Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Midweek Thrifting..

I just love midweek thrifting! There is something so lovely about taking half an hour of the day, to just lose oneself amongst the racks and shelves.  I'm beginning to figure out which days are best for new finds and I'm always on the lookout for anything with a gorgeous retro pattern... 

I saw the corner of this vintage night gown when I was searching the dress racks I just fell in love!

And check out this vintage tablecloth with cute yellow roses still in it's packet..  such fun patterns.

It's such fun finding much loved canister sets and the colours of these Nylex pieces make me smile.  Now I'm  searching for the flour, rice and an extra lid. 

And I also found a few more retro tumblers to add to my growing glassware collection.

Have you been thrifting yet this week? Can't wait to see your finds!


Making Us Smile...Teal & Gold

We love the strong colours working together in this gorgeous room..

And how beautiful is this classic Anthropologie photoshoot.. Chair, blouse, shoes.. amazing.

We're inspired this week by the Lauren Burkhart's striking abstract artworks..

My heart burst with joy over this amazing pirate inspired cupcake

And one of our all time favourite Sartorialist shots, what's not to love about teal flats and the cutest pug around..

What's making you smile today?
Much Love
Sophie & Annie

PS. Don't forget to pop over and enter our very first Wilde Asher Giveaway.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Perfect For.. An Outdoor Dinner Party

All you need for a magical outdoor dinner party.. An amazing setting, a pretty citrus inspired dress and a yummy matching beverage.  Just add fabulous friends, beautiful food and fun conversations.

Have you hosted a lovely outdoor dinner party? I've love to hear about it!

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My Collections - Part 2.. Johnson Dinner Plates

I really enjoyed sharing my typewriter collection with you last week, so I thought why not continue the collections this week with another one of my favourites, my Johnson Australia dinner plates.  This collection is one of my most recent, rapidly growing and one I just love for so many reasons.

Firstly, it's wonderful when a collection can also be practical and we use a rotating set of these in our kitchen everyday.  I love choosing different ones for dinner depending on the meal and our favourites for the week.

Another reason I love this collection is they are relatively easy to find around the place and it's a great thrill to spy the side of a plate amongst a big stack at the thrift store and rummage through hoping to find a new pattern. 

Of course, I couldn't just buy one of each, so this is my no means my entire collection, just the patterns I've found so far.  And this is my favourite reason for collecting Johnson.. the patterns seem endless, every time I think I've got them all figured out, I find an amazing new design to add to the collection.

So why dinner plates?  Well I collect all kinds of Johnson crockery but I find dinner plates most easy to come by and I love the size and colour of the designs.  

And my favourite pattern? It's a really tough choice, because they are all so sweet. I do love this floral pattern with bright orange and green accents and I'm really drawn to the detailed edges, which for me add something a little bit special to the traditional dinner plate.

So if you ever someone sitting on the floor amongst the bric-a-brac in your local thrift shop, it might just be me, searching for the next Johnson plate to add to my collection.  For more Johnson love, check out Laura, Kate and Zara, a few of my wonderful fellow collectors. 

Have you blogged about your collections? I'd love to check them out!
Much Love

Monday, 27 February 2012

Hello Autumn Giveaway..

A change of season is in the air and we felt it was the perfect time for our very first Wilde Asher Giveaway.  As we make the final preparations to our online boutique, we couldn't resist sharing a couple of lovely pieces with you as a little taste of 'wild' things to come.

These beautiful bespoke necklaces designed by Annie, feature jade, Moroccan agate and carnelian gems with a  delicate sterling silver drop.  They can be worn separately or layered together for an eclectic touch to any outfit. We are very excited to share these pieces with one lovely giveaway winner.  

To Enter this Giveaway: 
All you have to do is leave a comment and be sure to leave your email address so we can get in contact with you.

Earn Extra Entries: 
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Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

The Hello Autumn Giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide. 
Entries close 11:59pm Sunday the 4th of March Australian EST time.
A winner will be announced next Monday at 9am the 5th of March. 

Good Luck!

