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Saturday, December 31, 2011

See ya 2011

Hi everyone! Did you all have a spectacular Christmas? We had a fantastic time in Cobar catching up with our family and eating...a lot... We did take our joggers, planning to walk the food off but all we managed was a walk around the block in thongs after an afternoon sleep!!

Well, it is the time of year for reflection so we would love to start by saying thank you so much to our lovely customers for your support this year, we have loved meeting so many NICE people, locals and visitors. We get a real kick out of hearing people say they love our store!

Our best bits of 2011, in no particular order...
- Celebrating our first birthday! A big achievement for small businesses
- Changing the shop around to create our cafe corner
- Visiting Melbourne for Finders Keepers markets and Adelaide for Bowerbird Bazaar
- Having a super busy shop with the lead up to Christmas
- Learning how to crochet and hosting Curious Crafters crochet classes
- Seeing our advertisement in Frankie magazine
- Hosting World Wide Knitting in public day and raising $220 for Sunraysia Cancer Resources by raffling the blanket that was made
- Calling Charlotte our Christmas giveaway winner on Christmas eve to tell her she had won!
- Dealing with such lovely stockists and getting to meet them for reals at markets and trade fairs
- Growing friendships with the peeps that visit our shop

Wishing you all the best for 2012, dream big and do what you love to do!

Our fave song for 2011....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

They don't make them like they used to!

Our good friend Renea thrifted a bunch of Christmas records and we would like to share a couple of covers.....
A bunch of happy kids with a sleepy Santa!

Not really sure what to say about this one but, isn't that a lovely jacket! This cover asks more questions than it answers.....

Bonus new years soundtrack! Styling it up in matching waistcoats, snazzy and jazzy!

Wish we could find this album cover! Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

You & Me - The Xmas edition

Time for a Christmas quiz! A=Annie S=Shell

What are you looking forward to this Christmas?
A: Being with all our family in Cobar
S: Going home! Seeing family! Giving my niece my handmade kringle! Eating! Drinking!

This way to Cobar

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
A:It used to be getting a pine tree on our farm the week before Xmas, it fell over every year! Now it's plastic....a real nice plastic one!
S: A new one is watching Bridget Jones Diary after lunch on Christmas day, usually changed into pyjama pants by this time!

Glamour shot?!

Fave Christmas movie?
A: The Santa Clause movies and The Polar Express
S: This one is hard, new faves are The Family Stone, Love Actually and Elf but my all time fave is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, I have too many quotes from this movie - love it and all it's cringey moments!

What's for Christmas lunch?
A: Ham and sister Suze's secret glaze (OMG so good!), yummy salads and more ham!
S: Same as A! But with a side of rum balls!
All I want for Christmas is?
A: To eat, drink and relax and not worry about normal everyday stuff. A wardrobe full of new clothes would be good too!
S: To spend it with my family and have a few days off  - totes happening, but while we are talking wish lists this treadlie would be nice - see Jelly Bean Bike's to create your own dream bike

The Beautiful Girl

Favourite Christmas present from childhood?
A: Boe the labrador puppy
S: A shared Sega was pretty cool, Alex the Kid and Sonic the Hedgehog kept us pretty busy those school holidays!
6 sleeps to go - yeah!
Three things in your shopping trolley?
A: Condensed milk for rum balls, ginger beer and pineapple juice for punch
S: Jatz for dipping, cherries and Pimm's for this drink

Four words to describe your Christmas?
A: Full, funny, messy, great
S: Tipsy, happy, foody, snoozy

There you have it! Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments section....Hope you are having a great week leading up to Christmas.

Now for one of the best scenes from Elf!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Fine & Sunny Christmas

Hello peeps, we have been a bit slack with blogging over these busy Christmas times so we thought we would make it up over the next week and blog EVERY SINGLE DAY up to Christmas, we'll see how we go!

First up, have you heard about our Christmas giveaway? Spend $50 or more in our store up until the 24th December 2011 and you will receive an entry to win a whole lot of good stuff! Thanks to our lovely stockists for contributing to this giveaway!

