Another WIP-busting finish :: hexie dilly bag {blogtoberfest day 21}

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I fell off ye olde Blogtoberfest bandwagon, didn’t I? Last weekend, I was unwell. On the Friday, I went from tired with a yucky throat, to exhausted and swallowing golf balls within a couple of hours. I hit publish on the post sharing the boys birthday cakes, collected the children from their various activities, and took myself off to bed. The cakes I wrote about

Pinafore upcycle :: A DIY skirt from a favourite dress

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In the depths of my WIP box, I found a pinny. A well loved little linen pinafore from the now defunct TillyTom, made from some of my favourite Echino linen. It had lost a button, and, well, mending isn’t eaxctly one of my favourite jobs, so into the box it went for “another day”…until one day was too late and the size 1-2 pinny wouldn’t

on decluttering, mojo and WIP busting

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The final frontier of my recent decluttering and clean-out was finishing up my studio. Yeah, that old chestnut. But enough was enough. Last week Car & I had a few craft-room-cleaning-sprints – we would catch up on Facebook, and then on the count of three, go our hardest for 15 solid minutes before reporting back. I found the first one, after 5 minutes I was

On sewing a production line :: shortcuts to take (and some to avoid!)

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You would think, having shared a “must make” list back in January, that by the time July rolled around I would have every made that I wanted to take on our trip. So then why did I find myself sitting up until midnight every night, the week before our trip? Because I am a gold-medal level procrastinator, that’s why. What I was aiming for, was

On sewing with vintage patterns::what I’ve learned

VINTAGE FEATURED

The pile of patterns from my mum were best categorised, for the most part, as “dear goodness the 90s weren’t good for anyone were they?”, but in between the wide-collar jumpsuits (adults) and smocked dresses (toddlers), I hit the jackpot. Based on the newspaper on which a pattern piece was traced on, the pattern dates from at least 1957. My favourite snippet of the paper

on persistent dreams & grown up plans

inventor dress up

It varies, from week to week, from pilot, to engineer, to inventor. Though I guess they all have an engineering kind of common thread running through them. He’s a child who loves to know how things work, who’ll question and think and question some more. As a toddler, he spoke early and spoke constantly – especially “why?”. “Why why why why but why mummy? ”

Kissing Fish AKA The Aussie Aviatrix Quiltalong

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I am so excited to finally be able to show you this quilt. I have shared the centre medallion previously, but have had the final photos under embargo until this week when the quiltalong wraps up.   {round of applause for the excellent quilt-holding-and-foot-modelling skills of Mr Barefoot} It is a quilt, quite literally, built on blood, sweat & tears. From the three days of

end of year teacher care package

teacher gift

Am I the only one who tends to compare how much I like a person with how much I like a fabric I will be sewing with for them? When Beetle’s baby quilt arrived, I was blown away and touched on many levels, not the least of which was my beautiful friends had sewn with one of my favourite fabric ranges, which I’m led to

a-camping we will go…

  Now Beetle is getting bigger, the Phil & Ted’s Nest that we were using as a portacot isn’t really an option any more – it’s a fantastic little bed, and so quick & easy to set up, but being low & bendable, the little rotter can just push down & crawl out of it, and had, on more than one occasion recently, simply rolled