13 December 2009

xmas is coming!

delcious fresh raspberries picked from my grandmas garden - they remind me of summer and of christmas.  it has been a very busy time and i haven't had much time to start getting excited about the xmas holidays, which i love .. So yesterday i took some time to get my decorations sorted and tinseled up a little jade plant in a pot as my tree.  So now my chimney is ready for santa!

The other week I helped out at the Variety Kids Xmas Party, so many kids, and they do an amzing job with rides and free presents to those that are less fortunate. Heres just a couple of pics - one of a ride spinning around, and one of a giant snowman from the party.


02 December 2009

toothy pegs

just finished this time consuming wholesale order of 12 toothbrush pouches, all plastic lined.  They are for the new shop Lamington in Noosa, hopefully! They are a big mixture of recycled fabrics with salvaged demin, upholstery remnants, upcycled tablecloths and, of course, material from grandma's scrap box!


I was lucky as I had some spare time this afternoon as I volunteered at the Variety Kids Christmas Party today instead of the 9-5 office job.  It was great to see so many smiling kids enjoying themselves!

24 November 2009

media month


it’s been a crazy media month for me!  I had a full page in the Herald Sun Home magazine (metropolitan melbourne) on saturday 14th nov ...  I have 50 words in the ‘Peddler Sell Us Your Wares’ on the last page of this edition of Peppermint magazine ...  and I am fortunate enough to be the featured seller in the Designer Spotlight on madeit.  Wow.  

Loving the latest edition of Peppermint!

16 November 2009

rancho relaxo

I found this couch at the opshop and it was the best prop for two bunnies to kick back and relax on as part of my market stall on the weekend.  I think it'll be good for photos for the online stores as well.  I spent all of sunday uploading the market goodies to the online stores.  heres a couple other things I added, i think these pics turned out well.  It feels hit and miss sometimes!

12 November 2009


so i have put those opshop zips to good use and made a stack of purses for the Maribyrnong Makers Market this Saturday and have used reclaimed pillow cases, lovely sheets, tablecloths and fabric remnants.  The pale pink rose purse is actually the same material as my doona cover when i was growing up, though this piece comes from a pillowcase from the RSPCA opshop.  I'll add what doesn't sell to my madeit and etsy shops on sunday.

11 November 2009


My lovely sis-in-law in NZ sent me this pic of stunning peonies, like something from a classic painting.  I must try to find some locally!  Thanks Char xx

tassie cushions

found a great pure linen tabelcloth at the opshop today so made these cushions, now for sale in my madeit shop . . I have some more to make with the rest of the fabric.
also picked up these old zips, love the packaging!  Zip like lightning!

10 November 2009


so i stuck it out last night and had another bag making attempt, this time it all went much better!  I knew using the iron would make a difference!  So i have just added this bag to madeit.  yay! 


09 November 2009


its been a slow day and things went haywire with this bag, the lining in the strap is all a bit screwie - my fault for not using the iron when i should, the strap join is all wonky and half of the pocket is too small to get your hand in completely - so i think this may have to be a bag for me!  I do like the tablecloth print - fresh for summer.  I think my brain is addled today.  Maybe I just need to make some straight forward cushions, and have an early night!


Thank you to Jessica of Imagination In Flight and Bec from One Wise Owl who awarded me this Kreativ Blogger award!

The rules to follow in order to keep this award growing are:
1) Copy the picture and post it on your blog.
2) Thank the person that gave it to you and link to their blog.
3) Write 7 things about yourself we don't know.
4) Choose 7 other bloggers to pass the award to. 
5) Link to those 7 other bloggers.
6) Notify your 7 bloggers.

My 7 picks are:

and here's the 7 things you probably dont know about me....
1.  I don't like vegemite but love promite on toast!
2.  A long time ago I was taught to drive a tractor and a motorbike
3.  I like to trim my own fringe with the nail scissors
4.  I have lived in France, the UK and Canada but Melbourne is home
5.  Hot weather and me don't agree, but i also feel the cold - i need 25 degrees!
6.  I share my house with a cat that likes to leave fur everywhere
7.  And I used to own a horse called Bill

Happy Monday and hope you all have a good week!

ooh and my Tuesday Oranges was in this Treasury . .

