Tuesday, 28 September 2010

To market, to market!

Mum, some siblings and I are all busy making things for this market. I am so very excited, it is going to be a lot of fun. After I have finished sewing for the upcoming wedding I will post some progress pics!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Growing in my garden

I am very excited to say that things are growing in my garden! The boy and I planted some seeds a little while ago and they have sprouted. Also, some of the existing plants have flowered. It must be spring. I can't wait to be eating more things from the garden!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

My adventures in sewing for a wedding - part 1

My brother is getting married and I have decided to make my children and I something pretty to wear. I am the queen of daggy so I am thinking of this as 'dress ups' to make it easier. I found a cardigan at a secondhand shop which is the inspiration for my outfit. I am making a blouse and a skirt and some pretty flower type things for my hair. For the little man I am planning some manly trousers, a pretty shirt, vest and flowers for his pocket. And the little girl you can see is going to wear a pink and fluffy pettiskirt. It was very scary to start making this thing but once started wasn't too bad. It is so bouncy and lovely and makes me wish I were about five so I could have one and prance around the house in it.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

I'm winning!

I have never played competitive sport but lived in a house full of basketballers and it didn't matter what you had just done someone would always ask "did you win?" Well, the past couple of days I have been winning! There had been a sewing drought here the past little while but I have made up for it over the last day or so. Sewing bags for a market (more details on that soon), fixing a bag that never worked, and sewing for my kids. Hopefully I can keep on winning the rest of the week, we will see.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


My mum has Foxtel and all the wonderful shows that entails. One of those shows that I happened to watch today was The Edible Garden. I am in the process of planting good things to eat in my garden and was very excited to watch Alys Fowler grown her own fruit and veg. In the episode I watched she made jam and did this Hapa-zome to make pretty covers for the jars. Well, it looked so great I had to try it. The above is my first go and I have to say I love it! It was fun, easy, instant and very addictive. I think the kids and I will have to go on a leaf hunt to find some more interesting shapes!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

My quick and easy tote bag pattern

I made this bag for the first time a long time ago, and have made quite a few since. It is great for making as a quick gift and can be easily adapted to different uses by changing the size of the bag and the length of the bindings. I love it so much I wanted to share it!

First off you need to cut two bag pieces and two top bindings (bag pattern here). If you want to line it you will need four bag pieces - two main fabric and two lining.

Next sew both sides of bag and bottom, leaving the cut out squares at the bottom edges.

Now match the side and bottoms seams and sew across opening.

At this stage if you are lining the bag place the lining inside the bag with wrong sides together. Mark the centres of the top edge and binding and pin with wrong side of bag to right side of fabric. Pleat excess fabric as needed and sew.

Fold over binding, tuck the edge under and sew down.

Cut out and join the handle/binding into a loop. Pin joins in handle/binding to side seams. Sew handle/binding sides.

Fold binding over and tuck edge in the same as with top edge binding. Sew all the way around over sides of bag and handles. Finished!

Quick, go make a bag. And if you do share a picture!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Loving this

I love that my kids love each other. I love that being together makes them smile. I love that my little man helps my little woman. He gives her toys and plays silly games with her. I love watching them play next to each other. This is the moment I need to remember when I am sick and have to get up to little children multiple times a night.

Thursday, 9 September 2010


Had another lovely day today. We stayed home all day and played and sewed and everything else fun. I finished the tent for the boy (and me). It isn't how I originally intended it to be, but I am happy with how it looks and functions. Now all it needs is a square quilt to go under and some pillows!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Baking and bubble machines

Much fun was had today. Sewing, baking, eating, bubbles. It was a good day.

Making a tent

I have always dreamed of making my own tee pee with bamboo poles and an old sheet or two, and yesterday I decided to do it! Me and my kids walked to the hardware store and bought all sorts of fun things including bamboo garden stakes. We were all having a pretty miserable day and tent building was just what we needed to cheer ourselves up. We did a test in the back yard and need to go op-shopping to find another sheet for it. The clown one is saved from my mum's house. I have always loved it and thought there would be a project for it one day.

The boy loves to be outside and wants his mum to come too, but am such an inside sort of person it is hard to spend as much time out as he wants.I think a tent with lots of rugs and pillows should be able to tempt me! I am also thinking I need an outside-y sort of couch thingy. I am not sure what it is yet but comfy-ness is at the top of my list.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Two tops

The first one needs another border but I ran out of fabric. I have another on the go that is also in desperate need of more fabric. Quick, need a patchwork shop! All three are basically the same thing with slight variations, and I am loving sewing them up. I think lap quilts are the best size. I can't seem to talk myself into working on one of the larger ones I have on the go. Maybe once these are finished I will feel energetic enough to finished something larger. Maybe.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Royal Adelaide Show

Went to the show yesterday. It was cold, wet and windy and we had the best time! I really enjoyed the Police band and the Blooms. You can see live action pictures of the costumes on my mums blog.