Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vintage, Retro handmade Holly Hobbie & Friends girl's bedroom Flag Bunting decoration - A new design available

I remember being in love with Holly Hobbie as a young girl back in the late 1970's.
I wish my parents had of bought me Holly Hobbie bed linen, a tin suitcase with matching flask and HH swap cards.
I never got them, however I did get a few cast iron HH miniature items as a treat.
No wonder I'm slightly obsessed with Hollie Hobbie!

A number of weeks ago I completed a new Holly Hobbie  Bunting design. I've called it 'Holly Hobbie Flag & Friends'.
Total length is 3.3 meters / 330 centimeters / about 11 feet approx.
Eleven (11) flags in various fabrics.
There are two Holly Hobbie Flags. Three cute vintage 'friends' flags & two vintage turquoise Broderie Anglaise flags and four vintage floral flags!
This set of flags are made / upcycled from original preloved/used, vintage fabrics.
The bunting flags are larger than my usual bunting flag size.

Single sided - can be viewed from front only. Holly Hobbie & Friends fabrics are only on one side.
There are no unfinished edges on these flags.

I have a few HH girl's kitchen aprons available too!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Folk Art Symbols Handmade Apron in Tickle the Imagination Magazine

I'm 'pleased as punch' to have my handmade Tea Towel Apron featured in the 'What's Cooking' section of Tickle the Imagination Magazine.
Folk Art Symbols (of the Pennsylvania Dutch) Apron is a One Of A Kind Apron - OOAK.
Made from a linen Tea Towel purchased online from the USA.

The new Winter Edition is out on the 3rd of July in selected newsagents & shops around Australia & available online (hard copy or full online version).
The theme is 'Eclectic Folk'.
I'm loving this edition, I'm enjoying the variety of items, the bold colours - it brightens up my winter, & the sense of fun! I guess it reflects well on the style of aprons and bunting I make.

So what is in this issue?
well, my apron of coarse!
page 33 see here


inside issue 16 | eclectic folk...
feature stories * eclectic folk * channelling frida * natural remedies
* close to nature * favourite things

chocolate fudge brownies * vintage tea towel pillow
* hand embroidered drawstring bag * free motion hoop art

meet the maker

measure twice - lewisdean carpentry * 5 minutes with the woodsfolk
meet anna scott * soul cleansing - cleanse with benefits

what's cooking? * alisha visits blackbird corner
regular features
editors letter * tickle team * contributors * gallery wall * creative escapes
on our bookshelf * this issue was made possible thanks to...
designer & maker directory * explore - creative calendar
creative marketplace * business toolkit - get more productive 

 You can find Tickle the Imagination Magazine on Facebook here

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I'm a Picks Editor on the Madeit website this week!

I love being picks editor on the Madeit website!
Every week, three Madeit Sellers get the opportunity to pick handmade items from the Madeit website.
My picks are not themed, I just wanted to pick some truly awesome items from creative & talented sellers!

Here are the links to these seller's stores:
Toadstool Dollhouse

Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Upcycled handmade 'Tea Towel' Aprons in 'Upcycle' Showcase. Also..... The difference between Upcycling & Recycling

Upcycle Showcase starts tonight at 8.00pm.
It's a collection of Upcycled Handmade items made by a collaborative of sellers to showcase their
creative talents on Facebook.
All items are available for purchase (while the showcase is open).

I have entered two of my 'Tea Towel' Aprons.
As you have guessed, made from tea towels & vintage retro bed sheets!

Please head over to
'Sew you say - The Heart of Handmade' to have a look.

Click here for link to showcase.

The difference between Upcycling & Recycling:
Upcycling is: “The process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.”
Recycling is: taking old materials and making them back into their original form.
Re-cycling is redoing the cycle; in other words, reprocessing paper so it can be printed once again.
Up-cycling, is removing something from that process, eg  This includes taking an old tire and making it into a swing, old vintage plates into a cake stand or a bed sheet made into a dress.
Upcycling gives an item a better purpose.
eg. To use vintage fabric straight off the bolt, is not upcycling but fabric from a sheet, tablecloth, pillowcase and making it into something better for reuse is Upcycling.

