Sunday, 30 January 2011

Flea Market Finds.. and a winner!

Happy Sunday! I do hope you are having a lovely weekend and I know you've been out and about in search of some wonderful treasures.  A big thank you to everyone who played along last week and shared the thrifting love.  To check out all the wonderful finds, just pop over here

To the finds.. I got very lucky with my finds this week, perhaps just the right place at the right time.  My thrifting partner in crime laughed at me, but I just had to have it.. a gorgeous blue retro bowling bag.. bowling ball included.

My other finds included a really lovely vintage suitcase, perfect for storage and a cute pair of cream and indigo vintage heels. Thanks to facebook, the bowling ball now has a lovely new home a will be become a work of art.  It all worked out perfectly.

Now to the giveaway winner.. With the power of the magic tea cup, we have winner! 

Congratulations to Laura from Kit & Nancy! I do hope you enjoy your brooches! Perhaps they will even bring a little luck on your thrifting adventures.

I can't wait to see you finds from the week!  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from your blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! Oh and pop over to Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.  Please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

My Bowerbird Project..

I noticed something the other day.. Over the years, in my true bowerbird fashion, I have managed to buy, thrift and collect more yarn than I ever realised I owned.  It has ended up, scattered around my house, in calico bags and boxes, waiting to be used for one project or another.  But it seems, that over time, I've got left over yarn, or the project didn't work out or I got frustrated and pulled it all apart.  So this year I have set myself a goal, one project.. the most basic I can think of... that will use all the yarn I have tucked away.  By winter I hope I will have enough little granny squares to create, one giant and colourful Bowerbird Blanket.
Fingers crossed..


Happy Weekend..


Happy Weekend my fellow adventurers! What are your wonderful weekend plans? I'm enjoying my last weekend before I go back to work with a little reading, crafting and organising.  I'm also hoping to spend some time in the garden, tackling the weeds and creating a lovely little outdoor space.  Wish me luck getting the lawn mower to start. Here are a few of my favourite links from the week.

Some lovely retro spaces

A fascinating music creator

A lovely way to keep memories

A funny take on decorating

Taking a peek into a pretty sketchbook

Drawing this love

Nigella's Chocolate Croissants yum!

Much Love

Thursday, 27 January 2011

My Creative Space..Yellow

 So this morning I was looking at some lovely new fabric over here and I was thinking about pretty colour palettes. I'm loving really bright colours and patterns at the moment and realised I kept picking out yellow designs.  Then I noticed my little Pikatchu money box and my glue stick and highlighter.  My whole world was turning yellow.  I began to collect all the bits of yellow throughout the day and by this afternoon I was a little bowerbird determined to find all the yellow objects in the house, even the pantry.  I think it might just be my favourite colour.

My yellow collection... From sandpaper to honey and tarot cards.

A few details... a love all the shades of yellow together. So happy!

It was so much fun, I began to wonder what other colours I could find.. But that is for another day. Now I have to put everything back.. and hope that Olive my mischievous cat hasn't begun to investigate the cornflour yet.

For more creative spaces pop over to Kirsty's

PS. Remember to enter my thrifty giveaway over here.

Much Love

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Flea Market Finds.. and a giveaway!

A very happy Flea Market Finds day to you all! And it is a very lovely day indeed, not only because I get to share in all your wonderful finds, but also because it's giveaway time.  More about that soon, but first to the finds. Thanks so much to everyone who played along last week, wonderful finds all round.  To check out all the finds pop over here and also don't forget to check out all the fab finds at Apron Thrift Girl too.  It's so wonderful to see everyone embracing the thrifting love.

So I've had a very creative week of finds, I stumbled up a sweet little book shelf and a stool in need of some love. So feeling crafty I set to work to give these thrifted pieces a makeover.  Here are a few quick before shots.

Before: The Book Shelf - $10 (Olive making herself at home)

Before: The little Stool - $3 (being ripped apart)

So after a a trip to the hardware store, a lick of paint, some new fabric and little bit of love, here are the results.

The book shelf now the perfect spot for my collection of vintage and second hand heels.  And with a little vintage fabric, a lovely matching stool.  I'm so happy with how both pieces turned out and will do a little how to write up later in the week, if you want to try getting crafty with your finds.

So now to my little Thrifting Love giveaway.

The winner will receive two of my signature brooches, 'I heart Thrifting' and 'I heart Flea Markets'.  

So how to enter: To go into the draw all you have to do is play along with Flea Market Finds this week.  Just leave a comment and add your link in the linky below to your finds.  Too easy! Don't forget I love to see old finds and hand-me-down treasures too!

