Monday, September 28, 2009

I sewed !!!

I dont believe how slow the first week of the holidays have been, and with the constant rain it has been all inside..BUT, I sewed...
I finally enlarged the armholes on this top, that has been hanging around waiting...
Now it has new facing and has already been worn with pride..

I finished hand stitching the owls tummy in place..
I located full sets of 5 and sorted all my bright sewing threads
I cut out a peasant top for Miss Paige.
I went to spotlight and accidentally bought these fat flats home to gather some dust with the rest of the stash..(They are way too yummy)
Then I sewed this little number together and had a very happy customer..
And just because boys love a photo opportunity also.
How are the holidays treating you???

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Why I have been missing in action!!!

I have done very little crafting of late as I am renovating my life, I joined a gym back in Jan/Feb and thought I was going to have a heart attack after 10 mins, but now I am loving it, the increased energy and the feeling of being in control of my life and being a better wife, mother and friend.. So sorry for the incommunicado but my butt has been busy stepping, kicking and squatting into a new way of life.. PS - I had to do the new jeans thing too and for the first time in 17 years I am trimmer than I was in High school....Yippee...Anyone looking for the ultimate awesome gym class, this is what I do...and its great...

Friday, July 3, 2009

An old friend.

I received a picture yesterday of an old friend, I don't see him anymore. I still think about him, I wish I could hug him, smell him and most of all ride him...(Get your mind out of the gutter)...

My dear friend had to find a new home, My two little ones are allergic to horse hair, so along with the pressures of motherhood and running a small business, my dear friend wasn't getting the attention or exercise he deserved..For anyone who knows how strong the bond is between horse and owner (especially natural horsemanship) It was a heartbreaking decision to sell my dear friend Sirocco.

I really miss the sense of freedom that riding along the river listening to the cockatoos and the wind through the trees and the clip-clop of hooves.

But I met the most amazing woman...It was a chilly morning out in the paddock, this very quite spoken woman walked up to my friend and it was like the start of a love affair.. She saw his almost human like nature and his beauty of course, but that he was a trustworthy and intelligent gentleman..She took him home!...I cried and cried, but every now and then (like yesterday) I am reminded of how much he means to her and that he is being spoilt rotten and living the life of true horse luxury.. (He gets to go to the beach all the time!, lucky thing!!)
Apologies for the lack of craft in this post, But seriously, it is the school holidays and just getting the beds made is a bonus..
ha ha....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Murphy the escaping cat...

Also, I have been trying to get the camera out and catch this little guy..

Check out our cheeky Murphy. They sure are a smart breed...

Those gotta have but dont need things...

You know those little gadgets that when you see them demonstrating them, something inside you starts poking your brain "Ooh, Ooh, I want one of those!!!Gotta have it.." Here is one of those little but rather expensive things that I finally got to use...
It is a Janome even-feed foot (A tractor foot/bulldozer - so my 3yo son says), It comes in a swanky little case with a range of attachments for wide hems, rolled hems, bias attachment blah blah blah... Because it feeds both sides of the needle and tilts from side to side also I used it to sew these damn selvedges together.. I decided to incorporate these few into my quilt back so that I would never forget what the fabric was..
After sewing these few bitz, I have the most overwhelming admiration for the dress, chair, umbrella and other stuff that Jodie has made, honestly the patience level for this job is huge...This is enough for me..Just a strip to put in the brick road that I am making for the quilt back.
Anyway..I finally took a focused shot of the purse in the Sandra Banava fabric...made from the pattern purchased from Nicole Mallalieu...
here tis...

Monday, June 1, 2009

The purse and the stalking cat..

I finally found some quiet ME time to make this cute little coin purse, to put the kids lunch money/parking meter money in, away from greedy little fingers.. I followed the VERY strict detailed instructions (apart from the glue warning) and am very pleased with the reults, although I think the next one will be better...experience is better than hindsight. You can buy the pattern or the kits from Nikki, and the tip about the glue! less is definitely better...

I have been dealing with recurring tonsilitis and the circle of life which I have decided is actually like this ..."I have a snotty nose and sore throat, I will pass it to you, then you can give it to him, then he can pass it right on back!!!" That sounds like the REAL circle of life...
I have been crocheting newsboy caps like mad after a flurry of sales got me a little motivated.
I have also been crocheting a (lifesaver icypole) scarf for Miss Paige, secretly I think it will itch her and I will get it back, so I am making it nice and long..

Whilst resting up to get over the bugs in this house the only person with energy to burn has been Murphy.. Stalking at every opportunity,, he nearly knocked the camera out of my hands..They are so funny honestly, they think if you look at them and they freeze that they wont be noticied...But turn the other way and its gotcha, a high five with claaws..............See him playing peek a boo...I'm gonna get you!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Goodness from yesteryear

I have had some serious postie love this past week and also some absolute vintage treasures come my way too!!
Firstly I recieved this pattern from the amazing Kellie at Dont Look Now.. I will promise to make something from this one day!
Then this adorable kinnear fabric from Liberty of London arrived from the UK. I have been drooling over and wanting to find and buy this for a very very long time!!!
Finally... nearly a whole metre.....yippee and a little snippet of purple (Im thinking for a kinder doll dress maybe??)

I am so so so excited to have recieved these books that belonged to my grandmother, Vera.
My Aunt passed them to me and I am feeling very very lucky!!!

What a fancy nightie selection???

There are things in these books I have never even heard of before, like jerkins (what the?) and lots of other obviously necessary attire from yesteryear with very odd names.
I have enjoyed flicking through them and the tailoring advice is wonderful. I do not however think that my girls will be asking for any garments out of these books.. Very Lucille Ball.. not at all very 'rock chic'..