Craftiness, Thrifty

Thrifty & Crafty & Vintage-y Giveaway

5 August, 2012

This week I am celebrating good times AND the anniversary of Lulastic and the Hippyshake by giving away a selection pack of vintage finds – a little parcel that could well see you crafting up some luscious delights. YAHOOOO! And all you have to do is leave a comment!! YESSS!! *does Carlton on E dance*

Scroll down for that, but let me just wax lyrical for a moment…

I began blogging MOONS ago, a way of my young self to reflect on faith and social justice. When we moved to London it got tucked away into the internet version of under the sofa cushions; mostly forgotten about.  When we moved into this house (2 years ago this week!) I reincarnated the blog as a DIY/craft focused number. After blogging for a year haphazardly and sporadically I moved to WordPress where Lulastic and the Hippyshake was  minted –read that first post here, it is, predictably, about poo.  I have pretty much posted 1-3 times a week for one year and have found a WORLD of joy through it!

Some of my favourite things grom this year of blogging include:

  • Making real life friends. Twitter and the blogosphere are these INCREDIBLE hubs,  where you find crowds of people who inspire, befriend and challenge you. I count lots of these – many of you readers and tweetmates- amongst my real, proper friends which I think my husband finds bizarre but HUMPH to that and HOORAY to friendship.
  • Being a part of the Magpie Monday bunch. Liz, the lovely host of this weekly blog party, “found” me last November and at the bottom of a post about our recycled lounge invited me to join in. I duly did, with a this post about a sewing machine, and have since LOVED being part of a community that just totally Bigs Up the second hand lifestyle.
  • Being shortlisted by you delicious readers for the Thrifty and Crafty categories in the Mum and Dad blog awards. I was UNBELIEVABLY thrilled to be nominated and shortlisted, I was walking on air with a gaping mouth for at least two days. (Winners announced in September, I’ll keep you posted- but I’m not holding my breath, my fellow contenders are the Cat’s Pajamas!)
  • Finding the extra motivation sometimes needed to get crafty. I am naturally inclined towards craft  – a genetic creativity and innate cheapskateness brings forth huge surges of  enthusiasm for making. But sometimes I do get a little weary and feel a bit uninspired. Knowing I have a starving blog is often the extra kick in the pants to get making.

So as a THANK YOU to current readers and a WELCOME to any newbies here is my first ever giveaway. I have tried to gather some things that best represent this blog-   a small crafty vintage haul!

3 large peices of fabric – two very retro numbers and one Cath Kidston, all between 1 sqm and 2 sqm.

One Jessie Taite Midwinter Spanish Garden teacup. I collect this swoon-making crockery and thought one of these teacups might help you to utilise the crafty ideas in my Ten New Uses for Old Teacups post! (This retro stripey fabric is included, so beaut!)

A mini hot glue gun. If I was Prime Minister I would make this a requisite item for every household. The myriad of things it can achieve! The first step to self-sustainability! This was kindly given by the craftilicious people at Hobbycraft, those folk behind the Craft category of the MADS. Fabric also included.

And finally, a Twinkle from the year of my birth, 1982. I also collect vintage kids annuals – they are a mine of crafting potential (a few ideas here). This book is filled with the most BEAUTIFUL retro graphics, just begging to be cut out and crafted up (sacriligeous I know.)


  • Just leave a comment saying hello and giving me a way to contact you – your blog/ twitter handle or email address. EASY PEAZY.
  • For a second entry you can share it on one of your social networks.  Simply pop  it on your Facebook wall (tag my page Lulastic and the Hippyshake) OR tweet this giveaway (include my Twitter handle @Lulasticblog)  OR share it on Pinterest (use the top image and once again tag me @lulasticblog)  Make sure you leave a second comment telling me you have done this 🙂

I will pick the winner by random in ten days time – 9pm 15th August- and will announce it on this here blog. If the winner doesn’t get back in touch in 3 days I’ll pick another (harsh world, my friends, harsh cold world.)  And I’m afraid it’s only open to UK peeps, unless any internationals want to contribute to postage- just mention that in your comment.


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  • Dilly Tante 5 August, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    What a great stash, plus I have opened those two previous blog posts to read later. Love your blog, even though I am new to it.

  • Rebecca Emery 5 August, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hello! Please contact me on, thanks! x

  • Bek @ WeAreWildThings 5 August, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wow, what a lovely and generous thing to do. I believe everyone should have a glue-gun too, and already have one, but if I was to win I know a crafty 11 year old who would really appreciate it in all of it’s pink glory!


    P.S. I too was born in 1982. 🙂

  • Jill McCamley 5 August, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Cute giveaway!

