Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Vintage Wedding.

Only a couple of days now until Winter's upon us here in Oz and in a way l'll be glad when it arrives cos the sooner it's here.. the sooner it can be OVER :-) l know lots of people love the Winter especially all those ski bunnies heading off to the snowfields....but l just don't enjoy being cold...anyway it's coming, ready or not... hmmm now just WHERE are those thermals, coats and brolly:-))  

l know the post title says a vintage wedding but first l thought l'd share this idea for the hanging shell "chandy" l found.... it may have been a pot plant holder in the 70's. l WAS going to paint it white....that is until l spotted this perfectly beachy blue.
l hung it from a tree branch outside and gave it two coats of "Creation Blue" spray paint. 

Why, l'm not sure....but l keep finding old wedding bits and pieces on my junk travels lately, so l took it as a sign and put a wedding post together. This bridal mag dated 1962 was my favourite find. lt was such a blast from the past to see all the gowns and advertising from around the time my Mum and Dad got married.

A few of the other bits l found....a  pink 60's bridal bouquet, wedding cake card and mercury glass goblet. 

A dream job for me would be a wedding stylist...l'd totally love the chance to bring all the couples' visions and ideas to life to make their day extra special....especially if their taste was oodles of flowers, fairy lights, mismatched china and vintage table linens.  

Long gloves made from soft fine leather....screw on earrings..(yowch!! if you've ever worn them you KNOW they hurt :-) and lucky horseshoe.

Vintage bride dress from the eighties.

Vintage veiled headwear  lovemydress via pinterest. 

Wedding cake toppers....cherishedvintage via pinterest.

What a lovely place to get married... the prairie.rachelashwell via instagram.

Well.... l really  hope you've enjoyed this post as much as l did putting it together:-))
Thanks so much for dropping by.

Til next time.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Pretty In Pink.

Any old excuse to buy roses is fine with me and when l saw they had stacks of them at Aldi's for Mothers Day, l couldn't resist buying some bunches in different shades of pink :-))....anyway they inspired this very pink, girly frou frou post... 

The lace tablecloth was a piece of coffee coloured fabric that l threw into a petal pink (rit) dye bath. The dye wasn't taking too well over the coffee colour so l threw in half a bottle of cochineal as well, which did the trick nicely.

The parasol which was originally white ....l dyed blue a while ago....l'd planned to overdye it pink eventually, so into the dye bath it a pretty mauve... oui :-))
The crocheted bag was also tossed in (it was cream). 

The kitchen table looking like a florists on Mothers Day.


My chubby little can't help but smile when you see his happy face. 


aliceiswonderful. via pinterest....Amazing feature wall.

Thanks so much for stopping by.... and for your lovely and appreciated comments..... hope you have an awesome week.

Til next time,


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mums The Word


As some of you may have guessed l've been visiting my daughter. It's great being able to see her more often...of course l'm well grateful for phone calls but they just don't quite cut it.
 l even enjoyed the (very) long drive to Adelaide and back....if it weren't for all the annoying roadworks along the way l might even be tempted to sign up for a truck license...haha!!

l hope you'll forgive me this's not my best work, however stuff's coming down around here that l can't control and have no say in and that's making the world a bit shaky, so bloggings' been a bit of a struggle, however l really wanted to wish you wonderful ladies a fantastic Mothers Day.... Tomorrow let's have some fun and clink a glass to celebrate all our hard work.

l'm sure most of us enjoy recieving handmade gifts as they're usually tailor made specially to our taste and style. With that in mind l hoped you might enjoy this idea for Mothers Day.(Though l've left my run a bit late haven't l).
Vintage paper patterns were simply photocopied onto A4 paper, then cut, folded and pasted into envelopes. l figured the envelopes would be perfect to pop a card into, and l also made some notepaper you could use to p'raps write a note to your Mum. To to make the notepaper l reduced the image to 25% and photocopied this onto the top of the notepaper to make a " header."  

The inspiration came from the envelopes below, but for me these 1950's dress patterns were right for my Mum as she was a young woman in the 50's and loves sewing and clothes.

lve had this pic in my inspiration folder forever and can only remember that it came from pinterest...oops.

Found this lovely sewing basket recently and thought it perfect for storing my old millinary flowers.

My daughter made this pretty tulle bag. There's an inner tulle pocket and an outer gathered layer of tulle . Wool lazy daisies were added for detail, then both the layers were gathered and sewn onto lucite handles.
Pots of colour and roses..... what's a Mother's Day without flowers..

This is the inside of the sewing basket, gorgeous hot pink fabric, still in great nick. 
With one of my favouritest things:-))..... handmade doll by Linda Caroll. 

Crochet detail on waffle weave towels. Vintage petite point brush and mirror set.
Shabby roses, carnival glass and crystal.
Found this lovely image from Rachel Ashwell's instagram site. 
Thanks so much for stopping by,
Til next time.