August 3, 2013
This commission from a fellow ‘textillite’ was very open-ended . Make a bag for all the sewing and knitting things for friend who loves harrysdesk and pink.
After getting permission I tried something that has been floating about in my mind for a while.
Many of the bags of bits and pieces from the op shop have the pieces from tapestries that have been forgotten about….some not even started.
This vintage style tapestry of Pierrot (Clown) and Horse was in perfect condition. It is most likely from the 80′s (some of you might remember) when pierrot had a bit of a resurgence. I am hoping the receiver has fond memories of the eighties!
Everything but the strapping of the handle was recliamed!
April 4, 2013
Over the holidays, while her sisters were doing drama and aerialize weeklong workshops, 9 year old and I had sewing camp together. She is the most keen daughter when it comes to sewing. 14 year old will do some, 13 year old runs a mile, and 6 year old …well I’m not sure about her yet.
9 year old was given a little Ikea sewing machine for Christmas, so we thought it was an excellent opportunity to give it a run. I am planning to review this little machine now we have given it a run.
We decided together to make a doona cover from my stash of fabrics and old clothing in the cupboard.
Many of the fabrics are significant to her as they are from different parts of her life and ours lives as a family.
This close-up shows fabrics from a baby dress of hers (lace), a shirt she wore when she was a toddler (heart print) and the blue and white spotty left overs from her Alice in wonderland dress I made for her for her 7th birthday.
We tried as much as we could to keep labels too.
Here you can see fabrics from a shirt of Tim’s (light blue stripe), lace-edging I bought at a garage sale (with my Mum) when I first moved to Sydney about 25 years ago….. so I guess that makes it vintage ….., and a shirt of mine (blue flowers).
We tried to keep the garments detailing as much as we could….. like the sleeve tabs. 9 year old then hand-sewed buttons (taken from the shirts we had used) opposite the tabs so treasured toys could be held by them.
We finished it off by using a flat white sheet to form the back of the cover.
Every single thing….including thread…. we got from the stash!!
It is not quite a standard size and I did help a lot, but she was amazing and now is planning her next project!
Can’t wait to share it when she does.
February 2, 2013
I am going to continue with the interactive Pinteresting this year.
Caroline suggested last year that she would be interested in a collection of shoes….
Mostly I have gone with vintage shoes.
You can take a look here.
Let me know what you like… and if you would like me to put together a collection for you of anything. Just leave your ideas in the comments below.
November 10, 2012
Well here it is…… How Pinteresting!
Meredith suggested a collection of images to satisfy here letter writing phase. I took the theme where-ever it choose to go in my mind….. so I hope I have fulfilled the brief
She also wrote a great post a little while back about using 20 minute time lots to put pen to paper, that might interest you here.
I just love this image of vintage packages.
So what’s next? You choose. Remember it’s interactive, and if no-one chooses I will have to bore you with my collections.
November 5, 2012
This year I took on the somewhat scary task of ‘stall coordinator’ at the school fete.
The idea for a lolly shop first came up a couple of years ago when chatting to my friend Belinda. At the time we both had preschool age and younger children, and so the idea just sat.
Saturday was our first fete. 10 hours of set-up and selling many, many lollies and chocolates later, my very helpful family (and 2 other families) ate dinner together and celebrated a job well done. A successful execution of a little idea.
I wanted to share a few photos of the fun!
Kindy mums, book-club mums, church mums and dads, 9 year old and her buddy Eve and 5 fantastic high schoolers worked hard not just on Saturday but in the weeks leading up to it.
I really want to say thanks to them for their cheeriness and energy while working really, really hard! A big thank you to Sue….. my sidekick for her fabulousness.
It’s a pretty easy business model. If you want to do one for your school or church or organisation, I am happy to talk you through the process.
Just email me.
October 22, 2012
June 18, 2012
I haven’t shown you anything I have made in a while.
This neat little tie bag was made using all those ‘novelty’ ties most men who grew up in the 80′s have in their cupboards.
My little friend Winton helped me select the ties to make his ‘go everywhere’ bag. As you can see he chose cyclists, lions, sun and moons, dogs, hot air balloons….. Lots of inspiration for any 8 year old boy.
He told me about his love of photography, so I lined the bag with velvet to protect the lenses and gave it a little extra padding for general protection. Unfortunately the bag was delivered before I realised I only had one good shot!
I’m told he is rarely seen without his bag.
November 28, 2011
Ideas for Little Girls
Ideas for Little Boys