Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vintage buttons...

Vintage buttons were probably one of the first things I started collecting as a teenager. Back then, (cough, cough) 25 years ago they were plentiful and I was assured of a good haul every time I went to an op shop. Now, I rarely even bother to look for them as there are not so many around. Most of mine are packed away ready for the move - but I had to bring some with me to our temporary digs or I just wouldn't have felt at home. I'll post some more pics soon...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Southern Cemetery

The positive aspect of moving house is that I can get to know a different area of the city. My partner, my daughter and I went walking around the beautiful Southern Cemetery in the weekend. I lived nearby over 20 years ago when I first came to Dunedin and I'd forgotten what a fascinating and historic part of town it is. I'll endeavour to make the most of the next two months living in this area by taking lots of walks and re-discovering it.

The Southern Cemetery in the New Zealand city of Dunedin was the first major cemetery to be opened in the city. The cemetery was opened in 1858, ten years after the founding of the city in an area known as "Little Paisley".[1] This area lies at the southern end of Princes Street, one of the city's main streets, close to the suburbs of Kensington, Maryhill, and The Glen (part of Caversham).
The cemetery had separate sections set aside for Presbyterians, Anglicans, and Roman catholics, as well as a Jewish section. The 1860s saw a major influx of people into the city due to the Central Otago Gold Rush, including a large number of Chinese from Guangdong; a separate Chinese section to the cemetery was added in the years that followed.[2] A large proportion of New Zealand's early Jewish immigrants are buried in the cemetery's Jewish section.[3]
The Northern Cemetery, at the other end of the city's main urban area, was opened in 1872. Neither of these cemeteries are still used for new burials (the last burials at the Southern Cemetery were in 1985); as of 2009 Dunedin's main cemetery is at Andersons Bay in the south of the city.
In all, some 23,000 burials were recorded at the Southern Cemetery. Many notable figures from the early settlement of the city are buried in the Southern Cemetery, among them Captain William Cargill, Thomas Burns and Johnny Jones. Other noted Dunedinites buried in the cemetery include Dorothy Theomin, Bendix Hallenstein, and William Downie Stewart.
Much of the cemetery is in a poor state of maintenance, though there are plans to repair some of its more damaged areas

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shop Update

I updated my Felt shop today with some goodies. I can't wait to get settled into a house and have my own creative room for sewing etc. The flat we've moved into doesn't have a kitchen table so today I had to sew sitting on the couch with the sewing machine on a coffee table - my back was killing me after about 5 minutes!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

City Patches

I got these fantastic patches at the op-shop today. Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, maybe fill the sleeve of a black jersy for winter....

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vintage Childrens Cups

Well, we've packed up the old house and moved into a 2br flat (apartment) while we search for a new home. It's very strange not having all my "things" around. I even avoided the op shop today as I can't risk bringing anything else home as the place is so small. Not that that's ever stopped me before but I think my partner will throttle me if he has to move anything else!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Small celluloid fans

I'm moving house in 2 days after 9 years in my current house. As you will learn, I'm a hoarder. I can't help my self! I started op-shoping when I was a teenager in the mid 80's and haven't stopped since. I must say I have had some big culls over the years with garage sales etc, but my house is bursting at the seams with "collections". Nearly everything is packed away now in 2 storage lock ups (one just wasn't enough!) and we're moving into a 2 bedroom upstairs flat while we search for our dream house to buy.
Onwards and upwards......

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Enough is enough?

When is enough enough? That's the question I'm pondering today.
I admit it - I'm slightly obssessive when it comes to collecting. Once I get one of something, I want to find another, and another, and another..........
Witness my collection of spotted plastic bowls....70+ and still growing.
I started collecting these about 20 yerars ago, back when they were fairly common in op shops (thrift stores). As a child growing up, we had a caravan and I remember we had a red spotty bowl in it. They were very common in New Zealand in the 70's - most people had them for picnics.
Now, we've sold our house and will be moving in the next few weeks (not sure where yet) and my partner wants me to get rid of them. He's not fond of my collecting mania - that's putting it mildly....Am I slightly crazy for wanting to keep the collection together to the detriment of my relationship? What if our new house has heaps of space and room to display them? They're a lot harder to find these days so I'm unlikely to be able to replace them.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cake Stands

I started  making these recycled plate cake stands a couple of years with my sister.

Here's a selection of my all time favourites...

The hardest part is matching the plates as you tend to need a lot to get good matches. Needless to say I have towers of plates in my spare room waiting for mates.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cowboy chair cushion

This was my pre-Xmas project.. a cushion for my sewing chair. First I had to strip back and paint the chair though as it had old varnish on it. The pattern is from Cath Kidston's book "Stitch"....

I've finished a couple more projects from the book since then which need to be sewn up before I post them.

Happy New Year everyone!