Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I have four Juky and Beatrix bookplate sets. Bookplates go on the inside cover of your book for you to have your details neatly in one place. No more scribbling in pen on the inside cover. With Juky and Beatrix bookplates all of that is taken care of with these beautiful designs and a bit of whimsy. They make a great little thank you gift to that book loving friend who lent you a book, or maybe even a great little stocking filler for Christmas if you want to start getting organised.
If you would like to be in the draw for this giveaway you will need to be a follower for My Vintage Vow Blog or Facebook Page you will need to post a comment here or on Facebook telling us what your favourite book is. You can double your chances of winning a set of Juky and Beatrix bookplates, so if you aren't already a Facebook fan pop over there and double your chances. Likewise if you're a Facebook Fan and you are popping in here, and you aren't already a blog follower, double your chances by becoming a follower and leaving your comment here as well. Cut and paste comments will be fine for your entry.
I also have one last chance for someone to win one of the four bookplate sets as well as an additional mystery Juky and Beatrix surprise so if you would like to be in the draw for that you will need to meet three criteria leave me a comment here, to tell me that you are one of our Facebook fans as well, but you will need to pop on over to Juky and Beatrix Facebook Page and become a fan.
ETA: I have had to edit this post due to a calender blunder in planning this post and giveaway. Entries were meant to in my planning to close 8pm on 24/8/2011. But in error I quoted the 31/8/2011 at 8pm to be the closing date. Due to this major blunder and oversight this giveaway and it's winner have already been drawn. I am clearly very upset that I have allowed made this blunder. All winners who were drawn will still receive their prizes legitimately and those who have entered since the draw have been contacted privately.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Juky and Beatrix is a sweet little business based on the Gold Coast in Australia. A handmade stationery label which was conceived through creator May's experiences in her university library. These experiences saw her stumble upon a wall of old books that looked like they hadn't been touched in years. In May's words, "the dust was so thick I could have drawn a picture. The particular journal I picked out was called Temple Bar and there was just something magical about the way that time had aged that book. The pages were brittle and spotted with age. They felt rough and powdery and had that wonderful oaky smell. And there were stories! So, many. stories. I probably spent my first two years of uni in the library reading those journals. After that, I started collecting those sorts of books when I could. Sometimes you'd find stuff pressed between the pages like advertisements for soaps and medicine which could be more precious than the book itself".
Through May's experiences she has been inspired to create a range of products which I am so utterly in love with. Up cycling and recycling old books into functional, unique, more often then not one off journals, notebooks and stationery for your choosing. She is a women after My Vintage Vow's heart being inspired at times by genuine vintage fabrics and vintage inspired prints to cover many of her creations.
I stopped by to see May just last weekend at the Mount Tambourine Market on my birthday to look through her creations and to treat myself to more then one of her gorgeous designs.
My eye caught a glimpse of, one of Juky and Beatirx's storybooks and I couldn't pass it up, one it's my favourite colour green of course and two the book title spoke to me. It didn't speak to me because I am some sort of number crunching fancy pants, far from in fact, but the words of the title spoke to me and my opping and thrifting love. I am often reckoning with objects of desires from the racks and tables (discount tables if you like) in my thrifty adventures to op shops, garage sales, car boot sales and the like. May has included some of the original mathematical tables throughout the book amongst blank pages for my journalings and musings. I will be using this journal exclusively for My Vintage Vow musings, blog post ideas, crafty projects, products to work on and design and more.
I couldn't help myself and also nabbed a Mushrakazam Notebook which amongst it's pages includes images of old advertisements from a time gone by. I will likely use this journal for more personal musings about life, love and my children, hopes, dreams and goals, favourite quotes and words.
You can check out Juky and Beatrix's range of products here, listings of May's products can often be found online at her Etsy Store, mind you this wonderfully talented women has had her creations flying off the bookshelves so to speak lately that you might have to check in at the end of the month to see if she has re-stocked. Otherwise if you can't hold out until then and you are local to the Gold Coast/Brisbane region get along to one the markets Juky and Beatrix frequent and get up close and personal with May's creations and pick yourself up something special. May will be only too happy to see you and she will great you with the happiest of cheer and smile on her face. If you return that cheer and smile and you can't find a journal or notebook that's just right for you, you might be able to discuss a custom order with her.
1. The most deliciously beautiful vintage tablecloth one of those beautiful soft ones like chenille that will go straight from the wash to the line, to the table without an iron. 2. Brown woven bag, it's big and has an internal drawstring section to protect your goodies from falling out. 3. Navy patterned vintage dress (close up pic below). 4. Vintage black and white stripe pleat skirt. 5 & 6. Are 2 old school green and white check place mats and a collection of lovely dollies (close up pic below).....both the place mats and dollies will be up cycled into new products I will be selling coming up to spring, so stay tuned.
The dress pattern has yellow dots in it, I am thinking a nice yellow cami poking through underneath with a few buttons undone and some canary yellow pumps and this is going to be a too die for number.
Loving this little collection can't wait to get crafting with them, my favs are the sheer yellow ones on the right.
So how did everyone else go this week with their opping and thrifting adventures did you stay on budget? What did you score, post a comment and link and share. Whilst you're at it let me know what kind of thrifting adventures we should be on next week, what are we going to search for?
