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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Pinny Press- November 2016

Welcome to my first Pinny Press!!

I thought I would trial it through my blog, test it out….so bear with me!

First up I wish to say a huge thank you to you all that entered my 6000 liker Facebook giveaway, such a wonderful response and so glad my gorgeous pinny (pictured below) has now arrived at it’s new little owner’s home. Also thank you to the beautiful Zylee for always looking amazing in my pinnys xx If you wish to see more of Zylee and her funky style Click here.

Showcases!!! Happening this Wednesday night over at Sustainable Handmade Creations The Great Christmas Bazaar opens at 7pm AEST (Queensland time) Do not miss it!! I will be releasing my first Sweet Summer Dress for the season and a gorgeous little Christmas pinny. You will find the album here.

Wish list update….there will be no December wish list!!! As the silly season it now pretty much here, I am not adding anymore pressure on myself. So I will be continuing to create from the November wish list…there is still so much for me to do there! So please if you are still wanting to add your wish to a list, you are welcome to add to this list, but no guarantees!! My next wish list will be in January, this will be a very limited one, as it will be school holidays and my boys will sure to keep me busy! Follow my blog so you do not miss out on my next up date to when it will open!

Lastly, I am going on holidays!!!! Every Christmas I head on down to my Mum’s in Victoria, this year we will be there for Christmas. So leaving on the 20th of December and coming back on the 31st of December. How exciting. My last postage day will be the 19th of December, but for those hoping to receive parcels before Christmas, it will be  the 10th of December. So yes pinny production will cease from the 20th of December! Yippee holiday time, I do believe I will have sewing withdrawals…the crochet hook with be coming with me and I have been thinking about embroidery again…so many beautiful crafts to keep me busy!

That’s all for now, thank you so much everyone for all the support and love…now I better get back to sewing, enjoy your weekend xx

Jackie xx

 

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Doily magic!

My doily pinnys would have to be one of my favourite pinny styles. They showcase the love of embroidery, the talent of the artist of yesteryear, of lost treasures and a craft that is almost long forgotten.
I have only created a handful of these gorgeous dresses. As I find it harder and harder to uncover beautiful doilies. So I love seeing the ones I have made.
How gorgeous is this, her little one is long grown out of her doily pinny, so it is now beautifully on display, as a doily!
Thank you so much for showing me, I love this idea xx

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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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Upcycled!

Nothing says upcycler more than a patchwork piece. I am so excited about this little pinny. It is so darn cute! As you can imagine I do not let anything go to waste here at dream a little. My family are now used to me filling empty spaces in the house with my craft. You just never know what you will need for your next creation. So the other day, after almost a week of not sewing, my backs fault not mine, I started this beauty. Well with all the digging around in my fabric stash and with choosing the right decorative stitch to use, hours went by creating something so magical. I hope you like it as much as I do! Xx11428006_828884533872428_5170761334147589503_n11390151_827677590659789_6098737347493498340_n

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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Do you believe in magic?

Today was filled with making magically pinnys for some little customers, fairies and a rainbow! Or was it more for the mums Do you believe in magic? I hope so I was speaking with a dear friend the other day about magic, she was telling me how magic happens everyday, not the rainbow and fairy magic, well it could, we all should hold on to our imagination for as long as we can, which we do lose a little as we get older, but the everyday magic The magic of finding most of your grocery items on special, of finding the perfect match for a piece of fabric, of getting the best car park when the shops are busy, of the kids putting their shoes in the right spot, of having that one ingredient in the back of the cupboard, of matching two buttons! That’s magic, and if you look at those simple things in life as wonderful happenings, things can’t be too bad, life can be a little rosier, it can be magic! xx ☆彡11055664_331698393692902_2089757293_n

Three story Saturday!

Three short stories for you this Saturday xx

Something different from me, I have done appliqué before but never an elephant! Super cute with the hearts floating up. Reclaimed cord for the coming winter, I just love this brown, upcycled vintage sheeting, with gorgeous autumn florals, for the lining and as usual some mixed matched buttons. A very sweet pinny, if I don’t say so myself xx

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Today I am sending off this funky pinny. Loved making this one, mixing divine summer colours. I have called it – Last days of summer – the back is a groovy orange swirl and yellow kisses fabric. I especially loved the floral orange brown, I only have a small amount left and then that beautiful yellow floral, so happy. I am having fun with mixed media, ricrac, embroidered napkin, fabric and a button, always to neat for my liking, which looks lovely but one day my hands will do what my mind sees! Lastly the mixed matched buttons, one is vintage! I hope my little customer enjoys wearing this pinny as much as I did making it xx

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Over the last two years since my Samuel left us, I have been crafting. Even before he left I started making felt flowers to give to those who were helping us in such a hard time, Cancer is cruel, treatment is hard on all family members, we were so lucky to have such a caring community Then one day I wanted something to wear for a vintage fair I was attending with my flowers – my first patchwork skirt was created! And a sewing spark was ignited. Sewing and crafting for me is the best grieving process, when I am creating everything is ok. My love for all things vintage has grown and I am so lucky to have found a handmade world and others who share my passion. Yesterday was a sad day, it marked the date Sam left us, I went gently on myself and created something for me I thank my little angel for leading me on this journey of creativity, I miss you more each day Sam, but am happy to be able to ease that pain with sewing and crochet. ☆彡

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Sending love to you all this week, we all need a little extra xx