Sunday, 29 March 2015

Birthday bag take 2

Hi everyone,

I spent a few days last week making this for a showcase over at Melisa Jane...

Yep, its the birthday bag (take 2), the 1st one I made last year was for my mum's birthday :)

I'm hoping to release the pattern for this bag later in the year (I have a few others on the to-do list to finish 1st though ;D )

Unfortunately my machine is broken again and needs to go to the all pattern writing has to be put on hold - sorry to those waiting to see my next pattern, it will just make take an extra month or 2.  Last time my machine was gone for 10weeks! Hopefully its not gone that long this time :)

What have you been making lately?
For My Little Monster

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I made a Laney - Pattern by Swoon

Hi everyone :)

I took a break from writing my next pattern a few weeks ago, to make my soon to be sister-in-law (I can't believe my baby bro is going to be getting married in the near future - mind blown!), a 30th birthday present.

I had been wanting to make a Laney (pattern by Swoon) for a while, and the style of this bag seemed like something the birthday girl would like. The Laney is a FREE pattern that Alicia (the lady behind the patterns at Swoon) wrote for Pellon Projects.

I can't seem to make anything without changing the pattern!  ha ha ;P

So...the Laney is supposed to be a reversible hobo, however, the version I made is not reversible...well it is, but I haven't made it to actually be used that way ;)

The Laney is supposed to have "ties" that are used as a device for closure, the version I made actually has a white snap as the closure device.

The Laney is not supposed to have any zippered pockets...however, I like zippered pockets, (they are useful!), so I have included an internal one.

I also used H640 instead of the recommended interfacings in the pattern I did this because that is what I had at home...I am very happy with this change, as the bag can hold its own shape now - and it makes it look more substantial while not adding any extra weight.

The fabric used on the outside middle panel is one from my MIL's cupboard, going on what the rest of the print looks like on the panel (that I have left), it looks to have once been a table cloth ;)

Hopefully the birthday girl likes it and uses it a lot :)

(P.S. Did you notice my sneaky comment about my next pattern?  Well, you shouldn't have too long to wait...It should be ready for release in April! YAY :D)

For My Little Monster

Monday, 9 March 2015

My holiday patchwork shop - a review

Hi everyone

A few weeks ago we went on a family holiday to Mildura - it's about 6ish hours drive form Melbourne (my home town). I have to say it is a loooooooong drive with a 6month old, by the end of it M was screaming to get out of the car! But T was a trooper and we made it to our apartment in one piece ;)

While away I thought I would do a spot of fabric shopping at the local patchwork shop.

I have shopped here before (on previous holidays), and the service is always lovely!
As you walk in the front door, you are greeted by this cute vintage machine and mini quilt...

And there is LOTS of fabric to choose from...

This is only a small corner of the store, there is lots to see here! I spent about an hour browsing through all the lovely fabrics and notions and selected a few different fabrics to purchase...

If your in Mildura for a holiday, I recommend stopping in and having a look at what this store has, they also offer sewing classes and you can find more information about those on their website :)

But do take note of their opening hours! Last year I turned up on their door step and they were closed :( so I had to go back another day.

All in all, it was a lovely way to spend nap time, a relaxed shopping outing surrounded by beautiful fabric :)
For My Little Monster

Sunday, 1 March 2015

November, December and January wrap up - coz I got busy :P

Hi everyone

I got busy! So I'm catching up with a BIG post of wrap ups!

Here are the projects I finished in November:

Christmas t-shirts for T's music class friends

A sun hat for T

A Pencil case and a Tutorial!

Traffic lights for Sew Many Books

This "foxy" cushion

I also made more baby pants for M and a tote bag as a birthday present for my SIL - both of which I forgot to take photos of - oops!

And here are the projects I finished in December:

A bag for my Hexie Secret Santa gift 
This bag is made from my own pattern which I hope to have 
available for purchase in Feb 2015 :)

The Companion Carpet Bag - Pattern by Mrs H for The Bag of the Month Club
I was thrilled to be a pattern tester for the January bag of the month!

