Friday, July 20, 2018

Cushions! It's only taken me six years to finally make some for my shop!

Cushions! It's only taken me six years to finally make some for my shop!

Back in January 2012, I was interviewed about my handmade items by Jill at 'Creating my way to Success'
I discussed all of the items I made, what inspired me and a little info about me.
You can see  (looking at my stores), the items I have made have not changed too much. I still do Aprons, Buntings, etc

I was asked 'What was next?'
I stated I wanted to add cushions to my range of handmade, vintage inspired items.
It's only taken me six years to finally commit time to it!

I have been collecting fabric for this purpose for over 10 years. I will introduce vintage, retro & traditional style handmade cushions. There will be some tea towel cushions and there will be some cushions using vintage linen / cotton fabrics such as Sanderson & Sheridan fabrics.

You can read my blog post about the interview here.

Zips were always one of my fears! I hated the look of them but I knew I had to conquer them.

In April 2012, I decided to pay for a lesson at The Thread Den.
I made a cushion, I was 'somewhat' happy with it but I just decided to not go ahead with cushions at that point, I also got too busy with other things.

Here is is:

It's 2018, I have started to make a range of cushions, they will be listed slowly on my Madeit & Etsy stores.

Here is a sample of what I have already made.

Friday, May 4, 2018

More Metro Retro Tea Towel Vintage Handmade Aprons listed recently

I have listed many new Aprons in my Madeit & Etsy stores.

Metro Retro AUSTRALIAN PROTEA WildFlowers Vintage Apron

Metro Retro Australian Protea WildFlowers Vintage HANDMADE Ladies Kitchen Apron

'Metro Retro' Aprons are all OOAK - that is, One Of A Kind.

Each one is never to be repeated, never to be exactly the same as another.
All of these aprons are handcrafted originals and unique!
The ideal handmade gift for someone special or for spoiling yourself.

Metro Retro SKIPPING CAT Vintage Tea Towel Apron

Metro Retro Aprons....
Fun & Funky Designs - Expect the unexpected!
Vintage, Retro Design with Modern & Practical Use.
Unique, One Of A Kind - just like you!
One Size Fits Most.

Metro Retro BIRDS Tea Towel Kitchen Apron 

Most of my Metro Retro aprons have a 100% linen tea towel front panel
and the side panels, straps & binding are cotton - usually 100% Cotton.

Metro Retro PUPPY DOGS Vintage Tea Towel Apron

These aprons would make a great Birthday, Christmas or Mothers Day gift!
My aprons also make a lovely Wedding, Engagement or Anniversary gift.

Remember, when you buy handmade you are carefully selecting that 'special something for someone special in your life'.
A gift to say that you have really thought about them & that you care.

Metro Retro KNITTING KITTY CAT Vintage Tea Towel Apron

I love to upcycle and give a new life to something that had an intended previous use. 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. I try to source my tea towels from all around the world, Australia, United Kingdom & the USA, to just name a few.

Metro Retro ICH DIEN Prince of Wales's feathers - Vintage Tea Towel Kitchen Apron

All of my listed items are already made up & Ready To Be Posted to you! 

Metro Retro Australian Wine Labels Vintage HANDMADE Apron

Please view our other Metro Aprons in store.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Recently listed - ‘updated’ Roses & Lace bunting also Denim Jeans pouches

A few more recent listing have been listed in my Madeit & Etsy stores, this week.

Vintage Bunting - Country Roses & Doily Lace Floral. Party, Wedding Decoration.

Recently listed- an ‘updated’ design. 
A slight change from the previous: different lace, one of the fabrics has been replaced.

Now in my madeit etsyau stores!
Perfect for a Mother’s Day garden tea party!

Total length is Three metres (3m) / about 9.9 feet approx.
Eleven (11) flags in various new and preloved fabrics.

This set of flags is a lovely combination of Florals, warm beige, green 'dotty' fabric and Vintage lace etc - Just Divine!
This Flag Bunting is double sided/reversible - can be viewed from front or back, lace is only on one side. There are no unfinished edges on these flags.

* Vintage upcycled / pre-loved Denim Jeans front Patchwork style, back is plain dark denim with Zip closure. 
* Fully Lined inside.
* Faux leather pull tie.

* Plenty of room for pens, pencils, a good book / novel, notepad, Kindle or whatever you choose.

Available in my Etsy store.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

More recently listed handmade items - Vintage Bunting, Holly Hobbie Zip Pouches etc.

Did you know there is a real Holly Hobbie? Yes, the author of the popular Toot and Puddle children's books and the creator of the character bearing her name.

A cherished classic 'illustrated icon' from my childhood in the 1970's, It has always been a love for me.

Over the years I have created Flag Buntings & girls kitchen aprons. 