Much Love
Sophie & Annie


What I Wore..Endless Summer

Blouse: Target  Skirt: Red Velvet 
Belt: Thrifted  Shoes: Thrifted 
Brooch: Vintage  Sunglasses: Wilde Asher (coming soon)

Right now I'm celebrating the last few days of Summer.  It's been an amazing few month, full of lovely moments, thrifting adventures and caravan renovations.  For me, this Summer has been all about embracing colour in my world, stepping outside my safety net and taking a leap into the unknown.  In the world of colour, I'm trying out blue again, my mum dressed me in lovely shades of blue growing up, somehow over the years I drifted away from it.  But this blouse certainly called me back.  How could I resist, a Peter Pan collar, perfect sleeves and scalloped edges! I'm so delighted it worked with my recent purchase from Red Velvet.  This skirt made me smile as soon as I saw it and some how sums up my endless summer, new friends, new adventures and new colours. Now I'm looking forward to taking my Summer love of colour in to Autumn.

Are you looking forward to a change in seasons?
Much Love

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Flea Market Finds..

Happy Sunday my lovely thrifting friends! What have you been up to this week? I've already seen a few second hand treats on Instrgram, so I can't wait to see what else you've found this week? Been to any fabulous markets, cute second hand shops or wonderful country thrift shops, I'd love to hear about them all.  A huge thank you so everyone who played along last week and for telling your thrifty friends, we have nearly reach 100 thrifters, very exciting indeed.  To check out everyone's finds pop over here.

This week, I was delighted with a few unexpected treasures.  There didn't seem to be too much about during the week, but yesterday I was thrilled with a few fabulous kitchen finds and something I can now cross off my Dream Thrifting List

My favourite find of the week.. These amazing Worcester Ware table mats.  Not only are they in amazing condition, they also came in their original box. They are certainly inspiring my day!

We stopped in at one of our favourite second hand stores to discover some wonderful retro orange delights, including a sunbeam juicer (which works perfectly) and a sweet ice bucket and sugar bowl.

I was also super lucky to find not one but two vintage globes this week, something that's been on my thrifting list for a while.  I just love both these, especially their unique shapes. 

And what thrifting outing would be complete without a tea cup or two.. Tea party anyone?

I'd love to know what you found this week.  To play along  just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from your blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! Oh and pop over to Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.  Please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.   Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely thrifty pictures. If the Linky disappears, just refresh your browser.

PS. Are you on Instagram? You can find me at herlibraryadventures. If you take a photo of your finds or some fabulous and thrifty, add a #HLAfleamarketfinds hash tag and @herlibraryadventures so I can pop by check it out.    
PPS. Be sure to check in tomorrow too, I've got a very special giveaway in store!

Happy Thrifting!
Much Love

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Weekend DIY.. Pillowcase Skirt

So as I mentioned earlier in the week, I've joined forced with Sarah a very talented friend I meet around the communal table at Fine and Sunny to bring you some more creative weekend DIY projects.  Sarah is an absolute wiz on the sewing machine so our first collaboration just had to be a fun and super easy skirt made from a vintage pillowcase.

What You'll Need: A pillowcase (we chose a thrifted vintage one with a fun pattern), medium width elastic, pins, scissors measuring tape.  You will also need a safety pin, sewing machine, iron and ironing board. Optional: Chalk pencil and hem guide (to help hem your skirt).

1 & 2. Turn the pillow case inside out, cut the two side seams and iron.  You will be left with one long rectangle of fabric.

3 & 4. Cut off the top and bottom hems.  Then fold in half, right sides together and pin.

 5. Sew a straight stitch to create the back seam. Just outside the straight stitch sew a zig zag stitch, to stop the fabric from fraying.  You will now have the basic shape for your skirt.
6. Zig zag stitch the top and bottom of the skirt to stop the edges from fraying.  

7 & 8. To make the tube for the elastic waistband, double the width of the elastic, then measure, fold and pin the fabric at top of the skirt.  Iron into place and sew a straight stitch over the top of the zig zag stitch, ensuring you leave a two inch gap to insert the elastic through.

9 & 10. Cut the elastic to fit snugly around your waist and include an extra two inch overlap which will be stitched together.  Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through, ensuring you hold on to the other end as you pull it through.

