Oh no! I’ve joined another meme!! (aka Blogtoberfest day 27, Blue Monday and Veg about…)

I found this newspaper clipping generator and thought I’d have a bit of fun (I really do have a degree in Horticulture BTW)! Bellgirl has a meme going called veg about, where everyone can blog about their home-grown veg / herbs. A few years ago I had myself quite a collection of scented geraniums. Sadly I only have a few now, but I will make it a point to search for some in nurseries over the next few months. The variety of scents is amazing – there’s even a coconut scented one, and the lemon balm scent is to die for! This beautiful velvety one is peppermint scented. You can use it in cooking. It’s apparently wonderful if you bake a chocolate cake, then line the cooling rack with these leaves so the peppermint flavour infuses into the warm cake. I’ve never tried it because I don’t like the taste of peppermint, especially with chocolate.

My Kaffir lime tree in a pot, getting ready for all those lovely Thai meals…

Pineapple sage – how can a leaf smell so wonderful?

And bay….

And for Blue Monday and Blogtoberfest (blogging about buttons every day in October), heres some blue button flowers I made last night…


Blogtoberfest Day 13 and Blue Monday.

As promised I’m blogging about buttons every day in October to celebrate Blogtoberfest. So here’s a few more blue buttons from my stash:


Czech glass with rhinestones.            Iridescent pierced glass.


Czech glass dragonfly.                       The sweetest duck-egg blue

                                                              china whistle button


Pretty buffed celluloid heart.             Buffed plastic with a distinct

                                                             Japanese style.

For more Blue Monday goodies drop in to Smiling Sally’s!

If you haven’t already entered my Blogtoberfest giveaway, please see my earlier post here for a chance to win some beautiful vintage flower buttons or some childrens buttons.

I underestimated the power of the blogosphere – I thought it would take a couple of weeks to get lots of people to enter the giveaway, but I’ve had a great response in just 2 days. So why wait 2 weeks to draw the winner???? I’m going to pick the winner next Saturday night when I get home from the Vintage Clothing Fair! Thanks for all the lovely comments you’ve been leaving. There sure are a lot of uses for buttons and it’s great reading about your ideas. Good luck everyone!

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Blue Monday AND Blogtoberfest Day 6

Happy Blue Monday! I’ve joined Blogtoberfest, the challenge being to blog every day in October, so I’ve promised a ‘button a day’ blog! If you participate in Pink Saturday you will have seen my pink button art, so today I thought I’d show you the blue stuff! 


Forget-me-not embellishments with vintage shell buttons.


A couple of charm bracelets with some pretty, vintage diamante buttons.



Another bracelet and more of my button flowers!


Thanks to  Smiling Sally for  and Big Cat’s Emporium for



Published in: on October 6, 2008 at 9:16 am  Comments (14)  
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Blue Monday #1

 Thanks to Sally for hosting Blue Monday!

I’d like to share with you something that I think is better than fairies at the bottom of the garden – bowerbirds at the bottom of my garden (well just over the fence)! I live in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia, and our local bowerbird is called the satin bowerbird. Males are deep iridescent blue with lavender eyes. Females are olive with lavender eyes. Young males are apparently the same colour as females – they get their new plumage when they become mature. I was lucky enough to see one in the transition phase once.

They build a bower on the ground out of small twigs, and decorate it with blue objects. If you own blue plastic pegs, chances are they won’t last long in the peg basket. They also like pale gold, such as straw or pale yellow flowers. The bower is for courtship, not nesting.


This one built a bower under a big stand of feral lantana in the bush behind my place. The bower is built with the opening facing north / south, and usually in dappled shade where the sun can dance on the leaves.

Here’s some of his collection. Bowerbirds make the most wonderful sounds – whirring and clicking noises like a rickety old sewing machine. For the past 25 years I have had a bowerbirds bower on or near my property. It was a lovely treat to show my kids when they were growing up.

Addendum: D’oh! I named my blog and my website after these birds, as they surround themselves with things they’ve collected – and so do I!!

Happy Monday everyone!

Published in: on September 29, 2008 at 1:00 am  Comments (16)  
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