Monday, 25 May 2015

My new JUKI

Hi everyone :)

About a month ago I went to AQC and purchased a JUKI! A TL-98P to be exact :)

I have used my new wonderful friend almost every day...and have finished a number of projects on it...including:



A magic cape for T - more on this make another time :)


a few bibs for my mum to gift to a friend

and a few other items that are a secret for the moment...

But I thought you might like to know that one of my worries was unfounded.  I thought the JUKI would be MUCH larger than my old machine...but it isn't! See...

The JUKI a little longer, but my old machine is a little taller :)  
Also do you like the little peek into my new creative space?  More on that at a later time too!

Overall I'm incredibly happy with my new machine and its strength - she be a beast!

If you have any questions about my new JUKI, feel free to ask and I'll answer them as best I can :)
Emma
  For My Little Monster

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Mrs H's Sunburst Clutch

Hi Everyone

I have been pattern testing again for Mrs H :)

This is my version of her new pattern the Sunburst Clutch.


I used pink fabrics from my scrap box along with the pink bird fabric I purchased at AQC a few weeks ago.  I teamed my pink fabrics with silver denim purchased at spotlight (I'm really loving this denim at the moment - I used it very recently...).  For the internal slip pocket I used a scrap from my purple box (its a Melly and me fabric).

This project is a great scrap buster!  The clutch is a great size for a night out and if I was to make it again the only thing I would add would be an external zip pocket on the back (as I just prefer bags that have an external pocket ;D)

The instructions are very thorough - as usual  from Mrs H - and even if you have never paper pieced before, I think you should be able to accomplish this easy pattern, so you could try giving this bag a go as a first attempt at this technique.

For a look at some of the other amazing tester clutches just click here.

Right now Samantha has the clutch pattern on SALE in her Etsy store...just use the code NEWPATTERN15 for 15%off!

My clutch (pictured above) will be available for sale in the "Birds Of A Feather" showcase on 22-24 June 2015 over at Harley B on Facebook.
Emma
For My Little Monster

Friday, 15 May 2015

I made a Jewellery Roll...

Hi everyone

The other day I saw BariJ post this on IG...


And seeing as I had some "Bijoux" just sitting here...I decided I was going to make something to enter :)


I settled on making this Jewellery Roll and decided to gift it to someone special later in the year...so shhhhh your all in on my secret ;)

After a minor disaster...that involved some unpicking.


I managed to finish this beauty!


After I had finished I realised something funny...I had made a jewellery roll in "bijoux" fabric and bijoux (French) means jewellery (English)...so I guess this was meant to be ;)

Outside                                          Inside

On a side note, over all I found the tutorial I used easy to follow, however the 'how to make' of one of the items are not explained in detail (the "straps"), so I had to wing this part of the pattern.  Also I found the measurement for the amount of binding needed was a little short.

The person who gets given this great gift is going to be one lucky lady ;D

Happy sewing!
Emma
For My Little Monster

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Resent finishes from the WIP box :)

Hi everyone

I have been more productive in my sewing since I got my new machine (more about my new Juki TL-98P at another time ;P), and I have even managed to finish a few items from my WIP box :)

M needs some new bibs...and I remembered there were a couple already cut out in my WIP box, so I made them...


I tried doing some free motion sewing around the applique on this one...let's just say it didn't turn out well, so I got out my old and not so shiny machine and fixed it up with some zigzag stitching and it's much better.  This particular bib has turned into M's current favourite which I find funny as I prefer the other one I made...

nananananananana...Batman...T likes this one better too, oh well ;D  

M is a little vomit machine, so he will get lots of use from both ;P

Yay for some finishes I can actually share! I have been working on a few secret projects, and wont be able to share some of them for a while...so its nice to share something!

What have you been working?  Have you finished any WIP's recently?
Emma
For My Little Monster

Monday, 27 April 2015

My trip to the AQC was a success!

