Sunday, April 13, 2014

An article about me on the Bespoke blog!

Hello again,

I'm very excited to share this with you. My sister in law Ash who writes the fab blog The Squee has been guest blogging over at Bespoke for the past week and chose to interview me and take photos of my home for her Creative Spaces articles. Do go have a read about some of the other creative spaces Ash found herself in. I won't share the article of mine here on my blog as it would be great for you to go have a read here and say hello to Ash, but here are some pics from the day..

Please do go have a read and say hi to Ash, she's done a wonderful job celebrating peoples creativity!

Hope your all well,

Taz xx

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pics from my very first market stall!

Hello lovely ones, I have been rather quiet as I have been busy making and making and making for my very first market stall which we did on Saturday at The Abbotsford Market. I had a stall with my sister Sammie, who runs the vintage dress shop, Lola and Joy. She sold her beautiful dresses and I set up all my handmade makes. It was a wonderful day, and I wanted to share some pics with you..

My handmade dresses and a must have..$2 suitcase of clothes!

This is Sam.

I had gift tag packs, hankys and brooches for sale..everything had a tag with the description and price on it, made from an old game of Memory.

Another overflowing suitcase of $2 was a hit!

I took some copies of Hundreds and Thousands mag along...and people were very keen on it!

A bowl of brand new straight from the 60's hankies! (and a Game of Thrones reference)

On this table for sale: vintage sheet scrap packs, pompom packs, doily garlands, story book bunting, brooches and hankie bunting!

Inside my pompom pack...10 pompoms and string to make a garland or what ever really!

This was definitely a positive experience for me, and i'm definitely thinking I will do it again. Until my next market though, I am still selling my items in my Online Shop.

Do you love markets? Have you ever had a stall at one? Got any markets you recommend I visit?

See you soon,

Taz xx

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Recent makes: One of a kind Beatles tshirt and a vintage book turned into 3 decorations!

Yesterday we celebrated our nephews 3rd birthday. It was very cute. He was very excited and stood waiting for me to hand him his present. This was good, because it meant he would actually take note of what he got, rather than just rummaging through a huge pile. He is a Beatles lover, thanks to his Dad, and we are delighted to encourage this obsession with him. I decided to make him a one of a kind Beatles t shirt, made from op shopped material and a Beatles patch I've had in my collection for about 10 years. We threw in a much loved Beatles album, Help, and I did some paper craft too.

tshirt material was from the opshop, I used a tshirt of my sons to get the size/shape.

I attached a tag, which I made by typing on fabric with my typewriter!

I've had this patch for so long. Am really happy with how I've ended up using it. Its an iron on, but I stitched it.

I also wanted to make a bunting for his room. I had a very old Norwegian children's story book with the best illustrations, so cut that up. My friends helped me with it all on Saturday night (while cupcakes were being consumed) so that was great fun! 

Mind the kitchen, but this is the finished product.

I wanted to try use all of the book so none would go to waste, so the left over pages still attached to the spine were turned into this tree shaped decoration, 

and circles of scrap paper were turned into this garland!

Have you been crafty at all lately? Anything you've made where nothing has gone to waste? It's always such a good feeling!

I've been baking this week, so I have a chocolaty recipe to share with you soon!

Taz xx 

P.S My vintage recipe swap is all happening now with partners chatting and maybe even making/thrifting and choosing favourite recipes already, so will keep you posted as we go along! If your joining and have not heard from your partner please let me know!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vintage Recipe Swap Update

Hi swappers and readers,

this is just to let you know that you should have an email from me with your partners email address too, so you can start getting to know each other. If you havent recieved an email PLEASE let me know so I can try help you get in touch with your partners.

Enjoy the making/thrifting/writing and I would love to know what you end up sending, so feel free to email me at

Ok, bye xoox

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Issue One of Hundreds and Thousands Magazine...out now!!

In case you had no idea that I make a magazine, I do. And if you did know I did, then I am pleased to announce issue one, is officially for sale and I am certain that my lovely readers of my blog, will love the magazine. Full of craft, baking, pretty vintage images, gardens, music, stories, handmade and more. It's available at or you can go via our blog which is

Thanks so much to everyone who bought our starter issue.

Taz xx

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Exciting times: Magazines, Markets stalls and Music

Sooo, exciting times happening here for me. My handmade magazine that I make with Mezz, is almost available for you to buy. Issue one of Hundreds and Thousands magazine is about to be released and its very excting. Our starter issue was sold out, which was a total suprise. We've got a new logo for our mag now after running a compitition on our blog, and my friend Sarah won. She combined vintage fabric and her computer skills to make this...

