Mrs Tiff ....living creatively



Saturday, July 31, 2010

~ Musk Meringues ~



How delicious do these look?








 Just ready to go in the oven........
Yummmmmmmm!


 I just love to look at how pretty they are on the tray.....
but the children's favourite part is licking the beaters!








They were perfect....
crispy on the outside & marshmallowy on the inside....






Thursday, July 29, 2010

~ Baking Babushkas ~



Aren't these measuring cups just divine!


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I adore them!

Another excuse to bake.....
like I need one!
What a beautiful gift.....
THANKS again Jen!




Wednesday, July 28, 2010

~ Frame Makeover ~



Ohhhh...
 the sights of Paris!





I was given this frame as a gift some time back....
it was made from imitation red leather with nice chunky stitching...
only the red didn't suit me anymore....
so I got out my trusty Porters Oyster White
& after preparing the suface, painted it!
I am so pleased I took the plunge....







....my black & white memories of Paris never looked so good!




Monday, July 26, 2010

~ Dear Friends ~



 
You know who you are.....






You have spoiled me...
& I have had such a nice day!!!!!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

~ Luggage Tags ~




Beautiful ballerinas....





Kaisercraft make these wonderful
chipboard luggage tags....
I bought some recently
and after painting them
with antique white
& rubbing them back,
I decorated them using vintage ballerina images
from The Graphics Fairy.
Then I stamped them
& added some dusty pink organza ribbon.

I thought they might make a nice addition to a gift bag
or just be sweet to hang over a door knob....




Thursday, July 22, 2010

~ Chalkboard Trinket Boxes ~



While I had my chalkboard paint out....






I painted the lids of some little trinket boxes I bought at Spotlight....






I thought.....
what a good idea....
so easy to write on the lid what is inside!






Then.... I can change the label when ever I want to!





OR
write personal messages
when I use them as little gift boxes!



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

~ Tag Me! ~




On the weekend I made some cute tags....





Little Peter Rabbit tags...






All my favourite characters are featured....






Look! It's Mr McGregor....






with Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail & Peter!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

~ Pretty Flamingo ~


I have always been amused by flamingos.....

 I love their colour.....
and the shape of their beak is so elegant...

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I loved this pretty old tin flamingo as soon as I saw it...
It is a little rusted around the edges but the colour is sweet....
it stands about 60cm tall
and I enjoy its company as it sits on the edge of my desk.

I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland ...
and you have to admit...
Wonderland is a good place to be!!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

~ Calm Thoughts ~


I have had a bit of a challenging day....
it didn't start that way.....





The sun was starting to shine
& the fog was lifting from the base of the valley...





and as I looked out the window
I was delighted to see ....
as we often do......
some beautiful balloons
emerging over the tree tops.....





so peaceful ...
so pretty.....





up up & away......
off they went....

I really should have quit while I was ahead today.....

But I didn't so
I had to make do with
imagining I was back on the deck with my cup of tea
&
 calm thoughts
.......up with the balloons.....

Thursday, July 15, 2010

~ Home Sweet Home ~



Our home really is
our sanctuary....


It is such a pleasure to come home to the peace and quiet.....





once we get home we just don't want to leave again...






it is a joy to just sit and enjoy the view
and the sounds of the bush......






there is also always somewhere peaceful to sit by the dam.....





or you could have a paddle around in the row boat.....





you might perhaps enjoy a bush walk....





or a wander through the gully.....





unless you prefer to play in the cubby....





or the sandpit!

Home is ....
 5 whole acres of possibilities!!!!!



Monday, July 12, 2010

~ Royal Britannia ~

I am so excited!
I have made some Union Jack Cushions!






Months ago I bought some Union Jack fabric panels on ebay....
they cost just a few dollars.






They looked so shiny and new, 
and that doesn't quite suit my house..... 
soooooo
a bit of distressing was needed......
first I soaked the fabric,
then used a sanding block to
gently distress the wet fabric.......
you can see the difference quite clearly!






The dried fabric panels are soft and slightly shabby...
just the way I like them!






I sewed them into no-zip (pillow slip style) cushions......







They turned out so well....
 I am so pleased with the finished cushions!!!!!!

They are a perfect reminder for Mr Tiff
of his country of birth
& of the happy years we spent living there!!!!!!



Thursday, July 8, 2010

~ Chalkboard Messages ~







 ~ *   Welcome Friends   * ~






I have had this frame for ages.....
and just recently cut a piece of chipboard to size.....
I painted it with Porters Chalboard paint.....

and voila!

Somewhere new to write messages to loved ones!!!!!!






Tuesday, July 6, 2010

~ What a Find! ~


Yesterday I visited a local charity store...
I could hardly contain my delight!!!!!!






I found.....






a divine embroidered linen tablecloth....






A pleated natural linen cushion cover
& a sweet rectangular doiley
(VERY rectangular cushion shaped!)

...and not a mark on either!

BUT BEST OF ALL.......






a natural 100% linen table runner
AND the yummiest wicker baskets....






yes, not one.....






but two!!!!!!





they are beautifully weathered with a faint bit of chippy white paint left.....


the thing I just love is......
the whole lot cost only $9!!!!!!!!

Now that is value you just CAN'T beat!!!!!!


Monday, July 5, 2010

~ A Welcome Sight ~


I love to see the chickens scratching around the garden.....





These are actually our neighbours chickens,
they come and visit in the afternoons.....






We have always had chickens too until recently.....
(Foxy Loxy came and visited us...)





We just haven't gotten around to getting more,
but I think that as soon as Spring comes,
I will once again welcome the sight of
some Henny Pennys
scratching around in the garden!

PS ~ thanks for the eggs Chrissy...they were delicious!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

~ Friends for Dinner ~



We had some dear friends
(who just happen to be our next door neighbours)
over for dinner last night......





Mr Tiff cooked a delicous meal........
as usual!
(Well I did do dessert....)




I really love an excuse to set the table
& pull out some vintage linen & glasses......





A good time was had by all....
although I am a little tired today!





Friday, July 2, 2010

~ Vintage Floursack Cushion #1 ~



I recently bought a bundle of vintage flour sacks on etsy....







I made this one into a cushion.....





I love the graphics on this one particularly
because on my drive to & from home each day
I drive through the dairy....
the cows are a usual sight for us,
so this cushion just makes me smile
when ever I look at it....
it just feels homey!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

~ Little Sewing Co ~



An appropriate title?
Well... yes....for my sewing room perhaps....





The new Crafty Secrets Vintage Sewing
stamps were irresistible....





And just perfect to decorate a little door knob hanger
(bought raw @ Kaisercraft)
for my sewing room!