Category Archives: Vintage

Crafting with Hill Tribe fabrics

I love crafting with these vintage Hill Tribe embroideries and bright cotton prints that I brought back from Vietnam. The colours and patterns are so delicious. I’ve made plump, rectangular cushions and small zip purses… And satisfyingly heavy floor cushions … Continue reading

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Home textures: bedroom

Here are some pictures of the textures and details of our bedroom. White, 100% cotton bedding from Ikea (I wish they had Ikea in New Zealand!). Two Hill Tribe bedspreads from North Vietnam to give us extra warmth. Two vintage … Continue reading

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Collection: scissors

I love my little collection of traditional Chinese-style scissors. Each one tells it’s own story. The cane-handled pair belonged to a friend’s mother who died suddenly. The mother had been a hoarder her whole life and I helped my friend … Continue reading

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Collection: vintage plates

Some of my pretty vintage plates. Picked up in flea markets, op shops and the bargain bins of antique shops. I look for patterns that I fall in love with, rather than particular names or collectable sets. They come in … Continue reading

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Colour palette: knitting and haberdashery

Some of my vintage haberdashery: kimono fabrics, buckles, buttons, and my hands knitting, combined into an unexpected colour palette. I like that if you cover up the colour palette with your hands so there are only three colours next to … Continue reading

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2010: My year in blogging

I started this blog back in April. Over the past months there have been many times when I haven’t managed to blog as often as I wanted (or, let’s face it, at all!), but looking back over all the posts … Continue reading

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Colour palette: Red

Tomato, rose, cherry, fire engine, ruby, chilli pepper, blood, crimson, strawberry, coral, poppy, cardinal, brick, raspberry, flame, carmine, rust, scarlet, burgundy, vermillion, persimmon, maroon. The colour red can mean so many different things: stop, warning, courage, danger, love, lust, hot… Communism, Indian weddings … Continue reading

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Kimono paper tape PREVIEW!

I can’t wait any longer! I have to give you a preview of something fun I’ve been working on recently for my soon-to-be-open shop (which will be up and running this week for sure!). I’ve been creating sets of kimono … Continue reading

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Vintage kimono palette

I’ve been spending a lot of time these past few days being creative with photos I’ve taken of my vintage kimono collection over the years, as I get stock ready to launch my Etsy shop. Below is part of a … Continue reading

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Display jars for treasures

I seem to have a bit of a treasure theme going on at the moment…and in particular, ways of storing treasures. First there was the pirate’s treasure bag, and now it’s a beautiful way of displaying flotsam and jetsam and other bounty … Continue reading

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