Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Foxy planter, disgusting dog

Tuesday. I've just taken the hound for a walk, she went for a swim in the creek and came home smelling like duck shit, so she had to have a bath - not fun for anyone. So, here's something nice - a cute little ceramic foxy planter from Kotori on Made It. 

Cute planter from Kotori on Made It

Disgusting dog post bath - hates having a bath, loves swimming in putrid water?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Made It

I have finally popped some of my cards back up on Made It after a long hiatus. I love Made It, it's like Etsy but with Australian makers and creators. This week I'll be posting about some lovely (and cheap) Made It finds - just in time for Stupidmas :)

How cute is this little 'rainy day brooch set' - and it's only $5! 

Faux Lauren baby pants

I bought a really nice Polo by Ralph Lauren shirt at Lifeline, but it was too big for the Mr so I turned the shirt into a pair of tiny pants! It was super easy, I just traced a pair of baby leggings size 000 and using jus two pattern pieces I made these simple elastic-waist pants. 

I added the label at the back and added two of the buttons at the front to finish them off. I'll make another pair and take some photos so I can add a tutorial in the next post.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Danish and stuff ...

I bought a silly Danish cradle. It was kind of expensive, and will only last max six months - but it's hell cute, so I don't really care. I's all set up now and I'm making fitted sheets from thrifted fabric and also some new duck cotton I scored quite cheap. Yesterday Spotlight opened in Armidale (where I'm living at the moment) and every ovulating/pregnant woman within a 100km radius was there. It was like we could smell it - the sweet scent of discount fabrics. I got about 10 meters of really nice linen, cotton and muslin for about $50. Now I just need to wait for the sun to get a little lower on the horizon so it's not so bloody hot and I can get sewing.

The Leander Cradle with a little mobile I made.
The lambskin was only $20 on eBay, gave it a wash and it's as good as new.

Made from an op-shop cross-stitch hoop, a men's business shirt and thrifted buttons, trims etc.
I crocheted the little raindrops with some cotton yarn.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Little balls

I've been craving crappy food, like ice cream, christmas pudding and laminations. Probably shouldn't be hoovering up vast quantities of sugary goodness right now so I made some nut balls to fool myself in the treats department. 

Prunes, nuts, oats, a tablespoon of rice syrup and a a big whack of cocoa and these little guys hit the spot.  I'd still run over a nana for a real rum ball, but for now I'll stick to these faux balls. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Another sewing project! I have always loved those beautiful old woollen blankets with the patchwork design - itchy but very pretty. They are really cheap from the op-shop, especially as summer is coming. I am going to make some little blankets to add to my Etsy shop, so I made a demo ... my kid will get all the demos!

I used the blanket for the back and some duck cotton in fluro pink chevron for the top, and binding from a vintage sheet. I quilted it along the chevron zig zags and found that tacking the two bits of fabric together first stops it from bunching up and moving - even with a walking foot.   

For the next one I'll use a lighter colour quilting thread as the grey is too contrasting and I'll sew the binding to the top side and hand stitch the bottom, as it looks neater this way.

Friday, October 24, 2014

And, I'm back

Long time between posts, I've been busy turning food into a human. However, now that I'm on leave I have time to sew, cook, blog and watch as much Bold & Beautiful as I please. On the B&B front, not much has happened since I last caught a glimpse of Brooke and Ridge in 2013. Not sure what's going on, but there is a lot of marriage talk and they all seemed to be on a boat in the Mediterranean. 

On a much less dramatic note, I've been op-shopping and making a list of things I need to make for the future poo-machine and also to sell on Etsy. I've been neglecting my poor Etsy shop (as well as this blog). So first cab off the rank is a bunch of one-piece baby quilts. I made one back in April and gifted it to a friend, this is number two. It's made from Japanese linen, calico and very thin cotton batting. I really like the colours. I think I'll make the next one from vintage fabric as I've found a few nice cotton bedsheets that will quilt up well.

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