Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My goodies from Yakkers

Here's my lovely parcel of gifts from Jacqui. Such lovely and useful things!

I especially love the time taken with these felt decorations - don't they look lovely on our tree?

Suzanne

SS swap received by Heids from IngridK


I have more pics on myblog but thought I would put one on here for good measure as well! Thank you so much IngriK for the fabulous bundle of goodies!

Finally my SSswap



This is my Swap from Andrea, i got a gorgeous bunting with christmas print one side and different prints the other and a advent calender.

Reindeer bags to mix oats and glitter so they can find there way here on christmas eve. Popcorn and candy canes as well as rum balls (yummmmmm) and a heap of printed out stuff for the kids

Thank you so much again its all great

Kerry

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thankyou Thankyou SS!

Look at what the lovely postman delivered to me the other day. A package all the way from Marie in lovely QLD.
Thanks Marie for putting in the time to make us all a something a little special this year for Christmas. Amelia received a hat (it is so cute and reminds me of my brownie hats - and yellow really suits her!) Tim and I received eye covers each (to take to the hospital so we can get some shut eye!) A knitting roll, tissue holder and a bag for nappies (with a newborn nappy - man I have forgot just how small they are!) And a bib and shoes for bub in Michael Millers 'Rocket Rascals' , oh and two Enid Gilchrist Books.

My SS from Kylie

Here's a photo of all the lovely things Kylie made me for the SS swap:

You can check out my blog for some extra close up photos!

Thanks again Kylie!

Natalie
xx

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas swap from Suz

Suz did a wonderful job putting together a gorgoeus package for our family.

A bright and oh so lovel table runner (shows how small my table is).
A toy for Ashton, a lovely Christmas FQ, some buttons and a little teddy for the tree. She also included some facial products for Keiran.


Thanks Suz, the time and effort you put in to making and choosing gifts for us is truely appreciated.

Christmas swap from Kerry

I adore these baubles - some of my favourite colours there. And the advent calender is great! Can you believe that Kerry made all of those little stocking. Each one has their number hand embroidered on - it is fantastic. I am so glad that Kerry made this for me as I did not have the patience to do 24 itty bitty little things (so it means a lot to me).

Friday, November 30, 2007

Belinda's Christmas Tree

Sorry, I just came in to check my Christmas swap partners answers and saw this.

Our Christmas tree is already up. It is in our foyer 'lounge' room (doesn't get used as a lounge room though - just an oversized foyer). It is in a corner against a wall and the lower half of the staircase. We have one stocking that hangs off one of the rungs of the staircase. James' Christmas sack will probably go under the tree. James loves the tree and sometimes asks for the lights to go first thing in the morning..
I might post a picture on my blog.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Tree Placement

Our Christmas tree will go up in the corner of our loungeroom by the front window. We will probably have the blanket box in front of it to keep the baby out of the presents (if we had a playpen, that would go around it instead to keep it safe). Also the kids stockings are left at the ends of their beds for Santa to fill up :)

Marie's tree placement

Our Christmas tree is nestled in a corner right next to the lounge and off to the side of the large bench near our kitchen.

Last year I had the sack on the tree! But I need to find a good spot to hang them this year. Somewhere around the tree probably.

Christmas Tree Placement - Andrea

Our Christmas tree has previously gone in Ellyse's playroom, but now she has so many toys there we are not sure it will fit! This year we are thinking of putting it in our teeny tiny lounge room. The kid's stockings used to hang on the wall next to the tree, this year will probably hang on the wall as you walk in our front door.
Hope that helps

Christmas Tree Placement

Well we usually have our tree in the lounge room but we are currently thinking of what we can do this year as Lucy will definitely attack it. The santa sacks go into the kids room empty when they go to bed and then Santa fills them up (very quietly of course).
Cass

Christmas tree placement

I have been debating this with DH for the past few days but I think my tree will be in the lounge room near the window so that you can see the christmas lights from the street.
I have just finished making the kids christmas sacks for this year which will be left under the tree on christmas eve and be magically filled by morning (no presents under the tree before then cause I cant guarentee that master 2 wont unwrap them before that)
Hope this helps my partner if they were wondering!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Where oh where is your Christmas Tree!

Without giving too much away I would like to make something for the children of my Swap partner - only problem is - I need to know where you place your Christmas Tree. Is it in the lounge, the front room - the verandah (well anything is possible - this is Australia!) Oh and where do you leave there stocking or sacks for santa to find??? In there bedroom, under the tree etc

Many Thanks Kylie

Friday, November 9, 2007

Suzanne's Swap Ideas

Would you like something handmade as a gift? Of course, I'd love something handmade, but I understand if my swap partner doesn't have the time

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I've come back to red as my favourite Chrsitmas colour. Before kids we did blues and silver, all very sophisticated, but since having the girls I've come back to the traditional stuff.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? We used to just have a tree, but each year our decoration grows a bit more. We'll have to go all out with outside lights this year too - it's a bit of a tradition in our area, and we don't want to be the stick in the muds. We were forgiven last year as it was our first year.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Not really. Our family are all interstate so often in the past it was just us and we'd do seafood and champagne on the beach. But this year all my family are coming up!

What sizes are your children? Louisa's a size 5 and Elizabeth's a very skinny 2.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I'd love the time to do more elaborate projects, but at the moment, quick is best.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Hmm, I do like anything blue and white for the kitchen, and of course fabric.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Olivia's SS answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Sure, i love the uniqueness of homemade! But if my partner hasnt the time, no worries.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I love gold and silver. Not nescisarily together

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
Just part! We put the tree up and something on the front door. Fingers from little ones wreck too much.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Hmmm..... Dinner at my mums christmas day. Dinner or lunch with DH family before christmas sometime. With my girls we get up, and open presents in our pj's.

What sizes are your children?
Abi is a 4 and Bec is a 3

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I like quick projects! I dont have the time usually. Also i am very fidgety and want things made or done NOW

Is there anything that you like to collect? I collect cookbooks, full body aprons, fabric, notions, placemats.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Belinda's Christmas Swap Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? - Only if the sender has time. I don't to stress anyone out.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? -I change every year. But when I decide, I follow through with everything. The Christmas cards, the wrapping paper and the decorations (to a certain extent- I don't go out and buy all new decorations, just emphasise the colours of the year). Generally includes Gold, with either Red and Green, or with Purple.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? -Only part of the house. Whichever room the Christmas tree is in. This year it will be the foyer.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? -Not really, does going to my parent's house for lunch every year count?

What size is/are your child/ren? -James is in size 2

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? -Short-medium time frame projects. Anything too long doesn't get finished these days....