Recycling is: a practice that takes an item and targets it for reuse, returning it back to the cycle of daily contribution to society rather than discarding it.
Recycling is the process of making or manufacturing new products from a product that has originally served it's purpose.
It often means
taking consumer materials such as plastic, paper, metal and glass and breaking them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser.

Upcycling is described by some as reusing a material without degrading the quality and composition of the material for its next use.
There are no breaking down of the materials, just possibly refashioning the original item.

Simply: Upcycle is reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

Upcycling is eco-friendly. It makes a positive impact on the environment as you are reusing the same item and saving it from the global garbage stream.
It’s converting waste materials or useless products no longer wanted or needed into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value

I love to upcycle and give a new life to something that had an intended previous use.
My ‘Retro Metro’ Aprons are made from Tea Towels and the added fabric to the ‘sides’ and straps are made from vintage / retro bed sheets!
Some of my tea towels are brand new but many are retro vintage - that is 20-40 years old! They are in excellent condition as they have never been used for their original purpose.

Also, my vintage retro flag buntings are made from bed sheets and sometimes includes lace doilies!
Made to last & eco friendly, they can be used for many joyous occasions ‘time & time’ again.

Creating handmade upcycled items means (to me) making items that are often One of A Kind (OOAK), unique - as much as the intended buyer/recipient!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Merry-Go-Round Handmade Guest Blogger on Madeit today!

Today I am guest blog picker at
I have selected eight handmade items for the blog.
It's called it 'Retro Revival'.

For those of you that don't know, Madeit is an Australian handmade website dedicated to Australian sellers with creative items that are available to purchase by buyers, worldwide.

I really admire the work of these fellow sellers on Madeit. So unique & special, just gorgeous!

View: Click Here

What Is Retro Style?

"Retro style is a culturally outdated style, trend, mode, or fashion, from the overall postmodern
past, that has become functionally or superficially the norm once again.
It generally implies a vintage of at least 20 years".



Thursday, May 1, 2014

More Metro Retro Handmade Tea Towel aprons available in my Etsy & MadeIt stores

A lot of people know I go 'weak at the knees' for a vintage - retro tea towel!
And the good ones are getting harder & harder to find.......

I'm not into those tourist style tea towels, I love an Australian wildflowers or a bold graphic tea towel.
I've listed a few more aprons this week to my MadeIt & Etsy store and I expect to be adding some more aprons in the next few weeks.
I've had these made up for a little while now but Mother's Day has given me a little more motivation to get them listed!

I enjoy combining the tea towels & vintage fabrics to find the right combination that a buyer will love! It's a creative way to play 'Snap', not with cards but with fabrics!

Metro Retro Vintage Australian Bird Blue Wrens Apron

Metro Retro Vintage Hanging Basket Flowers Apron

Metro Retro Masterchef Kitchen Green Vintage Tea Towel Apron.

Metro Retro Vintage Orange Kitchen Utensils Apron

Friday, March 28, 2014

Merry-Go-Round Handmade ETSY Vintage Rainbow Floral Bunting featured online.

I got a lovely surprise this morning.
Well, it had been a terrible 24 hours for me so this was just what I needed.

My Vintage Handmade Rainbow Floral Bunting featured online, in the Apartment Therapy website in the USA.

I had a buyer purchase this bunting late last year and an email this morning to let me know about this bedroom feature. Amanda had submitted photos to Apartment Therapy and they were posted.
I'm not surprised, the room is certainly lovely.
I love the mix of new & vintage also the rainbow colour palette is gorgeous!

As stated by Amanda:
"I wanted our daughter's room to be artistic and modern with hints of vintage. Bright colors were important for me to include since kids toys tend to be colorful. I didn't want toys to look out of place in her room. I was intent on not making it overly girly, color coordinated or fussy. I like light walls....they make a perfect canvas for everything else pop. "

"A Happy Modern With A Touch of Vintage Girl's Nursery"

My Rainbow Bunting can be purchased via my ETSY or MadeIt store.