Two bonus entries if you blog about my little giveaway, join up to follow my blog or facebook page
 (please comment and let me know so I can come and visit your blog)
Thee bonus entries for each item you purchase from my shop between now and next Saturday the 29th of January.

The Thrifting Love giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide. The linky is open until Saturday night and the winner will be drawn out of my magic tea cup next Sunday the 30th of January.  

Good luck and I can't wait to see your finds!
Much Love

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Simply Must Have..

via Three Potato Four

Sometimes there are just things in the world that one must have in their random collection of life's treasures.  The new aim of my thrifting journey is to find an amazing vintage library sign like this.  I think I might be a little bit in love..

Are you on a thrifting journey for find something special?

Happy Weekend..

via Free People

Happy Weekend! It seems I am keeping with the Parisian theme of the week, with more lovely behind the scenes from Free People.  What are you up to this weekend? My first stop this morning, the hardware store, much to my husband's delight.  I'm on a mission to transform a few of my second hand finds, can't wait to show you tomorrow.  But before I start pacing the isles, I'm enjoying a pot of tea and searching magazines and Pinterest for inspiration and lovely paint colours. Here are some of my favourite links from this week. Enjoy!

An amazing website for this fabulous Paris restaurant 

This clever thrifting boy

Sweet and silly Valentine's cards

Some very practical but very useful cleaning tips

This whimsical tattoo makes me smile

So does this tea set 

And this peek into the life of the lovely Pia Jane Bijkerk

Have a beautiful weekend!
Much Love

Friday, 21 January 2011

Bird Watching..

Most days Jack and Olive are not the best of friends, but when it comes to watching the sparrows from the front door, looks like they have found something to agree on.


Thursday, 20 January 2011

Instax Love..

That's it, I'm hooked! I'm so glad film is easy to come by.  I am totally loving my Instax 210.  I'm still practicing with still life, more specifically on my pride and joy, Remington.  But tomorrow, watch out world, I'm a woman with a loaded camera.  


My Creative Space..

My creative space, once known as the dining table.. 

Here I have been, cutting, sewing, typing, reading and writing throughout my holidays.  I must move everything back to my desk at some stage, but I do love having a big table to work on and stash things on. I'm loving this adorable caravan from this month's issue of Country Style.

This morning I've been working on some orders and also these two brooches for a little Flea Market Finds giveaway on Sunday.  Get your finds ready to play along and you just might win yourself a pair of thrifty themed brooches. And of course you can buy my brooches over here.

For more lovely creative spaces pop over to Kirsty's.

PS. Remember to stop by that wonderful big list at Make It Perfect

Much Love

To Do..

This is my to do list for today...

What's on yours?


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

My New Toy!

Look what the lovely postman left on my door step this afternoon.. 

A sparkling new Instax 210..

I've been after one of these for a little while after playing with my sister's Instax mini.  Nothing beats instant film and opening the Instax box today, I felt like a little kid with a new toy.  It's huge, well not huge, bigger than expected and I'm quite little, so we are a little out of proportion together. I think I giggled every time I took a photo.  

So, the photos, well I must say it takes a little getting used to.  The lighting is interesting and the focus is going to take a little practice, but hey, I'm not using it for amazing photos, I'm using it for fun. If I get a good photo, that will be nice too. Can't wait to try it out on some unsuspecting friends.  But for now, here is a little tea cup shot.

  And now I've got one, I'm going to join the Dainty Squid in 52 Weeks of Instax.  How exciting! 
  Have you got an instax? What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Owl and the Pussycat...

Meet Wilfred, he is what happens when you mix an owl and a pussycat.. 
He Likes: Reading, afternoon naps and old fashioned nursery rhymes

Wilfred will be off on an adventure very soon, all the way to Steph's house to make some lovely new friends,  hopefully he will have a pretty travelling companion tomorrow.  I can't wait to see how everyone's softies are going.  It's not too late to join in the fun, just visit here and here and get crafting.


Sunday, 16 January 2011

New Brooch Designs..

 I've just finished five new brooch designs which I've added
to my shop.  Pop over and check them out support the Flood Relief appeal.


Flea Market Finds..

Hello there my thrifting friends.  I do hope you have had a little moment to visit and op shop or two this week, perhaps even a market.  It's lovely to see everyone getting back into the thrifty swing of things.  To check out everyone's finds from last week just pop over here.

This week I did a spot of op shopping on Friday and as always I found a few things that I wasn't expecting at all.  That's what I love about thrifting, it's like a weekly treasure hunt.  I found a little goldmine of lovely vintage crockery at the local MS shop.  I must remember to visit more often.