Is there anything that you like to collect? -Fabric..... sad isn't it!!!

Thanks!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Corrie's answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? not fussed

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? mmmm I love red and green or silver and blue

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?just the living areas, hallway and front door

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? just the usual xmas tree, opening presents, an advent calender and going to church christmas morning

What sizes are your children? Keira is a 2... she's my big baby

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?quickies

Is there anything that you like to collect? vintage sewing and knitting patterns and I also love ric rac and trim and I'm really into crochet trims at the moment but don't have any........yet

Natalie's Secret Santa Swap Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? only if my partner has time otherwise any sewing related goodies would be wonderful!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? Yes, I love red, green, gold, silver, purple (pretty much all the christmassy colours hey!)

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? Each year we do more - always have a hugely decorated tree, string tinsel around the celiling in the lounge room, dining room and family room. Last year the boys wanted some in their room too. We have also started getting a decent collection of outdoor lights too. This year we are having both mine and Steve's family over for a big traditional lunch, so will probably decorate even more!

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? We always spend christmas eve going on a small drive around the neighboring suburbs to look at all the christmas lights around. Then we come home and sprinkle magic reindeer food on the front lawn to help them find our house easily. Out the back we leave out some water, carrots and apple for the reindeer too and of course some milk and cookies for Santa on the table next to the tree. Of course we also have "the Night Before Christmas" as our bedtime book too. (Then Steve and I end up staying up for the next 4 hours or so wrapping presents and finding presents that I've wrapped and hidden over the last few weeks too!) then try to fit them all under the tree ;)

What sizes are your children? Jai is a size 4 and Jordan is a size 9 (sometimes a 10 in the top if it runs on the small side)

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I prefer quick projects, but do usually have one longer project on the go (I have half a knitted wrap stashed in my bottom drawer at the moment) When I was pregnant with Jai I loved working on a cute cross stitch for him (that is still awaiting a frame so I can hang it in is room!)

Is there anything that you like to collect? Not really. I did used to have a candle obsession, but then I had so many I stopped buying them - but have finally used those all up so am back to buying them again (currently addicted to lovely scented soy candles!) I'm not a "knick knack" person, I think the boys make enough clutter. I do have quite a growing colletion of very cute buttons I find that I think would look great on the boy's clothing, but then don't get around to using them as they are "too cute" lol!

Hope that helps! Looking forward to this swap, will be great to see what everyone comes up with!
Natalie
xx

Toffle / Michelle's Xmas Swap Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? Yep! Have an ever growing collection of handmade decorations.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? Silver

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? This is my first Xmas with a mobile Daughter I am hoping to do a tree! (And keep it up LOL)

Do you have any Christmas Tradition? Eating too much :P

What sizes are your children? DD is in a size 1

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? Quick or I get frustrated!! Also notorious for not finishing things.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Not really I just have heaps of stuff!!! Sorry that doesn't help but it is true!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Kerry's secret santa answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Love homemade so im easy


Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
Not really into red i like the colours as well as gold and silver

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
The lounge room and a few lights outside as well as the tree

Do you have any Christmas Tradition?
Each year the kids get a really good ornament in their stockng for the following year to be put on the tree, we also make a family ornament yearly.


What sizes are your children?
Paige is a small ladies
Logan is in size 12
Kye is size 9-10
Charli is size 5-6
T'keyah is size 3-4
Rona is size 2-3

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I like both.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Material LOL also love dragons and fairies

Kerry

Ingrid's Secret Santa Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
I love handmade!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I love all the silvers at Christmas time. I am not a huge fan of the gold and red, but I like most colours.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
We do the tree, and a few other things around the house but don't go too overboard.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
On Christmas Eve we go driving around looking at all the Christmas lights and searching for santas sleigh in the sky. We always do some baking together as well in the week before. There's nothing like yummy Chritmas cookie smeels filling the house.

What sizes are your children?
Big monster is small mens
Lottie is 5-6
Little monster is 2-3

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I like both.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Vintage everything! Fabric, books, kitchenalia, anything cute kitsch and retro will be well loved in my home.

Ali's SS answers : o )

Would you like something handmade as a gift? If my swapee has time but understandably this is a busy time of year. I would be happy with anything that is chosen for me
Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I love all Chrismassy colours, we don't have a set colour scheme for our decorations
Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?Mainly the tree but we also put up little decorations through the loungeroom
Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
What sizes are your children?August and Imogen are a 5-6 (august is petite for her age) Spencer is a 1-2 and Fletcher is 00-0 (prob more 0 though for length)
Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?A mixture of both although atm whilst bubby hardly sleeps, quick projects are good
Is there anything that you like to collect? Apart from fabric, patterns, notions etc , Nothing :)


Merry Christmas :)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Jacqui's Secret Santa Answers

Thought I post Jacqui's answers here for her as I think it is easier for people to find them than in the thread - hope that is okay Jacqui...

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
It does not bother me.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
No. Our tree is a rainbow of colour.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
Just the tree and a few bits and pieces around the walls.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Not as yet.

What sizes are your children?
Abby size 0 to 1, Rebecca size 3 to 4.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
Quick projects.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Nope.

Heids Secret Santa Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Absolutely - but only if you feel inclined, sewing goodies would be equally appreciated - happy just to receive a surprise whatever that may be!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I love deep reds and greens and white and silver. Not really a gold person.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
DH loves to cover the house in tinsel and paper chains! I love paper chains but am generally just a tree decorator.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
We alternate between families and this year will be with my M&D here in Darwin at their place. We always go to Midnight Mass and always read the nativity story in the morning under the tree before we do the Santa thing. I am defintely a real meaning of Christmas person rather than the commercial side of things.

What sizes are your children?
Miss Grace is in size 2 these days.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I am defintiely a one night project girl - if I can't finish it in a night it is probably going to take me months (...or years!!)

Is there anything that you like to collect?
I used to collect heaps of things but have been rationalising in recent times...but I always love angels

Helen's SS answers.

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Only if my swappee wishes to make something. I'd be happy with a few Fat Quarters!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
No. Our tree is a rainbow of colour.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
Just the tree and a wreath on the door.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Just the usual, stockings out for Santa, check out the neighbourhood lights, Santa photos, etc.

What sizes are your children?
I'd like a pressie for me not them, they'll be getting enough stuff as it is! LOL

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
Being a quilter, loooong projects are the norm here!

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Just fabric. :)

Karen's SS responses

Thanks Leah for getting this organised and Kylie for the questions, now on we go...

