Baskets, Gods & Onsies with Ears

Thu 29th, May, 2014

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So all is quiet in Beach Cottage Land, there’s a reason for that, I’m pretty much staying in and not doing much at all after Melbourne, lots and lots of thinking.

Thinking in a onsie.  Do you know it is possible to put on a grey/white furry onsie when you come home from the school run, tidy up your house in it, answer the phone six times to annoying sales people in it, do a sport run in it, cook dinner in it, do another sport run in it, phone your husband who is working very late in it and then come home and drink beer while watching re-runs of BBC sitcoms in it?  Yup totally do-able, but a note of advice to you, probably not the best idea if you forget you are wearing said onsie, decide to get petrol, hop out of the car and while filling up wonder what the passengers at the pump behind are looking at.

This onsie, who goes by the name of Teddy on the website of which I bought it and unknowingly to me then, does have ears, was also being worn while foofing with baskets.

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Baskets are taking over this old ratty cottage.  I know you have been watching from afar thinking good grief what is the loony going to be stockpiling next as part of her recovery program…exhaustive wedges shopping, rug purchasing, just way too many quilts?  oh and how about the list of things I haven’t told you about…but over the last week or so it’s been baskets, specifically these kinda baskets.

I dressed this one up on the deck – it’s been absolutely amazing weather here, it’s a few days from Winter and 24C in my garden while I was out here dettoling (yes still doing that but not too much for you to be alarmed, and right now no moonlit gardening)…can you get your head around that for a minute, whether you are from this land or not…24C and sunny blue skies in Winter?  Hello.

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I took Barls out for a walk earlier this morning, I had managed to get dressed, the onsie wasn’t on the scene yet and we were having a lovely time looking at the flowers and things (he seems to sniff at stuff a lot, like really a lot, do your pooches do that, I have no idea whether or not this is normal for a pooch considering I have never had a pet before in my life, but hey ho our walking relationship works quite admirably, he does the stopping and sniffing, I gaze at flowers), anyway, we passed a man and a woman in an English style house (I always and still find that strange here) cleaning their driveway and filling up the back of the car with tree trimmings,

‘G’day’ he said to me ‘what a beautiful day’

‘oh yes so lovely’ said I and then ‘and it’s like 3 days ’til Winter’ I was pretty sure he’d pick up my accent, I cannot for the life of me lose it ;)

‘that would be right, they don’t call this the land of the Gods for nothing’ with a wry smile and a wink.

How right you are mate, how right you are.


I’ve got a big plan in my head, I’ve had it for years and I’ve kinda mentioned it on here briefly but this time it’s happening, I can’t wait to tell you, it’s not some big awesome omg secret but I want it finalised before I share, no it’s not a book, I am the only blogger in the world to turn down book deals apparently or magazines coming to do shoots, but I don’t need that in my life right now…it involves lots of homewares (no not a shop) and a lot of our investment, big risks, I’ve been too scared to go for it ’til now – ’til life showed me to take it by the balls and go for what I want because it or I might not be here tomorrow.

And it’s that same sentiment that has me madly stashing baskets under the house, to get them out to play in the day.

And you may or may not be believe it, but today I came across, and bought, though I do not actually have it yet (thank you internet vintage shopping) another rustic table.

This one is really really good, rocking indeed.  It will look super under the house.

See you soon with meatballs.


p.s. onsies are great for the environment

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24 Responses to “Baskets, Gods & Onsies with Ears”

  1. Onesies are soooo much better than pulling on trackies over your jammies – way too many bulges when you do that – I always get caught on at the filling station looking like the Michellin Man :)

    Your new venture sounds intreaguing Sarah – very best of luck with it whatever it is !!

    Beautiful basket /flowers btw :)

    Marie x

  2. Nola says:

    I love coming home and putting on my pjs it is so comfy. Can’t wait to hear about your new adventure. Love baskets but that one is so lovely can I ask where would I get one like that? Take care

  3. Jo says:

    Is that the green table!! If so, it looks great. If not, it still looks great. And where is the pic of you in the onsie? I always loved your What I Wore posts. I miss them.

