02 September 2012

Make do and mend

What's this? No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, this is a very belated blog post! My poor little blog has been a bit neglected of late with a couple exciting things going on. Not to fear; hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things soon.

I'm not sure if any of your read *bespoke* zine, but if you do you may have noticed a familiar little tidbit on page 37 of the current issue. If you don't, I'd encourage you to grab yourself a copy! *bespoke* is an Australian Zine filled with stories, features and tutorials on craft, vintage, art, photography and all things creatively inspired. How cute is the cover illustration by Rachael Smith of Penelope and Pip?

Now on to the exciting bit! I was really thrilled to have my Gran's handkerchief trophy from this post included as a cherish feature, along with a short sentimental spiel. So lovely to see something from my blog in print. Thankyou so much to the editor, Jess, for the feature! I bought a spare copy to give to my Gran :) You might also have noticed in the first photo that I found a nice glass dome to display the miniature books I'd collected. No sooner than a week after expressing my woes at not being able to find an affordable dome, one popped up at my local op shop for $1. It came with a heavy stone base which I think was used to display some kind of plant. Now's it living a second life as a perfectly sized display dome :)

And NOW, onto the Extra Exciting News. My partner and I moved into our first home together just over 2 months ago. We've been busy settling in and everything is finally starting to look nice and homey :) I'll give you a little photo tour once I've decorated a bit more. In the meantime, I finally have a room to set up my sewing machine and other bits and bobs so I thought I'd give you a little sneak peak!

This is a stack of old Reader's Digest books. I love the colourful patterned covers. I'm sure there's lots of crafty things you could do with these, will have to put my thinking cap on!

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I've wanting to frame a couple posters from my Frankie magaziness for a while. I went to a picture framer's and they quoted $80 to frame one poster because they're an irregular size :| Then joy of joys I found these plain frames at Target for $9 (half price). I just trimmed a little bit off the poster and voila :)

Have you found any second hand treasures lately? I feel a bit out of the blogging loop so would love to know what you've all been up to! Any tips for a first time mover-out-of-home?

22 April 2012

Minature books of wisdom

Hello everyone, just a quick post to check in and let you know what I've been up to. I hope you all had a nice break over Easter :) Instead of gorging myself on hot crossed buns and chocolate eggs, I booked in to have my wisdom teeth out so I wouldn't have to take as much time off work. It was my first time in hospital and I have to say the anxiety leading up to the operation was a lot worse than the recovery. So good being able to eat crunchy food again!

I had my graduation back in March. I've been finished uni for awhile now but it was good to officially finalise everything. The ceremony looked like something out of Harry Potter with all the staff sitting on stage in their different coloured velvet robes. I kept expecting Dumbledore to pop up...

The picture above is of some mini vintage books I've collected over the past few weeks. I saw this really great decorating idea in Country Style magazine of a glass dome with small books stacked underneath which is what I've got in mind for these. I'm having trouble finding a tall glass dome though; any suggestions? I found the mini cork top bottle in an op shop as well. I thought it looked so cute with the brightly coloured dried flowers inside :) I would love to get more of these and fill them with different things. Have you seen any inspiring home decor ideas lately?

18 March 2012

Fine day for a fair

Today mum and I headed off to the biannual vintage fashion fair held at the Burnside Ballroom. This was about the fourth time we'd attended, so I think that officially makes us regulars ;) We definitely have our plan of attack down pat, which basically involves spending the first hour and a half browsing through all the stalls, heading back to the car for a pre-packed esky lunch, then going back in for round two.

I bought this beautiful full skirt made of a shiny crepe material with black velvet roses. The colour is a bit hard to describe but it's like a lovely mix of purple and brown, almost a dark taupe. The stall owner runs a consignment store and she was telling me that the lady who brought this into the shop wore it in the 1950s. There were some other clothes which came from the same lady including a mustard coloured linen dress with buttons all the way down the front and a tie at the waist that fastened with a buckle. I think clothes like this are made even more special by the fact that they were worn and loved by someone so many decades ago and are given a second life all these years later. That they have survived in such good condition is amazing.

I thought this penguin brooch was too cute. It's as if they're all holding hands and about to go for a penguin family waddle.

I found this little squirrel sitting amongst a table of bags, purses and other bits and pieces. After bringing him home I realised his ear had been re-glued at one stage. He's now sitting happily amongst my other woodland critters despite his wounded state :) My last purchase was a pair of sterling silver marcasite earrings. I love marcasite jewellery and these are a perfectly dainty shape.

The fair is heading to Brisbane next in a couple of weeks, so make sure to get your skates on :) Did you have any thrifty adventures over the weekend? Check out lots of other flea market finds and share your own over at Her Library Adventures.