31 December 2009


just a quickie before i go and make my roast vegi salad for the festivities tonight. today nina and i spent most of our day making jewellery instead of cleaning the house after a week away and xmas.

nina found a bag of buttons i had been given for xmas and she came up with this FABULOUS necklace. all i had to do was tie the knot!!!

we've had a great day.

19 December 2009

Poppy Is.....NEW SHOP

Jenny has opened a gorgous new store @ Marina Quay Village Markets at Hope Island QLD. Poppy Is stocks all kinds of hand-made crafty loviness from all over Oz. How beautiful does the shop look? I'm in love with the dresser! Opening Day went really well for her and she passed on a funny story about a sweet lil boy taking a fancy to my Cobber Softies, he took them all off the chair and then popped them on his lap to mind whilst mum did some shopping. VERY CUTE!!! Oooh....and I also got a web mention!

15 December 2009

flower power

i have had this bolt of printed 80's calico sitting in my cupboard for ages! Mum once covered a siting chair with it, for some reason she bought heaps, maybe she was going to cover a lounge suite. Anyway she gave it to me knowing i would chop it up and do something with it one day. Well the day came and i have made 2 whopping big shopper totes! i think i can make 100 more or maybe some zip purses & clutches. If you know me, you know that i have an obsession with big bags, so this one will suit just perfectly for all my xmas market shopping or a day at the beach. The other i have listed on madeit. If you have an idea of wha telse i can make let me know.

13 December 2009

it's a vegi feast

this week we have eaten masses of beans, baby zuccini & baby carrots all home grown from our vegi garden. The first week of spring nina & i planted our vegi garden & we have watched it grow, loved it & cared for all those lil seeds for what seems to be ages. Finally we can enjoy the fruits of our seed planting labour. Our carrots are very small, they are super sweet & best eaten straight from the garden. As for zuccini, well.... nina and i dont like it much but paul does & its been fun to watch it grow.
The beans have been awsum - our favorite recipe for beans is: blanch them quickly then cook them with roughly chopped tomatoes, onion, basil S+P. YUM!!!
Soon our mixed seed salad leaves will be ready, which i cant wait for as our baby spinach got devoured & has now gone to seed. There is also a cucumber plant -we think? Our tomatoes are still growing tall with no flowers, although we do get cherry tomatoes (bean recipe) and tonnes of parsley, basil, thyme, chives, corriander & oregano.
I am hoping we can use lots of our home grown goodness on xmas day but we need to do some snail stomping if we want our xmas lunch to be plentiful.

12 December 2009

recycled timber toys - yes please!

very cool indeed!
Handmade from recycled timbers, this is next on my MadeIt shopping list.
Made by Marcus Kay he uses old timber that was destined for the wood fire pile.

10 December 2009

shop by colour

esty's shop by colour! WOW i love it, what a great fun way to shop. And then if you dont like the pic that comes up- you just throw it away. SOoooo very cool!
As a jewellery merchandiser (1 day a week) i get to work with all sorts of amazing coloured crystals , but the most fun i have is setting up the cabinets so that the jewellery colours flow through to the next one. Today i re-displayed the turquoise, gaspeite (bright green), malachite (dak green) emeralds & herkimer diamonds.

08 December 2009


cathie from MelbourneEpicure
you are the lucky winner of my vintage bunting give-away!!!
Nina & are not the earliest of risers, as you can see from her sleepy face, pyjamas and my fuzzy photos. After a good cuppa coffee, toast & rice bubbles we put all your names into nina's little fabric bird basket and pulled out the winner. Nina asked who won and i said "m.e" her reply was "that's not fair i want to win!"
Cathie we will post your bunting to you this afternoon
(please email your address to jadeholi@hotmail.com)
& we would love to see some photos of where you hang it.
XX jade & nina

28 November 2009


it is the festive season
& i thought it would be nice to spread some joy.

I would love for someone to decorate their garden or home with this gorgous vintage bunting. Made from one of my nana's brand new still in plastic vintage sheeting! (yes you could imagine my happiness when I discovered this find in her linen cupboard.) Nina and I have hung ours outside in the garden between the trees for afternoon tea a few times. Measuring 230cm long with 7 flags being 28cm long & comes in a little matching draw string bag, that you could use for just about anything.

If you would like to go in the draw, just leave a comment and you're in! or post about it in your blog and I will put you in the draw twice (let me know when you comment) Nina and I will draw the winner the old fashioned way out of a hat in 10 days, Tuesday 8th December and post it to the lucky winner that day.

there are also a couple available at Mama Made That! on madeit

25 November 2009

oh for the love of BLOG!

my page was getting just far too small for blog lovin. A big cheery thanks to The Cutest Blog on the Block for all the details on how to add another column. Thanks! now all the joy of tweaking my new page.... now where's that wine

places & people i'd like to meet

as seen in current edition of Thaw zine (very cool)
daylesford organics I will did not make it to last weekend but it will definatley be on my list of things to do next time i am in daylesford

dear prudence another fab lil boutique in Sturt St Ballarat i cant wait to go and visit

i have met some lovely bloggers from central victoria today.
Thank you lovlies for all your kind words

24 November 2009

denim & vintage lace 100% recycled purses

i love these 'lil purses. i managed to thrift all these fabrics except for the lace centre piece which is a small piece i have cut from my nanas vintage table cloth (ouch) there are 4 so far at my MadeIt Store and i hoping to get some more made plus a larger clutch version & cuffs done hopefully this afternoon, although it is such a nice day i might do some gardening with Nina.

