In my creative space today is this little birdie I stitched up for Charlies doll, Daisy. It's made from the most beautiful vintage wool I cut from a coat I got at the oppie the other day. It is the most glorious shade of blue. I put on some wool felt wings and stuffed it with the scrappy offcuts of alpaca wool I've been saving. I have grand plans for other wonderful goodies from this coat....hopefully my plans are within my ability, I'm not so sure!
Also in my creative space is my beautiful street... this is what I can see from my front verandah at the moment...
It is absolutely divine :) It's really Autumn here and I am loving it. Sitting out on the couch stitching my birdie and eating Tim Tams whilst sipping rooibos while Charlie naps.... heaven!
What else... well I have the lovely Lisa of Lisoire candles has agreed to help me (us) make a stack of candles. I need pillar candles to go in all of the re-used glass jars and she normally does hers poured into glass, so she is researching and working out a plan as we speak. A weekend of candle making should be fun!
I sent a call out to friends to save things like olive oil tins, jars & doilies... the goodies are starting to pour in and my collections are growing, so thank you! Keep em coming lovelies! Tomorrow (or maybe the next day...) I will endeavor to think about table design and how to!
I've been thinking a lot about the prefect wedding shoes. I saw these beauties on a blog a while back but was unfortunately too late to purchase them. They are perfect. The duck egg blue colour I'm so obsessed with, the shape, the heel... oh I just can't get them out of my head damn it!
I think these Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes are adorable for a wedding. They add a splash of colour too which is something I definitely want. However, I'm not sure about wearing plastic shoes with my pretty vintage dress, something about it doesn't sit right with me. What do you think?
These Manolo Blahnik's are classic and sexy and would go well with my dress I think. They are also easy to get second hand on Ebay, but I don't think those stiletto heels are a good idea for an outdoor wedding.
I LOVE these Chie Mihara t-straps, what a gorgeous colour!! Good for dancing on grass and I'd wear them again and again. I might have a hard time finding them second hand on Ebay, but worth a try!
Who am I kidding, I just really want those first blue vintage shoes. the new ones don't even come close. Sigh....
I've a had such fantastic week of fabulous finds this week.
The suitcase pictured above was give to me on Mothers Day upon Adam's return from the Sunday Market. It also came with friends, a beautiful red one and a very old brown number. The beautiful wool coat I got this morning from the Daylesford Market. I've been searching for so long for a plaid wool coat such as this, but they are always too big and heavy. This one is perfecto so I was very happy!
But not as happy as Adam was when he purchased this awesome 1930's light box for an absolute steal! It was difficult to photograph, but it's for eye testing and is set in the most beautiful dark wood box. It has an amazing adjustable aperture on the bottom right, with a light behind it. We are going to build it into our house plans somehow!
During the week we went on a driving adventure and hit some great country oppies. We bought way too much to photograph, but I got this sweet shelf and all it's lovely contents. A selection of tins for the wedding, two lovely jugs and some french jars.
I am obsessed with this duck egg blue colour , especially when it's combined with red and I adore the circus vibe of this tin.
Duck egg blue again! I love the shape of the Bessemer jug and the pattern on the little Japanese jug is so lovely. At $1 and $1.50, who could say no?
Some great vintage kids books, which will be used for cards and tags and bunting.
My personal favourite is 'Honey without money' which has the most adorable illustrations. So sweet.
And this set of vintage memory cards, which I almost passed up, but I'm SO glad I didn't! I have all sorts of ideas of these little guys.
I also got an unused Polaroid camera, with a flash and film for just $15-! I'm so thrilled with this because I really want to be able to take some Polaroids at the wedding. All in all it's been a fantastic week of thrifting!! I hope yours was too ;)
The sun came out and we had such a lovely day at the gorgeous Glenlyon market today.
Magnificent fresh produce, amazing pasties that sold out too quickly, sweet scented candles, yummy preserves, fabulous clothes, second hand books, divine goats cheese....
and great company! ah... heaven! I do love a good community market! I finished up a perfect morning by getting my hand dirty in then garden then we drank a beautiful bottle of Veuve Clicquot we got for our engagement... thanks Biddy, Djad and GT!
I do hope your Saturday was just as fabulous! :)
the Glenlyon Market now has a blog too.... you can see it here
My creative space this morning holds the beginning of some wedding bunting, made from old linen napkins and doilies. I started to embroider it the other night at stitch n bitch, but it seems the conversation was so engaging and distracting that I embroidered the wrong letter. So here I am, in the morning sun, unpicking it.
