Saturday, May 28, 2011

What you're gunna get next week!! 5 Days to go.....


Five days to go.......

Just to whet your appetite or make you wish you could be dropping by I have a few items here that will be but a small selection of goodies available  from this Specialist Vendor at next Friday's and Saturday's SHABBY VINTAGE JUNK EXTRAVAGANZA....

You saw them here first!

Madly at it, so can't hang around!

Irene xx
ps. thankyou everyone for your loving support of me too. It does mean a great deal xxxxxxxx

Monday, May 23, 2011

Re-Vintaging Myself

My footstool, available for sale at the SVJ EX

Some of you may have been wondering whats been going on with me in the last few months
My blog posts have been sporadic and not containing much substance. In fact a little light on and clearly not from a committed blogger.
I have enjoyed blogging enormously, don't get me wrong. I love the fact that I have friends now from all over the world. Not much chance of that happening so easily really is there. And such strong support of each other. Wonderful and amazing. So with this in mind I am going to tell you what has been going on in my life of late. Not to whinge, complain or say poor me, but to let you in, because we are friends and it may help answer some questions.
In short, my marriage has disintegrated. My now ex-husband has had mental health issues for quite a while and that, along with my tolerance of his behaviour has seen the end. His behaviour was such a few weeks ago that I had to require police intervention a number of times. He is now out of the house and is, at present no longer a part of our lives.
As you can well imagine it has been a stressful period. My boys have had some issues and as I work as well, time is precious and just getting through the day is sometimes the best I can do.
But on the upside I am determined to achieve my goal to be a part of the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza as previously mentioned (see previous blog post) and to begin making new goals for myself and my boys in the coming months and years.
So I think I am beginning to Re-Vintage myself..reshape myself in little and big ways. Take the good parts of the old me and use them to make something new and better. To be the best  mum I can be but making time for myself too, so I can do the things I love. The things you share with me here, and I share with you.

Nuff said....wont be mentioned again ;)

Irene xxx

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Oh! what should I choose????

I'm in total prep mode for the
***Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza***
Tags are made

Linen is being washed, dried, freshened, aired, ironed....made!!...

and the selection process is in full swing

sheesh!...what to take...?

or leave....?

It's challenging I have to say, so many little decisions...
but its going to be FAB-U-LOUS!!!!!
Make it if you can.
18 sellers of the most seriously extra-ordinary Shabby, Vintage, Junk goodies ever!!!
(me...I'm one of them..)
You will regret it otherwise as this is not a regular monthly event let me tell you.

When - Friday 3rd June & Saturday 4th June 2011

What Time - Friday: 12noon - 1pm (Early Birds ONLY - Bookings Essential)
1pm - 6pm (General entry)
Saturday: 8am - 4pm (General entry)

Where - ASHBURTON SCOUT HALL, 337 High Street, Ashburton (Melways ref# 60 E10)

Parking - Ample FREE parking for our Customers is available adjacent to the Scout Hall. There is also free parking available in the streets surrounding the hall.

Wheelchairs & Prams - The Scout Hall does not currently have ramp access however, the step into the hall is quite low & we will be able to assist anyone in a wheelchair wishing to visit....!!
Mums & Dads with prams are welcome however, due to the amount of people moving about the hall it is preferable (when possible) prams be 'parked' in the foyer while you're shopping.

Amenities - There are no public toilets available on the premises for our Customers.

Entry Fee - $5.00 General Entry (per person), $15.00 Early Bird Entry (per person).

Payment Options - This will vary from Vendor to Vendor so to be on the safe side, make sure you bring plenty of cash. There are ATM's just down from the Scout Hall in High Street & Safeway is 300m up the road for EFT withdrawals.