23 November 2009

lark loveliness

what a wonderful weekend! lots of cuppas & cakes, good homemade food, shopping & lots of laughter. Its always nice to go to mums up at Buninyong (15mins from Ballarat) if you have read the THAW mag, it is pretty much based on Ballarat designers, definately worth a look. I love that there is a real kind of underground artisan group up there. If only there was something similar down the S/E burbs! there is nothin!! we have to travel to the other side of town or get on-line and see what all the latest sewing crazes are or head to Mornington. Maybe that's just me being lazy, I want it all on my doorstep, maybe I should move?

Anyway...i made it to Lark and was very happy to be inside what i have only seen on-line. the shop is just as the all the pics show. Have you noticed that Allison from Lark is in just about every magazine you pick up these days? who ever is doing Larks PR is doing an amazing job!! Nina and i purchased this little mirror & a rainbow pencil. The crafts and japanese trinkets were just divine, and the collection of Belle & Boo prints were just gorgous! We spent a while browsing through all the crafty creations but with little money to spend ( i had spent it all on coffee, cake & books at the second hand book store/cafe on the dayelsford lake)

Another favorite shop that i visited this weekend was The Upolstery Gallery in Ballarat. It was great to see so many of my fave designers bits 'n' pieces in a shop. At the moment i am in love with oversized totes, large lampshapes & cushions.

now to get busy with all the w/e washing & finish some orders & begin my week. i have lots of new things coming to my madeit store this week as i managed to pick up some divine fabrics this w/e and lots of inspiration.

19 November 2009

busy busy bee........

i have been busy making orders & trying to keep up with my MadeIt stores the last week or so! YAY for me, but it has left me with not a lot of time to blog........i miss my daily/nighly blog lovin'
i promise to be back on board next week as soon as i re-stock my madeit stores
NOTE TO: CATHY (m.e) from Melbourne Epicure -thank you for all your purchases
I am however, off to mums for a bit of r'n'r in buninyong this w/e & we are hoping to go and visit Lark in dayelsford, squeeeze in an open garden, buninyong farmers market & a cuppa. very excited for a busy yet relaxing w/e.
much love & blessings xxx

07 November 2009

MadeIt Sale

at my Holi Goddess MadeIt store also Mama Made That!
save upto 40% in both of my stores

for all those who have been asking for my Mary Poppins Messenger Bags
there are some on Madeit. I will get around to posting up some more this week
any special colour combos, happy to help just email me

04 November 2009


i am having a lil bit of a tidy up in my MadeIt store,
be sure to visit as i will be adding more soon

02 November 2009

my best friend

this morning i said good bye to my first baby, Ruby Tuesday. After 7 weeks of quarterzone & a slow deterioration it was time to let her go.
may you be guided through light & blessed by angels x

26 October 2009

mornington market day

(thanks jessi from mad stitches for remembering to bring your camera)

24 October 2009

to market to market..........

tomorrow we are off to the Mornington Market to sell our wares! (more info about this day in the post below)

Mention my blog and i will donate an extra $1 from your purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Vintage Sew n Sews will be donating $1 from every sale, so lets hope its a good day.

for the first time in 3 yrs i need to up by 6am (man its gonna hurt, at least there is good coffee & fab food) so i must still pack up my stuff and into the car, get nina organised, make dinner, decide on my outfit for the day which is to be as pink as possible & hopefully still squeeze in a glass of wine & bath.

Come and say hi tomorrow, Vintage Sew n Sews are at stall
no' 260 opposite the face painting tent.

it will be a great day for a great cause.

11 October 2009

pink ribbon day - mark it in your diary

what a great way to spend the day, now that the weather is delightful why not make a trip to the mornington penninsula for the day & come visit MAMA MADE THAT! one third of the Vintage Sew & Sews . We will be at Mornington Racecourse Market on Sunday October 25th (Charity Day) 10am - 3pm

Mornington Racecourse Market turns PINK for charity
Craft Markets Australia supports PINK RIBBON DAY by hosting a special non-profit market day dedicated to raising funds for Breast Cancer research, prevention and support services.
Start christmas shopping early with over 300 stalls filled with quality Australian home made products to choose from. A great family day out with live music and entertainment for the kids.
Entry is free, parking $3
share the love & hope by sending this to anyone you know who loves a good market day out!
and if you purchase from mama made that! and you are a blog buddy let me know & i'll dontate and extra dollar from your purchase.

09 October 2009

paddington bear

i feel loved by the universe.

last nights MadeIt email, made me super happy (see previous post) & today on my way to kinder drop off i said to myself "i must find another little old suitcase for our market stall " so after kinder pick up nina & i did our usual run to the post office to post the weeks online sales, go to our favorite bakery & get 2 choc donuts for me & a shortbread happyface for nina & then to our favorite op-shop.

SO todays thrifty find found me almost jumping up & down in excitement. an old cardboard style blue suitcase, complete with Paddington Bear stickers, rusty hinges (that work), few water makrs, the beautiful smell of vintage & lots of love

thank you universe!
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