Sunday, 19 February 2017

The First SuesDay of the year and a how to do thingy........a Tutorial!!!

FINALLY on Friday the Sues had a day out.  It feels like it has been years since we got a day out and about all our local charity shops.  There were great plans on my behalf to document the entire day but............. I forgot!!  Oooopppss!!!!

It was a dull wet day but I was so exited about the prospect of a SuesDay out that I was even waiting on my front door step for my Chauffeur to arrive. Next thing Sue slid into my driveway threw open the door and said something like "get in bitch" and we were off!!! 

Our first port of call was Habitat for Humanity as this is basically just around the corner from where I live. Very local indeed. Large place full of things and a good place to be when it was raining outside. 

Selfie next to the BOOKS because if I ever lose Sue she will more than likely be found near the books!!

From there we went to a couple more when I remembered the 'lets document the day'.

Once we left the big Hospice shop I once more completely forgot the plan!! Note Sue has an armful of BOOKS!  Blame it on what ever you want but I forgot.  We did the rounds of quite a few more shops, stopped for lunch at one of our favourite cafes, continued on, then called it a day.

The days finds were, gorgeous little hexagonal stool from Habitat $2.  There were two of them but I played fare and let Sue W have one.  Adrift brand top from Habitat, Monroe wrap frock from The Salvo in town and TS14 pants from Save Mart.

Best find of the day would have to be my vintage bathing cap at Save Mart for $5. I am considering joining a Synchronized Swim team now when I find some vintage togs and a peg for my nose!!
Best bargain was these wicked little boots that fit perfectly for $5 from Look Smart. Who pays the price on the right and then bins them? Well who ever they are I LOVE THEM!!! May they forever buy good quality and discard it so I can find it.

 And two more balls for the ever grateful Sheba as she always needs more balls.

Things that I have bought of late off Trade Me are:

Gorgeous colourful clothes of course L to R: Adrift, Neon Gypsy, Neon Gypsy and U First.  There are other things that are currently in the wash.

The dinkiest little filing draws that will be able to hold whatever the hell I wish to stash in them.  TOFs little eyes lit up when he saw them, but no no no, they are mine!!  The two temple looking shelving units were a super good buy let me tell you!

Turned out that the seller of the filing draws was a lady I sort of know, and she is a real good stick. Ended up hanging at her place for quite some time and coming home with this plant.  She had got quite a few from the garden of a house that was being demolitioned.  I call that a very smart move, rescuing plants and all for free.

Some of you were interested in the Wax Wraps I made and shared in my last post. So just for you and anyone else out there interested I made more today and took photos of the process.  

You will need an old Grater and a Pastry brush that you will never be able to use for anything ever again due to the WAX.  Tin foil, oven tray, and an oven!!  Cotton fabric and Bees Wax.  I used a Vintage cotton sheet from my stash and sourced my wax off Trade Me.

Grate your wax and put into a dish, looks like cheese but it ain't so don't be fooled and eat it. You cannot grate too much because what you don't use this time you can store because you will want to make more of these. I did this part outside as the grated wax can flick about everywhere.

Cover your oven tray with tin foil, make sure it covers the entire tray because melted wax will move and you could end up with wax on your oven trays if you are like me.  Tragic I know but nothing hot water and detergent didn't deal to. 

Place your cut fabric on top.  I use a piece the size of the tray because you can cut it into small squares or shapes when you have finished.

Sprinkle your grated wax on top.  You need enough that when it has melted the entire fabric is covered. Now place in your oven. We have gas and the lowest temp is 100*. My instructions said 80* but I watched a video where the lady used 180*. Whatever temp you use just watch until you can see the wax has all melted.
Remove from the oven and use your pastry brush to spread the melted wax, this also helps push the wax through the fabric.  Don't faff about to long as it will start to set.  Remove from the tray and hang up for a few minutes to dry.

This time I decided to make a round one, perfect for on top of round things!!  Squares are good.  Perfect for wrapping your cheese, and the best for that half an Avocado that normally goes brown in your fridge.