07 November 2009

jam drops

My mum, sis-in-law and niece dropped over yesterday, so i whipped up these very easy jam drop bickies for afternoon tea.  I actually made them while they were here waiting for the kettle to boil.  So if you want something quick and easy as a little treat, here's the recipe:

2 cups plain flour                   2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup of sugar                    jam
125 gm butter                       2 eggs

Cream the butter and sugar - i cheated and semi-melted the butter first.  Add eggs one at a time beating well.  Got to love my ancient sunbeam mixmaster.  Add sifted flour (cheated here as well and didn't sift!) and baking powder.  Mix well.  Roll into small balls, place on a greased tray.  Press a hole in the centre, i just used my finger, and place a little jam in the hole.  Bake in a moderate oven for 15 minutes and yum!  Afternoon tea.  They would be good for lunchboxes too.

04 November 2009


Just made these cushions with brilliant retro teatowels and salvaged zips from the opshop.  Loving the colours.  I have listed them on etsy and madeit.  I love the 'tuesday oranges' one - what are the other weekdays i wonder.

spring carnival


well its spring carnival time here in melbourne and I have been to Derby Day and the Cup, and have Oaks day and Stakes to go, so its a full week but been great so far!  My 50's frock from etsy was brilliant yesterday - so comfortable.  Loving catching up for a bubbly with the ladies, seeing the horses and having a tiny flutter.  And love the gorgeous Flemington roses everywhere.

30 October 2009

to market

The Maribyrnong Makers Market is coming up soon, and it's going to be huge!  My friend, the lovely Tracey, and I will be sharing a stall and I am looking forward to it!  I have a couple of weeks off from the day job, so will be jumping on the sewing machine and making loads of goodies,  A perfect time to buy some handmade treats for Christmas presents, I know I'll be stocking up as part of my pledge to buy handmade this xmas.  Might see you there!

25 October 2009


I love coming home on fridays and seeing what has been in my letterbox for the week.  This week I got this fantastic 50's inspired tea dress delivered.  It is custom made for me, so a perfect fit, by sohomode from etsy.  So well made and such a great full skirt with a lovely cinch belt that has rows of velvet ribbon - perfect for the race days ahead.

I also got in the mail a sweet birthday presie for one of my nieces, this lovely dress from Anna of tillytom designs from madeit.  I love the fabric and will be perfect for summer.

And I was also excited to see that my pics for the madeit christmas gift guide were used this saturday - i love apples, so fresh like this picture below by Susannah Tucker Photography and i love these sweet designs.  I have even been using some of the apple soap by The Soap Dish which is locally made. Check out the gift guide to see my other apple picks!

20 October 2009


Just been to the RSPCA op shop again, i can't help myself!  Came back with this great red and white sweet scarf, and these linens - sheets, tablecloth and pillowcases.  Bottom left is my old bed linen pattern from when i was little.  Good to find.  I need to get some more bags happening, they'll go in the wash tonight!

Such gorgeous weather today.  Here's some neighbourhood old fashioned roses in bloom from the end of my street, very very fragrant.  I always stop to smell the roses, do you?

18 October 2009

christmas holly

with my new note book i started doing some scribbling last night and ended up with an idea for a simple christmas decoration, these easy holly leaves.  So i thought i would add in the pattern and basic notes for anyone that wanted to make these - definitely very easy!
here's the pattern i made.  If you want the pdf so you have the actual size to print, email me and i'll be happy to send it to you.
Just cut out two bits of felt and two bits of fabric, good to use up some scraps.  I used pinking shears to reduce fraying on the fabric, and folded the pattern in half when cutting.

 then just sew two pieces together down the middle, and repeat for the other leaf. 

Sew the two leaves together and then either knot some ribbon ends for the holly berries, or attach little bells, or perhaps buttons would be sweet.  i used the zipper foot to get past the little bells.

and voila!  easy peasey christmas decorations for gift wrapping presents, pop in a christmas card as an extra treat or as simple tree ornament.