...all things handmade with love by a mum with a
passion for making beautiful and spunkee stuff...

Monday, May 31, 2010

Not just another kids drawing

I know what you’re thinking - “Just another kids drawing.” But this one is special. It’s Khye’s first drawing of something recognisable. And look at that, it’s a picture of me! Khye tells me I have 4 legs and the thing in my left hand is apparently daddy. Poor Sean, all he gets is a scribble!

PS. Did anyone see the crocheted granny blanket in the combi on Dr. Who last night? I only got a glimpse of it but didn’t it look great on the backseat?! Can you believe it, it was Sean who noticed it first! I’ve never been so excited about Dr. Who before!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Flea Market Finds

Thanks to Sophie for hosting Flea Market Finds every week. I love sharing my finds and ooohhhing and aaahhhing over everyone else’s fantastic finds! Here are my finds for the week:A long wool blend coat desperately required for winter.
Now that I can crochet, I can collect crochet patterns. I just have to learn to read them now. Don’t you love the mother and daughter crocheted bikinis!
Golden Hands Volume 1 for $1. Lots of good stuff inside and more crochet patterns!
And finally a bunch of self cover buttons, jeans buttons and eyelets, and a couple of metres of this great green paisley fabric.

Now I’ve gotta stop blogging and start sewing – only 3 weeks till the Sugar & Spice Children’s Market.

Shadow Shot Sunday

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when the sun was still shining. A bright happy colourful photo for this bleak, cold, wet, foggy, windy wintery day.

More shadow shots over at Hey Harriet's.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Crochety Creative Space

I think I’ve jumped into the deep end with this dress I’ve started crocheting for Maya. I have no pattern. I wouldn’t even know how to read a pattern yet. So I’m making it up as I go along.
I’ve learnt how to chain, double crochet and treble crochet and I’m using one of Maya’s other dresses as a guide for shaping the armholes. I’m making 2 pieces, a front and a back, which I’ll join at the shoulders and sides later. I started crocheting at the neckline and created the V shape by adding extra stitches at the centre – I’m guessing that’s what you call increasing? You guys can probably tell me more about what I’m doing than I can! Then to try and flatten the V shape at the bottom of the dress, I’ve had to add “wedges” of crochet at the sides, which is why things look a little wonky in this photo above. It’s looking okay though and I promise to show and tell more later when it’s finished.

There has also been some success with the blanket I want to fix. I’ve only fixed one side so far – it’s slow going trying to push the hook through the grey loops and then pulling my new purple round through. And I have to pull the whole ball of yarn through the grey loops too. The yarn keeps getting tangled which is very frustrating and I can’t wait just to get it finished now and back onto Khye’s bed where it belongs. Thanks heaps for your advice on this one.

Heading to Kootoyoo now to check out your Creative Spaces!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thread Sorting

Do you sort your sewing threads? A bit like button sorting? I do. I need to otherwise they become a huge tangled mess in the top drawer. I asked Khye to help me sort them out. How would you sort your sewing threads? Most people would sort them by colour I would think. Not Khye.
It took me a while to work out what he was doing.

But it wasn’t until the piles got bigger that I worked it out.

He was sorting by reel type!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Flea Market Finds

Oh my, I AM HOOKED! I am sorry, very, very sorry for that much overused pun but I don’t know how else to put it. Why have I not learned to crochet earlier? I am loving it! I bought 3 full balls of this cotton yarn from the oppy this week that I absolutely love. I just hope I have enough to finish this dress I’ve started to crochet for Maya. I can’t believe how quickly it is coming along. It’s much faster and I’m more coordinated than knitting.

I’m thinking about using this cute little embroidered doily that I also bought from the op shop this week, as a pocket on the dress. Not sure yet. I also found this 3 tier wire basket to use on my stall at the upcoming Sugar & Spice market – less than a month to go now, aarrgghh. And last but not least is this minty green (loooove this colour!) chenille single bedspread to go with the peachy one I found a couple of weeks ago. It always pays to look in the dog blankets box at the op shop ‘cos I have found some great stuff in there. I thought this was a bit faded but after a wash I think it was just a bit dusty and grimy.

Visit Sophie at Her Library Adventures for some fabulous finds!

Shadow Shot Sunday

Are you sick of these sunrises yet?I’m loving them and the shadows they create like these.This shadow cast by the light switch actually made me laugh out loud at breakfast time. Khye was very bemused. I’m not sure what made me laugh - the shape of the shadow or the fact that a light switch could make such a shadow or maybe it was that I had never seen this shadow, even thought it had probably been there early in the morning most days, at this time of the year, every year!And then we spotted this little house fly and it’s huge shadow.

More shadowy shots over here!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Crochet - help!

My main motivation for learning to crochet (apart from the obvious "making pretty stuff"), has been to fix the hole in this blanket. It has been very happy on Khye's bed except for the big hole staring at me every time I go into his room. So I've finally decided to do something about it.
I removed one round of grey crocheting where the hole was. I've worked out how to treble and do the triple treble thing. I have crocheted the green round on to the middle square to replace the grey round I pulled out. (And wouldn’t you know it, I ran out of green just before the end - bugger.) Anyway my question is how do I attach the middle square to the rest of the blanket?

