Tuesday, July 26, 2016

༺ Stitching Stories: Looking for Land Girls ༻

1940's land girl outfit inspiration | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 slacks | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 pants | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 trousers | Lavender & Twill

The Brindabella Mountain Range | Lavender & Twill

1940's land girl outfit inspiration | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 pants | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 slacks | Lavender & Twill

Cuddles with Pubby!! {16 months old} | Lavender & Twill

Yay!! I made pants! I actually did it!! 

Last year I participated in the Vintage Pattern Pledge and managed to get all my makes completed by the skin of my teeth. And while I’ve been super slow starting with my sewing this year, I did sign up to do it all again.

I, Bonita Vear of Lavender & Twill, pledge to sew at least five vintage or vintage reproduction patterns in 2016 ~ these must include one pair of pants! I also pledge to finish one knitted garment from a vintage or vintage reproduction pattern.

This time, I was also invited to share my make as part of the Vintage Pattern Pledge roundup on Kestrel Makes {and you can check out my guest post interview over here}. It’s taken me a whole six months to get cracking, I think I’ve been dragging my heels after all the sewing disasters I had faced last year. But I finally sat down at my machine and I’m really happy that the first pattern I sewed up this year was my first pair of long anticipated trousers!

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I’ve seen Simplicity’s Retro re-release of a 1940’s four-piece suit pattern floating around on sewing blogs/vintage blogs for a good several years now. It’s a great pattern, everyone seems to like sewing it up. Every time I saw the pants I was like: “They look great! I should make those!…But pants are so hard… Eh, I’ll just sew a dress instead.”. This year, however, I put on my brave face, made my pledge to actually give it a go, and whadda you know… It wasn’t that scary at all! (•̀o•́)ง✧

Okay, so they are not exactly the most challenging kind of pants to sew {I’m looking at you jeans…} but any kind of pants have been on my “OhboyIcan’tsewthattooscary” list ever since I started sewing. So I didn’t have to face a fly, any sort of thigh/hip/butt/crotch adjustments ~ thank goodness! ~ or twin top stitching, but I’m taking baby steps towards it, and that’s enough for me at the moment.

The ease of construction and the loose, vintage style of these pants means that this pattern is a fantastic beginner’s introduction to sewing trousers. It went together really smoothly {I only had to unpick a couple of seams when I got the front and back pieces confused, but when I figured out that I’d sewn it front-front and back-back instead of front-back, front-back it was a very easy fix}, and there aren’t any difficult techniques you need to know to make them up.

I did switch out the standard waistband interfacing for Grosgrain ribbon to create the waistband. I like using this couture technique for building the waistband because I feel like the finished result is far more sturdier, actually stands up better instead of folding over or creasing down {like a lot of my skirt waistbands used to do before I started doing this}, and doesn’t stretch out of shape. Plus, I think it makes button holes easier as well! But on that note, yes, my button tab is too long… Whoops!

I also added a pocket into the side seam opposite the zipper, because who likes pants without pockets?? I mean, really…. But I do that with all my skirts and dresses too. I find if it doesn’t have pockets, I’m much less likely to wear it!

I handpicked the zipper and the hem for the pants ~ and while I adore hemming by hand, zippers still elude me when it comes to a perfectly neat finish, so I think I need to keep practising my zipper insertion for sure.

I am so happy with the finished trousers though; I can’t even say. This winter I’ve really been into swing pants ~ I kind of feel like they are the vintage girl’s version of trakkie-daks…. Or pyjamas… Have I mentioned that these things are darn comfortable? (~ ̄▽ ̄)~

I’m definitely leaning towards 1940’s land girl inspiration for styling options rather than glamourous Hollywood slacks ~ those ladies had to work hard, and had to have outfits that were not only durable, but also easy to move in. These pants definitely fit that bill, and are a wardrobe staple for me right now. I’m just wondering how many more pairs I should make! I definitely need a navy pair in twill or gabardine, and possibly a pair in chocolate Ponte knit??!

