Pinny Press – January 2017

Welcome to another fun and exciting year of unique upcycled creations!

With the amazing sell out of my A Magical New Year showcase held last week, I have been in organising mode for my next theme. February will see my Sweet Vintage Kids themed month. Different to a showcase, with “dream a lotteries” and available pinny posted daily to my Facebook group And a special giveaway on my page So watch out for those, starting from the 1st of February.

Wish lists!!!! My next wish list will also be posted into my group on the 1st of February at 9am (QLD time) I will be allocating 10 spaces for the first half of this month. So get in quick so I can grant your wish. Please add PHOTO’s this helps me so much when working out which pinny you love!

Also on Wish Lists, please be persistent!! Re add your wish each time, unfortunately I am unable to create them all, but your wishes are so important to me xx

Easter pinny’s – I am hoping to create a limited number of Easter themed pinny’s at the end of February, see how I go.

Upcoming events!

Sustainable Handmade Collective will be holding a showcase in March – It’s Retro Baby!

Stay cool and enjoy the rest of your Summer!

Thank you all for the support and love,

Have a beautiful day – Jackie x

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Oceans of Fun!

Yesterday I made a cute little pinny, which took me back! That is one of the wonderful things about upcycling old vintage and unusual fabrics, the memories it brings back. Once apon a time I worked at Sea World the theme park here on the Gold Coast, I had moved up from Melbourne and so wanted to work at a theme park! My first job at Sea world was in hospitality, having had experience in other hotels and restaurants. Well serving hot chips and soft drink would be nothing to talk about if it was not the fun environment I worked in. Lucky my days selling burgers did not last long, I then worked in one of the smaller restaurants, seeing the dolphins each day made my job an enjoyable one. At night Sea world held a number of functions, from weddings to larger corporate affairs with 1000’s of guest, so I was then working during the day and some nights! I left Sea World to travel our great big land, but returned again 2 and half years later to get my old job back! Again I was working in the many restaurants and then working the night functions as well. This is where I met my husband Kris, who was an apprentice chef. You would think I did enough time there, but no I started cleaning the rides and other areas before the park opened too, some days, I would do all three jobs. Morning cleaning, day restaurants then night functions! What I loved about working with such a huge organisation, is the job opportunities. I tried out for the water ski team, did not get it, I think once I fell into the water and came out looking like a drowned rat, my chances were gone!! I was not the ski team type, small maybe, they need someone for the top of the pyramid, but gorgeous in any situation – no! But I did try out for a job in the helicopters and got it. That was fun, no more hospitality or cleaning! I was now selling tickets for the helicopters, loading the customers on and even going on many joy flights. That was a great time, a wonderful team of pilots, engineers, office girls and us out in the park. Lots of running around chasing up tour guides of Asian visitors, getting everyone organised, wedding groups and making sure the brides train was all tucked in, and my favourite popping the Make a wish or Starlight kids and families on a flight and watching their little faces. Helicopters lead to guest services, working on the gate taking the tickets, oh the lines in the busy times, working in the information booths, selling tickets to dolphin swims, so many enquires and problems that go with such a big organisation…..Kris and I got married, then I fell pregnant with our first boy…we both left Sea World and headed back to Melbourne. But like I said, it is funny seeing one piece of fabric with a picture of SeaWorld on it and all those memories come flooding back.  There you go, you now know a little bit of my past x

 

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My mothers day.

My Mother’s Day! Lazy morning, long phone call to mum, finished a dress, cuppa made by my youngest, lunch with all my boys, board game with my youngest, finished another dress (above), now about to have some cake and a nice cup of tea then plant some veggies, nice! There is one little person missing but not really he is always here, looking out for us I truly hope you got to enjoy your day xx

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A little back story x

I dreamed of a simple life, to live on a beautiful mountain, with my growing family, read books and tend a garden. I was so lucky all my dreams were coming true, life was wonderful, my boys were running around with the chickens in the huge veggie patch, amongst the fruit trees, they had all started school so I was able to get a part time job and we were thinking of doing a few things around our very neglected house, well with three little boys to look after, who has time.

Then a dark cloud came over our wonderful…I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, my body ached, my garden became too big to manage, and our world was changing, life was not so rosy, and just when you think, we can deal with this, the storm grew! Our middle child, our cheeky, sneaky, charming boy was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Such an aggressive cancer, he started treatment at the beginning of 2012, chemo, then radical surgery which removed his femur and knee, replaced with titanium, then straight back to chemo, for over 10 months we were in hospital, day trips, stays for days, then weeks…Sam endured so much pain and suffering, he was only eight. As soon as treatment finished, the cancer returned, so aggressive, they told us he only had two months…two months to fill a life time of love into, sadly he passed away four days before his ninth birthday xx

While in the hospital I began making felt flowers to give to the people helping us, then started selling them, keeping busy helped me deal with what was happening with Sam. After he left us, my passion grew, I had to keep busy. Creating is the best therapy! I made my first patchwork skirt for a market I was going to, and I was hooked. I have always loved op shopping and recycling items. Making upcycled clothing from hidden treasures is now my passion, I love finding old doilies and seeing the work put into them and giving them new life. Retro prints are magic to me, I love old 70’s sheets and creating with them. I love the colours and prints, the embroidery and vintage crochet. I have also discovered crochet! Oh how relaxing it is to crochet, a craft you can take anywhere, all you need is one hook and some yarn, so simple but so lovely.

Sam is my inspiration, he is my drive and my passion, life has turned a corner we never thought existed, I still suffer from my RA daily, but it is nothing like Sam went through, dream a little is the only good to come out of such pain, it is the rainbow after the storm xx

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Pinny’s are back, holidays are over.

My crochet holiday was lovely, so many wonderful mandalas were created. I still have the mandala bug, so you will see more! Pinny production has had a slow start. Holidays then more holidays plus the boys are still home, but I have managed to get to the sewing machine and create! Here are a few that I have done. Looking forward to full pinny production and the odd crocheted mandala on the side, I think that sounds lovely xx

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Cute little top that can be a top.

This cute little size 1/2 dress can then be a top for a 3/4 year old. Upcycled from two doilies with embroidery, with a elastic blue trim, a green shoulder tie and a scattering of buttons. It is just so cute! Only $22. Handmade with love.

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