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Monday, July 28, 2014

Butterick B5488

Been sewing up a storm lately.
Picked up a few newish patterns and thought I'd let you know how they turned out.
This Butterick is one of the first modern patterns I've used in a long time.
I must say I love it.

I made view C and I used a Michael Miller cotton blend. 


I also added some pockets to hold my phone. Nice and deep and a wee bit narrower than I would normally make for a pocket. I'm pretty happy with this frock.  I'll be making many more of these for sure!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Time Comfort

We've been having an on again off again summer so far. I think Mother Nature might be a wee bit menopausal. One day it's sweltering and the next we're all huddling around a fire in our sweaters. It's given us the opportunity to make some warm comfort food, and that's nice because The Merc and her bo are home for a stay. We're almost always a house of 7 now. Cozy!


I've been working my pattootie off lately on projects I can't share yet, but I'll be back soonish with more tutorials to share. Hope you're all having a fantastic summer.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Whim Whads For A What's it!

Sometimes I find things just hiding in a cupboard in the studio. Sometimes I have no idea what I was thinking about creating when I made these things......
This is one of those times.

I have hundreds of these textured discs tucked away carefully in a ziplock bag and put into a tiny box. I made them when I was playing with the STAEDTLER texture sheets a while ago..... But I have no idea whatsoever what I was planning to do with them.


Some are only 1cm wide and others are nearly 6cm. I used all of the new Fimo Effect quartz colours to make these little tidbits of goodness....
But I'm still just trying to figure out how I'm going to adapt them into one cohesive piece.
I'm sure there will be a 2 am epiphany, but until then.... I guess I'll just look at them adoringly and wonder.


And then there are these......

I just really, do not know what I was planning.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

STAEDTLER Summer Giveaway!!!


You are invited to post a project you have made with any STAEDTLER product here on my blog
and you will be entered to win a

STAEDTLER prize package,

a $30.00 value.


 One winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday July 31st. 
Open only to residents of the US and Canada. 

Take a photo of your project and post it on any social media site with a brief description of the STAEDTLER product you used.

Write a comment with a link to your project photo on this post.

Make sure you mention what STAEDTLER products were used in your project 

and mention that you are posting for the STAEDTLER Summer Giveaway. 

We're looking for NEW projects made for this giveaway specifically. 

Projects must be posted no later than July 30th to be considered for a chance to win.


Prize package includes: 12 pc Karat Watercolor Crayons, 6 pc Triplus Fineliner Pastel set and 1 package of FIMO air dry clay. 

Posting a photo link in a comment below also allows STAEDTLER to re post your photo on their social media sites.

Can't wait to see your creative entries!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tiny Rose Blouse From Simplicity 6550


I've made blouses from this pattern before and it's one of my favorites. I decided to make figure 2 this time. I only just had enough fabric.

Follow the jump to see how it turned out this go around!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Button Hole Making

I've been asked quite a few times to share the steps I take to make button holes.
So here goes!

I took these pictures at different times of the day and they all look like a different garment. If you would like a more detailed tut on button hole making just send me a line and I'll get on it!

I'll have heaps of opportunity to record  the button hole making. We're trying to make our complete summer vacation wardrobe from scratch. There's only a month of sewing time left! 
EEEEEK!
Wish us luck!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Random Summer


Maggs has been spending heaps of time in her veggie garden and things are coming along spectacularly. 


Mom's been keeping the porch beautiful and welcoming.


I've been helping the dining room table disappear!

Hope you're all keeping out of trouble!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Garden Flowers

Some of the beautiful flowers that have been waving their heads around our yard. 
Thought I'd share them with you.












Hope you're getting some lovely sunny weather too!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Work Help

 George is my work buddy. He loves to hang out and see what's happening. He's also pretty chatty lately. He lets me know it when he thinks a design is going south.

We've been knee deep in projects the last few weeks. I'm pretty excited about starting new things and George is right there to keep my toes on the ground.


I've craftily invited this owl to sit in on the work table pic to avert your attention from secret projects. 
I can't wait to share! 
You're going to love these! 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Post With No Reason

Maggs has come up with some interesting backyard ar-KEY-ology...
Eh.. Eh.. You see what I did there?
(sorry I couldn't help myself)
I've become addicted to Time Team of late. I can't stop watching.
Maggs found this little guy buried in our back herb bed, I wonder what it was made to open?


Her garden is growing really well. It's been heaps of work but she'll end up with a walloping load of veg. These are the white radishes. We grew them last year too and they were delicious!


Lilac time is almost over. I'll miss them smelling up the kitchen through the back window.