Saturday, 19 May 2007

Mothers' Day Stall

I know Mothers' Day was last week but just had to show you what I made for the School Mothers' Day Stall. It was a very successful day, we sold out of everything, which isn't bad considering we had made about 1200 items.

I made 32 of these wonderful purse organisers. I got my inspiration from The Giving Flower ages ago, and this is how I came across all of the blogging world. I changed the measurements a little bit and added some vintage buttons which I found at my local thrift store. My friend made all the Mothers' Day cards which I think made it all look a bit more professional. Although I did make these anonymously, I am getting lots of good feedback from the mums who got these as their Mothers' Day present. I must admit, I made one for me, in Amy Butler Sunbloom fabric - and it is just fantastic. It helps to keep my bag in order.

When Patchwork on Central Park were having their amazing sale a few months ago, I grabbed these fabrics at $5.00 a metre so we were able to keep our costs down. I am so in love with that shop and all the wonderful people who work there and of course the fabric. It is almost a 'cut lunch' trip for me to go there, so I try to organise it in advance, and then make the most of being on that side of town. I can spend hours in there soaking up the atmosphere and meeting lots of likeminded women. I must admit though, I do come away from there feeling a little discouraged. I realise that there are too many ideas and projects that I want to do, but by the time I can get round to doing them, something else even more wonderful and inspiring has been done, so then I end up not doing anything. Does anyone else have this problem? I was reading Tam's blog today and I can really relate to what she is talking about. Sometimes, I feel like my head is going to explode because there is just so much going on.

By the way, another good fabric store for cheaper quilting fabrics, dress fabrics, and fantastic buttons, ribbons and trims is Darn Cheap Fabrics. They are so helpful there and I always spend a way too much on fabric and notions that I just have to have. I read over at Meet Me At Mikes that Pip wanted good fabric shop tips. Well this really is a good one. I know it is in Melbourne - sorry to all you girls in Sydney - maybe you can come visit.

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Kimberly said...

Those are gorgeous!!! I'm amazed at how many you made too. Impressive. I'm so glad you're part of the blogging world-you have so much to offer! :-)

Bron said...

These are really impressively made and packaged! Mums at your school would be thrilled! Another great shop is Carmels Fabrics in Mentone - I go there a bit for huge range of low-priced range of quilting material$11 - $17per m and they now have a wool/craft store plus a discount warehouse. I have found Darn Cheap Fabrics disappointing in regards to quilting fabrics, so Carmels is my first choice!

miss marzie said...

thanks for the tip about Carmels in Mentone. I will have to make a trip out there.

Drewzel said...

These are so lovely! I would have come and bought some if i'd known :P
And I totally relate to having so many projects to do and not enough time or resources to do them.
I do agree that sometimes you can end up being "overinspired" and consequently, discouraged in your own ability...sometimes I think it's good to just take a break from the blogs, the shops, Etsy, Flickr, and just go away and make something!