Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Museum of Kitschy Stitches : by Stitchy McYarnpants

Check this out.

My 240 win

Here is the prize I won last weekend at Katherine's Tacky Vintage 240 Event. Need I say anymore than quote the title :

"The Museum of Kitschy Stitches - a Gallery of Notorious Knits.

By Stitchy McYarnpants.

Every time I pick this book up, I am in fits of giggles. I think I'll try and post a page a week.

Text reads:

"Ever wish you could have a wedgie consisting of an entire skein of your favorite yarn? Do you want to learn how to felt wool with your sweat while wearing it? Then have I got the project for you! This sensible bicycling outfit combines all the breathability of a plastic bag with the comfort of a bear trap. Add to that the unmatched creeping properties of knitted shorts, and you'll be tearing up the trails in no time!Amazingly, these shorts came down to her knees when she started the Tour de France earlier in the day. She's going to need a crowbar to get undressed."



Monday, May 28, 2007

No hair & a big head makes Giles a chilly boy.

vege shoppingWe trouped out to the Midland Farmers Market early this morning to stock up on veges for the week. There is something about coming home with 7 bags full of fresh fruit & veges to fill the fridge for less than $50 that makes you feel all holier than thou!

 Fleece hat

The point of this post however was to say that it was pretty chilly for the wee man, particularly as he follows closely in his daddy's footsteps regarding the lack of hair! We hunted through all our hand-me-downs and couldn't find a toque to fit his big noggin so he had to go without.

G & M

So, when we got home, I whipped up a custom fitted fleece hat following Martha's instructions. I'm really pleased I got to use some of the 'vintage' ribbon from Mum's stash. I'm getting better at using things in my collection rather than hording them waiting for the perfect project, as this is one of my new resolutions!


  No more cold head!

 :: You can't half tell that Giles is Mark's boy!!! LOL


Monday, May 21, 2007

Hemming like a pro

Hemming like a proI have to quickly post this link to a fantastic tutorial perfect for those with 'ducks disease' ! I'm always afraid of cutting the hem off my jeans in case I screw it up, but with this method, you not only keep the original hem & stitching but it can always be unpicked and redone!!! It took me less than 10 min this morning to do my pants that have been dragging on the floor for two weeks ;)

The tutorial is by can be found here. Thanks

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hot Pink Diaper Mamma

I've "pumped out" yet another diaper purse...this time for Heather's sister-in-law

who just had a baby girl not two months ago.

I love the hot pink! It's "so hot right now". So perfect for a young mum to tote around this summer.

Diaper Purse 5

My first Yo-yos I think are adorable...and such an easy embellishment. Must keep my eye out for vintage buttons now. Ahhhh, a new treasure to be on the look out for.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Hmm. What to do with these fat quarters.....?

When I was at Calico & Ivy last week, I couldn't go past the jungle print from Anna Griffin so I treated myself to a pack of fat quarters.

Aren't they too cute. They had a great spaceman print too but I thought this was more unisexual (you know, thinking ahead to #2). Problem is, I'm not sure what to do with it. I thought of making Giles a sleeping bag so we can give the one we have back to Helen. Any ideas are more than welcome.

more fabric

But I digress, the purpose of my visit to the store was to pick up some fabric for some more diaper purses. I need to make one as a gift, then I thought I would make another for me :) These are the fabrics I chose, two from the Echino range, and two from the Amy Butler range. It was hard to choose as I also like this one & this one but thought the print may be too big for the size of the purse. This will have to be project of the week...focus...focus...focus!!!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A matched set

Wow, when it rains, it pours. This is my third post today. I wonder how many weeks it will be before I post again.....?I wanted a small coin & card purse to take when I was using my diaper bag so tonight I followed Lisa's tutorial for a Flexi fabric stash coin purse and voila!

I'm pretty happy with the result, although next time I wouldn't use the padded interfacing. I think it makes the purse too boofy. I found the clasp at a craft store for $2.50 so it makes for a cheap addition to my already loved nappy bag.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Soprano Sock Puppets

This must be a first for me.....getting a birthday present finished (well this part of it anyhow) 4 months early! I made three sock puppets using childrens fuzzy socks as I thought they would fit a little hand better than a huge adult sock. All the eyes were from Mum's button stash that she gave me from her sewing box. It is so great to give life to something that has been sitting in the bottom of a cupboard for years and years. My fave is the pig. The toe of the sock has been pushed in, then the buttons sewn in to make the nostrils. I am really pleased how this one turned out.

Sock Puppets

I hope she gets lots of fun out of these.

PS. they're called Soprano Sock puppets as I made them while watching season 2 of the Sopranos. Mark & I watched them back-to-back last weekend.

Bleach spritz stencils

Bleach spritz Tees

Between two bouts of G teething this afternoon, I managed to spritz a couple of the cheap jumpsuits & T-shirts I bought ages ago when I planned to do the T-shirt embellishments for everyone at playgroup (another unfinished WIP!). I am so pleased with the results. What an easy project that I can see only gets better with practice. I've put a quick tutorial HERE.