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Always very happy to get a handmade gift, but I also understand if this is not possible with the lead up to Christmas being what it always is!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I tend to lean toward traditional red and gold for the tree.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
I like to have a door wreath and a small tree on the hall table, the tree and that's been it to date, though I'd like to do something on our new deck this year.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Hmmm not really - maybe now we have a family of our own that will start. We spend each alternate Christmas with DH's family and mine as they live a fair distance apart.

What sizes are your children?
Both girls are wearing size 2's now, but when I make anything I make it longer by about 4cm as they are both above average height - Alice even moreso than Lucy.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
Depends - I can sit and do embroidery that will take weeks to finish, though now I tend to do more sewing with quick results.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Ummm - fabric, fabric and fabric!
I'm getting into the retro cartoon-style Michael Miller prints, coordinating fabrics for tiered skirts, I love red and blue patterns for the girls as much as pinks and girly colours, and I'm not really into things that are too tissy or frilly IYKWIM!!

Hope this helps!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tiger Filly's Secret Santa Q&As

Hi there - can you believe this is my first post on the group blog!

Would you like something handmade as a gift? If my SS would like to make something (and has the time), that would be great.
Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I love crimson and snow white together and this blue and silver together.
Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Well DH has worked Christmas Eve until after midnight and Christmas morning until at least 11am every single Christmas for the 14 years we've been married, so basically on Christmas Day the kids and I get up and go to church, we come home, then DH comes home and we open pressies, then DH goes to bed. I get lunch ready while he's asleep and we eat about 2.30pm after he's had a rest. I always used to love watching Carols from Kings on TV on Christmas Eve but last year it wasn't on (bah ABC!) My other Christmas tradition is forgetting to put the roast in the oven so lunch gets pushed back another hour LOL!
Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? Usually we just put our tree up and that's it for decorations.
What size is/are your child/ren? Snugglebunny is wearing size 2 this summer - she is a chubby little thing with a cloth bum. Tigerboy is size 6 in pants and 7 in shirts. Glamourpuss is size 8 in clothes I make her, but I often buy size 10 in shirts from the store. Technogirl is size 12 or 14 and impossible to please.
Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? Quick is good :)
Is there anything that you like to collect? Um, unfinished sewing projects ;) We seem to be collecting bibs and hair clips, both of which get are popular and useful and seem to get lost just as quickly.
What's your fave Christmas Present? I actually really and truly prefer watching the kids enjoy their things, I wouldn't be worried if I didn't get anything. My mother used to say the same when I was a child and I used to get so annoyed with her and think it couldn't be true, but it is.

Cass's Secret Santa

Would you like something handmade as a gift? If my SS would like to make something (and has the time), that would be great.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? Not really but I like the silver, purple, blue combo's out there

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? DH has started doing the balcony but otherwise mainly the tree.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Spend Christmas morning opening presents and then alternate lunch/dinner with my family and DH's.

What size is/are your child/ren? Charlotte 6 (even sometimes a 7 in tshirts), Lucy 00 or 0 (she's my skinny minnie)

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I prefer quick. I like seeing the result quickly.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Books - vintage Dr Suess, Golden Books and Enid Blyton (especially Secret 7)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Marie's Secret Santa

Would you like something handmade as a gift? If my SS would like to make something (and has the time), that would be great.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I like silver but our tree doesn't have a colour theme or anything.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? Just the tree and a coffee table.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Our traditions are not well established, but we spend Christmas morning together as our little family before doing the extended family thing.

What size is/are your child/ren? Jalisa is a size 2/3 and Scott is in 0000/000's. They are both on the skinny side though.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I like a mixture, though at the moment, quick projects still take a far bit of time!

Is there anything that you like to collect? Kwik sew patterns (vintage and new). I also like interesting metal and coloured buttons. I have a bit of a FQ collection too, and am now on the lookout for boy prints and colours.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ingrid K. Xmas swap questions

Would you like something handmade as a gift? Sure, I love handmade stuff, christmas is all about love and warmth and handmade gifts are full of that.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I love the silver and blue combination or the traditional gold and red.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? As this will be our first christmas at home (normally at my parents or DH's parents house) I want to go all out and decorate the house... just hope hubby is up for the idea as he'll be the one doing it LOL.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? No not really

What size is/are your child/ren? Connor is size 2 and Izy is coming into a 00 for summer.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? Definately quick projects, I have to pack the machine away whenever Connor is awake.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Nothing in particular at the moment, still building up my supplies of everything.

What's your fave Christmas Present? Anything thats purely for me but especially anything pampering (like massages or beauty treatments)

Leah's Christmas Swap

Thanks so much to Kylie for getting some questions out there.

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
-I have no preference, I just can't wait to get something in the mail! Handmade is wonderful but if time is pressing, go the shop bought all the way.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? My Christmas tree is decked out in blue & silver but I love all of the 'traditional' colours as well.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? We spend the day with DH's parents and the usual presents, food and cheer! We have a candle burning all day for our Darcy too.


What's your fave Christmas Present?
I don't have any favourites - honestly, anything that is totally for me is wonderful. I always tend to get pampering things & books etc. which I love, as during the rest of the year I tend to miss out ! ;o)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Adds Christmas Swap

Would you like something handmade as a gift? - I truly don't mind what I get! Something hand made would be great but its so hard this time of year so I don't mind fabric or Christmas Trims or a decorative ornament, whatever is easiest!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I make alot of Christmas things in mustard, forrest green and deep red, I tend to give alot of them away though! But I always use those colours. I usually add a rustic bell as well!

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? We all have stockings, and presents under the tree, I do the shopping so DH is suprised with what the kids get despite me telling him and showing him! We are staying at home this year, just us, in our new house by the beach, might have a bbq for lunch, the last 2 weeks of school are always so hectic with swimming lessons, school concerts, parties and then were moving 1.5 hours away so theres all the work involved with that, I am looking forward to letting them have the day with all there pressies.

Whats your fave Christmas Present?
Last year DH bought me a Willow Tree Nativity Set , he gave it to me early December. I love it more than my fisher price Little People one!

Andrea's Christams swap

Would you like something handmade as a gift? - I would love smething handmade if my partner has time. I have a lot of decorations on the tree that are either handmade or have been gifts from people, I love it as our tree tells a story. I also like traditional style decorations as opposed to santa, snowmen etc. Angels, stars are much prettier. (Just wait until our tree has to be adorned with lovely art work from kindy, I guess I will have no choice then!)

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? Most of our tree decorations are red a gold, as are the other decs in our house.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Ham and runny eggs for breakfast at Mum and Dad's no matter where Christmas is. Lucky they live around the corner, although with 2 kids now we are probably ready to start our own family traditions, which is lovely, but sad to let go of the others!

