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