Rove Concepts



First up I have a disclaimer. These pics are from a couple of weekends ago. I just haven't had the time to get them up. I find myself drawn to a more limited colour palette lately. Or maybe that is all I'm finding in the thrift stores and secondhand shops in Ioswich. My friends laugh that I have a thing for brown. Whenever they are out hunting with me they will hold up the ugliest piece they can find and yell "It's brown. You want it?" I'm also collecting old books for my living room shelves. To read too. Love an old book and I'm so sad when I see someone throwing them out. Favourites? Love the stoneware salt jar. I use it in the kitchen for utensils but it may end up a paintbrush pot. The banker's receipt book is useless but soooo beautiful. Pounds, shillings and pence.

New old books. A complete set of Dickens as well as Victor Hugo and Dumar. 1936. The blue set is a self education series from the '20s. Love my cinnabar vase from Kim. And look there's the owl she sent me too. The multi-sided die is from an old children's game. The West German is one of my favourites. No thrifting find that one. Bought it in an antique centre. My murano millefiore vases were a secondhand shop find though. They are huge and gorgeous.

Turkish coffee anyone? Complete with ashtray :) I'm going to use the cups and tray as part of my holidays table settings. Kelvin found me the old rusty pot stand. Love it but have to keep him from painting it with Killrust. He wanted to clean it up for me. The stool is actually an old kitchen chair with the back cut off.

Of course I didn't need another retro dinner set but I picked this one up for $6. 6 dinner plates and 4 side plates - Japanese. Next time I play fairy opshop mother to Anita or Carmel this might have to be part of the loot. Finally a timber slab. It used to have ugly wobbly legs but I wanted it as a serving board so off they came. I'll have to strip off the awful orange varnish before I use it though. That's it for that weekend ;) I have picked up more since. I know. I know. I'm addicted!


Indian printing blocks

Part of me is tempted to stamp up some fabric with my printing blocks but I love the old paint colour that's on them already. I think I'll just leave them sitting on my table for a little while longer.


Rain and new growth and weeding

We have been slowly working on our garden since we moved in. At first it was dry and barren except for a few palms and some straggly mock orange trees. Many years of drought and an owner who didn't care had taken its toll. Old trees had been cut down and weeds were everywhere. With no money for new plants we worked with cuttings and pot plants we had. We watered and watered and then the floods came. The garden burst into life with all the rain. Things took off and we bought a few trees to plant.

Then the dry came again with almost no rain through the winter and spring. A few weekends ago we started to tidy up again. Weeding and transplanting, new soil delivery and a new concrete slab behind the house so we could move our big garden shed and rainwater tank away out of sight. The spot where the shed had sat for two years has been planted out as a vege garden. Can't wait to harvest the first crops. Oh I had forgotten. Our first crop was a handful of white mulberries from the tree we planted last summer. Sweet but too few. Next year :)

P.S. I have been playing with PicMonkey. I'll stop using banners and collages soon. Promise. See I've stopped already. Do you like my herb planter? It's an old Queensland Fish Board zinc trough. There's the old garden shed sitting behind the house. We included a small clothes line between the two. I need to grow a vine on the shed to hide it some more. Maybe a jasmine or a trumpet vine. Maybe a passionfruit. Yum. Those strappy leaf plants (god I can't remember the name ... must be getting old) were grown from one small divided plant and the macaranga tree is only a year old. Love rain forest trees. So fast growing.


I was mugged this week ...

... but don't worry. I wasn't hurt. It was an actual mug. Well more like a demitasse. As I left for work on Thursday morning I found, sitting on my mail box, a brown paper bag with the words "You've been mugged" neatly written on it. Inside was a small cup and saucer. More neat handwriting with encouraging words around the rim. I'm not normally an inspirational quote type of gal but it did make me smile when I tried to explain to my blind husband that I'd been mugged. "But it's a tea cup isn't it? I don't get it." I told him the short note inside the cup explained it was a Facebook meme. Seems someone in Ipswich is mugging people. Not new in a tough old town but this is a different type of weapon, kind words. So thanks stranger for starting my Thursday with a smile.

It's a rainy Saturday here. Lots of work to do in the garden today. We are planting up a vege garden. Tomatoes, spinach, eggplant, zucchini and squash ... and okra. I hate okra but apparently my husband loves it. Any recipe ideas? I'll be back later with photos of soggy seedlings I guess :)


I'm still here ...

My weekends have been nuts. Too many irons in the fire I think. I'm exhausted and could do with a big nanna nap ... all the time, every day :) Think I need a faux fur hammock like the parrots. Here's a bad iPhone snap of Puki sleeping in his. 

Apologies for not keeping this page updated. I promise something soon. I do!