Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New clothes

I finally got around to tracing some patterns from my Ottobre magazines. These are pants from issue 3/2006. I am not sure why I was putting off doing this. It was not hard to trace the pattern and the instructions were very clear. Now I know they fit I'd better make some for her sister.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Weekend News

A day of normal weekend stuff today.
  • A bit of cleaning, a bit of gardening and mowing.
  • Trying to weed as the girls tried to pull out the vegetable seedlings.
  • Cooking cannelloni for dinner.
  • Cleaning and reorganising the craft/spare room.
  • A little bit of crafting - a very bright, very happening frog.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Some photos of my new niece Lysbeth. She is so tiny and perfect in every way.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's a girl!

My sister just rang and I am an Aunty and the girls have a little cousin! She was 5 weeks early so I don't think she has a name yet as I imagine this was a bit of a shock to them.
We just got back from their place yesterday after spending the night. This is what Jane looked like yesterday.
The girls tried to help in the garden.
Mum came to visit as well and cleaned the windows. I'm so excited - it is fantastic to have a new baby around!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Making 2D into 3D

I find making my drawings into 3D the hardest thing. For starters I can't draw. Everything looks the same. I have these great images in my head and it is frustrating not to be able to get them on paper. I always end up making a prototype and adjusting it and making another etc.
So here is what has been in my head this week. A lot of work needs to be done to make them match the picture in my head.
I decided after my wombat that I need to do some more Australian animals so at the front is the start of an echidna.

A little sheep for my sister's baby that is due in 5 weeks and another giraffe.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Summer Skirts

Some more nice weather down here inspired me to make some skirts for the girls. They are a bit big, but that means that they will fit all summer.
The poor little things had their 18 month immunisations this week and they were not happy. Amelia managed to get over it quite quickly and run up and down the hospital corridors while Grace sat in my lap and wouldn't get up as Amelia tried to cause havoc. I eventually got them out of there and went to the bakery to try and make ourselves feel better and in the chaos we only lost one shoe.
Meet Basil.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Morris the Wombat

Go check out the Madame Butterfly Gallery which is now updated daily with interesting reads. Have a look in the Creative Cabinet and there is an interview with me today.
Introducing Morris the Wombat who is available here.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


I have finally finished my wombat that has been a work in progress for weeks (months?). It was very boring in just one colour, so inspired by vintage soft toy books and the wonderful works here, here, here and here the gusset and the ears have some colour. The wool is a piece that Chris' Mum gave me - she has boxes full of old fabric that I have only quickly gone through, but I quickly spotted the wool (my second favourite textile after silk).

I was going to make the girls lots of summer clothes but the winter weather returned and I wasn't inspired so here are some more giraffes.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tax and Frogs

We have just spent the morning in an office with the accountant and two small children doing our tax. Do I need to explain any more?
To end on a happier note here are two frogs who will be off to the UK to make a new home.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Creative Embroidery

I saw this book by Joan Nicholson on Vintage Pleasures recently. I found it very cheap on ebay and it was worth it. It has a section on how to do the stitches and wonderful pages of ideas like the two below.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Shir it up

The weather is warming up and I think the girls might need some dresses soon. Here is my first try at shirring and this little sample seemed to work so hopefully I will have dresses to show before Chris goes back to work.
The most amazing parcel came today from Cathy. I seemed to be pulling stuff out of the package for ages. Lovely dyed wool, Great stickers, ribbon and cards made from her original stamps, lovely paper and the cutest whale appliques for the girls. I know there a couple left in her shop. Thankyou so much If anyone lives near a Textile Traders I saw a bolt of Denyse Schmidt fabric in one today. I looked high and low for more, but there was just one solitary bolt.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Little Piggy and Bunny

This is what happens when you can't be bothered trying to sew the body together on a softie with already stuffed arms and legs shoved inside. I know I could leave a bit open and handsew it up afterwards, but it never looks quite right to me. So here they are lovely cuddly pig and bunny minus limbs.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

On the farm

We did another trek around the countryside this week. A few days at Mum and Dad's farm and then we spent Thursday at my sister Jane's place. So no craft this week, but lots of cute pictures of the girls helping out and talking to the animals.
Chris has just taken the girls for a walk so I'm off sewing while I can, but first a couple of links.
I listened to the Material Mama podcast whilst driving. She has written a fantastic sewing manifesto. And here is a great list of things that are annoying when sewing.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Frogs, Ducks and Croup

Some good and some not so good this weekend. Amelia had croup last night and it freaked me out a bit. I have never seen a child with croup and she was quite distressed so Chris took her to the hospital and they stayed the night. Chris said she is fine this morning and Grace and I are hoping they are home soon.
They had a great day otherwise, they spent a fair bit of it playing with some new toys from the toy library.
Other good things - Rolf didn't eat all the ducklings and their mother in the back garden. Chris managed to spot them and he had Rolf while I helped them back through the fence. My hair is shorter and blonder. I managed to finish this frog which has been half made for months. There was a sewing incident and somehow I cut through the bottom bit of fabric so I found something that matched and some ribbon and here it is:

Some new patterns. I think I might be overestimating what I can manage to sew this school holidays, but I can always hope.

Simplicity 4171

Butterick 4802

Either Butterick 4849 or the Hotpatterns Hippy Chick Dress