Purfylle: January 2015

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1927 Unmentionables

Today I'm bringing you an extant piece from the Purfylle collection. 

1927 Unmentionables

The Domino Effect

I ran out of day on Friday and I didn't get the bias binding stitched onto the red corset for HSM like I was supposed to, partly because I was lacking the motivation to unearth the sewing machine from all the stuff I've dumped on the sewing table whilst decluttering.

Over the weekend instead of getting the sewing machine excavated from all the stuff, I moved a cabinet out of the sewing room which resulted in a chain reaction of relocating stuff.

Drama's of the Royal Seat

Not long before Christmas we replaced the throne room seat, you know the commode, comfort station, water closet, lavatory, loo, the toilet.

the seat that works

Black Cocky


ISO 200 | f 5.6 | 1/2000
lens 50-250mm | focal length 240mm

HSM January Challenge - Red Corset

The month is two thirds through already so it is about time I got to work on the Historical Sew Monthly Challenge for January.

Crochet Ripple Blanket

I was very naughty and started a new crochet project, my very first  ripple blanket!

crochet ripple blanket

10 Ways To Help Your Pets Cope With Hot Summer Days

10 Ways To Help Your Pets Cope With Hot Summer Days

Our pets rely on us for their well being. Knowing what your pets' needs are on hot days is not always obvious.

Here's some hot weather tips to help you and your pets to survive those crazy hot summer days. 

1) Water

Staying hydrated is so very important for animals on hot days. 


We always ensure there is plenty of water for our birds and we even give our loirkeet two sources of water as she loves to have a bath to cool off. 


I use a plastic measuring jug for the water container for my cats. It surprises me how quickly the pair of them can drink all that water, a small dish isn't enough, they really do like to have lots of small drinks on hot days. I keep one container inside the house and one outside.


Our dogs also get two water containers. We use 15 litre rectangular tubs. The containers are kept in the shade on the patio and out of the sun. If they empty one the second one is right there for them. 

We always take water with us for walks and outings. If you leave your dog tied up for a quick dash into a shop make sure they have water and shade. 


Yes, you need to worry about your ponds and aquariums too. Keep an eye on the water level, you'd be surprised at just how much water evaporates on a hot day.

It's also a good idea to keep an eye on how hot the water is. You may need to add some cool water if the temperature is getting too high. Keeping the aquarium light off on hot days is a really good idea too. Feeding your fish less is commonly recommended.


Remember that the wildlife can really suffer on hot days, even more so during fire season. We put water bowls out at both the back and front gardens for the local birds. We have a whole family of white cheeked honey eaters that live in our front yard.

white cheaked honey eater

2) Shade

Make sure your pets have plenty of shade on hot days. Be aware that sheds, garages, kennels and hutches are often uninsulated and can actually get hotter then out in the sun.

3) Heat-stroke

Keep an eye on heatstroke signs in your pets. If you don't know what to look for ask your vet. Remember that you must cool your pet down but not too quickly if your pet is overheating, don't be afraid to call your vet and ask for advice.

4) Cool treats

Dogs particularly like cool treats on hot days. Mine are partial to licking at ice cubes. One of the ways dogs cool down is via the mouth and panting, so a nice cool drink or ice lick can really help.

5) Heat-rash

Many pets can suffer from heat rash which can cause them terrible discomfort and if left untreated can become quite a nasty problem. The skin can become quite raw. The first thing to do is to rinse the are with cool water (not cold) to ensure the affected skin is clean and seek medical advice. I have to keep a keen eye on Sacha, my fluffy cat, she is quite prone to heat rash.

6) Walks

If it's too hot for you to go for a walk it's too hot for them to go for a walk. Find another way to enjoy that time. We do 'lessons' with our dogs and cycle through all their tricks. They think lessons are great fun. We will also play ball in the fading evening light that we wouldn't go for a walk in, in summer that might be the only time it isn't scorching hot.

7) Getting Out

So it's been too hot for walks, but everyone is starting to get cabin fever. A drive can be just as exciting as a walk for your dog. They get to see and smell new things and just a change in scenery can make all the differnce. You'd be surprised just how effective a small in-car outing can be. Never leave your pet in the car on a hot day.

Wild Corellas

8) Grooming

Longer haired pets suffer more with the heat and keeping them well groomed reduces fur and the less fur the better on hot days. A bath also helps remove any dirt and other skin irritants.

9) Feeding Times

The heat can really effect your apetite and it's the same for your pets. In summer feeding at a later time when the day is cooler might be just what your pet needs.


