Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Well today I've got a couple of hours work down at the cafe but the rest of the weekend will be filled with painting. Below is Betsy Bunny. One of four new animal paintings I've done for children (big and small...he he).

I'm really enjoying painting these characters!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend

Alisa x

Thursday, July 29, 2010

nooshka....the work of Casey Raymond

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share with you the beautiful work of Queensland mummy Casey Raymond under her label nooshka. Casey creates the most beautiful goodies consisting of gorgeous owls, french kittens, rabbits and the loveliest dollies. She has her own blog that you can check out here

Below are some pictures of her work. She puts different fabrics together with such flair!

Gaaaawd I love these!

And this has to be the prettiest owl softie around. I think I need one :)

To buy her goodies visit her etsy store. You'll love it!

Alisa x

All images from mynooshka

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More supplies

It's a rainy day today. A good day to stay indoors however I have to head out to Mudgee and pick up some more supplies. I've been drawing like a mad woman and have dwindled down to one sketchbook.
I love heading into Mudgee. It's the closest town to Rylstone (about 45 minute drive) and is such a lovely place. The girls get very excited too. Our first stop is always "Forget me not" to buy a chocolate each and have a natter with Kath. Then we stroll around looking at the second hand shops.

For lunch we either get fish and chips and head to Lawson Park or if it's cold we sit in McDonalds Bakery and enjoy fresh sandwiches. If I'm lucky enough to have a day to myself I love sitting in The Butchers Cafe with a good book. But that doesn't happen very often!

Have a lovely day!

Alisa x

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cuppa whimsy

This photo was taken at the Stitches and Craft Show last year. It's from my "Cuppa Whimsy" range. I'm working on some new ones this afternoon for my shop :)

photo taken by Roy Chou

How's your Monday going?

Alisa x

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Giveaway no.2 winner!

Well, I only acheived four entries but with the help of Haidee's little hands, we have a winner!

Congratulations meeyeehere! If you could please email me your postal address I'll be sure to send them your way! Thankyou to those that entered and to all my followers :)

Alisa x

I'm loving yellow

Since moving to the country I've become a bit of a grumble bum when Autumn ends and Winter begins. I miss all the beautiful colours and the warmth of the sun. My saving grace is when the wattle trees start to bud, along with the jonquils and daffodils (I've already mentioned how excited I get about this).

As a result I have developed a deep appreciation for yellow. A colour I used to poo poo. For me it's one of those colours that works better with a splash here and there, a little "burst" to brighten up a room. So you can imagine my delight when we found this crate in the shed we're converting for my shop......

It's filled with beautiful old preserving jars and lids (we also have another box filled with these treasures). I'm not sure what to do with it though. Any ideas?

And now onto one of my other finds of late. A funky metal fold out table that cost $2 from Vinnies. It looks great in the bedroom.

And of course I've added some wattle fresh off the tree. I'm loving waking up to it in the morning. Well, that coupled with Haidee demanding to be fed at 6am! The tin is from my parents tea collection. Their kitchen was filled with these Rosebrand tins, Twinings tins and just about any other tea you can think of! Mum was kind enough to give me the Rosebrand ones to remind me of my childhood home.

I hope you all have a lovely relaxing weekend, and please, any tips on what to do with the crate would be greatly appreciated!

Alisa x

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

First visit from the tooth fairy

Well this week has been very exciting in our household with Amelias first wobbly tooth. She set to work on sewing her own tooth pillow and did a lovely job. We explained to her that when her tooth falls out, we place it in the pocket of her pillow for collection and in return the tooth fairy will leave her some money. But Alas, the tooth was swallowed in the midst of inhaling a banana! Not to worry, she made the tooth fairy some necklaces as compensation! How sweet!

Now i don't know about you but I find the whole "tooth fairy" thing rather creepy. I always used to think..... What kind of decrepit fairy sneaks into a house at night and pays children pittance to collect teeth? It's all a bit erky perky!!

Anyways, the tooth fairy delivered much to my little girls delight. She received 20 cents per necklace (some are missing from the pic) which came to the grand total of $2. She generously gave Haidee 20cents of it which left her with enough money to buy 2 killer python lollies.

She was very happy.

