Tuesday, May 15, 2012

old tin love and a birdie brooch ...

I was being overly ambitious whilst in Tasmania thinking I'd be able to "op-shop" my way around the countryside.  In reality we were so busy getting from A to B and checking out the sights I didn't even get a chance until about day 5 - three quarters of our way into our journey. 
I even took over the driving at one stage as hubby and the kids weren't having a bar of my "op shopping needs" and I knew if I didn't take over the driving there would be Buckley's chance of me having the opportunity for a wee scrummage if I spied one!
When we finally drove into a small town on a "weekday" and I saw Vinnie's on the right hand side I wrenched the steering wheel to the left sending bags and any unattached paraphernalia in the  motor home flying.
A sigh of groans and moans came from all 4 members of my family.
My heart skipped a beat, I barked a "get the kids a snack and us coffees" order to hubby, hoping this task would allow me 10 minutes of scrounging pleasure at the very least and bolted for the Vinnie's door.
Inside was thee MOST tidy, clean, organised and well laid out op shop I had ever seen in my entire life! In fact, it didn't even look like an op shop.
It was screaming high street fashion franchise with prices to match and  even the dear old volunteers looked like old age Malibu Barbie on the Pension dolls.  It wasn't quite what I was expecting and so I wandered back to the motor home feeling cheated.
Luckily though, on our last day in Tasmania we spent the day in a little coastal town called Penguin.  We drove there especially as I had read there was a market that could be worth checking out and we weren't disappointed!

I bought these three colourful tins for a fiver

and a cute ceramic birdie love brooch handmade by
I found this brooch in the cutest wittle shop in Penguin CBD. 
You may have seen/heard of it if you read FRANKIE.
The shop is filled with gorgeous handmade goodies, crafty books, bags, brooches, and lots of other delightfuls.

In other news,
I have up-graded my $70 smart phone to a $140 smart phone.
(I know, I know - I just went all out didn't I)
anyways, my new fan-dango-phone allows me to do
(username: onedenimbird)
so I have now joined the masses and have taken 4 (yes you read that right - 4)
photos to share with you
but Houston we have a problemo!
I dunno how the fcuk to upload them to my blog!
So hang around a while if you please and you may just get to peek at them in this millennium!

What do ya know ...

I pushed the right buttons!

so here are the tins I bought in Tassie
(the instagram version - they look more antique in this shot don't ya think)

and part of my book collection
(I have a weakness for crafty lovely books)

and I guess by now most of you know this weakness of mine,
a stack of vintage floral love of the flannel kind
(great for winter patchwork quilts)

and some easy escape-artists reading
(although I can't read a word of Japanese but I CAN ogle the pictures and craftiness and I can read  sewing diagrams!
So there you have it - my first ever instagram photos and I managed to figure out how to put them
on my blog all by myself!
(I'm such a big girl)
I'm not sure about the quality but - well - whatever!
Hope you are all having a fab week.
Hugs from me,
Dee x


  1. This week is a really wet one and has meant more time in the craft room. A friend came today and we made tea cosies from recycled wool blankets! I have a stash of vintage sheets also waiting to be made into quilts and if we manage to have a summer next year, a picnic rug! I also have a weakness for craft books and had a new one arrive last week and I am waiting for other to turn up. We seem to have similar tastes and hobbies, I love a good op shop trip too! Could be be long lost twins?? LOL :-D

  2. I love your birdie brooch and your beautiful finds! I'm on instagram too! Whats your username I'll follow you? xx

  3. Nice tins, but if thats all you found....well lets just say thats why I gave up on op shops years ago, they look more new than 'new stuff' shops these days, I always want them to be crusty and stuffed with junk...hope I'm not alone in that!!

  4. Malibu Barbie On Pensions? Classic! I can visualise it right now!
    Those tins are cute and I'd love a rummage through your book shelves, there's some great looking crafty books you've got there. x

  5. I love the look of that craft book collection - I can't resist a good craft book either - despite the fact I've long run out of shelf space for them:P

  6. I can't resist a vintage tin either! And great fabrics, of cpourse.
    Oh don't get me started on the gentrification of charity shops with upgraded prices to match. I don't like 'em! It's always disappointing when you spot a new shop to investigate, only to find it has a newly-laid laminate floor, colour-coded clothes, and a ton of new merchandise to flog at high street prices...xxx

  7. Oh I have had to let go some of my tins, I just love them!!! You have found some wee cuties there, the rose one is pretty.
    Op-shops are just not the same, and never will be again. Sadness is what they have become.
    Love v


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