  • Patch 5 August, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Ooooooooh Twinkle! I remember that…. Pre 1982 unfortunately 😉 Lovely fabrics…. And I dont have a glue gun!

  • Raych 5 August, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    We have heaps of Twinkle annuals and comics-we used to get the comic every week when we were little on a Friday-it became known as ‘comic day’ in our house, but I don’t think they quite class as vintage yet!Glue guns are definitely the way forward and I just have to say how I LOVED your post about the feeding Olympics.It was like I was reading about my son!Great giveaway!Xx

  • Rose 5 August, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Would love to win this have been looking at glue guns and just learning tseam home sew at the moment!

  • Oliivia Huszak 5 August, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Heey Lucy, I have soo loved reading your blogs once or twice every week while we have been in the UK, you have totally inspired me to get crafty in our little London flat. (I have even made a pantry out of old lemon and orange boxes from the fruit market… I thought you would be proud!) I am totally going to keep on following your blog when were back in NZ… Its awesome 🙂 Yay Love Olivia Huzsak

  • Kafaf 5 August, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I am a newbie reader! But you have inspired me to start my own little craft-recording blog. It is early days but I’m loving discovering my creative side 🙂

  • Jude 5 August, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Only recently started following your blog..and love it….
    I know, I live on Crete..but have a UK address you could, possibly, send goodies to…if…if..I was chosen
    Take care

  • Danielle Askins 5 August, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    What a generous giveaway!

  • Jude 5 August, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    And I’ve shared on Facebook x

  • Molly and the Princess 5 August, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    What a lovely lot of goodies (Twinkle was my favourite comic ever!) and Happy Anniversary to your wonderful blog! @msmollylouise

  • Suse G 5 August, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Love a bit of Spanish Garden 😉 very much enjoying your crafty blog posts too thanks for introducing!

  • Sian 6 August, 2012 at 8:34 am

    What a lovely giveaway : ) count me in please! – not trying to enter twice but realised gravatar thingy not working properly.

  • Nat 5 August, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Yes PLEASE! xxx

  • shinypigeon 5 August, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I would love to win these things! That fabric has made my knickers twist! That’s probably far too much informtaion…but hey ho…I’m an oversharer!

  • Jenna Stobbs (@thriftymonster) 5 August, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary to your blog! Everyone needs a glue gun in their life…… would be so much safer than trying to stick tiny objects together using superglue! x

  • Jenna Stobbs (@thriftymonster) 5 August, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    i tweeted too! x

  • Katherine Sonntag 5 August, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Would love your giveaway but postage might be a bit exporbitent…but would love it to go to a friend of mine who has just begun crafting. If you pick my name I’ll pass on her details

    • Katherine Sonntag 5 August, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      ha ha can’t spell…

  • ella 5 August, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Such great things!

  • yarnlark 6 August, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Love it! Although by a strange coincidence I actually do already own the 1982 twinkle album! A girl after my own heart… Do pop by my blog at sometime 🙂

  • Sandy Calico 6 August, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I’ve been reading for a while, but I think this is my first comment. I wonder why? @sandycalico

  • Caitrin 6 August, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Oh Lucy how sad that we live on opposite sides of the world. Although I would ALMOST do anything for a Cath Kidston giveaway and a hot glue gun so depending on cost I would definitely give up some mula to get this stuff to me in NZ. I SO hope I win!!!

  • Sian 6 August, 2012 at 8:42 am

    that’s better – sorry! please count me in, even though I’m technologically challenged : )

  • JenFlan 6 August, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Well I LOVE your blog and am very excited about the prospect of a glue gun. Jx

  • JenFlan 6 August, 2012 at 9:17 am

    (and it’s on twitter and fb). That’s how much I love you and the glue gun.

  • Lisa 6 August, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I’m in. It was the pink glue gun that got me. (figuratively)

  • Jessica Malcolm 6 August, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I love to read your blog and I’d also love a pink gluegun!
    my twitter is @jrmalcolm

    fanks xx

  • minibreakmummy 6 August, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Happy Anniversary to your fabulous blog, which I discovered through Magpie Monday.

    I’m trying to cut back on competitions to reduce the amount of new stuff coming into the house, but I’ll make an exception for this one as it involves lovely vintage fabrics, a Twinkle annual from when I were a lass, and a gorgeous tea cup! Plus I’ve never tried using a glue gun before and it sounds fun 🙂

  • minibreakmummy 6 August, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’ve just retweeted and also shared on facebook too – the more people who find out about your fab giveaway the better!

