Sunday, March 27, 2011

A lovely blog & a lovely giveaway

Vintage Dragonfly is also celebrating her first blogiversary with a little altered matchbox full of goodies. The giveaway is open worldwide, and closes tomorrow. Go check it out, and while you are there, have a look through the rest of her blog, and wear a bib, because it's pretty drool-worthy.

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A Little Bit Love For You

You know who you are, you wonderful people who faithfully read my blog, even though I don't update it regularly, who leave lovely comments even though I am not good at replying. I want you to know I really do appreciate the time you take and the effort you make to brighten my day.

So, even though I knew it was coming, I completely missed my blogiversary. I have now been sharing my creations on this little blog for just over a year. It's hard to believe a whole year has passed, it's also hard to believe I stuck with something for a whole year :)

Now I want to hear from you, faithful readers, please tell me what you would like. I have been thinking another giveaway would be good, to celebrate, but I can't decide what it should be. Do you have any suggestions? Maybe you would like to have a look at my felt shop, see if anything there takes your fancy.

I would also like to organise a little swap sometime, but not sure I would be able to get enough participants. Let me know if you would be interested in doing a little vintage inspiration box swap like this or this. It would be so much fun, to put together a little box of goodies and also to receive one.

Looking forward to hearing from you :)

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Latest Creations

It's been a busy week, with a landlord inspection to prepare for, a special visitor arrival to prepare for, and today a slightly unwell little princess to take care of. But I have still managed to find time to make/finish a few things.

Lemon Honey Cupcakes - I kind of made up the recipe for these, because I couldn't find a recipe that quite suited what I wanted to make. They are pretty and tasty, I kinda don't want anyone to eat them ;) Little princess was not a fan, lemon is not one of her favourite flavours. But that's ok because I made her lemonade jelly and she was pretty happy with that.

This was our Easter themed project at craft group last week. Others did Easter bunnies on theirs, but I'm not really into bunnies, so I did a little birdie. Inside are a few chocolate Easter eggs, and you have to open the top of the can with the pulltab to get them out. It's a pretty neat project.

This little pincushion was inspired by this post. I've done teacup pincushions before, but I loved how she made pincushions out of other things you wouldn't think of using for that purpose. So I went on a thrifting mission and found this perfect vintage silver engraved little eggcup thing, and knew I had the perfect fabric to go with it. I love how it turned out, but I have a ridiculous amount of pincushions now, and I'm not really sure what to do with them all.

This little flower brooch is a project I've had sitting around for ages, all pinned together and waiting to be sewed up, so I'm glad I finally got around to it.

This has been a work in progress for a couple of months, and I finally finished it in the weekend. It is a late birthday/early mothers day gift for my mum who arrives tonight. I made 2 faux paperbag albums using the video tutorial I posted on here a while ago, then altered a nescafe box to keep them in.

This is what they look like when inside the box, so you can see that they fit just perfectly.

This is an experimental paperbag album I made, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with it yet, so it's not embellished or anything.

This is it open, so you can see it's made from the little paper bags you get lolly mixtures in from the dairy (50c mixtures back in my day, which would probably be more like $2 mixtures now).

So with our extra special guest staying for a week I don't think I'll be getting a whole lot of crafting done, but next weekend it's craft weekend at Waihi beach again!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A bike fit for a Little Princess

Little Princess was recently given a bike, and as nice as it was to be given a bike, it wasn't the ideal bike in our opinion. While I have nothing against barbie, in fact I was very fond of my barbies when I was younger (still am really), I am not so keen on the branding being plastered all over something that really has nothing to do with barbie dolls. So the bike had this hideously useless barbie sign attached to the handlebars, where there really should have been a sweet little basket to carry her dolls, snacks, water bottle etc.
My free stash-busting solution:

A fabric "basket" attached with Velcro.

I don't have a before photo, but I think it looks way cuter, and it serves a purpose.

By the way, I have added some more things to my felt shop, some Softies including a few elephants and a couple of other critters. If you want to win one of my elephants you can head over to The Mummy Diaries Facebook page or one of my necklaces on their Website.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Shop Update

I just wanted to let anyone who is interested know that I have added a few things to my Felt store, and plan to add some more next week.

You can find a link to my shop on the side bar.

Here's hoping we can have a good weekend despite the disaster in Japan and tsunami warnings here and other places. It would seem that nature is trying to send us a message, and I imagine that message would be something like "get off my planet you filthy humans". I know I'm going shopping for a few emergency kit essentials tomorrow, how about you?

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vintage Gold

When we were out doing our regular visit to our favourite op-shop yesterday, we came across something that just about made me do a happy dance. Little Princess is a fantastic thrifting buddy, and on this occasion I was especially glad to have her with me. I usually just do a quick scan of the bookshelves, to see if anything jumps out at me, because we most definitely do not need more books in our house. So I was about to walk away from the books when L.P. spotted a book she wanted to have a look at, she picked it up off the shelf and hiding under it was this:

Printed in 1950. Mendelssohn Overtures: A midsummer night's dream & Fingal's Cave.

This is treasure, the kind of thing I see on all the gorgeous blogs I follow, but never imagined I would find myself. The book is in near perfect condition, other than the spine being taped at some point for reinforcement. It's almost too nice to cut up, but that's what I intend to do with it. If I can bring myself to. Otherwise I may just have to photocopy the pages and keep the original to treasure. What would you do with a find like this?

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Creative Multitasking

For the last two days I have been working at my real job, which is only a casual admin job. I have learnt from past experience that it is good to take a project to work on, because there can be long periods of nothing much happening at this job, and I can't read because that makes me sleepy. So this time I took some crochet hooks and some yarn with me, to crochet some flowers to turn into brooches. So this is what came out of my weekend at work:

Four flower brooches that I'm pretty happy with, made while working.

I have gotten behind in my blogging again, but that's kinda because I lost my mojo after a certain incident with a large craft supply store which is opening in the area soon. Let's just say I have been put off this store for a while, and also put off applying for jobs for a while, until I have had a chance to get over it.
So even though I haven't been blogging, I have been creating, thrifting and doing fun activities with the family. Hopefully I can blog about it all soon.

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