Check it!
Sunday Morning Designs Pillowcase (Thanks Lichen & Jitske!)
Mae Pantry Label Decals and gift wrap (Thanks lovely Mae ladies!)
Have You Met Miss Jones porcelain feather collection (Thanks Jennifer!)
2 Printspace Prints (Thanks Mara and Nick!)
Polli necklace (Thanks sweet Polli ladies!)
Rabbit & The Duck zip purse (Thanks Shannon!)
Hot Toffee glass studs (Thanks Nicole!)
Delilah Devine desk calendar (Thanks Linda!)
Naomi Murrell brooch
Hookturn BYO cup
EST Body Butter
Paper Boat Press Xmas ornament
4 Colour pencil and MT Tape

Phew - that's a lot of good stuff!

Hope to see you this week......

Friday, December 2, 2011

Yay! It's film clip Friday!

Because I am so cool and stay home most Fridays nights, I get to watch my guilty pleasure TV show, So You Think You Can Dance (I already said I was cool). Tonight one of the songs they danced to was Angus & Julia Stone's version of 'You're the one that I want' from the musical Grease. How did I miss this when it first came out???
I have found a live recording, Julia has a little Dolly Parton sound going on and Angus may be singing but I can't hear him through all that beard and hair. Enjoy! Happy weekending!

Post by Shell

Thursday, November 24, 2011


We were so excited to unpack this box of TMOD pretties! Check them out!
Rosie & Robbie tote, you could also cut out and make a cute softie

Stitch your journey interactive t towel for crafty travels

Rosie wrapping paper awww

Chalkboard paint kit in aqua, yellow, red, blue and black

Cards that turn into party hats - there's an Indian headdress, daisy chains, a pirate hat and a crown - fun!

All photos via TMOD

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Is groove in your heart?

Happy weekend people!
I was searching youtube for happy funky songs and this is what I came up with. I love this song and clip, it really brings back happy memories of coming home from the pub and watching and dancing to RAGE, yep the cool stuff I got to do before kids.

Some exciting things are happening at Fine & Sunny in the coming weeks. We are about to wow you all with our christmas decorations and we may have something super cool to put in our window this year.... We are also planning an evening of fun in store where you can fill in your "favourites file", which your loved ones can then use to buy you something you may actually want for Christmas!!
And don't forget the Fine & Sunny Cafe Corner where you can sit and enjoy delicious sweet treats made by us. New on the menu this week are Passionfruit Melting Moments and Spiced Jam Drops- YUM!

Post by Annie

Monday, November 7, 2011

To market to market

As promised here are the pic's from our trip to Adelaide, you may think from our photo's that we actually went to eat yummy food.....that is only partly true.
We made the trip to go to Bowerbird Bazaar, a design market that is held twice a year. They had a really good response for this market and the place was packed, hence the fact we don't have any photos of the lovely stall holders...oops.
We got to see some of our lovely stockists, Sunday Morning Designs, Delilah Devine, Paper Boat Press, Harvest Textiles, Ask Alice Stationary and Otto & Spike. We also spied a few newbies to us, which is very exciting. 

Welcome to the Riverland....drive through the giant tyre and ditch your fruit and veg please 

Meal 1 - The Good Life Pizza - Hutt St, beans and beetroot on a pizza - absolutely delish!

Meal 2 - Waffles with the hipsters at Queen St Cafe, Croydon - that is double cream people

Waiting in line to get into Bowerbird

Coolest bikes from Mrs Fairweathers Bicycle Emporium at BB

Meal 3 - Fetta & Corn fritter at BB.
Note, do not ask for the Chicken & Corn fritter at the vegetarian cafe 

Latte art at BB, aww a heart and an.....ear?

On the road back home
Finally, I am sure you have been waiting with baited breath.... your film clip that was meant for last Friday, we do like a song with a good bit of whistling.....

Friday, October 28, 2011

Film Clip Friday

Yeah! It's Friday! Today's film clip is song "What Do I Do" by Lanie Lane, this girl is everywhere you look and her new album is fantastic, she has a great voice.

This weekend we will be going on a road trip to Radelaide for design market Bowerbird Bazaar to mix with the creative folk, can't wait! Will take some pic's of our travels to share next week.

Guess what?? Next Tuesday 1st November is Fine & Sunny's 1st birthday! Unbelievable, the time has flown by.
As Tuesday is a public holiday in VIC for Melbourne Cup, we will be closed....however on Monday afternoon we will be having some drinks and nibbles and would love for our lovely customers to join us for a little celebration at Fine & Sunny from 5.30pm.
Hope to see you then.......

