Creating, collecting & recycling textiles & papercrafts. I love preserving the past for the future.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Freshly laundered vintage aprons, tablecloth and doileys.

Recently I purchased four vintage gingham aprons.
Three were chicken scratch embroidered.
I also purchased a chicken scratch table cloth.
Someone had put a lot of time and effort into embroidering it
the four aprons 
had never used them.
I washed all my purchases and ironed them,
they looked so lovely on the clothes line
I thought to photograph them.
I also got the 100% cotton lace in a pennant design from the same seller.
I have never seen cotton lace like this
I paid just $6 for it
two lovely little vintage embroidered doileys.
I'm quite impressed with my little purchases.
I think that makes about 30 aprons in my vintage collection now.
This unique garden ornament was given to me by my SIL.
He knows I love quirky rustic bits and pieces for my garden.
He found it somewhere and immediately thought of me....
Anyhow I added the rusted horse shoe
thought I'd leave the white fungus insitu,
because it looks like a white bunny rabbit profile.
Leave me a comment,
I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

New season rose bud

I would rather have one little rose
From the garden of a friend,
Than to have the choicest flowers
When my stay on earth must end.
This dear little bud is the first one to bloom on our new climbing rose.
It's only been in the ground for about 2 months.
It's growing about 12 inches a week
hopefully in no time it will be fully covering our garden arch.
Roses are not affected by the frost and we get LOTS of good frosts here
on the Darling Downs.
It won't be too long before we have our first frost.
This little climber has the most intoxicating fragrance and I just can't wait for that arch to be bloomingwell fragrant!
When it looks good enough I will photograph the arch and share it with you.


Wednesday, 25 April 2012


(Australia and New Zealand Air Corp) 

In Flanders Fields
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The following photos were taken at the  
Ipswich ANZAC Day Parade

My daughter (centre) with her 2 fellow reigning
RSL (Returned Services League)
Girl in a Million winners 2007/2008


Sunday, 22 April 2012

V is for Vintage Vignettes

Breezeway or fretwork panels
above my old bedroom door
in the house I grew up in
(built circa 1880).
These panels are iconic in Queenslander
colonial style houses
Vintage Vignettes
Not very original I suppose
In this blogging world that I have become quite familiar with
it's all about
suits me fine and dandy.
I've always been drawn to Vintage style,
even as a small child.
Needless to say my home is full of vintage vignettes.
Turn around and look in any corner or area
and that's what you will see.
I have learned through my US blogging friends that it's ok to be like this.....LOL
I don't have to feel guilty.
I used to say I was preserving the past for the future
and that still holds true
I can decorate with renewed
Verve and Vigour
not having to feel guilty
about my love and enjoyment of
all things Vintage.
Be it a pile of old junk... (I know I'll find 'something' that I can use).
No matter how derelict and disgusting that old pile of 'stuff' might be.
If it's old and pre-loved I'm pretty sure something in that pile of someone else's unwanted 'stuff' will become a treasure to me.
I particularly love this vintage laundry trolley complete with original clothes pegs.
It belongs to a friend of the family.
I just wanted to share this with you,
it's so lovely.
Thanks for joining me at
I'd really love to hear from you.
If you follow me I will follow you right back.
I look forward to meeting some fellow Vintage lovers.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

21st guest book and journal for my niece

Recently I made two gifts for my niece for her 21st birthday
This one incorporates a 21st birthday card
(the cover of the book)
and the book itself
as the guest book.
This journal to chronicle her 21st year was not meant as it turned out.
I originally bought the black A5 bound book at a cheapie shop and removed the wire binding.
I got a bit carried away with decorating pages
and it all got too big for the little black book's binding to handle
and I was running out of time.
I live in a very small town with not a lot of shops or choice.
I could have had it all bound but a printer
that takes time and I had no time.
So I went to the newsagent
found the above purple floral 2 ring binder.
It would have to do,
I was not really happy with it
it's the best I could come up with.
I had to have it ready for her party
so this is how it had to be.
This brown paper bag has a pull out tab.
The left hand page has a pull out card for journalling.
These groovy rainbow pages have pull out tabs as well.
Yeow baby!!!
Be thankful
Give thanks to the LORD for HE is good...
Psalm 136:1
Pages for doodling.
I included stickers, diecuts etc for
my niece to use in her journal.
Would love to hear your feedback!
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Rocking chair and a patchwork quilt birthday card.