Or maybe I should try my hand at a pair of jeans? If anyone has any recommendations for an easy 1940’s -1950’s vintage or vintage reproduction pattern for jeans; I’m all ears! ( ^ _ ^)∠☆

~ Project Details ~

  • Year: Retro re-release of a Simplicity 1940’s suit pattern  
  • Pattern: Simplicity 3688
  • Fabric: Unknown length of undetermined stretch hounds tooth knit fabric. This fabric came from my Grandmother’s stash. It was passed on from her to my Mom, and then to me before it was finally made up!  
  • Notions: Two buttons, Grosgrain ribbon for the waistband, and one metal zipper 
  • Time to complete: Two weeks
  • Make again? Yes. No doubt. I’m already trying to figure out which fabric I should use next…
  • Wear again? Considering that I’ve worn them every day since I finished them up, and I’m wearing them right now as I write this post ~ I’d say so! Haha!!
  • Total Cost:  $2.60 for the zipper, the fabric was from the stash, as were the buttons. Not bad, but then I have to count $16.50 for repurchasing the pattern after Miss Three decided to jump on the lounge chair where I had put the pattern tissue and tore it to shreds... So, $19.10 in total.

xox,

bonita

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DIY Vintage Hair Tie | Me Made, 2015
Cherry Pointe Knit Top {old} | Collectif
Land Girl Slacks | Me Made, 2016
Tan Prairie Style Boots {old} | Cotton On

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Guest Post & Sneak Peek

Heyyy! I’m guest posting over at Kestrel Makes with my newest vintage pattern make. It’s the first one of the year, and also ~ PANTS!!  Check it out here….  :)

Pubby & Mama | Lavender & Twill

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

༺ Sí, Señorita ༻


1950's ensemble inspired by European ranch wear | Lavender & Twill

1950's ensemble inspired by European ranch wear | Lavender & Twill

Daisy Jean Floral Design Tiki Hair Flowers and Earrings | Lavender & Twill

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha | Lavender & Twill

1950's ensemble inspired by European ranch wear | Lavender & Twill

1950's ensemble inspired by European ranch wear | Lavender & Twill

1950's ensemble inspired by European ranch wear | Lavender & Twill

Daisy Jean Floral Design Tiki Hair Flowers and Earrings | Lavender & Twill

Am I anywhere with this much sunshine at the moment?

Alas, no, I am not… However, this is a flash back to my amazing trip to the Gold Coast! I hope you are not sick of these yet, because I still have another post to come after this one… ( ˃̗εू˂ ) 

I have been hoarding this glorious Daisy Jean Floral Designs tiki-inspired floral hair piece for just the right outfit to wear it with. I needed something bright, something colourful and something slightly crazy…

When Harlow Darling told me about the amazing cactus garden at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and asked if I was planning to dress to a Mexican theme, I went ~ “No, I don’t have anything to we…!! Hang on!” Instantly this sequined circle skirt {yes, another one… What can I say? This girl adores sparkle!!} popped into mind.

The skirt is not 1950’s vintage, more like 80’s, or perhaps 90’s retro, but it does the job so well. The rest of the outfit practically pulled itself together without any extra planning ~ it just danced into my head like some sort of animated thought sequence.

Not a Mexican theme, but a Spanish one! 

Recently I have really been getting into the equestrian discipline of Working Equitation with my horse Copper. It has quite a fascinating history, which I enjoy as part of the sport. WE started in Italy in 1986, where it grew as a way for farmers to pass on the traditional methods of training their horses for useful ranch work after the advent of machinery taking over the job. It quickly spread to surrounding European countries where it is practised to this day, and Portugal have remained the world champions of the competition.

Because I have been learning so much about the discipline’s history and competition rules {the competitors wear their countries traditional ranchero attire when competing} I have had traditional European ranch wear floating around in my head. Now, this outfit isn’t even a smidge bit close to what you would wear while riding, being neither culturally or historically accurate, so my inspiration fell more along the lines of a 1950’s ensemble for a fashionable señorita la casa de rancho.  