What size is/are your child/ren? Ellyse is a size 2 bottoms and 3 top. Ashton is getting into some 00 now, especially all in ones as he is so long.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I have always liked to get my sewing started and completed in a day, this was possible with one child who slept like a trooper. Now with 2 I am finding it difficult to find time (I know it will get easier), by night time I am just pooped and want to spend time with DH or just veg.

Kylie's Christmas Swap ??'s

Hi Girls,

Well I thought that I would start us off with some Christmas Sewing related thoughts. Many thanks to the lovely Leah for organising this for us and getting our little bottoms into gear!

I am not really fussed what I receive - I actually get more enjoyment out of giving...

But I have had a request from my DH that this year we have NO SANTAS or REINDEERS on the Christmas tree. So I am planning on making some angels and doves - anyother ideas would be wonderful! (MEN!)

So here are a few other Questions that I thought up - please feel free to add to them!

Would you like something handmade as a gift? - Yes please (if you are up to it ofcourse!) I have made a pledge with myself this year that all of my gifts (well most of them will be handmade! either by ME, or purchasing handmade)

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I love Maroons and Greens

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? I am slowly collecting more and more Christmas things every year - It did start off as just a small tree and then a bigger tree and then the top of the entertainment unit. I have a lovely enterance to our new home and I am thinking that it needs to be decorated as well!

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? This year I would like to make an advent something. Not quite sure what - but have a few ideas flying around. I love to spend Christmas with family and this year it is DH turn to have christmas with his - although we are not sure where it will be as I will be 36 weeks pregnant by then!

What size is/are your child/ren? Amelia is just going into size 2's and Jelly Man is due in Feb!

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I am the QUEEN of UFO's

Is there anything that you like to collect? I love old buttons and patterns - have a thing for ricrac at the moment and hair things for Amelia's hair (yes I am lucky enough to have a 2 year old with lots of it!) I love checking out the opshops for anything from material to old patterns and old knitting needles!






Friday, October 26, 2007

Giveaway

These patterns were given to me by MIL but they are too big and take up too much space. Anyone want them?

Size 16s
Size 18s


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Christmas Swap

The list so far:
  • DuckDuckGoose - Kristine
  • Four Stars - Leah
  • IKogler - Ingrid K
  • Quirky - Marie
  • Cward - Cass
  • Mumsbusycrafting - Kylie
  • Grace's Mum - Heidi
  • Hadenoughat6 - Kerry
  • Olivia
  • Littlefeet - Karen
  • bmieke - Belinda
  • Mini-Grey - Helen
  • Natalie02 - Natalie
  • FallenfromGrace - Ali
  • Retromummy - Corrie
  • Toffle - Michelle
  • The Humming Cat - Adds
  • Ingrid
Ooh - We're getting there girls! Should be a huge one! A $20 limit with it being sent before the end of the 1st week in December. Sewing related items - wishlists to go up in the group blog. I will be letting people know who their "Secret Santa Swappee" is on Sunday night.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bag swap from Bec!

Here is my fantastic bag from Bec! An amazing creation as its reversable! I can't work out which side I like the best! Thanks again Bec, its lovely!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Bag Swap for Bec **Thank you Joy**

I got my bag swap in the mail yesterday. It is from the talented Joy and I just love it. I can't believe how clever you are Joy. It is something I would find in a shop and the colours a very me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Here are some photo's.
There are some yummy chocolates that I have had to hide from DH and some cute fabrics for me to make something for DS. You are amazing Joy.

Thank you Leah!

I got my gorgeous bag today from Leah! Here's a couple of photos, more in my blog

Isn't it just adorable!!! Thanks again Leah
Natalie
xx

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Swap Arrived!

I was so excited when I got home from work and had 2 parcels waiting for me. The first was my bag swap. It was from the very talented Sahra. It's a wonderfully made bag with a great little purse attached by a key fob inside (I have been wanting to try this so will have to have a close look). I can't wait to start using it! It was also filled with all those little things you need in a bag - tissues, panadol (needed those today), wipes, bandaids and much more.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I received my Bag Swap!


Here is the bag and goddies I received from Corrie for the Bag Swap! How lucky am I??? The bag has been in regular use now.
Thank you so much Corrie!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bag Swap Button

What does a girl do when she's putting off starting her bag swap? Design a button for our blogs!

If you like it and are in the bag swap and want to pop it in your blog, here's the html code. It appears as a logo below, but if you go into edit in the posts, it will be the letter code. If you get stuck I can email it to you.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bag Swap Answers - Leah

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
I like any size! Most of mine are on the smaller size as I still take the nappy bag as well.

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?
I take my purse, phone, lippie etc only as I have the nappy bag for the kids.

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
I don't mind - although I prefer a strap of some kind as I tend to hang it onto the pusher.

4. Dressy or casual?
I'm more of a casual girl.

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)
I like greens, pink, anything girly really!

6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle)
As I said above, I tend to hang it on the handle of the pusher, but honestly - I'll love anything I get!

Michelle's (toffle) Bag Swap Answers

Hi there Swap Partner.

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like? I like a medium to large sized bag.

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused? Essentials: purse, phone, 2 sets of keys and glasses

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags? Shoulder bag

4. Dressy or casual? Casual - simple

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones) I do not like the following colours en masse (small bits of them in a print is ok though) :Orange, yellow or any fluro (been through that stage of my life LOL)
I like blues, browns, black, pink, greens (more jade than olive green) Does that make life harder or easier?

6. How do you like to carry your bag? Over the shoulder, but also across my body at times.

Good Luck! Can't wait to get it.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Helen's Bag Swap Q & A's

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
Medium to big, A3 size, roughly.

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag?
I need a bag to take lunch to work in! So big enough to carry a lunch box, a book andwater bottle!

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
Shoulder bag please.

4. Dressy or casual?
Casual.

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)?
I'm really not fussed, TBH! Whatever you think looks nice. I like using bright fabric in my quilts but for a bag, maybe something a bit more grown up?

6. How do you like to carry your bag?
On my shoulder.

Corrie's bag swap answers

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
Big thank you
2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?
my bag is my life....it must carry all my essentials and a few nappies, wipes, socks, shoes for miss k, toys, her lunch
3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
shoulder...no backpacks please!
4. Dressy or casual?
mmmmmm casual
5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)
my favourite colours and combo's at the moment are chocolate and pink, black and white, red, green, anything floral, anything retro, fabric with birds or pears I'm addicted to as well...
6. How do you like to carry your bag?

over my body or over the pram so longish straps to do so!

hope this helps my swap partner!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Joy's (jgal's) swap answers

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
I like my bags to be medium sized - about the size of an A4 page or slightly bigger

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused? Usually the essentials, plus a nappy, flat nappy (to change him on) and some wipes. I like to have a little pocket for my purse, phone and keys, and sometimes carry muesli bars and things like theat for Austy, so like to be able to find them easily instead of digging at the bottom of the bag for them - when we need them, it's usually to stop a tantrum so easier access is best!

