Last weekend we visited family in the South Island, so I thought I'd share a few pics - plus my op-shop finds!
|Early morning fog over Middlemarch, Otago.|
We drove right up that valley to Ranfurly and Naseby, then up over the Pigroot to the coast.
|On to Hyde, with it's old hotel - if you ever cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail, you'll probably want a refreshment break here!|
|At Naseby, a lot of the old historic buildings have been renovated - isn't this watchmakers cute?|
That's me wearing my Juliette Dress!
|Next door is the drapers, where you'd by your fabrics and haberdashery in the 1880's...|
|It would have been nice to quench our thirst in this historic hotel, but we still had miles to travel...|
|We did find time to walk up the beach to the Moeraki Boulders...|
I managed to sneak into three op-shops enroute - a five minute dash through each one yielded these:
|From the Salvation Army Store in Oamaru, I found an old tablecloth and some sheets that I might turn into a dress - the cat obviously approves!|
|Plus, a couple of patterns - I remember the skirt from the old Simplicity Sewing Book, and the dress is very familiar too - I am sure my Mum owned that pattern in it's day.|
|I found this belt kit in The Old Curiosity Shoppe in Ranfurly - it was 50c, the original cover price!|
|From the Salvation Army Family Store in Mosgiel, I found an old handknit in a pretty colour, destined for unravelling....|
|and a coral and grey souvenir scarf , that I hope will brighten up some grey outfits that I never wear because they look blah.|
|These fur pieces were destined to be turned into teddy bears by my mother, they are now destined for more exciting things - like sitting in my stash, lol!|
|There were some fabrics that needed a new home too - sage silk organza, plum and brown embroidered organza, blue velvet, and a kitschy sunset print.|
That seems so long ago now...
Right - time to get stuck into some sewing, I have a blue dress to finish! What are you making at the moment?