night away.

Going back a few months now to my birthday, my sister and best friend bought me tickets for all three of us to go see Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Live in Concert. Best present ever. For those of you who don’t know, I love Harry Potter. I’ve read the books and seen the movies more times than I can count. We were all so excited about it and decided to make a night of it and booked a hotel room to stay over the night. Fast forward two months and it was here!

We headed down early yesterday morning and got home early this afternoon. I had such a fantastic time. Yesterday we ate vietnamese food for lunch, went shopping, walked around the city, walking slow and talking fast. We went to the night noodle market for dinner and ate delicious samosa, gyoza, rice and salad (yum!) and then walked along the river during dusk to the concert. The concert was phenomenal. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra were incredible. We bought scarves in our house colours (Gryffindor for me of course) and sat back and listened and watched in awe. We ate doughnuts and slurpies on the way back to the hotel and slept like babies. This morning we ate bagels for breakfast and walked around the city (and shopped) a bit more. I loved everything about it. The company, the food, the show, the hotel and even the weather! Thank-you thank-you thank-you for a great night.

I am now sitting at home, listening to the rain, lying in a freshly made bed and relaxing. Peter is editing photos on his computer and I think we will make homemade pizzas for tea. I have one more shift at work tomorrow morning and then I have three weeks off! How exciting. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.

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sleepovers and sunshine

Yesterday morning Peter flew up to Sydney to attend a photography seminar so last night after work I had a sleep over at Mum and Dad’s house. I felt like I was a little kid again. I slept in Mum’s bed with her and this morning she made me vegemite toast, orange juice and tea. She bought it to me in bed on a breakfast tray. It was so sweet. I loved it. The weather is beautiful today, sun shining but not too hot so this morning I went to the local church fete.  I had $5 in my purse and ending up buying three gorgeous vintage plates and a cute old fashioned painting. I am day two of six in a row of work this afternoon but looking forward to three weeks of annual leave coming up. Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!

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Also here are my  family’s two beautiful dogs. Frank is the Jack Russell and Wally the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for you all to enjoy!

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on tuesdays, we op shop.

One of my favourite……. actually make that my number one favourite activity to do on my days off is Op shopping (thrift shopping). Despite years of nagging to start from Mum, I only properly started going to Op shops about three years ago, when Peter and I were planning to build our home. As you will find out quickly, I LOVE getting a bargain and hate paying through the roof for things when I don’t need too. This is what drew me into the Op shops. I found I was getting quality furniture and homewares for a fraction of the price of regular shops and I thought it was fantastic! I also loved that everything was unique, not always perfect and one of a kind. Once I got a taste for it, I couldn’t stop! These days I am a lot more picky with what I choose but I just love wandering around slowly and taking everything in. Some days we leave with nothing but most days we leave with lots.

Tuesday is Op shop day for Mum and I! Mostly because a few of our regular and favourite op shops have an extra 20% off on Tuesdays. There are four op shops we go to every week and some different ones we add in every now and then. Tuesday just gone was a particularly good op shop haul which I’m excited to share with you all!

These two items are from Op shop number one. The first is a beautiful piece of fabric that I would love to add to my quilt. I love the vintage feel to it and it was $3.50 for fairly large size. Second is this gorgeous Natural Superwoman book. It’s about being a busy woman in society and how to stay healthy in your body and mind. It’s pretty old fashion but lovely and for $4.50, I didn’t want to leave it behind.

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Second stop was probably the best stop for the day. Here I picked up some great things. This cute flowery bowl was $2, and will be great salads. The flowery pattern doona cover (in the background of the first picture down) was $4, good quality and will be great to cut up for my quilt too. Next and the best bargain for the day were the Enid Blyton books. I have been collecting these over time and can normally pick one up for around $5 (some places sell them for over $10). On Tuesday I came across these six, all in great condition. I was first excited to find them on special (buy 2 get 1 free) but it continued to get better when I found the price tag, only $1.25 each!!! Six vintage, collectable books for $5, seriously insane! I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. Last but not least is the gorgeous yellow wool blanket. I love the 70s feel to it. I have a little collection of these wool blankets so this is a great addition.

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At our next stop I got these Ellie Chronicle books by John Marsden for $2 each. I’ve read these before but not for years and would like to again. I also bought this cute picture for $2. Not sure where I’ll put it but I didn’t want to leave without it.

