Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Well Overdue Reunion

I have finally finished another one of my WIPS that have been hanging around for ages. I can't tell you how long it has been, but I know I was still living in my old house, so it has been months.

It is the Oliver and S Family Reunion Dress. I was a little slow coming to the party on this pattern. I only got it at the beginning of the year when were having a sale on Oliver and S patterns.

It is a great pattern to sew, it is really straight forward. Why did it take me so long to complete - buttonholes and buttons!! I don't know what it is with them, but I always put them off.     With this dress I completed the buttonholes over a month ago, but it actually took me until last weekend at Sew It Together to sew the buttons on.

I was worried that Ella wouldn't get any wear out of it, but the weather today was perfect and sunny, which makes a nice change from the rain we have been having.

The elephants - I love this fabric! I only bought a metre and I wish I bought more as I have not seen it again in the same colourway.  If you find anymore of this, let me know..... actually maybe you shouldn't - I need to remember the fabric ban.

I thought I would leave you today with a photo from where we were today - Nelson Bay which is not too far from where we live. Pretty special place and not bad for winter.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fabric Lust Have

I was prepared for the shopping that comes with Sew It Together. I had cash! I went to the Handmade Market first and only bought a jacket,  I also made a trip to Addicted to Fabric. I had missed out on the shopping trip from the day before, but seeing I had a car and some time to kill before Sew It Together officially started.

This shop is really deceiving. I have been told that this is a great shop, but from the outside its street frontage is not the slickest - so I was unsure I would have the same opinion. Well I was wrong, there is a great selection of fabric, and some very expensive fabric at that. I was very restrained in there (remember I am building a house so need to save money) and I only walked out with 1.5 metres of Dear Stella fabric.

I had this fabric in my shopping cart at Hawthorne Threads, but it sold out before I had a chance to check out. I am thinking another skirt for myself. I would love to make a dress out of this fabric, so I will make a skirt and then buy some more if it works out.

At the Saturday Crafting session there are plenty of mini stalls. Last year I went a little silly, but this year I was actually quite proud of my restraint until after dinner and then it all fell apart.

My first purchase after dinner - from Posie Patchwork. As soon as we arrived back from dinner her stall was set up. Now how can you resist $2 fat quarters for normal fabric and $5 fat quarters for Japanese fabric. I couldn't resist, along with most of the girls and we ended up tipping Jennies baskets out to sift through the individually packaged goodness.

Do you notice all of the Saffron Craig fabric. I love her fabric and happy that I got quite a bit of it. There are also a couple of half yard pieces in there for a bargain price of $4.00 each. Total cost for all these goodies $28.00 (10 fat quarters and 2 half yards) I think I got off quite lightly here, some of the girls (Anna) spent considerably more than me - which always helps my conscience.

My last purchase was only a small amount of fabric, but not cheap either. Megan had her stall last. I took my wallet up just in case, but was determined not to buy anything until I saw the stack of Munki Munki fabric. I have never seen this fabric in the flesh. This fabric was already scarce when I started sewing and it was one of those things that I thought I would never own.

Munki Munki fabric

Before I was allowed to buy the fabric, Megan wanted to know if I was going to use it. God no!! It is going to go into my stash and only to be looked at and patted occasionally. She was happy with that answer.  Thanks again for selling it to me Megan, I promise it wont show up on Etsy, no matter how expensive my house build gets.

Finally my last purchase for the weekend and it wasn't from Sew It Together, it was from a Facebook fabric de-stash

Bird fabric

This fabric is one of my all time favourites. I bought the 2 metres of the pink colourway back in late 2009 early 2010. It is a moda fabric and so there have been no re-runs of this fabric.  I haven't touched the pink fabric that I bought, and when I saw the green and blue colourway for $8.00 per metre I nearly died. I bought 3 metres of the green and 2 of the blue (I really should have bought more of the blue)  Ella has already asked me if I will make her a bird blanket, but I don't know if I can cut into it.

I have one more purchase that is on its way that was bought before I went to Sew It Together. 10.5 yards of Echo by Lotta Jansdotter.  I am hoping it comes soon.

After all that fabric that I have bought (plus quite a bit from Spotlight) in the last month or so, I am going to have to go on a fabric ban.  My house is way more expensive than I ever thought it would be, so no fabric for awhile

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sew it Together Weekend 2012

I am excited that Sew It Together has finally arrived.  Most of the comments that I have received since telling people that it is in Canberra in Winter is that I am nuts. You are going to FREEZE.

I thought this time I would bring the family down for the weekend. We would take the caravan and add a couple of extra days to the trip.

We arrived Thursday. It was actually nice to come down. We arrived to beautiful sun, rather than the relentless rain and wind that we have been pounded with the last couple of days.  Yes it is cold over night, but we are nice and toasty in the caravan. It is a German caravan so built for temperatures colder than Canberra can throw out.

Yesterday being day number one, and me missing out on the shopping trip (which is probably a good thing for my bank balance) we seized the opportunity to visit the snow.

We ended up in Thredbo, which is a couple of hours from Canberra.  We were quite worried on the way down that there would be no snow. We passed snow chain areas, however there was still no snow.  As we went into the National Park, we asked if there was actually any snow (apart from on the top of the mountain) Ella was extremely excited and would have been devastated if there was no snow.

Luckily for us there was (it was probably mostly man made) but still great for a few hours of fun

Shows the lack of snow.

Snow angels - Harry tried to copy, but realised lying in the snow was cold!

Today is the crafting session. I am looking forward to catching up with all the girls, but also to a child free day.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sew It Together

Only one week to go until Sew It Together Canberra 2012.   I have been busy at the machine.

I wasn't sure if I was going to sign up for the swaps this year. It wasn't due to not wanting to, but I seem to be suffering from zero energy lately and I didn't want to let anyone down.  At the last minute I decided to participate - how could I miss out. I knew if I didn't I would be disappointed on the day.

Here are my items - you will have to excuse the photos, they are taken on my iPhone, so not the best.

Firstly the name badge swap.  I had a couple ideas straight away.  My main problem, my sewing machine was still packed away in the garage and it seemed to hard to find it and bring everything needed out.  So I thought I would try some embroidery.  How long could it take?

It took hours and hours!  These are hundreds and hundreds of french knots.  I cannot take the credit for this idea though - my friend Claire inspired me with this amazing Kindle Cover

Here is the name badge that I received

This badge... It is amazing!!! It made me smile like a Cheshire cat. I couldn't believe that something so beautiful could be mine. It was made by Fiona. Fiona made one for Becky last year and I admired it so much, I can't believe that I am lucky enough to have one for myself this year.  Not only is it a name badge, but it is a pincushion as well. Thanks Fiona!!!

Now for my sample swap items. 

This really worried me. I have been trawling through Pinterest trying to get some inspiration on what to make. I didn't want to make anything too simple, but I knew I wouldn't have the time to make anything too complicated.   In my Pinterest searches I came upon this, and I knew it would be perfect.  I am going through a Union Jack phase at the moment.  Mat is English and so I guess I can't avoid it, but I don't know why, I am just loving it.

They took longer than I thought, not hard, but a lot of sewing. Not good when you are sick.

Five little make up/ sewing bags.  I love these. I want to make one for myself, but after making five in the last two days, I think I will wait for awhile.

I am now all set for Canberra - I can't wait.