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags? Shoulder bag

4. Dressy or casual? Sort of a mixture - mainly casual, I like thinks to be more classic styling, very simple buyt with a tiny bit of pizzazz.

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones) I like blues and chocolates at the moment (more muted and natural tones), but also wouldn't mind denim with red and white.

6. How do you like to carry your bag? Over the shoulder, but not across the body.

Kristine's Swap Answers (AKA DDG)

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like? Hmm I have a lovely handbag for "my" stuff, but would love a bag that goes over one shoulder and under you other arm (iykwim?) Big enough to carry stuff for a day out with the kids, nappies, lunch etc..

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused? As above :-)

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags? Shoulder bag

4. Dressy or casual? Casual

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones) Would love a really funky girly bag :-)

6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle) Over the shoulder across the body

Natalie's Bag Swap Answers

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?

All sizes! I like clucth, small shoulder, large shoulder and nappy size bags - so what ever size you want to make I'll love!

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?

Depends where I'm going, if out shopping, then all the essentials, including a water bottle. If just out for dinner, then I travel light with just a compact and lipstick. Don't usually carry things for Jai, I still take a separate bag for him.

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?

Shoulder bags for normal everyday use.

4. Dressy or casual?

either.

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)

Most colours are ok, except not really bright fluro colours lol! For bags I prefer patterns, eg black and white, purples, pinks, stripes, retro florals etc.

6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle)

I like to carry it on my shoulder for an everyday bag, but for going out I don't mind, but most of my evening style would be handle ones.

HTH
Natalie

Bag Swap Answers from Cass

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?

Medium to smallish large

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?

I carry my wallet, phone, keys, usually some nappies, a bottle, food & drink for Charlotte.

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?

Shoulder bags.

4. Dressy or casual?

Casual

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)

I don't really mind.

6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle)

I like to carry it on my shoulder or across my body.

Bag Swap answers for Ingrid K.

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
Medium to Large
2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?
Something to put some toys, nappies and a rug in for Izy when we go out would be great
3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
Shoulder bags normally
4. Dressy or casual?
Upmarket casual (if that makes sense)
5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)
Chocolate and pink is my favourite combination at the moment, i also like pastels
6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle)
Either over the shoulder or across the pram handle

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

OP shop gift from Sahra

Here is the lovely gift I received from Sahra (MandMsMummy) as part of the OP shop Swap.

Some sewing and quilting magazines and a gorgeous little girls dress pattern (which I have already used to make some cute panties for Izy)
And some lovely fabric and buttons to add to my collection, all wrapped in the special green satin material

My Op shop gifts from the Lovely Natalie!


Here is a pic of my Op shop parcel I recieved form the lovely Natalie yesterday! I have already thought of what I will use the two vintage fabrics for and also statred tracing out some of the boys patterns from the Top kids mag. What a spoilt mummy I am

Monday, August 6, 2007

My lovely Swap items from Kimnz

Thank-you so much Kim, I already have big plans for what you have sent me! Those boys pillowcases are already summer pj pants in my head! LOLI feel very spoilt! I don't know how you managed to cram that bag with so many goodies!
XoXo Ali

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Olivia's Bag Swap answers!

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
Medium. A4 ish size. but a bit smaller. To fit an a5 diary and normal things listed below

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?
I like to carry MY things! Normal size purse, phone, keys, a5 size diary, lip gloss, feminine things, sometimes a bottle of drink.

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
Shoulder bags. Not too long straps, but not too short. So i can tuck it under my arm, but still get to it when it is on my arm (like reach in for my phone while it is still on my shoulder!!)

4. Dressy or casual?
In between!

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)I like florals with black background,(not too big floral) aisian prints, pretty feminine things, denim and bows, black and pinks together.

6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle)
I like to carry it on my shoulder OR on my arm - when it slides down! I like to be able to semi access it on my shoulder - to get my phone!

Sahra's Bag swap answers

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
Medium

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?
Purse, Phone, Keys, and a few other bits and pieces

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
Shoulder bags

4. Dressy or casual?
Casual

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)
I like bright colours

6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle)
Over the shoulder or just by my hand.
Hi All,
Here are my answers for the Bag Swap.
1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like? I would like a medium size bag, maybe around about 30cm or so long, I have little ones and big ones already.
2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused? Daily Essentials when I go to town.
3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags? I prefer shoulder or backpacks
4. Dressy or casual? Casualish
5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones). somewhere in the middle, not too bright but not too dull.
6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle). I don't mind how I carry, it depends on my mood.
Bec

Belinda's Bag Swap Questions

Since I am in the middle of fixing my blog at the moment, I thought I would answer the bag swap questions:

1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
Meduim to large.

2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?
Everything! I always carry too much. But lately I have been trying to carry just one bag for James and I (rather than a bag each). It makes it easier to chase after him if I only have one bag.

3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
I prefer shoulder bags, but I guess clutch is OK too.

4. Dressy or casual?
Casual, or dressy casual....I guess not beach casual (if that makes sense)

5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)
Classic colours with a little touch of something else (maybe bright, maybe pastel) to highlight.

6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle).
At the moment, my bags are generally able to worn across my body, so I don't have to worry about having a hand free. But I also like double shorter handled bags (worn over just one shoulder).

Take a look at my blog for bags that I have made. That is the style that I use.
Thank you!!!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Thankyou Leah

Look at all of this op shop loveliness - and apparently the op shops have been thin - I am so moving to Albury/Wodonga if this is what they have to offer!

And look - my very own little purse filled with this lovely little iron ones (cant wait to make something for Miss A)








Some of my other favourites. I love this little knitted outfit (we have a few naked dolls around here at the moment)











And this little doll - how cute is she - Have a friend who is due to have a little one any day and would make a great gift. Humm what else - a piece of flannelette and a piece of cotton and two patterns for when I am back to being my NON Pregnant state again!

