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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Time to Act and “what style of craft is that”?

Well winter is certainly on its way, the mornings and evenings are starting to get quite crisp and the winter dressing gowns and bed socks have resurfaced from the storage box , though by the sad looking state of my faithful dressing gown, I think it is time for a new one, even though it feels like a dear old friend.

Being Autumn, I have pulled out all the autumn style patterns – pumpkins, scarecrows, crows, apples, anything of oranges, yellows, reds and brown.  In hindsight however, I should have  done so a few months earlier.  But as you are all aware and if you have known me long enough, I am always behind schedule, that is, if such a thing as ‘schedule’ is ever in place!  Sometimes I really do have to wonder what I do all day and where the time goes, alas… that is a usual rant of mine and even I am getting tired of hearing myself waffle on about it.

It was however invigorating going through all the Autumn style patterns, and as I have often said, my favourite season.  This time round I could not help but notice, Lord knows why it never dawned on me before, that a majority of the Autumn patterns are of primitive, olde world and grunge styles,  and I thought what a good time to explain what, for those novices out there that might not know or understand what that means. So, I thought I might just quickly explain some of what each style of Country decorating is.

Primitives: items of yesteryear.  Unless you have an original piece, the items are usually stained – either with coffee or tea to give that olde world come antique look.  The stitching maybe rough or imperfect and the edges left raw, they are usually simple or crude pieces and look like it was made by someone that was not very good in what they were making.  Additional bits, like buttons, patches or faces can be hand-stitched on or painted on.  The pieces look like something Great-Grandma had. 

The dictionary defines primitive as among the first of something, potentially simple and crude, or made by an unschooled artist.

Extreme Primitives: The same as Primitives, though made rougher.  That is, they may look damaged or in need of repair.  An eye maybe missing or a stitch missed or gone haywire, even a rip or hole somewhere.  They are usually stained much darker than Primitives or even painted black.  The faces are usually always stitched.  These pieces look like Great-Grandmas, grandmothers piece or even to state that Great-Grandma didn’t look after it very well. 

Ornies: are another one – especially here in Australia we do not know them to well.  An ‘ornie’ is, well some say, short for ornament, but I am not sure on that one.  Which ever way, an Ornie is predominately a small handmade item that you usually group a few together to make a story.  For example, a group of hearts, rag balls or Mammy heads.  You can place them in a bowl, basket, add to another item even scent them.  For example, I have various fabric fruit/vegetables which I display on an antique set of kitchen scales.  A small basket of rag balls that are scented as a room freshener in the lounge room and a bowl of Mammy’s heads as decor in the entrance.  It is unlimited what you can do with them and they really are just so cute.

Whimsical: do not always have to be primitive.  They are stained lighter, maybe colourful or left natural. They are funky or flowery even vintage.  Faces are usually painted on and consist of odd shapes.

Grubby: as it says – grubby LOL!  Grubby doesn’t have to be olde world even though most of the time it is.  It just has to look dirty or well used, even misused; here I imagine some spoilt bad tempered child throwing poor Miss Molly into the mud or dragging her behind her bike. Then again, it maybe that loved piece that a child will not give up for cleaning or takes everywhere with them.  I have a nephew that has a baby blanket, simply called ‘blankie’ and there is now way in this world he will let blankie go.  Blankie was washed once, for reasons you could imagine and oh dear what a performance.  Though to see his dear little face so distraught at Blankies fate, was heartbreaking.  Blankie was his little piece of security, it was the familiar with it’s smells, it’s touch – now washed away… oh but it was so gross, however it was his security and all those bacteria I am sure it contained would have helped build up his immune system LOL!

Shabby Chic: consists of soft colours, whites, creams, florals, cottage style, feminine, romantic, with a hint of French, that are stressed or show signs of wear and tear, almost looking antique. Faux painting is used to achieve the look.

Industrial: Industrial style refers to an aesthetic trend in interior design.  It gives the effect of being in an old factory  or deserted warehouse.  It has the effect of being cold yet warm and comforting.  I find it an interesting style, a feel of yesteryear maybe that of post-war and depression years.  A sense of making comfort with what was around and available, a statement of history and dignity, masculine  and a sense  of victory.

Rustic:   usually insinuates country, rural.  Rustic does not so much mean age but the condition of.  It is simple, unsophisticated, usually using natural materials or items as is, left unenhanced and touched.