Then we are off for a day of country op-shopping... I hope your spaces are muchos creative today!!
You can check out more fabulous creative spaces here.
I compulsively write lists about anything and everything. They can be found all over the house, in the car, and in the bottom of my handbag with the soggy old banana skins and stray sultanas.
It's bit of a joke really, all this list writing, because I very rarely see a list through. It is however a good way to sort through the plethora of crazy stuff floating around in my head.
So, the wedding challenge- I have basically not thought about a much since I embarked on this voyage so my head is full of ideas and half thought out plans. I've been obsessively devouring pictures and ideas from the array of amazing wedding blogs and websites out there and now my head is overflowing with images & possible (or some impossible?) projects.
It's all too much! So I need a list, probably several... do bare (bear?) with me.
Lets start from the beginning.
A preliminary list of jobs and ideas, in no particular order.
Celebrant- He's not Bob Down, but is apparently a good laugh... we have his name & number, we need to book him in.
Invites. I need to get to work on these as they are going to take ages.
Map for guests to find the wedding, hand drawn.
Compile a list of nearby accommodation.
Find an awesome local band that is good and willing to work in exchange for handmade hot water bottle covers or free land surveying. That'll be easy right?
Work out what to do about the marquee, can we really make one ourselves or are we totally insane?
Food. We know what we are having (It's a surprise!) but where are we getting it from? How much is it all going to cost? What do we need to do to prepare.
Design 'packaging' for the food. We have chosen something that requires no cutlery or crockery and can be wrapped in 100% recycled and biodegradable paper.
Cake / Dessert Table. What and who?
Photos, who's going to be the photographer?
Find an extra house in Glenlyon we can rent for our O.S guests.
Bridesmaids dresses & Bridesmaids goodies (I have special things planned).
Something for Escher to wear.
Flooring for the marquee.
Wine... local... organic.
Shoes / accessories.
Decide on a time to start proceedings and an order of events.
Decide on colours and decor for the three different areas.
Decor to make (needs a list of its own, or perhaps several). I need to work out which of the millions of ideas I like, I am actually going to do, then how am I going to do them.
Start organising the glasses, bottles, cans and jars we are collecting into labeled boxes.
Find a cool vintage caravan.
Rings- design, make.
Candles- I need to organise a candle making working bee- show of hands please.
Ah... that's a good start. I think I need a big cup of tea and Tim Tam now. Please do remind me of things I've not thought about. I haven't done this before you know!
I'm a huge fan of doing it yourself (obviously or I wouldn't be here writing this blog). Not only for weddings though, it could be anything at all, and isn't there is just so much satisfaction in looking at something and saying 'ya know what, I could make that', then thinking about how to do it and doing it?
Well if you agree, you should check out this most excellent blog- iDiY.
It's filled with inspiration and ideas, and links to amazing diy tutorials and free printable downloads.
Awesome projects for weddings that anyone could do. Like...
Like this gorgeous striped wedding suite, available in several colours, here
These gorgeous download and print invite templates here.
Not just for weddings either- there are so many great things. Like...
Look at this gorgeous pile of antique linen I was given for the wedding on the weekend! Is not divine? It belonged to Adams grandmother, Evelyn Phelps. Unfortunately I never got to meet her... oh how I wish I had. Evelyn was English- very proper, by all accounts. She was big on etiquette and manners, loved the Queen and most interestingly for me she was an antique dealer! I would have adored her, I'm absolutely certain. We named our daughter after her (Charlie Evelyn) and she even chose to be born on her birthday!
Look at the amazing detail in this lace! I'm so glad that Adams Mum has been kind enough to share these heirlooms with us and they fit so perfectly with our challenge. Evelyns presence will be felt in so many areas of our wedding...
The engagement ring Adam gave to me was hers, given to her by her husband, and even then it was already antique. It's so so perfect and so so special. I love it more than words can say.
There is also this beautiful antique lace & silk slip. It's Victorian I believe and being so old is in need of some tlc, but hopefully I can mend and alter it to wear under my vintage wedding dress.
This Victorian child's dress will hopefully (if it fits then!) be Charlies dress for the big day. I will make a coloured slip to add underneath to add a bit of fun for her and a pretty brooch to cover a wee mark on the chest.
The craftsmanship and detail is truly amazing and it's in beautiful condition for it's age.
I think wee Miss Charlie is a lucky Girl indeed!
Thank you to my wonderful soon to be mother in law for these truly magical items!