Sunday, August 24, 2014

Catching up

So things have been scantier than a Brazilian bikini bottom post-wise around here lately....
I alluded a bit to why (briefly) in my last post here, but let me fill you in properly on a big part of the reason for it (if you are interested, feel free to just keep scrolling tho!).

We have been renovating!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Off we go...to sewing camp!

"What?" I hear you say, "Surely it's only been a few months since her last sewing weekend?"
Uh yes it has but this is an extra weekend away that was organised for one of our members who hasn't been able to make it to several camps in a row due to family commitments.
This time it falls smack bang in the middle of school holidays, which is a perfectly timed sewing break in my mind ;)
And who really news an excuse to getaway eat, drink and sew in beautiful surrounds with wonderful like-minded people? Not me!


I may not look it (weird camera face I know) but I am one happy sewing camper!

All the "essentials": overlocker (seat belted in!), UFO basket, sewing "toolbox" (under basket), water and audio book (Now you see her/ by James Patterson).
 
Note clever use of child's car seat for ironing board caddy ;)
It's mid winter here and it's good to see so much water flowing after such a dry summer.

 
More pics to follow (hopefully of some sewing in action)!
 
 
 
Kate x

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ouch!

Yes it finally happened- I sewed through my finger :(
Late night+distractions+head cold+ being in a hurry to finish = not ideal sewing conditions.
Lucky it didn't go though any nail or bone (yuk) but the tip of the needle (with the eye and thread attached) embedded itself in my finger tip.
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A souvenier
Cue 5 hour wait in the emergency department until a doctor was free (it was a very busy day there) to come and remove it. 
I felt like a real idiot sitting there waiting with my self inflicted injury next to the scores of people coming in with life threating injuries! 
So take note: DONT DO THIS AT HOME FOLKS!
Watch those fingers when you sew!

Happy sewing (I'm taking a break for a day or so....)!

Kate x

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pretty in pink [aprons]

I love it when something I've hand made for others is well received and thank god these ones were! I really felt like I was dicing it a bit with the uber-pink colour theme:
Luckily lovely Danni not only LOVED the aprons but sent me photographic proof:)
Behold the beautiful Danni and her gorgeous kidlets wearing my aprons!!
(I'm totally stoked they liked them):
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How can you not smile after seeing this?: 
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Such cute little misses and a lovely (talented, cake-making) friend, how lucky am I?

You can see other posts related to this apron pattern and project here, here and here :)

Happy [apron] Sewing All!
Kate x

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another year (can I stop counting now?)


Yes I'm a whole year older! It was the Winter Solstice this weekend, which means it was also my birthday too, which meant gift receival from hubby and the kidlets :

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Yummy smelling WoodWick candles, a gardening book and a sewing book. Who knew that my 4 yr olds could pick such appropriate presents for their mummy ;)

Plus a cake with candles on it. 
Three candles to be precise...thats all we had in the house and frankly 36 candles would most likely be a fire hazard (and darn tricky to light to boot). 

I also had a few online ordered goodies that I had "gifted" to myself in the lead up to my birthday (anytime in the month beforehand is fair game in my mind)- some Mox shoes (super comfy!) and a couple of Lekala patterns. Super excited to finally be trying out the Lekala patterns as I've heard lots of good feedback about them. They are drafted to your custom measurements (that you enter yourself) and as a added bonus they have some freebie patterns to download, so you can try before you buy :)

Going back through my older posts tagged under "birthday" (I like to try and make sure I don't use the same title post/introduction ) I found this post from 2009. Gee how much has my life changed since then! :D

Happy Sewing !

Kate :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cotton candy coloured apron

Just a little sneaky-peek of some of the sewing details from the second "thank-you" apron I have just finished making :

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Fabric-covered buttons
The best part about making your own fabric covered buttons is picking out which part of the print to use.
This latest apron is a bit OTT pink and hopefully it's intended recipient wont mind it's "pinkness". As Danni makes and decorates cakes I wanted to use a cupcake themed fabric for the main body of the apron and then I had the pink Eiffel tower fabric lying around handy at the time....

Not quite enough main fabric to squeeze out four full length apron ties, so the two neck ties are made up of two fabrics.


































Top stitched all the edges to reduce post wash ironing :)
The pattern for this apron is the same OOP McCalls 5643 that I also used here and here.

Will post more pics shortly of the finished product.

Meanwhile if you live in my part of the world and want to give Danni's creations a go you can find her via the Dannis Cake Wonderland Facebook page.


Kate :)