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The challenge has been set, who can find the funkiest of things for Friday and how much of it can you score on a $20 budget. Check back Friday to see what I have scored and share your links and finds with me.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Because I had so many flowers I decided to group flowers as single varieties which I often like to do rather then having a whole mixed bunch on show. I like single varieties on show as you can often take in and appreciate them so much more. It was only on the weekend that I discovered how thin on the ground I am for appropriate vases to show off flowers. However I think I did alright with these up cycles here don't you think, all of which have cost me next to nothing?
From top left - miniature roses and if you saw last weeks Whoops....I got off track post you will notice my half litre bottle I picked up last week opping, middle is - Iris's with foliage in an old teapot I picked up for $2 many month ago only to get home to find the nob on the lid was busted........oh well good thing I kept the teapot it has come in handy, right is - white and red alstroemerias in an old jam jar, front left - apricot roses - old jam jar again and up front we have orange gerbras in a sweet little hour glass vases for 50cents at a car boot sale.
Pretty thrifty don't you think and no need for expensive vases and all these vessels can be used for all other variety of needs once I am done with the flowers.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Inspired by an idea I saw over at Lil Blue Boo a while ago now. I have set about using that idea for my canister.
So this is what you will need: your canister or vessel in question, coarse sandpaper and blackboard paint, I selected black rather then green blackboard paint and I also decided on spray can rather then apply with brush or roller.....but it's up to you of course.
To start you will want to make sure the surface on your canister is clean and free of grime. If your vessel has previously been painted you will need to rough up the existing paint surface a bit, with coarse sandpaper to assist in getting good coverage with the paint. After a bit of roughing up give it another wipe down to get rid of that dusty paint residue, then your ready to paint.
Excuse the dodgy scissors drawing, I raided Master V's chalk stash only to find he had the big thick stuff left.
I like the functionality of the canister with the blackboard paint, I can choose to label it with a word, a phrase, a picture of what should be store in it. I am also often in the habit of (when already organised) reorganising myself and playing around with new places to store things. So now it will be easy if I decide today it will hold scissors and shears, tomorrow it might hold knitting needles, I can simply wipe off the label or pic and relabel. This should also help with anyone stepping into my creative space to find and identify where things belong, as I will be using this same technique with a few other vessels.
So there you go, I'm now about to slink off for a cheeky glass of red. I will touch base over the weekend and we'll have a chat about what I am contemplating for next weeks Funky Finds Friday.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
1. Single bed vintage sheet set 2. Funky Half Litre Bottle 3. Two cute little bunny cups 4. Black bow espadrilles
Close up of the wee cute bunny's
How cool is the bottle?
Friday, August 5, 2011
Sorry pic is slightly dodgy, battery died after this pic.......someone has been a bit snap happy
Isn't she lovely? She is going to see a lot of wear come spring and summer, perhaps even through the remaining days of winter here on the Gold Coast the clear days are perfect for her. She is light, but gives a enough coverage and warmth if there is a little breeze. She is perfect dressed down or dressed up with designer jeans and heals. She is perfectly pink but not too pink. I just love her and so thrilled I found a home for her in my wardrobe.
For the pretty sum of $4 how could I resist her, I nabbed my little darling at:
Salvation Army Nerang
Shop 4/5, 23-25 Station Street NERANG QLD 4211
Ph (07) 5596 2377
Fax (07) 5596 2377
So what's on the agenda for next weeks Funky Finds Friday? Well I have confessed to needing to reorganise and revamp my creative space (hubby and I share an office, how I wish I could kick him out and have it all to myself). So I am going to be on the look out for some cool, funky odds and ends to store the array of different craft supplies, pens, needles, scissors, buttons, fabrics, clothing etc. Maybe old teapots or old pottery pieces, suitcases......I don't know anything that could be useful in holding and containing my supplies and goodies whilst being functional and funky. So if you like come join me this week on the search for something useful and funky for your home. Remember to share your find if you want to join in and post a comment and a link or send me an email and I will post a link for you.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
At the end of each week she likes to share her Flea Market Finds and she always the cutest of finds to share.
Don't you just love this pic of her finds last week
She writes about topics that inspire me and this week has motivated me to get more organised with my creative process and space and documenting it. So I have some big plans on getting my creative workspace better organised.........which I hope to share that journey with you once I get started. As for documenting my creative ideas, thoughts and processes for my personal reference I have also put some very special journals on my birthday wish list for next week.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I am glad I took my little vowers out this morning not only was Master V helpful but he gave his opinion on today's find. I dropped into Lifeline Oxenford and whilst meandering around and rummaged through different racks and shelves, I kept popping the hat on to make sure it's really what I wanted. All I could hear each time was Master V's voice giggling saying "get hat mummy, get hat". So here it is, brown hat with beige trim it's one of those lusciously flippy floppy hats which will give plenty of protection from the sun when mucking about with my little vowers.
I'm not entirely convinced by the band and fabric flower but for $4 for the hat and the abundance of craft supplies I have I am going to set about turning this lusciously flippy floppy hat into the totally perfect number I'm wanting. Did anyone else pick up finds this week? Please share!
Hmmmm so what should we be on the search for this coming week, what about some knitted goodness? Go on get to it?