Cottage:  soft florals, gingham, romantic, cosy, wooden,  warm are just a few things that come to mind first of all.  The cottage style should envelop you the moment you lay eyes on it.  It embraces imperfections and personality.  It can be frilly, antique, vintage, old mixed with new.  With it’s casual air it offers a sense of comfort, personal identity and security.  Cottage is complex to describe as it can be such a personal taste all mixed together.
I would say “Cottage” would best describe me.  I love my antique furniture, family heirlooms,  my primitive decor, the odd rustic bits and pieces, antique china, gingham, cane baskets and the odd French piece here and there and because I cannot decide which style I really love the most, I mix them altogether, (hopefully) so they all look like they belong.  The bedrooms are more cottagey (I know, no such word) come Shabby Chic, the lounge room more classical and the kitchen areas more primitive and with all areas having the odd piece of each other to help tie it in – I think, well I hope, it works.
Retro:  usually 20-40 years old – in other words it is out-dated, not cool anymore and out of style.  For many of us, it is something we grew up with.  For others, it was sentimental.  Others, it was quite gross, but wish we had kept some pieces as it is worth a small fortune now LOL!  It was bold for its time.
The difference between Antique and Vintage is: Antique is very old and usually around a hundred years, however, Australia being a newer country we often declare antique as being 50+ years.  Vintage is something between 30 – 50 years.  Something your grandparents would have had or used.

Well, I hope that helps a little and you can always email me or make a comment at the end of this blog if you have any other suggestions or comments – even to share a story about decor, I would love to hear from you.
On that note, it is extra chilly this morning so I had better go light the fire if I intend to keep warm today.  It is 10.44am in the morning and the fog outside is only just starting to lift. Cannot say that I have seen such heavy fog in a good while, plus I am excited to wade my way through these patterns and decide which ones I shall attempt. 
Till next time folks, all of Country blessings to you x

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

*Autumn is well and truly here*

It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of autumn already - well in the southern hemisphere.  I know I probably have said it before, but autumn would have to be one of my favourite seasons.

Here in the west our climate is similar to, and is, classified as being Mediterranean, so our seasons are not overtly distinctive compared to the northern hemisphere and even the Eastern States for that matter.  Our summers can be very hot, even long, our winters mild and autumn and spring are much on par.  The one bonus of living down in the south-west (inland) and being the colder part of the state, we have a lot of deciduous trees, orchards and pumpkin fields, it gives us a more defining and beautiful sense of autumn.  With those gorgeous hues of browns, oranges and reds and then mix it with an early morning crisp fog, do I need to say more.....  yep, it doesn’t get much better!  Though I have to confess as age is quickly catching up, the dear old bones, especially the knees are not so keen on the crispy mornings anymore.

Talking of age, I have to say as I am getting older, as I am sure we all are, you certainly do look at making life much simpler.  Having recently moved – (yes the     apple orchard, with its sweet white cottage is now stored in the book of memories, and yes,  I still miss it a wee bit, but alas, it was a lot of work) – I have culled like never before, though my husband still thinks there is way too much ‘stuff’.  I am sure you can all picture it and hear his words “why put it in storage boxes? If you are not going to use it now, why keep it? I am not going to move it again!” mmmhhmmm….'yes dear' I think to myself… ho hum, gotta love those men-folk of ours.  I should not complain he is a gem and I am truly blessed.

So, on that note, I suppose I had better get back to unpacking some more boxes.  I had such great plans of getting out some pumpkin patterns and recipes to get done, oh well, seems to be life of late, not getting what I want done.  Instead, here are some pics that you might enjoy and hopefully in some way hopefully envelop you in the magic of autumn and a quick reminder of what we we have made over the years in pumpkins.  Just look at the size of the nuggety pumpkin Miss Maggie is sitting on!  They tell me it is edible and I am not sure what it is called, (think it has a French name) but if your down the south-west, then you can get them at ‘Newys Veggie Patch’ in Kirup.

Photo courtesy of Newy's Veggie Patch - Kirup

Till next time, all of Country Blessings to you.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

It’s Christmas Time!

Well it’s the Christmas  countdown!  I do love this time of the year, even though it does come with a certain amount of stresses, which to be honest we do allow to happen in our lives – do we not?

