After the mad frenzy of the week before last – the past week has been one of consolidation, rest, and er, shopping. I love how writing this blog shows me things about myself. Sometimes coming as a huge surprise. Like, er, do I have a shopping obsession?

I always thought I didn’t buy much. But I am now constantly buying things, filling the house with stuff and then writing about it. Books from the op-shop. Books from the fleamarket. Books from YesAsia. China from the op-shop. China from the fleamarket. Fabrics from eBay. Fabrics from Salvage. Fabrics from Global Fabrics. Fabrics from Frosts. Cameras from eBay. Cameras from TradeMe.

Oh well. Maybe because I am such a creature of habit and I know the shopkeepers so well now I don’t consider it shopping, but simply a form of socialising.

Or could this be what they call nesting? So… to add to my china, fabric and camera collections I have now decided to start collecting records because we’re having bit of an old–technology revival in our house and we’re getting a record player.

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Which will go nicely with our new 8mm film camera from the’60s which came in the post today. Complete with original leather case and instruction manual. Oooh just look at it!

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Last Saturday Kevin looked after Astrid and I headed out to, you guessed it, the op-shop, Salvage and Global Fabrics. With nobody telling me to hurry up, and both my hands free to rummage.

A gravy boat for $1. It’s Irish. Just loving that pattern. I haven’t even included books I picked up. There’s another post waiting in the wings for my ’80s book collection.

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I did a little hop, skip and a jump when I found this – it’s tie fabric!!! Kay at Salvage had two separate people come in last week with tie fabric – something she’d never had in before. There were about eight pieces in all so if you’re in Auckland do go and have a look. The textures are stunning. There were also some bamboo handles for $6 (and there are more) so these little friends shall become a beautiful bag.

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And on to Global Fabrics where my new favourite hangout is their offcuts bin. I went to get some wool in pink to make a jacket for Astrid. Instead I got it, reduced, in green. Plus some yummy black linen and corduroy. The pale fabric is just divine – hard to describe but it will make amazing lining for bags. She gave me four metres for $8 – which was half price of half price.

Did I mention they sell Marc Jacobs jersey knit? And the most divine Donna Karan linen in lilac *swoon*.

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This is the jacket I’m going to make. Looks a little tricky though. It’s in Girly Style Wardrobe and the instructions aren’t quite step-by-step. So I may just end up making a dress from the easy book again.

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Sunday I unloaded my entire fabric collection onto my sewing table and cut out, ironed and packaged up some lovely bits to share with Jen, with whom I’m doing a fabric ‘n’ bits swap. Yay! Here’s the little sneak preview of what went out. All will be revealed when it arrives in Florida.

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My word; how the week has flown in a flurry of code and design. I love css so at least I’m having fun. How different it is from a few weeks ago where life was just a leisurely flow of photography, sewing and writing with the odd spot of work…

Have a wünderbar weekend everyone :)