Thursday, January 15, 2009



Finely embellished this pincushion that I have been using for a few weeks now. The button I have had for many years and now it finely has its resting place! ;)



I love these quilting pins and wanted to take them with me while caravaning. With a bit of head scratching I came up with this container, which from memory I purchased alfalfa sprouts in it. If you have followed this blog, you will be getting the idea that I do hoard things here. You would be correct! :D

Anyway with a little bit of prodding, the pincushion fits nicely and have to thank Home Made by Sallyanne for planting the seed in my head, as she has done something similar so that she can also take her own pincushion travelling. Sallyanne also managed to pick up a quite a bit of craft material from Spotlight for me. Gosh I wished I lived closer to a Spotlight but then again, perhaps it isn’t a good idea! LOL

I am going to wash some of that Spotlight fabric now.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

T-Shirts for myself

T Shirts

Because it has been a number of years since I have done any sewing, it does take a bit of hunting to find lost items in my cupboards. I was looking for my Embroidery Hoop, which I did find and also found many other items that haven’t seen the light of day for many years.

I found a bundle of cut out T-Shirts waiting to be sewn up. I also found a numerous zips that will come in very handy with my crafts.  Heaps of cut out knickers with only the elastic to sew on. Lots of cards of elastic also in the cupboard so I really should finish those knickers. These are leftover’s from the days of my small sewing and fabric business that I ran from home.

I decided to sew up three of the T-Shirts. They will be handy for myself when hubby and I set off on our annual holiday by the beach later this month.

After many years of non use, I knew my overlocker was going to feel the pain when I first used it so a good service was put into action. It runs beautiful now without any complaints. I have to admit I did enjoy sitting in front of the machine with foot to the pedal sewing garments for myself.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Storage Bags for Crafts

Plastic Storage Bags

When fossicking around in by cupboards I do often come across the occasional gem.

Now, once upon a time I did consider this roll of plastic useless but kept it just in case I found a use for it. The plastic with paper is meant for covering books but I never used it because I preferred the contact type. I can’t even remember how I became owner of this roll, but do know that I never purchased it.

Needing protection for my hand sewing while away on holidays later this month, I realised I needed some sturdy plastic bags to keep my projects sorted and safe from the elements when caravaning.

Plastic Storage Bags for crafts

Having also found a pile of zips stashed away from a past life, I then proceeded to make five plastic storage bags that vary from 12 1/2” to 19” long. They are all 12 1/4” wide. The one in the image above is 15” long.

I am rather happy with getting these sewn up this afternoon, because time is fast running out with the holiday date not far away now…..said rubbing my hands together gleefully!

Happy sewing!

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Balls

Isn't it frustrating when you see something you like on the Internet and then can't find it again. With me scratching my head to remember how to go about making these Christmas tree decorations that I had seen on the Internet, it all soon came back to me. Perhaps the old brain isn't' as bad as I thought.

As you can see I did bead some wire for one ball to hang from. I think I prefer the ribbons.

I am going to make more of these Christmas tree balls for next Christmas while away on our holidays by the beach later this month. No sewing required but must remember to pack the glue gun in our caravan. I am also taking my BOM with me as my first month will be in progress by then. I am looking forward to the embroidery and do hope that there is some to do on my first block. Hopefully I will find that out today if it turns up in the post.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christmas Potholders

Christmas Potholders

With fabric to spare from my Flop Containers, I decided to make up some Potholders to give my kitchen a Christmas flavour. They are now packed away for the next festive season.

That reminds me, I also made some Christmas Tree decorations. I will take a photo of them before I pack them away and post them to this blog, so stay tuned for that post.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Flop Containers

Because I wanted to keep the Shopping Bag Tutorial together, showing you these Flop Containers has been delayed. Also they are gifts to my kids with homemade biscuits inside them to make a little more for their Christmas presents from me. Now they have been unwrapped, I know I am not letting any secrets out. ;)

Flop Containers

Well what a disappointment :(….. I thought I had taken photos of the gifts ready to wrap up but must have forgotten. Thankfully I did take photos at the time I had sewn the containers up.

To be a little different to what I have seen on the Internet, I decided to use a loop with button on the corners. The corners are more 'relaxed' done this way instead of using ties but I rather like it. Makes storage a little easier when packed away in a cupboard compared to the sewn up corners as well.

My problem was finding large buttons, as I don't have a store close to me and I was running out of time. The light bulb lit up during the night when I was supposed to be sleeping and the idea of using stuffed yo-yo's popped into my head. This is the result from that idea. I used a 1.2 inch (30mm) diameter yo-yo maker, as you see in the image below then decorated them with a red button.


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Friday, January 2, 2009

Journal Cover

Journal Cover

Well I should never misplace my journal again with a new and very bright hot pink cover to replace the original black icky one. Click on the image above for a larger view.

With a bit of trial and error I have come up with this journal cover, which I consider a prototype for future projects. I may even make a tutorial out of my next one but that won’t be yet for awhile. I do have other items that need sewing first.

Until next time, happy sewing!

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!


I would like to wish all my readers a wonderful and healthy Happy New Year.