Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Never too many pillows!

Here are some pillow slips I made recently! I made 4 different pillows with 'nest' on them, love the way these turned out. I also recently made a pillow slip with a hedgehog for a client so I made one for the shop as well.

A couple of the nest pillows;

The hedgehog pillow slip:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Can't believe it!

I can't believe Christmas is already near! This year has gone way to quickly, I feel like in an absolute blur! So here i am getting organised for once and making Christmas stockings in advance! That's a first!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

First time dollie!

This is the first doll I ever made. Thursday I went to a big craft fair in Vicenza and saw some dolls made. I really liked their clothes but not their faces so much. They had interesting hairstyles too so I bought a pattern. I decided yesterday to have a go but had to change the face and did my own spin on the dolls hair and clothes as well. So basically the body is from the pattern, as are the wide legged pants and then my imagination took it from there!

Of course when Lulu saw the doll she claimed it as hers! I thiught the doll might keep me company in my sewing room but apparently no, she's moving into Lulu's room!

I think I may have to work on faces, my husband told me she looks like a scarey witch! Maybe he still had 'sleep' in his eyes this morning when he saw her! Lulu and I think she's sweet but I will admit I need to improve the face for the next one!

I love love love her dress! I used a hand dyed muslin type fabric I bought in Sydney and then I made hand cut flowers with hand dyed felted wool and musling fabric. I stitched a few off cuts together to make her scarf!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gorgeous snuggly cot quilt

I started this gorgeous quilt some time ago, then became busy and forgot about it! I found it a while ago and finished it off. I love the colours. I put a thick batting in it so it's very snuggly! rather than doing regular quilting on it I knotted it here and then with embroidery floss.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Water bottle bag for Lisa

Lulu's friend went away with the scouts this weekend so her mum asked if I would make a bag for her water bottles so she could access it easier on their hikes. I really like the way it turned out. I machine quilted it and then embroidered a cute name patch.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cute Halloween PDF pattern

I had great fun today creating this new pattern available in my shop. I made a pattern for 6 different appliques that can be put on bags, made as ornaments, garlands,bunting and so on. Very adaptable and easy to make.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Super cute!

Here are a couple of really cute growth charts I made a while ago.

Forest friends and kids playing

Safari theme for Luke

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Happy creating time

Last week I had some time to create something new, so exciting!!!! I made this gorgeous crib stroller quilt will a 40x60cm pillow to match. Of course Lulu, who's 9, said she loved it and wanted a quilt like that! Her favourite colour is green so I may have to put my thinking cap on! I machine appliqued the elephant and stars but then hand quilted it with embroidery floss.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kantha Love

We all love Kantha quilts in our family. I bought my first one at the Sydney Quilt Fair earlier this year. At the same fair, we came across a Sydney shop called Cash Palace Emporium which imports beautiful items from India and Japan. On the weekend, mum and I went to find Cash Palace Emporium and we were not disappointed. Just diving up to the shop evoked great excitement with the most amazingly colourful window display of devine items and a huge pile of red toned Kantha quilts right at the door.

Upon stepping inside, it was sensory overload. There are piles and piles of Kantha quilts, embroidered cushions, vintage trims, clothes, jewelry and much more. I just didn't know where to start but very quickly gravitated towards the pink pile. I knew that there was no way that I was going to leave that shop without buying my second Kantha quilt. The hard part was picking just one. Below are my two Kantha Quilts. They are both stunning!

We got to meet the lovely Elaine Townshend owns and runs the shop. She very happily let us rummage through a massive box of scrap Kantha pieces and pull out what ever we wanted. I got a whole heap for only $5....... bargin!!! Some of the many scraps that I bought are below. Mum bought lots too and is making a wall hanging. Once she is done I will blog it.

I also bought a beautifully vintage embroidered cushion. There were many pretty ones but my son liked the Indian elephant god- Ganesha so we picked the one below.

She had lots of vintage Japanese Kokeshi dolls so I couldn't resist one of those as well. Now that I have one, I think I will start a collection. I love the vintage dolls.

You can follow the store on Facebook but I strongly suggest that if you like vintage Indian textiles and you are in Sydney, then you visit the store. It is located at 139 Catherine St, Leichhardt, Sydney, and is open from Monday-Sturday, 10am - 5pm. You will want to go back regularly as Elaine goes on buying tours quite often so she always has new stock.

Elaine Townshend at Cash Palace Emporium

Art E-Classes

I really like the idea of mixed media art works and journals. Recently I took a class with Mati Rose called 'Daring Adventures in Paint'. It was a good way to get me painting. I finished one piece and have many more that are in various stages of progress.
Paintings by Mati Rose
Another artist that Rachel and I have always loved is Susana Tavares. a couple of weeks ago, I purchased her workshop called Paper and Paint. She makes it all look so easy.
Paper and Paint Workshop By Susana Tavares
I recently followed this tutorial on her blog for painting gift tags. I followed her instructions and produced these paintings. They are really little 3" x 3". I was actually amazed that they look ok. I wasn't sure if I could do it!!! They are nowhere near as good as Susana's but I can only keep trying.

Finally I love the work of Mindy Lacefield (Tim's Sally). She has a new 'Soul Bird' class and giveaway which looks really interesting. I am considering this one as well.
Soul Bird Workshop by Mindy Lacefield
Some of my favourite art works are on Pinterest. There is just so much inspiration on there. I purchased a couple of Pam Garrison original paintings and want to start collecting a few more including a Susana Tavares work so that I can start building up a wall of art.

There are so many inspiring artists out there and I hope that I can one day develop my own unique style. I figure that doing classes is a great way to get started and learn some new techniques.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lulu's wall hanging organiser

The other day my 9 year old daughter Lulu came into my sewing and showed me her design for a wall hanging with pockets. I thought it was great and told her 'we must make it immediately for your room!'. We decided on the measurements and then I adapted her design to the correct size. Of course i was then obliged to start working on it immediately and was not allow up from the table until all fabrics were chosen, cut and pinned in place. I was then allowed a day to appliqued and embroider! The organiser is now hanging on the door of her toy cupboard with little teddies and toys in it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Card organisers

I bought some plastic sleeve booklets so time ago and never got around to doing anything with them, not unusual for me! This weekend I finally pulled them out and made these sweet little covers for them. They are great to store business cards or even store those shop fidelity cards, credit cards etc.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pillows and pouches

It's no secret I love making bags and pouches, they are so much fun! I had this old hand embroidered linen table cloth. I think it comes from Eastern Europe and is embroidered in wool. I love the colours they used combined with the linen fabric. I decided to repurpose the tablecloth and have made some pillows and pouches.

I also made some other pouches with a mix of fabrics and trims, some are antique French and Italian, one is vintage and the other is vintage Japanese.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lovely antique bags

I made these bags a while ago, very slow to blog things! I'm trying to improve nad blog more often. Today Lulu is back to school so I'm up early for my 'internet quiet time'! 

I made these bags with antique hemp /linen and then appliqued all different fabrics and trims. The embroidered fabrics are vintage.

This is my stash from the market last weekend. Such a great morning with my friend. I love, love, love my stash and couldn't wait to use a little of it so made a lovely little pouch

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Santas going to a new home

Finished these gorgeous santas and mailing them off today. I love making these they are so much fun. I had to make 12 for my client so of course I made an extra 3 for my shop! I also have a pattern available for santas.