Old piles make my heart sing

The days around here have been wonderfully sunny and almost too hot. But I just got my beloved bicycle back home, it was been serviced (flat tyre, squeaky noise, loose brakes to mention a few things now taken care of), and oh boy have I been pedalling since! No matter how hot, I've been biking all over the town. And I also have been visiting a few thrifstores and fleamarkets around here. And what have I been rummaging there?

Well piles of old fabrics, naturally! And some gems I have found! One man's trash is another mans treasure* or how do they say? And these old bedsheets and pillowcases have been turned into bags...

and pouches...

And then some more bags...

 ...and the scraps for more pouches...

...You see? The little green re-cycler in me is bursting with happiness, the big Moomin-lover-me is smiling wide, and my email box is full off happy messages from all over the world from those lovely people who now have their own Moomin-thing. Or two. Or more. More the merrier**! And talking about happy emails, I just got one while writing this post, with links to some pretty Moomin-tablewear, and message was "saw these - thought of you"! Thanks B, you made my day!

Wishing you a happy August 1st!


*&**My apologizes for using all these slogans and catchphrases, it seems that the heatwave here has melted all my usually highly original words. They'll be back eventually, cross your fingers and hope for the best. Oops, I did it again.


Jane said...

Aww my favourite and beloved Moomins Mia....I love these characters so much. I wil be reading my old Moomin books to Daisy when she is old enough...such fun stories. Those new bags are just gorgeous, you have been so busy. Keep cool and carry on making my dear xx

snowbird said...

Moi Mia
Glad your enjoying your summer. Loving the Moomin creativity especially the blue bag :)
A little sad here as I can see the nights starting to draw in and we have rain here at the moment so no sitting out at night with the candles.
I'm glad the heat hasn't stopped your inspiration.
Cheryl x

Mia said...

Hello sweet Jane,

Moomins make me smile, always, and it seems that they really are loved all over the world! And oh yes, you need to share them with Daisy, you'll be having such lovely moments together...

Happy weekend, dear friend!


Mia said...

Moi vaan, Cheryl :)

We have had the most wonderful summer, and it has said (finger crossed etc. :) again) to be continuing loooong this year, but we'll see. Our evenings are still light and hot, so patio has been in good use. I wish your days will be shiny and pretty still! Happy August!


greenrabbitdesigns said...

I quite like the slogans and catchphrases! ;)
Lots of lovely Moomins and great that you have rescued all those cast aside treasures and turned them into pretty desirable things, well done you clever recycler!!!!
Happy weekend,
V x

Mia said...

Hello Vivienne,

And thank you! I am happy to rescue anything that I even remotely think might be pretty when pimped.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


faith76 said...

Fabulouse finds and Fab makes. Xx

Mia said...

Hello Faith,

Thank you!

Have a wonderful, sunny and summery weekend!


Jessie's Needle said...

They are sooooo cute. Well done on your finds and imagination to let these fabrics live again

Mia said...

Thank you!

And it seems that we've had similar things in mind: In Jessie's Needles I saw some treasures created from the old fabrics too - fantastic!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!


moonstruckcreations said...

Moomin fabric - what a fantastic find!

I am contemplating digging my bike out from the back of the garage, it is time it saw the light of day again!!


Mia said...

Hello Helen,

Moomins make me happy (and many others too) so these were the happiest find for a long time :)

And oh yes, do take your bike out for a spin, it is lovely! And when it's hot, the speed (well...) feels ever so cooling too!

Happy pedalling!


Unknown said...

What great finds, Mia. Lucky you. My favorite is the pink hearts fabric.

Happy August and here's to sunshine and bicycles. My Favorite bike shop just fixed my tires, too.

A big kiss for L and S.

Anne and all

Mia said...

Hello Anne,

I am so happy for these finds, Moomins always make me smile! Biking is my favorite way of getting around always (even winter!), and in this weather is pure bliss!

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend, and big kisses from the wee ones!


Anonymous said...

oh! Fabric love. I have not been in Finland since 1997, but would be in a fabric shop there in a jiffy!

Mia said...

Hello Kimberley,

Happy to have you visiting me here! And some of these fabrics are just about around 1997 :) as I am a big fan of those older Moomins-fabrics!

I wish you could visit Finland again one day!

Have a lovely August-week!


Beth of The Linen Cat said...

Hello lovely Mia, awe I'm glad my email made you smile! Great Moomin loveliness in this post, it's nice to see the fabric re-used, and in such a good way, I'm not surprised you get emails from your happy customers. I hope you're still seeing a little bit of sun, it's got a tad nippy here, typically just as I've taken the boys away on holiday - never mind! Bethx

Mia said...

Hello Beth,

Thank you still once - a big smile is always needed :)

It has been sunny and warm-ish here still, not too hot but good. Rain seems to happen during the nights so pretty perfect, actually.

I wish you a good autumn!


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