Thanks Leah - you are a gem and you had apsolutely nothing to worry about.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bag swap

Bag swap (Sent by date to be decided after Op shop swap)
1. Cass
2.
3. Sahra (MandM'sMummy)
4. Belinda
5. Natalie
6. Helen
7. Corrie
8. Bec
9. Joy
10. Kylie (knitted if SM not fixed yet )
11. Olivia
12. michelle (toffle)
13. Leah (poppymae)
14. IngridK
15. DuckDuckGoose

Rules!!$20 limit.
Post by end august / middle sept?
Names drawn next sunday?
1. How big do you like your bags to be - small/medium/large? Rough measurement you like?
2. What sorts of things do you want to carry in your bag? eg. essentials only (purse, phone, keys etc), craft stuff, nappies, toys to keep kids amused?
3. Do you prefer shoulder bags, backpacks or clutch bags?
4. Dressy or casual?
5. Colour preferences (also state whether you like pastels, brights or muted tones)
6. How do you like to carry your bag? I for example like over the shoulder or across the body but I know some people who are happy to carry it in their hand (by the handle)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Op Shop Swap from Suz!!

Here are some of the goodies Suz sent me. I was totally spoilt. With fabric, patterns, books and a cute little Holly Hobbie plaque. The fabric was wrapped in the most devine blue grosgrain ribbon and the card was Chalie and Lola! Suz you know me too well! Everything was so perfectly 'me' I was blown away. Thank you again. I am one lucky swapee.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Op shop swap from Yakkers

I have been a bit slack in taking this photo. I recieved these goodies a few days ago, but have only just managed to get everything happening "in line" (ie me remembering, having some good light, Jalisa out of the way).
The fabric is navy cord and a red pique-like knit (lacoste?), there is a pattern, a book as well as a heap of black buttons. Thanks again.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My op shop swap from Corrie


My op shop swap arrived from Corrie before she went to Japan! Hopefully others will be recieving there swaps soon to. From Corie I recieved the most delightful bundle wrapped up in a gift bag with a hession tie, full to the brim of ~

Womans Day Handcrafts Magazines from the 1970's
Top Kids Magazines, funny how the fabric styles change but the pattern's don't!
Retro Simplicity smock style top pattern
New Look dress pattern
Style dress and overalls pattern
Stretch fabric undrewear and bathers pattern
Stretch Knit dress pattern
Universal Family T-shirt patterns
Popular Crafts Magazines (one with themost gorgeous Penguin pattern)
Toddler and Teddy Magazine (has a perfect sailor dress for Cate in it!)
Baby giraffe flanelette
Vintage red and white floral fabric
Black cotton with white pots fabric
And a vintage top sheet with the most divine lace trim.

Thanks again Corrie, I love it all and have BIG plans for all of it!

Adds xx

Monday, July 23, 2007

retro mummy

ok well retro mummy is unofficially open!

well it looks like you can order and pay by paypal doing it the slow way through paypal and my email corrie_swinnerton@hotmail.com. You just need to register on retro mummy and save your order and I can see it

www.retromummy.com is my site!

pm me if you want to do direct deposit! Sorry ladies I've been speaking to my mum here and didn't realise the commotion on EB! Now there is plenty of fabric so don't worry you haven't missed out!

oh and please excuse my dodgy photos, lack of finishing touches like about us (still trying to figure that one out)

Corrie:)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

New Blog Ring Logo

Hello blogging buddies. :)

I have finally worked out how to update the EB logo into the blog ring logo. I'll try and explain it here.

1. Log into your blog as normal, go to your dashboard, click on manage LAYOUT.
2. Find the HTML/Java Script button that is the EB blog ring code, click on EDIT.
3. Towards the bottom there should be two lines that say ring=mini_grey;id=1;action=next">Next Take note of what yout id number is, everyones is different.
4. Select all then delete it.

Now here is the tricky bit. If I paste here what the code is, it comes up as the image rather than all the letters, KWIM? So I think I'll PM everyone the code cause I have just done a test via the EB PM system and that works. So PM me and I'll foward the code. Once you have that...

5. Paste it in exactly. But where it was id=1, you want to replace that number with your id number.

I hope all that makes sense. Of course if you are happy with how your blog ring thingy button looks now, you don't have to change it and things will stay the same, you'll still be in the ring.

Good luck!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Thankyou Suzanne

Just a few pictures of the dress up swap that we recieved in the mail from Suzanne.

Thankyou - they are lovely. Sorry about the pictures - Amelia was not really in the mood for photos and being changed from one outfit to another this morning!

The Clown
The Princess

Sunday, July 1, 2007

my answers at long last

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
What don't I enjoy doing.....knitting, scrapbooking, card making, cake decorating
Is there anything that you collect?
sewing patterns from the 60's, buttons and trims
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
patterns and books
What is your best opshop find?
Readers Digest sewing and knitting book for $2! its my bible
What are the ages of your children?
Keira is 1 and a size 1
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?
ohhh Enid Gilchrist, knitting or sewing patterns from the 60's

Saturday, June 30, 2007

For Kylie :)

I absolutely love the booties and the strawberry (tomato lol) beanie in your blog and as I was going through the books my MIL gave me, I saw this and thought of you. Not exactly a beanie, but still cute.

Friday, June 29, 2007

fallen~from~grace's swap Q&A

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?Apart from sewing the only other thing I do is baking, But I would love to try my hand at knitting (and felting) and also crocheting.
Is there anything that you collect? Fabric, Patterns, trims and notions.
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?I have only been opshopping a handful of times . I would look at patterns first then fabrics then trims and notions. What is your best opshop find? a bundle of vintage patterns for just 50 cents
What are the ages of your children?August 6 (sz5-6) Imogen 4 (sz 5) Spencer 2 (sz 2) Fletcher 3.5mths (sz 00)
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?Other kwik sew books. I have the sewing for baby and also the lingerie one.

Ali

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Suzanne's Swap Details

What other crafts do you enjoy doing? Just sewing mainly. I like home decoration/interior design too and crafts or ideas associated with that.

Is there anything that you collect? Mainly books - sewing/craft magazines and books, or cute kids books. And kids clothes patterns.

What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop? Patterns first (they're the hardest to find), then fabric, then books, then toys I don't look in any other sections usually.

What is your best opshop find? I like the dolls' cradle I got which I'm going to repaint and give to Lizzie as part of her 2nd birthday present.

What are the ages of your children? Louisa just turned 4, and Lizzie will be 2 in a month.

Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it? Really lovely vintage children's toys - most I find are plastic and not that special.
Ingrid's Op shop answers (lottielulu Ingrid)

What other crafts do you enjoy doing? Hmm, there are lot's I would like to try that I haven't got around to yet.

