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One of my new favourite things about Christmas are the stunning Christmas stockings that Billie made us all last year. The handwork is amazing and they are big enough for the grown-ups to get a bottle of something 😉

Vintage buttons from Button Mania and repo vintage fabric from Patchwork on Central Park (Melbourne).


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to Christmas has begun! I have been using up all my words writing my novel for the last month so I have a story in pictures for you. My interwebbies have been down so I’ve got heaps done 😉

Rings for the fair amoung other things:

And a dress to wear for my poetry reading made from a pattern I got in the clothes swap group.

Simplicity 7978. Very Sylvia Plath meets Minnie Mouse 😉

I always need to be brave for readings so it was great to pick up this little reminder off the kitchen floor that morning:

I knew the fair would go well as I had just recieved this fortune:

and before all that I got my decoration swaps off:

After I’d sent them I came up with another idea that I liked much better – typical! Ah well, next year!

I made this for a friend as a little in joke. Haven’t told her yet, I wonder if she’ll guess it’s for her?

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One of the best bits of advice I’ve been given about being a mother is to apply the oxygen mask principle – ie to take care of yourself so you are able to then take care of others. The last few days in Melbourne has been exactly that. Well I guess actually I was being looked after rather than looking after myself ;).

I’m back feeling replenished and loving rather than worn out and resentfull.

Lots of cake:

Lots of craft:

And super thrifty shopping:

Oh and a couple of poems!

I’ll be back with more details but you can see the full pix on my flickr photostream.

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Yes it’s that time again. Why don’t you join me?

The Pledge

I Ms Show Your Workings pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings!

The Rules

No buying new! (handmade is excepted; So this allows for Etsy purchases etc!!) All clothing must be Recycled, Renovated, Preloved or Thrifted, or Handmade only for the term. Employment related and special needs clothing (ie sports, school), shoes and undies are excepted from the rules, although you are encouraged to have a go at making these.
In extreme circumstances, maybe a special event, or the worlds greatest and most amazing never to be repeated sale that you simply can not pass up, you may use the Get out of Refashionista Jail Free card. You are able to use this card once during the 2 month part of your contract; ie 1 for 2 months, 2 for 4 months etc. Of course you need to fess up on the blog and display the button!
You must post on the blog at least once a week to let the community know what you’ve been up to. This will not only give you brag points, but inspire and encorouge others! Of course you need to display the button on your blog and have copied the pledge in at least one post, and provide a link to your pledge under the button.
You need to be honest and admit when you’ve fallen off the Refashionista Wagon! Go directly to Refashionista Jail, do not pass GO and do not collect $200! Apply for parole once there.

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Well, I think they look like cells.

A new print run for the swap.

Hand printed with a potato stamp onto unbleached calico.

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Today I hosted the Little Gem Session in the newly cleaned up shed. I was experimenting with lino prints, hand painting and potato prints on calico and cotton drill. I’m getting ready to do a fabric swap with Jezze in South Africa. The potato prints seemed to work best with the thinner fabric paint. The lino prints really needed the tacky block print ink to get good coverage but I’m not sure how well they will wash. The leaf inside the circle is an eraser stamp I carved a while back.

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My Felt shop is now officially open! These fabric covered brooches are my first items for sale. The fabric is vintage Swedish and kimono. Become a patron of the arts and buy NZ handmade 😉

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