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Guest Curator: frankie magazine

May 12, 2010

by frankie magazine handmade and vintage goods



frankie magazine is a national bi-monthly magazine from Australia. We get stupidly excited about all things handmade, pretty and vintage. We are a bit in awe of the clever hands and minds behind out favourite Etsy shops, so we thought we’d take this chance to share some of our most beloved with you all.


This embroidered deer is made of yayness and just a touch of retro charm. Now if only we had that rustic old timber cabin in the woods to go with it, we’d be chock full of rustic charm. By jessyq, $85.


For those on the lookout for a bit of floral cuteness for their wall, this vintage Caper Bush Book Plate Print is more than a tad awesome. Taken from a 1972 book, the colour and detail are just lovely. From 47thStreetSupplyCo, $10.



Swoon. Playing around with vintage cameras (or just popping them on the display case for the lazier amongst us) is super fun, and Canemah has lots of goodies to choose from, like this Vintage Brownie Flash 20 Camera. Love love love. From Canemah, $32.

Ah, upcycling. How we love thee. These sweet little Notebooks Stitched with Crochet Thread give new life to old vintage sewing patterns and floral fabrics that line the insides. Plus, each cover can be re-filled with new paper once you’ve filled the original with all your little thoughts and musings. By missbookmaker, $13.70.


It’s no secret that we at frankie are rather partial to the odd cuppa or two. And when it’s dressed up this pretty, well, who can resist? All that’s missing is a bit of Earl Grey and some biscuits to nom on. Yummy! Mother’s Day Crochet Tea Cosy by andrealesleycrochet, $33.


Everyone has their happy days and their grumpy days. This Smiley/Frowny Hair Barrette does a good job of expressing either mood, right there on your head. It’s hand-stitched with care and we love the packaging too. By thepinpals, $12.


Hands up: who loves vintage? All the stuff at Hell Cat Vintage is pretty dang rad (’50s to ’80s = yes!), but we couldn’t go past this pretty Vintage 70s Strawberry Wrap Skirt. It makes us want to whip into the kitchen and bake a sponge cake. From hellcatvintage, $22.


Sarah McNeil is hands down one of our favourite artists, so we had to include one of her lovely prints in our list. This here is called Girls Who Wear Glasses but there’s plenty more in store. So quirky and cute — they’re like an instant smile for your eyes. By SarahMcNeil, $8.


Oh Nina Invorm, we adore you so much! Your clever screenprinted motifs on old vintage crockery make us want to hug ourselves with glee, then go bankrupt buying everything in your store. We’ll start with this Cake Plate Set and take it from there. By Ninainvorm, $108.


Dedicated frankettes will recognise Mel Stringer as our regular recipe illustrator. But when she’s not doodling foodie pics for us she’s making her own whimsical creations, like this wee original watercolour of cute boys and girls, like Duffy. Nice one, Mel! By girliepains, $12.


We all remember growing up with Little Golden Books as children, so when we stumbled across this Etsy store, we were overcome with glee. Surprise for Sally is just one of many nostalgic finds to be made here. Read, display and adore. From littlegoldenbooks, $10.


If this Kitty Cat Vintage Card was any sweeter, we might have to go into some kind of (delicious) sugary coma. Good for gifting, love letters or just brightening up a lonely white wall with some pretty kitty action. From PaperPrizes, $3.


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Vintage Brownie Flash 20 camera, close up lens and  camera box  1959-1962
Vintage Brownie Flash 20 camera, close up lens and camera box 1959-1962
Smiley/Frowny Hair Barrette
Smiley/Frowny Hair Barrette
Girls Who Wear Glasses Print
Girls Who Wear Glasses Print
SALE Lovely set of a large cake plate and three smaller ones
SALE Lovely set of a large cake plate and three smaller ones
Little Golden Book - Surprise For Sally - A Edition
Little Golden Book - Surprise For Sally - A Edition


  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 7 years ago

    I love it all, so cute!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    oh, how I love, love LOVE Frankie magazine. So happy to see their Etsy picks!!

  • matouenpeluche

    matouenpeluche said 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness - what a fab selection! Love them all!

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 7 years ago


  • batzy

    batzy said 7 years ago

    Lovely !

