First stop: Salvos, Carlisle Street, St Kilda East
Total spent: $8.95
Well, everybody needs a wooden ampersand, right? Come one. She's happily perched on my book shelf, watching over my craft room when I'm not there.
A square of delicious Japanese linen in a navy colour with white patterned symbols. I think that maybe this was a napkin (due to the size) in its previous life. I will be turning it into a funky Japanese-themed softie (although I really can't bear to think about cutting into it).
A complete roll of Admit One tickets. Being an admirer of all types of paper projects, I can't wait to come up with something fun to use these on. I'm thinking of cover a cigar box in them. And also using them as stickers to seal packaging for different handmade goodies I sell at markets.
I could not get a photo that does this little beauty justice. It's a square embroidered linen tablecloth. It has a very quaint square embroidery design smack bang in the middle, which will form the front of the cushion I will be fashioning this into. Complete with matching white lace trim which I picked up today from Darn Cheap Fabrics on Glenhuntly Road and will be sewing around the edges of the pillow.
I also picked up a brand new, in the pack, Birch plastic white buckle - the adjustable kind that you see on straps of fanny packs or coin belts. He he. I said fanny. I love throwing in an American word when it means something completely different in Australian English!
Second Stop: Posh Oppe Shoppe, Cnr Glenhuntly and Grange Roads, Caulfield South
Total spent: $17
It might not look like it here, but this is actually a pleated placemat. It is so sweet and vintage looking. This one is destined to become the blouse of an upcoming softie.
This gorgeous vintage linen napkin has THE sweetest faded flower print across it. I cannot wait to turn it into a coin purse with a clasp. The remainder will go into a softie of course!
Ok, so I've been wanting to work with doilies for some time now. And the Posh Oppe Shoppe is definitely the place to go if you want to stack up on doilies for craft projects (ssh, keep it quiet - I don't want people flocking there and buying the entire supply). I found a 15 litre tub FULL of assorted doilies. Like this one. It is square. It is cute. It will get a new life as the face of a cushion.
And of course I couldn't leave without purchasing a traditional round doily. This one was my most fave because it has a fabric centre - prefect for embroidering on. If you want. This beauty will also be turned into a cushion, however it will be a round cushion. And I might even pull the centre in with a cute lace-covered button. Maybe, just maybe.
At the risk of killing you with "death by doilies" I'm just going to show you just this last one. It is a rectangular doily, so sadly it didn't fit into the photo too well. But you get the idea. Maybe another cushion? Or maybe I'll use this one as part of my market stall display.
I also picked up a 100% wool single size blanket for my best female fury friend, Bella. It's almost winter and she has destroyed every other blanket and towel we've ever given her. I didn't take a photo of the blanket because it's not worth the effort. It's ugly. And pink. And really, it's for the dog, so who cares, right?
Hope you have delighted in me sharing my finds. Maybe, just maybe I'll be posting some tutorials on upcycling some of these materials in the very near future. Stay tuned.