Monday, 12 January 2009

Hark, I hear the trumpets' fanfare! Part 1

Yes, this is my 101th post. Hooray!

And hooray for me making it back alive and with a grin from ear to ear from the Trash and Treasure blogmeet in Ballarat, Victoria.

I had been feeling a little mojo-less and very unmotivated in the post Xmas anti-climax. What better way to cure such ails than to drive 6.5 hours across country to meet up with people to whom you've never spoken and have a picnic!!??

I had a fantastic time, met some far travelling, inspiring, hilarious, friendly, creative, well dressed, welcoming women and have come back home feeling very refreshed and excited about crafting and sewing again. Here's a picture of us all tucking into our picnic lunch. Thanks Jodie for the food!


After the picnic, off to Jodie's house for some afternoon tea, then off to Annie's place for a tour of her lovely garden, her exotic smelling front yard and pizza for dinner. By the way, there seems to be a lot of cats in Ballarat... and they sneak up on you when you aren't paying them any attention....Trash in the middle, Lucy Lockett and Jodie hanging out with the chookens.

Of course, I shopped. Those of you who know me personally know that it's quite an achievement for me to spend much at all on anything for myself. But spend I did. At op shops on the way, at the delicious Ballarat Patchwork store (Emma, who owns the store, is not only a nice person too but absolutely gorgeous!!), at garage sales on the way home.... and yes, there are some good bakeries between here and Ballarat!

Thought I would share some of my finds....


Beautiful fabric that Jodie threw at me, literally, whilst soaking up the sewing mojo in her craft room. All perfect for the Silly Gilly store! Even the shabby chic pink polka dots will be loved!


Some gorgeous Kokka japanese prints from Ballarat Patwork.


Have you ever seen so many Enid Gilchrist books snaffled in one go??!! I could have bought more but was starting to feel that I should leave the remaining books for other people. And below, more Golden Books, a gorgeous tin for my haberdashery and some bias.


Lucky last is the lady on the front of this booklet I found. It makes me giggle... is she wishing her waist be small enough for the dress? Is she grimacing because her name is Lucille? Made me smirk anyhoo...



Tracy said...

I'm so jealous. A couple of those I don't have :P Enjoy your goodies.

CurlyPops said...

What an amazing road trip! It all sounds like so much fun. Glad you made it home safe and sound with lots of treasures.
Surely the publisher could find a better photo for the front cover?

Tracy said...

Oh can you please let me know which op-shops you went to. I'm off the same way for a Crafty mamas meet up in May and would love a heads up of the best op-shops on the way :) See if I can find the rest of those Enids you left :)

rousabout studio said...

Eeek I actually failed to avoid a photo shot!!, It was great to meet you, I am pleased you made it home safely and with more treasures. That lady on the cover is just plain scary!! Jo

Annie said...

Gilly, It was SOOOoooooo good to meet you and we had such a good day together. Thats for making the supreme effort, and I'm sure this is not the last we will see of you.!

emma said...

Too much fun. Laughed and laughed. Lovely to meet such lovely like minded girls.
Come and visit again soon, or I will visit when I come and see my family in Adelaide!

trasha said...

Sneaky Boody cats! Who would have thought the floor at high speed would be preferable??? ;-)

rachelmp said...

Hi Gillian. I'm glad you made it home okay and it was so great to meet you! What a fantastic day x

Hoppo Bumpo said...

What a road-trip! The blogmeet sounds like it was heaps of fun.

I am very envious of your Gilchrist collection. The last ones I found were on eBay and probably exhorbitantly expensive in comparison!

And you do have to wonder what's with Lucille Rivers there. Is she playing guess which of us is the dummy?

Holly said...

I'm bummed I couldn't stay longer and lounge in Jodie's garden with all of you!

It was really lovely to meet you! Look at that gorgeous pile of lovelies you scored!


Beth said...

what lovely goodies! There used to be a factory in my city (closed down a few years back) and that is where the golden books were manufactured!

Jodie said...

EEEk I'm glad Lucille didn't come ...she's a tad to overdressed and scary looking for us.
I'm so glad you made it home in one piece and I can't wait till we all get together to do it again....

Nikki said...

I'm hyperventilating at the thought of all those Enid G books.... I grew up with the Teen Dolls one and still have it. My "collection" looks pitiful compared to your latest score!!

Great to meet you - drop in to Melbourne next time you fancy an 8.5 hour drive!!

Jhoanna said...

Your blogmeet sounded like so much fun! I ♥ Kokka fabric :-)