Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Behind the Scenes





Here are the headquarters of Fabric Traders today, and we are looking a little busy! Bolts of fabric to unpack. Fabric as far as you can see. Orders to pick and send. We have been trading now for a month and have been overwhelmed with your support Australia! Thank-you!
See that little pile of pink cards on the table? They are $5 coupons. And today we would like to give everyone who reads this one for free. Just use code 5off at checkout.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Advice for Monday


Over the weekend it became apparent that "this" time of year has crept up and bit us once again. People seem to be walking a little faster. Kids are excited as they finish their last few days of school. The days are getting warmer and lasting longer. All this can sometimes lead us to feel a little tense. Short term remedy? Cut some blooms and light a candle. Doesn't take long. Looks fabulous. Feels lovely. Here is the result!
Happy Monday!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Project Day: Inspiration Oilcloth


Do you know what oilcloth is? Many people don't. We get emails all the time asking what is this stuff ? So here is a brief description and some ideas we have sourced from from inspirational people.

What is oilcloth? Basically oilcloth is a vinyl that is supported with a woven cotton mesh underneath it. The pattern is on the top. It is made up of 91% PVC 6% polyester and 3% cotton. Oilcloth will not fray! Make a tablecloth in minutes using decorative scissors like pinking shears.
Sewing with oilcloth? use a denim needle or a size 16 if you have one. Best to sew on the cotton (underneath) side if you can. There are so many things you can make with this fabric. I have included some examples here today. Anything from kids bibs and aprons to lunch bags and recovering chairs.

Do you know we have the largest range of oilcloth online in Australia?
And only $14.50/m....wait.....oh that's right we are taking 20% off all oilcloth until 2.12.11.
Use code: oil20 at checkout
So get sewing and have a great weekend.
Simone & Jody

Green floral chairs HERE and buy this fabric here
Kids on chairs found HERE
Lunch bag HERE and buy this fabric here
Table in polka dots HERE and buy this fabric here
Kids Aprons HERE

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jody House Update




I thought I would give you an update on my house building project! My windows arrived yesterday and I am getting very excited. Our house is moving along and becoming a home it currently looks like a wreck as you will see but I have also put some pictures to show you what it may hopefully look similar to when finished! I will keep you posted with more pics x

Monday, November 21, 2011

~ Bernie Learns to Sew ~




School Mascot Bernie visited Beach Vintage and learnt how to sew over the weekend.
We chronicled his lesson and added it to his journal. He left one happy bear.
Happy Monday.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Project Day: Modern Christmas Napkins

Dear Mum,
This year we are not going to use tacky Santa Claus napkins from the two dollar store!
Here's what we have made from some lovely heavy weighted cotton fabric for the Christmas table setting.
All we did was make a template 46cm x 46cm and cut out the napkins. A simple over locked and then hemmed edge and we are done.
So mum, this year you can concentrate on the things that we love about you. Like making roast chicken!
Love Simone & Jody
tablecloth green check fabric HERE. Bisbee Bandana Red Fabric HERE
plus 20% off both these fabrics for 3 days! use code napkin20

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

~ Smiley New Arrivals ~




This may sound absurd but we ran like kids at christmas when we saw the UPS truck pull up on Monday afternoon. He had lots of new surprises for us! These are our absolute favourites of the bunch. New arrival cottons at Fabric Traders. You can click on each image to view details. Wait to see what we have made with Bisbee Bandana! Will show you Friday.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vintage Trunk


A vintage trunk makes a great side table at home today. This one was picked up at a local antique centre. Plonk all your favourite things on top.
And fresh roses are finally coming back in the Beach Vintage Garden.
Happy Monday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Project Day: Change as Good as a Holiday


Every now again....actually every more so often. Maybe just all the time!
Yes, new cushions for the sofa are always in order.
With all these new fabrics we have been busy creating new cushions.
It's easy to change the look around your place.
Here's what you can see.
Rules we go by?
Always mismatch colours around the place and most important......have fun!
Great weekend everyone.

20% off ALL children's fabrics for 4 days only.
Use coupon: kid20 at checkout.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fabric Giveaway


Now this is easy. Want to win a grab bag of fabric? What is a grab bag ? It's a bag of 6 random fabrics in different sizes. Here is the box we will be picking them from. Kind of like a mystery fabric surprise! The fabrics are beautiful, not just stuff we can't sell!
And you can have one. All you have to do is:
  • Have an Australian blog
  • Pick your favourite fabric on our new website www.fabrictraders.com.au
  • Write a post about why you like it, with a link to the fabric, or a link to the website homepage (http://www.fabrictraders.com.au).
But be quick, it is only limited to the first 50 people to blog!
Once this is done, email us with your blog URL, name and postal address. Once confirmed we will send you the fabric pack.
Absolutely free!
offer ends in 7 days/ blog post must be live on of before 16.11.11
minimum size of fabric pieces are 45cm x 45cm

Monday, November 7, 2011

Colourful Week Ahead


To go outside and pick your own produce. Now that's lucky. Look at these tomatoes. Picked from the Beach Vintage Garden over the weekend. Oh, and that's a new dress too. The colours go well together don't you think?
Happy Monday.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Project Day : $7.50 Chairs Recovered



Picked up these chairs from Ebay recently. $15 the pair. And although the style was perfect, the fabric on the seats was not. Having a mix of kids and dogs around the table frequently it was time to recover them in something more "practical".
Here's what happened:
  • Seats were removed by unscrewing joins underneath.
  • Oilcloth was the decided fabric choice for the recover. Yes, just wipe it down with a damp cloth when the spaghetti sauce falls down on it.
  • Seat bases were laid down on top of the fabric and 2 pieces were cut. Leaving enough room around all the edges for the recover.
  • Using a staple gun pull the sides up and staple securely all around. Use good tension.
  • Re attach the seat bases.
The laminated oilcloth used was French Eden in Pink
This pattern also comes in Blue and Red.
20% off this weekend on ALL oilcoth. Use coupon oil20.
Happy Crafting. Happy Weekend!
Simone & Jody
xx

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Peep at Pams






Don't you just love a house that actually feels like a home ? Take a look at what Pam from Bayside Rose has created. A beautiful space for herself and her family, Pam really has the knack of pulling things together. Last week she hosted lunch and it was fabulous to see up close all of her talents & wonderful treasures. Sorry for taking so many pictures Pam. Don't you just love the mismatched cushions, sofas covered in fabric, a simple tablecloth and all the details. Its doesn't take much, just a little thought and inspiration.

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