June 30, 2010

Love this vintage...

Tablecloth set and lace that I picked up at some markets recently.  The kind of tablecloth I have a lot of trouble cutting up.  I hope I can be brave, because this work is so beautiful.

Things may be a bit quiet round here this week, I'll see how I go, we're still fighting illness in our house, nothing new there (sigh), and life is getting a little crazy lately, but I'll be back as soon as I can.  I'd miss you too much to stay away long!


June 22, 2010


What to do with this pretty vintage cotton I picked up at the op shop?...It's really lightweight, like a voile of some sort.  Maybe I'll stash it and make a pretty shirt or dress for Ellie when it's warm.  But alas the stash is getting out of control,  I can't help myself...

Any thoughts?

June 21, 2010

Love this vintage...

Handmade petit point embroidered bag.

Satin lined, with the original tags on.

And in near perfect condition. 

Just a teeny bit of age (character I say).

I spotted this baby at some vintage markets last weekend and it was love at first sight.  I couldn't believe it and I still can't.  I'm talking twenty bucks people.  How could I pass her by?

June 16, 2010

Free Stuff I love: Moleskin covers

We are somewhat addicted to moleskin journals in our household, where they seem to multiply every year.  Honestly, we have shelves and drawers full of them, with various contents from wedding plans, to European vacation budgeting, to journalling, list making, ideas for rainy days, business  and crafty jottings, sketches, sermon notes, you name it.  Perhaps these tutorials and inspiration might help us distinguish between them...

1.  Moleskin cover tutorial from Mr. Monkeysuit
2.  Gorgeous notebook cover tutorial from Little Z handmade 
3.  Be inspired by this fabulous paper embroidery at What Katie Does
4.  Downloadable printed cover paper and tutorial at Twig & Thistle
5.  A moleskin from scratch tutorial by Susie Garhemani
6. Free moleskin cover pattern from Keyka Lou 
7.  Fabric covered moleskin tutorial from Wise Craft

I love free stuff.  Have a fantastic day everyone.  

June 14, 2010

Love this vintage...

Porcelain Gravy boat from one of my all time favourites, Sadie Olive.    My heart skips a beat.

porcelain gravy boat

Hooray for long weekends!!

June 10, 2010

My creative space.

Confession time.    I finished my first ever quilt top using fabric scraps and discount fat quarters over a year ago, and it's never been quilted or completed, so I am putting my foot down and getting it done.  The back, wadding and quilt top have been sitting in the cupboard and now they're out for good.  No turning back.  I mean it. 

I have no good hard surfaces in my house so I'm using this method to hand baste at my dining table, with a huge cutting mat underneath.  It's working brilliantly so far and very therapeutic.  Just like hand stitiching and embroidery is.  Does anyone else use it?  Hate it?  I need advice here, because I'm no quilter, and I'm teaching myself.

Hope you're enjoying this weeks creative spaces!

June 9, 2010

Free Stuff I love: Business Advice


Do you read Design*Sponge?  If so, you'll be familiar with the "Biz ladies" segment that pops up regularly on the blog.  I loved the latest post, about the top 10 mistakes you can make in your small business.  Such sound advice, so if you have a small business, pop on over to Design*Sponge and have a read of mistakes not to make here.  If you want some more, there are many other posts to read as well from product photography to pricing your work.  All of the 'biz lady' segments are available here.  Enjoy!

June 8, 2010


OK.  I am SO doing this.  I have been fluffing around with my patterns for so long now, it's driving me crazy.  And this is my answer.  What a fantastic idea from the fabric bar.  If you're a frustrated organisational addict like me, go find out how to do it here



June 7, 2010

June 4, 2010

Good one.

Image used with permission. Courtesy and copyright of Helene Dujardin 

Faiselle Ice Cream and Raspberry Popsicles. Made in tiny glasses.  Wow.  What a fantastic recipe from Helen at Tartelette.  Good one!

June 3, 2010

My creative space.

Here's what I got up to last night...my first etsy treasury! Hooray!

You can check this treasury for a couple of days here.

Don't forget to check out other spaces via MCS headquarters!