I came away with a cute little bowl, a gorgeous brass plate and quite an interesting ornate vase, which is going to be this week's Restyle project.  I also found a nice little scarf and my favourite find of the week, an Art Deco Style vintage handbag from Sweet Lily.

I can't wait to see you finds from the week!  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from you blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! And please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.

Much Love

PS. Sorry if you checked in before and my page looked a little stange, my Linky didn't like me this morning, hopefully it will be happier the second time around.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

The Art of Reading..

via rockstar diaries

This made me smile.. How beautiful and so true.  

Happy Weekend..

via Micaela Hoo Photography
Happy Weekend to you! I do hope the sun is shining at your place today after what has been a very wet and harrowing week for many parts of Australia.  What are your plans for the weekend? I'm looking forward to a lovely quiet one, pottering around the house and working on new brooches for here and a softie for here.  I'm also looking forward to spending a little time in the afternoon sunshine with the new Real Living magazine.  
Here are a few weekend links to make you smile.

A lovely thought to live by..

Some pretty journals

Wishing my afternoons were like this gorgeous commercial

The sweetest dedication to Ampersands

This tote makes me smile

So does this tattoo

And these delightful cushions

And you can find many ways of helping with the Flood Relief efforts here 

Much Love

PS. I will adding some new brooch designs to my shop later today.

Friday, 14 January 2011

The Clean Up begins..

By Alli Coate via decor8

Honestly I'm finding it really difficult to get back to normal blogging after the week's events.  I would usually share a lovely room or pretty outfit but nothing seems to fit right today.  I think of all those people that have lost everything and just can't fathom how they must be feeling this morning as they to sweep the mud and debris from their homes.  As the clean up begins, there are so many wonderful projects and ways you can help which I have listed over here.  A lovely project I'm going to be helping out with is Hope Softies.  For more information, pop over to Steph at Mon Petit Poppet. One little softie can be such a comfort for a child who has lost everything.  I'll be back on my sewing machine making more designs for my little shop too, so do pop by and have a look.  Thank you so much for your support. I just love this blogging community!

Much Love

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Tea Time..

It's time for a little tea break here at the Library Adventures cottage, it has been all hands on deck today packing orders and making lots more stock.  The support from the whole blogging community has just been so wonderful, thank you so much.  I will be continuing to donate 100% of my sales from Sophie Isobel Designs for the whole of January to the Flood Appeal.   You can also find a big list of wonderful bloggers and crafters helping out via Meet Me at Mikes, Bondville and Make It Perfect. If you are interested in donating an item to help raise money, pop over to Handmade Help for details on Craft Relief. Every little bit really does make a difference.

Much Love

Image by Brook Schmidt available from Etsy

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Thoughts and Thank you..

First of all a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by my little shop, especially to those who bought a brooch or two.  My first batch of brooches sold out before my eyes and I'm just so grateful for all your support so far.  I've been back on my little sewing machine this afternoon and have now restocked everything in my shop.  It warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes to see everyone's kindness and generosity.  The blogging community is truly amazing.  My thoughts and love are with all those affected across Queensland this evening and in the days and months ahead.

To buy one of my handmade brooches pop over to my shop Sophie Isobel Designs,  100% of all my sales will be donated to the Flood Relief Appeal.  To check out the amazing bloggers and crafters supporting the Flood Appeals check out Handmade Help and Make it Perfect

Much Love

Every Bit Helps..

via Voice Photography
 I've been glued to the TV for the past 24 hours, as I'm sure many of you have and I'm just overwhelmed with the devastation that is taking place in Queensland.  My family lives in Brisbane and I'm so happy they are high and dry, but my heart goes out to those who are not so fortunate.  I've been sitting here, desperate to help in some way and have been so inspired by the wonderful spirit in the crafting community, so I have fired up my little sewing machine.

I have created a bigcartel shop selling my Sophie Isobel Designs handmade brooches and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.  I am offering free shipping world wide and would love your support to raise much needed funds to help those people so greatly affected by these floods.  I will be making more brooches through the coming weeks so please pop in and have a look.

There are so many other wonderful crafters supporting these efforts too, for more information go to Handmade Help or Make it Perfect

Thank you so much for your support!

Much Love

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A Quiet Morning..

I'm having a quiet morning here at the Library Adventures cottage doing a spot of sewing and organising my fabric stash, while Olive keeps me company. 

She does make a wonderful assistant, at least until she tries to attack the sewing machine.

