Sunday, June 29, 2008


1. vintage secretary dress, 2. Day 48 5/3/08

this is... my best op shop find

I am an avid op shopper. I have been since I was a young adolescent. I love it! I've tried to cut back this year as there is only so much my house can store but I just can't help myself. If I see an op shop my body just kicks into auto pilot and before you know it I'm browsing the knick knack shelf.

There have been so many best op shop finds through out the years it's hard to pick just one for today's theme. I have decided my best find in the last couple of years has been my little ceramic cats. I nearly walked straight pass them, unnoticed. The reason why they are a winner is that I had only just decided the day before that I wanted to have some cute ceramic retro cats. They were $5 for the pair.

Thank you Lino Forest for your theme! For next I would love to ask Teacups on treetops.

Friday, June 27, 2008

vintage wallpaper

1. 1953 Dance Party, 2. woonkamer living, 3. Outside-In, 4.

chez sucre chez

I do love this lady's work. And blog. And photos too!

Photo Credit:squirrel and initials


1. bookshelf spectrum, revisited, 2. with_KIEV-4

flashback friday

I think it's time to bring back Flashback Friday but in a different way. The only rule is you post a Flashback on Friday. Unfortunately I won't be able to keep a blog roll but if you would like to leave a comment we could come to visit and see you in your pigtails.

We have a Flashback Friday flickr group you may also like to join.

I choose my Flashback Friday photo today for my friend Sarah. It's her birthday today and she is from New Zealand. Happy Birthday New Zealand friend!

P.S. (I'm the one in the center)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

this is badge

Taking another leaf from Kirsty's book, I have created a 'This Is' badge for our little meme. If you would like to use the 'This Is' badge on your blog simply copy and paste the code below into your sidebar.

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Thank you to everyone who has been playing along with 'This Is'. Who would of thought I contemplated whether anyone would join when I first posted my suggestion! We have new players joining 'This Is' every day and there is plenty of room for more to join!! Just leave a comment and I'll add you to our ever growing blog roll.

And another thank you to Lino Forest for our theme this week!

out and about in fitzroy

1. Cottage Industry 2. Little Salon 3. Meet Me At Mikes
Have you ever seen the sweet writtings Pip left for some wall taggers? Very sweet!! And I love the little OK reply.

on my desk

Inspired by the creative hostess of 'on my desk' I have kept an eye open for vintage pillowcases along my op shop travels. I haven't found it easy to spot them but my luck changed on Saturday when I found a large stash all neatly folded in a pile at my local op shop.

I've almost forgotten again our theme for this week. For this weeks 'This Is' I would like to ask Lino Forest to suggest our theme!

Monday, June 23, 2008

this is...

this is... my most favourite outfit that expresses my individual style. (Worn by a lovely model and not me, I can be a little camera shy). This cute little ensemble is from the Genki label. I'm a big fan of the Genki label as we share the same love of the yoke, peter pan collars and A-Line skirts. And I do believe their collection is not at all ageist.

I love buying and supporting local Australian and NZ designers when money permits. I once undertook a pattern making course with the intention of being able to whip up my own such cute designs to only leave being frustrated and better educated as to why one pays the money one does on such a sweet luxury.

Other local labels I admire are Lover, Gorman, Lush and Debra Sweeny.

P.S. (I do think the above white dress would be a cute summer garden wedding dress)!

P.P.S (Don't worry Miss Kitty Kaboodle, I know the feeling of having a hundred and one things to do at once, you are right tackle one thing at a time and you will get through it. Thank you for our theme this week)!

Friday, June 20, 2008

more than three

If your wanting more than three buttons, Buttonmania is having a button sale! Unfortunatley, there is only one day left! But I was there today and believe me there is still alot to choose from.

The Nicolas Building
Level 2, 37 Swanston St
Melbourne (03) 9650 3627

dear frankie

I know it's rather naughty of me as it was only yesterday that I applied for another job with another magazine. But! I thought that I could share my time between the two of you. Please may I come to work on your magazine?

I could hunt vintage treasures at car boot sales for you, I could learn to crochet and make you a lovely granny square throw for your next photo shoot and I can even make your staff a lovely pot of tea, with pink lamingtons of course!

Anxiously waiting your reply.

Angela xx

Thursday, June 19, 2008

dear donna

I popped across the road this afternoon in search of a large casserole dish from my local op shop. Unfortunately I lucked out on the casserole dish but alas I discovered a pile of 17 back issues of Donna Hay magazines in very good condition! The seventeen magazines ended up costing the same price as one current issue. I couldn't walk out the door with out them. I also found a stash of cutlery that also made it's way home with me.

Oh Miss Hay, if you happen to read my blog can I please come and work for your magazine? I promise I will be good, I can test food, I can help your amazing stylists and I can carry your photographers camera bags and learn all their tricks of the trade!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

on my desk

Just some craft tinkering! More on-my-deskness here. Oh and a little birdie told me you can peek at this weeks This Is here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

this is... the space in which i create

Described in two words 'Organised Chaos'! My front room/spare room/studio is not very big. Every conceivable nook and cranny is utilised to accommodate for my growing business. My creative space sprawls out onto the dinning room table on most days. Does the lack of space drive me mad? Absolutely!