On the first of December we start our Christmas cooking.  It is such a special time with my daughters and we thoroughly enjoy it, though I am not sure if the kitchen feels the same way.  My eldest Georgina is the sweets queen in the family and alas… my messiest!  How one can get icing sugar up on window ledges, butter splattered up the walls is beyond my comprehension, plus somehow, the whole kitchen also gets a dusting of flour, like some holy Passover.  We should not complain, the end results are wonderful, but the journey there… sometimes I just have to go for a nanna-nap to avoid making a comment and deflating her enthusiasm

In November, we pull out all our Christmas cooking books  and chose our Christmas menu plus all the goodies we want to have over the Christmas period, we also incorporate some of our Christmas favourites.  Usually we always have family and friends that come and stay, it’s wonderful – and of course there is always one cheeky member of the family who subtly hint at there being available their Christmas favourite.

With all this hustle and bustle, you could imagine my grand designs of having the new Mammy’s website up and running by Christmas, well… however, every spare minute that I have, I have been loading up stock as well as trying to get a whole array of unfinished items completed.  Alas, I have had to realistically reassess about  the Grand-Opening of the rejuvenated  Mammy’s Choice and have decided it will be the 1st of January we will open and offer  a 15% discount opening sale that I will run for the month of January.  As I am typing this, it just occurred to me that it was 15 years ago on the 1st of January that we opened our first Mammy’s Choice shop in Chidlow – oh my goodness.  Well then, it be applicable that we offer a 15% discount ( I was going to be stingy and just do 10% LOL)! oh oh oh and another revelation, it will be 2015!… what are the chances 15, 15, 15 – hope that is a good sign!

What I must do here is thank a very dear and special friend, one that I call my soul-sister for helping me find my mojo and encouraging me to bring Mammy’s back to life – Peta Reeve!  Peta will be also making some wonderful items for Mammy’s along with her blessed partner Andy.  Peta  also has a wonderful array of goodies that she is putting together to sell and has  recently set herself up to make these available to you.  You will be able to find Peta on her Facebook page called “Farmhouse Mercantile” so please do check it out and I am so excited as to what she will be making. 

I met Peta just over ten years ago when she walked into our Guildford shop, armed with an amazing  and beautifully made array of goodies to be put on consignment.  God always amazes me with the wonderful people he places in our lives and as always, at the right time!  I am so excited to be working alongside Peta and Andy.  Not only have I been encouraged to go back to (besides my family) the love of my life – Mammy’s – but also Georgina has been doing her loved hobby – card making – and has started creating a whole range of ‘rustic vintage’ cards under the name of GG Designs. Victoria also has been developing some vintage decor ideas and loves stamping.  It is great to have my girls on board, though our work area is small and well… lets be frank – why would my darling Georgina be any different in the craft room than the kitchen…. ho hum!!  We love her dearly and I will miss her so much when she heads off to Uni in February.  She assures me she will be home as much as possible mmm…. and in her down time working on her cards.

There are another two people quickly I would like to thank – Bev from ‘BT Creations’ – check out her Facebook page as well, who has always encouraged me to find my way back and Jackie Proctor who faithfully comments on this blog and is always so encouraging.  I so much miss Jackie’s beautiful prim creations!  Maybe I could send some of my mojo Jackie's way and one day we will see her beautiful items back on the web.  Thank you girls for always being there in the background.

Well, this post is getting a bit long so I had better sign off.  I will keep you posted on my progress. 



Thursday, 30 October 2014

It Garden Show time!

Well it is that time of the year for all the ‘Garden Open’ shows and down here in the south-west of Western Australia we have a wonderful array to wander through.  I enjoy going to them, they certainly are inspiring. With some you just don't want to leave - the ambiance is just magical, though I confess, I sometimes do get a little envious.  SO,  a big thank you to all those wonderful gardeners who open their gardens up to the public to meander around and thoroughly enjoy.  On that note, I am very blessed to have been asked to display some of my wares at one of the largest gardens here in the south-west. (not sure if I will be at my stall very often LOL)!

Two weeks ago I attended the Donnybrook Market for the very first time.  It has been a lot of years since I have done a market,  you certainly forget just how much fun they can be.  As always, you meet a lovely bunch of people and enjoy great comradeship amongst the other stall holders.  Of course, as it be, my first time in and the weather was just frightful!  It took all our efforts not get blown away, and believe me it would take a good deal of wind to move me, it sure was a wild and windy day.

Now to ask you all something, I need to desperately get a new web site as the company that previously hosted my site is no longer in business or operational.  There is just so much out there, so if anyone has any suggestions, they would be very much appreciated.

Have just spent a wonderful week with a very dear friend, who certainly has  encouraged my mojo to get back on track and I am so excited with some great new ideas.  As you probably know by now, I have let things slide with Mammy’s a little – well okay a lot! and I am slowly building her back up.  So over the next few months I will be clearing out some old stock – so watch for clearance specials and the new website hopefully.  I will also regularly update this blog and Mammy’s Facebook page  and start sending out emails on an updated data base. 

