Saturday, November 28, 2009


I was on the lawn today, hanging out the washing... I know, boring stuff, but I was enjoying the cool grass and I had pulled out a heap of the prickles a few weeks ago so it would be nice to walk on, and WHAM!! I stepped on a bee! Blimey! I now understand why my kids get so upset and wound up when stung. I haven't had a bee sting in years, but shikes, those little suckers hurt like heck! And right in the nice little soft part of my foot.
So, I am sorry little bee - I didn't mean to step on you - but it wasn't like there was any flowers on the grass where I stepped. How about from now on, you just keep to your flowers and I will try very hard not to step on any more of your friends.

I will leave you with a photo of a gorgeous rose from my garden.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Redondo Cuteness

I know I said I wasn't going to blog my Christmas creations, but this is just soooo cute! Plus I already showed my sister coz I was too excited not to lol

This is for my niece for Christmas. The pattern is the Studio Tantrum - Redondo. She tried DD's on ages ago and never wanted to take it off (even though the waist was huge on her and wouldn't stay up lol) It is the smallest size 86/92 I think? She is nearly 2 but very petite, so it may be a little long. It also has 6 parts, as I wanted to use two fabrics evenly. Putting the fabrics side by side, I wasn't sure they would go so well, but in the skirt they are perfect!

DH saw me cutting it, and he was like "Oh no, not another one of those!" I have only made two, but apparently I left an impression that it was difficult lol I do have a little trouble trying to fit each twirl to the next one, but even with that, this only took me about 3-4 hours including cutting and top-stitching. It should twirl beautifully with the extra gore and the fact that the waist is so tiny!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Have You Met My Pet Elephant?

Well here he is!

My DD was being creative this morning, and was running around the house looking for bits and pieces to create this darling elephant. I only had to cut the ear shape, she did all the rest. He trunk is up in the air (the straws) as he is trumpeting.
I think he is pretty cute, and he has some very good features - he doesn't make a mess and is fully recyclable! :)

I would love to show you some of my crafty happenings, but alas, they are all for Christmas presents, and as many of my family members do stop by for a browse, I won't be able to show until after Christmas *sigh* which is so much closer than I wish it was. Though I might take some sneak peeks and pop them up instead :)


Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Handmade Dress Patterns GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

The Handmade Dress Patterns GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

I just had to link to this - what a great giveaway :)


Bias Binding is Fun!

Well making it is :) Now that someone shared a wonderful tutorial on how to make it quickly and simply, but to also use a whole fat quarter and not waste any.
The tutorial I am talking about can be found here:

I needed some binding today from a piece of fabric that was longer and skinnier than a fat quarter, and I wasn't sure if it was going to work. But I squared it up and followed the instructions, and perfect binding. The more you make, the quicker it gets too. At first I was a little unsure about all the joins because you are using even the smallest cuts of fabric, but they look fine once they are in a garment or on a project.

I love learning how to do things better, and if I can do it quicker, bonus!