paint the town red

October 30, 2010

Saturday morning, time for some Billie Holiday...

... and a couple of my favourite images inspired by the colour red...



Have a lovely weekend! xx


October 26, 2010

For such a red girl, there has been a lot of yellow creeping into my life lately. First it was the vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Then a frilly yellow nightie. On the weekend I couldn't resist a pretty yellow 1950's party frock. And now this lovely crochet pot holder made by my Mum which arrived in the post yesterday. 

I put the mixing bowls to good use this morning and baked some chocolate chip banana bread, which is currently cooling on top of my wholefood cookbook - oops! I've just moved it onto a wire rack to save the book.

Today I'm off to the dressmaker with a bag of vintage dresses in need of alterations. Yes, even though I have a sewing machine clothing still scares me a little bit so I'm leaving these ones to the experts. A touch of op shopping and dinner tonight with the lovely Penny and Anna will round off my day. Best get started!

putting my feet up

October 25, 2010

Wowee - what a whirlwind few days it has been! I survived the 4 day market marathon that was Magnolia Square + North Melbourne Market, and have been enjoying a bit of time off today. Breakfast on the sofa in the sun - yes please! Lunch in the back garden - perfect! It's been a day of catching up - laundry pegged on the clothes line, dishes washed and put away, sewing remnants vacuumed from floor. 

I had lots of things on my to do list today but a 2 hour nap this afternoon disrupted my plans to take some photographs of interesting new things that have arrived in the studio in the past week. Perhaps tomorrow. There is lots to share! 

Ps. I wish I had a lovely old hills hoist like the one above in my own back garden. But alas, my tiny courtyard is only big enough for one of those not-so-attractive fold away type lines. I didn't think you would want to see a photo of that. So I rummaged through my collection and found this one, which was snapped at a friend's place some time ago. Love the wood pegs! 

shop til you drop

October 15, 2010

Or should that be sew til you drop? : ) After a busy weekend last week at Finders Keepers, we are doing it all again next Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Magnolia Square. And because I don't know when to stop, you will also find me at the North Melbourne Market next Sunday. It will be our last NMM for the year, so a great chance to start your Christmas shopping early! 

finders keepers

October 11, 2010

After weeks of (seemingly) endless sewing the Finders Keepers market finally came to town. It was a whirlwind weekend of chatting to lovely customers, checking out lots of great designers, eating cookies and hot chips (not at the same time) and meeting lots of new people. Phew! I was in bed super early last night and have only just finished packing everything away. I did put this off for awhile, as it was so nice seeing my apartment all tidy and empty with space to move about - now it's back to the can't-swing-a-cat state that it normally is in.  

A few snaps of our stall - thank you heaps to Jenn and Grace for being my helpers over the weekend - I couldn't have done it without you! And a big thanks to Naomi for driving a car load of stall props and cushions back home for me, I think it might be time to trade in the Toyota Echo for a small van.

Oh! And in other news - our stall made it onto the Design Files today! You'll see me on the right and my lovely helper Grace on the left. 

Time for a cup of tea and some to-do list writing now I think!

new things!

October 5, 2010

Lots of new fabrics have been arriving lately...

You will find all of these + more at the Finders Keepers market this weekend!

a suitcase of vintage finds

October 3, 2010

Yes, it's true... I managed to fill an entire suitcase with lovely new (old) things. I cannot wait to sort through it all - but first, I need to do some spring cleaning to make space to put it away... 

in the garden

A few snaps of the beautiful garden I was lucky enough to spend time in during my stay in Castlemaine....

I'm so inspired to get to work on my own little garden today - the sun is shining, it's warm outside, and I have lots of ideas! 

two of my favourite things

October 1, 2010

beautiful old books + sunset

Just snapped about 5 minutes ago! 

a country roadtrip

Yesterday morning while the city was still quiet and the sun was barely risen, I packed up the car and headed out of Melbourne. My destination - Castlemaine, about 2 hours drive away. My mission - to visit as many op shops as possible and also find time to relax before the craziness of the Christmas market season descends upon me.

First stop was Kyneton, and my first purchase of the day - 2 vintage red leather suitcases. I had just been lamenting my lack of a nice weekender bag the night before. Someone was clearly listening as not long after entering my first op shop of the day, an interesting character popped in with a suitcase in either hand. We had a lovely chat and I promised him I would give the suitcases a good new home.

A few hours later (and now in Castlemaine) I had filled the boot with bag after bag containing everything from frilly nighties to an 80's dress with huge shoulder pads. And quite a few doilies. I think I am officially op shopped out!

Today was spent in Bendigo with R and his girls, we had lunch on the grass in the sun surrounded by hundreds of tulips in full bloom. Such a pretty sight! 

Tomorrow I'm off to Daylesford - the Makers Market is on and I think a trip out to The Mill antique centre is also in order. After that it's time to head home and get back on the sewing machine, but at least I am feeling relaxed and inspired for the busy weeks ahead!

Happy weekend x

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