Is there anything that you collect? Well, where to start??? Lets see, vintage patterns, fabrics, tea towels and pillow slips. I LOVE old aprons and any textile with a pretty pattern. I also collect old childrens books, especially Eloise Wilkin Little Golden Books or any illustrated by Marcel Marlier. I also love old kitchenalia, esp stuff from the 1950's and 60's.

What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop? First I do linens, then I do craft and patterns, then I do the children's book section and lastly the kitchen/knick-knack shelves. If I have any more time I will then head around to the clothing and furniture sections. And lastly I would check the toys.

What is your best opshop find? Oh I have soooo many. I have a few fabulous old table cloths which are very much treasured. I also adore the blanket I found for Lotties bed. I even used it for my blog header I love it so much.

What are the ages of your children? Jack 16, Charlotte 3, William 2

Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it? I have always dreamt about finding a beautiful old quilt, but no luck yet.

Happy shopping everyone
Ingrid

Heids answers for the Op Shop Swap

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
Baking, Sewing, oh and Bobbin lace - although I haven't had much opportunity in recent times to do any lace
Is there anything that you collect?
Kitchenware (particularly vintage), cook books children's dress patterns
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
Fabric, patterns, kitchenware, children's books and cook books
What is your best opshop find?
Most of our funiture - including my gorgeous retro dresser, our couch and our bed! Oh and DH's Prada suit...(sigh, I miss Melb. op shops - lucky for my swap pattern I will be in Melbourne again before swap date so I hope to find some good stuff then)
What are the ages of your children?
Miss Grace is 19 mths (size 1)
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?
A wrought iron bed...could be a bit hard to post and likely to be over the $10 limit...really, I am just happy with whatever I find.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sahra's Op shop answers

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
Just sewing, I love baking too

Is there anything that you collect?
Elephants (The ornaments not real ones Lol)

What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
Kids Clothes, Patterns, Fabric

What is your best opshop find?
A brand new Pumpkin patch denim jacket sz 0 for my niece

What are the ages of your children?
1 & 2 (Almost)

Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it? Not really just love looking

Add THC Op Shop / Vintage answers

What crafts do you enjoy doing?
I like dressmaking, mostly girls dresses and tops and pants type sets, size 2 to 8. I also quilt, the occasional scrapbooking and I like to cross stitch reproduction alphabet samplers. I also make cushions, country dolls and prim cats.

Is there anything you collect?
hmmm, I collect Willow Tree Ornaments, never seen one at an op shop though! I have a few vintage kitchen scales on display in my kitchen, picked up a lovley red one for 50c, to heavy to post though!

What do you always look at first when you go into an op shop?
A Fred Bare girls dress made from this fabric! I am after more for a yo-yo cushion I am making Cate for her bed, it is my fave ever Fred fabric and I need more.
I also look for vintage patterns, mostly girls dresses and outfits. Then I meander over to fabric (never find any), look at notions and trims, magazines, books, toys...

What is your best op shop find?
Oh, I have had lots! I op shop and swap meet alot, haven't been in ages so really looking forward to having an excuse to get out and do some browsing! Things like NWT designer clothes in one of my kids sizes for $5; to an old trike for the garden bed for $5; to a NIP fairy print Doona cover, just missing the pillowcase for $3; to sewing patterns 50c; to ...you get the drift!

What are the ages of your children?
Oliver is 7, Stuart 6 and Cate is 4.

Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and yet to come across it?
I am always on the hunt for an Enid Gilchrist pattern book, any kind but I am regulary looking for this one.

Cass's Op Shop Swap answers


What other crafts do you enjoy doing? Mainly into sewing but I love cooking.

Is there anything that you collect? Vintage children's books especially Dr Suess hardbacks
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop? Books, sheets, fabric
What is your best opshop find? Not too many my op shops aren't that great although I did get a rgeat quilt one day which has made heaps of things
What are the ages of your children? Charlotte 4 1/2 (size 5) Lucy 7 months (size 000)
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it? Can't think of anything

Monday, June 25, 2007

Kristine - Duck Duck Goose - OpShop/Vintage Swap

What other crafts do you enjoy doing? I really want to learn how to knit/crochet but haven't yet found instructions that have clicked with me.
Is there anything that you collect? I am trying to improve my stash of ribbons, buttons and just decorative "stuff"
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop? Pretty sheets, materials, patterns then books.
What is your best opshop find? Just a few instruction books on sewing and some printed sheets
What are the ages of your children? Alexander is 5 (size 6) Elisabeth is 4.5 (size 4/5) Jessica is 20mths (size 1/2)
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it? Nope not yet :-)

Hope that is ok that I did this for you Kristine!

Op - Shop/ Vintage Swap - Kims answers

What other crafts do you enjoy doing? Sewing mainly, followed by knitting, quilting and a bit of hand embroidery
Is there anything that you collect? I love collecting beautiful Trims and buttons and vintage 1950-1970s patterns
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop? Fabrics, notions and patterns, kids clothes, bed linen
What is your best opshop find? 6m of 150wide cream Jaquard for only five dollars!
What are the ages of your children? 2 Girls aged seven and five and a son aged 8 months
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it? I'm always on the lookout for a bargain LOL. Spare balls of nice coloured wool never go astray either!

Kerry's op shop answers

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
I am attempting knitting (LOL) Painting and beading

Is there anything that you collect ?
Dragons and fairies

What do you always look at first when you go into a opshop?
Material and patterns then clothes with different material that i can re-make into something.

What is your best op shop find?
2 kids sized full length wool coats 10 years ago still have them now all the kids have worn them great find at $5 each

What are the ages of your children?
Paige is 13, Logan is 11, Kye is 8, Charlize is 4, T'keyah is 3 and Sirohna is 1


Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it ?
Some really different material and wool

Ingrid's OP shop answers

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
Scrapbooking, Stamping, Card Making, Dabbling in a bit of knitting.
Is there anything that you collect?
Not really, would like to get a bit of a button collection going though.
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
Kids clothes, followed by patterns and material, books and magazines, odds and ends
What is your best opshop find?
Snow suit for Connor for $5
What are the ages of your children?
Connor 21 months, Elizabeth 18 days
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?
Some decent vintage material, haven't had any luck finding any in my local stores (sorry to my swap partner if thats what they are after)

Leah's Op Shop Answers

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
I have dabbled in scrapbooking & quite love cross stitch and stitcheries.

Is there anything that you collect?
I'm with Marie - I love Kwik Sew patterns. And ribbons. I think notions are great if you can get them from the oppie as they are so dear.

What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
Kids' clothes because sometimes you can buy beautiful things cheaper than making them. Then I browse the patterns, material, sheets and books.