We are also closely watching the news for updates on the devastating floods that are sweeping through Queensland and making phone calls to our families who live in Brisbane and Kilcoy.   My thoughts and love are with all those who are being affected by this tragedy, especially the people of Toowoomba. The Flood Appeal continues and you can find out further information and donate here.

Much Love

Monday, 10 January 2011

Project Restyle #1

I'm really excited to be joining Project Restyle this year created by the fabulous girls from A Beautiful Mess and Smile and Wave.  I often alter my thrifted finds but rarely blog about it, as it's often a late minute, running out the door, grab the scissors kind of affair. So being part of this project gives me even more reason to get out the scissors and sewing machine to reinvent and restyle and share the results.  

My first restyle of the year is this dress I blogged about last month.  I wore it a few times but didn't really love the length, so this morning I decided to chop it off and make it into a shirt.  Easiest restyle ever.  

Result.. I love it and I know I will get twice as much wear out of it now.  
Jeans: Dotti
Belt: Sportsgirl

Check out the Project Restyle flickr pool for all the great restyling taking place and if you want to join just pop over and visit A Beautiful Mess.  While you're there check out her first restyle for the year, a fabulous pair of vintage shoes

Happy Restyling!

Who needs wallpaper..

via flickr
I love everything about this room.. The amazing red couch, lovely velvet cushions and sweet crochet blankets.  But how inspiring is that wall collage, the use of high fashion, famous artworks, landscapes and vivid portraits draw you in and the colour palette works so perfectly.  Who needs wallpaper...  

Much Love

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Flea Market Finds..

Happy Flea Market Finds! I do hope you have had a lovely week of thrifting and op shopping, I know I certainly have.  It is so lovely to see some new friends playing along over the last few weeks, including the lovely Apron Thrift Girl, who enjoys all things second hand as much as I do! So what have you found this week?

As you may have read earlier in the week, I had a lovely op shopping outing with a friend from Melbourne, who had a fabulous eye for quirky bits and pieces and after rummaging through all the op shops in town, I came home with a bag of cuteness.

I'm always on the look out for a lovely crochet blanket and I finally found one with some lovely bright colours.  I also found a really sweet pair of vintage Jane Debster heels and a cute little print of Bonnie (beret and all).

Who can resist bows and blankets? And for a grand total of $10, I'm very happy indeed.

I can't wait to see you finds from the week!  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from you blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! And please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.

PS. Do you love thrifting? I'd love to hear about your experiences while thrifting with friends. Pop over here to tell me about your adventures.

Much Love

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Have you ever...

via Oh Joy!
Have you ever tried green tea ice cream?  I hadn't until recently at Taro's Ramen Cafe in Brisbane city and I must say I was surprised at how delightfully yummy it was.  It is not sweet like I expected, but lovely and refreshing and the colour is just so pretty, it is hard to resist.  I love this sweet post from Joy about her path to green tea goodness.  Feeling adventurous, why not give it a try!


Happy Weekend!

Happy Saturday! I do hope you are enjoying your day, have you got any special plans?  It's a super crafty weekend here in the Library Adventures cottage.  I'm very excited, I have a new partner in crime, some lovely fabric and lots of ideas, so I hope to have plenty of finished bits and pieces to show you tomorrow.  It is certainly summer here today and we are trying to stay cool by sipping iced tea and listening to Adrian Lux's Teenage Crime, definitely my song of the summer.   Here are some lovely links to enjoy this weekend..

These 'too cute for words' shoes

A little cardboard house

An amazing place to work

The fascinating new Polaroid Grey Label 

Much Love

Friday, 7 January 2011

Real and Beautiful Spaces

I'm always fascinated by the details of people's homes, the delightful real, beautiful and messy moments of people's lives.  I think the little moments, say so much about a person.. a piece of jewellery on a bedside table, a fridge covered with photos, a window still capturing a moment in time. 

Olga Bennett's Environments project captures these moments so beautifully, looking in places others may not even notice, Olga's quiet observation brings the creative spaces of talented Melbourne artists and designers to life.  Check out Olga's blog for more of her gorgeous photography and keep an eye out for more delights from the Environments project.

Much Love

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Thrifting with Friends..

Have you ever noticed that when you go thrift shopping with different people, you find yourself drawn to certain items.  It's as if your friends become thrifty magnets... Let me explain.