    • Sarah says:

      actually no it’s not it’s another table I made over for the deck – this one was orange varnished timber, I stripped the top and painted the legs :)

      Yes I know a lot of people miss the What I Wore posts – I will be 100% honest and say I quite liked them once I got some amazing feedback, however there are some truly evil people on the internet and unfortunately some people were quite vocal in their hatred of those posts and it left me with a nasty taste in my mouth – normally I don’t give a **** what people think but real girl 40 yr old fashion puts you out there and nasty trolls don’t make it too much fun (especially when one of them decided it would be fun to copy it all and email it to me, sigh) – so I knocked it on the head…I do some now and again on my newsletter though xo

      • Anonymous says:


        I accidentally came across those trolls’ posts. I was so stunned that I got up from the computer, went for a walk to digest their content, returned to the computer, reread them, still was stunned and so deeply saddened.


  4. Lassiegirl says:

    Just wanted to let you know, yes, dogs do a lot of sniffing. It is quite normal of Barls to do so. My Collies, Annie and Piper, sniff many, many things. No worries :)

  5. Jenny says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Your mention of onesie wearing has brought a big smile to my face this grey old day. I’m keen on getting a onesie to lounge around in, which is much to our teenagers disgrace. They seem to think that lounging around in comfort is only reserved for the younger generation. Our super large male tabby cat loves to smell the flowers and plants in our garden, he gets really excited when I come back from the garden centre and is always out with me when putting in new plants. Otis never digs up new plants, even in the vege patch and is always on guard to scare other cats that may try. I’m so looking forward to see what your new venture is.xxx Jenny

    • Sarah says:

      thanks Jenny!

      hmm I need your cat in my garden – I planted tonnes of sweet peas one day, got them all hooked up to climbing frames etc, came out the next morning and the whole lot was gone, chewed down to the stalks by the rabbits, so upset!

  6. merilyn says:

    I think I’m getting a onesie onsie!!! where’s the pic honey!… maybe add a scarf and ankle boots and a belt all colour coordinated for the car runs maybe a hat and sunnies too! whatcha recon??? lol m:)X

    • Sarah says:

      haha funny!

      seriously i’d get one, I hated them for ages and my kiddos had them and then with the Winter coming and the badly heated Sydney home I thought I would give one a go…I’ve gone from having the heaters going to just putting that on and not feeling a tiny bit cold hence why I think they are good for the environment lol x

  7. Neen says:

    Sarah you crack-me-up !! I needed a good laugh and the image of you in a onesie filling up with fuel just has me in stitches…….seriously loving your new baskets and cannot wait for your new venture.
    Luuuuurve this post too….;))))) Neen

  8. kerrie says:

    I love your white baskets…but what is a onesie? It sounds cute. I think traveling, even if its only a few hours away, makes me think too…think of life and dreams. I hope it all comes together for you Sarah. Enjoy your beautiful winter. xxo

    PS- I do not care to be featured in all the mags either and its nice to hear I am not the only one.

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah, how very exciting about your new venture! Can’t wait to read all about it. Honestly reading your posts sometimes is like checking in with an old friend (duration of friendship old, not your age)!!
    I just love it. Thank you for bringing happiness to my and many others’ lives.
    Now, re Barls, Mr Sniffalot, yes totally normal. I have 2 labradoodles – who incidentally look like big versions of Barls!! One sniffs a LOT, one is a tad silly in the head and would probably sniff if he only had a brain :)
    Take care lovely lady, :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    You won’t be the last to venture out in public in a onesie.

    Good luck with your thinking and big plan. :) I’m going to revisit my vision board to move along my grand plan.

    Love your flowers.


  11. merilyn says:

    btw loving your photos on fb with the wood touches …
    I’m thinking SUPER! just gives them the edge honey!
    hope all is improving in your neck of the woods! lovem:)X

  12. Janet says:

    Sarah, beautiful pictures as usual! Love your blog, thanks so much for sharing your foofing and cooking and the rest!
    I have the slow cooker going with your curry chicken as we speak!

  13. janita says:

    Sarah, You are a delight :) If you can do a Onsie with ears in public you go girl !!! I would like a pic:)or maybe just a web site to show what you are styling. Wondering what my grown and married children would think if I got one…. HA makes me laugh to think of me in a Onsie…. maybe just for home:) Janita

  14. Julie B says:

    Hee hee love that onesies are good for the environment!

    I love your basket arrangement, but am just wondering, what did you do inside to keep the floral stuff damp? Is there a vase lurking inside or a bottle? It all looks so artlessly perfect, but I just know if I tried to recreate it at home I’d have a leaking basket messing all over my table!

    Yours in cluelessness.

    Julie x

    P.S.Can’t wait to hear about your (ad)venture!

    • Sarah says:

      yes I have a vase with a lip so I just popped that in there – wouldn’t be much good if you had little kids around tho I don’t think :))

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