September 28, 2010

My good friend Erin came to visit the other day with her 2 lovely daughters. When I went to go to bed that night I found this in my room..... the eldest daughter thought my teddy bears needed a nap : ) Very cute!

weekend adventures + more aprons!

September 27, 2010

Yesterday was Sunday. I was meant to be sewing, but instead the sun was shining and I decided I'd much rather be outdoors. It was the perfect afternoon for a drive down the coast, with blue skies, wide open spaces and many glimpses of the shimmering ocean. My destination - a new vintage market in Dromana, and if time permitted, a stop at my new favourite place - The Vintage Shed in Tyabb.

I picked up a couple of plates for my collection in Dromana, and was happy I had managed to leave without spending too much money. I really should have just gone straight home.... but no, there was time for The Vintage Shed and I really was enjoying my afternoon out. Within the space of 30 minutes I had purchased - a gorgeous 1970's summer frock, a brown leather clutch purse, and the biggest stash of vintage fabric and trim (though admittedly it is not all for me, some of it has already been handed over to Penny from Pocket Carnival). I am particularly fond of the green and white polka dot teapots on the top of the pile - the first thing I ever learnt to sew was a pencil case - my Grandma taught me and we used the matching tea cup fabric!

And this morning the postie knocked on my door and handed over a big box - I was so excited I could barely open it as I knew it contained the above collection of vintage aprons. It was like Christmas as I tried each one on and tried not to squeal too loudly. I'm sure the neighbours must think I'm quite strange, if they don't already.....

Lucky they didn't see me wheeling an old wheelbarrow down the street at midnight last night (it is hard rubbish collection around here, and the wheelbarrow will be perfect for the garden with lots of herbs planted in it).

Happy Monday x

i heart: all things granny

September 24, 2010

Even though the calendar says it is Spring, there is still a bit of a chill in the air in the mornings. Perfect weather to sit on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and one of these lovelies over my lap!

From top to bottom, left to right:

a happy spring sale!

September 16, 2010

We have been busy, busy, busy sewing up lots of lovely new fabrics into all sorts of things (well, mostly purses, wallets, phone pouches, you know, the usual things we make!). The shops have been restocked and for the next week you can grab yourself something cute at a very special price!

To find out about our special online only Spring sale, click over to our most recent newsletter.

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Happy Spring! x

tea for two + two for tea

September 11, 2010

This morning I was up bright and early and in the kitchen baking cupcakes at 7.30am. I felt a bit naughty eating cupcake batter before I'd even had breakfast, but you can't bake cupcakes and not lick the beaters. It's just unheard of.

Anyhow, this afternoon I had a lovely afternoon tea at a friend's place, there were 8 of us (the title for this post was inspired by a Doris Day song, which I was listening to while baking). I am now in need of a nap to sleep off all the delicious treats I ate. Nothing beats a catch up with friends over tea and cake to wind up a Saturday.

Oh, and in other news, today at the local op shop I scored an awesome pair of red wellies, just perfect to wear in the garden. I cannot wait to give them a try! I'm so looking forward to longer hours of daylight where I can spend the evening outside in the garden, or down at the beach. Spring is definitely in the air! 

diary date

September 10, 2010

The rabbit and the duck have gone into hibernation (well, not technically, since hibernation implies a deep sleep, and there is not much sleeping going on around here, but they are definitely holed up in their cave, oops I mean, studio) to get ready for the first ever Finders Keepers market to be held next month.

Woah that was a long sentence wasn't it?

Happy weekend!

i heart: pretty vintage china

September 7, 2010

When I first moved out of home - many years ago - I bought myself a plain white dinner set from Target. It's served me well, and minus a few bowls that met an untimely fate on the kitchen floor, is still going strong. 

But as much as I love the simplicity of white, I've been increasingly drawn lately to the old fashioned beauty of all things pre-loved and pretty. I've been dreaming of cupcakes in polka dot wrappers served on delicate floral plates. Toast on a bread and butter plate edged in silver. 

I've started hunting for old china in op shops and antique stores. I was quite pleased with these lovelies that I picked up on the weekend.

Toast + tea anyone?

shop update!

September 5, 2010

Hooray! There are new things in the shop! First up - phone pouches. More new items will be added over the coming weeks - stay tuned!

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