Thursday, September 13, 2007

I should be ...

I should be packing my bag for Europe ...

but I can't stop playing with my new camera

I should be paying a pile of bills ...

but I'd rather anticipate fabric stores like Nunoya in Barcelona

I should be cleaning the house to make life easier for when we get back ...

but at least I finished the cover for my sketchbook. Now I'm definitely ready to go.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Following Up

In my last post I said I would give a more detailed description of Ruby Doll's home and accompanying book. She lives in the front pocket of this library bag.

Once at the library she likes to sit back and read her book, it's filled with stories about tulips, cats chasing fish, and ducks.

Ruby Doll is very excited about reading lots of stories with her new Mum on 21 September.

On the travel front I'm treating myself to a new camera this afternoon so we can all enjoy better images and videos with sound! I'm so pleased with my decision to finally bite the bullet and get one.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Much of a muchness

After much deliberation I finally decided on these books for my travel reading. I think it's a pretty good selection and maybe I can trade them with other backpackers for their books when I'm done with them.

The Lonely Planet also received a bit of a make over last night, hopefully this will make us look a little less like tourists when we need to whip it out. Oh yeah, it's previous life was as 2 placemats.

And I'm finally getting there with the pre-sewing madness for the birthdays while I'm away.

This is Ruby Doll and you can whip her up in no time using the pattern at

I had to add a skirt because she was looking a little too bulbous around the hip region. And because she's going to a bookworm she has her own little book to read which also doubles up as a brooch (details in the next blog entry). She'll have a home in the front pocket of a library bag but more about that later too.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Days are flying by ...

Tonight was all about choosing fabric for a sketchbook cover

Drafting the pattern

and wondering if I have the patience to attempt this (from knitting daily)

Four sleeps to go ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Counting down the days ...

It's now 10 sleeps till we leave and it couldn't come sooner. I'll be pumping the creations out over the next week.

Have you been to Wee Wonderfuls? If not, you must! It has great patterns for making gifts for wee people as well as gorgeous embroidery kits. These butterflies were made using the new hand sewing for fun patterns. Yes, it was fun and super quick.

I often feel an urge to make little changes as I go along, that's why they have little smiles. Oh yeah, and their heads are sewn on sideways.

When I get back I'm planning on ordering a kit for the kushu kushu scarf from habu. I originally saw it on Kirsten's blog. It only took her 2 weeks to knit up. The rate I go with knitting projects it could take longer but it would so be worth it!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Why are pirates pirates?

Cos they arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Yeah, I know it's a lame joke but it's in the spirit of the most recent gift I gave which was a pirate doll James and I collaborated on for his nephew for his naming ceremony. The pattern's inspired by Claire Garland's Toys to Sew.

It's 2 weeks today before we leave for Europe. I have 3 sewing projects on the go. Just finished cutting the fabric for all of them. You see, one of the problems with planning a big trip is that you also have to plan the presents for birthdays while you're away so there's been a crazy mad dash to create as much as possible in a very short period of time. And no, I'm not thinking about the one month count down to christmas when I get back. It will all be worth it though.

It's the first day of Spring today in Australia so I'm leaving you with this image of a hibiscus flower in the bottom of a freshly poured glass of champagne from a recent celebration.