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    What a great and happy group of items! :)

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 7 years ago

    What a FUN! collection.....l look forward to more Frankie! smiles,,,,

  • kelleystreetvintage

    kelleystreetvintage said 7 years ago

    Very eclectic and interesting selection of items, a little different from the American perspective, thanks for sharing it all, gives me some fresh ideas!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Very cute.

  • martice

    martice said 7 years ago

    nice picks I love the deer!

  • HaleyByHand

    HaleyByHand said 7 years ago

    Beautiful finds! I LOVE Nina Invorm :)

  • jesophi

    jesophi said 7 years ago

    looove it!! the pinpals are so great

  • EthelandIris

    EthelandIris said 7 years ago

    I always look forward to getting my hands on Frankie magazine here in the UK, even though we get it at our bookshop always a little bit late. I was so glad when Frankie championed Sarah McNeil as she's one of my all time favourites.

  • handmadecharlotte

    handmadecharlotte said 7 years ago

    i love the kitty on bottom!

  • DevineDesignStudios

    DevineDesignStudios said 7 years ago

    Fun group of artists and collection shops for us vintage & eclectic art lovers...Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

  • concentric

    concentric said 7 years ago

    Fantastic finds! I'm partial to the deer, but the plates really caught my eye!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    Lovely finds, some new favs. here!

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 7 years ago

    I'm unfamiliar with Frankie but after reading this I'm off to have a look...such a beautiful and quirky aesthetic!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    Lovely finds

  • savagekitten

    savagekitten said 7 years ago

    gorgeous stuff. xx

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    Fun and pretty! Some new favs.

  • kykila

    kykila said 7 years ago

    Such cute finds, i'm in love with the cake plates they are simply gorgeous!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Just gorgeous.

  • BeljaysFeltnArt

    BeljaysFeltnArt said 7 years ago

    Always enjoy reading Frankie. Nice finds here.

  • virginiakraljevic

    virginiakraljevic said 7 years ago

    so adorable! fine collection!

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 7 years ago

    I love it all...great reporting!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    I heart Frankie Magazine & all the friendly Australian artists I've met on Etsy...WONDERFUL!!! XOXO

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    I know a few someones who could use the smiley/frowny hair barrette! So cute!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 7 years ago

    I get so happy when I find cool Australian themed fabrics...a very inspirational landscape with lovely people, thanks Frankie Magazine!! XOX

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 7 years ago

    Great pics! I love the embroidered stag!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Very interesting! Love the embroidered teapot!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    Love the Vintage Brownie Flash 20 Camera! Love love love the entire store!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 7 years ago

    love love love the tea cozy

  • soulmessenger

    soulmessenger said 7 years ago

    The cross-stitch barrettes are awesome! I love the different ways people are keeping cross stitching contemporary and funky. Neat stuff.

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 7 years ago

    I so love Frankie Magazine - I have them to thank for introducing me to Etsy in the first place (when I lived in Oz). Fantastic to see them guest curating!

  • outofline

    outofline said 7 years ago

    Very cool-new to me, thanks!

  • perpetual3

    perpetual3 said 7 years ago

    Hooray for Australian Talent - Frankie Mag is one of my most regular reads! Thanks for featuring them. Georgina

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 7 years ago

    I'm from Sydney, into vintage, and haven't yet come across Frankie magazine - thanks, I'm going to check it out because all these little finds look awesome!

  • Adictaaloscomplemnts

    Adictaaloscomplemnts said 7 years ago

    so lovely!!!!!!!(L)

  • hellcatvintage

    hellcatvintage said 7 years ago

    Wow, that's MY strawberry skirt! I am truly honored you chose to feature one of my items. Thank you very, very much! :)

  • eviekemp

    eviekemp said 7 years ago

    <3 Frankie! So cool to see you on etsy - yay

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany said 7 years ago

    LOVE all these picks, great style!

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 7 years ago

    OK - you inspired me to look up some appropriate Aussie words to express how fun and great this article is. I apologize in advance if I have used them incorrectly:-) Bloody Beaut! Grouse! Mickey Mouse! Doozey! Ripper! Ta muchly! (Thank you very much)

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 7 years ago

    I love the Frankie magazine for its nice layout, graphic and the support of the handmade life. Those picks are fantastic , some are alread in my favorit, and going to add some now. Thank you

  • houdacrea

    houdacrea said 7 years ago


  • artangel

    artangel said 7 years ago

    I love this selection! Those plates by Ninainvorm are fabulous!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 7 years ago

    wonderful finds!!!!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    cute picks!