I have had this vintage silk blouse in my wardrobe ever since I started collecting and wearing vintage. I picked it up at the thrift shop when I was hunting for some pieces to start my new style journey, and it’s one of the few pieces that have lasted through all the wardrobe purges. I’m only kicking myself that I didn’t pick the exact same one up in grey, I thought that one would be enough… Silly me.

The pink blouse was the perfect pairing with this skirt however, and even better I could add my deadstock 1950s celluloid pony brooch that was a recent purchase. It goes without saying that I’m obsessed with anything equine, and those pastel pink galloping horses just HAD to be mine!

I really do think that the finishing touch to this ensemble has to go to the amazing DJF hair flowers though, and also; the red glitter earrings!

Yes, DJF has launched their own line of resin glitter jewellery, and it’s so pretty. There are a ton of different colours and designs to pick from ~ and while I went for red {for some reason I don’t have any red vintage earrings? Weird!} it was a very difficult choice between these ones or the gold glitter pair. Also, they’ve recently release some new brooch designs, which is exciting. Me being the obsessive brooch nut that I am can feel an imminent purchase coming on. *(~ ‿ •)

Now, I did change from this outfit into the one I posted about earlier with forget-me-nots and toile, but that’s the best thing about hanging out with bloggers! Harlow helped me out with the different photo shoots by helping to pick the locations, and taking some behind the scene snaps and everything. It’s just so great to spend time with people who have the same hobbies as you. They understand exactly what kind of work goes it to it, and what you need to do, rather than looking at you like you are crazy when you have to go change in the ladies public rest room so that you can go shoot a second ensemble… Haha!  Thank you Harlow for being so cool!

xox,

bonita

Disclosure |  Daisy Jean Floral Designs and Lavender & Twill have partnered up this year to bring to you some amazing floral hair accessories! I bought the DJF hair flowers because I really like them, but I’m also excited to feature this wonderful Australian small business, and the pieces I buy are discounted as part of our agreement. (✿◠‿◠)

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Vintage Straw Sailor Hat | Thrifted
Tiki Rose and Hibiscus Floral Hair Piece | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Cherry Agatha’s Orb Earrings | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Celluloid 1950’s Galloping Pink Pony Brooch | Oh La La
Vintage Pink Petal Silk Blouse | Thrifted
Spanish Senorita Circle Skirt | Oh La La
Fair Pink Jeanine Sandal | B.A.I.T.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

༺ High Times at the QVB ༻

Vintage bronze and gold 1950s inspired cocktail ensemble | Lavender & Twill

Vintage details with sparkles, rhinestones, beading and lurex | Lavender & Twill

Vintage bronze and gold 1950s inspired cocktail ensemble | Lavender & Twill

Vintage details with sparkles, rhinestones, beading and lurex | Lavender & Twill

Vintage bronze and gold 1950s inspired cocktail ensemble | Lavender & Twill

Um, too many photos. Too much good foods. Too many giggles! And gelatine…. Wayyyy too much gelatine…!

I want to leave the giant pile of pictures to do most of the talking, but the gist of the story is that we had high tea at the Queen Victoria Building on George St, in Sydney. The lovely Ellen from A Wild Tea Party hosted the event and we were a small, but definitely glamorous, party at the Tea Room in the stunning, historic QVB.

It was such a dazzling venue, there were pink crystal chandeliers on the ceiling! All the gold gilt and embossed features reminded me of the glittering palaces in Europe… We were even treated to dainty fine china covered in roses and gold, which of course, I adored.  ゚:*✧❀❁❀✧*:゚

Ellen of A Wild Teaparty and Bonita of Lavender & Twill | Lavender & Twill

QVB High Tea with Vintage Ladies, 2016 | Lavender & Twill
~ All of the ladies around the table: AWildTeaParty, MissHarlowDarling, LadyLauraBell, CurveCreation, EmmaAime, LilaJeanVintage, Rozelle_Rose ~

QVB High Tea with Vintage Ladies | Lavender & Twill
~ The gluten free scones were the best I’ve ever tasted… Total food melt down here!  ~

QVB High Tea with Vintage Ladies | Lavender & Twill
~ A behind the scenes snap of our little walk that landed us at a church a block from the QVB; after we had finished up at the Tea Room. It was blogger chaos, dozen of pictures being taken, chatter and loads of selfies… Hilarious to see I’m sure!! #bloggerlife… : P ~

Everyone looked perfectly fabulous! We had a range of decades represented; from 1930’s elegance to early 1960’s Audrey Hepburn inspiration, and then of course, some gals were dressed in the ever popular 1940s and 1950s fashions.

