Friday, January 31, 2014

This Moment.

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment [from the week - this was a couple of months ago, but it is still a precious memory for us]. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Stealing a moment to follow along with Soule Mama today.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' at in the comments below or at Soule Mama for all to find.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Little Bit of Awesome...Snip Snip With My New Snips

These AWESOME Gingher scissors were my Christmas present from my lovely husband...he must be OK with this crafting stuff, if he's buying me crafty Christmas presents! After reading about how fab they were, I dunno, somewhere on another crafty blog out there, I threw them on my request list and whaddya know...

They arrived in our mailbox!  And so what! who cares  if they arrived post-Christmas. Lets face it - I was camping and wasn't going to need them.

They are oh, so much better than my old scissors, which I'm sure have been used to cut a variety of 'prohibited' things over the years.  I did get a new pair of Fiskars spring loaded scissors last year but they just aren't strong enough for cutting thicker fabrics like corduroy or denim. Great for snipping into curves though and still perfect for light weight cottons and voiles.

And aren't these ones just a bit cutesy. Awesome cutesy.

More about what I'm sewing here tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snaps from our Summer Holidays

A little after the event, but here are some snaps taken over our Christmas break. We relaxed, lazed in the sun and generally had a great fun time.

Camping at 'The Duke', Christmas Day...

I just want to point out a few things in these photos
  • Super delight in the boys eyes after bike riding
  • Dessert on Christmas day, always my fav, thank you to Amy for plating up so nicely. Nice fingernails BTW.
  • Aunty Wendy and Uncle Lach being in matching clothing - it wasn't until I was looking through these pics that I noticed!
  • I'm pretty sure Amy wasn't topless, it just looks that way...
  • An ultra-adorable baby Tate in an ultra-adorable suit worn, made by none other than Moi! I'm surprised he could squeeze into it still!
  • Nathan guarding his new jeep from Santa whilst eating his favourite breakfast, also from Santa. 
  • Aunty Loz and Lucas looking totally happy.
  • I won't mention that the hammock was only used that once.
 Boxing Day...the usual spot on Wharton Beach...

New mask and snorkels from Nan for Christmas...

Another gorgeous mermaid we found on the beach...

And because I think these kids are too adorably handsome to not include more of...


 And someone still looks for those butterflies!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Blooming Geraniums

Gifted at Christmas to my daughter and nieces, I love the Geranium Dress. I don't love geraniums and wish Rae had called them something a bit nicer, but still this style is fab for little girls. I snapped these dresses in the minutes before they were wrapped, so the pics aren't the greatest, but you get the idea.

I came across this Raindrops fabric by Erin McMorris in my 'pink quest', and while it probably didn't meet those requirements I bought it anyway, thinking it would look awesome as a Geranium Dress. I decided not long after looking at it in real life it was going to have a home in my home!

The pattern includes a few variations to the neckline, sleeve and skirt, but this is by far my favourite combo. The bigger two dresses (size 2T) have pockets, which I was going to omit, but given my 2yo is a rock collector, I decided to keep them. The sizing is pretty perfect with this pattern - the orange dress is a 12-18mo size, for a 15mo and the fit on her is great. The pattern now goes all the way up to a size 10! That's if you can talk your picky miss into wearing this over the full circle dress.

The piping was a bit of a first for me. I like it, but a little finer cording would have been better. I can't remember what I used (everything in those weeks before Christmas was a bit of a blur), so that won't even help me much for next time, though I do recall that the selection in Spotlight was very limited. These dresses have a three snap closure on the back, buttons would work equally well.

And some action shots of these dresses. Yup they are playing in the dirt, but we were going out for lunch.

Geranium Dress Pattern by Made by Rae
Summersault by Erin McMorris - Raindrops - Blue
Elephant Splash - Elephants
Elephant Splash - Drops
Weekends by Erin McMorris - Lollies - Red
Maybe 4mm cording from Spotlight

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Floatilla of Purple

Hey! I'm back for 2014. Hope your New Years, Christmases, End of Harvests and whatever else you celebrated at the end of the year were fabulous. I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2014.

Pinks and purples were on the request list for Christmas dresses at the end of last year. Now, if you've ever looked at my sewing stash, you'd notice there are very few purples and even fewer pink fabrics! I just don't do pink. I have this "thing" that resists the commercial need to put girls in pink. I do handmade. I do what I like, how I like it. I just don't entertain pink very much and while I have a little girl who knows no different, I'm running with it! Don't get me wrong, I have got a bit of pink stuff there. It's just that there is so so much beautiful fabric that isn't pink, that I don't need to feel the need to do it too.

I took on this challenge to find something in pink that I did like. I looked predominantly online - Fabricworm is totally cool and fabulous and I love it and I  found some gorgeous stuff there. Australian based The Craft Depot has a massive range of gorgeous fabrics at good prices, which is where I found the pink I did like. I also bought fabric from Quilt Home. Sadly, fabrics from the US are much cheaper than buying locally, taking postage into account as well, but the selection is amazing.  I did shop locally too, from Southlands Sewing Centre for some ultra adorable purple prints - the flowers, spots and butterflies below all purchased in Perth.

These are the dresses I made with just some of those pinks and purples. I do still have plenty of others gracing my sewing stash. The dresses below are the Full Circle Dress from Kikoi Patterns.

This one is affectionately know as "the plate dress", because it spins out like a plate.

You might spy some new labels and buttons. Yup, buttons. They totally rock! I found a little shop on Etsy called Remember Wynn and they made these new ultrasuede, ultrasoft labels and buttons for me. They were fabulous to work with, they did a few variations before very happily I settled on these.  I'm still smiling.

The brim hats are from a pattern called Summer Daze. Now. If you decide to attempt this hat, I would advise you to double check that your pattern pieces are traced off correctly, because a slight 2-3mm difference in the patchwork brim piece WILL throw the whole thing out. Don't ask me how I know. I just do.  If you get all that right, and the bazillion pieces cut out, it is actually pretty simple to sew together. And I lurve that rolled hem stitching around the flower that my new overlocker can do. So so neat.

As lovely as these Summer Daze hats are, you wont find them with me at the markets as they are just not cost-effective to make and sell. I may be bribed  for special occasions.


The bonnet is of course the Miss Mary Bonnet. The smaller (0-18m) size does fit a 2yo pretty nicely, but this particular hat was for little 4 month old, Stella, who also received a Geranium Dress in the same elephant print.

I have a couple more of these geranium dresses to share, but their are not pink or purple, so I'll save those for tomorrow.

Patterns -
Full Circle Dress Patterns by Kikoi Patterns (now Amelie Clothing)
Geranium Dress Patterns by Made by Rae
Summer Daze Hat Pattern by Angel Lea Designs
Fabrics -
Pretty Please by Jennifer Paganelli - Jackie - Cerise 
Norweigan Woods Too Elephant Romp by Michael Miller  - Midnight
Kona solid - midnight or navy blue
Out to Sea by Sarah Jane (Michael Miller)- Mermaid Play Breeze - Blue
Out to Sea  by Sarah Jane (Michael Miller) - Chevron - Blue
Weekends by Erin McMorris - Lollies - Red 
And alas, I dont know the names of the flowers on the purple, the coordinating purple silver , spots or butterflies from Southlands Sewing Centre
Underskirts on Full Circle Dresses are all Homespun cottons
Buttons and ultrasuede labels from Remember Wynn