Wednesday, April 28, 2010

mission accomplished!

well, thanks for your help. They are officially called "Bamileke Feather Headdress", so I was sort of on the right track - gee they are expensive, but effective I think.
see more here if you would like to buy one. I am a little obsessed by them. Also called 'Tsa Ntang Disc' they are traditionally worn by royal dancers of the Kuosi Society during important ceremonies held by the Chief. Originally made from parrot feathers, a symbol of prosperity, they are seen as rare objects of beauty possessing the positive qualities of birds.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


come and visit me over here - I'm having a slight change of pace!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Well, here she is............

Its a very proud moment - and only really now am I starting to feel the impact of school - everyday, 9am til 3:30pm - I can really understand what people say - make the most of those younger years! so true, but so hard sometimes too! She is so full of life and loving every moment of school - hope it stays like that.

Monday, February 8, 2010

that's what friends are for.............

hi there - lots been happening around here - not much in the crafty way, but more to do with the kiddywinks.
Number one has spread her very beautiful butterfly wings and started school, well she is 6 and all. I think we were both very ready for this to happen and so far so good. She has transitioned beautifully and every day has been really exciting for her. Shes making new friends, she got her grade 6 Buddy (Sean - yes a boy!), she's even learning the school prayer - so much for my little girl to take in.
I will post a photo of her on her first day soon.

Now back to "thats what friends are for"............. take a peek here - my very special friend has been doing a little (or a lot!) of sewing and hand quilting for me - how lucky am I.....................she has a real talent you know - she just knows how to bring a quilt alive, and to think I get to keep some of her magical work, and call it my own - how can I ever thank her enough????

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Ok, sewing mojo finally returning, went here to get some fabric to finish my quilt that I started some time ago - I got a little disheartened after I didn't buy enough fabric for the back on my last trip to Amitie. Thankfully Lisa set me straight and solved all my problems and made a very good suggestion, I am now back on track and hopefully will be working on completing this very soon, more of that later. The fabric on the left was a "just because" buy - I really like it!

A very special something for me!

My very crafty friend put this together for me wrapped beautifully in an Est. Linen Tea Towel. I am going to use it for my very special craft thingies, but for now, it is sitting very proudly on my sideboard in the dining room - to good to be hidden away.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

look what I got in the mail............

I have been admiring her work for some time. I love ALL her bags and wallets - how could a girl just choose one? Well I did and this is how it arrived in the mail.

Beautifully packaged

Perfect for a mummy on the go - I promise to love them forever!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Blah Blah Blah..........

well it has been some time since you last heard from me, I have been a little pre-occupied with moving and to be quite honest for a little while there i thought i had lost my interest in sewing/ ridiculous I hear you saying, well its true.

Anyway I think I am back on the wagon, I am trying very hard, cause you see I really love this thing called craft, in the past it has provided me with some great personal satisfaction, in a life that is full of mum, mum, mum! hear what I am saying??????

So its back on track from me and here's to seeing a little bit more craft from me.
No pictures today but hopefully soon!!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

not quite right

Thanks to Lisa I didn't turn up to Amitie on Friday just gone, I got my days mixed up - been happening a little bit lately - too much on I think. The sale is on this Friday and I am hanging out. Hope we have time to squeeze in a coffee.
The other thing that is not quite right is some of the photo's I am posting - sorry if you have to turn your head to the side to view them properly - I plan to get better at that too!

Now for something that is right, I sewed up my quilt this weekend and so now I have two ready to be finished off - very pleased with myself - I will post some pics once complete.
Feeling very tired after a big weekend, did lots of demolishing to the new house - very exciting, pulled up all the flooring and pulled out the old kitchen - only 26 days to go, but who's counting............

Thursday, July 30, 2009

a "twirly for a girly" and my "to do list".............and yes the move!

Firstly, take a look at my work space - we are in the middle of packing and getting things organised for the move - it's not ideal but its what I have to work with at the moment - here's hoping that the space at the new house is a bit better!

I have finally found a pattern to do my quilt - it's only single size, that will be fine to start with for me. I had enough fabric in my stash to do the top - it's all cut and ready to be sewn - more of this later........

This is Matthew's quilt top complete - just a sneak peek - now I need to visit the Amitie Sale tomorrow (woops - next Friday (7th) - thanks Lisa!) and buy the the binding and back and then I can get this off my "to do" list finally, well then there is the quilting to be done so maybe I should not be so quick to give it a tick - anyway little steps.

I made this skirt from the very very easy free pattern - Lazy Days Skirt by oliver + s
Amelia loves it - I especially love the material which was a bargain buy from Spotlight.
I plan to make a few more of these for Summer, it took about an hour if that.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

and finally...........

I went to my mum and dad's house the weekend before last - and saw the quilt I made her - remember this - it has inspired me to do my own - It is so beautiful and a little bit vintage too.

On the way to my mum's house I found a vintage store in a little country town - I found the perfect house for these...............

Isn't it just beautiful - I have discovered that I love old tins and now it is my aim to fill it with buttons that I am collecting from thrift shops and old clothes!

And finally, I went through my stash and choose 20 of my favorite fabrics to do my very own quilt, I have been keeping these aside and adding to them here and there. I can't explain the feeling I get when I look at this stack, but it's really what all this crafting is about. I am not sure if I need to add any more to it, as I have used little bits of some of them to do some smaller projects - anyway its a start and now all I need to do is decide on a pattern for my quilt, stay tuned it will arrive, its just a matter of when!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

a couple of finished projects

I have been working on some projects that have been sitting in my "to finish" basket, don't worry there is still more to be done, but it's a start.

Another little doll for Amelia and this one has a little baby and a skirt made from some of Amelia's baby clothes. The baby is from a KristenDoran panel, that i finally started cutting into.

I don't know how she got herself into this photo but she did, she had to be included. She is away at the moment at my mum and dad's - gee it is so quite without her. It is our first away time, and I am missing her terribly.

This is Pongo, made especially for Matthew - i bought the fabric from Amitie on their sale day and have been deliberating for some time about what to do with it - well here it is. The pattern was from the Meet me at Mikes book. Nice one!

woops - there she is again!

I finally finished the Dolls quilt for Amelia. It did highlight that I do need some more practice with binding, but I was ok with the finished product. And on top of the quilt is a special dolly inspired by dearfii and her doll pattern in Homespun. I am very happy with her and plan to try some more.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

some little treasures

lisa and I stopped by here and I added these to my stash, just because!

I have been having a bit of troubled with needles and thread lately, problem solved, my cleverfriend came to the rescue. How would I craft without her? Anyway, not only did she recommend these, she went and got them for me too - how kind. I am looking forward to testing them out.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Yes it's me...did I scare you?
I know its been awhile, so much going on. Well firstly I have to say that I found out today that my blog has been mentioned on livingcreatively. I am so excited to be mentioned - wow how unbelievable. They have mentioned me under the Softies sub title. Never thought of myself as a full on Softies maker - but when I take a look back over my blog there are a lot of them.....if you get a chance take a look at the site - it has lots of great stuff - it's my home page.

I have been a bit slack in posting lately - we have bought and sold houses since my last post and anyone who has gone through that process with kiddies will agree it's pretty stressful, but I am so excited to be moving and most importantly a space for my sewing bits.

promise to write more soon and of course show some pictures.......


Thursday, May 7, 2009

a picture of me

I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful picture this week from my very talented daughter for Mother's day - can you see my gold necklace and belt???? Amelia did this at kinder and I will treasure it forever.