  • munieca

    munieca said 7 years ago

    Lovely finds!!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 7 years ago


  • modflo

    modflo said 7 years ago

    what sweet finds!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 7 years ago

    Some amazing stunning finds. The deer is out of this world and I just love the vintage book that reminds me of my childhood books :-)

  • Simag

    Simag said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL * beautiful * BEAUTIFUL what a fab selection! Love them all!

  • RawBoneStudio

    RawBoneStudio said 7 years ago

    Yayness is right!

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 7 years ago

    Hooray! I love Frankie!

  • blossomnbird

    blossomnbird said 7 years ago

    Yay! I love Frankie magazine....look forward to each new edition :)

  • MeAndBoo

    MeAndBoo said 7 years ago

    Hurrah for Frankie! They are one of my fav magazines and there is always lots of handcrafted lovelies to be found amongst the pages. And great photos.

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 7 years ago

    Cute finds. Frankie is so cool!

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 7 years ago

    great selections, love the camera!

  • throbackvintage

    throbackvintage said 7 years ago

    Aww this is lovely, thank you Frankie. :)

  • Butterflycreationsca

    Butterflycreationsca said 7 years ago

    Very lovely

  • mazuli83

    mazuli83 said 7 years ago

    I love the embroidered deer :D Sooo beautiful!

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 7 years ago

    A lot of great stuff, some stores I've just recently discovered and others I've never seen...very cool!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 7 years ago

    Adorable :)

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    cute finds from a favourite mag :)

  • SarahMcNeil

    SarahMcNeil said 7 years ago

    Yay! Thanks! Love Frankie and the picks!

  • searchandrescue

    searchandrescue said 7 years ago

    This makes me smile!

  • HelloVictory

    HelloVictory said 7 years ago

    I love Frankie!!

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 7 years ago

    When I see MAGAZINE i get excited especially in a day when they are fewer and fewer but ALAS...FRANKIE- can't wait to go explore more- love the finds!

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel said 7 years ago

    I'm all warm and fuzzy with a sympatico vibe! I'm off to check out the stores I hadn't discovered yet. Thanks!

  • michabella

    michabella said 7 years ago

    Love that vintage kitty card. Adorable!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 7 years ago

    Love 'em all!!!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Ohhh perfect. I just got paid and was so proud of myself for only buying the "essentials".. you know, boring stuff like groceries.. and then THIS post came along. So much awesome stuff! I love Sarah's print and the vintage golden book. Thank you for sharing!

  • shecological

    shecological said 7 years ago

    love it!

  • iheartcharlie

    iheartcharlie said 7 years ago

    I LOVE Frankie magazine it's so cool to see them here. I too discovered Etsy in Frankie. Can't wait for the next issue

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    items are adorable. love the contrasting designs on Ninainvorm's plates.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    such cute choices

  • sonicka

    sonicka said 7 years ago

    So fun!I love the plates too.

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 7 years ago

    I like Frankie magazine too! I think reading Frankie, prompted me to open a shop here on Etsy..along with some encouragement from friends! xoxoxoox

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    Frankie...soooo cute!!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 7 years ago

    Oh wow!!!! Nice to see one of my favourite mags doing the curation!!! Love the illustrations by Girliepains :)

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 7 years ago

    I can see why you get so excited, great finds.

  • BellaStationery

    BellaStationery said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your favourites with us Frankie, I LOVE receiving my mag in the mail. It always makes my day xoxox

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom said 7 years ago

    Loved your finds... especially the hair barrette.. and the illustrations are great too..... congrats to you all!!!!

  • thepinpals

    thepinpals said 7 years ago

    Thank-you Frankie! We love you (^_~)

  • BurntDesserts

    BurntDesserts said 7 years ago

    All so lovely!

  • AllThingsPretty

    AllThingsPretty said 7 years ago

    Some very cute choices there, just can't choose a fave! XX

  • persylla

    persylla said 7 years ago

    ohhhhhhh so cute

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 7 years ago

    LOVE IT!!!

