Sunday, November 28, 2010

A little second hand love

Recently I came across this sweet blog. One of the things I love is clicketty clicking on the links that are sharing their Flea Market Finds. Today I thought I would play along and share my favourite find this week. I love op shopping and have been lucky enough to pick up some real treasures. Today I'll show you this one.

I think it will make a beautiful tote bag. For now it is happy on my dining table, despite it being a tiny bit short. I am kind of afraid to cut it up cos I really do love it. The best cost me $1.00

For more Flea Market Finds Click here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Little Bits of Pretty Giveaway

I am very pleased to launch Little Bits of Pretty, a FUNDRAISER for The Children's Hospital at Westmead. If you have been a reader of my family blog, you will know that our beautiful Bella was born with Cystic Fibrosis. It is an ongoing challenge for our family, the treatments are intense, time consuming, the uncertainty of our child's future is a rollercoaster of emotions. CF is a progressive condition with health deteriorating over time, and whilst treatment and life expectancy has improved significantly,

The Children's Hospital at Westmead is a big part of life as we know it and I have put together this fundraiser to support them in their work. The Children's Hospital helps SO many sick kids and their families and this is one family's way of saying thank you.

To celebrate the launch of Little Bits of Pretty I am having a little giveaway. If you would like to be the running to win these pretties, just leave a comment on this post.  If you would like a second chance at winning, then mention the fundraiser on your blog with a link to the Little Bits of Pretty blog. Be sure to let me know you've blogged so I can double your chance at winning these gorgeous bits. Easy  peasy. Good luck and my heartfelt thanks to you for spreading the word.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Inspired to have a go at the Let's Get Shabby challenge. Beautiful blog. Also inspired by the love I'm feeling for my scrappy vintage bunting from the last post...I thought I'd use some leftovers. In my desperation to make the deadline tonight, I had to take a night time shot. Of course the flash causes havoc so my pic is VERY dodgy. I'll take another one tomorrow okay!

Sooo the criteria...use three things from your sewing basket, one must be a pin.

1. gold safety pin

2.vintage buckle

3. press studs

and for good measure, a pin, one of the buttons, cotton, and the brand peeled off an old cotton reel. I have popped a letter to Lulu in the little envelope, all about our baby girl at 11 months. The journalling is taken straight from our family blog.

Edited to add a daylight picture

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Upcycled bunting

I have been collecting preloved linen for a while now with a quilt in mind. ooh I love op shopping and these old sheets are becoming more difficult to find. Some sweet prints but despite a couple of washes they still smell like ...well op shops I guess. Or moth balls or granny's cupboard.  Some of them are quite worn and faded. It's great to give them a new lease of life. I have cut some 3 1/2 inch squares for the quilt.

I am not too sure where I am heading with it just yet so in the meantime, I thought I would use some of these pretty sheets and pillowcases in a bunting for my craft room. Very scrappy, very easy. I stitched them onto the bias binding pretty randomly, used some teal stitching-the messier the better I think...some dyed doilies here and there and taaadahh my blank white wall is a bit happier.

The sunny paisley is my FAVOURITE!