Do I have to stitch it on separately? Or maybe I need to undo the green round and redo it somehow hooking the bottom of the grey trebles as I go? I’m not quite sure how to hook the grey trebles in though ‘cos I can’t pull the whole ball of yarn through them. Please, I need help! Thanks!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Creative Space

Remember my little piles of scraps from last week? Well they got sewn up, then unstitched, matched with more scraps, resorted into little piles again and resewn.
I had to unstitch them ‘cos I had droopy petals.
Backing the petals with floral cotton scraps helped to strengthen them,
and helped make them look prettier than before.What do you think?
I am just loving the bursts of colour!

More creative spaces over at Kootoyoo.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Flea Market Finds

I have had some luck recently finding textiles books (here and here) at the oppies and this week was no exception.A lovely hardcover needlework book first published in 1950, this book is the “Fourth Impression 1972”. And with these clear step by step instructions on how to crochet, hopefully I will be joining the “crochet club” soon.
This book, while not exactly a Flea Market Find, was very cheap – only $4.50. I found it at Lincraft!

This week I have been inspired by my find last week and by Kate’s gorgeous dress making, and have been flicking through all the patterns at the oppies. I found these. These illustrations of elongated models always make clothes look so good don’t they? But I love the dress pattern on the left. Not sure if it would suit me but I can only give it a go. Now to choose some fabric…

Oh and one of them came with the pattern cut out of an old 1975 newspaper. Just look at those house and land prices back then!

Visit Sophie at Her Library Adventures for more Flea Market Finds.

Sewing Shadow Shot Sunday

Some beautiful shadows this week between all the sewing that’s been happening around here.

For more shadowy shots visit Hey Harriet.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My (slightly sidetracked) Creative Space

Sidetracked ‘cos I had planned to get lots of sewing done for the Sugar & Spice Market in June. Sidetracked ‘cos I found a Meh Tai baby carrier at the op shop and it needed a bit of “work” for us to use. It’s such a simple design being just a square with the straps sewn to the corners. But this one was such a boring plain blue (unfortunately I forgot to take a before photo). So after a bit of shaping (the edges of the square were cutting into Maya’s thighs) a bit of colour and the addition of some vintage fabric, this is how it looks now. What do you think? I’m much happier with it now. And Maya’s much happier in it!

I also started on something new (like I don’t have enough projects to work on!).

I’ve been sorting and resorting little bits of scraps into piles. More later!

And I started cutting up this fabric to make my winter skirt. I'm not very good at dressmaking, but hopefully it turns out okay and hopefully it will fit me.

Have you been sidetracked this week? I’m heading over to Kootoyoo now to check out your creative spaces.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Flea Market Finds

I had the opportunity to go opping by myself for a couple of hours this week. So opping I went and I went with intention. Never a good sign because we all know how that usually turns out – disappointment. Not this time! I went opping with the intention of looking at, trying on and hopefully buying some clothes for my sad looking wardrobe. I rarely bother looking at clothes for myself because it’s just too hard to try them on with the kiddies. But without them, I had some success bringing home a pair of jeans, a couple of jumpers and some tops.

And what would a trip to the oppies be without some sort of fabric purchase?!
I love the colour of this wool fabric and hopefully it will make a good winter skirt.

Check out more oppy finds over at
Her Library Adventures.

Hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Shadow Shot

Happy Mothers Day to all you mums! Hope you are enjoying a nice sleep in or having a beautiful breakfast in bed!
More shadows over at Hey Harriets.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Creative Space

This week's creative space has seen some slow and uncoordinated knitting, a stack of cutting out, a bit of sewing, a heap of stuffing and now there’s a whole lot of mess. But that’s okay ‘cos I’m heading to Stitches & Craft with Mum today!

Head over to Kootoyoo for more creative spaces.

PS. I was going to post a photo of the mess, but you know what it’s like so I thought I would post a photo of something much more pleasant – another gorgeous autumn sunrise!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Have you ever visited the Ecotoys online store?
Now you can visit them in person! Ecotoys are about to open their new shop in Hawthorn.

Eco Toys & Baby Grand Opening
Sat 8th May 2010
9am - 5pm
651 Burwood rd, Hawthorn East 3123
(next to Auburn Village & train station)

If you haven’t heard about Ecotoys before, they sell a beautiful range of eco friendly, ethically made and locally handmade toys and they are now expanding their range to include natural baby products.

So pop along this Saturday for the grand opening. You might even see some spunkee softies flying about!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Flea Market Finds

My find of the week is this near new hardcover textiles book published in 2008. I saw it for only $6 at the local oppy, took it to the counter and then discovered that books were half price that week! $3! Bargain!

It has some great projects like these gorgeous slippers to knit. This folded Japanese quilt looks like fun and easy to make as you fold circles over padded squares, quilt them, join all the squares together and then you have a finished quilt at the end. And maybe I can teach myself to crochet these baubles for Maya. I also picked up
another beautifully packaged set of sheets from my favourite op shop. It is only bailing twine but the blue matches the sheets perfectly! And just look at these sheets – it’s Noah’s Ark! I love the colours and I love the design. Not sure what I’ll do with them yet. I guess I’ll chuck them in the linen cupboard with the rest of the vintage sheet collection…
…just as soon as they’re washed and dried. I also found a set of these pink sheets. I don’t think they’re too vintage but they’ll look good with my other sheets. I just couldn’t resist posting another
clothesline shadow shot!

Go visit
Her Library Adventures for more Flea Market Finds.
Related Posts with Thumbnails