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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Work!

I have cleaned toilets, poured beers in outback towns and cities, served meals, made beds, taken tickets at a theme park, played reception, been a bank teller, even picked award winning grapes! So many different jobs, in so many different locations. I have always worked, never having ambition or direction, just living….but now I have drive and passion, creativity and motivation, I look forward to each day filled with new ideas and fun! Wait for it! For sometimes life finds you xx I know it is cliché but – “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”

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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Washing day.

My washing line! Nestled in between my nectarine and plum tree. Doing the washing is one household job I don’t mind. Really it is the easiest of them all! We are so lucky to have washing machines that do all the hard work for us, then the gorgeous sunshine and light mountain breeze does the rest! In the afternoon I fold it outside while Tommy kicks the soccer ball, done. And of course the days I get to wash for dream a little, is quite magical!
  

Happy sunny pinny!

A happy sunny pinny to brighten your day! It is a glorious day here on Tamborine Mountain, the perfect winters day for us Queenslanders. I hope your day is just as bright! Showing you this gorgeous little dress today because I am just loving my little “show a little slip” petticoat thing happening here, with a vintage ruffle complete with ribbon and embroidery. Spotty vintage seer sucker fabric in sunny yellow, the cutest hand embroidered vintage doily pocket and happy flower buttons. I am just loving this pinny! I love all my pinnys, each and everyone is full of love, caring, inspiration, fun, magic, cheekiness, playfulness and dreams! I hope you love them too, join my Facebook group today, I will be adding this one to the group later. Friends of dream a little. xxx

 

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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

Acceptance.

I remember while Sam was in hospital, going through treatment for cancer, all those months of sadness and pain and how everyone would say how brave I was, how strong. But really what else can you be, as a mother with a child with osteosarcoma, being brave is all you have. But really what got me through was acceptance, once I understood what Sam had, there are so many childhood cancers, bone cancer was one I had never heard of, I accepted our situation and trusted the doctors. Sam was going to get through this and that was how you thought. Once I had accepted this I was able to concentrate on helping Sam and his chemo journey. Then finding out treatment had not worked and the cancer in his body was just too aggressive and his body just not strong enough to fight such a large tumour and that we would only have two months with our precious middle child, again once we had gone over all the possibilities, I accepted that letting Sam go was the only way to go. Once we had accepted that, we were able to put all our focus into our boy, to fill a life time of love into two months. It was hard, and it is harder to describe, but once those if, buts, maybes are out of the situation you are left with “what it is”, Kris, my husband has just started to say this a lot lately, “it is, what it is” and this simple saying says it all. I believe you need to stop and look around and really see what is happening and really think about what you can do about it, and sometimes you just can’t do anything, so then it is up to you to set your mind right and focus on what is important……well that is my 15 minutes, sending love to you and strength xx

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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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