Saturday, February 27, 2010

Making a zipper more colourful

I found this tutorial on altering a zipper so that each side is a different colour.

I can see so many possibilities with these!  Thank you goes to
Link to tutorial can be found here.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Psst! A friend is having a bag giveaway!


is having a giveaway that includes not only the bag pattern featured above, but, the gorgeous rose fabric too!!
I really would like to keep this giveaway a secret lol because I love bag patterns and fabric so much,  but Cristali is so generous and my blogger friends are so generous that I HAVE to share.

Good Luck!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"hey mum! Can you make me, take me, bake me........"

I know it's nice to be needed but can life slow down a little bit and leave some time for me?  I run around after the kids so much helping them manage their lives that there is only scraps of time left to go my thing.

But I do love the sewing jobs they ask me to do!  An example would be simple pencil cases like this one.......

 So simple to make.  I will have to show you how simple these are to make one day.  They are so simple I am not sure if it would be considered sewing.

I like making them because you can run amok artistically on the embellishing side of things.  Even though on this pirate one I wasn't able to as it was a custom order from my son.  He went on a spending spree of stationary supplies for school and then realized when he got home that he didn't have a pencil case for all the pens he got.  I offered to make one and he asked for the pirate and for it be done by Monday morning (it was Friday night).  They take 10 minutes to sew once the fabric and zipper is found.

Another little project is this rice bag I made for my mum.  The fabric was found in a thrift shop for a dollar (about 2metres worth) and the rose was cut from a pillow case from same op shop.

I made a few actually.  One for mum, MIL, and prev MIL.  Easy peasy projects that give almost instant gratification!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

OWOH winners announced!

Thank you to all who entered my giveaway!  Two of my offered giveaways were open globally and until two overseas names have been chosen I will keep on picking winners ok?

The first two winners are:

No 1:  Marie (Georgia USA) from the Twisted Sisters Art blog receives "E"

No 2:  NICO Designs (Texas USA) receives "D"

No 3:  Sue (Australia) from I Purr-Furr to Craft has yet to choose her giveaway prize.  When she has I can continue pulling winners for their choice.
(sue wants a surprise)

Stay tuned...

Up-Date:  More winners!

No 4:  Wendy from MerryMade Cards and Crafts is receiving "F"

No 5:  Sewfunky from New zealand wins a choice between mag "B" or "C".
           Has chosen "B"

No 6:  Deborah from Comfort Joy Designs has won the cross stitch.

Thanks to all who participated and I hope you had as much fun as I did and made many new friends.


Monday, February 15, 2010


Hi from South Australia!

 About me:  I am a wife and mother who has loved to sew since about 10 years old.  I use to only sew clothes but recently because of all you crafty bloggers I have fallen in love sewing other things like softies, homewares, hats, bags etc.  I have only recently started blogging about my crafty adventures but it has blown me away with how friendly the world can be.

If you have read my introduction post at the beginning of my blogging life, you would have read how I blog to thank all the craft and sewing blogs out there who have inspired me "sooooo" much and taught me all manner of new skills.

Well, I would like to giveaway some of my spare copies of craft magazines I have collected over the years.  I will pay all postage costs as well so I will have to limit this first giveaway to "2" overseas winners who will have to pay any associated costs accrued their end, eg: customs if any.  The rest of the winners will be chosen from Australia, but only because of costs.  I'm sure you are all an understanding bunch of nice readers.

Most of my craft mags are Australian so I am hoping some of you guys don't already have them!!

Sorry about the poor quality pictures.  I either have a dud camera or am a dud photographer.

Get an early start on xmas! lol

For quilting fans.  I have 3 copies to giveaway.

If you know of anyone who likes cross stitch, pass this giveaway on!

Assorted projects.

The puppy dog softie is one of my UFO's. Maybe we can do it together!

All you have to do for this giveaway is leave a comment.  Also please state which mag you want eg: A, B, C, D, E, F.  (Top photo has letters photo-shopped on the front).

Also, leave a way for me to contact you regarding addressing info.

Names will go into a hat and first winner will have first pick etc.

Giveaway closing 15th February 2010.  Good luck.

Yours truly,


Friday, February 12, 2010

A post about "Something" while I do "Something" else..

I am making some bags at the moment but haven't any photos to show.  Not even WIP pics.  But I took a few pics of this great shopping bag my mum made me.

Do you remember "Quillows"?  This bag is like those.  You fold them up in a certain way then tuck it all inside a pocket and ta da!  Well I folded and folded and then had to ask mum for the folding instructions!

I am no good at refolding maps either!  Which is bad because I work in tourism and there are always maps to be opened and shown to clients.  I usually throw the opened map behind the counter if the client doesn't want to keep it and then I refold it when they have gone (haha).  They usually do want to keep said map and I then have to try and fold in front of them.  Not a very professional sight I can tell you.  Everyone gets a laugh though, so its ok.

Close up of embroidery.  Isn't my mum clever!  I think I got my love for embroidery from seeing my mum's beautiful work.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What I did with an old jumper

  Cut it up!! 

Turned an ugly old jumper into more useful mittens and beanie!  Inspired by the internet of course.  Google recycled sweaters and you will find a tutorial.  Or get yourself either "Felt it, Stitch it, Fabulous" by Katheryn Tidwell Bieber, or  "The Crafty Minx" by Kelly Doust.


I should visit some flower making sites for a tutorial because I had a crap time making these flowers by myself.   There are no short cuts to a nice fabric flower it seems.  It's defiantly an "Art". lol