11 &12.  Pull elastic through completely and sew together, either by hand or on the sewing machine.  Go over the elastic several times to ensure it is secure. Then pull the elastic in and sew the gap closed.  

13. Sew an one inch hem to finish the skirt at the bottom.  

Ta Da! Now you have a cute new skirt! 

It's perfect for Summer and of course you could add extra layers and a cute pair of tights for Autumn.  If you'd like a little extra length, just add a piece of contrasting fabric to the bottom, or wear over the top of a longer skirt.  You can find really sweet vintage pillow cases in most thrift shops, or you can buy a cheap white one and dye it in the colour of your choice.  Now I know it's so easy, I think I'll be turning all my pillowcases into skirts!

Pop over to Sarah's blog and check out how she altered her recent thrift store find.

Happy Creating!

Happy Weekend..

Hooray for Saturdays! Aren't they just the best! It's the last weekend of Summer, so we are going to make the most of it, with a little picnic by the river and a walk around our favourite park.  Also on this weekend's agenda, some fun DIYs (I'll be back with one later this afternoon) and some thrifting of course.  It been a bit too hot to work on the caravan the last few weeks, so I'm looking forward to some cooler weather and the first signs of Autumn.  What are you up to this weekend? If you're looking for something fun to do, why don't you:

Make a super cute faux terrarium 
Paint your dining chairs amazing colours
Hand stamp a dress with a pretty pattern
Bake Earl Grey Muffins (thanks for the lovely idea Meredith)
Make a cute mushroom crown
Spend the weekend in the wilderness
Cluster beautiful things in your home (this makes me want to collect alarm clocks)
Take a trip to the zoo

Have a most beautiful weekend!
Much Love

Gorgeous illustration by the ever amazing The Notebook Doodles

Friday, 24 February 2012

A Quiet Friday..

This week has just disappeared right before my eyes.. I'm not quite sure where the days went.  And as I look around my desk and see post it notes and reminders stuck to every surface, I'm reminded about how much has been happening, but I feel like I've been racing around on autopilot and haven't had a chance to really take everything in. So I'm seriously looking forward to the weekend and a chance to find my feet again.  This evening I'm making a pact with myself to switch off... no Pinterest or Instagram, no phone calls or emails, just a few hours to breath and still my mind.  

I'm looking forward to catching up with my hubby, starting the novel that's been sitting on my beside table all week, enjoying a long shower and having an early night.

How do you like to relax after one of 'those' weeks?

See you tomorrow.. 

Love Her Style.. Here Comes The Sun

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm delighted to be interviewing the lovely Amanda from Here Comes the Sun.   I always inspired by Amanda's sweet and eclectic style, her use of bold colours, fun prints and most gorgeous hats.   

Describe your style: I always find this question so hard because I don't feel like I have just one "look", it's kinda different every day. I'm a bit of a mix and my wardrobe is full of all kinds of different things - preppy, classic, vintage etc etc.

What and who inspires your style? My three biggest style inspirations are pretty cliche for a blogger but I do really love Ashley Olsen, Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel. But I also think being from New Zealand has been quite influential for my style because we're in opposite seasons to most of the world so we're either really late with trends, or a little early, but either way I feel like we have our own "downunder" kinda style. I grew up in a small town that didn't have big chain stores so I was always op shopping and I think that helped me to discover my own style and trying different things.

Has your style changed over the years? I'm definitely less influenced by trends than I used to be. Over time as I've gotten more confident in myself and with trusting my own taste I've felt more free to try things that I like and what works for my figure, rather than having to dress in the "latest thing".

Where do you like shopping for clothes and accessories? I'm a big lover of online shopping. I get a lot of my clothes from Market HQ, Romwe, ASOS and I've had some good successes on Ebay as well. For accessories, Etsy is always great for vintage and handmade items.

What’s your favourite second hand fashion find? I have a tooled leather satchel that was an amazing op shop find ($2!) that I have always been really happy with and also a pair of brown leather shoes that seem to go with almost everything that I've been thrashing for a couple of years and are still in great condition.