QVB High Tea with Vintage Ladies | Lavender & Twill

QVB High Tea with Vintage Ladies | Lavender & Twill
~ All of our group together! There was definitely an unofficial red & black theme going on here, but somehow Ellen and I missed the memo! Haha! ~

I went for a 1950’s cocktail inspired look myself, as I had a very special piece of vintage that I’d been dying to wear out. ヾ(≧∇≦)ゞ Sometime ago an extraordinary hand painted, hand sequined, novelty print circle skirt arrived in the mail for me {that was a red-letter day I can tell you! Even my non-vintage friends who were over for coffee at the time could see that it was a unique piece of vintage; judging from my excited squeals over the parcel and how I simply had to try the skirt on straight away!!}, and I knew I needed a extraordinary occasion to wear it.

Skirts are one of those odd clothing designs that can look casual, even when they aren’t. This skirt definitely falls into the tricky spot of being a daytime special event piece. With all the bling, it’s definitely dressy, but being a separate tones down the special effect of the sequins…. If you can tone down sequins that is!

I could style it with a casual vibe to rock it to a vintage fair or something, but for it’s first official outing I was dying to glam it up. Therefore, it was an easy choice to pair it with the Collectif gold lurex top I’d purchased a while back, and once I added some more gold, beading, and rhinestones in the form of accessories, it really gave this ensemble the elegant feel I wanted for this amazing meetup.

My clear rhinestone decorated clutch, gold lurex gloves, beaded bow fascinator and burgundy fur shawl were all vintage finds that brought the perfect finishing touches to the outfit. The shoes were Betty Page, and arrived in the mail two days before the trip! Lucky last minute… Whew!  So between the breath-taking outfits on everyone, and the melting delicacies of the table, it’s a wonder we had anything to say at all…

Haha! Just kidding! I think we just about gabbed the whole time away without a second to spare!! In between the giggles, there were multitudes of pictures taken, as you can tell, but I’m going to pop in some more… Sorry, not sorry!

Let’s finish with the fun "polaroid" pictures, because every time Ellen and I try to take a serious photo together it usually dissolves into a fit of silliness.... So there’s also a gif of goofiness, brought to you by our fabulousness. You're welcome!  ₍^·͈༝·͈^₎◞♡

Vintage girls just wanna have fun... | Lavender & Twill
Vintage girls just wanna have fun... | Lavender & Twill
Vintage girls just wanna have fun... | Lavender & Twill
Vintage girls just wanna have fun... | Lavender & TwillQVB_Lolz_smll

xox,

bonita

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Vintage Marigold Beaded Bow Fascinator | eBay
Vintage Fur Shawl | Round She Goes Market, 2015
Gold Lurex Top | Collectif
Vintage Gold Lurex Gloves | eBay
1950s Clear Clutch with Rhinestones | Oh La La
Glitter, Gleam & Glamour 1950s Novelty Circle Skirt | Oh La La
Gold Ruffle & Rhinestone Sling Backs | Betty Page

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

༺ Sunshine Paradise ༻

1950's inspired beach fashion at Surfers Paradise | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired beach fashion at Surfers Paradise | Lavender & Twill

Lady K Loves Two Piece Seersucker Set | Lavender & Twill

Surfer's Paradise Beach | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired beach fashion at Surfers Paradise | Lavender & Twill

Lady K Loves Two Piece Seersucker Set | Lavender & Twill

Oh, this day was such a perfect day!

The sun, the sand, the surf ~ there’s nothing better for an Australian summer holiday, especially on these golden beaches. Naturally, while I was up at the Gold Coast with Harlow Darling and my sister, we went to Surfer’s Paradise Beach to spend some time hanging out in the sunshine.