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One Bottle

Drank enough water lately? As our husbands will attest, we could put many and varied ailments down to not drinking enough water! Headache?....not enough water. Lethargic?.....not enough water. Sore foot?.....not enough water!

We are super happy to be stocking One Bottle stainless steel drink bottles for you to fill with water and keep hydrated. They are available in two sizes, 500ml and 750ml and a range of colours with different designs, you can also get a sports top lid....you know, for ease of drinking.

With owning your own One Bottle, you can feel good knowing:
* You are cutting back on the waste and costs associated with buying bottles of water
* These stainless steel bottles are BPA free -  BPA has been linked to a number of health problems
* You will drink more water, you won't be able to keep your hands off these beauties!
* You may become more attractive to small dinosaurs

750ml bottles $24.95

500ml $19.95 also available in designs above

Friday, October 21, 2011

Film Clip Friday

A nice little film clip showing what these guys would do on their last day on earth, what would you do?

*LANGUAGE WARNING* They do drop the F bomb in this song a few times, sorry 'bout that!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sweets for my sweet, condensed milk, chocolate and a range of delectable delights for my honey!

Hey, you know what? We have got a new cafe corner at Fine & Sunny!
We've got.....
Organic fair trade coffee

Yummy organic mineral waters and soft drinks

Cakes, slices and biscuits - made by us in the
Fine & Sunny kitchen
The view from the head of the table - picture by Sophie.

We also have iced coffee, iced chocolate, spiced chai latte, hot chocolate and a selection of barossa valley scullery made teas.

Hope to see you guys soon!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Film Clip Friday

Well people, Friday on this blog will now be known as Film Clip Friday (or fil-um clip as our Dad would say, btw if you sleep in you would be known as a fil-um star!)

Today's clip is from a classic 80's movie called Teen Witch, something reminded me of this very scene and I can't get this song out of my head - hopefully by putting it here it will be out of my head and into yours!

Hope this puts a smile on your face!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Make Hey!

                           Hello friends!!                    
 We have very exciting news....hot off the press and into
Fine & Sunny - Pip Lincolne's latest crafty release.

Super cute cover!

Great project for the weekend

Perfect present for the littlies christmas stocking?

We think everyone with a bike needs one of these!
So in Pip's own words "Maybe you are a crafty person too, or perhaps you are a nearly crafty person, whichever you are you have picked up the right book".

Monday, September 5, 2011

Some Nice Stuff

Hope you are having a great start to the week.......here's some nice stuff for you to have a look at....
A yummy healthy salad

Image via Design Sponge
 Smith Journal a new publication from the peeps who make Frankie magazine (in store)

Pip's new blog The Friendly Society

Image via Meet Me at Mikes
Paper decoration tissue balls and fans (we have similar in store)

Image via Grey Likes Baby
Spunky treadlies
Image via Papillionaire

Pretty dresses from Gorman

Images via Gorman

Don't miss Poh's Kitchen on ABC Wednesday 8.00pm - so cute!
Image via

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

D Day


Let's just move past the fact that we have not blogged for like ever and have a look at what we have here!
Moustache on a stick

That's right folks, just in time for Father's Day we have some Hungry Kitty moustache biscuits instore.
Once the fun of Tom Selleck impersonations are done, your moustache can be eaten.

Crazed woman with moustache on a stick

Monday, July 11, 2011

Handy Dandy Crafts

Look at what $2 at Vinnies can buy you these days, total inspiration and hours of crafty fun!
Do you think they needed to put that dog on the cover?

Womans Day Complete Book of Handicrafts circa 1973 has heaps of cool projects that are just so hip right now and as you will see in the snaps below, a few daggy moments we might leave in the 70's!
Lapel flowers - YES
Pin cushion mice - YES
Toilet roll men - including Mr Snodgrass - YES
Fringed leather vest - YES
Floral tapestry cushion cover - YES
Bridal veil with crochet detail - NO

Granny square vest - sadly NO
Primary colours kids knits - YES

Family in cream cable knits -  NO
Gardening apron featuring manure filled wheelbarrow - NO

Quilted cushion cover and cosies - YES

Matching Sherlock Holmes jacket and cap - YES