Friday, 29 May 2015

Put a bird on it

I found this polished cotton shift dress at my local nursing home op shop. It's handmade and feels like it's never been worn. The fabric is so lovely with flowers and birds. It was very boxy to start with so I've added some darts at the bust and down the back to give it a more flattering fit.


The bump a few weeks back

Outfit Details.....

Cotton shift dress and cardigan - Op shopped
Green bling brooch - Op shopped
Bird necklace - Gift from Mum
Beaded ring - from Queenstown NZ
Tape measure bangles - Mrs Robinsons @ Tarras NZ
Patchwork toaster cover converted into a bag - Gift from Miss J
Kids shoes and sunglasses - Retail

Here's a clip from Portlandia called "Put a bird on it"

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Diana Ware and kitchen things

My sister in law has some lovely pieces of Diana Ware, so when I first came across it I knew what it was. My first Diana Ware finds were shared in this post, along with a brief history of the Australian pottery company. When I saw someone online selling these three jugs at a bargain price I swooped on them. I'm happy to now have a small collection of this lovely polkadot pottery.

These are the bowls that I found ages ago....

I grabbed these Pontessa plates from a dingy op shop. How I'd love an entire dinner set in this design!

This sugar bowl and milk jug was from a market. It matches a teapot I already have.

My previously purchased teapot

And now for some kitsch. Kind of obvious why I was drawn to this set. I saw it a few times at Endos but thought it was a bit overpriced, but then it was on sale at 50% off which sealed the deal.

And finally a large Old Foley by James Kent serving dish that was $2

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!