    I’m on twitter as @minibreakmummy

  • nicolahulks 6 August, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Suddenly my life seems empty without a glue gun and Twinkle album!! Moving house at the mo so am manically crafting away my evenings…..must….. glue…. everything….!

  • Kate 6 August, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    How have I not found your blog until now? Will have to go and look at the posts you linked earlier too 🙂 I’m @craftsonsea x

  • sierralimanovember 6 August, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Congrats! Here’s a comment! Xx

  • sierralimanovember 6 August, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve just tweeted about your giveaway! @sarah_roo

  • Lakota [Faith hope and Charity Shopping] 6 August, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Well CLEARLY you picked all this stuff with me in mind, what with my glue gun addiction and Twinkle cover fame (actually my glue gun is leaking everywhere, very annoying), so I’ll save everyone else the trouble of entering now and leave you my email address 😉

    Happy blogiversaire my dear xx

  • Lakota [Faith hope and Charity Shopping] 6 August, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Oh and I have tweeeeted @FHCShopping

  • KatGotTheCream (@KatGotTheCream) 6 August, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Oh happy anniversary you! I always enjoy reading your blog so long may it continue. Thanks for the rather groovy giveaway – please count me in!

  • KatGotTheCream (@KatGotTheCream) 6 August, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Have also tweeted @katgotthecream

  • Janey 6 August, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I found this giveaway thanks to a tweet, and I am so glad I did, because now I have a new yummy scrummy blog to read! I too love a good vintage annual – I love your ideas for using them in crafts but I also love reading them so I don’t know if I could bring myself to cut them up!

    Count me in for the giveaway – it’s lovely! 🙂

    Janey (isthatyoudarling [at]

  • Janey 6 August, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve tweeted too 🙂

    @janeylambert x

  • Liz Burton 6 August, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Ahhhh Happy Blog Birthday!!

    So happy to have been a lickle part in your journey. Don’t forget me when you reach bloggy stardom will you, or I’ll hunt you down and kick yo ass.


  • Liz Burton 6 August, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Pinned you x

  • Menai 6 August, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Gorgeous giveaway – what a super blog, so glad to have found you via Pinterest

  • Menai 6 August, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    And tweeted- I’m @MenaiN

  • Anthea Willis (@ForestFlower23) 6 August, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    What a fabulous giveaway! You know I am pretty sure I actually had that very Twinkle annual as an 8 year old girl… to see it again would be amazing 🙂

  • Anthea Willis (@ForestFlower23) 6 August, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Have pinned (i am @forestflower23) AND tweeted pin 🙂

  • Karen S 6 August, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Can i enter x

  • lulastic 6 August, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Phew…Thanks loads for entering so far everyone! I do normally respond to every comment but don’t want to put any other potential enterers off by there being a million comments. Just so you know tho, your comments have made me smile and chuckle in equal measure. I’ll aim to stop By all your blogs this week and say Ey Up. X

    Entries still open for another nine days 🙂

  • Crystal Renee 6 August, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway! That book looks like something I would love! I am also born in that year. You wouldn’t happen to know of a book called Where’s Goldie would you? Anyways, thank you again for the awesome giveaway!

  • ranzipan 6 August, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Waaaahooooo, Freebies!!!! And excellent ones at that 😉
    Great stuff Lucy…

  • ranzipan 6 August, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Have just spread the love everywhere… Ok, in all three locations 😉

  • butwhymummywhy 7 August, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Fab giveaway! There’s a place in my life for all those lovely bits. Happy anniversary to you and your wonderful blog xx

  • butwhymummywhy 7 August, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I’ve tweeted too!

  • lina 7 August, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    wow wee….could do with a parcel of delights popping through my door….now if you just had a twinkle annual from 1972 that would be cool….contact me on

  • Hayley fountain 8 August, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve just come across your blog and love the craft projects. lovely giveaway x

  • Hayley fountain 8 August, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    tweeted @magical2727

  • Jamie Martin 8 August, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Hello dear! From the states, but okay with paying postage. [Come on, it would get me some awesome stuff from the UK, that no one probably has here!]