It’s a popular spot, so there were lots of people around, and I’m sure at least some would have been wondering who was the crazy chick dancing around in the surf taking photos, but eh… Life of a blogger right??!

After the lazy, sun kissed morning at the beach, we decided that some food was certainly in order, so we walked down to the QT Hotel which is just a block or two away. Boy, oh boy ~ the food was delicious! We had Mexican, and the yummiest tropical cocktails in the cutest tiki tumblers!

Unfortunately, the end of lunch also signalled the end of my little holiday ~ we had to say a fond farewell to Harlow and zip back to my sisters home… Oh, boy! You should have seen me run! Haha! ヾ(≧∇≦)ゞ

I’d tried to pack in the morning, but really there wasn’t much time, or much that I could actually put away. So when we got home I flew into a whirl wind of packing and craziness, and changing into warmer clothing for the flight home. We made it with fifteen minutes to shape ~ {yay! We were worried for a bit there!} and obviously I got home safely. Very tired, but very happy to have such a lovely time with my friends. It’s always a good thing to make memories with people you care about. ❀❤❀

This Lady K Loves seersucker two piece set was really the perfect beach outfit though! I’d ordered the matching blouse and skirt at the tail end of this summer season, and when it came I knew that I wanted to snap it at a beach. I hadn’t had that chance and it was suddenly the end of autumn! I resigned myself to waiting until next summer to wear it, when lo and behold… Yep! The Gold Coast trip happened, so into the extremely over-stuffed suitcase it went.

What I really loved about wearing it to the beach was the chance to style this set with a super casual look. Sometimes I feel like there’s a standard of ‘dressed up’ that my vintage outfits have to reach in order to be on the authentic side {which I do like to try for most of the time}, so it’s fun to pull together a ‘casual’ look once in a while. Annnd then you realise that your casual look can still be pretty darn dressed up; comparatively! Hat ~ good sun protection, matching sunglasses ~ fairly standard I suppose, and… a brooch? To the beach??  Haha!!

Well, anyway, I felt super relaxed and casual, and that’s all the really counts in the end I think! And yes, seersucker is the perfect summer fabric. I need more in my wardrobe, I really do. Cotton is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but for a lightweight, breathable fabric that is fairly nearly crush proof ~ you really can’t beat seersucker. I had to iron everything else from my suitcase, but not this!! (•̀o•́)ง✧

I do just want to ask though ~ for the sake of a good holiday photo, how crazy have you gone? Snaps in crowded locations? Sitting on the edge of a cliff or lookout?  Sneaky pics in the *gasp* art gallery?

{Actually ~ side note, last time I was in France you were allowed to take photos in the museums and galleries {yes, even in the Louvre!} and it was actually really cool! Except that you couldn’t really see the Mona Lisa at all due to the amount of flashes in the protective glass casing… Haha! I laughed and moved on as there were many other amazing paintings and artworks to see besides that one.}

xox,

bonita

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Vintage Daisy Straw Boater Hat | eBay
Vintage Mint Nylon Scarf | eBay
Vintage Yellow Enamel Hat Brooch | eBay
So Retro Sunglasses | Zenni Optical
Limited Edition Bow Bangle | Pandora
Peppermint Two Piece Seersucker Set | Lady K Loves

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Monday, June 6, 2016

༺ Love, Forget Me Not ༻

By the lilly pond ~ wearing a 1950's inpired ensemble | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired style with Collectif and Erstwilder | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired style with Collectif and Erstwilder | Lavender & Twill

Beautiful Erstwilder Forget Me Nots Earrings | Lavender & Twill

Lilly pond at Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired style with Collectif and Erstwilder | Lavender & Twill

Beautiful Erstwilder Forget Me Nots Earrings | Lavender & Twill

Not too long ago I had the chance to take a weekend trip to the Gold Coast to hang out with Harlow from Harlow Darling, and my sister {and best friend} who had moved up there only two weeks before I was due to visit.

