Friday, 27 February 2015

wearing: stripes

another day, another dress.
I trialled a new op-shopped pattern for this dress (McCalls 5084) and instead of my usual floral fabric choice I went with this blue and white stripe.
it's a lovely, light cotton. perfect for pairing with a tan leather belt and my favourite tan Lotta clogs.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

vintage sheet FQ swap 2015

I've found some beautiful vintage sheets lately and am also in the process of making a quilt. this got me thinking about when I last hosted the vintage sheet FQ swap. looking back through my blog it's been well over a year.. September 2013 to be exact.
it was such fun swapping all those vintage sheets with others who have a soft spot for pretty florals so I'm hosting another.

to get involved simply leave a comment with your email address. alternatively you can email me at zara-117(at)hotmail(dot)com and let me know that you're interested in joining in this swap.

i will email all participants as you sign up with more details on the swap.

please have your vintage sheet FQs in the post to me by the 31st March, 2015. this gives you a bit over a month to source/raid the stash for vintage sheets. i will aim to have the FQs swapped and in the post by the end of the following week.

you can choose to swap as many or as few FQs as you want. the number of FQs you send will be the number you receive back.

place your FQs into a pre-paid parcel satchel. also include a self-addressed pre-paid post satchel so I can send your newly swapped FQs back to you.

pre-paid post satchels can be purchased from the post office in 3 sizes:

small satchel $10.55
holds up to 500g
35 x 22cm

medium satchel $14.80
holds up to 3kg
40 x 31cm

large satchel $23.60
holds up to 5kg
51 x 43cm
(Australia Post prices)

the small sized satchel will fit approximately 15 FQs and the medium 3kg satchel will fit 50+ FQs.

now for the important details-

- a fat quarter (FQ) measures approximately 50 x 56cm. these can be ripped or cut to size from the sheet as long as they meet these measurements.
- sheets should be washed prior to being sent
- ensure FQs are free from marks, stains, rips or holes. please only send sheets you would be happy to receive
- please only send cotton or cotton blend sheets. no flannelette or polyester. do not send sheets with cartoon characters or any solid colours

due to differences in how prepaid satchels would work for posting/returning of prepaid satchels overseas, this swap is only open to those living in Australia. sorry.

please share this swap if you'd like. the more involved the greater the variety of sheets you will receive.
if you have any questions please ask.
i'm really looking forward to this swap, and cant wait to see all the pretty florals you find.

Monday, 16 February 2015

suitcase treasures

a little collection of my latest thrifted finds, all from the tip shop...
tin, floral tablecloth and Johnson bowl ($2)
the cases were a lucky find indeed as they were found atop a trailer heading for the garbage pile (free)
milk glass ($2)
the cutest little childrens-size chairs ($10)

Sunday, 1 February 2015

swapped dress.

a little while bag Taz and I decided to have our own little dress swap. we both like bright and floral so into the stash we went. This is the dress Taz made for me. It's stunning and a real crisp cotton.
You can see the dress I made for Taz here on her blog butter and buntings. I chose a retro floral in teals and purples and a shift style beach dress pattern.
it was such fun sewing a dress for Taz. She's even thinking of hosting a dress swap so if you're interested in joining in, let us know.

Monday, 26 January 2015

an Aussie tea towel necklace

todays outfit, for a day of picnicking by the lake. all handmade,

dress: thrifted seersucker fabric and the same pattern as this dress.
necklace: upcycled from a tea towel

Friday, 23 January 2015


I've had some lovely finds at the local oppies...
 tooled leather clutch with the cutest coin purse inside ($4). This brings my collection to a grand total of 3.

 2 tier Johnson cake plate. Still in it's box ($5)

pretty florals
this year has seen me sign up for a Diggers Club membership. Looking at all the seeds available is like being in a lolly shop trying to pick which ones I want. Have you ordered through the Diggers Club before? Any varieties you can recommend?

I got to meet up with a lovely blog friend, Jane of A Shady Baker. I've only met with one other blogger before, Susan, so it was a real treat to meet another. it's like we already new each other, which I suppose reading each others blogs for a few years is not surprising.
we talked all things op-shopping, collections, old churches, gardening, sourdough starters, farmers markets and Kitchen Aids.
Jane gifted me this beautiful pastel Johnson ware and some homegrown, homemade treats. thank you Jane.

what have you been up to lately?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

tablecloth dress.

my first (of hopefully many more) wearing post of 2015.
with the weather so hot in my new town I've noticed a bit of a gap in my wardrobe.
one of lose fitting, easy wear dresses.
I made this one with a thrifted tablecloth and a thrifted pattern- Butterick 3349.
it's a simple pattern with (after alterations by me) only two pattern pieces- a front and a back. I tried a high/low hem for the first time too.
I'm still trying to perfect the neckline binding. I can't seem to make it sit flat. any tips?
wearing it with Lotta clogs, WeWood watch and thrifted bangle.