Monday, 31 October 2011
Halloween has been and gone. Lots of fun, lots of lollies, lots of chips, lots of fakery fake skeletons, bats and scary things.
Plenty of bubbles for the adults.
Not so much of the watermelon was eaten ....
Hope your Halloween was fun.
'til next time xoxo cat
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Firstly....I reclaimed a big frame from Ikea (about 1m high x 70cm wide) from some of my earlier (and somewhat dodgy) artwork.
The sign started out very sedately.....a mock-up emailed to Cat using one of our all time favourite 'moda sweetwater' fabrics and some wool hot pink and charcoal felt.
Then - in my usual crafty manner....you know...that one when you can't leave something alone....hey....why play safe...let's go something a little more vibrant....
Gorgeous hexagon patchwork background ....should be happy right??
Noooo....one of my favourite decorating mantras is 'more is more'....so....here is our final market sign below.
....at least we won't be missed!!!
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
All ten of my zip pouch sewing kits are now finished for the Christmas Twilight Market. I've very happily crossed them off the list. Here are the fronts:
I found a parcel from Fabricworm in my letterbox yesterday, containing a fat quarter set of Prints Charming's new Daisy Chain line for Kokka - how gorgeous is it!
I bought a yard of the pink birds too (well actually they're orange, but I think the colourway is pink):
I saw Rita's gorgeous placemats using Melody Miller's Ruby Star Spring fabric, and was lucky enough to nip across and put them into my Etsy cart and check out! This photo of the placemats is from Rita's blog, Red Pepper Quilts.
Monday, 24 October 2011
Today I've finished five little zip-pouches, which will live their lives happily as homes for our sewing kits (and I've 'almost finished' another five):
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Yesterday my lovely hubby Doug took me to the Eagle Farm races in Brisbane and we had a gorgeous afternoon at a function in 'The Laboratory' chatting, betting and sipping 'bubbles.
Now...call me old and I haven't been to the races for a year or two - but I was absolutely 'gobsmacked' when we walked through the main gates at around noon and I noticed quite a few 'young ladies' missing the bottom half of their dresses and performing gravity-defying-stunts by teetering on REALLY high heels.
Sadly I do not have any photographic evidence as I did not want to be exposed on the evening news as some kind of pervert who takes saucy photo's.
Anyway...6pm and leaving the track bought a whole new realm of 'entertainment' and what I also want to know is......... Are there are a bunch of 'adult entertainers' running around Brisbane looking to get their outfits back!?
have a fabulous week all.
p.s....Kim, Khloe and Kourtney.....you have ALOT to answer for!
I am going cross-eyed from the amount of 'production-line-sewing' I've done this weekend, so am taking a computer+wine break. Ah, quality time.
No one loves a post without a pic, so here's one I made earlier ... totally unrelated to this weekend's sewing ... a Union Jack cushion made for our lovely friend K. I so love it, particularly the Sweetwater Authentic text fabric. Vee and I are both hoarding that fabric and hoping our stash never runs out ...
We're on track for the Christmas Market being held at a local school on Friday, 18 November. This weekend has been all about coasters, sewing kits and drawstring bags for our made by mee cushiony friend kits, and fancy that jewellery kits.
I haven't run a needle through my finger a'la'Vee (so loved the pic of her band-aid finger, with wine lurking in the background), but I have burnt my thumb on the iron, and broken a needle courtesy of the zipper foot.
And now it's back to the sewing ... as soon as I finish my wine.
Happy weekend everyone xoxo cat
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
All in all it was a very successful sewing session with only a couple of mishaps.
One being my middle finger....which I accidentally ran over with the machine (ouch) and the other two found only this morning on close inspection of my handiwork.....Nothing a quick unpick couldn't fix.
On the upside though......sewing late at night with wine is just way more enjoyable and my finger didn't hurt nearly as much last night as it did when I woke up this morning!
On the downside....have eaten 3 chocolate muffins, a marshmallow chocolate 'fush' and a bag of salt and vinegar 'chups' today. (all before lunch)
Today, however is a new day....a cancelled exercise session (too tired) and couple of coffees this morning (thanks to a rescue coffee pod pack from our girlfriend Evelyn) and I've been sewing up a storm....10 purses finished and now only 50 or so pincushions to make!!
.....so much too for my fabulous willpower to commit to 'Octsober'.....I can safely (and sheepishly) say that I lasted all of 2 days. (My mum Marilyn has been a great support commenting on the fact that if I give up wine I just won't be as creative....thanks Mum, wise words)
Monday, 17 October 2011
Here's what we got up to:
:: we went and saw this movie:
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Letter to my mum.....
It's your slack daughter here.......yes, me, the one who has been meaning to make you cushions for the last year!!
I know you thought I had forgotten, but the truth is, every time I looked at all that white in the cute owl fabric I struggled with sewing you some plain cushions to match your stylish bedroom.
I know you really LOVED that Alexander Henry Hoot fabric....so - I started with that cute little owl in the centre of the 'London to Paris' cushion and voila...this is what you've ended up with.
A word of advice - pack a bigger suitcase when you come to visit and if you don't love these cushions I shall sell them at our Christmas Markets and buy you some from Pillow Talk!!
We can't wait to see you in two weeks.
Love and kisses,
your 'slack ar$e' daughter vee
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
I did see that Sweetwater's Reunion has been released in pre-cuts, and so snapped up a FQ set from this lovely online shop - it arrived overnight, which made me very happy indeed. I do so love the bunting fabric ... and, as always, the text fabric.
And then I saw Rita's gorgeous quilt using Prints Charming's new Daisy Chain range for Kokka. Rita very kindly mentioned that Fabricworm had Daisy Chain in stock, so it was a few clicks of the mouse 'til a pink FQ set was in my cart ...