I LOVE IT!!! We've got all sorts of wonderful crafts and bakes, people, homes, nannas and even sponsors now...feeling very professional. I'd love for you to have a look and follow our Facebook and blog page. You will find links to our shop and info from us there as well as ways you can contact us if you would like to get involved with a craft, recipe, sponsor etc as we continue making this magazine, celebrating all things handmade.

Abbotsford Primary School where the market will be.

Other exciting news is im having my first market stall. I wont lie, im a bit nervous, but Im doing it with my sister, so together we can cope im sure. One of my favourite markets in melbourne is the Fitzroy Market, and the makers of that, have just started another one, in Abbotsford. We will be having a stall there, on their very first market, april 5th. Im going to be selling my handmade goods (which are also for sale here online) and my sister will be selling her vintage dresses which she sells at Lola and Joy. If you live in melbourne, then maybe jot down the date as if it's anything like the fitzroy market, it's a great day out. We can meet (if we don't know each other already) and you could possibly go home with a bag of thrifted/handmade/handbaked goods.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned. Tomorrow night I am attending a twilight music fundraiser and I'm looking forward to it. There will be picnic rugs, baked goods, bunting, garden and live music being played by some of my family and friends. I thought i'd share the links with you of the different artists so you can enjoy from afar..

Pete lovely hubby!
Byronsiren...Mezz's hubby 

Happy friday everyone,

Don't forget to join my recipe and vintage kitchen swap I a hosting. Click here to join in the fun.

Taz xx

Joining in with Pips link-a-long ~ what's inspiring me at the moment.

Pip from meetmeatmikes recently did a post which was great to read. It was about blogging and what inspires her. I'm joining in and thought I'd share with you who/what inspires me to be creative, blog, cook, love life etc at the moment.

In no particular order as they are all equally inspiring to me in their own way:

Green green grass and flowers in a garden do unbelievable things for my mental health which then lead to other wonderful things. This photo was taken at the Fletcher Jones Gardens.

Lunch Lady. Her recipes, why she started her lunch lady blog, their way of life, it's all right up there for how I try to live. Homemade, self sufficient, caring about what goes in my families mouths, but doing it simply and happy to get help as well as teach. Her blog/Instagram is one I am always excited to read.

Zara from Zaranne handmade. She's been on my fav list for a very long time and is still up there as one of my main inspirations. Simple beautiful crafts, generous, healthy baker, totally everything I hope my blog can be about!

Mollie makes. Yes, their magazine has totally inspired me to make my own magazine and making my own is something I never thought possible. The second magazine is about to be released after the first sold out. Mollie makes, although pretty popular now, we're a bit quieter to start and I fell In love. Still great, I'm saving my money though to work on my own!!


Mezz from mezzmakesstuff.and my fellow magazine maker. Although I mention Mezz ALOT on my blog as we do a lot together, she really is one of my greatest inspirations. From the simple, creative, love and thought filled crafts to her singing, her way of being creative and doing the things she loves whilst being a mum and wife is completely inspiring for me.

Ash from Her crocheting ways, her cooking and her attitude towards doing what you want to do, is always so refreshing. She spends her time doing the things that make her happy! She's someone you want to be around!

Sam (my real blood sister) runs the delightful Lola and Joy shop, selling vintage dresses. This is great, as well as her love for travel and people, which she then goes forward and works on. No questioning, just doing. This keeps me motivated to just do and enjoy! Although younger than me, she is always the one I talk to when in need of advice with my shop/creative ideas.

The seaside. Strange one yes, but time at the sea for me does way more than cool me down and get sand/wind through my hair. It fills me with an amazing peace, and feeling of I can take things on, whether creative or life skills, I thank my dad for my love for the sea. This photo was from a recent weekend in Warrnambool. 

The Whole Pantry App .The recipes and photos are stunning and what I've tried off the app so far I have absolutely loved. So nice to have this to go too!

My narmie. I don't think a day goes by where I don't think of her baking, sewing, her button tin, her clothes. Her steak egg and chips, her tins of pastry shells ready for dollops of jam or the barbie clothes she used to sew for me. I sew and cook like I do because for her it was normal life, so I'm going to make it normal for me too.

I could probably go on, but these are on the top of my list at the moment/in general.

What's on yours? Join in Here.

I'm hosting a recipe and vintage kitchen swap Here if your looking for something lovely to do!

Taz xx