A few little purchases and winners


It seems like ages since I bought myself new fabric. When I moved into my sewing room and consolidated my stash into one room I realised how much fabric I have. Enough for a life time! It doesn't mean I'm going to stop buying fabric but I have slowed up for now.  

But it's still fun to buy pretty things.
Which leads to the question...

What do you buy you have overflowing stash of fabric but you're at the Springwood Quilt Show surrounded by colourful stalls?? 


Why buttons of course! So small and cute and they take up only a smidgen of space. 

There was no way I could resist these little bunnies in pretty polka dot dresses. 

They looked as though they needed flowery wooden buttons, and some blue daisies to wander through.

Vintage buttons and a romantic fabric covered button.

How sweet are these little ladies faces
They'll be fun to create with. 

I bought a pretty embroidered doily with cherry blossoms and a crane. 

But the highlight of my purchases was this quirky sewing basket. It had my name written all over it. I love it's long legs that makes it look as though it can do a merry jig. 

Inside it has a handy orange compartment tray. Other than that it's quite plain but that added to it's appeal. A great chance to spruce it up with a makeover to make it my own. I'm planning to line it with some fabulous fabrics, preferably something 70's and floral. Maybe incorporate a pincushion into the lid, and I'd love to add some pompom trim, that might be a bit over the top but we'll see.

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A huge mega-thanks to all the wonderful comments for Giveaway Day. Reading about your favourite garden things made me feel as though I was wandering around in a beautiful garden full of delightful sights and scents. 
I used the random selector to choose the Giveaway Day winner and the lucky number was 41 which means Deborah of Sunshine Through the Rain is the winner. Congratulations Deborah, I know you'll you'll make something brilliant with the Gardenvale layer cake. 

I know I'm a bit late at announcing the blogiversary dilly bag giveaway winner but better late than never. To choose I put all the names of the people who wanted to enter into one of the dilly bags. Mr Daisy then pulled out a handful of names and put them into the second dilly bag, from there he picked one. It was Dzintra of The Queen of the Armchair with her choice of the red top bag. Congratulations Dzintra! 

Last but not least as a blogiversary present to myself I made a new page under the header on my blog called "A tour of my blog" with a selection of some of my favourite posts. I think it's a great catch up if you're new to my blog, or if you feel like re-reading some of the more whimsical posts I've written over the years. If you're curious click on the link or have a look here. Feel free to let me know if you have any favourite posts that I should include in the list. :)
A few little purchases and winners

39 comments

  1. What sweet little buttons you bought Rachel. And I love that sewing caddy. You'd have had some competition if I had not been overseas LOL.
    Congrats to the winners of the give aways. Such lovely pressies going to them.

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  2. Difficile resistere all'acquisto di nuovi tessuti...Difficile...troppo!

    Ciao

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  4. I love the sewing box, and no, pom poms are never too much

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  5. Hi Rachael ,lots of lovely buttons you bought,love the face ones,conrats to the lucky winners and wow Dzintra will love her bag,enjoy your day my friend xx

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  6. Oh for heaven's sake - I've got those little face buttons myself!!! I bought them years ago at a Sewing Expo. Don't you just love them!

    I love all your purchases but that sewing basket is AWESOME. Congrats to all your winners, too!

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  7. Thank you thank you Rachael. I am already planning my summer sewing using this beautiful fabric xx

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  8. Buttons are just the thing when trying to avoid fabric or yarn purchasing. Perfect sewing basket.

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  9. Oh I am so pleased to see Deborah's name as a winner- so deserving!!! Those buttons are just gorgeous and the sewing box very retro and very Rachael!

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  10. the sewing basket is wonderful!! Can't wait to see what you do

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  11. Lovely post, like always :-)
    And congratulations to the winners !

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  12. What a lovely collections of buttons! The sewing basket is beautiful too! I am looking forward to something special and amazing happening from both.
    Have a great week Rachael!