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On to our fourth Op shop. This is where I found my favourite item of the day (and one of the best finds to date!). This awesome, retro outdoor umbrella. How cool!!! and only $12! It’s in almost perfect condition and works perfectly. I found it stuffed in a box with some other old sports and outdoor equipment. When I pulled it out, I felt like I had won the lottery. Mum was seriously jealous and I walked out feeling smug as.

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The last two Op shops produced a few hidden gems. This tiny cross stitch for $1.50, how sweet. Next the three mugs (only two pictured) are awesome! They have a holographic look to the them which I’ve seen a lot in shops recently but they still have a old fashioned feel to them (which I love). For $1 each, they couldn’t be left behind! Then three Frankie magazines with only a few marks on them for .50 cents each! I’ve got a fairly good collection of these magazines (which I will share in a future post) so I know they can sell for well over $20 on eBay, so a great bargain! Last buy of my very successful day was a cute teaspoon. I have a growing collection of unique (mostly flowery) teaspoons and I thought this would fit perfectly!

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Can’t wait to share my next op shops finds with you!

a few projects on the go.

I didn’t know the creative, crafty part of my brain existed until about eighteen months ago. My first creative outlet was crocheting. I was interestingly enough, inspired by a patient who was crocheting a granny square blanket at work one night. I began simply with one crochet hook, a ball of pink wool and my good friend YouTube.com. From here I learnt the basic stitches of crochet and have since completed a few small projects. Pictured below is my current crochet project. My mum found the pattern on Pinterest and you can find it here. From memory my blanket is two hundred and fifty stitches wide vs the patterns one hundred seventy, only so it can fit across my queen sized bed. The wool I have gathered over time and I have loved adding the different colours as it has grown. I think it’s about half way finished which has taken about 9 months (slow I know!) but I tend to get distracted with new and exciting craft projects and at times it will lay untouched for weeks. The blanket is currently sitting on the end of my bed and I look at it with pride everyday. I can’t wait until it’s finished!

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My second craft project is this beautiful cross stitch. I bought the pattern for a couple of dollars from one of my favourite bloggers Alicia Paulson. In the past, I had completed a few cross stitches that were all done on Aida cloth, however this particular cross stitch was designed to be made on linen. I was hesitant about this at first but after a few frustrating moments in the beginning, I really got the hang of it. I also underestimated the time it would take to complete each small picture and letter, so once again it has taken a while to get this far. I am looking forward to the end result so I can frame and hang it in my bedroom.

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My third (and least completed) project is my quilt. I have never attempted a quilt before so this is a bit of an experiment for me.  Mum and I have been gathering old sheets and material from op shops and a couple of beautiful fat quarters from spotlight (when they are on special of course!) to probably have enough to make a decent size quilt. I have cut out a few dozen squares but am still struggling with getting the hang of it. But I suppose they say that practice makes perfect so I might get my cutting board and rotary cutter out again soon! My mum is currently making a beautiful hexi quilt too so I will make sure to show you all some pictures of that in the future.

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Talking about having a few projects on the go, I am super excited about having pre-ordered my second cross stitch from Alicia Paulson! The kit comes with everything you need including the linen and thread. The pattern is so sweet and reminds me of Christmas. As some of you may already know (and the rest of you will find out in time), I LOVE everything Christmas so I just couldn’t resist this one. It will hopefully arrive mid to later November….. so I better get cracking on my current one!

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welcome to my house.

Hello there! Welcome to my very first attempt at a blog. My name is Hannah and I am twenty four years old. I live in a smallish costal town in south central Victoria, Australia with my fiancé Peter. We live in a four bedroom house that we built together two years ago. By day (and lots of nights as well) I am a nurse working in a busy emergency department. On my treasured days off you will find me rummaging through the multitude of local op shops with my mum, at home trying to complete my many unfinished craft projects, writing fortnightly budgets, trying my best to find a bargain (but splurging on special things too!), cooking up a storm and trying my best to create a beautiful and cozy home filled with love.

I have thought about making a blog for some time now after really enjoying others that I have read and followed in the past. My plan is to have this as a memoir to look back on in years to come and if people enjoy it, well that is just a bonus! I plan to fill my blog with stories and pictures of simple everyday things that bring me joy. My home, family, op shopping, cooking & recipes, adventures, craft and creating, budgeting, shopping, holidays, gardening and more!

I hope to have my first proper post up soon so please let me know what you think when I do!

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