Saturday, 30 May 2015

More Vintage Goodness

As my vintage fashion fetish continues unabated, my vintage sewing book mania keeps raging right along with my vintage pattern obsession.

Here are some long-awaited volumes from the Woman's Institute Of Domestic Arts And Sciences written in the 1920s by the reknown Mary Brooks Picken

Just look at the fabulous 1920s ladies and the amazing fashion which, while vintage for us, was the very latest contemporary design!

They are a treasure trove of knowledge as far as both sewing and vintage fashion are concerned and pure inspiration.
Just in time for the vintage sewing pattern pledge too!

So far, I've only skimmed through them briefly but I'm totally smitten.

And now for some time to delve into them....

Friday, 22 May 2015

Buttercup Floral Bobby Pins

This yellow fabric is my latest flavour of the month. I just love it!

I love everything about it: the colour, the way it responds to flower making and the final result.

I've made some headbands with the same flowers here but I also love them as bobby pins.

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Annemarie's Haakblog

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Vintage Bag Patterns - Part 1

While my love for vintage patterns encompasses every kind of pattern, vintage accessory patterns are my biggest love. Whether they are hats, bags, gloves, scarves, belts, etc, irrespective of decade or style, I love them all.
I'll be sharing some of my vintage patterns here and I'm starting today with some of my vintage bag patterns. 

1943 - Du Barry 5763

1968 - McCalls 9291

1963 - McCalls 6794

2001 - Vogue 7252 - Historical Purses

1940s? - Talon College Catch-All
Vogue accessories 7531

The only bag I've made from these so far is the Vogue 7531 boho bag which I love (I've shared it here) and I plan to remake it with various alterations -resizing, adding pockets and changing the handle somewhat.

But that's a tale for another day....

Monday, 18 May 2015

TP Menagerie

 Have you seen the incredible toilet paper roll crafts out there? I'm continuously amazed at how versatile this recyclable little tube of cardboard can be and how resourceful crafters are!

I collect them maniacally on my Kids Crafts pinterest board and I've got loads of them that I want to try. They range from the simplest to the most sophisticated.

These are some of the creatures made, with the help of little hands, so far, and added to our expanding menagerie. 

(I'm afraid I could't find the links to the penguin, but here are the links to the flying carp and the smirky bat.)

The others that were not available for the photo shoot will be corralled eventually and shared in another post.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Fragrant Lavender Parcels

Back in April, the tireless Zina of EfZin organized a Secret Bunny swap for Easter that I was glad to take part in.

My Secret Bunny turned out to be Athena from CraftCookLove and I received the most sweet-smelling handmade lavender soap. The revitalizing scent of lavender preceeded the soap and could be smelt even before I opened the package!

 And I got a lovely butterfly card too...So pretty!

Sorry girls to be posting this so late but the parcel -while sent promptly- was misplaced and lost in courierland for what seems like forever and surfaced quite by accident long, long after it had been sent....

Vintage Pattern Pledge Update

So far I haven't done much as far as my vintage pattern pledge goes. But, in truth, I haven't had the time to delve into it the way I'd like to. 
I have made a vintage Vogue bag which I love (I've shared it here) but not much else. 
So I thought that it's about time I took out some of my own vintage patterns to get inspired by and also to share.

The patterns above are patterns I've bought from Amber's lovely shops ThePinkPolkaDot Button on ebay and PinkPolkaDotButton on etsy. I highly reccomend both for fabulous vintage patterns and friendly service.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Giveaway Winners

According to the random number generator, my two Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day winners are as follows:
The handmade flower headband goes to Bobbie who left comment No.29.
The cotton fabric goes to Karen who left comment No.12.

I'll contact the girls through e-mail and if I haven't heard from them untill Sunday, I'll re-draw a winner.

Sunday, 10 May 2015


The amazingly talented Laura Okita has gone and done it again!
The photoshoot is titled Aphrodite and I'm sure you'll agree that Aphrodite herself would envy Ms Okita's beauty and grace.
Just look at those statuesque limbs and alabaster skin!

I was over the moon to see her wearing my FairytaleFlower Chrysanthemum Flower Headpiece which she also wore here.

Make sure you check out the whole fabulous shoot over at Laura's blog Paper Mothball Vintage.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Givaway Day - Handmade Flower Headband


It's still Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew! and this giveaway is for one of my Fairytale Flower handmade floral accessories. In particular it's a handmade flower headband in delicate yellow with pearl and rhinestone centres. The flowers are attached to a white metalic headband that has proven very comfortable on women as well as girls.

This giveaway is listed in the Handmade Goods Giveaway section while I have another -fabric- one listed in the Sewing and Craft Supplies Giveaway section and you can find it here.

Rules and Regulations:
The giveaway runs from Wednesday May 6 to Sunday May10.
Winners will be notified by Wednesday 13 and package will be sent by Friday 16.
I will gladly ship internationaly.

How to enter:
Just leave a comment telling me what your favourite spring accessory is.
Anyone who leaves a comment is automatically entered in the giveaway.
Should you want another chance to win, there are some easy entries below:
(Please leave a comment for each of these that you do, saying you did so. Each comment is an entry.)
1. Become a blog follower.
2. Tweet this post.
3. Share this post on facebook.
4. Visit my FairytaleFlower etsy shop and tell me which item you'd like to wear.
5. Visit my OnePerfectDay etsy shop and tell me what item you'd love to have -or gift- from that shop.

And don't forget to visit Sew Mama Sew for a long list of sewer-friendly giveaways and lovely handmade items.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

My Creative Space - Ombre Hair Flowers

Extra large ombre bridesmaids flowers in gold-ivory for Elisa. 
The largest of these measures about 10cm across and is about that high as well.

This daring young lady plans to wear all three in her hair as a bridesmaid.
I hope she sends pictures, I'd love to see how she wears them.

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Giveaway Day - Sewing and Craft Supplies


It's May 6 today and the beginning of Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew!

I have 2 different giveaways for you this year again.
This one is for Sewing and Craft Supplies and one winner will get the various checkered cotton fabrics pictured below.
(There's also another one for Handmade Goods that you can find here.)

Other pieces are larger and other are smaller. (You get an idea from the pictures but I'll try to come back tomorrow and give you the correct measurements.)

It's easy to enter. 
Just leave a comment telling me what your favourite thing to sew is.

Extra Entries:
You can have extra entries if you are willing to do any of the following things just as long as you take the time to come back and leave a comment saying you did so. (One comment = one entry)

1. Visit my Fairytale Flower etsy shop and like any one item.
2. Visit my Fairytale Flower etsy shop and add it to your favourites.(If you already have just leave a comment saying so.) 
3. Visit my OnePerfectDay etsy shop and like any one item.
4. Visit my OnePerfectDay etsy shop and add it to your favourites.(If you already have just leave a comment saying so.)
5. Follow my blog.

Don't forget to visit the other giveaways at Sew Mama Sew.

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