Geri the Wonder Dog won't eat until the day has cooled down. Freki doesn't understand why dinner is delayed and it usually takes him a week or so to get used to the change in schedule. To him any time is a good time for eating.

10) Be Patient

Your pets can get irritable in the heat just like humans do. Be patient and understanding about a little irritability in your pets behaviour.

Geri the Wonder Dog with legs akimbo on a hot day

I know it might seem crazy that I am writing about hot summer days if you aren't in Australia but today we have a lovely hot day today of  35°C (95 °F)   37°C (98.6 °F) and all my pets are feeling the heat. 

I wouldn't really know what to do for extremely cold weather. I'd probably have them all jump into bed with me.

What are your extreme weather pet care tips?

10 Ways To Help Your Pets Cope With Hot Summer Days

How to Make a Link Party Tracker

Why I Need A Tracker

As the blog is getting busier and busier I found I was losing track of what linky parties I had attended and those I hadn't and I definitely had no idea anymore of what post I'd linked to which party.

It seems many bloggers use spreadsheets or day planners to keep track of such things. I was relying heavily on email reminders and checking my Linky page to keep up with them.

The problem with that is that my time zone is UTC +8 and a lot of parties don't provide their start time in UTC time but in their own local time, if they provide a specific start time at all.

I find it's easy to make an error when converting time and so parties that said they started on a Wednesday might actually start on a Thursday for me, but I wouldn't go looking for them on Thursday because they weren't on my Thursday list.

Confused? Me too.

I needed to find a solution and I knew a spreadsheet or day planner wasn't going to provide me with everything I wanted.

50 Litres of Sewing Clutter - Part 4

It turns out that 50 litres of Sewing Clutter is a LOT. I don't even want to count how many boxes I still have to go through. Well this is the last few items from this box. I've saved the best for last. 

If you are wondering what else was in the box here's the links to the first 3 posts of 50 Litres of Sewing Clutter:
Part 1Part 2 Part 3.

ugly shirt UFO with no sleeves

Our Favourite Things Pinterest Pin Party 6

Welcome, Welcome all to the 6th Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"

How Doing Nothing Helped Declutter

Over the holiday period my old foot injury flared up and I was limping around doing more then I should until my foot and ankle were all swollen up and forced me to keep off my feet for a few days.

But this was a good thing. Why? How could that possibly be a good thing?

How doing nothing helped declutter

Crochet Blanket UFO

I have a crochet project that I started a few years ago....okay maybe closer to 10 years ago.

crochet UFO

50 Litres of Sewing Clutter - Part 3

50 Litres Of Sewing Clutter

Did you read Part 1 & Part 2 of 50 Litres of Sewing Clutter?

Do you want to know what else was in the box?

50 Litres Of Sewing Clutter Part 2 - Calico

A bit over a decade ago I studied Clothing Production Certificate III, because I wanted to know more about the standards and methods used for modern clothing as almost all of my sewing up until then had been for historical costumes.

It seems I kept everything from that course. *rolls eyes*

All the calico stuff in that 50 litre container I made as part of that course. (you might call calico muslin or unbleached cotton)

sewing clutter

50 Litres Of Sewing Clutter - Part 1

Remember my storage room?  I am working my way through everything box by box. The boxes are mostly 50 litre boxes. (that's about 13 US gallons)

A Winning Label

Purfylle has labels! Anyway I thought you might be interested to know how they turned out.

Back in November last year I was browsing through all the awesome crochet patterns and tutorials on Moogly. Of course I had to enter when I saw there was a giveaway for $50 gift code to use at Name Tapes and Labels. Getting labels was on my to-do list after all.


I was so surprised when Tamara from Moogly sent me the email in early December advising me I was one of the lucky winners! How exciting to actually win something, and something I really want too.

Historical Sew Monthly - The Plan

I'm participating in the HISTORICAL SEW MONTHLY this year.

For each challenge I intend to try and finish a work in progress rather then a new project.

Here's the list of challenges and my initial thoughts for what I will do for each challenge.

A New Groove For 2015

Get into the Groove

Today Hubby is back at work and it's time to get back into the groove of the weekly routine.

But I'm not going to just go back to the old weekly routine. It's a new year with new plans and goals, and 2015 needs a new schedule.

I need to fit a lot into my 2015 schedule.

It's A New Decluttering Year!

I'm starting 2015 off with decluttering. 

I decluttered the kitchen several times last year. Today I spent about 3 minutes going through again and getting rid of things that still haven't been used and probably should have been discarded on the first round. 

kitchen clutter

Happy New Year

1580 Scipione Pulzone or His Workshop (1550-1598) Portrait of a Young Woman