Thursday, May 29, 2008

another set of these

i made another set of these coasters last week for a friend. it's such an easy pattern and really worth giving a go, they make really cute gifts.

i also heard on the crafting grapevine this morning that there is a new sew your own pattern available for boys!! mr electron, he looks super cool.

i'll be at art brisbane 08 from tonight till sunday so won't get through much sewing or posting for a little while. hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

brontosaurus, retro tote and random musings

this guy has been hanging around the house for a few days and it's finally time to say good bye as he embarks on a journey to new zealand. there's something compelling about the colour combination of red and bright blue, i've wanted to combine these colours for a while and a brontosaurus seemed like a good fit. the pattern is from claire garland's book toys to sew which i highly recommend.

i'm thinking very seriously about taking the handmade pledge and in fact i don't know why i haven't already. have any of you taken it? is it easy? what if you absolutely must have something that isn't handmade? maybe i'll just take the plunge.

here's another project i finished on the weekend, retro tote. it's available in my shops at both etsy and at for aussie shoppers. the outside fabric is from a vintage curtain, it's fully lined with a pocket on the inside. it was inspired by my beautiful friend sandra.

i just finished reading amy karol's bend the rules sewing. i never have high expectations of sewing books, if i take away one sewing tip from a book i'm very happy so when i read amy's tip on invisible knots when sewing soft toys i was over the moon. the book is totally worth it just for that tip. plus she has excellent advice on attaching bindings, some really cute projects and gorgeous photos. yes, there are some sections that are totally for beginners but overall i took more away from reading this book than expected.

my next project is taking up the hem on my new pants for winter. oh the joys of being short, you can never just buy a pair of pants or jeans and expect to wear them immediately. i'm totally bored already just thinking about it. i hope your next projects are more exciting!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

new fabric

fabric: junko onishi spot blue
source: duckcloth
project: a-line skirt
pattern: sew what! skirts

fabric: alexander henry
source: funky fabrix
project: top
pattern: simplicity 3835

fabric: botanical
source: funky fabrix
project: top
pattern: simplicity 3835

Friday, May 9, 2008

production line break

i've had to take a break from the production line as mother's day draws closer but here are some more friendly faces.

bright bear

lady bear

playground bunny

there are detail images of all the bears (and bunny) on my flickr, let me know which one's your favourite!

also a huge thank you to Cuteable for featuring bright bear, you must check out this site, it really is, well, cuteable!

Friday, May 2, 2008

baby blue

the first of the sleepy bear range, this one's on consignment so will be going to a new home soon.

it's a long weekend this weekend and the stitches and craft show is on, i'm looking forward to checking out the vendors as well as some of the workshops. we're also off to see kate miller-heidke, the urban country music festival and a couple of openings around town, can't complain about that!