Thursday, March 28, 2013

Colour my World

Well hey there happy blogger's (long time no see - literally)
Round here things are always happening!
So much so, I don't know if I'm Arthur or Martha!

(did your mum ever use that saying? mine did)
Firstly, the book work is taking up way more time than I had initially hoped and so most of my far more interesting and creative pursuits have taken a back seat of late.
(It is very frustrating for me!)

I have, however, managed the odd spot of op shopping, a garage sale or three and a slow and steady sewing room re-organisation.
I found these nana polyester fabrics in INSANE colours at a deceased
estate sellout garage sale.

Lucky I didnt have the kids with me so I had plenty of time and patience to really go through each and every box!  And there were a LOT!
I came home with one rather large box filled with these crazy prints for a mere $2.
Some are only big enough for a cushion cover but there will be enough for several funky skirts and a frock or two.
The old dear that had collected these had some seriously mean taste. 
It kind of got me thinking (whilst rummaging)
about what my possessions would look like once I'm dead and gone!  Will my children be selling off  hoards and hoards of colourful fabrics from my own collection?  Will some young chicky babe with a flare for crafting and re-fashioning from vintage fabrics come by and feel like she's won the Lottery?  Well I most certainly did.
So much so
I dropped everything and made a dress
out of fabric I was given well over a year ago.
What do you think???
I was also given this baby from my neighbour!
and I found another 2 suitcases for the collection!
Isn't the purple one fab!!! 
It was part of a set of three but I literally don't have the room so chose the middle size one!
I also scored a pile of vintage patterns including these beauties!!
and in amongst all that we have had a 5th birthday party
 I have also re-organised my tragic sewing room
It is now FABULARSE!
I seriously can't function in my sewing room unless it is organised and so I finally got around to installing a couple of cheap IKEA purchases
(L to R)
1. Magazine/sewing machine manual holder.
2. Handy Scissor and Zip hanger
3.  Pattern piece hanger
among other such chores as sorting, folding and colour coding (again)
the "stash"
Oh look, there's ME!  And my tidy, functional happy sewing room!
Happy Easter everyone
I'll be hiding in here all weekend :-)
Ciao x


  1. So many things I want to comment on...... the dress, the fabrics, the patterns...your sewing room - LOVE it all. All those fabrics!! Can i come and play? Happy Easter!

  2. The fabric stash is amazing. and colour co-ordinated- love that.
    all op-shopped fabrics are so vibrant and colorful. lucky you.

  3. My heart rate went up a notch at the sight of those fabrics! The recent finds are divine! The cow frock is the print & the style is timeless. And your fabric stash in the sewing room is a fabric lovers dream! Happy Easter! Xx

  4. The dress you made looks fantastic,it made my heart jump.

  5. OMG what amazing garage sale finds! Love how you've organised your stash: are they all most/vintage sheets?
    And what a gorgeous dress!!

  6. Oh my goodness, Dee, just LOOK at all those wonderful prints! Amazing fabrics. And I love seeing your oh-so-organised sewing room. Great suitcases and ahhh, bunny cupcakes for the birthday girl - adorable! xxxx

  7. wow, look at all your amazing fabric!!! x

  8. SQUEE!!!!
    Yes, my Mama used that expression, and so do I! My Mama had many other colourful expressions too......
    Crikey, I love LOVE all those amazing fabrics!!What a score!
    AND the purple suitcase!!!OMG! AND the footstool, AND the patterns! JAYSUS! Feeling faint, and then you hit me with that incredible frock you just whipped up!FARK!
    YOU are AMAZING!!!!! And I'm gonna get to touch you in real LIFE!!!!

  9. I'm almost speechless at the sight of all those fabrics! What a find.

  10. I'm nearly drooling with envy - what great treasures you've found! The cowboy dress is awesome.
    I often wonder what will happen to my things when I'm gone...then I remember that I have too many things to do and can't ever die.

  11. That purple patterned suitcase is amazing. All those fabrics are fabulous. I'm so jealous of your organised and tidy sewing room. Mine looks like a hurricane has torn through it.

  12. Hey Dee, those beautifully stacked shelves in the last pick really do deserve a 'stashfolding ' award and I intend to nominate you to the .........ummm, aaah.... ..somebody 'cos they are awesome. I doubt I would ever be able to go searching for fabrics after all that work. Well done you.
    That dress is D it. Fab fabric finds and yummy cupcake birthday cake.
    Love the Ikea purchases, certainly make life more organised. Lots of things happening here, hope you are enjoying the hols and the beautiful weather.....

    Claire :}

  13. Oh Dee you've scored some amazing bargains, you totally deserve these awesome treasures!!! I love the fabrics so much, the footstool and oh my, that purple suitcase - what a find!! I would snap up that cow-print frock in the blink of an eye, it's absolutely amazing!!! Your sewing room is fab - I would put a wee bed in there and sleep in it! Happy birthday to your beautiful wee lassie darling! xoxox

  14. ERMAH-FRICKIN-GERD!!!!!!!! Those fabrics are absolutely AMAZING!

    I'll take a frock from the first set in the 4th, 6th and 7th fabrics... and from the second set I'll have the 2nd and 8th - thanks darling!!!

    Your sewing studio is incredible - I would so love to come spend a week or two 'helping' you in there!

    The cowgirl dress is incredible - if it fits me, I want it.

    And the cushion patterns are STUNNING.

    And yay for the beautiful birthday girl!

    See you in 28 sleeps, my love - I CAN'T WAIT!!!

    Sarah xxx

  15. Most wonderful dress i have ever seen,ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I want it.

  16. Absolutely fabric fantastic! What a wonderful haul and your dress is stunning. As is your sewing room.

  17. Oh my gosh that dress is sooooo amazing!!!! I really love it, the shape, the fabric the colours- its wonderful!

    And all those nice fabrics you've bought! Your post makes me want to go to our local fabric store right now! But guess i wont find such nice fabrics like yours... Have a fab day! xx Tani

  18. Your sewing room is more than sorted, it is down right fanfrickentastic! I really should get into mine and sort it out. You have inspired me to brave opening the door to the spilling mess and re discover where my sewing table is! Enjoy your up and coming Helgastock with two of my favourite blogger buddies.


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