A William Morris sort of dress

I found this vintage dress on trademe late one night. It reminded me of a William Morris print I had seen in an exhibition and loved years ago. Funny how some pieces of design or art stay with you.  I … Read More

Counting blessings

 In our last moving house episode I unearthed this cup. It was mine when I was a girl.  It used to be stained on the inside from Ribena – does anyone remember that stuff? We loved it and I remember … Read More

colour for spring

As winter gives way to Spring here I find myself drawn to colour. While in an op shop looking for a gift I came across a pile of these vintage blankets. Seriously. There were about six of them. All in … Read More

Fabric. Fabric. Fabric-a-brac!

Um, yeah, so…non textile lovin’ people might want to meander on and pop back in tomorrow…the rest of you? Feast your eyes! Fabric-a-brac Auckland was yesterday and Grace asked me to take a few photos. Not that I needed an excuse. … Read More

Peppermint sewing school shorts

Yep, these photos were taken when the sun was too high and bright and you know what? That’s okay. I can live with it. It was the only way they were going to get done. It has been a mad … Read More

what I brought home

I did bring home some treasures from the Vintage Textile Fair. Despite being a tad skint at the moment, I gave myself a budget and couldn’t believe what I managed to bring home. This amazing hand embroidered purse for one. … Read More

Vintage Textile Fair – tactile and visual heaven

I think it is the third year in a row I have gone to the Auckland Vintage Textile Fair and it is so interesting to observe what I am drawn to. Bright colour, embroidery and hand woven textiles this year. … Read More

making. feverishly

There has been need of some sewing therapy lately. With attending Fabric-a-brac and the Vintage Textile Fair in the last few weeks, there has been a healthy dollop of inspiration. And a few beautiful additions to my fabric stash. I … Read More

Fabric-a-brac – the rundown

The blank looks when I told people I was going to Fabric-a-brac gave way to looks of befuddlement when I explained it was a fabric market. That’s one way to tell the textile enthusiasts and crafters from the uninitiated or … Read More

beginnings of a crafty winter

Making stuff is one of the foundations to my happiness. Or my contentedness. I can get by on making good food and good deep conversation or organising for awhile, but really, I need projects. Of the crafting variety. Designing something, … Read More

roadie finds

So, okay, I couldn’t do a road trip without putting the brakes on for a few op shops along the way. This was the extent of the haul though. If I was a dealer I could’ve brought back much more, … Read More

a tale of a dress

Some of you will remember the big Vintage Sale of Hazel May’s collection I was involved in. One of the pieces I brought home was a stunning piece of vintage 50’s fabric. Once home, I realised it was the skirt … Read More

transforming vintage pillowcases

At the Auckland Vintage Textile fair I was mainly after two things: vintage pillowcases and inspiration. I got a healthy dose of both. Once I got the vintage pillowcases home I realised some weren’t fit to be transformed into my … Read More

a day out

I picked up two friends and we headed for Auckland’s annual Vintage Textile Fair. It was like stepping into another world for the morning. And so lovely to share it with these two beautiful women; Angela of Mermaids Purse and … Read More


New acquisition alert.  It has to be really good for me to bring it home. We do live in 80 metres squared. No walk-in vintage wardrobe for me! These fabulous vintage new green leather sandals came from the Hazel May … Read More

a tea set come true

I kept an eye out for a tea set for years. It just didn’t happen. I found a blue and white set that was, meh, okaaay…but it didn’t make my heart sing to see it. It did just fine. But, … Read More

Hazel May treasures

I thought I would share my recent acquisitions. Dispel a few myths! People assumed that those of us involved in Hazel May’s Vintage and Retro Sale all had major wardrobe boosts, but the truth is, we were all too busy … Read More

Sale aftermath

This weekend’s Vintage and Retro Sale was a huge success. And I mean huge. We were on TV 3’s 6 o’clock news!  Kelly from the New Zealand Fashion Museum was there and they have a piece up on their homepage. Since … Read More

Vintage and Retro Sale – not to be missed!

This is a rare opportunity my vintage loving friends! A lovely friend is helping someone move on a huge original collection gathered over decades by a local woman with a passion for fashion, textiles and dressmaking. I had some of … Read More

Op Shop Show Off: the trug

Joining in with Blackbird has Spoken and friends for the Op Shop Show off link in: I think I could post a show off every week for two months just from last weeks finds! Er, Is that cheating?! Lucky, lucky … Read More

Op Shop Show Off: a treasure chest, mama style

Joining in with Blackbird has Spoken and friends for the Tuesday Op Shop Show Off. A friend and I spent the morning exploring new territory on Auckland’s North Shore last weekend. I brought home the best op shopping haul I … Read More

on becoming an op shopping queen

Someone said to me today, ‘Wow, great coat, I could never afford to buy a coat like that’. I looked her in the eye and said,’This coat cost $15’. What followed were murmurs along the lines of, ‘ I don’t … Read More

The sifter. Op Shop Show off.

