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Pretty vintage crafty things

A couple of weeks ago, I had a visit from my friend Faith, who I went to primary school with many many years ago, and who I hadn’t seen for years! It was just a quick visit – we’re definitely going to have to catch up longer another time.

Faith came by to give me a lovely present – some vintage fabrics, patterns, and a couple of things she’d made. Thanks, Faith! You totally made my day. 🙂

She’d been in a second hand shop and spotted these vintage maternity patterns and picked them up for me:

Simplicity 7913 from 1968 and Simplicity 7393 from 1967.

And there was this gorgeous fabric, two pretty vintage fabrics:


(I’m going to wait until I’m not pregnant to use these – they’re far too pretty to only wear for a few months!)

And this cute wincyette (brushed cotton) with teddy bears all over it, that I’ll be using for something baby-related:

She also made me this adorable pin cushion and a fox badge (a fox because of the crafty group I’m part of – the Crafty Foxes:

How cute are they?!?

Thanks Faith! 🙂 Now I’m off to figure out what to use the teddy bear print fabric for first….. Any suggestions?

The yarn bombing of Mr Plimmer

Walking home on Friday after work, I spotted at the bottom of Plimmer’s Steps a new thing – the statue of Mr Plimmer and his dog had been graced with an act of yarn bombing.

Mr Plimmer now sports a lovely red-and-white striped scarf, and his loyal canine companion is keeping cozy and warm with a stripy sweater.

Gotta love yarn bombing. It always makes me smile!

Blue shoes

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately – January was a month with lots of travel for work, so I’m a bit behind with the sewing. (However, I should have at least one new garment finished to show you this weekend, yay!)

So just for the fun of it, I thought I’d show you some new shoes I got when I was down in Christchurch for work the other week. They’re bright blue suede leather flats from New Zealand shoe label Minx, lace ups with cut outs in the sides. I figure they’ll work for both summer and for winter with various coloured tights under them.



Thanks, Diane!

One of the Sew Weekly community girls, the lovely Diane from Marguerite Designs, was recently kind enough to give away a copy of ‘Sew and Save’ by Joanna Chase – a reproduction of a 1941 book that was first published during WWII and gives advice and tips for how to plan a 4-year wardrobe, how to mend garments and breathe life back into them, and how to turn old garments into new ones (such as a pair of men’s suit trousers into a women’s skirt). And I was lucky enough to win the giveaway! Yay! Thanks, Diane. 🙂

The wee book arrived yesterday, safe and sound, and Diane had even wrapped four lengths of ribbon and ric-rac around it and sent me a little card along with it. Which was all very exciting to unwrap, yes indeed!

Silly me – I’d already started unwrapping the ribbon before I thought to get a photo of it. It arrived all nice and neat and tidy and cute.

And here’s the pretty wee card Diane sent with it. ‘scuse the flash – one day winter will end and it won’t be dark by the time I get home and then I won’t need to battle with a flash and shiny surfaces…..

Legwarmers for the Tripod

Down at the bottom of Courtenay Place, opposite the Embassy Theatre, there’s a rather awesome statue of a steam-punk style tripod with a movie camera on it. The tripod statue was created by Weta Workshop as a tribute to the film industry in Wellington. It’s pretty awesome, I reckon – even if it is a bit creepy with the little red light that peers down at you from the lens of the camera. *shiver*

And just to make it even more awesome, last week some Yarn Bombers made it legwarmers! Lovely striped ones, with stars and pom-poms. Because even statues of steam-punk tripods get cold in winter in Wellington.

As you can see, the statue is pretty big. That’s my lovely mother standing under one of the legs – she was up from Dunedin visiting me for the weekend.

Yarn bombing makes me smile lots. Big ups to the wonderful people that did this one. 🙂

Hello Kitty cards

It’s not to do with crafting, really, but they’re so cute, I just wanted to share these Hello Kitty playing cards I got over in Beijing. Aren’t they adorable?!

Each card in the pack is different – these ones are some of my faves. I can’t decide which I like the best – the Kitty in a Kimono? Kitty with a bunny on it’s head? Harajuku girl Kitty? All so cute!

(The colours are a bit brighter than they appear in the photos.)