It was perfect timing, and I was so excited to have the chance to spend time with my lil’ sister and my lovely vintage gal pal. Of course, we were like: must. do. all. the. things! Having only two short, sweet days, we decided to start by meeting up at the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane. Okay, you may be laughing at me ~ but I like this kind of exploring when I am traveling. I’m a total tourist at heart.

Give me an ancient church, a historic building, an antique museum or gallery, a scenic garden or a panoramic promenade ~ if it’s a place of beauty or history in a new town, you can guarantee I will want to check it out. It’s either sightseeing or shopping {which you know came later on… (*>▽<)}! Some people like to eat around town, I like drinking in the views around town… Heehee.

So we wondered around the beautiful gardens and snapped some snaps ~ I wore the Maddison Toile Swing Dress by Collectif ~ I first saw it when the new toile collection came out and instantly fell head over my pretty pink heels in love with it. Toile print is a weakness of mine, and the navy and white is such a classic combination!

There are so many sweet details to this dress ~ the button band down the back is probably my favourite however… Or maybe the bow on the collar at the front? Gah! Can’t decide! Anyway, I knew it would be a perfect pairing with the Erstwilder Forget Me Nots earrings.

I adore Forget Me Not flowers, not only do they have the cutest name ever, but the tiny, dainty, baby blue petals with a freckled kiss of sunny yellow in the centre are such charming little things. So when Erstwilder came out with these pretty earrings, it was not a difficult choice for me.

They are not too big, not too small, and you know how some earrings will swing about so that you can’t see the design properly? Not so with these beauties, they were perfectly aligned the entire time I wore them.

Of course, we didn’t spend the whole day in the gardens, we had lunch at the popular Bare Bones Society Café, and then we headed to the Frock Up Vintage fair at the Mt. Gravatt Showgrounds {incidentally, the grounds have beautiful old mint and cream, 1910’s Australiana style buildings which were lovely to see!}.

Unfortunately, the fair was totally rather overpriced, {or fortunately perhaps? My wallet was happy!} so I didn’t come home with much, but I found a three pairs of milk glass earrings that I was very pleased with. That was nice, and they didn’t take up much room in my already over stuffed suitcase! We went home after that, but there was still another glorious day ~ yay! and I’ll leave that for a later post…

Sightseeing and shopping, a perfect first day at the Gold Coast! ʚ♡ɞ (o•ᴗ•o❁)

xox,

bonita

Disclosure | This post was created in collaboration with Erstwilder and the items I have reviewed were gifted to me, but all views and opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

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Navy Velvet Bow & Bone Straw 50s Hat | Round She Goes Market, 2015
Forget Me Nots Earrings | c/o Erstwilder
Starburst Vintage Milk Glass Necklace | eBay
Maddison Toile Swing Dress | Collectif
Vintage White Eyelet Gloves | Thrifted
Vintage 1950s Glomesh Purse | Gifted
Snow White Peep Toe Heels | Light In The Box

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

༺ Uncommon Creations ༻

Flossy & Dossy's 40s Quick Knit styled in a 1940s influenced ensemble | Lavender & Twill

Uncommon Goods handcrafted artisan pieces for a vintage styled home | Lavender & Twill

Flossy & Dossy's 40s Quick Knit styled in a 1940s influenced ensemble | Lavender & Twill

Flossy & Dossy's 40s Quick Knit styled in a 1940s influenced ensemble | Lavender & Twill

A 1940's look and vintage inspired home decor | Lavender & Twill

A 1940's look and vintage inspired home decor | Lavender & Twill

Uncommon Goods handcrafted artisan pieces for a vintage styled home | Lavender & Twill

A 1940's look and vintage inspired home decor | Lavender & Twill

I don’t know about you, but I love to create with my hands, and making something beautiful out of nothing, that is the best outcome of creativity in my mind! Like skeins of wool into a twisty, cabled knitted top, or a lump of clay into a cloud brooch with rainbow raindrops…

It’s an anchor that makes me happy no matter how or why or what else is going on, and it’s also a thread that literally touches every area of my life from housekeeping to mothering, to one of my favourite hobbies ~ blogging.  (*• ᴗ ᵕ*)∠☆

As such, I have much sympathy for artisans and creatives; really anyone that makes a living from what they create. I think it’s cool, and it’s definitely a dream I fiercely defend ~ anyone who wants to make a living using their imagination and creative talents should be able to have a chance to do so.

