Saturday, April 25, 2015

Wall hanging for Lulu

Here is my first wall hanging which I made for Lulu. I've been a bit flat lately creativity wise, you may have noticed! I came across a wonderful textile artist Marna Lunt on Pinterest. I thought her work was very interesting so decided to pop over to her blog. Once there I saw she has online courses so after a lot of procastination I signed up. It was so much fun, although I knew many of the techniques already I still found it very stimulating. There is also a great community feel about her course as she creates a private Facebook group as well so we can all share our projects and converse.

I've signed up for level 3, can't wait for it to start!!! In the menatime I may play around with another wall hanging.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cesena antique market

So here is my stash from the markets yesterday. Lulu and I had so much fun together, I'm thrilled that at 9 years of age she already has an appreciation for these things!
I bought a lot of antique lace trims with many different textures. I can't keep up with my growing stash of old trims, I madly buy them at every market in fear that one day they'll run out (Or my hubby says 'let's move to Oz' and they won't be so readily available there)!

Next week is Rimini antique market and the week after Gambettola. The latter is amazing the whole little town is an antique market, it's only held twice a year. Definitely worth a visit!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sweet pillows

These are some sweet pillows I made for my firend's children for Christmas. Lulu had a quilted pillowcase and she loves it. Sleeps on it every night! It's very durable- I wash it in the machine and throw it in the dryer and it's perfect!


Good behaviour chart

Well this is something new! I was asked to make a 'good behaviour' chart with pockets for each day of the week. At first I was a little perplexed but once I conversed further with my client I got a better idea of how it should be. She wanted it to have a fairytale theme so there are a mix of figures in it. My favourite is the fairy godmother!

 It ended up with bright pink pom pom trim on the bottom!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter Craft Time at Vacation Camp

So here they are Rach... the Easter crafts that I did with the kids at camp. They absolutely loved the activities.... especially the bell jars. The idea came from the magazine that is here.
Here were my samples....

Here are some of the kids creations whose ages ranged from 4 to 9 years old.

Another activity was Easter toilet roll characters. Here are my samples......
Some of my ideas came from chicken (here), bunny (here) and Shaun the Sheep (here).

My son started by making a Darth Vader Bunny then just made Star Wars characters- Kit Fisco, Darth Vader, Yoda, Darth Maul and General Grievous.

It seemed to catch on with the boys and there were pipe cleaners Light Sabers galore!!! So cute as some of these were made by 4 & 5 years olds. I also love the Shaun the Sheep that one of the kids made with a massive head!!

They also made lots of Easter baskets made out of a paper plate. I didn't get photos of them as the kids were off doing an Easter Egg hunt while I was photographing the rest. Here is my sample and the idea came from here......

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter!

 Happy Easter to all. I hope everyone is have a lovely day with the family. Unfortunately my family is far away in Oz but I have Lulu and Stef here to celebrate with me! 

Last Sunday Lulu had a very creative day as mentioned previously. This was her afternoon project - little Easter 'globes'. We got ourselves in such a mess with things everywhere but it was a fun mess. 
Lulu placed things where she wanted them and I glued them in place with the hot glue gun. Three globes were given to her teachers with yummy cocnut and strawberry Lindt eggs!

Here you can see them better!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Stamping fabric fun

Sunday I finally dedicated the whole day to Lulu. She was thrilled and had so much fun. When she woke up she immediately finished off her homework and then off we went into my sewing room. 

Most of this year I have been collecting stamps but had not used them yet. Sunday we took out my linen scraps, both old and new, and proceeded to stamp to our hearts content! I then very quickly produced these pouches and love the way they turned out!

In the afternoon we worked on an Easter project which I will blog tomorrow.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kantha drawstring bags

Some more lovely drawstring bags made with vintage kantha quilt scraps. I never get sick of these!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Love making pillows!

These are a few pillows I made this year. Incredibly slow at blogging things I know! I have been making just not sharing! I need to do better at that!

This pillow has been made with vintage embroidered linen, toile, cotton and antique handwoven hemp and a lovely doily applique.

This pillow was a custom order.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fabric book covers

I finished this order a few weeks ago. I made 10 A5 notebook covers using a mix of fabrics many of which are vintage or antique Italian hemp/linen. I embellished with antique trims and vintage doilies along with buttons and charms.

These have a combination of antique Italian hemp, antique French trims, vintage Indian kantha embroidered silks and buttons

A mix of antique Italian hemp and vintage fabrics and trims.

These have a combination of linen, vintage trims, embroidery and buttons

Friday, March 13, 2015

Homespun March 2015

I'm so excited I received my copy of Homespun March 2015! My project has been featured in the magazine and I love the way the mag presented it. I made a grawoth time for this issue, uit's quite different to what I normally do and was so much fun to make.

Sarah had a gorgeous project in the February issue which she is yet to blog!

The magazine can be purchased at newsagents around Australia, from many online stores and also in digital format from Zinio

The magazine is full of gorgeous project so it's such an honour to have my project included alongside such clever, creative people! In particular I adore these bunny baskets by Bronwyn Hayes. I'm definitely considering making some of these for Easter.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Kantha shoulder bag

I just finished this gorgeous shoulder bag made with a collection of vintage kantha quilt pieces. The pattern is my own so I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I'm pleased with the result!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Bunny love

Believe it or not it's not far off until Easter is upon us! I've made quite a few sweet little Easter totes and some sweet little vintage embroidered bunnies. At the moment I have so little time for making new items for my shop. I wish there were more hours in a day!!! These are available in my shop