A Wedding gift for some good friends.

A birthday present for MIL - An apron (sorry, again I forgot to take a photo!)

This January, I have finished, these projects...

The Cecelia bag - pattern by Clover & Violet

A late (SORRY!) Hexie Block for Jacquie from Pebble Lane Studio

Yep, that was a busy couple of months! Oh, and February was quiet as I hurt my finger :( so no sewing for me...but it is starting to get better, so hopefully soon I will be back at the machine!

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Emma clutch tote - patten test

Hi everyone

I was lucky enough to test the 1st version of Amy's new pattern the Emma clutch tote. The Emma clutch tote is Amy's first pattern - so it's pretty great to be popping our pattern releasing cherries so close together ;)

Amy (Ladybugs and Daisychains) has made quite a few changes to the pattern since I tested it for her last year, so mine looks a little different to the version you can make using her pattern now. 

This is a picture taken from Amy's IG feed...

You can see how the handles are made differently in this new version. I actually like this change better as they seem to sit nicer than in the version I made and there would be more usable space within the bag too :)

I have used my Emma clutch tote a few times, and I love the size! It's bigger than a normal clutch, but smaller than an everyday bag - well an everyday bag for someone with 2 kids! I think when I wasn't a parent and I was working full time, this bag would have been fine as an everyday size though :)

Amy has been lovely and offered up a pattern for me to give away! So if you would like to try to win, just enter through the widget below :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Goodluck to all

For My Little Monster

Monday, 16 February 2015 this is killing my creative vibe right now...

Hi everyone    

So, you may have seen recently that I hurt myself...not quite sure how I managed it, but, I have sprained my finger :(

I was cooking up some baby food for M when is started hurting, but there is no one thing I can think of that I did to hurt it quite this badly...

So unfortunately for me no creating is happening as I rest my sore finger.
Hopefully I'll be back to it soon!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

I have some creative crush(es) you?

Hi everyone!

I have quite a few creative crushes...I follow most of them on IG as it is an easy way to get my crush fix every day.  I can see their inspiring images as soon as I log on, and because I don't want to miss anything they post...I keep logging on ;P

Now I have quite a few crushes, so I thought I would share 3 with you today (in no particular order).

First up, Angie (Gnome Angel) and Melissa (Ms Midge) - I bundle these 2 ladies into the same basket as I met them last year on the same day...we shopped and we had lunch, it was lovely.  I love seeing the images they post, and I usually hop over to their blogs semi-regularly too as they are both fantastic writers.  When they write, they make me feel like we have just sat down together and are having a great chat.  Angie sometimes shares great recipes, and I have made this twice and it is yummy!  I also really love the bags she made recently. Melissa actually caused me to go out and purchase fabric from spotlight! When she made these bags and these necessary clutch wallets...I loved it!
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Second is Erin (Dog Under My Desk) - I have been reading her blog for years, but I only recently started following her on IG.  I think I decided to start following her as she has recently moved to Australia (Sydney not Melbourne unfortunately, even though it is way better Erin!  If you ever read this ;P), she is engaged to an Aussie AND she is a pattern designer of bags.  Although I have never made any of her patterns, I enjoy looking at her pictures, (especially the ones of her cute dogs and the ones of her setting up her new sewing room and home).

Last, and certainly not least, we have Abby (things for boys) - Abby is another wonderful lady I have actually met, AND she has 2 boys like me, AND our boys are similar-ish ages (hers are 4 and 1 and mine are 3 and 6 months - but I think thats pretty close).  I love seeing Abby's makes for her boys and for herself...and although I am not brave enough to make myself clothing items, I always think that I should make time to make clothes for my boys more...I also love seeing her eldest boys artworks and evidence of play.

I just noticed that all these ladies are Australian (well are now that Erin has moved here ;D)...
For My Little Monster