Make sure your student stays awake the entire time as mine fell asleep!!!

Meanwhile even the ATTACK CAT was asleep on the front door mat.  I am pretty  sure he was on an undercover operation!!!

I am relaxing indoors with some Sweet Pea and Vanilla in my burner, it is divine!

This morning was wet and humid.  You could think oh crap but I just grabbed my camera and went in search of some magic. Cup half full people!!

I found a line up of bugs sheltering from the rain using a large leaf as an umbrella.  Isn't Nature just the Best!!

Rain drops hung gently off all the plant life,
everything looked like it was draped in fairy lights.
Then I found a Fairy in a flower!!  
Told you there is magic in my Garden.

Two posts in a matter of days!!

Thought time:




Chris H said...

Hi 2nd Sue! Lovely to 'meet' you. You are right... we probably would get on great. Op shops... of dear I'm trying to avoid them... cos I'm a bloody shopaholic. 😣 lol I reckon we should get together.

Nancy J said...

What a day and great finds, every one is a winner. Toes, he is growing, I forgot the other part of his name, and waxing, that is a great tutorial ...YES, it is, as I so often look at quilting tutes !!! Photos, clear instructions, beware cautions and more. We have had rain galore lately, and today, a grand 32C,no wonder plants are growing.

Fiona said...

WOw, I'd be in Hospice for Humanity all bloody day...what a place! Love your filing drawers, boots and ace swimming hat.
Great tutorial for the wax wraps, I have the same sheet in yellow but I don't think I could bear to cover it with wax. Your free plant is a beaut, don't think it grows over here though.

Serenata said...

What a great post, and I especially like the fairy in the very last photo, that really is magic :-)

Looks like you and Sue had a grand time of it indeed. Lots of fun to be had I am sure.

Great photos, lovely cheery post.

Vix said...

That chazza is enormous! You could spend days in there!
I love those boots - hooray for generous people with more money than sense and the swim cap is epic.
Thanks for the tutorial. Liz is a beekeeper so I think I may be suggesting making those next time we have a sewing/creating day. xxx

Leeanne said...

Fancy Sue greeting you like that! Not something I would ever do of course:-) tutorial, I brought my wraps all made, but would be keen to have ago at making some. Green boot envy....................

Julie said...

Oh I am so glad you did a tutorial Sue as I meant to ask you for one in my last comment. I shall definately be giving those wraps a go. I am a little concerned about how your student fell asleep during such a fascinating tutorial tho!! I honestly just want to reach into my screen & give him a cuddle. Glad you girls got a Suesday at last.

Poppy Q said...

Haha I took a carload of stuff to our hospice shop at the weekend. I am trying to not bring new stuff in, as I have too much stuff but it is lovely to see all of your treasures.

Julie and poppyq

Polyester Princess said...

Oh, the times I forget to take photos to document my day... Would LOVE to have a browse at Habitat for Humanity. Just perfect for a rainy day! The booties are gorgeous, I like the colour very much. I'm also quite taken with the filing drawers. As always, I loved looking at your wonderful nature close-ups, and yet, I can see the fairy hiding in that flower! xxx

Beth Waltz said...

Those boots! Gads, woman, you've made the score of the year and it isn't even the Ides of March!

Thanks for the wax wraps tutorial, complete with caveats. This may be a project to undertake with friends this summer.

Oh, oh, do give those bugs sheltering under the leaf a closer look. Are they the dreaded wooly aphids that eat flowers?!

Mim said...

Aha! Thank you for the wax wrap instructions, those look very useful.

It is good to see you and Sue getting out and about - I'm suffering serious chazza envy at the size of that huge warehouse.

Natural Medley said...

Ooh love the wax wraps. Will 'avago !
I adore all the pottery in your place. How cool to have a friend give you seconds!
I love me a visit to Sue's blog (your blog), it is like a breath of fresh air. xo Jazzy Jack