Sep 7, 2014

vintage children's sewing machines

Way back when I wrote this blog post about my miniature Singer machine.  At this time I did a bit of research to find out its age and other information.  It came to me from my mum but she wasn't sure how old it was exactly.

When I was doing this research I came across lots of other brands of machines and especially fell in love with the Vulcan brand.  In particular the Junior, Minor and Senior ones.

Later that year I managed to acquire a Senior through a local online Auction.  A couple of months later my parents were visiting the UK and picked up the Minor in an antiques fair for me.

Just recently I found a Junior for sale in the UK and managed to convince my brother to take possession of it and bring it back to Australia whenever he next visited.  Well that time has finally come and I was able to get all my babies out and photograph them together.

Aug 3, 2014

classes and more classes

I've been such a busy little crafter lately and have sadly neglected my blogging.

Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching 7 fun ladies to macrame.  I've been moonlighting at Francesca's Flowers in Paddington teaching various crafts on a Saturday afternoon.

Yesterday we did macrame and made a fun plant hanger.  Each participant finished their hanger complete with a little vase or plant pot.  We used T-shirt yarn to make our hangers - available from Side Street Vintage

If you live in Brissie you've got to check out Francesca's.  She has flowers (obviously) as well as a few gift items (including some of my wares) plus tea rooms serving the most divine cakes.  I highly recommend the carrot cake or the chocolate salted caramel!

Jun 3, 2014

outing shawl

I found via an instagram friend this lovely pattern called the Outing Shawl.  I wanted to try something a bit more complicated and to also make something for myself.  A few days later I happened upon this vibrant cotton on sale at Spotlight and thought the colour was a bit of fun.

I wear a lot of black, navy and grey - especially in winter so the orange was perfect.

The pattern took me a little while to get my head around, and I certainly couldn't memorise it, but I did get the hang of it in the end.

I made the shawl a bit longer than the pattern stated, and I haven't blocked it yet either.  But I have warn it a couple of times.  

It's pretty and comfortable and I'm so proud of it!

Jun 1, 2014

Kids art quilt -finished

Guy's teacher had her last day on Friday and I finished the quilt in time to gift it to her in the morning.   I also wrapped up a cute cushion with a train on it for her older boy - which he apparently adores.

I finished the quilt with a scrappy binding in greens.

Below are close ups of the kids drawings.

The teacher adored the quilt.  Yay!

May 7, 2014

my lime period

We all know Picasso had a Blue Period.  But it's so funny when I look back through my photos how they often come in colour blocks too.  The other day I noticed all of a sudden I was taking lots of photos of lime green things.  And lime green is by no means one of my usual colours.

May 5, 2014

Kid's art quilt

One of Little Guy's teachers is leaving in a few weeks to have a baby.  I thought a nice gift from the class would be a quilt with art works by the children built in.

I cut squares from plain fabric and had each child draw something of their choosing and write their name using Sharpie markers.

Pop on a few borders and we have a cute and very personal baby quilt/ play mat.  I finished piecing the top today and just need to back, quilt and bind.

I chose low volume border prints to let the art works shine.

The backing is a bit more vibrant.

Hopefully she will like it!

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