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  • Jenny 9 August, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Would love to win a glue gun! Have tweeted too @gingerbread_mum

  • Morgan Holden-White 9 August, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Über exciting to discover this blog, I’m really looking forward to having a sneak around and checking out some fabulous tips. What an excellent stash of goodies you’re giving away, although I have to admit that I had absolutely no idea what I would want with a vintage children’s annual…no idea, that is, until I clicked the link and checked out your post on the uses for annuals! Oh boy, oh boy, am I now going to be trawling charity shops and second hand book stores for these beauties? Too bally right!
    Anyhoo, Twitter is @mholdenwhite or Pinterest (my fave website of the moment!)
    Cheers me dears! Morgan x

  • Morgan Holden-White 9 August, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Just tweeted too (@mholdenwhite) and noticed that we have a friend in common – the absolutely gorgeous Jenny Flan! Thanks for the heads up about the Ruby’s Telegraph review, I hadn’t seen it x

  • LondonHeather 10 August, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Happy anniversary Lulastic! I found your blog through Sarah Bessey’s practices of mothering synchroblog thingy (I’m rubbish at remembering proper names for things)…anyway, I enjoyed what I read then, and have enjoyed reading ever since!

    The giveaway is fab – would love to be in with a chance. But aside from that, I’m looking forward to reading along for the next year to come!


  • Janet W 10 August, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Lu! Congratulations and happy anniversary! I’m new to the blog- I found you via Pretty Nostalgic Magazine (my copy was given to me by a friend- do I get Brownie points?!). It was a great article. I really love your style. I’ve also shared the link to the competition on Facebook, -am a tad technophobic, so not sure I’ve tagged it right?! If not I apologise. Love the blog, it’s totally inspirational. Want to get hold of some crystal resin. Also love the ideas for the Twinkle annuals so think I’ll have to find some backup copies to cut up. Can’t bring myself to destroy mine!! And a pink glue gun would definately help with those projects 😉 Congrats again and here’s to the next year of your frabjous blog!! Janet xx

  • Caitrin 10 August, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I shared it on my FB page too, for a second chance at winning 🙂

  • Galina V 13 August, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Lovely stash! I collect cups and fabrics. 🙂 Thank you! @maximka25

  • Mary Emmens 13 August, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    ChrisTea and The White Approach sent me here! I’m a lover of vintage fabrics, I’ve subscribed to your blog to see what else you get up to!

  • Natalie Hurst 13 August, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hello! I’m 19 days away from my comic themed wedding. It’s definately bought out the crafter in me as I’ve made all the decorations and bouquets! I love seeing the treasures you find and what you make from them. My Twitter name is @jugsmacguyver. Because I know a million uses for a paperclip!

  • livingitlittle 14 August, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Ah, that Twinkle annual bings back memories. I used to get the comic every week and the annuals every Christmas. Lord knows where they all disappeared to. This is a fab giveaway. A lovely, exciting collection of treats. xx @living_itlittle

  • livingitlittle 14 August, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Hey, Lucy, I’ve pinned you on Pinterest too x livingitlittle

  • Sarah 14 August, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I only discovered your blog a couple of months ago but it’s one of my favourites. Thank you for running such a great giveaway, I’d love my name to be put into the hat. Cheers!

  • vanillaroseboutique 14 August, 2012 at 8:52 pm


    Love reading your blog after discovering you on Instagram :-). Only just getting into blogging and crafting myself and blogs like yours are such an inspiration!

    If I’m lucky enough, you can find me in Instagram and Twitter under @vanillarose_ or on Facebook:

    What a lovely giveaway-*crosses everything* >.<

  • vanillaroseboutique 14 August, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Have posted on Instagram and linked it through to my Twitter for a second entry 🙂 @vanillarose_


  • Andrew 14 August, 2012 at 10:05 pm


    Love your blog Lucy…and would love to win the fabrics – I can see them as funky bunting in my office! If I’m successful, tweet me (@wobable).

  • Kylie 15 August, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Oooh I hope I’ve snuck in in the nick of time. I’ve been reading you since Lakota featured you, but haven’t followed because I’m silly and couldn’t work out how. Am now though.

  • Anya Keeley 15 August, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I would absolutely love to win this fab crafty bundle. I’m a maker of curious creatures & whimsical wonders made in wire & vintage materials. I make little birds in teacup nests & also make hanging decorations using vintage ephemera. I can be contacted on twitter @idreamof___

  • Beth Cox 15 August, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Happy two years! I loved your blog on shaving, and got my craft back on last night by covering a pin board to go above my desk in my new house.

    Beth @WException

  • Beth Cox 15 August, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Also shared on Pinterest
    Beth @WException

  • Katie 15 August, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    oh thank goodness- I have two hours left to enter! Hurrah!
    Such pretty things… and I really want a glue gun (especially a pink one!) 🙂 xxx

  • Katie 15 August, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Have now also tweeted (@teaandcaketime)

  • Rach 15 August, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    If I don’t win I will still be inspired by your truly thrifty and ethical ways…!

  • Sarah 15 August, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Such gorgeous fabric!! 🙂