Designer Op Shop Silk

I had the occasion recently to attend a beautiful wedding. My recent #onlyopshopsilk summer project provided me with the most elegant outfit: A stunning cream and brown two piece cocktail ensemble!

Designed by Stellini of Melbourne it really needs no elaborate description as you can see what a quality garment it is. It is 100% Shantung Silk. Luxurious to wear. $15.00 from a local Salvation Army Store. Shoes also courtesy of a ‘pre-loved fashion’ outlet. 

Here I am outside the chapel laughing at the future with my darling daughter. (Prob 31:25)



I recently celebrated an evening with my darling husband and family for our 30th ‘Pearl’ Wedding Anniversary in preloved luminous silk. 

Robe $15 from North Sydney Vinnies over grey ‘Silky’ pants $4 from Good Sammy’s. 100% silk ‘Gregory’ top was gifted to me rather than being sent to the Op Shop!!!  New tan leather Court shoes $2 from Good Sammy’s (Cannington).

Honestly, why buy new clothes? 

I am wearing something new though! You may spot it! 😉 After all,  30 years married does require a special little something to commemorate it. 

My secret to a long and happy marriage is simple. LOVE!

I don’t mean ‘falling in love’ or romantic love – as important as that is in establishing and maintaining a beautiful reationship. 

I mean ‘choosing’ love. 

Every day. In every conversation. In every reply. In every attitude. 

Choosing to be patient, kind, hopeful, not envious or boastful, not seeking to show ones-self up as better than the other and not resentful. Choosing love means choosing to be truthful, selfless and forgiving. 

1 Cor 13:1-7

Much love,

Bindy ❤

Trying to stay organised!

I am desperate to appear organised even though I am not really. Perhaps you are a bit like that too. Some order (not a lot),  frees up a bit of space in my creative mind, for more thinking. A little thing, like keeping all my hooks and ‘whatnots’ in the same place, is a help.

I have recently repurposed a Cath Kitson ‘Cath Kids’ zip up pencil case as a ‘hook case’.

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Quite a thoughtful idea, I thought.

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A felted case houses my spares currently. The free pattern can be found at

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What’s old is new again

Last year I played around with making my own wallet after seeing a ‘Golden book’  coin purse in a local shop. I had some fabulous old sewing patterns and loved one so much, the thought of carrying it around with me inspired my sewing pattern wallets. I have given many away as gifts and even sold some to a fabulous shop at the top of the hill where I live. They do have a relatively short life compared to the Oroton wallet that did me well for a couple of years, but when they have gone past their use by date, I simply find another pattern and make a new one! This one was a Christmas present…

The pattern envelope is sandwiched between clear plastic and stitched. They aren’t entirely waterproof…but then again I never take my wallet swimming!