Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Magical Flying Carpet Ride

My ride is two posts further down.

Some of you smart, clever people have worked out how to keep your giveaway on top.  Alas I haven't.  Want to share your wisdom?

Pat's Giveaway

Pat from "Quilting can be Fun" is giving away the above fantastic booty!
Pop over for your chance to win.

Monday, January 25, 2010

January OPAM Done!

Just finished my January OPAM.  She's my first and I am happy!!

She's going into my collection of softies for charity.

Friday, January 22, 2010

U.F.O. Pile up!

The trouble with UFO's is they tend to pile up in your sewing room and eventually spill over to  other parts of your house.  Guilt sets in every time you inspect the pile and see how many projects are actually there.

They are in all stages of "incompleteness" from just the fabric cut out to nearly finished.  I don't know which project causes more guilt, cut out fabric or projects that are so close to being finished its silly not to have finished them off.

My pile grows because I find another project calling to me before I can finish the last one.  I find the calling is too strong and I give in to the new project albeit with guilt.

Well my guilt has finally gotten to me and I have to finish off some UFO's, WIP's whatever people like to call them.  As you can see I have a few shelves full.  These are the nearly finished items.  I have a basket of ufo's in less finished stages and an ottoman in the lounge room full of unfinished projects.

Its a bit shameful and I decided to do something about them this year.  So I have been invited to play along with this OPAM which stands for One Project A Month.  I didn't quite make the 200 for entry into prizes as I found the site too late :(  but can still participate in sewing along (and hopefully finishing off lots of guilt!!)

This sock doll is nearly finished and because Jan 2010 is also nearly finished, it will be my first OPAM.  He just needs another arm!  I think I can do that before Monday when I have to go back to work. lol

Friday, January 15, 2010

Swap with a difference

Swap with a difference

This is gonna be heaps of fun!  Time is running out to join as the deadline is 31st January 2010.

To get more info or to join visit here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mini Moopy's

Here are my new little friends.  They are pretending that they are Avatars on the forest moon of Pandora.  I think the one at the back is more of an Ewok from the forest moon of Endor.  lol.

I have been making these Mini Moopy's ever since I found them on Moopy and Me.  She has a PDF so you can make them yourself.  The group above is my latest batch but have been making them for years.

Little softies like these are a great way to use up scraps and the kids love them.  My daughter scooped up the pink one, while the other two will be going to the "Childhood Cancer Association" or Brookman Ward when I have a box load of safe softies to deliver.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

to do list..

I am adding a Future Projects list, as many other sewists have done to help me keep track of projects that I itch to sew but don't quite have the time to right now.

If I ever feel like sewing (or have a block of free time!) and haven't got a current project, I can look back at this list and find all the info needed to get going:  pattern, instructions etc.

Info on where I found project: Obi belt above found in "Sew Hip" magazine, issue 6.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

I made my mum a softie

I just wanted to show what I made for my mum.  A gorgeous turtle.


I loved the whole crafting experience during the making of this little lady, largely because she is made up from recycled materials.  Two woolen jackets that my daughter threw out.

The fabric from the pink jacket had a very loose weave and could fray too much for making softies so I traced pattern of shell and bonnet onto muslin.  I then sewed the pattern pieces onto the pink wool fabric.  Cut them out and stitched pieces as per instructions.  See pic below for close up of fabric.


My favourite talented artist "Jhoanna Monte Aranez" designed this turtle and the pattern can be found in Sew Hip issue 6.

See Jhoanna's little turtle in the bottom corner.  So cute!  Here comes a close up.

I feel like making another one!