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Sunday, July 22, 2012

distressing news for lovers of vintage floral...

Yesterday was epic. The sun was shining in all of its warming glory and there wasn't a cloud to be seen. It felt like summer and the radio seemed to be keeping up with an endless wave of feel good, happy music. I opened all of the doors and windows of little shack and let the breeze blow through. In the afternoon I headed out driving with the small person and almost unconsciously found myself in the next town over seeking out op-shops. I am SO happy that I did. One stop had a whole rack of floral sheets hanging out the front, just waiting for me! SERIOUSLY! With the happy price tag of only $2 each. That is just unheard of these days. It has been a long time since I have had such a score.

There was one incident that threatened to ruin my mood. If you are a lover of vintage sheets and you collect them, then you will understand how rare they are becoming. I was heartbroken to discover that the Salvo's in Bussleton has a policy to shred these precious sheets to make rag bags. AS in a plastic bag full of rags. I was looking down at these beautiful, scrumpled patterns all torn and ripped. I took the bag up to the counter to ask the lady behind the counter if it would be possible to save these sheets. She obviously thought that I was mad when I tried to explain that they were collectable (but their just old sheets...??)  SO, if you are a local Southwest person PLEASE please please head to the Salvo's in Bussleton and let these ladies know that these sheets are worth more whole than they are as rags. 

Distressing as it was, we shook it off and headed to the beach to enjoy the final hours of sunshine. The small person ended up naked and caked with sand. She attracted quite an audience as she frolicked and played. It was a scene of pure joy and it made me so happy. I love this town and its pristine coast.

That's it from me today. Time for coffee and maybe some fruit toast. I hope you are having the most wonderful weekend so far, wherever you may be.

Bec x

Friday, July 20, 2012

I have more dresses to show you....

Wow people - the last two days you have kept me BUSY! Heaps of emails and a number of sales! I really can't thank you all enough for your support of this little venture. It is overwhelming sometimes. I really do feel like the luckiest lady in the world right now.

I am just taking a step away from the machine to eat some lunch and brew some tea. It has been bitterly cold the last few days. The fire has been on 24/7. A quick stop past the local church oppy this morning uncovered a gorgeous yellow, floral, flannelette sheet that is destined for my bed this afternoon. Its sunny colour and extra warmth will be sure to boost the snuggle factor in the coming cold nights...

I decided to keep one of the dresses I had available for sale, sorry to any of the ladies who had their eye on it for themselves. I haven't kept many of my own dresses. I usually make one for my self, only to have someone beg to buy it from me and I usually do sell it on thinking 'I can always make myself another one...' Next week I might show you my private collection.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hello again...

This last few weeks I have been involuntarily unplugged from the rest of the world. First with the broken laptop (now fixed, hooray) and then with a disconnected internet service. Before I set up in little shack I purchased a portable wireless internet device to keep me connected while I move around. It is a prepaid service that you can connect multiple devices to without needing a cord. Perfect for when I get my ipad (wishful thinking). ANYWAY, I thought that my device was faulty. But it turns out that I just ran out of credit and I needed to recharge it. I couldn't believe that I had used all my credit SO quickly... hmmm. 

So while I have been offline I have been sewing. I have made nearly 20 dresses in the last two weeks. I wont bombard you with pictures of them all straight away, I will spread them over the week... There is something about Dunsborough that makes me productive. Maybe its this cold, fresh air. Or maybe its the Yallingup espresso?? 

In other news it seems that my time in this little cottage is almost at an end and I have set my sights on another little place down the road. It is an old, pink house that reminds me of a sugared almond. I have dubbed this cottage 'the sugar shack'. It's not mine yet but I am doing all I can to change that. Living in this place has reminded me of my urge to nest and create a beautiful space. I had planned to keep moving for a while, but the small person has settled back into her old daycare so beautifully I feel that it would be mean to disrupt that again.

I think I need to unplug again and take this little out of the house for an op-shop visit. I hope you are enjoying a gorgeous Wednesday so far, wherever you may be...

Bec x


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

news from around here...

It is a sunny but cold winters afternoon here in the Southwest.  Me and the small person are inside near the fireplace being lazy and warm. It has been a very productive week already. I have numerous orders almost ready to post and a few ready-to-ship dresses that will be added to the shop next week.  Two wedding orders are underway and a new style is getting its finishing touches.

Last week the small person managed to smash my laptop. It is in the shop for repairs as we speak and I have my fingers and toes crossed that it can actually be repaired. I have had no computer for more than a week so hardly any access to the internet. Perhaps this is why I have been so productive??  I have borrowed my little sis's laptop for a short while so I can catch up on all of the emails that have been accumulating in my absence. If you are waiting to hear from me I pomise I will be getting back to you as soon as I can.

I am working on a temporary fabrics page. Right now I have all of my fabrics spread out over three locations, which is making life a bit tricky. The new page will have a selection of my old fabrics and a few special new ones. Hopefully I will have that sorted by tomorrow.

OK then! that's the news from around here.Hope you are well and happy,  wherever in the world you may be.

Bec x