Can you feel the passion!

Each and everyone of my pinnys takes a piece of my heart with them when they head off to their new little owners. I don’t just buy a bunch of fabrics and power sew them in production line style. No, I sew them individually, each piece of fabric, in which ever way it makes its way to me, is loved and cherished. The first time I see it online or if I am lucky enough to recuse it from an op shop basket or when someone donates unwanted fabrics to me, my heart melts. The excitement of new pre loved or reclaimed fabric is so much fun! Then to put it all together, to mix and match, searching for that one piece you know you have, that will go perfectly with another piece. Then to see it come together so wonderfully. Like this one, different fabrics from so many different places, all joined together now, it’s magic! Can you feel the passion, the love, oh I adore them so!

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Today is Tuesday.

Good morning!I have my little Tommy home again 😦 its just a cough, but he is better off home, nice and warm, than trying to stay warm at school and fight his cough, let alone spreading gems!
So excited about my Rainbow Brite pinny, one only!! I will show you soon, once the sun comes out xx

Remember my posts about amazing fabrics, here it is just in case you missed it – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1492181397693742/permalink/1760443584200854/

Also thinking, when I do find amazing fabrics, it would be best to pop them in the Pretty Pinny Plaza for all to see, especially when I have some many wishes and only a small amount of fabric x
Tonight is the Lore and Legends market over at Free Aussie Handmade Markets you don’t want to miss that one.
Don’t forget my Instagram giveaway, not many people have entered so your chances of winning are high 😉 http://www.instagram.com/dreamalittlecreations
Pretty Pinny Plaza is looking amazing, and I still have so many more to add, remember to pop the 1st of July at 2pm on your calendar. 
I will be starting to get those last June wishes out soon!!! Thank you for your patience.
And lastly a little quote for your day, in this mixed up crazy world –
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thank you all for being here xx

Jackie xx ❤

Magic of fabric!

Another reason I love to create my gorgeous pinnys out of upcycled vintage sheeting fabrics is the memories. I love it when my lovely customers tell me how they had those sheets as a child or they remember the doilies their grandmother used to make or even how themselves used to have a particular fabric. Memories that were lost in busy minds of our crazy lives are instantly refresh and brought back to the surface. Memories of a happier time with loved ones no longer with us. Memories of a time a little bit slower, simpler…happier. This is the magic of fabric!!! This divine print reminds one of my customers of her parents sheets, it was a blue colour-way but the same print, so glad I could create this for her xx Have I mentioned lately how much I love what I do.
  

Fabric obsession!

For over two years now I have been sewing, I was hooked after making my first patchworked skirt from a bag of scraps I found at a garage sale. I had sewn before in my late teenage years, but the passion was not quite there yet! But what I love most about my sewing journey is that I have not purchased fabric from a retail shop! Garage sale finds, hunting op shops, forgotten boxes passed on to me, purchasing from professional op shoppers online, from de-stash sales and of courses those generous gifted items. My fabric stash may not be neat, I do have more, but it is way too messy to show, where my tea towels and smaller sizes live, but I love it. I love that it has all been rescued and ready to be loved again. Mixed and matched into the perfect colour, pattern combinations to make that one perfect little pinny. Sometimes it takes me so long to put together a dress, sometimes it happens just like that! But I never seem to have enough! I think most handmade creators get this feeling, we have so much but oh look at all those pretties out there, it’s a healthy addiction! It’s therapy! This is my life! And yes I sleep right next to it all, I get to dream a little about it each night!
  

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

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

Autumn love!

So I made a gorgeous pinny, nothing new there, but oh this one is so divine! To celebrate the turning  of the  sessions I made this one special. With patchwork, that went a little crazy, ricrac trim, all the shades of brown and some lovely lace trim. Fully lined to keep the cooling winds out. I used upcycled fabrics, vintage and retro, sheeting and tablecloth, warm autumn colours of brown, orange and yellow, with some funky floral vintage sheeting fabric on back. Oh if only I could shrink myself down to a child’s size three, grab some gumboots and spotty socks and head out to jump in muddy puddles xx