Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to work

Now it's back to work! I arrived last week and hit the ground running! I've already completed several orders and are working on more!

I just finished this gorgeous growth chart with peacocks. I just loved doing those!
Before I left I made many charts for boys, here are a couple of them.

More creations are on their way!

Long absence

I've been away from my blog for sometime now. I was home in Sydney visiting my fanily. It was so much fun I did all of my favourite things whilst I was there.

I went on Sydney Harbour on a warm winter's day!

We went to the zoo and saw some of my favourite animals!

A baby wombat!
The giraffes have the best view ever!
 We walked from Clovelly to Bondi! The water was very inviting even though it was only 18°C.

We went up to Brisbane and visited Moreton Island, just beautiful!

And saw lots of whales!!!!! So lucky!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Another copycat!

I was happily looking on Pinterest this evening and came across another copycat! What can we do? These people seem to be very good sewers so why don't they use their own imaginations!
The copied pillow
An example of my pillow
Only the colours change! What do you think????

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Custom order gifts

A while back I made several custom orders for different clients, like name pillows.
For Hugo and Holly a sweet unisex Toothfairy Pillow. I love the way this one turned out. To order yours go here to my shop.
For a friend’s daughter’s communion a lovely pillow for her bed. I made two so one is in my shop!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Some Exciting News......

Rachel and I were extremely excited to receive the July 2015 issue of Homespun magazine. We knew that we had another project in the issue but had no idea that we would be on the cover..... so exciting!!!
How cute is the cover??? Homespun always do such a great job. Our challenge was to make Christmas chair covers that looked like presents. We made two each plus four gift tags. Three of the tags are on the cover. 
 We think the project looked good in the end. It was a bit of a challenge thinking of how to make the bows look good and still make the project, easy enough to follow. The magazine came out this week in Australia and also comes as a digital copy from Zinio.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gifts for the teachers

This year I was asked to make the end of year gifts for Lulu’s teacher. It was such an honour and pleasure to do this. The other mummies chose fabric storage baskets. I decided to keep them quite neutral (linens) so that way they could fit in most homes. 
To make the baskets I took my linen and antique hemp scraps ( I have a lot of these!) and I sewed them together using the ‘quilt as you go method’. I then I appliqued a vintage doily to each and made up the baskets. 
For their teacher who retired but still comes to school to do creative workshops I made these gorgeous lavender sachets.
To complete the gift I made personalised gift tags with appliqued bits and pieces and embroidery. On the reverse side I embroidered each teacher’s name and ‘class 4A 2015’ so they will always remember our kids!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wonderful Cathy Trolli!

I commissioned these protraits from Cathy Trolli a wonderful Italian artist. They were a Christmas gift for some very special friends. I have ordered many portraits from Cathy, I just love the way she interprets and captures each child's spirit! The fabulous thing is she works from photos so there's no long session sitting and posing for the portrait! The photos must not have any direct sunlight on them nor strong shadows and can be emailed to Cathy here ( ) for a quote! Her prices are very good so don't be afraid to ask!

The latest portraits I commissioned
Framed and in their new home! 

A work in progress by Cathy so you can see how the photo is interpreted and transformed!

You might remember Lulu's stunning portrait!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Re-purposing vintage linen

I love some many different styles. I love my Kanthas, I love vintage, I love French style, I love kid’s style! So many I know it can be very confusing!

The result is I go through phases, one day I’m inspired by one style and the next something totally different so I just have to go with the flow. Keeps things interesting!

When I went to the antique market I found a gorgeous vintage hand embroidered linen tablecloth. About 10 days ago I pulled it out and proceeded to make a series of items with different parts of it. I love them!

Pillow slips with the larger embroidery. Available in my shop here
Sweet pouches. Available in my shop here
Gorgeous lavender sachets filled with wonderful lavender bought in Aix en Provence last time I was there. Very special!
Available in my shop here
Market bag made with antique handwoven hemp and vintage applique Available in my shop here

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Growth charts for the boys

I just completed these 4 growth charts all heading off to new homes. I really love the way they turned out. My client requested animals to represent the Chinese zodiabc for each family member. Such a fun thing to do! Now onto the next set of charts!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Kantha love continues!

My love of vintage kantha quilts grows and grows. I think they are wonderful full of history and love, pain stakingly hand quilted! I have many quilts and some of them I love to use to create new useful items. I recently made these bags which I’m thrilled about.

The first is a shoulder bag, great to use as a market bag, book bag, tote, sewing bag and so on. It’s completely reversible with no exposed seams. Both sides are shown here. Available in my shop here.
The second is a shoulder bag with zipper closure. Great to use as a handbags, knottin bag, sewing bag, diaper bag or even as a small overnight bag. Available in my shop here.
 I also recently made some reversible cushion slips with zipper closures. Both sides are photographed. I need some for my couch, they are so comfy! Available in my shop here and here.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

In the pond quilt!

A lovely quilt made for a little boy Enea. Pattern is my own. All applique is by hand except for the lettering and the quilt is hand quilted. I really love the way the colours and pattern turned out!