Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Nifty Thrifty

The Queen’s Birthday was a lovely family day for us. We went to the Lifeline Book Fair then had a ‘picnic’ on my mother-in-law’s deck with little cousins (we had intended to go to a more picnic-y place, but it was raining).

At the Book Fair I picked up some lovely vintage goodies. These two books have wonderful images and funny stories in them – I can’t wait to use some of them in my making! I also bought some craft magazines and craft book from the 1970s – so much orange, brown and macramé! Great!

I bought this sweet Baby Animals book for my girl, my boy got some Dinosaur magazines (can you tell he has a thing for dinos?!) and J got a daggy old quiz book – ‘hours of family fun’!!

At my mother-in-law’s, I rummaged through her fantastic collection of sewing patterns. We had a lovely time; her remembering the different ones she made for different occasions, and me drooling over the fabulously retro outfits! Here’s two I borrowed. They are only a year apart – from 1969 and 1970 – but very different, I think.

And here’s the fabric I bought today that will be perfect for making one of those patterns up! I was so happy with this find from my local Vinnies shop – 3.8m of vintage Finnish fabric for only $7!! A bit bright for me, but I love it anyway!

Ahhhh, so much thrifty goodness!


Hey Harriet said...

Aaaarrrggh! I forgot all about the Lifeline Bookfest! Maybe it's still on...I'll check. I remember last time it ran for a week rather than just the long weekend. Fingers crossed! Sure sounds like you had a wonderful Queen's B'day holiday (& drats! we've only one more Public Holiday now left this year). Can't wait to see what yu create with your cool vintage finds :)

Jamie said...

Your blog looks delicious sweetie! I love the name you picked:) I really enjoyed your post about the collage greats, especially Joseph Cornell. He is my favorite:) Wonderful job Ali! Love, Jamie

Hot Fudge said...

Oh, what a nostalgia trip. Those dress patterns did it for me - I was living in Canada for a year in 1969 and married in 1970 and remember those styles as if it was yesterday.

By the way - Shaun Tan is being interviewed by Margaret Throsby this morning and after reading your post on him, I will certainly be listening.

Joanne said...

Sounds like a lovely day Ali - can't wait to see that fabric recreated!

AnastasiaC said...

lovely thrifty goodies...i love vintage books!!