Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Op Shopping and Gardening...

We had a pretty hot day today of about 37 degrees and I had the urge to garden. If I don't do it when I have the urge, then it doesn't get done. And our front entrance was in desperate need of dressing up. So I trotted off to Bunnings to get some plants. Usually I wander around for ages trying to find the perfect plants, but today I was in and out in fifteen minutes. They had exactly what I was looking for. I'm not the best at keeping the water up to my potted plants, so I needed some that were drought hardy!!! Mother-In-Law's tongue is always a good one and the smaller one is some sort of cordyline I think (can't remember).

I love this one with the red flowers. These are great as climbers, but my girlfriend has a white one in a pot that looks gorgeous. They flower pretty much all year round. And the little one is a Liriope.Just before school pick up this afternoon, I popped into our local Op Shop to have a look. This is what I came out with...these two lovely paintings. The floral one has already gone up in my sewing room and the boaty one will probably go in the family room. I'm thinking of painting the boat frame white to give it a beachy look.

I LOVE eating anything with lemon in it so I had to get this Little Lemon Book. All the recipes use lemons. I'm think I've heard about this little cookbook before, so hopefully I'll find some yummy recipes in it.

And lastly, a beaded bracelet. The beads are wood and I love the colour combination.

Isn't this painting gorgeous. There were actually two more of these, both similar to the two I bought. I did see a few other things I liked, but I find that our Op Shops are pretty expensive (certainly compared to what Eastern States bloggers seem to pay for their goodies), so I left the other things behind.


zoesquid said...

Nice to read you again. I thought you were "off to the beach - never to return!" What great op shop finds. I'd be painting the boat frame white also (and possibly the other one). You have a great vantage point from your front door. Oh to look out and see all that green. Your plants look great too. Have a happy week.

Skye Rocket Sews said...

Hi there,
found your blog today and I'm loving the canvas you made for your girl's room.
I've done this before but I never thought to mix it up with different fabrics.Beautiful!
Great op shop finds,I never seem to find such great stuff,I'm too impaitent,my hubby has the eye for that stuff.
I also love reading about West Aussie as half my family are there.My dad's from Northam,but we grew up east side.:)
lad to of found your bolg ,
Mel. x

A Spoon Full Of Sugar said...

Hi Ainslie, I am with you on the drought resistant plants. I also find that the strong wind in coastal areas makes keeping plants alive a challenge!I have had a lot of success with the cordylines and moses in the cradle. I love your op shop paintings - a white frame should freshen them up a bit. Lisa

Selina said...

Enjoy your paintings! Its nice to have something fresh in the house to look at. I'm lucky my sister paints so I have no shortage of art works.

zoesquid said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Cyber snoop welcomed. I posted some inside post renovation pics in June 2007 (titled "Inspiration for Sooz). Go take a peek. Things have changed a little since then but you'll get the general idea.

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