Thursday, 30 April 2009
I absolutely adore Florence Broadhurst. Not just her designs - but the woman herself. I have a lot of old mags I haven't fully read - but decided today to read the Australian Home Journal from Feb 1968. And who do we find on page 24? But Florence Broadhurst herself.
Instead of me writing about the article I have scanned it for you to click on to read about the wonderful woman herself.
How are those magnificent quotes?
"People who take LSD must be terribly bored. I don't need it. I find the more I do the more I can cope with."
""How do you know you are living?" and I said "I create so I know I am living."
An amazing person to look up to and learn from.
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Renee G said:
I'd love to see some vintage pattern ideas (for aprons, etc) to use some of the vintage fabric. (Or placemat patterns, etc.)
Congratulations, Renee - we'll be in touch soon to get your details to send off your wonderful fabric!
Next giveaway is this coming Sunday!
Monday, 27 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
I just had to offer a crackin' 50s cotton! You know me and my love of 50s and 60s cottons...I just can't get enough of them!. Our vintage fabric #2 giveaway is a 88cm wide x 50cm long vintage 50s rockabilly dress weight cotton featuring large scale fruit with gingham leaves - aren't they the cutest? The photo above it half of the bolt width and the shot below is a close up...it's unused from the bolt but it smells a little like its been stored in a smokers household - sunlight and airing will get rid of this, even without a wash.
This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere - yes, that's right - anywhere around the world. It's open 'til 8pm, Tuesday 28 April, AEST and the winner will be announced later that night...as I have an event I need to go to on the Wednesday night and I don't want to keep you hanging!
To be in the running for the cotton leave a comment answering "what else you would like to see us do with this blog?" Good luck!
COMMENTS CLOSED - THANK YOU!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
As you know, I am always striving to live a simpler life. I am a total thirfy soul in more ways than one. We never buy something unless we truly need it and we always strive to ensure we're treating others (including the earth!) as we ourselves would like to be treated.
I found this truly magnificent blog last week and I have been totally addicted since. I even baked the banana bread and butter pudding the first day I found the blog (scrumptious!) and have been busy reading about vegetables and vegie patches and lots and lots of bread making. Rhonda Jean from down-to-earth really is the type of woman I would love to be :)
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Using Random.org (gosh - that was easy!) the number 7 popped up - so congratulations to She who said:
"My favorite vintage fabric is this crazy metallic print with blue, turquoise, and gold on a skirt of my grandmother's from the sixties"
Congratulations, She! I shall be in touch soon to get your address details...
Thanks to everyone who left a comment - another one coming up this Sunday - and the next one shall be an old cotton...hint, hint.
PS. More gorgeous fabrics went up onto the site yesterday and there shall be more up soon!
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Comments are now closed for our first vintage fabric giveaway! I shall announce the winner tomorrow night...in the meantime, enjoy the remarkable design of this streetscape Parisien style print. Always makes me want to have a coffee.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Isn't it funny that something I thought would be so much fun and enjoyable has turned out to be the most time consuming part of the business? We opened a large stall at Newcomb's Mill Markets in January - with great passion and care - but we've decided it just doesn't suit us at the moment. You need to 'work' four hours a fortnight (so little - but, truly, you try walking around and around for four hours!), tend your stall (much more time consuming that what you think - some stall holders go in there daily to rotate stock etc) and then iron, hang and price each piece. When I write it like this it seems like a little work - but it's not :(
So we are currently packing the stall up. We're vacating by the end of this month - and looking forward to it, I can tell you! The rent is so high compared to the workshop business and so much more time...well, you can see...it's time to shut up Mill Market shop...
One night left to leave a message for the vintage fabric giveaway - go on, you've just got to leave a message to be in it! Closes 8pm Tuesday night, AEST. And it's open to everyone, everywhere!
Sunday, 19 April 2009
I figure if you're going to get on this 'giveaway on your blog' bandwagon I may as well start with a stunner! Our first vintage fabric giveaway is for this divine vintage 60s fine silk twill, manufactured in Italy for the European couture market.
This shot above shows the fabric at half width. Sorry about the creases -this piece is from my own collection and my own stash isn't as neat as what it should be! *gasp*. The giveaway is for a 50cm length cut, full selvedge to selvedge width.
If you would like to win this fabric simply leave a message on this post with a brief description of your favourite vintage fabric. If you don't have any then let us know what your favourite fabric design would be.
And, yes, this giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere :)...enjoy!
COMMENTS CLOSED - THANK YOU!
