Monday, August 30, 2010


Congratulations to Katherine from Sleepandhersisters and Jenni from Jennitalula; you won the giveaway!

Spring kimono

Some friends of ours in Melbourne have a new baby girl, so I made her a pretty little spring kimono today. I used the softest old tablecloth with a hydrangea print and some green vintage bias binding. Totally impractical piece of clothing for a one-month old, but every girl needs something to wear when she goes out, right? The pattern is 'Lucy's kimono' from the book Weekend sewing, a very easy little project. I just made a small adjustment; added a small keyhole in the right side seam so that the ties don't bunch up on the inside.

It was a good opportunity to play around with my new overlocker. I bought it last weekend and have been slowly getting to know how to thread it and things like that. It's the Babylock 097 and seems like a very sturdy number. FYI, I keep it on a tray so that I can easily move it around on my table when I need the space.

I also made the brooches for the giveaway, so if you haven't entered yet, just leave a comment before tonight :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sparkly giveaway

Well hello there! How's your week been? Do you need a bit of sparkle in your life? Today I played around with some pretty fabrics and made a few brooches from the book Homemade. They're lovely little gifts; one became a birthday present today and the other two are thank yous to generous friends. And I think I'll make a couple more to give away here on Monday evening. Just leave a comment and tell me what your favourite craft book is at the moment. Good luck and have a nice weekend! And don't forget about Kraftbomb's 2nd birthday on Sunday: 11-2 at the Grey Lynn Community Centre on Richmond Rd.

Friday, August 20, 2010


It happens every year around this time: the waxeye family congregate in the cherry trees and flit about drinking the sweet nectar. Welcome back almost-spring!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


As promised, the cupboard... (dramatic drumroll please)...

I have enjoyed this project so much. I was going to say 'little project', but it wasn't. It was big. This represents days of folding fabric into exact sizes, metres of culled hopefuls, a spring-clean of epic proportions, and a new me. That's going a bit far, but I have come to like this shade of yellow very much.
And my sewing area has been moved, closer to the window (that's the curtain shading the corner there). Please note my new favourite accessory, the Knife Rack for Scissors.
My lovely old library card filing drawer. I wish I could figure out a Dewey system for ribbons.
The box of offcuts and would-be pouches. Mmmm. Can't wait to get some sewing done now.

Friday, August 13, 2010


I've been busy with the powertools and paint brushes this week, so please forgive the long absence. My post about the cupboard the other day got me thinking, and as usual that got me into trouble. I needed some more storage for my fabric library and Craig suggested looking in the shed for something useable, and then I saw it. Or just looked at it differently, because it's been sitting there patiently for 8 years, waiting for me to notice it... This backless, dirty old kitchen cabinet, that is (the photos were taken a while into the job; you'll have to imagine the whole thing together):
Now it's been sanded, painted, resanded and -painted a few times, given a back with pretty paper glued on, stencilled, and generally beautified as much as it can handle. I don't have a photo of the finished product, as we still need to carry it into the house, put the doors on and fix it to the wall, but here are some sneaky peeks. The yellow was a late-night epiphany; not a colour I would normally choose for anything, but it works and now I love it. Wattyl Meringue Pie, mmm.
This stencil is a variation on my favourite tree design, and was used on the two top doors. I'll post more photos when it's all done and I can see the floor in my work room. Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 2, 2010


As expected, I had a good catch-up with some of my market friends yesterday, including Jennie from A Little Vintage who had a bag full of fabric to give away. Here are some of my finds:
One of those pieces came from the now-closed Salvage, one of the most wonderful little fabric shops in Auckland. I was there a couple of weeks ago, and got this cute Japanese cross-stitch book full of saturated colour and folk designs. Two of my favourite things; perfect. And the designs have lost-in-translation-sounding names like 'Singing vegetables' and 'Little flowers speak'.
And while we're on the subject of vintage fabrics and such, I got an email today with the details of the next Vintage Textile Fair in September. I know it's still a way off, but worth a trip up (or down of course) if you're not in Auckland.