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 7 years ago

    fantastic! Great finds!

  • rainbowrevolution

    rainbowrevolution said 7 years ago

    I love Frankie mag... each edition gets delivered to my door and then swooned over! Thanks for sharing some of your faves!

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 7 years ago

    I love the embroidered deer!

  • SharonDraws

    SharonDraws said 7 years ago

    Love Frankie and all so beautiful.

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 7 years ago

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 7 years ago

  • xmoonbloom

    xmoonbloom said 7 years ago

    <3 frankie

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Lovely faves, great Mag

  • rugglesstitch

    rugglesstitch said 7 years ago

    That DEER! I love it so much. I want to try that "triangle technique". So beautiful and unique.

  • edwardandlilly

    edwardandlilly said 7 years ago

    Very cool, big love for Frankie!!!

  • Untiltomorrow

    Untiltomorrow said 7 years ago

    It's great to see other countries crafts, vintage. Thanks for letting us see a preview of your magazine. Etsy is a great site that is bonding the world together.

  • mytenfingers

    mytenfingers said 7 years ago

    WOW! Beautiful! Great magazine!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 7 years ago

    Very nice selection of Items! The great magazine! :)

  • YesterdaysMemories09

    YesterdaysMemories09 said 7 years ago

    Great choices.

  • JainaBee

    JainaBee said 7 years ago

    Very beautiful selection from an Australian magazine.

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 7 years ago

    Pretty picks by one of the prettiest magazine around. I love you Frankie, I love you Etsy.

  • gogovintage

    gogovintage said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Wonderful!! Wonderful!!! Thank you Frankie, gogo v

  • ladylotus

    ladylotus said 7 years ago

    lovely :)

  • lovelui

    lovelui said 7 years ago the selections and the magazine!!

  • gorjuss

    gorjuss said 7 years ago

    love your picks Frankie Magazine, whats great style you have :D

  • RubyRoadAustralia

    RubyRoadAustralia said 7 years ago

    Great the tea cosy....

  • rexandpoppy

    rexandpoppy said 7 years ago

    Aussie rule ok!

  • philosophi

    philosophi said 7 years ago

    yay frankie - my fave magazine! xx

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 7 years ago

    really love the kitty cat vintage card =)

  • talchen

    talchen said 7 years ago

    Nina Invorm is one of my fav too! great stuff!


    ANANEE said 7 years ago

    helloo!!!I like it!

  • NadinArtGlass

    NadinArtGlass said 7 years ago

    So beautiful list!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    What a great and happy group of items! :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Fantastic picks I love the combination of vintage and more modern pieces. They look great together : D

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow said 7 years ago


  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    So cute!

  • toutourouge

    toutourouge said 7 years ago

    beautiful items! but loooove the tea cozy.....

  • pannikin

    pannikin said 7 years ago

    Frankie makes my heart sing! It's so very nice to see them guest curating at Etsy - a combo of two of my most favourite things in the whole world makes for some swell afternoon reading. Thanks x

  • ing32

    ing32 said 7 years ago

    Frankie never fail to find the coolest gear :) Love the mag!

  • silverhand

    silverhand said 7 years ago

    Loving it!

  • Starzyia

    Starzyia said 7 years ago

    wow, the Little Golden Books, I have them still, never had this one though.... What a great selection and it is so Frankie!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    so cute, it makes me smile!

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet collection!

  • LaFemmeJewels

    LaFemmeJewels said 7 years ago

    I love the smily/frowny face barrettes, I need the frowny face tonight. What a cute idea for expressing your emotion.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous layout- nice picks

  • Jackglass

    Jackglass said 7 years ago

    Great Picks!

  • lightningelle

    lightningelle said 7 years ago

    Oh Frankie Mag! I subscribe to you from Brisbane Aust and truely love your work! All things Frankie are good and the fact you're on Etsy, even better! Thanks for sharing your sweet collection with us, I'm in love with that camera! Hope to see another post on Etsy soon!

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert said 7 years ago

    Go Aussies Im a devoted reader of Frankie.

  • Chickamoo

    Chickamoo said 7 years ago

    I wish I could get Frankie sent over to the UK, I used to love reading it when I was in OZ!

