Monday, 14 September 2009

I couldn't resist

making this little doll from the scraps of the Uptown Girl jacket I made for my niece. I found the pattern on Johanna's blog (One Red Robin)- it's a great pattern - thanks for sharing Johanna.
Ruby Doll and Bag
A girl also has to have a bag - so the scraps came in handy for that too.


Friday, 11 September 2009

Uptown Girl

Uptown Girl Jacket (reversible)

Last week I made this gorgeous pattern from Make it Perfect.

Uptown Girl Jacket (reversible)

This would have to be one of the easiest patterns I have ever made. A very well written pattern - so easy and straightforward.

Uptown Girl Jacket

I used a gorgeous weight Japanese cord for the outside and then for the inside (it's totally reversible) a Japanese polka dot in pink. (all fabric from here). Pellon is used for the padding. Keely is the lovely little model - she is wearing a Size 2 and she is actually 4 - that's why the sleeves are a little short. I made this jacket for my niece who lives in the US so it will be on it's way very soon to her.

Uptown Girl Jacket (reversible)

The lovely photography is by Amy Oliver, a Melbourne girl who is just starting out in photography. You can contact her either through me or at 'amyoliverphotography(at)live(dot)com

Jacket I made

Monday, 24 August 2009

Returning to normal

Our Stand (forgot to take off the sheet though)

Me with the lovelies from Ink & Spindle

Wow! that was an amazing experience. I have just returned from the Stitches & Craft Show in Sydney, very, very tired, but also very inspired.

Had a fantastic time. Not only did we sell lots of patterns, we also met the best crafters and bloggers. Thanks to everybody that stopped by and said hi and also to those who did my workshops. I think I had more fun in the workshops than the participants did. You can read and see more photos here.

As some of you may know I have a very unbalanced household - too much testosterone here (not that I would change that!) But I really did enjoy getting away and being immersed with all the wonderful girls that were at the Show. I don't think I have laughed so hard in a long time.

The Ink & Spindle girls were great to be around. Thanks to Teegs I have now experienced 'vegan' eating - I had always been a bit nervous about trying out 'tofu' - (I actually thought it was a bit of rubber posing as something edible!) and I am happy to report, it isn't and it masquerades as many different things. So thanks girls for teaching me lots of things! I now feel 10 years younger!

Belinda from Tuttifruiti arranged for dinner out for any bloggers that wanted to go in Parramatta on Saturday night. Abouty 20 of us turned up for that and as you could imagine it was very, very noisy (I think that most of the noise was mostly from Annie and Jodie though!)

It was a great Show, and I send a big thankyou to Ross, Angela, Anna, Claire, Paul and the rest of the team at Living Creatively for always being so helpful and friendly (thanks Ross for the staples - you really did save me) . They really do a fantastic Show and their support of all us Indie Crafters is awesome.

I spent a little bit of money too so here is what I bought.


From Ink & Spindle some lovely fabric and handmade soap wrapped in fabric.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Workshop at the Stitches & Craft Show Sydney

Pics of the bag that I will be teaching at this years Sydney Stitches & Craft Show .

Simple Reversible Tote Bag

Simple Reversible Tote Bag

Details of classes can be found here and can be booked at our stand - Audrey & Maude Stand 173 during the Show.

This class is simple and great for beginner sewers. I will teach you how to make the 'boxed' bottom of the bag, how to do a lining and teach very simple applique.

Places are limited so let me know if you would like to do the class.

Stitches and Craft Show Sydney
Rosehill Racecourse

19th - 23rd August 2009

Saturday, 8 August 2009


Can't believe it is just over a week to go until the Sydney Stitches & Craft Show.

It is so exciting coming up from Melbourne to be part of the Show again this year. Although, to be completely truthful, I am not quite sure if the real reason for the excitement is because my bed will be made for me everyday and I won't be cooking the entire time I am away.

My house resembles a tip!!! There are boxes and piles of stuff just everywhere and no housework is getting done, apart from the feeding!

Louise and I have been working on getting out some new patterns just for the Show which you can check out over here at our blog.



I will be conducting some workshops too - designed specifically for beginner sewers and children! I will post some pics next time.

Gotta get back to work!

Wednesday, 22 July 2009


Thanks so much for you all your lovely comments from my last post. I am on the mend, although I still can't walk properly and the worst thing, I can't sew just yet, hopefully soon.

Sorry there are no photos, but we put all the names into a bowl and my youngest drew a name out - it is Lara aka Thornberry! Hope you enjoy spending the gift voucher at Kelani at stand G 28 a the Craft & Quilt Show this week in Melbourne. I will email the voucher through to you.

Monday, 20 July 2009


Lucky me won a giveaway at Kelani Fabrics To Inspire - a $10 gift voucher to spend at this weeks Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne.

Unfortunately, I am a little bit laid up at the moment following a little op I had on Friday, so as to not waste this voucher, I thought someone out there might like to use it and take advantage of this generous voucher donated by Alyssa from Kelani Fabrics.

Just leave a comment and let me know what you would love to buy or make from the great range of fabric and patterns that Kelani has on offer. I will pick a random winner sometime on Wednesday and then email you the voucher. You have to be able to attend the Craft and Quilt Fair to be eligible.

Kelani Fabrics will be at Stand G28 !

Make sure you leave me your contact details too, so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck and have a great time at the Show. Wish I was going.