Saturday, September 27, 2014

Aussie handmade birthday club

My friend Tara (@sewsforshoes) on Instagram is running a handmade birthday club.

I joined...2 parties.
These are the gifts I have received so far

these are all such wonderful gifts and the people that have made them,
well they are just the nicest people.

Although I think I have to question Annabel on this one!
She's far too cute to be a pincushion...
love her thinking though!

Friday, September 26, 2014


Just can't help herself.
She went and made me a bag for my birthday.
Look at all the Bonnie and Camille fabrics!

It is currently hanging in my sewing room.
I smile every time I look at it.
I know that it was made with love...
I'm a lucky girl, for sure.
Thank you so much Sharon.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Birthday Club 2014

My friend Cheryll is running a birthday club this year.
These are the wonderful gifts I received for my birthday.

As you can see, I was truly spoilt.
Thank you ladies, I feel very blessed.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little birdie...

has told everybody...

It's no secret really.
Today is my birthday.
I doubt there will be cake as I'm off to take
the husband to have a procedure on his shoulder.
Fingers crossed it works!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


I bought a Fitbit at the start on May.
I was curious to see how much I moved.
Well I have moved a bit since then.

A thousand kilometers to be precise.
I love that my Fitbit gives me messages,
badges and vibrations.

It certainly has encouraged me to move a bit more.

It has even motivated a few more people at work
to buy them and get moving.

Amazing how a little device can encourage a bunch of adults to move!

Monday, September 8, 2014


Life is just better when there is cake.

He had the cake, I had the coffee.

Love this kid and his view on the world.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Friday night

I've had a cold all week, so when the bell rang at 3:20 pm
I gave a sigh of relief.

Then fell in a heap.

All I managed was to glue down a few more
hexies for my long term project
"Hex on the Beach"

It will be beautiful when it's finished...
one day.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

For Debra

Finally a reveal I can share.

The birthday gal has it in her hot little hands.

I did so want to keep this one.

This is perfect on so many levels.

I even used one of my new labels!
Think I see a few more of these in my future.
Happy birthday Debra!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

more Miss Kate

 A tiny bit more progress was made on Sunday with my
Miss Kate quilt.

So far it looks like this when all placed together.

Still a long way to go...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Boxy Pouches

2 different patterns
2 different interfacings
2 similar but different results.

This one was the more detailed pattern in the number of steps
to create the pouch.
Towards the end it was fiddly because I was working
with small pieces.

The pattern called for ironing a fold down the middle of each piece.
I then had trouble ironing out that fold.
I think it should come good over time.
The interfacing was one from Spotlight and held any ironed shape very well.

Over- all a great pattern and I was pleased with the result.

This was the second one.
A different pattern, less pieces and less steps,
however not as neat on the inside.
If you're not into exposed/raw seams, then this pattern is not for you.

For this one I used Pellon shape flex.
Oh boy!
I'd never used it before.
I bought some on e-bay to try as I keep seeing it in patterns.
Shops owners of Australia -
It is firm yet flexible, hence the name.
You can iron it and it is still pliable.
I loved working with it.

Overall I prefer the second boxy pouch -
it's Bonnie and Camille,
it was quick,
it was super easy and not fiddly,
the shape is better (due to the shape flex).

Oh and these are my first 2 finishes for September.