Well with all that said and on that note, I have some birdhouses that need to be finished so I will say ‘till next time’.

Enjoy the rest of your week and be blessed.  

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The EZShoppe Craft Show is on!

Well the sunshine was out today – hip hip hooray!! but the wind certainly had a bite to it.  After years of procrastinating we made a start on the veggie patch – yes miracles happen!  We starting building the patch about three years ago and used old railway sleepers stacked three high to build it up.  One has to face the facts that one cannot bend for prolong periods anymore.  We have been faithfully adding sand, mulch and BJ Bill (my daughters horse) manure to the patch.  It has, I must admit harvested a wonderful crop of oats, which BJ munched on today to his hearts delight.  Yep, you have got it as my youngest daughter so delicately put it “in one end and out the other and we start all over again”.  Well I suppose one way to look at is he, keeps reproducing his own feed.  mmm…. such a gross thought!

The garden beds are all weeded, the blessed husband has already fallen asleep on the couch and my knees are letting me know exactly how old I am! Goes to show how long we have been able to get outside and do some work. Though it be October the nights here in Donnybrook are still cold and the wood pile is depleted. It’s not worth getting another load in this side of next winter – so here we are huddled around the oil heater and in my mind is the thought of the electric meter spinning out of control.  I am not sure what the cost of electricity is around the rest of the country, but it is at a ridiculous rate here!  Oh well, no point complaining, you either freeze or put up.

On that note, just to let you know, for the first time this year I have entered into EZShoppes on-line fair of which I have a small both.  Would love for you to drop by and  below is the link.  There are a great number of little shoppes there, so enjoy and check them all out.  The fair starts tomorrow the 8th of October  and finishes on the 22nd October.

Enjoy, until next time, All of Country Blessings to you and yours. x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Just to let you know!

Hi Everyone,

Well what a chilly day today is over here in the south-west of Western Australia, about to light the wood fire! 

Just to let you know, I do have a Mammy's Facebook page, so pop over and have a look and let me know what you think.  I am currently resetting everything up and getting Mammy's back into action so any comments or ideas you have are very much welcomed.

Also I am adding daily new items to my EZShoppes.  At present that is my main on-line store until I decide which is the best way to go and whether or not to go back into a large web shop.  There is just so much out there and so much to learn...  keeps me busy!

Anyway, back to it... have a blessed day.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sunshine–and all week too!

What a glorious day it is, the sun is shining and there is no cold breeze to take away its gentle warmth – at last SPRING!! and what is even more wonderful, is, so the weather-man tell us, there will be sunshine all week!  Oh I know it is good to have the rain, especially for us folk in country communities that rely heavily on it for our rainwater tanks and survival in the summer months, but just a wee break from it would be nice.  Never happy, are we not?

Well the herb beds (I use two double old laundry cement troughs) are weeded and to be re-soiled ready for the next batch of parsley, basil, coriander and mint – which are the main herbs I use.  In smaller pots I have thyme and sage and this year I am going to have another go at growing garlic-chives.  I never seem to have much success with them, and if you know a successful way of growing them, then please let me know.  I love garlic-chives and though this is a simple recipe it is really delish!  Grate some cheddar cheese and chop up some garlic-chives (I say, ratio to your taste) and mix together and put it between some fresh bread…. oh yum!!  I promise you, you will crave the taste.
The folk art paints are out and I have some birdhouses and barn stars that need painting up, well that's the plan anyway; wish me well.

Been having some issues with the web-site and not sure what is actually going on – so please, yet again be patient.  I do have some items up on my Ezshoppes Pinterest

Well it seems the farrier has arrived and dear old BJ Bill desperately needs his hooves done so I had better be off.  He seems somewhat grumpy at the moment and I don’t blame him.  There is the most noisiest, annoying and destructive flock of white-tailed-black galahs flying in, around and over his house paddock and perching in the pine trees next to him.  The birds are well known for being very cheeky and if I am not mistaken they seem quite intent on harassing him. They have such a terrible screech and make an awful mess – but alas, they are protected by law… ho hum!  And the cheeky sods don’t even flinch when I bang pots together and make a hoo-haa to get rid of them.  Ahhh…. life in the country – wouldn’t change it for the world, even with all my whinging!

Till next, enjoy and all of country blessings to you!
PS: Came across this most beautiful picture – apologies for not referencing it – I usually reference all pictures, but must have overlooked this time.