Happy Earth Day 2013

Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.

Raising the profile of the impact of and promoting solutions to Climate Change, Earth Day gets bigger every year.

Check out the Earth Day website, to see what you can do. We can all make little changes that will make a big difference to help us create a cleaner, healthier planet.

I particularly love this modern take on a Christmas Carol, re imagined as An Earth day Carol.

Happy Earth Day!

 

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New Bag Design Spring 2013

Another busy day, listing my new bag design-The Sara Bag, brand new for Spring/Summer 2013.

The Sara Bag is a satchel style bag, with a flap closure with a magnetic clasp, fully lined and featuring 2 internal pockets, 1 with a zip fastener, handmade from vintage, reclaimed and organic fabrics, all carefully selected and laundered before reuse.

All available in my Folksy and Etsy stores

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Exciting new stock for spring.

Ok, so I am aware that spring suddenly seems to have disappeared and the tonnes of snow outside the window is only just starting to melt, a week after it fell….. But it seemed like we all need a bit of optimism, so Ive posted some new summer tops on Etsy and Folksy, in the hope that if we all start dressing for better weather it will come along sooner rather than later!

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First up is the Bertie top. I designed this top as a bespoke piece for a friend of mine last year. It looked great on her so ive decided to take it into production this year. As usual, the top is made from reclaimed or vintage fabrics, so each and every one is unique, Ive found some lovely vintage floral prints for the new season! Currently its available in sizes 10-16 and I’m working on sizes 18-22 patterns at the minute. Its a really easy to wear baby doll style top with an elasticated empire line waist. It looks great over jeans, leggings, shorts or wide leg trousers, making it ideal for the whole spring/ summer season. You could also layer it over a long sleeved tshirt, if your not feeling brave enough to show off your arms yet!

 

 

My other new design is the pillow case top, inspired by 1940s little girls dresses, fashioned from cotton pillow cases during the make do and mend era. again, its in a lovely easy fitting casual style, great to wear over jeans or leggings. It fastens at the neck with an adjustable tie, giving you the freedom to wear it with a high or low neck line. I have to say Ive made 2 for myself and they are my favorite items of clothing just now!

Check them out in my Folksy store  or Etsy store.

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Two Butterflies blog

I am up early this morning and thought I would spend an hour ‘surfing the net’ . I don’t seem to get much time for recreational surfing lately, so this feels like a bit of a luxury!  Anyway while enjoying my luxury time, I came across a fantastic Blogspot blog called Two Butterflies.

Its full of creative, thrifty craft projects to try, with instructions and lots of links to other blogs and websites. I wish I had seen the 30 days for $30 posts before Christmas-this is a fantastic series of posts, hand making gifts and decorations from thrift shop finds and reclaimed materials, for very little money. I think my favorite is the gift tags from an old cereal box. I will definitely be book marking this blog for future reference!

 

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23rd March 2013-A date for your Diary

March 23rd 2013 is the date for this years Earth Hour. Organised by WWF as a way to bring attention to the fight against climate change, It is now a global event, with everyone from individuals to businesses and governments taking part. The idea is to turn off your lights for just a single hour ( 8.30pm, regardless of where you are in the world) to show your support for this movement and commitment to making a change.

Have a look at the Earth Hour Website to see how they are making a difference on a global scale and sign up yourself, its a really nice way to spend an hour, last year we sat and read books by candlelight, which was lovely, but you could throw a party or get everyone in your local pub to join in!

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Where to buy vintage fabric

$(KGrHqZ,!pgFEVEN4fdiBRFT0Ev+Zg~~60_12As you are hopefully already aware, I love to work with recycled and vintage fabrics. I just love getting my hands on great quality vintage fabrics that have survived for years in good condition, but they are not always easy to find, so today I thought I would share some of the places I buy vintage fabrics from!

The Vintage fabric Market

This online store sells tons of exciting vintage goodies-Clothes, accessories, jewelry, housewares, linens, you name it, but my favorite section has to be the vintage fabric section. Most of the fabric is aimed at quilters/patch workers, so they mostly sell fat quarters and pre cut patchwork pieces, but the real treat is their vintage scrap bags, crammed full of colour coordinated small vintage pieces of cotton and poly cotton, ideal for making little projects of for creating a piece of crazy patchwork fabric, and at really reasonable prices.

Ebay

This really is the obvious place to look for everything and anything vintage,and you can still get some great fabric pieces at great prices, but my top tip is to search in the Collectables :sewing/fabric/textiles section rather than searching for vintage fabrics,( which now seems to bring up  mostly new ‘vintage style’ fabrics rather than genuine vintage pieces).

Donna Flower.com

This website has loads of genuine vintage fabrics and haberdashery items, listed according to decade, which i find really useful! The fabric here tends to be pretty expensive, and please bear in mind that it is usually sold/priced  in 50cm lengths rather than 1m lengths, but it is excellent quality.

Sago Designs

I have to admit, I haven’t bought yet via the Sago Designs website, but I have bought many pieces of amazing vintage fabric from Angela, who owns Sago Designs, at vintage fairs. They have an enormous range of vintage fabrics, some reclaimed, some unused straight from a roll, mostly sold by the meter. The prices are reasonable and the quality is always high.

I hope this helps you find some awesome fabrics to use in your own projects. Please feel free to add your favorite fabric shops/sites in the comments section!

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New Stock Coming Soon

Well that was a long break from blogging-I hope to do better this year! Hope everyone is having a great 2013 so far. Ive been busy with my January sale-a great way to clear out lots of old stock to make way for the exciting new designs Ive been working on for Spring/Summer 2013. I am currently working on manufacture of 2 new top designs, pretty purses with matching phone cases, a little wristlet and 3 different cross body bag designs. Its such an exciting time, Im really enjoying the creative process and hope you will love the beautiful summery fabrics I have found so far. Just right now Im loving  1970s vintage curtains with bold and bright prints-with a real retro vibe and 1980s Laura Ashley style prints. Im hoping to start filling up my Folksy shop this week, but i will let you know. WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Last posting dates for Christmas 2012

Christmas is almost upon us again, so I thought I would just let you know the last recommended postage dates for delivery before Christmas.

Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand……………….. 5th December

Africa, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East and South America………………….7th December

Canada, Eastern Europe and USA…………………………..10th December

Western Europe………………….12th December

United Kingdom………………………20th December

Any orders placed after these dates are not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas.

Happy shopping!

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More New Bags

Im busy making lots of exciting new things ready for Christmas party season. I will be listing lots of new things in the coming weeks, which are great if your looking for a unique gift or a treat for yourself! Check out the Wardrobe Surgeon Folksy  and Etsy stores by clicking the links on the right.

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New Origami Bags

Check out this new design. A clutch bag and coin purse inspired by a traditional Japanese origami pattern, but using striking lightweight fabrics instead of paper. All handmade from recycled and vintage materials.Fantastic for the Christmas party season. More coming soon! 

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