And so begins the tooth fairy years. What joy :)

Alisa x

P.S. A reminder about my giveaway below! xxx

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Giveaway no.2

Yay! My garden is rich in yellow goodness! Finally, my jonquils, daffodils and wattle are flowering! To celebrate this momentous occassion (he he he) I've chosen to giveaway my lovely yellow filigree earrings.

The same rules apply, you must be a follower of my blog. Just leave a comment under this post to be in the draw to win. The winner will be drawn a week from today (the 24th). Good luck!

Have a lovely weekend,

Alisa x

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wedding cone baskets

I love how old traditions are being welcomed back into weddings. I made these as a special order to hold rice to throw over the bride and groom. They're also great as a parting gift. I made them for our guests at Christmas (I posted about them back then too). And more recently for Amelia's little guests at her mad hatters tea party filled with sweets! They looked very cute!

I'm not sure what to do today. It's very muddy outside after raining all night. Maybe a book carving or another paper house? The girls are easily amused on wet days by collecting all the cushions in the house and making what they call "pillow mountain". It's alot of fun although rather noisy!

I hope you all have a lovely day!

Alisa x

P.S. I will be announcing my jewellery giveaway tomorrow so stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I've started to work on a new range of 'Papagena" brooches and necklaces. I haven't decided what this one should be. I'm thinking a necklace....what do you think?

Alisa x

Finds of the week

Vintage Golden Books from the tip (they all belonged to the same boy, most are dated from 1955) , Game boards from Vinnies to add to my wall collection and these cool posters from a second hand book store in Mudgee. I'm thinking of having the posters framed. They're from the 70's and will look fantastic in the girls bedroom! All up these goodies cost $9.50. I also stumbled across some other goodies but will show you those later :)

Alisa x

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Give away winner!

And the winner is.........

Sarah B!

Thankyou everyone who participated! I'll be having another one soon featuring some jewellery :)

Have a lovely weekend!

Alisa x

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My first baby

Amelia Giselle, my first little bubba loo, was born on this day 5 years ago. We're having the loveliest day! I can't believe how fast she has grown. Happy birthday my beautiful little girl.

Mummy loves you so very much! xxx

Friday, July 2, 2010

Question time

I was recently tagged by Sandra from "The Surly Seamstress" to answer a few questions that I have happily answered (although rather badly). So here goes....

Which pattern/vintage style have you been thinking about lately?

I’m not one for focusing on patterns, infact I’m hopeless with them and never use them in any of my sewing. I have however collected the odd vintage pattern from the 70’s, mainly because I like the pictures on the front.

What is one place that you really want to visit that you haven’t been to before?

There are so many, I’ve never traveled overseas and want to see everything when the time allows but if we are talking about a specific place….. I would LOVE to go to Dollywood.


What are your favourite / least favourite words? These can be connected to sewing or not!

Favourite word: soliloquy…because it feels good say

Least favourite word: specific…because there are so many who screw up the pronounciation

If you had to spend 3 consecutive days on the same train, who would you want with you and why?

Dolly Parton J

What’s your “desert island” book/movie and why could you read/watch it over and over?

Book would have to be “The Law of Love” by Laura Esquival. I’ve read it quite a few times and always enjoyed the richness of her words. As for a movie? Not sure…..Blue Lagoon???

book cover of  The Law of Love  by Laura Esquivel

What garment/accessory do you wear the most?

Scarves and earrings

What wouldn’t you be caught dead in?

A G-string. I have learnt to love and accept the full brief .

I'm going to tag my friend Emma from Popple Clothing to play along.

So there you go, thankyou Sandra!

Alisa x

GIVEAWAY!! Original collage by Alisa Burlington (me)

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay...missy moo hid my camera and I have only just retrieved it from a box in my wardrobe.

So here it is, my giveaway.......

An original collage measuring 9cm x 9cm in a frame measuring 17cm x 17cm. I've incorporated some of my fabrics and beautiful japanese paper with sunset tones in both acrylic and watercolour paint. The finer details are done with felt tip pen. The mount is a pale cornflower blue that sets of the collage nicely. These pieces normally sell for $45 and I am pleased to be able to offer it to you, my loyal followers!

There are no rules other than you must be a follower of my blog. That is all. Just leave a comment under this post and you will be in the draw to win.

Entries will close on the 8th of July and the lucky winner will be announced on the 9th of July.

Good luck everyone!

Alisa x