I was quite suprised to see these 2 "Marfy" design books- complete with pull out pattern sheets, at Savers last weekend-
Monday, 16 October 2017
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Friday, 6 October 2017
I sorted some of my fabrics recently and put a lot of pieces into a box marked " for a quilt"- mainly smallish prints & solid colour pieces. This week I have finally got around to sorting the colours and giving the rotary cutter and cutting mat a thorough work out!
As much as I love knitting blankets and giving them as gifts, they do take several months to knit! Whereas I figure if I already have a heap of strips cut out, I can sew up a simple baby quilt or cushion cover in less than a week. That is the plan anyway!
Thursday, 28 September 2017
I found this sun visor when tidying the spare room the other day ( making room for 3 cousins to have a sleepover!)I think it came from a fundraiser event or conference sometime, can't remember!
But since the weather is warming up, I thought it might come in handy on a sunny day, plus it is nice & compact to carry around. But it was advertising an insurance company!
I quite like the purple colour, just needed to hide the logo.
A quick rummage through my fat quarters stash and sewing tools stash yielded my Dr Who 1/4, and some double sided iron on tape - finally tried the stuff I found at Daiso, worked a treat with the help of some baking paper and my non stick ironing sheet!
Sunday, 24 September 2017
I bought a Hama beads kit years ago when the boys were in primary school. I found that having an activity to do on a playdate after kinder or school worked well, especially when it was a friend visiting for the first time. Some kids are more easy to entertain than others!
Decorating cup cakes or cutting out biscuit shapes- the kids could then go & play, & come back to decorate the biccies- was always a hit. Or even something as simple as a good variety of bubble blowers worked well- outside in the backyard of course!
The hama beads proved a bit more tricky, so we used them more with just us! We had fun making Star Wars decorations for the Christmas tree last year, and I made a heap of minecraft creeper badges for a handmade party bag for Tigerboy's 9th birthday ( gosh was it really that long ago?!)
Saturday, 16 September 2017
The other weekend I got a phone call from my team leader at work. I did wonder why she was calling me on a Saturday- until she explained that she had spotted something on hard rubbish, and wondered if I might like it!
This is what she found-
Monday, 4 September 2017
I had to drop the youngest to school after a 9am dental appointment today. so I figured since I was in the neighbourhood I would make a quick detour to Sydney Road. There are several fabric stores near Albert st ( with parking available off Albert st either in the Woolies car park, or behind Bunnings).
"Unique Fabrics" seem to have expanded and improved their range of fabrics, I'm guessing this was in response to the nearby Spotlight Brunswick closing.
They stock a range of dress fabrics, cottons, and suit fabrics, as well as a small range of stretch/ knit fabric in the back room. I have found some lovely silk remnants in the remnant basket just inside the front door, and have made some cowl/ scarves - very handy for quick presents!
( but of course when I make a quick present I sew it, wrap it and hand it over- completely forgetting to take a photo first!!!)
My favourite fabrics in the store are these vintage upholstery fabrics - I think they are actually the real thing, not reproductions. Looks like no one is buying them though- they are reduced to $7 per metre, which is an absolute steal - I have seen similar fabrics for 5 times that if not more! If only I had another vintage chair to recover - or room in my house to fit another chair!!!
Saturday, 2 September 2017
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Bargain box of coloured threads found in Aldi for $5 - handy for repairs & craft projects, can never have too many different coloured cottons!
Friday, 11 August 2017
Thursday, 10 August 2017
I need a frog for work ( as you do working with toddlers & preschoolers!) and couldn't find my favourite frog toy at work, so I quickly made one tonight ( when I should have been doing the dishes!).
The pattern is an old one, found in a book or possibly from the good old "Australian Women's Weekly".
My mum made one when I was in primary school, in 2 shades of blue, filled with budgie seed courtesy of our 2 pet budgies.
When I started high school I was in " blue" team, known as" Bates house" - the school was originally a girls' school, so the 4 house teams were Bates, Bronte, Nightingale and Chisolm. The blue frog was then named "Bates frog" and was taken to some school sports events in junior high as a team mascot.
I sewed the frog up on the machine before cutting it out, stuffed with some stuffing instead of seeds- I need it to be light so it can bounce around on a parachute or piece of blue fabric.
I will try it out at playgroup tomorrow, singing along to "Der Glumph" and "5 green speckled frogs"!!!
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
I know this satin fabric looks pretty loud, but that is ok because it will never be worn in public- it will be made into pj pants! My pj's tore when I got out of bed this morning, I made them a few years ago, & I cut them a bit too small, so I didn't think they would last too long
Plus the fabric was only $3 per metre from Anne's fabrics in Brunswick. Bargain!
Monday, 31 July 2017
I finally got around to doing some sewing for work yesterday. I found this great black & white fabric- listed on the Rathdowne Fabrics facebook page back in March- as "grand prix themed fabric".
But in the Early Intervention field we also know it as "finished" fabric. The picture symbol for "finished" looks rather like a grand prix flag, and means that an activity is finished, or an object ( toy/game/ ipad etc) is " finished" or "not available".
We often recomend that kinders and chilcare centres use a " finished" cloth to cover a table/ toy set when it it not in use, or to help with the transition from one activity to the next. For example " the puzzles are finished now- time to wash hands for snack time", accompanied by the auslan/ key word sign for " finish", picture card/ schedule for " wash hands"/ " snack time" ( or morning tea etc) and covering the puzzle table with a finished cloth.