Sunday, August 31, 2014

July 2014 sewing camp

Just a couple of random photos from the July sewing camp in lieu of a "proper" write up....as it's been a while now (and I'm lazy like that! ;)
Note there's no actual "action shots" this time as I spent most of the camp socialising and talking sewing, rather than sewing and taking photos.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vintage sewing machine bonaza [OR the day I crossed the line into "collector]!

Finally...the sewing machines story.
 I should preface this by saying that I never *planned* on being a "vintage sewing machine collector" but sometimes things just happen and before you know it you have a "collection" ;) 
Prior to this I did have a few "vintage" sewing machines- a Singer 201k treadle, a circa 1906 Singer hand crank and a Palmer Princess ZigZag machine. I was interested in the older machines as they had the reputation for being better built and outlasting many of their modern counterparts, having metal parts instead of plastic and being built in an age when sewing machines were a major household investment not a fleeting hobby.

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