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  13. Ohmygosh, those little buttons are soooo sweet -- I LOVE the little bunnies! And, just so you know ... D-z-i-n-t-r-a is not how you spell my name!!! ;-D

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  14. Your sewing basket is going to be awesome RAchael...I can just picture it being all colour with pom-poms and gorgeous floral fabric! And thank you once again for my dilly bag win and for your Hubby in drawing my name...just perfect!

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  15. Your new buttons are just up your alley. And your new sewing box is a retro delight. Looks like fun ahead.

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  16. Pom Pom trim too much? NEVER I say! :)

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  17. whaaaa!!!! oh girl you scored some great finds!
    we can never have too many buttons and trims.
    your sewing basket is fantastic as is but can't to see how you make it all you! totally wants to do a jig!

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  18. Those buttons are adorable! And your new sewing basket....I cannot wait to see how it turns out after its Blue Mountain Daisy makeover.

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  19. Isn't it interesting how we can be drawn to choices by the Colorado? That unexpected pop of orange was just the temptation you needed...await your reveal if its redesign. Have fun! Love the lines of it.

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  20. Fun post, as always! I'm sure you'll do something inspired with those buttons someday. Well, you already have, but you know... LOVE your new sewing basket!!

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  21. Congratulations to all the winners, your blog is one of the best!
    I love that Dilly Bag!

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  22. Love that sewing basket, I think pom poms would provide the finishing touch. I usually buy a little tin if I don't buy fabric, but buttons or badges could be just as good.

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  23. Well done to the winners!

    That sewing receptacle is totally you Rachael. Im sure whatever you do to the inside will be equally unique.

    Love your idea for collecting fancy buttons. Those bunnies are sooooo cute!

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  24. I love your buttons, and I really love the little scenes that you drew for them: so fun! :-) And that sewing basket is just wonderful!! You'll be having lots of fun with it! :-) Hugs, H in Healdsburg

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  25. Lovely buys especially the wonderful sewing box. Have fun filling it up

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  26. I love buttons and buttons love me...!!! Those are winners...and the sewing basket...I might just fly right on down and get that one. hugs

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  27. Fun to see little bunny buttons. How cute :) I have a soft spot for little bunnies. It is a wonderful life to surround yourself with creative things. I have tried to not buy fabric....It is impossible. I am sure I have enough to last me until I die as well. I imagine your little sewing basket will be adorable when you have added your special touch.
    Happy day to you in your part of the world. Janita

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  28. A few little purchases, he he, bet you could fill that sewing basket in a heart beat! I mean buttons are so small.. The linen piece is gorgeous and congratulations to the winners.

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  29. oh those buttons are adorable - especially the little face ones ! and I really love your new sewing basket - its sweet as it is but look forward to its makeover

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  30. What a lovely selection of buttons!! And the sewing basket is amazing. I have not seen the like of that before. I can see why it caught your eye.
    Congratulations to your winners and thank you to you for the fun of the give away.

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  31. congrats to the winners!
    what super cute buttons. I know you'll make something amazing with them :)

    off to see your new button

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  32. Love your "Tour my blog" tab and the way you have organized the posts! Such a great idea.

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  33. You will have great fun with your purchases, both big and little. Looking forward to seeing your finished sewing basket. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

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  34. Congratulations to the winners ! Those buttons are sew Rachael ! Cute cute !

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  35. Oh yay! I'm so glad Deborah won! She could use some gardenvale!!! Lovely purchases, Rachael. It's convenient to have such fun buttons on hand for when the need arises. And that sewing basket...wish I had scored it! Ps did you ever share pics of your new room?

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  36. What lovely buttons, those faces are adorable!

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  37. OMG I cannot believe my eyes but my Grandma had exactly this quirky sewing basket in cream with the orange tray!!

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  38. Great buttons, Rachael! I love the sewing basket! I thought at first it might be mid century with the long legs, but that orange tray looks 70's! A great find! Congrats on the book, Rachael!

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  39. Gorgeous sewing basket and love your purchases - such fun!

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