Thursday, November 21, 2013

Swing into paradise

Have you ever seen a more perfect swing location?
Whale beach park,
set right in the sand,
Under the shade of giant Norfolk pines,

Nevada is the latest member of our family to absolutely love this place,
Always the first beach/park suggested in my house and I am very grateful it is so accessible to us,
We are very fortunate.

Nevada decided that she wanted to be "pwetty"today and dressed herself in a lovely combination of a little miss doily dress(mine) and a fun tulle spotty skirt underneath
She even added her special pearl bracelets and let me put her hair up
Big sigh,she is not my baby anymore...she is a beautiful little girly girl

And a cheeky one too!!!
Look who discovered my hidden diet coke while I was packing up!!!

Love and rainbows,
Gypsy girl x

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Polish paper chandeliers

Inspired by beautiful images of petaki's from around the world I enrolled with a girlfriend to do a one day course @the @Megan Morton

It was a great day learning a new skill,drinking herbal teas and munching on homemade brownies and lamingtons

step 1:
was making flowers,
 concertina  folding  4 layers of  paper and tieing in a bow in the middle,
you need 16 flowers altogether


was covering our metal ring with crepe paper and tieing 8  strings evenly around the outside of the ring

It didn't take long for our table to look like colourful chaos!!

Everyone's flowers were so beautiful,I loved them all. 

Step 3:

When all the flowers had been made we
Strung up the 8 strings with cut straws and mini concertina folded paper bows,tied them together and attached a ring for hanging,

Step 4:
After this we hung the mobiles from giant hooks on racks 
and attached the final layer of hanging flowers and straws around the base

The final step was hot glue gunning the remaining flowers on all the joins around the circumference

I was really happy with my finished pataki,
the gelato colours suit my house 
and it was a happy fun item to make
 and I loved doing the class with my lovely girlfriend Libby,
it just made the day even more fun 😊


Love and rainbows,
Gypsygirl x

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stakes day Melbourne racing carnival

Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend "stakes"day
In Melbourne,for the Victorian spring racing carnival, 
as a guest of Mumm champagne.
The theme this year was inspired by the famous French dance club the "Moulin Rouge."
The dancers were flown in from Paris to perform their show on a stage built especially for them,
inside a Moulin Rouge style marquee,
complete with the signature windmill
 and all the French styling inside

The marquee looked so chic and fresh even when it was pumping with 120+ people inside.

There was a great dj/singer,Kristy Lee,
a betting area,stages,tasting areas and a fantastic area for "sabrage"on the upper terrace
I'm especially proud because my hubby put it all together,
he's a very clever man!

Sabrage is an old French custom from Napoleon times,
When his soldiers won a battle they would celebrate by shearing off the whole head of a champagne bottle with a single clean stroke of their blade,

One of the nice momentos of my day was receiving my sabrage champagne bottle top in a small red velvet pouch with an official sabrage certificate,
(it looks especially lovely with a bunch of fragrant roses
 I couldn't resist pinching on the way in to the birdcage area)
A leopard doesn't change his spots!!!!

Our friends Lou and Jeff were guests as well,
which made it even more fun to have a girlfriend to giggle and dance with as we sipped on French champagne all day,
We lost all our money on horses with ridiculous names, and nibbled on very yummy French cuisine,
too spoilt!!
Too much fun!!

Love and rainbows
Gypsy girl x

Friday, November 15, 2013

Avalon bombed....with yarn!!

It's begun
My secret project that has turned into a not so secret project has officially launched,
the bomb has dropped,

First avalon yarn bomb=avalon bus stop

While it is still a work in progress 
the creative juices have been flowing and here is stage one of my first official yarn bomb

Rainbow crocheted stripes with added flowers adorned the bus timetable pole,traffic signs and an ugly cyclone fence,
Pompon bunting swagged from the bus shelter roof,
pastel knitted granny squares made a comfy seat on the cold metal bench and my vision of rainbow bus shelter poles had to be adjusted,as the bus advertisements didn't allow access,
so I did what I could and added a rainbow to the nearby fencing

Using the French knitting I was able to write the words "welcome to avalon" along the fence

And all surrounding poles have been yarn bombed with rainbows,
and the fence posts have rainbow covers with contrast drawstrings 

This very long vine worked well in beautifying the ugly old fence
I also added flowers in red and pink that really popped against this greeny colour

My vision .

It's finally starting to look good,colourful and happy,
and by the number of honks and "well done "comments 
people yelled from their cars,
I think it's going to bring a lot of smiles  and happiness to the people of Avalon,and visitors over summer
 which was exactly what I'd hoped for

I still have quite a lot more to add,
a rainbow and some large flowers to start with,
and I'm trying to get it all done for market day this Saturday here in Avalon
So after school drop off, its time to keep yarn bombing!!! 
My hands are itching to do some more..
Love and rainbows,
Gypsy girl x