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
Am currently thinking up ways to do this - maybe a lazy Sunday night would be good? Would it be a first in best dressed thing or a leave a comment thing? Thinking, thinking...
Thursday, 16 April 2009
It is so good to get out and about. Fresh air. New things to see and do. I am just too full as my taste buds are stronger than my will power...but that's a different story :)
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Now for a coffee and vegemite on toast :)
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Too much dark chocolate. I can't keep away. And we've decided to pack up Mill Market stall by end of month. More to come on that later.
Also - thinking of regular weekly blog giveaways. How on earth do they work? Is the same day good? Am still wondering if anyone reads this thing even though the stats say you're out there!
Roll on putting fabric up on website. My favourite part of the day. Least favourite? Ironing.
Monday, 13 April 2009
I just love how kitsch it is....it has so much movement, so much vibrancy. I feel it's a great example of how textile design can move - while still retaining its inticacy and lovely form.
Easter was/is fabulous. I have eaten too much chocolate and we have enough to last us until next year. I feel the Easter Bunny went a bit too overboard on the egg hunt :)
Our boys are growing so fast. Both loves the Easter celebrations with family and friends, but I couldn't help but feel a little sad their childhood is going to fast for us. So not fair :(
It was a wonderful weekend spent with loving family and friends - and its a bit of a shock we're back to it tomorrow !!! Bah!!!
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
So I am madly uploading fabric and tea towels onto the website - with more to come tomorrow. Lots of retro mod prints went up today...
Am just starting work and have a big fat coffee in front of me. Have already written myself the following not:
1. Must work out how to put sale section of website as a link into my emails
2. Must work out how to put new arrivals section of website as a link into my emails
3. Must put link to sale section of website onto blog.
Monday, 6 April 2009
The fabric sale section of the website will not be announced via the blog, website or our subscription 'new arrival' email. The fabrics will just go on sale quietly...and off sale quietly. But there will always be fabric on sale, that I can definitely promise you :)
I've started the 'vintage fabric on sale 100% of the time' today - here. Get set for some major price reductions over the weeks to come...and enjoy!
Sunday, 5 April 2009
I also created a new category called 'vintage fabric misc' - basically it's where all the non-vintage fabric on bolts will go - so linens, buttons, bags, brooches etc. I am also going to change our 'sale area' - instead of choosing fabrics weekly that go on sale I am just going to put random fabrics on sale for at least 10% off. Also toying with some type of fat quarter club - or half yard club - and offering services to sell your vintage fabrics for you on consignment, if that makes sense. Lots to think about, as per usual, and I'll announce any changes as I go...
New stock going up over the next five days...some true breath-taking beauties in this lot...:)
Saturday, 4 April 2009
I love Saturdays. Love reading the Saturday papers. Love going to be favourite fruit and vegie shop and buying fresh salad, fresh baked sourdough bread and yummy St Claire cheese and going home and popping it all together in a lip-smacking fab sandwich. I also visit my grandmother who is now in care (she has dementia) and sharing an hour or so with her and my boys. She loves them both - and is consistenly bombarded with the older ones new toys (today it was a Ben10 omnitrix thingie) and the toddler brought his box within a box toy (and also showed off his first pair of 'real' shoes vs the pre-walker Volleys he's been running around in). And then it was back home to enjoy a yummy dinner (sweet corn light fritters etc) and now, with boys all cosy and quiet, it's time to enjoy a scotch (or try...my stomach still hates it!) and some TV for the first time is days................
I hope tomorrow is just as wonderful - but slower would be good!
Friday, 3 April 2009
And then occasionally you get some linen. Usually we give these away to family and friends who collect it and give the rest away to goodwill. When everyone has their fill...well, we've decided to offer some of the website...
You'll see a batch of teatowels going onto the site this week. All unused stored condition - antique pieces of Scottish and Irish linen...the best quality you'll find. Someone has (tried to) sew the linen into teatowels many a moon ago, so you shall be able to use them in the kitchen...or pop them into your own stash :)
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Thursday, 2 April 2009
The top piece is a 40s Cepea and the one directly above is a gorgeous polished cotton.
Fab retro paisley cotton linen above (one of my current faves!) and a paisley sweetheart below...
And a wipeout psychedelic piece below - cotton linen and oh so retro loveliness!
Hopefully tomorrow their shall be no parent teacher days, no sick kids, no Shadowclad quotes, no ducted heating quotes and no other stuff inbetween so I can get out into the sun. Poor Justin just logs and snips away.
PS. I have officially lost my admiration for tradies. They are officially on my 'hard to work with' list - if you can get GET them to quote, GET them to your home or even GET them to answer the phone...sigh...