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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

October 11, 2005


A little here, a little there
just gathering as we go
and save each little scrap with care
that's how kind thoughts will grow

It took me nearly all day today to clean out my sewing room.
I sew
* I also make messes as I do it
pulling bits of fabric from this drawer or that basket - this braid or the red one?
and do I put it back as I work?
certainly not........ I get carried away in the creative moment.
Then a week or two later - I see what I have done and then try to ignore it.

But spring clean today it was!
I pulled all my vintage fabrics and cutter chenilles out, all my fabric baskets & patterns and went through them -
I ask you - just how much vintage barkcloth or chenilles does one girl need, really?
I have bottles and bottles of buttons, buckles, press studs & wooden cotton reels.
I have lace & trims to die for.
I have vintage hankies
- all from years of hoarding.
And a huge collection of feedsacks.

I have been ruthless
but still kept my favourites
some things like all my vintage hankies will stay FOREVER.
Patterns that I no longer need or want will be passed on
- to be shared among my sewing friends - sharing is such a great feeling.
If anyone collects any of this stuff - let me know - I am willing to share

So, the windows were washed, the floor vacuumed and all the tables and cupboards dusted. Baskets of 'works in progress' were sorted into some kind of ms*robyn order

for puttering ~ rosemary & lavender or patchouli & sandalwood votive candles
to be kept specially for my 'creative mess'


Blogger my vintage days said...

I wish I had a sewing/craft room. I am trying to get the room over the garage turned into one, but it has not been with great sucess as we live in a small home and the bonus room is our storage room. My kitchen table holds all my creations and notions. I have to put them back in drawers and baskets each evening so we can eat as a family. There has been a few nights when the creative juices were flowing and my projects were not finished, we ate in the living room. Treat for the kids.

12:39 am  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow I'd love to have a sewing room too, all my stuff is in a small vintage trunk, btw if you're after vintage or retro fabric try trademe...

5:10 am  
Blogger dolly said...

hey Robyn! preeeety purrleeease, could you save some for me? I just took up sewing in March and am shipping my basic little machine, I have made cushion covers (rag quilt style), a blind and am really into the Amy Butler bags, I've made loads of those. I haven't got much of a collection of vintage sewing haberdashery stuff and would love some, or for that matter many cutters, soooooo, if it won't get in your way, I would love it...!

love ya


p.s. just noticed on your ticker it is only 10 days til the big day....

5:27 am  
Blogger dolly said...

oh and I love your wedding shoes and the new background and the post about your Spring clean and your Christmas box - look wot happens when I go away for a bit, I miss out on loads!! *smile*

dolly x

5:31 am  
Blogger Alice said...

Tidied my sewing room today too, but not as thoroughly as you. Put away materials given to me for school fete, sorted my materials, and made room to do more sewing tomorrow - more dolls' clothes for our market stall on Thursday.

Also been busy typing up labels for all the plants I want to take to the market.

9:48 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Isn't it just the best feeling to have tidied up one's sewing room. I'm just like you, in creative moments....ahh hours...bits of fabric or collage papers drift to the floor to be gathered up the next day or whenever. I barely notice the mess in the joy of creating. It sounds like you have a wonderful collection!

12:54 pm  

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