of the afternoon the ladies on the thrift stall said I could rummage through and have whatever I wanted for free, as they really didn’t want to pack it all up again.  I felt a bit weird about doing that so I offered to take it all to an op-shop for them instead.  That way I could get to go through it (great for me!) and also do them a favour and save them some work.  So that’s what I did yesterday.  Four boxes of stuff I had to go through!  Lots of jewellery has now been dissected and separated into nice beads, charms and findings.  There were some lovely shoes – brand new – but not in my size, so I had to let them go but I’ve got a couple of people in mind who might like them.  I also nabbed a couple of accessories for myself, such as…

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…this green brooch.  It looks sort of vintage although I’m quite sure it’s not.  I just liked the green colour.  I would definitely wear this.

This cuff bracelet – a bit chunkier than what I would normally wear…I always wear my plain silver bangle that my cousin gave me for my 30th.  It never comes off.  The only time I have taken it off is when I was in hospital – and then my cousin wore it for two months to keep it safe until I was discharged.  Anyway, I liked this cuff – it will go with a lot of things I wear…

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I also picked up this brooch which is definitely not vintage and probably not something I would wear (as it features gold and I never wear gold) but I like to have a few brooches on hand for tizzying up presents when I want some glam wrapping.  This will be perfect….

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I did get a few other bits and pieces, but I won’t bore you with everything.  Let’s just say I am a magpie and leave it at that (in other words, I collected lots of stuff).  There were a couple of pairs of very expensive shoes that I did contemplate putting on Ebay (I know, I’m dreadful) but then thought it would be better if I gave them to the op-shop.  Better that a charity get some money for them than my wallet!

Anyway, I’ve done NO CRAFTING this week due to a horrible, horrible neck and equally horrible stress and depression this week.  Haven’t been eating much at all so no cooking to show you either.  I’m an epic failure at blogging this week!  Hope my round up of “what I bought” suffices for this weekend’s post.  I am going out with friends for brunch today and so I’m hoping they lift my spirits and take my mind off things.  Friends are amazing that way 🙂

Hope your weekend is fun and fabulous!  Thanks for visiting 🙂