Vendor Enquiries - If you're interested in participating in the NEXT Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza scheduled for this coming October, please contact Tamarah at
...and if you don't drop by and say Hi when you're there I will be so disappointed. I want to meet as many bloggy friends as possible!!!!!
I'm so nervous, it's my first time!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thank You

Thank you to my two beautiful  sons for the privilege of being their mother. Through all the ups and downs in their short lives I promise with every fibre of my being that I will be the best person I can be so that I am always the mother you need me to be.
And you are all my witnesses.
Happy Mothers Day to all who are mothers and to your mothers for being so good as to raise you my wonderful bloggy friends. (and I have not had a drink before writing this;) )
Irene xxx

Monday, May 2, 2011

Preparing for the BIG SVJEX

to be held at Ashburton Scout Hall
on June 3 & 4 2011
I will let you in on some of my handmade offerings
So far there is a stash of bunting and
these laundry/pyjamas/Linen bags I have made up from some lovely Linen/Cotton fabric and vintage Doilies

These just need the ties pulled through

Ill make this into a lavender sachet

and a frilly little doily bunting with vintage button detail, ideal for a small spot

Not the best photos as I took them on my bed just an hour ago (and its now 8.12 pm) rotton lighting!

Can't wait!!!!!
Irene xxxxx

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pay It Forward, Thanks, Happy Easter & Big News!

Big post friends, grab a cuppa! I have some catching up to do!!!!

Firstly I have to send my unbelievably late but heartfelt thanks to Judy Kent of the exquisite blog French Laundry (this was the post) who participated in the Pay It Forward project. I was the incredibly lucky recipient of her Pay It Forward gift of the most beautiful Lavender Sachet I think I have ever ever had!! And she sells them in her Etsy store, so go have a squiz!(A 'look' in Aussie slang)
I just salivate over her blog header every time!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Judy XXXXXXXXXXXX

And another BIG BIG Thank you to Alison Gibbs of  the blog of the same name who also participated in the Pay It Forward concept.

Glorious sea glass that now resides in a little glass jar I picked up at an Op Shop, a couple of little Cath Kidson bath products - my first ever, I am so exited!! And how beautiful is that card by Alison. I want to frame it, sooo pretty!!!
If you have never popped by Alison's blog, please do as she lives in a beautiful part of Melbourne, my home town too and she takes the most fantastic photos as well as being a loving and proud Gran. I always enjoy popping by and finding out what she has been up to. We must catch up one day Alison!!!
Both ladies made my day in a very stressful time. Again...Thank you!!

So this leads me to my Pay It Forward...
The first Three bloggers to comment on this blog will be the recipients of my Pay It Forward gift. I will parcel up a small gift to send on to you and you can then do the same for others through your blog.
Share  the love and kindness, especially during this Easter season. Just because you can.
Call it Random acts of kindness if you like too.
Easy Peasy ;)

And the next big thing is that I have been accepted as a Vendor at The Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza to be held on June 3 & 4 at the Ashburton Scout Hall, High Street Ashburton!!!!
I'm probably crazy as a cut snake to take this on as well as everything else I have on my plate but I am so exited and have been planning and scheming already.
Look ...some of my things that will be for Sale...

And yesterday and today I....
finished sewing up eight cushion covers...

soaked and washed my first batch of doilies for bunting etc... (two more buckets full soaking as I write),

began washing fabrics!

And endured a very large delivery from the Big EB!!!
(The boys are already on a chocolate diet and wont be needing lunch)
Happy Easter everyone, however you celebrate it!!
Don't forget my Pay It Forward gifts to the first three commenters - just be sure I can contact you.
I'll leave it at this for now. More on the SVJ Extravaganza soon
(Woo Hoo!!)

Love to all XX Irene xx

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

You're probably wondering if I'm still alive!

Well, I am.
Been a busy busy month since my last post (ARRGH!).
Lots happening in the domestic sense, far busier at work than I thought, so with everything else, blogging was put aside for the duration! (now just channel calm thoughts.... walks on the beach, quiet sunsets....)

I'm in the middle of the school holidays now and finally (barely) feel a little more human. I'm sure many of you have been in the same boat at one time or other.
So as much as possible in the coming months will be trying to keep up with you all and try to balance my life a little better. (and aviod continuous 15 hr days!)

Sadly there has not been any crafting going on so nothing to show off there and my op-shopping was sporadic to say the least. Not much to show off there either. (pathetic, just pathetic - no wonder I'm beginning to lose it!!)
So I'm going to leave this as a  brief post.

However HELLO!!! again to everyone, I hope you have all been cruising along just nicely thank you :)

I am going to do a second post asap to catch up on the two PAY IT FORWARD gifts I received and offer this wonderful idea on to you as well. (Cos those poor girls probably think I was just after the gorgeousness that was their gifts)

xx Irene xx
 (with my head hung low in shame)