Sunday, December 5, 2010

december five

I've had next to no time of op shopping of late, as knitting a shawl has kept me busy. The yarn is bamboo, and rather fine so I need to knit two strands together to get the correct tension. Oh well!

So far I have just under 6 inches of the centre section done, with 13 to go! 
The pattern is called Delicately Patterned Lace; the simplest shawl to knit, and I downloaded it from

Friday, October 22, 2010

october twenty-two

Lunch with the parents was the perfect excuse to pop into an op shop or two today, were I found this crazy 60s full skirted cotton dress. It's very soft, and to my surprise it fit! The pattern is a tartan with little labels on it.

 Also this week, I framed the cross-stitch I finished a few weeks back. The frame is from the Warehouse, and I used some white felt to line the back and on the front. Although it's a little wonky, I still think it's quite sweet!

 We're off to Christchurch this weekend for a birthday party bbq. I'm hoping to squeeze in a little shopping, but with my limited funds and our small bag, it'll be a challenge!

Monday, October 18, 2010

october eighteen

After my busy week in Wellington working (and drinking delicious wine) I didn't feel up to working again today. A trip out and about landed me diet coke, a cookie and a cute yellow floral dress. I'm yet to wash it as I'm not sure what it's made from, but it was $4, and I'm planning on gifting it to a friend.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

october three

This past Saturday I had lunch with my parents. Afterward, we wandered by the op shops in Takapuna. At the City Mission shop I picked up this minty green cotton house coat, perfect for the summer and this brown purse, complete with a tag still attached. The white silk square was $2! 

 From the Hospice Shop I got a book called 'The Chelsea Project' about the Chelsea sugar factory, a  35mm photography guide for Zac and this exciting board game 'Manhunt'. I can't wait to try it out!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

september nineteen

Today I finished this cross-stitch. I'm planning on giving it to a friend, but I'm not sure if I'm happy with it yet. Maybe I'll make another!
I love looking at the colours all organised (ignore the messy ones).

I'm undecided on how to frame it also at the moment also. hmmmmmm.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

september twelve

Today was the Vintage Textiles fair. It was great, but I had to power shop as it filled up quickly with frantic women and the bargins dried up. I picked up a few cheap things from my wishlist:

a sweet doily for my dressing table $5

a cream blouse $10

a pretty cotton apron $8

and a minty green chiffon and lace nightie $18
It was fun, but I still prefer to buy things from op shops instead of vintage dealers.
Just once a year however, I'll splash out at the fair on some cute things.

Friday, August 27, 2010

september six

I've been thinking about spring! And I've cleared some room in my wardrobe to build up a special spring collection. The vintage textile fair is on this weekend and I'm hoping to pick up a few lovely pieces from my wishlist. I can't wait!
a cotton apron

a chiffon nightgown

a soft fine wool sweater

a recipe box


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Friday, August 6, 2010

Last weekend we hit the Variety monster book fair, where I picked up a few VHS. My favourite being another Jane Fonda fitness tape.

I also got a Suzie Aikenworkout and The Best of You and Me.

Going with the fitness theme I found The Racquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program book. It's mostly Yoga moves, with quite a bit of her own writing in the introduction.

These music biographies were too good to pass up at only 10 cents each.

I'm excited as we're heading to Hamilton tomorrow for a friends birthday as well as op shopping. I'm hoping to come across something nice.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

This past Saturday after a delicious homemade breakfast of eggs on toast, we set off to run a few errands, and ended up op shopping our way around Mt Eden and all the way out to New Lynn. We didn't come across the New Lynn Savemart which had netted an excellent bounty for a friend, but we collected a lot along the way regardless.
At the Sallies on Dominion road, I got this glass jar. I hope it'll make a good candy container for the sweets we've been whipping up from the Frankie Cookbook Sweet Treats.

I'm planning on painting this letterhold I also found at the Sallies. Perhaps creme or mint?

At the Hospice shop in Mt Eden I found this VHS of Talking Heads 'Stop Making Sense', which is one of the best music movies ever in my opinion. The first time I watched it I couldn't drag my eyes away!

Monday, July 19, 2010

So I bought a big bed and a small computer. Now I can blog in bed.
I decided to use my biscuit tin to store my sewing supplies. It's surely the silliest design I've seen on a tin, the inscription reads "The Pioneer".
Check out these books I got a few weeks back. They're little instructional guides to sports.


Monday, July 12, 2010

This past weekend, I took a day off work and we headed to the beach with a group of Nicks friends. His parents bach at Onemana sits high on the cliff overlooking the ocean and at only 6kms from Whangamata, it is not too far from civilisation. So on Saturday we headed into town to browse the op shops. At the first, the church shop by the gas station, I got this gold t-shirt and some bed sheets.

I'm thinking I might wear the top with a long black skirt, perhaps I maxi if I can thrift one (or make if I get desperate). The sheets will hopefully fit my new double bed, which I am yet to purchase. *sigh*.
On the way out of town is Whangamata Traders, a store jam packed with every kind of homeware and includes a selection of furniture and clothing. I got a loaf tin for $4 but I'm yet to use it. Perhaps a lemon loaf will be suitable.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Recent non-posting is due to several factors; the death of my 2001 Toshiba laptop, moving three houses down and exams. On the bright side, our new house is fantastic, I think I did alright in my exams and I've started saving for a new computer.

The move encouraged me to part with some of my not-so-favourite clothes, and a few bits of junk. Once I'd unpacked everything, including boxes that I'd left packed from the previous move, I found my collection of books, cassette tapes and VHS. Since then I've been on the lookout for a suitable bookcase to neatly house them.

So far on the internet, I'm in love with this woodern bookcase. Small and simple.
But I could go for a cabinet.
Or even just cubes.Photos:Designsponge

Sunday, May 23, 2010


This weekend's dicey weather and my diminished purse made for little in the way of shopping. I managed a trip to the supermarket and the Grey Lynn/Richmond Rd Farmers Market. At the market I was chasing French Macarons, which were worth the trip, but also picked up a bottle of homemade Ginger beer. Yum. On Saturday Nick and I had coffee at a new shop on Dominion Road called Gingerbirds. The coffee was alright, but we'll return once they're a bit more organised and have sprouted a few more tables in the courtyard.

So instead of this weeks finds, I'll share a few older finds and a few of my favorite things. I got this picture of the Spaceshuttle at a garage sale for $3.50. The woman thought it was a 40s picture of an airplane. Silly. I didn't correct her and giggled in the car instead.This television table with Neuschwanstein Castle is from the Sallies in Hamilton. It reminds me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I like to think of it as an travel souvenir. They must have really liked it as it's not your usual keyring or purse.
My Diana F+ was a purchase for a friends wedding. I really wanted to take some photos for her and it was a nice excuse to buy what is a silly plastic camera. Mother disapproved, but I happily bought it regardless. I've been meaning to buy the 35mm adapter for quite a while now to make it a more affordable camera.
And finally, Zac gave me a copy of 'Ladies, a plate', a most wonderful book of New Zealand baking recipes. They're pretty much foolproof and I even made the pavlova of Christmas from it. Zac got to meet the author Alexa Johnston and was kind enough to take my book and have her autograph it!

I'm hoping next weekend will yield treasures. I get paid on Wednesday and am already planning delicious things, like breakfast at Dizengoff and rummaging at the Eastern Bays recycle sale. I can't wait!