What is your best opshop find?
Kwik-Sew's sewing for children complete with master pattern sheet. I have learnt so many things from that book.

What are the ages of your children?
Anna-Jayne is 5 (size 5 waist, 6 top), Cameron is 2 (Size 2-3) and Poppy is 1 (Size 1).

Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?
Not really. Well, there are heaps of things, but I can't think at the moment! LOL....

Marie's op shop questionaire

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
I love to dye wool, crochet and I am going to take up fabric dyeing when bubba comes (as you can’t dye when you are pregnant).

Is there anything that you collect?
I suppose the closest thing I have to a collection is all things Kwik Sew. I have nearly the whole collection of Kwik Sew books (vintage baby, vintage toddler, newer toddler, appliqué, lingerie) and I adore Kwik Sew patterns.

What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
Patterns, fabric, buttons, other sewing bits and bobs, books. I also have a look over at the clothes – looking for denim skirts, jeans, 100% wool jumpers and things that could be recycled at a good price.

What is your best opshop find?
I picked up two Kwik Sew books for $2 each before I had kids and they have been fantastic. My best ever find was a beautiful butter soft leather skirt in fantastic condition that fit perfectly for $5 – I loved that skirt.

What are the ages of your children?
Jalisa is two and a bit, child no 2 will be a newborn in 12 weeks.

Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?
I would love to find a non plastic tea set (but this will be way to heavy to send anyway).

Natalie's Op Shop Answers

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
Making jewellery, knitting, crafts with the kids, painting, and interested in starting scrapbooking, card making, pretty much everything lol!

Is there anything that you collect?
Ummm, I have two jars of buttons given to my by MIL, started a bit of a ribbon collection recently too.

What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
Go to the fabrics, then the patterns, then to the jewellery (always looking for authentic vintage crystal pieces!) then off to the books where I'll usually get one each for my boys.

What is your best opshop find?
Umm, I haven't had many good finds, I need to find some better op shops I think. Probably the best find would've been a black velvet jacket I bought about 6 years ago, I still wear it out today!

What are the ages of your children?
Jordan is 7 (size 8) and Jai is 2 1/2 (size 3)

Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?
Back issues of Ottobre! or any of the lovely vintage cottons that Ingrid and Clair have the luck to find :)

Kylie's Opshop Answers

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
Knitting, crochet(would like to learn more!), stamping - you name it I will give it a go!
Is there anything that you collect?
Buttons - I love old vintage buttons and have them seperated into colour lots (sad I know)
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
The kids clothes - cause it is the first thing at the door. Then sheets, patterns and books. I like to look to see if they have any old china as well - you just never know. Amelia is also into flip up books - so I keep an eye out for those at the moment too.
What is your best opshop find?
The sheradon sheet that got turned into PJ's for Amelia and I, and some Enid Gilchrist pattern books.
What are the ages of your children?
21 months - size ones - going into two's
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?
A crystal cake stand - not that I am expecting anyone to find one - it is just a dream! And Enid Gilchrist Pattern books (looking for the play one!)

Op Shop/Vintage Swap

To the value of $10 or what you can fit in a large post pack - as it is opshop stuff and I think that it would be pointless paying more to post it than what it cost you to buy! What do you think.
Pop it int he post box on or around the 31st of July.

Some Questions to get you all thinking.

What other crafts do you enjoy doing?
Is there anything that you collect?
What do you always look at first when you go into an Opshop?
What is your best opshop find?
What are the ages of your children?
Is there anything that you would really LOVE to find and are yet to come across it?



Have fun and go find someone a bargin! Will pm everyone there partners in the next day or so - Off to find a hat!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Dress up inspiration

Here are some links if you are stuck for ideas for the swap.

http://www.littledressupshop.com
http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/au/507_972.htm
http://www.littleadventures.com/

Hope that helps. Add your own if you find any.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Helens Fabric Stash Cull

Hello girls. Had a cull of my fabric, stuff I know I'll never use so thought I'd offer it to you guys first before putting it on the boards on EB. If you are interested, post a comment what you'd like and then I'll use the PM function in EB to get in touch with you. I'll get the cheapest postage possible, some items may go as a large letter or maybe fill up a prepaid satchel! Pick up is welcome too if you'd like to fly over! LOL Happy shopping!

All sold. Thanks girls. :)

Natalie's Dress Up Swap Info:

Name/username: Natalie / Natalie02
Number of children involved in swap: 2
Kids names, ages and sizes:
Jai 2 1/2 years and he is a size 3, head measures 50cm
Jordan is 7 and he is a size 8, head measures 55cm
What do your kids love:
Jai loves Thomas Tank, Buzz lighyear and anything to do with cars. He has also started to pretend he is a dog too!
Jordan is into anything action heroish, but already has a spiderman costume and a pirate one. He is interested in space, cars, and lately loves being a magician.
What do your kids loathe:
Um, can't think really - I don't like anything Army, with guns etc so I guess anything else would be great!

Hope that helps!
Natalie

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Kerry's dress up swap info

Name/username: Kerry/hadenoughat6
Number of kids in swap: 3
Kids names, ages and sizes:
  • Charlize 4 1/2 in a size 5
  • T'keyah 3 1/2 in a size 2, 3 in length
  • Sirohna 15 months in a size 1-2


What do your kids love:

  • Charlize - loves anything to do with sharks or ninja turtles LOL (so girly) head size is normal for her age
  • T'keyah - loves dressing up but hasnt got a favourite. Her head is rather big she wears the same size beanie and hat as her brother who is 11.
  • Sirohna - loves playing dress ups not into anything specific


What do your kids loathe:
Any other information:

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Kylie's Dress up swap ???

Name/username: Kylie/tkp02
Number of children involved in swap:1
Kids names, ages and sizes: Amelia, 20 months - size 1 but maybe something in a size two that she can grow into, head 49cm!
What do your kids love: Amelia is not really into anything at the moment - in the way of dress ups! She is DOG crazy and is also into shoes, beaded necklaces and handbags.
What do your kids loathe: Amelia is too young to be into or not into anything at the moment - I am not a big fan of disney things - ie bought bulk produced things - am like one of a kind things!

I hope that this helps my swappie! Just have fun creating!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Helen's Dress Up Swap Info

Name: Helen
Number of children: 2 girls
Kids name etc: Grace has just turned 4 and is in a size 4 on top and bottom. Milly is 2.5 years but still fitting into a size 2. Have found though with dress ups, its better to be bigger!
Kids love: Grace is going through a Princess phase! Into Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White. Milly is cruisey, she just follows what Grace is into!
Kids loathe: Not a big fan of anything boyish!