Hi Everyone :)

I meant to post this last week as that is when I attended the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne...But our home internet decided to die and be annoying until now, so sorry its a little late :)


I had a VERY successful day.  My aim for the day was to try out a bunch of different sewing machines (which I did), and choose one to purchase - as you all know I have been having nothing but issues with my current machine (which by the way has come back from the doctor and is working again), so hubby and I decided it was time for a new machine that was right for the job (ie: making bags!).  I didn't think I would be purchasing on the spot - but that is what ended up happening!


I bought a JUKI TL-98, and I am so happy I did!  It is a great machine and I have pretty much used it whether the task is big or small, everyday since I picked it up! Apparently purchasing a new machine is good for my sewjo ;P


At the Juki stand I spent some time talking to Molli Sparkles and trying out the Juki


I also purchased a few other small items...

Some cute buttons from the crafty squirrel

Some pretty fabric from Gail B patchwork


and I made sure to stop past Millrose and Quilting Gallery 
to check on Frankie and Dee, creations made by the ever fabulous Jodie (Ric Rac)
and make sure they were behaving themselves ;D

All in all it was a good day :)
Emma
For My Little Monster

Monday, 13 April 2015

No Milk, No Butter and No Eggs...CAKE!

Hi everyone,

Yep, I made a cake with no milk, no butter and no eggs...and it was YUM!



It didn't turn out perfectly, its bottom fell off...but I think that was my silicone bakeware's fault - I hate it it always ruins my cakes - so next time I'm going to use a tin...

Samantha did suggest on IG that maybe I needed to let the cake fully cool before removing it from the bakeware...maybe that was my problem?  I'm always in such a hurry to eat the cake I always take them out of the bakeware early ;)



But once put on a pretty plate and sprinkled with icing sugar you cant tell it has no bottom ;)



The cake was YUM too!  It was light and airy and I will be making it again - its a great recipe to keep in mind for kids parties too with all the food allergies and intolerances that are around these days.

So you want to make your own?


Ingredients:

·  1 and 1/2 cups plain flour
·  1 and 1/4 cup sugar
·  3 tablespoons cacao powder
·  1 teaspoon bi-cab soda
·  1/2 teaspoon salt
·  5 tablespoons canola oil
·  1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
·  1 tablespoon white vinegar
·  1 teaspoon vanilla essence
·  1 cup cold water
·  Icing sugar


Directions:
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cacao, bi-cab soda and salt. Combine well.  Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour in the 2 types of oil, vinegar and vanilla essence into the well. Begin to stir gently, then slowly pour in the water as you stir. Continue to add the water slowly until all water has been added, then stir until thoroughly combined (the cake batter will be thin-ish).
  2. Pour into a greased baking dish. Bake at 180° (fan forced) for 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool then dust with icing sugar.

Serves: 10-12 (depending on how big/small you cut the pieces)
Total time: 10min prep, 30min baking, plus cooling time.

Happy baking!
Emma
For My Little Monster

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Spending the day at Mrs H's House...and she is having a SALE!

Hi Everyone!

The other day I guest posted over at Mrs H's house...

Samantha asked me to pick a few Companion Carpet Bags from the Bag of the Month flickr group to share...do you all know how hard that was? I mean...they...were...all...so...good!

Head over here to see the full post :)

Samantha is also having a SALE to celebrate Spring!
There is a 25% discount on the pattern bundles in her Etsy store with the code BUNDLEBONANZA

There are 3 bundles to choose from...

This 1st one is great!  I really want to make Samantha's Saddlebag one day :) 

I have made the Nappy Bag included in this pattern bundle.  It is a great pattern and I used mine until it fell apart from over stuffing!  I need to make another, but haven't gotten around to it yet...

I have made the Sling Bag from this pattern bundle...and as always, the instructions are so well written!  Well they must be as I made mine when I was in labour to distract myself :) 
The convertible bag is on my list to make too...

So head over  to Samantha's Etsy store right now to get a great deal now!
Emma
For My Little Monster