Wednesday 30 October 2013

My 31st Birthday...a late update.

Hi Everyone

I have had such a busy couple of weeks finishing things off and organising some little surprises for friends and family who have birthdays coming up next month, that I'm a little behind in writing and sharing here on the blog :)

Today I thought I would share some of the lovely and generous sewing related gifts I received for my birthday this year :)

Some wonder clips - I cant wait to use them!
These were purchased here, from a lovely shop owner in Tasmania :)

A stitch regulator - I'm hoping this will make my English paper piecing easier and quicker :)
Purchased here.

A turn it all kit - this will be extremely useful!

I also received some books:

(Source* & Source*)
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 Sew!* by Cath Kidston anZakka Style* with projects gathered by Rashida Coleman-Hale 

Aren't I a lucky, lucky girl :)
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Saturday 26 October 2013

5 favourites

Hi everyone :)

I haven't written a favourite 5 post before, but I wanted to share a little more about me! 

So here are my 5 favourites for you all:

ONE - My 5 favourite things the Little Monster says (at the moment) are:

1. In goes (in it goes)

2. New bapppy (new nappy)

3. Oh yeah 

4. Ig huggy (big hugs/cuddles)

5. Pees (please)

TWO - My 5 favourite blog posts that I read last week (I'm a little behind in my blog reading :P) were:

2. See Kate Sew - Floral trucker hat DIY

3. Sew Delicious - Rewind and Rebind 

5. Lil Pip Designs - Am I getting old?

THREE - My 5 favourite recipes to make at the moment are:

1. Creamy chicken and vegetable soup - from Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes* by Annabel Karmel

2. Thai green curry - from Superfoods for Babies and Children* by Annabel Karmel (this is the Little Monsters favourite too!)

3. Minestrone soup - from Low cholesterol recipes for life, from the better living collection (hubby loves this too!).  I bought this particular recipe book from a local op-shop, but it does seem to be available here too.

4. Sweet and sour chicken balls with rice - from Superfoods for Babies and Children* by Annabel Karmel

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Did you notice that the majority of my favourite recipes here are from Annabel Karmel's books? I only own 2 of them, but they are great tasting dishes and have helped the little monster to not be too fussy an eater :)

FOUR - My 5 favourite must makes (for me):

1. A Set of Coasters using this tutorial.

2. A hexie sewing kit using this tutorial.

3. A sewing kit/caddy for the car using this tutorial.

4. Some fabric boxes - using this tutorial.   Or if I need them in a hurry...some fabric covered boxes...

5. Some new cushion covers using this tutorial.

FIVE - My 5 favourite pins at the moment are:

3. A Letter for you - zipper pouch

Hope you have all enjoyed my favourite finds :)
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Friday 18 October 2013

Sings: It's my birthday and I can have a sale if I want too...

Hi everyone

Yep...its my birthday, I'm turning 31 today!

And I'm having a SALE in both of my shops :D

Use the coupon code: ITSMYBIRTHDAY at the checkout

etsy: here 

madeit: here

This code will give you 50% off ALL ITEMS in store!

Yep, I'm having a major sale, as I'm hoping to spread some of my birthday love!

Happy birthday to me...

Sunday 13 October 2013

Mood Board Monday | Tropical

Hi everyone,

Today I'm joining in with mood board monday, and it is hosted over here:

This weeks Mood board Monday theme is "Tropical", seeing as summer is on the way here in Australia, I was quite excited by some of these tropical finds!

Here is my mood board:

1. Make your own mason jar cosies with this tutorial - a fun way to have a cold drink in summer!

2. Tropical fruit party decorations - what a fun idea for a summer party :D

3. Make your own tropical themed table runner with this tutorial.

4. Palm trees on your nails?  Yes please!

5. is it a pineapple? No!  Its a pumpkin :D  With halloween not far away, this tutorial/activity might be fun to do with the kiddies...

6. Yummy tropical (colour blocked) Icy poles, I will be making these for the little monster this summer (but using fruit juice instead of alcohol!) :D

7. A paper umbrella wreath - this is soooo pretty!

8. A tropical beach bag tutorial - I could do with a new bag to take to the beach :)

Let me know if you decide to join in, I'll pop over for a look at your board!
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Saturday 12 October 2013

And Sew We Craft's Photo-a-day September wrap-up

Hi everyone,

This post is also a little late...but incase you dong follow me on Instagram, I thought you might like to have a look what I came up with for the challenge :)

Here is the list of prompts...

Here my photos...
Day 1-10*
*Day 3 is missing from this collage as I posted a video, 
you can pop over to Instagram to have a look if your interested :)

Day Day 11-19

Day 20-28

Day 29-30

There is still time if you want to join in for October :)  More information can be found here.

Here are the prompts for October:

Hope to see you on Instagram soon :)
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Wednesday 9 October 2013

WIP Wednesday

Hi everyone

Today I'm joining in over here...

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Here are all my Works In Progress (WIP) at the moment:

1. The Little Monster's quiet book (for his birthday - you can see the finished pages here).

I didn't manage to finish all the pages I had planned to in time for his I will be working on this project for the next little while.

I'm working on the Robot page at the moment: 

2. I'm still working on my necessary clutch that I started in selfish sewing week (also here and here)...luckily the parts I was waiting on have arrived, so hopefully I can find some time to work on this soon!

3. I am working on 2 playhouses at the is a sneak peak:

One is already sold and the other will be for sale in my shop as soon as it is finished :)

4. This embroidery piece is almost finished...

Once it is, I will be writing a tutorial so you I'll be able to create your own!

5. I have just started working on the 1st of 14 blocks for a swap with some lovely crafty ladies I met on Facebook.  In 14 months time I will have 14 hexie diamond blocks to make a quilt, and I will have made various coloured blocks in my fellow swap partners colours :)

Here is my progress on the 1st diamond block:

6. My crochet scarf for the ASWC crochet along  has stalled :(  I havent picked this project up in ages...I fear I may never finish this item (just like I never finished knitting that 1st scarf all those many years ago)...

What are you working on right now?
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Sunday 6 October 2013

Mood Board Monday | Taking Flight

Hi everyone,

I can't believe I missed last weeks "Hexagonal" mood board party...I was just too busy with selfish sewing week to post some great finds for you all to drool over...oh well :P

Mood board monday is hosted over here:

This weeks Mood board Monday theme is "Taking flight", and here is my mood board:

1. An owl costume (toddler/young child) and a tutorial so you can make your own.
2. A lovely scrap busting mini bird quilt and a link to the downloadable pattern can be found here.
3. An activity to do with the kiddies, make some foot aeroplanes!
4. A cute bird watching over the nest quilt top.
5. A butterfly cushion...and some instructions to make your own :D
6. A 3rd cute bird mini quilt...
7. Another craft activity to do with the kiddies, why not make some egg carton birds :)
8. I can't seem to get enough of the bird quilts this is another one - so cute!
9. Here is an owl costume and tutorial for you (baby/toddler - as long as they still wear a onesie :P)

Let me know if you decide to join in, I'll pop over for a look at your board!
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Friday 4 October 2013

September wrap up of finished projects.

Hi everyone,

This post is a bit late...but here are the items I finished in the month of September:

A batman teapot for the little monster and a teapot challenge :)

A monster for Bradley McC...

A lovely house that was available in my shop...
It was snapped up within an hour of being listed
...I think I'll have to make a few more :D

A hat and scarf for a special little baby boy :)

An apron for selfish sewing week

A fold over clutch for selfish sewing week

A productive month I think!
Emma :)
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