Monday, 29 September 2014

op-shopped


Fire King mug in a design I haven't seen about before now ($1)
pretty little teaspoons
mustard floral tablecloth ($3)
Actil sheets ($2 each)
3 new scarves for the collection. 2 Ken Done's and one that reminds me of a Liberty design ($1 each)

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Monday, 22 September 2014

a floral dress and tooled leather bag


so with the delightful Spring weather here finally I've been able to wear this dress. I made it back in the autumn but didn't get much of a chance to wear it as the temperatures were rather winter-like.
the fabric is op-shopped upholstery type fabric and I used a Style pattern 3671 for the top and a simple pleated skirt.

dress: handmade
tooled leather bag: newly thrifted from the tip-shop ($2)
belt: Oroton snakeskin, op-shopped ($2)
tan clogs: Lotta from Stockholm

Monday, 15 September 2014

home-made shaving cream



one of my hopes for 2014 is making more beauty and cleaning products myself. so when my other half finished the last tube of shaving lotion I didn't buy a replacement. instead I made a batch and it was a success. all it requires is 5 ingredients, most of which I already had on hand.


1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tblsp cocoa butter
2 tsp bi-carb soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
2 drops tea tree oil

gently melt the coconut oil and coconut butter together in a large bowl, either on the stove top or the microwave.
add the bi-carb soda, castile soap and tea tree oil. whip all the ingredients together with a hand mixer/stand mixer until thick and foamy.
store in a jar or recycled container.
I decanted it into two jars. one for the bathroom and the other is in the fridge where it will last for several weeks. this shaving cream is lovely and thick with a delicious chocolate scent from the addition of the cocoa butter.

 
do let me know if you try this recipe. I'd love to hear what you think of it.
do you have any favourite homemade cleaning/beauty recipes?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

thrifted thursday

 
sharing this weeks op-shopped goodies...
pyrex- $1 for the small, $1.50 for the medium and $2 for the largest.
3 pillow slips (half price sale at Vinnies- 25c each)
double bed sheets in a sunny yellow floral ($4). this is my current favourite design
pink floral sheets (half price at $3)
and 2 woollen jumpers. one for me and one for my love ($3.50 each)
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Monday, 8 September 2014

cushion give-away


looking back it's been over a year since my last little give-away. so I think it's about time for another.
to thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog I've made a cushion cover just for you.
in my usual style.. constructed from a tea towel and backed with a vintage floral sheet and thrifted zipper.
this is one of my favourite tea towels from the stash. its pure linen, Made in Ireland and the most vibrant sunshine-y design.
simply leave a comment and i''l draw a winner at the end of September.

Friday, 5 September 2014

florals, milk glass and bark cloth


the past couple of weeks has seen some rather good op-shopped goodies...

another still in its packet Brazilian sheet set. in a rather different design to those already in my collection ($2)
a silky bird scarf ($2)
two floral tablecloths ($2 each)
the softest flannelette sheet. this one went straight on the bed. I may as well get some use from it while the nights are still cool ($4)
fancy binding tape (50c a packet)
I almost squealed when I spotted this stack of milk glass at Vinnies. 7 little bowls and the pear dish for $5
when I first spied the label entitled 'retro fabrics' I must admit I was a bit nervous as to the price they'd attach to it, gosh was I happy when it was $3. inside were 2 sets of hand sewn curtains. one in the prettiest of bark cloths and the other a sunny retro print.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

the thrift wish list


those of you that op-shop, garage sale, scour council clean ups, travel near and far to visit farm clearing sales and buy pre-loved will probably have one. that little list, often stored away in your head, filled with treasures that you would one day love to come across in your travels. maybe it's a book you had as a child, that final piece of crockery to complete your set or that mid century planter.

on my list..
a liberty print item of clothing. one that ideally fits perfectly or that I can refashion
another vintage sheet in my very favourite design (1st pic). yes I already have one but I can not bear to cut into it. if I had a second one it would become a dress
a milk glass cake stand
patterns- for a cape/poncho and also a mens vest
a church pew or two. I think these look amazing in the hall or on the front verandah

I'd love to hear what's on your thrift wish list. feel free to comment or maybe you'd like to blog about it too.