What’s your all time favourite item in your wardrobe? It might sound weird, because it's such a basic item - but a black A line skirt I have that sits just above the knee and cinches at the waist. It's just the right shape and cut for my figure, but also goes with almost everything and is so easy to throw on with a cute top or a tshirt. I love it so much I recently bought the exact same skirt but in maroon, so I can have a little variety.

Three words that sum up your style: Feminine, understated, colourful


You can see more of Amanda's outfits over at her fabulous blog and be sure to check out this magical photo shoot she did recently with Kopie Photography, I'm seriously loving the velvet and feathers.  


Thursday, 23 February 2012

Finding Inspiration..

I had a student ask me today, where I find my inspiration.. and it really made me stop and think.  I find inspiration in some rather curious places, depending on the day, my mood and even the weather. Of course, there are so many amazing blogs, Instagram and Pinterest which are all wonderful sources of inspiration, but when I need a little break from the computer, here are my top five places to get inspired.

1. Between the covers of my favourite books.. I have a stack of inspiring books beside my bed and every time I need a little pick me up or I'm on the search for ideas I head straight for my favourite dog eared pages.  A few books always on hand include.. The Secret Staircase, A Room of One's Own, Writing Down the Bones, My Heart Wanders and Velvet Pears. 

2.  Being around creative and like minded people.. For me, there is almost nothing more inspiring than a wonderful conversation with the fabulous and talented people in my world to get my excited to create, especially when wild and crazy ideas are bounced around the table over a cup of tea or two.

3. On a solo shopping adventure.. Recently I've discovered the delight of the solo shopping adventure, it's simple enough.. If you have a few spare minutes, take yourself shopping.. I love to go thrifting, or to a craft or hardware store and just explore the shelves.  It's amazing what you can find when you're relaxed and not worried about people waiting for you to finish rummaging through the sales bins. 

4. Walking the Dog.. An early evening walk (with or without a furry friend) is perfect for so many reasons. I especially love to watch the sunset and check out the architecture and gardens around the neighbourhood. The scent of cooking garlic often lingers in the air as families begin preparing evening meals and I always feel  a lovely sense of calm and nostalgia as I take in the world around me.

5.  Over a cup of tea and an open journal.. Another one of my favourite ways to find inspiration, especially in the early morning or late at night, is over a cup of tea with my journal.  I've always found getting my thoughts, goals and ramblings onto the page, helps me clarify and focus all my ideas in one place. I also find it a really nice way to still my mind, especially if I've had a busy day and it seems inspiration flows more freely after scribbling just a few pages.

I'm always fascinated the the process of collecting ideas, so I'd love where you find inspiration too.


Midweek Thrifting..

Perhaps one of my very favourite parts of the week.. Finding a free moment to search the freshly stocked shelves of my favourite thrift stores for delightful treasures. 

I just love these vintage aprons.  The patterns and details are so sweet, I would love to wear them out and about.. 

A lovely floral pie dish.. 

A set of too cute salt and pepper shakers.. I love the toothpick holder.

And I must have sent out good typewriter vibes this week because I found this lovely grey Olivetti waiting for a new home.

Have you been thrifting this week? Do your plan your trips or do you go on a whim? Sometimes I just get a good feeling and just pop in.. it's always so much fun to find something fabulous by chance.

Happy Thrifting!
Much Love

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Crafting Up a Storm..

I just adore a crafternoon and today I crafted up a storm, brainstorming some exciting DIY ideas with my fabulous friend and DIY extraordinaire, Sarah.  We are working on a super fun collaboration and can't wait to share some creative and easy project ideas, perfect for your wardrobe and your home.  

Do you enjoy a DIY or two? I'd love to hear about your favourite projects! Right now, I'm loving anything that involves Mod Podge.


Making Us Smile..Rainbow Bright

The gorgeous and colourful accents that just make this beautiful bedroom.

This quintessential Carrie Bradshaw outfit is one of our very favourites..

These raspberry lemonade bars, what a wonderful combination..

These practically perfect in every way Poetic Licence heels.. The details are just amazing.

And these wonderfully colourful stairs and rainbow bangles, just add a little extra pop to our day..

What's making you smile today?

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