Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Getting organised

Last weekend we moved a new cupboard into our spare/my sewing room.  Previously I stored my fabric in plastic boxes in various closets and in a chest of drawers - it drove me insane having to rake through boxes when I wanted something .  Now I have a new space that is much better and I can store all my sewing stuff in one space - yeh.
I did find that I had mutiples of some things - like 6 tape measures! I also found lots of fabric and notions I had forgotten I owned.

At the moment I have just folded and stacked all the fabric in the shelves but may get some plastic card to make mini bolts?  I have heard that fading is an issue when stored in shelves like this although my cupboard is on the shady side of the house away from a window.  So much easier to find things and keep tidy now everything is in one place.  Mind you, what you can't see are the boxes of stuff piled on the bed  waiting for a home.  Since we moved back in I seem to have boxes of stuff in every corner - especially old slides waiting to be sorted and scanned - mmm a not so exciting task.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Pinterest challenge

I've set myself a little challenge.  To make one thing a week inspired by my pinterest boards.  I've felt like I have spent way too much time looking rather than making - so for the next couple of months I'm going to make a few of these items.

Week 1: Spray painted jar lids

My pinterest board has this lovely silver set by Helena at craftandcreativity

Pinned Image

For mine I used a small can of red model paint that was in the shed.  Actually they are a little light on paint and probably needed a few more coats but I had run out of paint.  I love these silver ones by Helena so intend to get some metallic paint next time.

Want to join in on a pinterest making challenge? Add a link to your blog in the comments.  I plan to post once a week on a Monday (or if a bit late like today - Tuesday)

Friday, 25 May 2012

This Moment

Soule Mama inspired Friday ritual , a single image for the week, no words. (Actually I'm cheating - 2 pics this week)

Monday, 21 May 2012

Kids Sewing

After a week of no crafty mojo - grey weather, bad cold - blah blah blah - I finally got something done today when I sat down with Georgie and we made a little robot our of her new craft book.

Her class has had a theme this week of "machines" and they made little boats out of margarine containers and a cardboard box robot. So when she saw this project she was pretty excited.

She hand stitched the control panel and eyes and sat on my lap and used the sewing machine for the rest. It has pipe cleaners in the limbs which is why they are all bent

I really want to get her a kids sewing machine - have my eye on the ikea one but no ikea in NZ so I need to find someone visiting Australia to bring me back one.

Sunday, 13 May 2012


I got inspired to use up some scrap fabric when I saw this beautiful cushion made by Lucy at Attic 24.  Then I saw this cute pillowcase made by Clare at Green Valley crafts. So I made the most of a rainy day yesterday and made this pillowcase intended for a birthday coming up.

The back is plain as the braid and seams may not be very comfy to sleep on. Now the small person in my house has put in an order so there may be more to come.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Fingerless Mittens

So I finished these mittens pretty quickly, I'm happy with the colour and pattern but they are enormous! Oops not having a lot of luck getting the size right lately.

I know they look ok in the picture but they are just a bit loose all around.
Not sure where I went wrong or is it just my small hands?

Oh well will just have to find someone with bigger hands to give them to.

Luckily they were quick and easy to knit.  I got the pattern from the book " Exploring colour in knitting" by Sarah Hazell and Emma King.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Dortje pants

I made these as the final sewing item in the kids clothes week challenge but just never got around to blogging about them.  partly because I was busy with extra work and partly because I was a bit frustrated with them - I cut two left fronts and had to piece a right together out of scraps (hence green tape hiding seam around leg!). Also the pockets aren't level - only discovered that when I took the photo and lastly they don't actually fit - arggh.  Not that bad tho as they are just too big so will fit next winter.  This is what happens when you don't measure your child and just make the size bigger or maybe I made 2 sizes bigger?

Anyway they still look ok

Thankfully the pockets actually look fine on and you don't notice they are uneven, you have to trust me that despite being big they don't look as shapeless as they do lying flat in the photo. They were an upcycle of an old pair of my stretch jeans and 2 floral tea towels so hopefully will wear well. 

Now I am just working the energy up to acutally measure Georgie and make another pair that fit.