Monday, August 31, 2009


We received an unhappy (and anonymous) note under our door yesterday, so I thought I would reply on the off chance that the disappointed person / people will read it. I am sorry you drove 1.5 hours to visit our shop only to find us closed. However our website clearly states that we are only open Thursday - Saturday 11am - 5pm, or by appointment. We have not been open on Sundays since the beginning of this year. If you had rung the telephone number on the door, we would have answered and been more than happy to come and open the shop for you. We were not far away....
On a similar note, we also endeavour to post information on this blog, our door and our website if we have any changes in regards to our opening times. And it so happens that we do. This Saturday 4th September we will closing early at 3.30pm. Also in preparation for our upcoming photography exhibition (more info soon) we will be closing the shop for the week of the 13th - 19th September in order to prepare and re-arrange the shop. Please call us on 0408557459 or 0412713202 if you want to arrange a time or have any questions.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

new to the shop

in no particular order (though the top one is my favourite)....
framed vintage tea week sign

map magnets made by me

magnets made from old (and incomplete) children's lotto pieces

a new range of screenprints from the UK heading to the online shop to add a few things too.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

flour sack cushions

Here is the latest in our cushions created from vintage flour sacks. I am attempting to put these up in the online shop today - though it depends on Arthur and his television watching while I do may be this evening I have a feeling. A big thankyou goes to Miss Peta Pledger for helping sew up a the way she makes the best dresses, skirts and tops in town.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

cushions online

since our article in Inside Out magazine, we have had a few enquiries in regards to our cushions made from old flour sacks and army blankets. So I have photographed what we currently have in stock and have added them to the online shop. I plan to get my sewing on this evening and create a few more. Fingers crossed I won't fall asleep before Arthur and actually get some done.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

vintage toys + photography

= me happy. I have been working on a photo job (shh dont tell them I told you) which incorporates the use of vintage toys. Perfect for me really. So I thought that I would share one of the rejects so to speak. Some of you may remember this space set from your own childhood. It got me thinking about my favourite toys which I didn't have - but got to play with at friends' houses. Kenner family treehouse, this space set and simon (electronic game).

Friday, August 7, 2009

thread den market

the above photo has nothing really to do with the fact that the lovely thread den girls have organised a market and we are having at stall at it. It is on this Sunday August 9 from 10am -2pm at the Lithuanian club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne. There will be over 50 market stalls, activities for the kids and great door prizes. Entry via gold coin donation...the money raised is going towards their spring fashion show. And also thankyou to all the lovely comments and emails re: our feature in Inside Out. Whilst articles about ourselves and our shop / home have been seen in other mags and websites, this is by far my favourite. Yay...

Monday, August 3, 2009

I had been thinking...

that I hadn't posted anything for a while and lo and behold, it's this week sees our house in the latest edition of Inside Out magazine. It's due to hit the stands August 4 or 5. This week we are being interviewed by a newspaper, along with photos of our kitchen and bathroom - so the mad cleaning panic is about to begin and lastly over the weekend the lovely Jenny and Ian from lmnop popped into the shop. So I think that has the media covered.
On Friday I embarked on a wee shop re-arranging, kind of like a giant game of tetris. I sometimes have some crazy idea and won't let up on it - such as moving large pieces of furniture that you cant get to, nor move by oneself. Yet somehow I think it is possible. Luckily Nick got back to the shop with Arthur and helped. (Once I had emptied almost everything from under the stairs into the shop - to get to large piece of furniture)...but I did get to finding some buried vintage treasure, which I'm hoping to add online this week.