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from artists needing to find a rich patron in order to survive, and I am really happy to introduce a brand to you that is a part of creating a worldwide market for artists and creatives ~ Uncommon Goods.

Uncommon Goods started with a common idea, the market place where makers can gather to sell their wares, and turned it into a fantastic service where you can purchase beautiful, handcrafted pieces from individual artists and have them delivered to your door!

And a special note about that delivery ~ I was really pleased with the packaging of the pieces I was sent. Not only does packaging use recycled materials, it was really, really protective! The two clay pieces I chose are stunning, but being pottery ~ there’s always the off chance that they might break in the post. When I opened my package, I knew there wasn’t any chance of that happening in this case. The pieces where wrapped in bubble wrap, buried in packing peanuts, boxed their own individual boxes, then wrapped again in giant bubble wrap inside a huge exterior box! They arrived perfectly safe, and I was very impressed with the careful shipping.

The two pretty pieces that came to my doorstep? Meet my Blackberry Jam Yarn Bowl and thread spool Sewing Station! These are gorgeous, quality handiwork accessories that are excellently designed for their purpose, but they both are also elegant things of beauty as well ~ which is my absolute favourite combination!  ʚ♡ɞ*(• ᴗ •❁)

I really could’ve chosen just about anything ~ there are so many gorgeous items ~ from gardening accessories, to jewellery, to kitchen implements and more. I had a very hard time deciding! Even better ~ there’s something there for everyone. Children will enjoy the array of toys and games for Kids, those troublesome Father’s Day presents can be taken care of quick as a wink with the Gifts for Men {it’s not just me that has a lot of trouble picking out a present for my Dad ~ right??}, and I really loved most of the items in the Top 25 Gifts for Mothers section ~ I think I could easily whip a rather large wish list from that category alone! 

To show you how well my Blackberry Jam Yarn Bowl works {and don’t you just love that name?} I picked up a knitting project that I’ve been working on for a while now. It’s a lacy, 1930’s pattern in navy wool. I thought I should compliment it by wearing the Flossy & Dossy’s Quick Knit top I made prior to this current project, and I also paired it with one of my handmade polymer clay brooch, which is ~ as you’ve probably guessed ~ a cloud with dangling rainbow raindrops.

I’m a very slow knitter, as I only knit in winter, and that tends to hold me back quite a bit, but I also have a knack for getting myself thoroughly muddled every once in a while, so that I have to spend a lot of time “frogging” my projects and reknitting sections! {Knitters call pulling apart their knitting frogging because you have to “rip it, rip it, rip it”… Haha!}  I’ve knitted parts of the front neckline on this particular top at least seven times… *sigh*

However, it doesn’t diminish my love for the hobby ~ I find something very relaxing and rhythmical about the process of knotting up the yarn until it finds it’s shape. And when the pattern gets properly stuck in your head {though that still won’t stop me from getting muddled over other bits!} it has a sort of ‘flow’ to it that I really enjoy ~ a bit like dancing or music! ٩(⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)۶

Which hobbies do you find influencing the greater spheres of your life? My deepest, boundless hobby is definitely making life beautiful! And I’m glad I can do that in many ways, including adding pretty crafting accessories to my home thanks to Uncommon Goods!

xox,

bonita

Disclosure | This post was created in collaboration with Uncommon Goods and the items I have received were gifted to me, but all views and opinions expressed in this brand spotlight are solely my own.

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Black Satin Bow | Old
A 40’s Twist Top in Plum  | Me Made, 2014
Rainbow Raindrops Brooch | Me Made
Houndstooth Pleated Skirt | Thrifted
Bow & Frill Socks | Gifted
Ye Old Faithful Mary Janes | New Look, Old

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