Just recently I have listed my large zip pouches on Madeit & Etsy.

* 250mm W x 230mm H - (10 inches x 8.7 inches) - Approx* Plenty of room for pens, pencils, a good book / novel, notepad, Kindle or whatever you choose.

You will find other handmade items using vintage, upcycled Holly Hobbie fabric:

Holly Hobbie and Friends Vintage Floral Flag Bunting

Holly Hobbie Vintage & Floral Pink Flag Bunting

Holly Hobbie Vintage & Floral Flag Bunting

Holly Hobbie Girls Vintage Retro Fabric Kitchen Apron

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Recently listed handmade items on & Etsy - Vintage & New Bunting, Zip Pouches etc.

It's been busy & a lot has been going on recently. Over the last few months there have been a number of new listings both on my Madeit store & Etsy store.

I'm also thrilled to be part of the May 2018 Seddon Makers Market, Yay!

Typewriter & Type - Large zip POUCH zippered Pencil Case. You can find it here in my Madeit store or in my Etsy store.

Vintage Bunting Wedding Doily Lace / Embroidery & Fabric - High Tea Garden Party Flags

This set of flags are a lovely combination of cross stitch, embroidered doilies & vintage floral fabric - Just Divine!Doilies & Tablecloth that I have used are vintage with a history and a past, some showing slight signs of age and possible minor imperfections. 
This truly adds to the charm of this ‘one of a kind’ vintage bunting.
You will be very pleased - A Gorgeous Keepsake.

Vintage Bunting Embroidery / Cross Stitch & Floral Fabric Flags

Vintage Retro Yellow Spring / Summer Lemon Floral Flag Bunting

Ideal for a Party, Birthday Present, hosting a Baby Shower, Photography Prop, Market Stall or just Decorating a room. Would look very pretty at a Bridal Shower, Tea Party, Birthday Party, Garden Party / BBQ!

Bold & Bright Rainbow Bunting Flags. Multi-Colour Home Decor . Party

Eleven (11) flags in various New fabrics in fun Rainbow Colours.
This Flag Bunting is double sided/reversible - can be viewed from front or back. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

You will find Merry-go-Round Handmade as Stall Holder at:

You will find Merry-go-Round Handmade as Stall Holder at:

Corpus Christi Fete 2017 - Saturday 11th November
Seddon Makers Market : Nov 2017 - Saturday 18th November
Sweet Expo - Sunday (only) 19th November

The events mentioned above will be the last markets I will be doing for 2017.


Corpus Christi Fete 2017 - Saturday 11th November
10AM - 4PM
380 Geelong Road, Kingsville. Vic.

Seddon Makers Market : Nov 2017 - Saturday 18th November

80 stalls held over two venues along Gamon Street, Seddon at the usual location – the Seddon Uniting Church, as well as at the Harris Reserve - just a short stroll away.

Each market is carefully curated to make sure we highlight and showcase our diverse range of talented makers that work so hard to craft their unique pieces – ranging from jewellery, accessories, homeware, textiles, art, natural skin and body care to kids wear and toys as well as delicious food and freshly brewed coffee and cider! 

Sweet Expo -
I will be a stall Holder on the Sunday (only) - 19th November
I will be,  along with other Stall Holders will be representing the handmade online website 'Madeit'. 

Melbourne Showgrounds
01 Exhibition Pavillion
Ascot Vale, Vic 3032

Can't make it?
You can buy online from my Madeit & Etsy stores. 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction, raising awareness & funds for Beyond Blue

Time to time, I have taken part making an item for charity. Various items of the years such as bunting, aprons, illustrations, etc. It's important to give back to community. Especially to raise money for important & worthy charities.

I was contacted by Jade at Findis Designs. She makes beautiful kids fashion and made a beautiful girls dress.
Jade was wondering if I would like to part & donate a custom bunting.
Yes, I made a vintage bunting from vintage floral fabric & vintage embroidered tablecloth.

Annette from Rainbow Lane making a gorgeous matching doll & Julie from Crazy Lyka joined us to make a lovely collection of hair accessories.

The final result, was amazing, as you can see! The collaboration looks stunning.

Beyond Blue was chosen as the Charity.
If you don't know what Beyond Blue is, it's a charity
working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety disorders and related mental disorders. beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with anxiety and depression, their friends and family, to raise community awareness of anxiety and depression and reduce associated stigma.
The organisation that holds the charity auction is Collaborate for a Cause
The annual Collaborate for a Cause Auction for Charity is back for a seventh year! To find out all the details visit the website

Please view the items available in the auctions, there are many handmade crafters / artisans that have collaborated towards this great event!

2017 - Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction Album

This year's charity auction will run from 28th July to 30th July 2017.

I would like to thank the lovely Lis from Lolly & Me for the wonderful photography.