Friday, 22 May 2015

Granny Pastels

I picked up this pastel Nana style frock some years ago at an op shop attached to a nursing home. It's one of those dresses that makes me look a bit pregnant, so I haven't worn it much until now. That's the murky Brisbane River behind me. I can't say it's very picturesque!

16 week bump (these pics are from a while back!)

Outfit Details....

80's Nana dress - Op shopped
Bling brooch, ring and vintage bracelet - Op shopped
Patchwork toaster cover turned into a bag - Gift from Miss J
Shoes and sunglasses - Retail

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Paint by numbers

This handmade dress is perfect for a growing baby bump. I bought it for about $6 at an op shop a year or more ago. It's made of that unusual silky printed fabric that kind of looks like a painting.
I made the wooden cotton reel necklace after feeling inspired by Taz's crafty efforts.
I can't believe I've gone all crafty on you. Never thought I'd be that girl!

The 20 week Bean bump

Outfit Details....

Handmade vintage frock - Op shopped
Cotton reel necklace - Made by me
NZ wooden rimu brooch - I feel Natty
Silver Siam brooch - $3 @ Salvos
Old bling brooch - Gift from Mum
Vintage AAI charm bracelet - Garage Sale
Turquoise ring - Madam Butterflies in Christchurch NZ
Tooled bag - Op shopped
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Vintage wallpaper makeover

I'm trying to stick to my thrifty ways when it comes to preparing for Little Bean's arrival. Seeing as we're only having one I don't want to spend much on baby furniture and all that jazz. Plus we rent so I can't make permanent decorating changes to the room. And we don't have a lot of space to spare. I spotted this solid change table/drawers set on a facebook sale page, and it also came with various baby toys, two of which were on my wish list....a Tupperware shape-o, and a Fisher and Price pull along telephone. Funny how I'm drawn to the older toys. Go figure.

The change table is a quality piece, very solid, but so boring and in need of some spicing up. So I attempted my very first wallpaper moment, by gluing some original vintage stuff on the drawer fronts, and finally adding some new drawer handles. The trickiest part was laying out the wallpaper so it lined up when the drawers were closed, and cutting neatly around the edges. I'm pretty pleased with the result. 
I do most things sitting or lying down, so I doubt I'll use a change table to change the baby, but the Captain has a touchy back so he would prefer to use one. At least this way it does double duty for storage as well, and the top can be turned around the other way when you just want it as a chest of drawers. Not bad for $30 spent.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying

I found this handmade dress at a Lifeline store up the coast one weekend. I immediately fell in love with the fabric, a mid-weight polyester with stretch, but the waist sat a bit low on me. Seeing as it didn't have a zipper I figured I could alter it by taking it apart at the waist, raising the waistline, and sewing it back together. It was fairly easy, and now sits at my natural waist. I thought I'd better get some pics of it before my belly gets too big to wear it.

The 19 week Beanie belly

I'm feeling lots of kicks now which is wonderful, and the Captain loves feeling it too. 
Makes it all feel more real. I'm having constant pain because my back and torso muscles are so weak from so many years of being bedridden and horizontal. And I'm only half way there. The challenges of pregnancy on top of my illness are beginning to emerge, but no doubt it's all worth it in the end!


Outfit Details.....

Handmade vintage dress - Lifeline
Vintage belt - from another frock
Wooden bird brooch - Made by me
Old pink bling brooch - from the Captains Mum
2 carved bangles - Op shopped
Green beaded bag - Mid Mod Oz at the WAC
Ring, sunglasses and kids shoes - Retail

I wanted to say a big happy birthday to my amazing Mum. I'm so blessed to have a mum I look up to and adore, and who is one of my best friends. She's pretty special!
Love you Mum!

Sunday, 26 April 2015


I'm one happy mumma to be. It's finally turned a bit cooler here, so polyester can finally reign without feeling like a walking sauna. My belly is looking more pregnant by the day instead of just podgy (I felt my first wee kicks the other day which was a joyous moment). And today I got to squeeze a couple of my vintage loves Celia of Kitty's Vintage & Kitsch and Trudie of My Vintage Childhood who were selling their wares at the Collectorville Fair


 There was lots of nice stuff for sale at the fair, but I was restrained and came home empty handed. Although that's not entirely true as sweet Trudie had gifted me a couple of vintage frocks and some dear old books for Little Bean. Although I'm in a fair bit of pain being upright at the moment thanks to my weak back, it was lovely to be out with the vintage crowd.
Here are some pics of the fair......

Loved the platform shoes from Gypsy Bazaar

The Captain likes old hats

I liked that huge leather bag

And this glorious orange vinyl ottoman storage thingo

Delicious green radio from Celia's stall


And some snaps of Trudie's treasures

Those shoes! SO cute!

 My sweet friend Trudie...she's a darling!

 The Captain getting in some parenting practice

Here's the 18 week bump

 Outfit Details....

Vintage dress - WAC sale (was a size 22 long sleeved maxi dress which I was a LOT of frock beforehand)
1960's Enamel flower brooch - Instagram Sale
Deer brooch - From my dear Helga
Bakelite bangles & small ring - Op shopped
Large ring & crochet flower - Handmade & bought at an op shop
Beaded bag - $3 at Salvos
Kumfs sandals - $3 at Salvos in New Zealand