One of my favourite times is the very beginning of making one of my 'Waste Not Want Not' bridesmaid sets.
These clutch sets are made from vintage serviettes and embellished with vintage/recycled ribbons, buttons, doilies and other pretties.
So the start of the creation process means raiding my studio for all the bits and pieces that fit into the colour scheme of the set I'm creating - basically it justifies my op shopping addiction which is probably why I love it so much!
Today I'm working on a set of clutches for a lovely bride, her bridesmaids and flower girl. The wedding is taking place in Thailand, has a vintage theme and an orange and cream colour scheme. I can work with that!!!
My world is filled with all things weddings at the moment. I have no idea how I ended up running a business that focuses mainly on weddings - but here I am and I have to say, to my surprise, it's kinda nice.
I have always been very cynical about the wedding industry but in my little corner of the world, handmaking bridal accessories for lovely brides and their bridesmaids, it's a lovely place to be.
Right now I'm loving this look for a bride. So summery and just a little bit different. And to my brides with orders pending - I'm getting back to work now I promise!
A few years ago when the Mr. and I used to live over near Surry Hills in Sydney, one of our favourite sunday morning things was to go to Bourke St Bakery for a coffee and miscellaneous tart/bread/baked good.
Sure there was always a line up and you could never get a seat, but I guess that's because their creations were so goooood.
When we moved to the inner west we found a gazillion awesome new places to try out on our lazy sunday mornings, but I must say that we do miss Bourke St Bakery.
So when I saw they had released a recipe book, I had to buy it for the Mr.
On the weekend we finally got around to trying out a couple of the recipes. Ok, ok it was pretty much all the Mr - I was mainly just moral support. But that's important too.
So here are some pics of our efforts (and they are pretty dodgy pics given that the tarts we chose to make took a whopping 36 hours to complete which meant the sun had well and truly gone down on the weekend before we got to sample the results).
I'm super excited because I have been wanting a bike for aaages and now I have one! Well, technically I don't have it yet. It got delivered to my parents house, as that's where we were over Christmas...but it arrived after we left.
What did arrive in time though was my new helmet and this basket for the front of the bike. What a tease! I haven't actually seen the bike yet but with a basket like this, it's gotta be pretty cute right?
Now I'm just dreaming of filling the basket with baguettes and cheese, popping the Little Miss in the baby seat and setting off with The Mr for a sunday bike ride/picnic.
I can't believe it's been over 3 months since I last posted!
I don't really know why. Life has been moving at a frantic pace and something had to give. I guess that thing was blogging. But I've missed it and the new year seems like a good time to get my blogging butt back into gear.
Since last I blogged I have made almost 200 clutches, watched my baby girl learn to sit up, clap hands and eat her own foot (!), had my 2nd wedding anniversary, had a super fun Christmas with family and friends and well...heaps of other stuff that I won't list blow by blow!
Hope everyone out there is well and happy and I look forward to re-connecting in 2011.
And for brides waiting for orders, I am fairly on track and will have all orders shipped out in plenty of time for remaining summer weddings (or winter weddings for those of you in the northern hemisphere.)
Happy New Year!
Photo: How cute are these little guys? They were a gift from my Swedish Aunt and it isn't Christmas in my house without them.
Hi. I’m Jennie Smith.
I like recycling. I like trying to preserve our amazing planet too.
I also like designing and wearing pretty things.
Unfortunately these interests are often contradictory.
So...I created ‘Rejenerate’. Just so I could, you know, get all my interests on the same page.
Now I spend most of my time hunting down vintage fabrics, pre-loved clothes, unloved curtains and recycled bits and pieces and upcycling them into lovely new handbags and fashion accessories.
That way I can still sleep at night if I have the urge to accessorise each outfit with a different handbag.
And so can you.