Nov 23, 2009

The Christmas Challenge

Another present done - tick!

A cute little apron for Miss 3 who loves cooking. Will team it with some of those bright silicone baking utensils. Looooooove the gorgeous Japanese fabric.

And the design is an original - straight out of my own little head. Ahhhh.

The Sunday Stash

Hello again, I'm a wee bit late but nevermind.

Here is my latest stash - some filigree in dusk and fesitval by Anna Maria Horner.

More stashy here.

Nov 19, 2009

The Christmas Challenge

Well I've officially given in to peer (family) pressure and agreed to make Christmas pressies again. Although I have said I'm not going to completely bust a gut like I did last year.

So first cab off the rank is my dad, who was actually the last cab last year. His present is kind of the same as last year, just different fabric. Last year he received some coasters as just a bit of a gesture but he has used them so much and said how fantastic he thinks they are that he had to get some more! Plus he really loved the golden retriever fabric so the choice was easy.
My favourite part about making coasters? The quilting of them at the end. I like to go a bit wacky with how I quilt them, some turn out looking better than others but hey! And it really really helps when my walking foot 'walks' properly too!

Nov 15, 2009

The Sunday Stash

Good morning everyone! My sunday stash today are 3 fabrics I purchased this week. On my birthday mum and I had a nice lunch then went on the hunt for a patchwork shop I'd heard of but hadn't found yet (in Brisbane this is a rare thing!). We found our way to Thread and Ginger at Victoria Point which is one of the most beautiful stores I've ever been in to. You don't get the full effect from their website but the decoration of the shop is great. And although only quite small, their range of fabrics is quite unique.

The first fabric is a strange one, different bird's eggs with the name of the bird underneath. But the colours are just compelling. The second was a must have of course - Japanese heavy cotton with scenes of Paris. And the third is old style newspaper with all the ads about sewing and notions.

A little quirky collection!

More stashers here.
Have a lovely day!

Nov 14, 2009

Glasses Case and Passport Holder

My lovely Aunty mentioned the other day that she wanted a soft glasses cover. She is travelling a lot at the moment and felt that the soft covers were better. So I volunteered to whip one up for her - even though she is more than able to do it herself!

I knew I'd seen some great covers over at Sew Mama Sew - especially during their scrap buster month. I really liked the shape of the case made by Liesl and although I'm right into paper piecing - I wanted more of a quilted look. So thank you Liesl for the pattern, and here is my version of your glasses case.

I love it when you think of a project and know you have exactly the right fabric in your stash for it. Which was the case with the glasses case. Paula Prass Flights of Fancy with the Eiffel Tower is perfect for my aunty who has recently been to France and is going back in a few weeks.

After the glasses case I was inspired, particularily when I saw my other piece of Paula Prass fabric. A passport cover! Of course - just the thing for a traveller. All I did was sew 2 rectangles together, turn, and then fold over a little sleeve to slip the cover into, topstich in place - et voila! A neat little cover in a seriously appropriate fabric!

And as I was logging in to make this post I noticed something - this is my 100th post! Surely I must do a giveaway soon?........ :)

Nov 12, 2009


And this happened yesterday too...


I mentioned the other day that I had a little something coming from this great lighting shop. Well it arrived the other day so here is my big 'ta dah'.

It's a fantastic, bright little light, doesn't take up much space on my desk and is just perfect for when the ceiling light just won't cut it.
And I love the groovy industrial look too!

Nov 8, 2009

The Sunday Stash

Today's sunday stash is Blue for Boys.

Good boy fabric can be hard to find, as are good patterns and gifts. But I think I do ok when it comes to finding fun and funky boy things. And they aren't all necessarily blue - although I do like blue.
More stashy stashy here.

Nov 5, 2009

Puppy Love Tote

When Mum and I saw this Golden Retriever material at the craft fair the other week we knew it had to be ours. I was not sure what we were going to do with it but the images of the dogs were so clear and life like that we snapped it up straight away. My family have had 5 Goldens over the years including my 2 and Mum and Dad's current one.

So with some co ordinating Robert Kauffman fabric I created the Puppy Love tote.
So there you go Mum, another new shopping bag for you!

Nov 2, 2009


I've just found a website with the most fantastic collection of lighting.

I love lamps, my girlfriend has all these awesome floor lamps in her house and I always think that I'd like some just like that! But with a small child - I fear for the lamp's safety!

Anyway I have a little lamp heading my way, for my own corner of the world (my sewing table).

I will let you all have a look when it gets here. But meanwhile have a bit of a drool over the fantastic lighting here.

Nov 1, 2009

The Sunday Stash

This week's sunday stash:

Some ultra thick Japanese cottons with which I'm going to make a bean bag/ cushion for little Guy.

And some Spellbound by Patricia Bravo - as yet undecided about destination.

More stashers at Tam's.
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