I should confess here that my fabric-purchasing willpower is much weaker than Vee's ... at least now though I'm slowly making a dent in the stash.
Sorry there are no actual pics of these gorgeous new fabrics, but I haven't yet worked out how to post pics from other websites ... a bit of blogging 101 is in order. But please do click on all the links, so you can have your own little stickybeak at the lovely fabrics.
And so to end with a photo, here's a very fab cushion made by Vee last year and which now graces my lounge - I'm thinking that the segue is "oh deer, did I really buy MORE fabric ...!":
'til next time xoxo cat
Monday, 10 October 2011
I took off for a quick 24 hour round trip to Sydney for my gorgeous nephew's first birthday over the weekend - I do love me a piece of dinosaur cake with my champagne ...
While I was snaffling cake and champagne with the 1-year-old crowd, a birthday party was happening back up here, for an older crowd - think jumping castle, rather than plastic-rainbow-ball-playpen-pit.
Vee and I shared some fabric to make a quilt and Pipsqueak cushion as our birthday pressies - we used gorgeous Heather Baileys, with a bit of hot pink AMH and some precious Sweetwater Authentic:
The quilt binding is scrappy (our favourite kind!):
And the quilt-back is made from a fabulous Ikea house print that we both love:
Pipsqueak has been fancied up with some wool felt, fabric and perle 8 thread, to look super cute inside her little patchworked house:
Most of the fabrics were purchased from this gorgeous shop, and of course the sweet Pipsqueak is a screen-printed panel of our own creation (pop across to our very own shop to have a look at all our little screen-printed Pipsqueaks and her friends).
Vee and I are now back to sewing for the shop, and the looming Christmas market, which is being held on November 18.
Hope your weekend was a good one.
'til next time xoxo cat
Thursday, 6 October 2011
A super quick post. My lovely friend Helen is coming to stay overnight, so I thought I'd post a pic of the little throw I made for her 40th last year.
It's only little, and mainly in shades of green. Can you spot the tiny detail in the middle - the Heather Ross cat on hot pink, called 'Helen'? I would so love for Heather Ross to have called one of her animals 'Cat' ... even if I ended up being one of her goldfish, I would be totally fine with that.
Vee and I are taking lots of photos tomorrow, so look out for some pic-heavy posts coming up.
'til next time xoxo cat
This is the gorgeous Millie Mischief. She loves to collect tiny treasures and carry them in her tiny handbag. She also loves to create fabulous imaginary worlds, and populate them with her tiny toys, who all talk in very high pitched voices. A lovely tea party never goes astray either, and Millie is quite the tiny food gourmand - think meringue mushrooms and fancy chocolates.
Do you have a Millie Mischief in your life?
Millie Mischief can be screen printed in hot pink or charcoal onto calico. Her made by mee cushiony kit lives inside a matching drawstring bag, and contains a patchworked cushion front, a cushion back, instructions, wool felt and embroidery floss for your crafty kid to embellish. She is suitable for crafty kids of all shapes and sizes, within an 8 to 108 age range. An adult should be on hand to wield an iron and sewing machine.
Pop across to our shop to have a look at Millie Mischief and her mee friends. The Millie photos in our shop, show Millie with some felt and floss embellishments, unlike our pic here. We can package her up and send her flying straight into the arms of your crafty kid.
'til next time xoxo cat
Saturday, 1 October 2011
I must say though, that we did have a lovely break in Sydney and hopefully next time I go back will be with Cat, to do a workshop with those creative, clever Prints Charming girls.
Here's a couple of holiday snaps that especially 'tickled my fancy'!!!
Finn McTrickster loves to 'hoon' around on his scooter and skateboard, he enjoys talking (or perhaps the sound of his own voice!) and asking lots of questions. In his quiet moments, Finn loves to invent wonderful, far-fetched stories to whisper to his made by mee friends Pipsqueak, Millie Mischief, Lisey-Lou and Bela Blue.
Finn McTrickster is one of our limited edition screen printed (on calico) made by mee cushiony friend kits. He comes in his own little drawstring bag, and has been designed for crafty kids aged 8 to 108.
All of the hard work has been done for you. Inside his little bag, you'll find easy to follow instructions, a patchworked cushion front - already sewn together and ready to embroider, a cushion back, and wool felt and embroidery floss to decorate Finn to your heart's content. For younger kids an adult should be on hand to wield an iron, and to sew Finn together.
Finn McTrickster can be printed in chocolate, orange or grey.
Does the crafty kid in your world have a place in their room for Finn McTrickster?
Pipsqueak loves to sing and dress up in her mum's shoes. She is easily distracted by all things shiny and enjoys playdates with her made by mee friends Finn McTrickster, Lisey-Lou, Bela Blue and Millie Mischief. When Pipsqueak is tired from all of these awesome activities she loves nothing more than to curl up in a patch of sunshine for a dreamy afternoon snooze.
Pipsqueak is one of our limited edition screen printed (on calico) made by mee cushiony friend kits. She comes in her own little drawstring bag, and has been designed for crafty kids aged 8 to 108.
All of the hard work has been done for you. Inside her little bag, you'll find easy to follow instructions, a patchworked cushion front - already sewn together and ready to embroider, a cushion back, and wool felt and embroidery floss to decorate Pip to your heart's content. For younger kids an adult should be on hand to wield an iron, and to sew Bela Blue together.
Pipsqueak can be printed in chocolate or grassy green.
Does the crafty kid in your world have a place on their bed for Pipsqueak? Pop across to our little shop and sneak a peak today.