Sunday, August 31, 2008

Matryoshka love

Yesterday I was surfing around blogland and was inspired by Daisy Chain and 4 Wise Monkeys.
I got out this beautiful book and decided to try the little angels. and look what was born . . .

Friday, August 29, 2008

I had a go . . .

I got this crazed idea that I could make a new wallet. I searched for tutorials and had a go at this one. Don't even remember where it came from. Instructions were OK, but I just didn't really like the finished product.Then I went searching for more patterns. I couldn't find what I was looking for, so found an old wallet in the cupboard and thought I would try and make it up. I guess that's where I started going wrong. From a distance it doesn't look too bad . . .
. . . but up close, it was looking VERY homemade and ordinary. I was disappointed as I just loved the flower fabric - but I had a goSo then I needed a dose of success, so off I went and baked more of these yummy felted cakes.. . . and a little sneak peak at the bag I'm making for Linda's Bag/Bucket swap

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The end of winter sure is coming in my garden . . .

Monday, August 18, 2008

The promise of Spring

Spring is on it's way to Ballarat
The blossom's are budding and the bulbs are coming out
I've been wanting this Betz White book for ages and it finally arrived in my post box on Friday night, so all other plans were instantly put on hold while I made some cupcake pincushions.
Then today at school, a lovely friend gave me this wonderful gift

I just adore it . . . thank you Claire!
. . . the sun shone on me today

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Book Week

At school this coming week we are celebrating book week and are having a dress up day on Monday. We have to either come as our favourite book character or in our PJ's for the day.
My 2 favourite books were Lucy Goosey and Pearl Barley ...
I am under no illusion that I am an accomplished garment sewer, however I did have a jumper just the colour of Pearl's. My hair is long and wild enough to make these pigtails, so the only thing missing was the red skirt. I thought I'd have a go at it and look what I created!!!
. . . oh, and my little Peter wondered all night what he would dress up in and finally came out after much consultation with his big sister and a date with the "dress up box" as Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother.

P.S. LITTLE WOMEN, if you read this, please leave an email contact so we can invite you to our sewing group, otherwise email me with your details.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lots happening . . .

This was one of my fav birthday presents this year from my lovely friend Kate. I have worn it on several occasions and eveyone who sees it, loves it. Says it all, I think . . . My sister sent me some tree dahliah's that I really must plant, and not on my sewing table either. I just found them there when I was having a tidy up the other day, and look, they're shooting!!!
Last Thursday Ric Rac and I gave a demonstration on using Solvy at a local craft group. I was basically moral support, as Ric Rac was in her element and had all the ladies in fits of laughter. She is such a card. We had a great night and all the ladies were very happy with thier results on the night. I even snuck in a few bits myself.

If you've been reading, you'll know I'm on a bit of a "bag frenzy" at the moment. I finished my sewing bag after lots of reading of instructions . . .
. . . and here is the Molly Birds "School Bag with Class", in action.I got a lovely surprise from my friend Daisy Chain the other day in the post with this lovely little birdy (amongst other things), and then Jeanette came into school and brought this fab stitchery roll that she had made for me.
. . . oh, and did I mention that by day, I've had to move classrooms, as this is what happenend to my old one . . .

Monday, August 11, 2008

Just a spot of sewing . . . hmmm washing's on now!

It was very much an inside weekend and I literally hibernated in my sewing room. If you want to see just how cold it was in Ballarat, look here.
A friend from school wanted me to make these cushions for her. She had all the fabric, so it was quite fun cutting up someone else's fabric, and going for it. I enjoyed making them.
Then is was back to the "School Bags with Class" - I had a couple of orders to fill, so made this lovely large one for a wise old teacher friend, and another Molly Bird one in Aqua and Brown. I'm sorry to say, I forgot to take a photo of that one. I'll have to take my camera to school this week and get another look at it in action.
Looking forward to Kristen's new fabrics.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

baby it's cold outside

Gee it's been cold here this week in Ballarat! There is forcast for snow here today so I will watch with anticipation from the warmth of my sewing room.
Despite the weather, my beautiful flowers are valiently smiling through. I just love seeing the water droplets on them.

This shot is for Lucy Lockett - who tells me her allotment is 2 miles away. This is a shot from my back door. I couldn't imagine having to travel to my garden. I have just let the chickens in my old vegi patch and planted up the other side of their house where they have been scratching and pooing for the last 2 years. My small contribution to the permaculture garden ideals.
Most mornings this week, the chook water and the bird baths in the garden have looked like this.

. . . now, back to the sewing machine - it's too cold outside today.