Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Princess and the Pea...


There are many things I love about handmade and owning a handmade business, but the friendships with fellow handmaidens and the virtual fun we have when we 'gather' for a showcase are amongst my favourite. So, when Michele from my georgie boy messaged me late last year and told me of her plans to host at showcase with a "Princess and the Pea" theme, I was in like Flynn!!


I immediately had a desire to create a Rainbow Twirl Dress, designed by the lovely Kristie from Boo! Designs.... with a twist, since I seem to have an impediment with leaving anything alone ;) The extra long straps are only sewn in at the back, then loop through button holes at the front so the straps can be tied however you like to create a different look.

So how does it fit the theme? Well, in my head {and I guess that's the fun of interpreting showcase themes}, the layers represent the many mattresses the Princess had to sleep on in the story to prove that she was a real princess and the very twirly nature of the dress itself makes the wearer feel like a princess {even though she's truly a tom-boy who loves to play in the dirt and wouldn't have a hope of feeling that blinking pea!!}.


It didn't actually occur to me until about two weeks ago, since it's still BLAZING hot here is Queensland, that winter will be upon us before long and I thought "uh oh!"... that was quickly followed by "meh, layering is so right now!" - thankfully Miss F was amenable to wearing her cardi and {farmer} boots for the modelling session to show you guys just how fabulously it works!  


While I'm on that note... this dress will fit for YEARS... Miss F, for example, is a size 2-3 in height, but is size 4 around her chest {oh the perils of being little when you are going to be tall, tall, TALL}, but there is still heaps of room for her around the chest {thanks shirring} and as she grows taller, this fit will migrate from maxi to knee length.

Okay... so I'd now like to extend an invitation to head on over to my georgie boy... 

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA begins... Sunday 1st March 2015
9.30pm Vic / NSW / Tas
9pm SA
8.30pm Qld
8pm NT
6.30pm WA

... where you will be able to purchase the following creations from the other incredibly talented ladies!

If Instragram is more your style, hashtag #princessandthepea will get you loads of pictures and information too :)

... by Sarah from Piccolo Studio and Penny from Trellis Design

... by Michele from my georgie boy ...

... by Michele from my georgie boy ...

... by Michele from my georgie boy ...

... by Clare from Ruby & the Wolf ...

... by Chrystal from Joe Joe & the Teddy Bear ...

... by Eve from FabricDirect.com.au ...

... by Katie from Vintagebubbles ...

... by Cassandra Hargrave {Artist} ...

... by Claire from Rosie Red ...

... by Karynne from Chook Shed Designs ...

... by Sarah from Ric Rac & Retro ...

... by Elaine from 76 Tilly Lane ...



Enjoy your shopping, beautiful people!



Sunday, 22 February 2015

'Cabin Fever' Crafting....

With Cyclone Marcia hitting the coast of Queensland on Friday morning, lots of the state, Brisbane included, has been hit by some very wild weather. Fortunately for us, and most unlike the poor people in Rockhampton, Yeppoon and surrounding areas, we have personally been fortunate enough to not suffer any damage and only be kept housebound by the torrential downpour. 
As that "ONLY IN QUEENSLAND" advertisement indicates, this is not the first time we Queensland residents have faced wild weather... needless to say, I was well aware that house bound pre-school children, with little to no understanding of wider events, quickly become quite difficult to handle!

Enter crafting... fortunately my kids love it :)

It seemed like the perfect opportunity to break out a little hand sewing kit that Santa gave the kids at Christmas.... Miss F is a very determined individual, so it was no great push to encourage her to have a go. 


I soon discovered that one is never too young to learn to thread a needle... more than once she achieved it with no assistance other than verbal direction. 



  

As the felt shape had pre-punched holes, she was able to guide the large plastic needle and cord through quite well. Some sections got stitched once, twice and then a third time, but Froggie quickly took shape, became stuffed and had his mouth stitched on. 

Once the stitching was done, we moved onto a little gluing of googly eyes and felt accents.... we ended up finding one of Froggie's nostrils had gone missing, but I think this is a pretty fabulous achievement for a 2 ¾ year old with minimal assistance!


I do believe Santa found these kits at Spotlight, but next time we will create our own and you could too! All you need is a bit of imagination {or google images and a printer}, a bit of felt, a large needle, some fine cord, some stuffing, a pack of googly eyes and some glue... the kids enjoy it, it helps them forget the world outside, begins them on a journey toward learning a useful skill and hones their fine motor skills all in one go!

Stay safe, everyone, and enjoy your next dose of "cabin fever" ;)


Monday, 16 February 2015

One Thimble E-Zine {Issue Six} Blog Tour

Hello! It has been a little while since I have done this... so welcome {back}!

Okay, so the girls at Pattern Revloution asked me to take a look at one of the patterns from the latest edition of One Thimble Sewing E-zine ... which I'm hoping you've heard of? If not, seriously, check it out - there are 10 patterns, plus multiple articles about sewing, photography, running your own business and more! For only AU$25, that is extraordinary value {especially when you consider the current exchange rate!!!} and it totally fulfils all instant gratification requirements with immediate delivery directly into your very own inbox... you can get your very own copy HERE!


Anyway... I was allocated the Apple + Fig GATSBY Flatcap. Quite fortunate really, as I was also lucky enough to sew the pattern up during the testing process. This gorgeous cap is inspired by the 1920s Jazz Age and is really all-things-old-are-new-again....


Jenna {the mother extraordinaire behind Apple + Fig} produces wonderful patterns... *cough* I might own most of them *cough*... they are always beautifully presented, the accompanying photographs are clear and easy to follow and any slightly more difficult aspects thoroughly explained. This one is no exception, even in the compacted One Thimble version.


The only issue I noted during testing was the length of the internal sweatband, but thanks to Jenna's dedication to perfection, that was quickly ironed out. In the final version, I noticed Jenna added a note that it may be necessary to 'ease' the cap edge a little when attaching the afore mentioned sweatband, which is a handy hint for anyone who has experienced stretching of the fabric during sewing {or is dog tired from sewing in the middle of the night, like yours truly!}.


One of the things I really love about this cap, is the little elastic casing at the back that allows for growth and several years wear. Even more awesome is the size range, which is from XXS to XXXL {effectively 6 months to supersize-brain adult}.... *meaning I may already have an order placed by my dearly beloved, which may or may not get done in the next six months*

If you're keen to read more about the other patterns available in One Thimble, please take a look at the other blogs the Pattern Revolution girls have arranged... the links and dates are listed below :)