Thrifting with my husband: As I've mentioned before, my husband doesn't mind the odd thrifting outing with me and can often be found sneaking old science textbooks into my pile of finds.   I have noticed though, that when we go thrifting together we most often buy items for the house and garden.  All my op shopped furniture has been found on outings with my hubby. I think, because he has good taste and he helps me carry things to the car.   
Verdict: Shop with your husband so he can lift the heavy purchases

Thrifting with my best friend: I'm also lucky that my best friend not only likes thrifting but he is also very good at spotting things I that I love.  On our adventures we try almost every shop in town, check all the shelves and always find pretty things.  We are on the look out for vases, cups, saucers, teapots, cameras,  and ephemera and a trip is never complete without great music and at least one stop for coffee.
Verdict: Shop with your best friend for things you love and for a lovely outing

Thrifting with my sister: My sister is not the biggest fan of all things second hand.  But whenever we go together, often for something particular for a photo shoot, she finds the most amazing things. A lovely vintage Gucci watch for example, the sweetest red jacket and some really great handbags.  It seems she just always knows where to look.
Verdict: Shop with your sister because she is good luck

Thrifting with boys:  Yesterday I went op shopping with a male friend who lives in Melbourne and often thrifts for costume parties.  I found myself looking at items in a completely new light, purchasing finds that were unusual and quirky and passing things that were 'just too nanna'.  
Verdict:  Shop with boys for a realistic view on things

Thrifting with girls: My favourite thrifting girl, can find the moment beautiful outfits that I would never even pick up. She has a knack for finding lovely vintage dresses and accessories. Her tips, everything deserves a second look and try things on (even if it is just for a laugh).
Verdict: Shop with girls for pretty vintage and giggles

Thifting alone: I do love to thrift alone and can spend hours pottering around, searching for a particular item, which can mean overlooking others.  I noted that on my favourite solo op shopping trips, I always find great shoes and handbags. 
Verdict: Shop alone when pottering for something special or for a little peace and quiet

So perhaps there is a formula for the perfect thrifting adventure.  Try it out sometime and share your results on Flea Market Finds each Sunday.  I can't wait to show you what I picked up yesterday.

Happy Thrifting!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A Little To Do List..


So, tinniegirl has thrown down the wonderful and a slightly scary challenge of creating a to do list for 2011.  So with my little notebook and pen at the ready, this is my little list in no particular order.  

Spend more time in the garden
Organise the bills 
Don't bring too much work home
Finish creating a zine
Explore more of Victoria and South Australia
Send more letters
Learn a little bit of French
Remember to stay calm
Paint the lounge room
Buy a new couch
Write more often
Laugh more often
Organise my wardrobe 
Become a better cook
Spend more time creating 
Start and finish a little 2011 project

There it is, my list.  Doesn't look so scary after all, except maybe the organising bit (it's never been my strong point).  Pop over to tinniegirl if you would like to share your to do list.  I'm feeling a little inspired now, but where to start..  Perhaps I can pull the weeds, whilst listening to French for beginners.

Much Love

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The tale of The Honey Trees..

Have you even been down a blogging rabbit hole? Late at night you click on an image and it leads you on a lovely adventure? This is what happened to me last night and this is my little tale of Simon Filip and The Honey Trees.  

During a little blog and flickr hop last night, I noticed a this gorgeous photo of this lovely couple and I realised, I'd seen them somewhere before.  Ah yes, I'd blogged a photo of them during blogtoberfest.  But it got me thinking, who are they are who is taking these gorgeous images.  So I began searching... 

This was not as easy as I had first imagined.. but after a little more flickr hopping and profile reading, I finally found Simon Filip's website.  At last I had found the photographer behind these beautiful images.  But who were these people?  They were a little like ghosts to me now, appearing and disappearing again, beautifully ethereal and almost surreal.  It was, of all places facebook that finally gave me an answer.. 

This is The Honey Trees, a lovely little band from California. I was so excited, I dashed off straight away to find their EP 'Wake the Earth' on iTunes. It is just so sweet and their sound is captured so well in Simon's gorgeous photography and in their glorious music video 'To Be With You'.

So there you have it, a little trip to Wonderland and a wonderful photographer and band discovered down the blogging rabbit hole. 

Much Love

All photography by Simon Filip

Monday, 3 January 2011

Journal Pages..

A few of my inspiration journal pages..

It's no secret that one of my favourite afternoon delights is to sit down with a stack of magazines, some glue and scissors and fill the pages of my inspiration journal.  I've just returned from a lovely adventure with my two favourite friends and with the sun in the sky for at least a few more hours yet,  my favourite time of day will continue until late this evening and so will my cutting and pasting.  I love summer, it is the perfect time for iced tea, rambling conversations and inspiring moments.