02 September 2012

Make do and mend

What's this? No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, this is a very belated blog post! My poor little blog has been a bit neglected of late with a couple exciting things going on. Not to fear; hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things soon.

I'm not sure if any of your read *bespoke* zine, but if you do you may have noticed a familiar little tidbit on page 37 of the current issue. If you don't, I'd encourage you to grab yourself a copy! *bespoke* is an Australian Zine filled with stories, features and tutorials on craft, vintage, art, photography and all things creatively inspired. How cute is the cover illustration by Rachael Smith of Penelope and Pip?

Now on to the exciting bit! I was really thrilled to have my Gran's handkerchief trophy from this post included as a cherish feature, along with a short sentimental spiel. So lovely to see something from my blog in print. Thankyou so much to the editor, Jess, for the feature! I bought a spare copy to give to my Gran :) You might also have noticed in the first photo that I found a nice glass dome to display the miniature books I'd collected. No sooner than a week after expressing my woes at not being able to find an affordable dome, one popped up at my local op shop for $1. It came with a heavy stone base which I think was used to display some kind of plant. Now's it living a second life as a perfectly sized display dome :)

And NOW, onto the Extra Exciting News. My partner and I moved into our first home together just over 2 months ago. We've been busy settling in and everything is finally starting to look nice and homey :) I'll give you a little photo tour once I've decorated a bit more. In the meantime, I finally have a room to set up my sewing machine and other bits and bobs so I thought I'd give you a little sneak peak!

This is a stack of old Reader's Digest books. I love the colourful patterned covers. I'm sure there's lots of crafty things you could do with these, will have to put my thinking cap on!

make do and mend
I've wanting to frame a couple posters from my Frankie magaziness for a while. I went to a picture framer's and they quoted $80 to frame one poster because they're an irregular size :| Then joy of joys I found these plain frames at Target for $9 (half price). I just trimmed a little bit off the poster and voila :)

Have you found any second hand treasures lately? I feel a bit out of the blogging loop so would love to know what you've all been up to! Any tips for a first time mover-out-of-home?


  1. How lovely to see your blog active again! *bespoke* is awesome, how exciting that you are in there! I will have to pick up a copy.

    Tips for moving out of home - establish rules for who does the cooking/cleaning/chores early on so there are no arguments! It saves a lot of trouble. :)

  2. I really love the glass cloche book display, such a great idea!

    1. Thanks Tina :) I've been picking up lots of decorating ideas on blogs and in magazines lately!

  3. I love that little sewing box!! Congratulations on the move, wishing you lots of 'new home' love & luck. Well, I'm a bit slow, but I've cottoned onto Bessemer and Pyrex of late - and found some gold in my local oppies woohoo! Kelly :)

  4. Good luck to your new home. Let memories fill you in your new home.

  5. Congrats on the new home! About the readers digest books, you could do something crazy and make a book clutch out of one--It's something I've been thinking about doing with a few of my old books but I feel really guilty destroying any kind of book, even if I'm not gonna read it ever again :(


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