  • SoxAndPatches

    SoxAndPatches said 7 years ago

    awesome to see what crafters are doing out there! Great collection

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 7 years ago

    Such sweet items. Love the stitched notebook pages...

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 7 years ago


  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 7 years ago

    i love the guest curates from different regions--keep 'em coming. this aussie edition is delish!

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 7 years ago

    Vintage oh how I love thee. I can't believe you can get such a cute original watercolor for $12! Love the collection - this one is going to have me poking around for hours.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    No longer can I resist the urge to buy vintage! So many wonderful finds to choose from...

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 7 years ago

    Thanks, Frankie Mag, for a beautiful collection!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 7 years ago

    Where can I buy Frankie magazine in the US? If you know, please convo me!

  • monniemoo

    monniemoo said 7 years ago

    I love Sarah McNeil too! Have her "awkward so awkward" illustration... A massive favourite of mine!

  • Evyy

    Evyy said 7 years ago

    gosh very lovely items!

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 7 years ago

    Love the brownie! I have one at home, but without the flash. Great finds

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

    Very, very cute!

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 7 years ago

    I need to check out Frankie Magazine!!! I think I am definitely missing something!

  • SunnyDayVintage

    SunnyDayVintage said 7 years ago

    Beyond adorable. I'd love to visit AUS someday.

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Nice picks Love them all

  • madebyferdy

    madebyferdy said 7 years ago

    wery interesting !!!!!!!!!!

  • ScarletandtheSea

    ScarletandtheSea said 7 years ago

    Frankie is so great! We love treating ourselves to your wonderful magazine :o) Thanks for all of the gorgeous Etsy finds

  • dustyrosevintage

    dustyrosevintage said 7 years ago

    aw, adorable picks. i always love getting our frankie magazine newsletter in our inbox. keep up the good work! xo

  • Junienone

    Junienone said 7 years ago

    Such great stuff! Love all of it!

  • Thestorybookcottage

    Thestorybookcottage said 7 years ago

    I have three favorites: The teapot cosy, The Surprise for Sally Book and the Kitty Cat Vintage Card. Everything is so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • esque

    esque said 7 years ago

    my fave magazine + my fave website! frankie is probably responsible for bringing most of the general rad-ness and etsy goodness to the Australian + NZ masses. Get an overseas copy if you aren't somewhere down under!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • rosieok

    rosieok said 7 years ago

    another aussie here!! gorgeous style as always. i love Frankie, it's one of my fav local mags and i grab them whenever i can.

  • feesk

    feesk said 7 years ago

    The plates by ninainvorn are great!- Reminds me of Paul Klee, whose whimsy work I love.

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 7 years ago

    cute cute cute , lovely items

  • DorianCreations

    DorianCreations said 7 years ago

    Very nice and interesting picks.

  • MavisandFrank

    MavisandFrank said 7 years ago

    Hello Frankie!!!! Since I moved to Germany, I miss you so much! I get my mum to post you to me whenever she can afford the postage. I hope to have a two year stack waiting when I get home to Australia :-)

  • lindasmartstudio

    lindasmartstudio said 7 years ago

    it's so adorable, it really lift your spirit.

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns said 7 years ago

    great article, thanks frankie, from down under

  • jessyq

    jessyq said 7 years ago

    thank you so much for adding my little deer to this lovely and talent packed collection! <3

  • Morphologica

    Morphologica said 7 years ago

    Can't believe I missed this earlier- great to see Frankie on here!!

  • kitschwear

    kitschwear said 7 years ago

    i love all the vintage items above... some sellers i've never seen before!

  • myneckcandy

    myneckcandy said 7 years ago

    Loving the Hell Cat! Great post!

  • EnglishVintageRose

    EnglishVintageRose said 7 years ago

    Delicious........must find Frankie magazine......

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio said 5 years ago

    Love Frankie magazine! Great picks! :)

  • turkeyfeathers

    turkeyfeathers said 5 years ago

    What a cute name for a magazine! It also just happens to be my "little" brother's name (he's like 6'5"), but I still call him "Little Frankie". Love this post and all the cool stuff! I am going to look for the magazine here in the U.S. or get a subscription--it looks right up my alley.

  • sarahdonnell

    Sarah Donnell from sarahdonnell said 5 years ago

    How awesome to see Frankie on Etsy! Love this article.

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