Thursday, November 27, 2014

Secret Sewing and a clever project.

I'm still doing secret sewing at the moment, so I can't show you my stitching today.  I'm meeting up bright and early with sweet Christine so we can hand in our deposits for next year's NOTYQ retreat. 
It will be great to see her and, finger's crossed, we both get a spot on the retreat.
This is a great project.
A fabulous On-The-Go-Project-Pouch.  It is designed by Angela from Saké Puppets and featured HERE at fabulous Sew Mama Sew.
Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A day with Henry and Friends

Sorry I didn't blog earlier today but I spent the day with my lovely little Henry. We met up with his sweet friend Allison and her little brother James and everyone had heaps of fun at Eltham Lower Park.  I haven't done any sewing yet today but plan to spend this evening putting some finishing touches on some Christmas gifts.
I am immediately in love with anything made by Amy at Nana Company.  And this adorable Advent Calendar is no exception.
Please follow this LINK to the gorgeous pattern and tutorial which is featured on eHow. Many many thanks to Amy.
Hope you enjoyed a wonderful day

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My bounty from beautiful Barb

At our Mill Rosie Get Together I received a fabulous present from my dear friend Barb.  I told Barb I was saving it to open on Christmas day but it kept calling to me, in a seductive little whisper, "Open me, open me". I tried to resist but today I surrendered to temptation and now I have the most beautiful candle mat sitting on my coffee table. (I did take it outside to take the photo).  There was also a gorgeous candle, yummy bag of sweeties and a Christmas mug.
I love Barb's crochet and I love this piece of Christmas cheer.
Spoilt lucky me.  Huge thanks to sweet Barb.

Here is a beautiful project
and here the LINK.  It is very kindly shared by Amy at brilliant Diary of a Quilter.  Thank you so much Amy.
Hope you are having a fabulous day
Ooops, I almost forgot to show you the gorgeous pin cushion that Barb made for me.  Thanks again, Barb.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I Love a Bargain

On Friday afternoon at my sewing group we were chatting about sewing projects with insulated wadding.  This is a pretty expensive product to buy and a bit tricky to find here in Australia.  I have a cheap and very widely available alternative.  An insulated shopping bag such as this one at Aldi for only $2.  
On quite a few occasions I've cut out the lining to insulate an oven mitt or a water bottle holder.  If you are careful how you cut, you can still use the outer bag to carry shopping which doesn't need to be kept cool.

A few people have asked me what I do with the beautiful Michelle Palmer original drawings I buy on Etsy.  
Take a closer look.  They are exquisite. Each one an original.  Each one hand drawn.  Amazing little works of art.
One of the ways I turn them into gifts is to pop down to my local $2 shop (sorry I'm not sure what they are called in the USA or Europe) and buy a little canvas and easel combination for only $2.50.  I then tack the drawing to some fabric and stretch it over the canvas. 
If the canvas is not big enough simply buy a bigger one - the easel will support larger boards too. (I got 5 for $1.50) You can put the little canvas in your stash for using later.  
I think it makes a beautiful and unique gift and is suitable for a friend who rents and is not allowed to put nails or picture hangers into their walls.  I've also given them as gifts to friends in hospital as they are small enough to sit easily on a hospital side table.
Today I wanted to show you the lovely gifts our dear friend and super swap mama, Cheryll,gave to me on her recent visit to the Mill Rosie Get Together. The most beautiful hand turned pincushion and a charming needle holder. Thank you so much dear Chez for my gorgeous gifts.

Here is a LINK to a super cute project.
I found it at fabulous Believe & Inspire where Javeriya shares many of her designs with us.  Huge thanks to Javeriya.
Happy Monday

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Teeny Tiny Christmas

As I've mentioned many times I adore little things.  Miniatures fill my heart with joy.  So when I received these gifts in the Mill Rosie swap I was thrilled.

This little brooch is divine, small and very cute.
It was accompanied by some hot chocolate powder and this beautiful little Christmas tree.
Lucky lucky me.  Enormous thanks to Marina of Maisie and the Boys.

Hexies always catch my eye.  So as soon as I saw these gorgeous coasters I set about finding the pattern.
And HERE it is, accompanied by a fabulous tutorial.  I found it at Wild Olive and would like to thank Mollie very much for sharing it with us all.
Happy Sunday

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More decorated aprons and FNSI

Last night I played along with all the others as part of Friday Night Sew In with Wendy.
I continued to decorate my bargain buy aprons.  I'm having lots of fun doing this and luckily I do enjoy making colonial knots as there are lots on each apron.
Maxie decided to photo bomb the top left picture.

I was very happy to find perfect buttons to finish off this decorated tea towel.

With the festive season approaching lots of us will be travelling around visiting friends and families. If you are flying with a young child I thought this would make a gorgeous gift.  
This Airplane Tray Activity Centre was designed by super clever Trina from Will Sew for Shoes and I think it is a brilliant idea.  It is shared HERE on Sew Mama Sew.  Enormous thanks to Trina for sharing it with us.
Have a wonderful day

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wonderful Michelle Palmer

A couple of weeks ago a bought a few little pieces of art from Michelle Palmer.  I adore her work. All these pieces are destined to become gifts although I may have to keep the littlest bear for me - he has stolen my heart.

I'll be having fun tonight sewing along with my bloggy friends as part of Friday Night Sew In.  Pop over and visit Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts and you can join in too.

Here's a LINK to a super cute little Christmas project which I found at fabulous Candyfloss Ramparts.
Big, big thanks to Kerry for sharing this with us.
Hope you have time for some stitching today
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