Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's Giveaway time!!!!!

Over at Fortune Favours that is! So if you haven't made your way over there yet, now is the perfect time. If this swag isn't enough to nudge you toward making the move with me, then I don't know what is........Chocolates maybe?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You may have missed it,

..........but we've moved!

Come on over to my new blog, Fortune Favours the thrifty for some sweet, vintage finds and a new market post later in the day. Go on, click over, I'll miss you if you don't!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

I'm Moving Blogs!

That's right Friends, I will now be blogging from a new address on the internets. My new blog is called Fortune Favours the Thrifty  and I would love for you to come and visit me at my new home. A similar vibe to Curbside but without the cringe inducing 'Style' bit (and a whole lot prettier). With a new address and a new 'do' I'm feeling ready to post my backside off so it would be ever so lovely if you would stop by and share my thrift adventures.

AND.......just to get the follower ball rolling (because let's face it, we all feel good when we see lot's of peeps are reading) I will be hosting a very special giveaway on Wednesday so tune in and get ready to hit that follow button!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

portraits of dolls

I love kitchy, tourist wear dolls. Ada and I have been collecting them for a while. They don't tend to last very long because they were never deigned to be played with and it's hard to stop a 3 year old from playing with dolls in her room, but here are some recent additions and some lucky 'survivors'. I'm absolutely  in love with the Polynesian dolls face, what a beauty.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

a lovely pair

I've been Mrs Stitchy fingers recently, pumping out some blanket softies/cushions for my Camberwell Market stall. I love this pair of love birds, they look so cute together. I'm really enjoying sewing these blanket softies, you can keep the shapes and motifs really simple because the blankets do all the talking. I'll have some more photo's of other designs over the next couple of weeks and you can see them in person at my next market stall on the 12 of June. I've never really sold anything I've made before. I've been making these blanket softies, some super hero capes for kids out of vintage sheets and some cute leather brooches so I'll be interested to see what the reception is like.

The kids have been quite kind to me and have largely left me to sew while they play (one of the benefits of them getting older I guess), it's so nice to be able to do something for myself, I just wish I didn't have to keep stopping to do housework.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shafted by Schafter

I'm not much of a Twitterer. I could, at best, be described as an inconsistent flirt, only following a select few and being followed by even less. My tweets are minimal; few and far between. So you could imagine my surprise when Zigsma messaged me to ask if I was aware that one of my Tweets appeared in a recent article on the ABCs Hungry Beast program. The article in question was about hate following; that is, following someone on a social media platform merely to keep the fires of outrage burning in your belly. My curiosity aroused, I logged onto the show's website and proceeded to watch the article in question.

Monique Shafter, one of the show's painfully gen y presenters was investigating her and (presumably) millions of others, compulsion to follow the social media musings of some of the worlds most irritating people (think Andrew Bolt, Justin Beiber, Germain Greer, Charlie Sheen and other anger mongers of this ilk.) The article included interviews with comedian and social commentator Catherine Deveny and shock jock Steve Price. This is where it gets interesting (at least to me).

Monique began by interviewing Catherine about the trend of 'Hate Following' and the example quickly centered on the public outrage towards Catherine's tweet during the 2010 logies that declared her desire for the (then) 11 year-old Bindy Irwin to get laid - a tweet that consequently showed Catherine the door from both The Age and (presumably) Australia Zoo. To illustrate this concept of 'Hate Following' towards Catherine they presented a selection of tweets (including mine) and encouraged the viewer to form an opinion.
Now I cannot speak for the legitimacy of the other tweet, but I felt the @CURBSIDESTYLE tweet was distressingly brief, though very much too the point. Unfortunately the point was lost as the viewer was not presented with the name of the intended target of my brilliant (if pointed) wit, but was instead only shown the screen name of one @catherinedeveney. 

My tweet "@Uberclit @catherinedeveny Bitch please, at least attempt to google that shit before you get mouthy." was aimed at one Ms. (presumably) Uberclit who demanded in a most impolite fashion to know why I didn't just "f''ing" say "Fresh Cream" instead of "Creme Fraiche". My response, as published on Twitter, links to the original comment in which Catherine requests a recipe for scalloped potatoes. I provided my own take on this culinary classic (having just cooked it to rave reviews) and declared that it would be much improved through the use of a cultured cream, rather than normal cream. (Creme Fraiche - Fresh Cream. You have to love contranyms, except when they're not.) 

By dropping the crucial "@Uberclit" and then juxtaposing the doctored tweet against the infamous "Bindi Irwin" tweet, gave the viewer the impression that my tweet was related through time and intent to the one that saw Catherine wave adieu to her hallowed broadsheet. This deliberate manipulation of my tweet was clearly done to make me appear to be one of Catherine's 'hate followers', simply not the case.

So, should I be surprised that a television show that started before it's first episode by launching a study by the fictional 'Levitt Institute' as an example of how the Media fail to fact check and merely report the news as it appears in the press release, can so misrepresent a recent Tweet because they can't be bothered to press the down arrow a few thousand times to find some real outrage? Probably not. Or perhaps I think that someone at Hungry Beast should have stuck a pile of coins on their "Page Down" key, brushed off the Kettle Chips crumbs, and then left for lunch. 

I'm waiting on a response from the ABC.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

flea market finds

 fish tank snow dome

 a selection of vintage coat hangers

hot pink, little girls, woollen jumper

mid century teak and ceramic salad servers

Just a few thrifty finds this week, I found a bunch more but photographing anything in this dreary Melbourne weather is next to impossible when you're snapping pictures on your phone.

After an incredibly long and busy week I'm quite of the mind to put my feet up with a pot of tea and do some hand sewing for the rest of the afternoon. Unfortunately though, we have a bunch of family arriving on Tuesday from Perth and Japan. There are so many jobs that need doing before then, I fear my little 'rest fest' 'tis likely to remain a fantasy. The biggest job is by far turning the sewing room/guest bedroom into somewhere nice for my Aunt and Uncle to sleep. The last couple of months have seen it fill up quite satisfactorily with thrifty items for my market stall but now they need to move to there temporary home on the garage, which means i need to clean the garage out.....oh crap, enough blogging time to get back to work.

For more thrifty finds pop over and visit Sophie from Her Library Adventures and Apron Thrift Girl.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday Folks :)


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