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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Book Wish List



I have finaly discovered sewing books - so much more fun than a paper pattern. The beautiful illustrations keep me entertained for hours with my cups of tea. And when the sewing mojo hits I have plenty of inspiration to draw from.

Here is one that is only my list to buy in the future.

Sew What You Love: the easiest, prettiest, projects ever by Tanya Whelan

Here is a little blurb on this fun book -


Sew What You Love includes 30 projects plus a few extra super fast and easy little projects.
It features projects for Little Ones including toys, skirts, tops and bedding. Projects like the Soft
Fabric Shade, Apple Pie Ottoman, and Design as You Go Quilt from the Home section are both
stylish and useful. The Personal Style section provides patterns and instructions for easy
to make, versatile and stylish dresses, skirts, tops and more. And the Bags section includes
a variety of stylish options for two totes, a hobo, a clutch, and a structured little bag with old
fashioned appeal. Three large pattern sheets are tucked into an envelope at the back of
the book. The book includes simple techniques for sewing with knits, using elastic thread, and
bag construction.


Individual patterns and fabrics are also available on her website

I have used a few of Tanya Whelan's fabrics in the past - I have really loved their timeless design and colours.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A bucket with a difference



Well here is the other custom order bucket bag - I really enjoyed making this one. A little more of a challenge but I'm also slightly jealous as I had hoped to use this fabric for something for me but better to make a profit happy customer. :) (I have been able to reorder the lantern fabric but not the matching purple.


These beautiful fabrics are from Laura Gunn - Lantern Bloom Collection  (other than the Amy Butler spots)
These two designers would have to be up there as my favourites.


Note the additional feature of a exterior zipper pocket on the bag of bag (another place to stash and forget)




This lovely bag was for Anna of Swish Swosh - I hope she enjoys it, I also plan to feature their cool stuff soon. (And I have another bag coming up for Bec of Swish Swosh.)

Buckets of Bags


I love to sew but tend to get bored if I make the same thing over and over again. (I admire people that have a small product range) I need the variation and challege of something new. That is probably why I am not too good at routines, there always things to be done in my house.

One of the successes for me from the Fireside Markets was that I received some custom orders. I love orders. (you know the product you are making is already sold. I think more love goes into them also)

This is first order that I completed. A bucket bag from a Keykalou Pattern If you have followed me for a while you will know that I have made a few of them.

this lovely bag was for relative of Jodie's. Fabrics are from Amy Butler - Soul Blossoms and Bari J Ackerman - Art Journal



I have another custom bag to show off. Will do that soon.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fireside Markets

Markets markets markets - do they seem to be popping up in every local park you see on Saturdays and Sundays. There are a great opportunity to promote local people making a local product. BUT what if you have a few kiddies that play sport and you go to church on Sundays. And the weather is not always kind.

Well then I came up with another idea, (well an idea that I borrowed from the awesome Lindsay at The Pleated Poppy and their blog for The Stitch Market)

I got together with a good friend and neighbour Jodie of Silky Chill. So we set our course on our adventure.

The date was set for May 3, 2011. In the meantime Jodie meet the cool chicks behind Swish Swosh and asked them to join us also.

So the crafty hands went crazy in preparation for our big night and the vaccum, mop and bucket did also.



We all gathered at my house, sending of the dad and kiddies and setting up in the comfort of home. No concerns about the weather. (it actually was really warm with all the bodies)





And yes, friends and family showed their support


Overall the night was a great success, so much so that we are planning another night in July. Check out our Facebook page and be kept up to date on our next plans.

Also a HUGE thanks for Bec from Swish Swosh for the awsome photos.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lost Camera and Slippers



Wow, just looked at the date of my last post. Oops. It's been a while but lets hope I am totally back now.
The fast few months have been eventful - birthdays, children starting back at school and now they are just about to head back for their second term, my husband left a long term secure job to persue a dream to fitness training. It has been an interesting ride but we have all grown through the hurdles we have faced over the last four months. (thanks goodness for fried rice and caramel popcorn)

In all of this I also misplaced my camera - last seen when taking a few photos in January. Not being in a place to purchase a new one I have been praying that it would turn up one day. I thought that I had looked everywhere. A couple of weeks ago my daughter was looking for a ball she was playing with that went under a chest and low and behold there was also my camera. Reward was paid (thanks Grandad) and one happy mummy was smiling.

Now on with the show. Over Christmas I borrowed some books from my local library and was shown this great book.




























I really enjoyed this book. Thank goodness the library had a new sewing book available. (generally they are all pretty old and sad) I then discovered that this lovely lady is based in Tasmania, Australia. Yay, it is so nice that our little part of the world is making some impact in the sewing world. Keep it up Toni. (I purshased a copy for 'birthday' in February.

Anyway what I have I made from this lovely book?  See the cute slippers on the cover, well my niece has a birthday in January and I know she loves nothing better than spending the weekend in her jammies and drinking lattes. Love you Loren! So I decided she needed some cool slippers to complete her.

Lorens Super Comfy Lounge About Slippers

I found these cool buttons after I hade made the slippers - they work so well
 
I just love the pull on tab
 
A great pattern to use up pieces of fabric too small for most fabrics.


My children have spotted the pattern for slippers in their size so they have asked me to make some for them, it was my plan to make them for Easter (that's tomorrow so I don't think that will happen :).
There are so many things I want to make just need to the time - that day will come.

Thanks to Toni Coward for spending the time to make such a great book available to us all.

Friday, November 26, 2010

More buckets anyone??

Word of mouth and your products is the best advertising.

After making this bag - a friend of my friend noticed, commented, liked, emailed and purchased.

I wish sales were always this easy.

Here is a little peek of the finished product.




Linking to





A Crafty Soiree

Double Figures

Happy Birthday to my Adrian  - a big 10 this month - Double Digits

A tradition that we have started for our family is a weekend away with just dad and mum for your 10th Birthday. Being a large family it's great to have some quality time with just one child. Also included is a trip on a plane. Adrian chose to go to Brisbane.

We had a great time.



A big comfy bed

We visited the Queensland Museum on Southbank - www.qm.qld.gov.au/


Adrian does look worried
 
An old taxi


We also spent plenty of time eating, swimming, relaxing in the spa, we also did a bit of birthday $$ shopping.


As we were actually away on Adrians birthday we had a family dinner and cake when we returned. Another tradition for us is a cake of your choice. Here is Adrians


Club Penguin Orange Puffle
 I'd love to hear if your family has any birthday traditions.


 
We came across this Welcome Home Parade for returning soldiers