  I am linking up with Max of Blackbird has Spoken in her Op Shop Show Off series. Now, I am famously bad at posting regularly at the same time every week, so I can’t promise I’ll be a weekly participant, … Read More

a thing for knits

  This is a knit with a story. It was given to me by a friend who knows I have a thing for knits. But this is no ordinary knit. a)It is a cape b) it was lovingly crafted by … Read More

colour me autumn

Autumn’s welcome chill is seeping into the nights here. I love this time of year. Digging out flannel pyjama;s (why, yes, they ARE made from upcycled vintage sheets!), but still being able to sneak down for a swim in the … Read More

fabric geekery

My interest in fabric is such that a friend and i woke at 5.30 to get ourselves and all our fabric into Fabric-a-brac. Are we fabric geeks? Was this our idea of fun? Yes and YES! Unashamedly yes on all … Read More

outfit styling fun

I had just got back from town and a friend dropped by. Her mouth dropped open when she saw what i’d just found at the thrift store. I unearthed some more goodies i had found secondhand in the past month … Read More

summer sewing

{er, sewing geek-out disclaimer-Come back tomorrow if not that way inclined! xx) I turned up at the Sew Fun retreat with a basketful of vintage fabrics from my stash and a book. No clue what i was going to make. … Read More

spring vintage

It’s been awhile since i hit the vintage sheet bonanza at the op shop. Today was a fleeting visit and i came away with some spring floral loveliness. I came home inspired to sew. Market season fast approaching, eek!  I have … Read More

a gift, a lend, a trade

 Simple things bring me joy.  This vintage woollen patchwork quilt with its original backing…a gift from a friend. I lent my Happy Birthday banner to help commemorate Kraftbomb market’s fourth birthday today. (Excited to offer these for sale and to … Read More

sewing makes everything better (almost)

So, Mother’s Day weekend…i couldn’t leave the premises so…what to do, but unearth the fabric stash and get sewing?! I shelved all manner of projects to sew a few things for myself. These two jersey fabrics came from the thrift … Read More

outfit and assistant

Just ignore the floor that might need a vaccuum and feast your eyes on this dance of colour. Yup, that was my town outfit a few days ago.  It is always interesting to see the reactions of others when i … Read More

upcycled edge

 This is a recent secondhand acquisition. Worn as soon as it arrived in the post and a perfect fit. I may or may not have slept in it – but that would only have been ’cause i loved it so … Read More

the scrap bag clock

 Notchka from The Wardrobe ran a Scrap Bag Swap recently and i received a lovely package of scraps from the wonderful woman behind Mushroom Lane. I have a bunch of projects in mind. But y’know, ideas are not my problem, it’s … Read More

GrowMama at The Bread and Butter Letter

 Popped into The Bread and Butter Letter store to drop off some GrowMama vintage headbands. It doesn’t look like the same store. It’s version 2.0…the original venue after a makeover. Loveliness! You can visit in real time or in your own … Read More

first kraftbomb of the year

 I’ve gone pretty deep into my retro revival jag lately. This is my latest thrift store find. A fun summer dress for sure. Handmade way back in the seventies…it’s as old as i am! I have been sewing like a … Read More

CD cases…vintage style (of course)

Oh my. I hit the ‘upgrade to new blogger thingummy’ button yesterday and it’s a bit rocky going as i learn my way around. Bear with me. And block your ears, there’s been a few less than savoury words flying … Read More

thrifty acquisitions

So, a more intense week than usual had some interesting results. Namely a bad case of entrenched irritability in the mama. An escape was called for. And enroute, of course, i found time for a little rummaging in our local … Read More

book bonanza

One of the benefits of getting lost is stumbling across places you wouldn’t otherwise. Yesterday took a wrong turn (or three) and found a gem of a op-shop. Hoorah! As well as an armful of fabric we brought home a … Read More


Hoorah! I finally made it to ‘The Bread and Butter Letter’ on New North Rd in Auckland’s ‘almost city’. Sans child too…so i could potter to hearts content. Vintage and handmade loveliness. And, everything (well, mostly) is between 10 and … Read More

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