Monday, October 31, 2011

a vintage baby

some of the vintage baby loot i scored last week. $8 has never bought so much :)

some of these will be for sale in my (coming soon) etsy shop! hooray!

p.s - i am not pregnant... just in case this post was raising questions!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

a birthday morning...

on my 26th birthday...
jetlag woke me up
and i watched the sun rise over the Kathmandu valley
hubby and i talked about the future
and played around with camera settings
...all before 6am.

blessed? i think so...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

a store near you...

if you follow me on facebook then you will know that i went on a special errand yesterday to drop some goodies off to the lovely girls at cultiver in ipswich. they will be stocking some 'green tea and red nails' owls, softies and bibs! yay! i was more than a little bit excited to be part of such a fabulous space and will definitely be signing up for some of their christmas workshops. if you live in or around ipswich then i definitely recommend popping in for a browse and a chat... and some handmade christmas shopping!

p.s - photos from the cultiver facebook page. my camera is still on holidays with my sister.
p.p.s - i also hit the vintage baby clothes jackpot in some post shopping op shopping... photos soon :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

instagram love

life seems to look better though the viewfinder of an iphone :)

...some instagram photos from my last two weeks

p.s - thanks for all of your lovey comments on my last post. nepal truly was a life changing experience and i feel very blessed to have been able to experience some of the things that we were able to.

Monday, October 24, 2011

my favourite photo from nepal...

this is raj.
he has no parents. no family.
he shares his two bedroom house with 35 other orphans
he shares his single bed with another boy.
he decided that we were going to friends.
so he held my hand
and we made lots of friendship bracelets
and he brought me some flowers when i left
and made me cry...

this is raj.
he taught me about life.
that joy is possible.
that it isn't about what you have.
that holding someone's hand can change their life...

this is raj.
i am so glad that he decided we were going to be friends.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

why i love farmers markets

...because all of this cost me $9!

and it will be turned into sweet potato and coriander soup, potato salad, spinach pie, BBQed corn, potato bake, homemade pasta sauce and a stir-fry!

*please excuse the iphone photos - my sister has taken my lovely camera on a little joy trip to hayman island...!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

mail = love

1. a late birthday present (from myself.. haha). does anyone else feel like online shopping gives you twice the thrills? once when you hit that 'buy it now' button and again when it turns up all lovely and pretty in your mailbox?
2. a book from my 'wishlist'
3. the most gorgeous naughty shorts dress. i am saving it for the perfect occasion. i'm sure you will be seeing a lot of this beauty!
4 & 5. i returned from nepal to find this lovely handmade pot holder in my mailbox from the even lovelier kylie - it has quickly become my new favourite! 
6. a new book (wrapped in an awesome handmade tote!) from Allana! can't wait to get creating for nieces and nephews!

have a happy weekend xx Kel

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

your opinion?

i am jumping on the coloured jeans bandwagon... but i can't decide on which colour. please help??

*all jeans from ASOS

a vintage sheet swap wrap up...

hello lovely people...

i have been meaning to do this for a while now but then i went to nepal and started a new job... you know how it goes :)

i would LOVE some feedback on the last two vintage FQ swaps - good or suggestions on how to improve for next time. I am thinking that this is something that I could run a couple of times a year and would really love to make it is painless as possible for everyone involved!

Here are a couple of things that I have learned from my end...
*it really is much easier when people send their FQ's in the prepaid post satchels. MUCH EASIER!
*this swap is not designed for you to simply get rid of any sheets or FQs that you don't want, like or use. you should only swap sheets and fabrics that you would be happy receiving back
*i need to be a bit tougher on people who send sheets that are not really up to par. it is disappointing when you send in some of your favourite sheets to swap and others don't do the same. 
*i really love seeing all those sheets coming through my house and love seeing what you create with them even more! you are inspiring women!!

would LOVE some feedback from you all :) pretty please!
- is the time frame too long? too short? (i think a month between announcing the swap on my blog and closing postage seems to work best - thoughts?)
- do you receive enough information about the swap? is there too much about the swap on the blog? not enough?
- how many swaps each year would suit you? (keep in mind that you don't HAVE to be involved every time if it doesn't suit you)
- how many would be keen for another swap before christmas? to get inspired for all those handmade gifts?

Thanks in advance. you really are the best!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a (semi) clean craft room...

a few sneak peeks from a mostly clean craft room...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

weekend crafting...

sewing for markets.
sewing for presents.
sewing for local shops.

it was a good weekend.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

at the op shop...

like laura, i was back at the op shops the day after i arrived home from nepal. i don't even think i had done a load of washing before i headed off to see what treasures were awaiting me! i clearly have my priorities right :)

here are a few of the goodies i have picked up in the week since i have been back...
*the loveliest typewriter that still works... eek! i have been looking for a vintage typewriter throughout the 10 or so years i have been thrifting and have never seemed to have any luck so you can imagine my delight when i stumbled across this one for only $8!
*a few vintage sheets for quilting, crafting and swapping!
*lovely woolen blankets!

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post... more Nepal photos to come but I will stagger them with regular posting so you don't get too overwhelmed!

Have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

faces of nepal...

regular posting will resume shortly. for now i just need some time to grieve the most wonderful few weeks of my life... does anyone else know the feeling? just me?

**photos are of some of the most awesome kiddies that we got to teach and work with and a few of the locals we were lucky enough to meet and photograph

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

love at first sight...

i went to nepal... and i fell in love.
it is exactly what my life has been missing.
the people, the smells, the colours, the joy, the smiles.

more to come... (plus a little tour of my newly cleaned craft room!! yay!)