Thank you Michelle for encouraging us to uncover our creative spaces. For this upcoming week I would like to invite Kitty's Kaboodle to suggest our theme.

P.S. (Sorry for my late post)!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

the friday archives

Today's archived drawing is from a class outing to The Melbourne Royal Zoo back in 1999.

This poor guy was being laughed at and teased by a group of school boys. He looked so sad and affected by all the taunting. I sat and tried to capture his sadness in the amount of time I could. Poor little one! Every time I look at this drawing it just brings back the feelings I felt for him.

spare time

If you find yourself with some spare time here are some worthy www places to visit.

A photographic exhibition of recreated studio shoots of childhood drawings.
Pixelgirl Presents - for free wallpaper and desktop icons.
Web 2.0 Company Name Generator. Need a name for your Web 2.0 company? Think MyFace and SpaceBook.

Feel free to add some worthy places to visit!

Photo Credit: Yeondoo Jung

Thursday, June 12, 2008

craft revolution

I was just browsing the Frankie blog/website and I stumbled across the Craft Revolution blog.

I do love Frankie, it's so craft-centric!

Photo credits: Frankie Magazine.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

i spied

I spied a heart on my lunch plate today!

I must have my heart shape radar on from all the post it notes on my desk right now.

on my desk

A practical guide to the fulfilment of your dreams wouldn't be complete without a chapter on The Law Of Karma.

Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind... what we sow is what we reap.

Sometimes I try to have Karma work for me. Case in point...

When I'm getting my tax accounts ready for the accountant I use heart post it notes and heart paper clips. If I love my tax, my tax will love me! It's Karma!

Thank you Kirsty for your On My Desk-ness!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

time for a holiday

My good friend who manages Byron Central Apartments has kindly suggested that if you would like to come and stay at their holiday apartments in Bryon Bay he will take 10% off the advertised price shown on their website.

Just let them know I sent you and they will look after you! : )

Thank you for your generous offer Scott!!

Photo Credit: Deck Chairs ll

toadstool tuesday - again!

Another gorgeous mushroom creation by Jane.


Chapter two of 'A practical guide to the fulfilment of your dreams' discusses The Law of Giving. It reads...

The universe operates through dynamic exchange... giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.

Case in point... (you may need a cup of tea for this long post)

When I was thinking up how to make a lovely sausage dog pencil case for Brooke I remembered her love of gingham and I thought of making a button with brown gingham for her pencil case. After a frustrated unsuccessful search for brown gingham I thought of an alternative and came up with a sausage dog button. Problem solved.

Then last week when I was attending Brown Owls, Kirsty the most giving person I know gave me a gift. Inside was a vintage apron and some brown gingham!

The next day Made Cafe was starting to create their new window display. Margie mentioned to me that she needed a small picnic rug for the display. I offered to lend her my new brown gingham which worked beautifully in the display.

On my way to Made Cafe this morning I dropped into a friends house to give her little girl a pink horse I found at the local op shop, I know how much she loves horses and I couldn't resist! To my delight when I arrived at the cafe Margie gave me a present.

And to my amazement when I went to pay for my coffee someone had already paid it for me!!

It's true 'what goes around comes around'... I'm going to have something very special to give to Kirsty next time I see her!

Monday, June 09, 2008

projekta 57

Design Demystified

Four designers create their workspace within the Kids in Berlin window and is accompanied inside by Matt Solomon's photographic exhibition of the Designers in their studios; featuring Angela White, Liz Jones, Anna Blanford and Madeleine Beatty.

Where: Kids In Berlin
472 Victoria St, North Melbourne

In Association With: Melbourne International Design Festival

When: 17 - 27th July 2008

YIKES! I have Matt coming over tomorrow to photograph my studio!! I've been busy all day cleaning and sorting and styling : )

in my bag

It amazes me how many business and promotional cards I can collect in a week. Here is a link to all the cards found in my bag this week.

Flora & Ceres
Fat Bird Farm
Bride & Wolfe
Ed Dixon food design
Little Chipipi
Famous When Dead

white sheets

Inspired by this lady I went and bought myself some white bed linen.

i won

I was very lucky to win a beautiful handmade flower brooch from Michelle last week. Thank you Michelle for your sweet parcel! I hope you don't mind if I nominate you to choose our This Is theme this week...

Sunday, June 08, 2008

name this

Name This is a website that allows you to participate in some namestorming to earn yourself some extra cash.

Here’s how it works:

1. Someone posts a product or service in need of a name.

2. Members go to work, suggesting names and/or investing points in their favorites.

3. After 48 hours of namestorming, the system does some fancy math and crowns the winners.

I think I'm going to join, sounds like fun!

i love to sew

Here is one of my finished projects from my one on one time with the sewing machine last night. It's a birthday gift for you would never guess who!

this is... my favourite travel memory

My most favoured and most travelled destination is beautiful Byron Bay. I am fortunate enough to have some dear and life changing friends living in Bryon so it's a little coastal town I always find on the top of my travel list.

I was given the opportunity not too many years ago to live and work in Byron Bay at the Byron Central Apartments for a small time. It was just a quick barefoot stroll to the main beach. It was a great time but unfortunately the lack of a decent fabric store lead me back to Melbourne...

Thank you Hila for your suggested trip down memory travelling lane!