Friday, November 27, 2015

Flowering Snowball

I'm so addicted to the Southern Fabric Instagram feed. Recently there have been a number of Cotton and Steel mini swaps coming through and my favourite was actually available on Etsy as a kit. 

Unfortunately, and inevitably, they'd sold out but with many blog entries on these projects I was able to determine how to diy! 

I got myself a small selection of C&S fat quarters from The Quilters Store and followed the tutorial at

A big thank you to Lisa at In the Boondocks for her tip on fabric quantities.

So here it is! My first foray into curves and, I have to say, it wasn't as hard as I thought. 

The background fabric has many different baking recipes which tickled my fancy. I love this modern fashion at the mo of using an obvious pattern in the background/sashing of one's quilts.

For the back (which won't be seen being on a door!) I used a chunk of Fluro chevron my cousin gave me and just navy Kona.
My sashiko stitching needs practice and I confess hand stitching in cream on those random patterns on the background gave me a stinking headache!

I made it with the idea that it would look lovely on the back of the door in our guest toilet. It's funny; I've spent much time, $$ and thought on the decor for every room in the house except the room almost everyone who visits visits! Take one devilishly boring room and huzzah, colour!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Needles + needles

Disaster today! Before I'd even begunmy project, I broke my needle case. Just a plastic standard spotlight one. 

So, an emergency project... a new needle case. Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration and tutorial! And as ever thank heavens for scraps.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Embracing Natural Beauty

Taking a break from sewing this week as my Mum's friend gave our girls a collection of hand-me-down Bratz dolls. 'Twas very kind of her but I loathe these dolls. They look drugged out and sexed up and I don't want to send that message to my daughters.

But I remembered seeing a Facebook post about Tree Change Dolls and the lovely Tassie artist Sonia has done some tutorials ( on how to DIY with just nail polish remover, eucalyptus oil (add a few drops together on a cotton ball) and Jo Sonja paint from Bunnings. A quick Pinterest search helped with how to untangle their hair (a few drops of fabric softener in a cup of water. It works sooo much better than conditioner!) it felt a bit like an episode of Snog Marry Avoid in the end lol!

Even without ANY face on they look 100x better!
I bit the bullet and bought a little pattern from Etsy as our girls arrived sans clothes. They were super fiddly to make but look lovely once finished.

So, meet the lassies:
The very first one I did is actually my favourite. We called her Gaia after Mother Nature in Captain Planet (seemed appropriate!).

 (I was having so much fun I actually forgot to do before shots for some of them).

Sol (short for Soldier inspired by my daughter's interpretation of the outfit I made)



We'll only keep Sol & Gaia and give the rest of the lasses to a children's charity. Bug & Dash certainly don't need this many! That was always the plan but I did not want to give the originals to any other child either!