I just love these two stamp sets
Our Daily Bread Designs
The sets I have used are
Sew Special (rocking chair)
Sewn with Love sentiment
I used a 3D Punch and Emboss flower design
topped each with a colourful button.
A Fiskars border punch at top of card.
A white seam binding tape double bow
pretty brown and white checked brad.
I coloured the rocking chair with my trusty Aquarella pencils
and then
painted with my water brush.
I had a lot of fun making this card for my friend's birthday.
I never know quite how they are going to turn out, these cards seem to tell me what to do half the time....tweaking until it's just right.
Such fun.
Please leave me a comment
and I will visit your blog and do likewise.
Become my follower and I will become yours.

On another note and in the spirit of sharing amongst fellow bloggers
I would like to introduce you to a delightful blog
I discovered a few weeks ago.
Sandie at Steadman's Corner has a great blog.
Sandie loves GOD, junking and antiquing.
She is a wife and mother.
I love her opening photo, that's what initially got me interested.
I wanted to see more of her treasures and finds.
Please visit
You won't regret it.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Thrifty Find Friday

I found this glass compote dish
at a
thrift store a few years ago
It is only cut glass
it a beautiful piece
no chips or cracks.
I just love the style of it
I look at it
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
I am linked to

Thrifty Things Friday #54
The Thrifty Groove

Thursday, 12 April 2012

The letter U

WoUldn't yoU like to visit this beaUtifUl landmark?
Paris, France...the city of lights.
I sUre woUld.
The letter U is Used more than one woUld think..
I initially thoUght I woUld speak aboUt words that need the letter U in order to be pronoUnced correctly
Words sUch as
qUaint, qUeer, qUalm, qUince, qUarter, qUagmire, qUintessential, qUarter, qUaver, qUeUe, qUeen, qUenelle, qUench... etc etc
All the words listed are 'q' words, bUt they woUld not be the same withoUt the Use of the hUmble letter U.
In my opening coUple of sentences alone I realised that the letter U is indeed Used qUite a lot and more than one woUld think.
I hope I have not neglected to specially acknowledge any single U's
in my ramble.
If I have please let me know.
Thanks for visiting me
EllenaElizabeth Makes.
If yoU follow me
I will follow yoU right back.

Exciting news for me anyhow,
I have just achieved my 40th follower!!!!!
Whoo hoo!!!!

Linking to:
Jenny Matlock's
Alphabe-Thursday's Letter U

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Our white picket fence in the country

We bought this house on The Darling Downs nearly 3 years ago.
We are into Autumn now and soon the geraniums, hibiscus, salvias, daisies etc will fall into their winter slumber before they make a big comeback early September for the first month of Spring in Australia.
The lavenders, roses, wild jasmine and others love the frosty mornings and cool to cold days and even grow and thrive during winter.
The ornamental plum tree has already lost its leaves.
The house is an old girl,  post WW2 most likely.
The interior walls are tongue and groove, which I just LOVE!
someone tried to modernise the house
most likely in the
and they sheeted them up with fibro and cover strips..... :(((((
This is the front garden which has an english theme
because we tried to fit in with the white garden edging
that was already in place when we bought the place.
We don't like it and could not be bothered painting it as we are only here 'short term' hopefully.
We want to buy a farm in the same area.
So that we can grow our own cattle, sheep, chooks and pigs.
And have some peace and tranquility
rather than having the hassle of noisy neighbours.
Thanks for looking.
Please leave a comment and I will visit your blog back.
Have a good day!!!!