Monday, July 14, 2014

Its almost at an end...

...and so the last finishing touches are going into the old family home after a 5 month leave from school...I've styled and shaped it, my brother doing the major construction work, and me the labourer/odd job/decorator.  Between the two of us the home has never looked better!  I wish I could live in a home like this....mine now resembles a crowded second hand shop as the two homes converge into one very small cottage.  I will continue to cull and give-away, and considering the styled home is also a complete house of furniture and decor items.....  Oh My Goodness! That's a lot to fit!

...and so I am sitting here at the PC trying to work out what will stay and what will go and have been playing with a moodboard for my bedroom.  Those of you that know me, will know that my house is usually full of colour, and not just one, but I am going to go very subdued and calm in its next reincarnation....whites, greys and taupe. Very new for me!


Goodies from online stores like Temple and Webster, Zanui, The Home, Sheridan-online and my old mates IKEA.  Bargain prices paid for everything!  A feature wall of peel and stick wallpaper of old white timber boarding, a green silk runner on the side of the bed, with chenille quilt cover, linen throws and velvet cushions....texture and lightness!

Im also looking forward to getting my big brushed chrome bed back!  At the moment its in the main bedroom at the old house! (sleep for me is on an inflatable 'Euro bed' at the moment!  Not bad, but very low!)

So, back to school next week.  I will try to check in with you Dear Reader very soon as I get back on the machine and begin to sew again...the paint brushes and work boots will have to wait for weekends again!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

...let's twist again.....

...to show I used some of the scrap twine......


Twist,using selvedge of red balloon fabric and strip of check,directions to instructions here
Hand printed wrapping paper from The Dharma Door
Goodies inside for Anna'as birthday

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pinterest playtime

I continue to look and pin through Pinterest...and today I thought I'd have a go at one of the ideas....
My Poppet's scrap twine! 

Great tutorial!
Quick and easy and a 'mindless' activity to do while its raining and watching a DVD!  (...and by mindless I mean you don't have to think about it as you go!)



Not all of my scraps where conveniently, neat, 1 inch strips but I used up some of the stash and that's a good thing!  I didn't have the gorgeous colour combos and good lighting, but you can get the idea!  :-)

I reckon it will make good twine to wrap and decorate presents!

On the shelf just waiting now...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Slowly and purposefully...

I still struggle to be creative again with thread and fabric!
Did I burn out? ....well yes, a bit...
Did I become occupied by other things?  ....yes I definitely did!

The family home is styled and staged, painted and refreshed....so I find the remaining time on leave has become a little more relaxing and to be enjoyed!  (I might pop a few photos on the blog of things I have done at the house.  I probably should've done this all along to keep in the rhythm of blogging!)

So to today's activity...a sock monkey!



They are not a new thing in 'blogland' but I have loved them for a while and I have never made one!
I was going through my Pinterest boards the other day with Miss 4 (5 on Friday) and we were discussing the things we could "craft", as she puts it.  Two things grabbed our attention.  A penguin and a monkey.

Miss 4 armed with glue gun and scissors and some bits from the craft box and recycle bin made her penguin. My job was to squeeze the glue onto the bits she gave me.  A great result!



My task was to create a sock monkey.  Kind of cute - the socks were a bit too thin for my liking and so I couldn't stuff the body too much, but the pink bottom on the monkey has raised some eyebrows here at home!
Anyway, I've made one.

Tutorial from  here.



calf high socks from Coles supermarket, thus the brand and size on poor Monkey's back!

Haven't quite got the stuffing right but i do love his curled tail!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Do you feel like knitting?

I found two freebies today while looking at the latest Better Homes and Gardens magazine over lunch...I love a freebie so I thought I'd share in case you missed it!  

  1. Looking for some warm head-wear go here...the beanies are in the 'Cleckheaton' section, but there are a range of free patterns on the auspinners site.  You will need to register, for free of course, to access the patterns for instant downloads.
  2.  Looking to make, and donate if you can, some baby clothes go here

source from here

While not much of a knitter - I'm more of the 'creative crochet girl' myself, Mum is always knitting, so I see some beenies on the horizon...I think a tea cosy might be more my style, so cute!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Home styling while on leave...

...Don't fall off your chair!  I am trying very hard to get back into the routine of daily crafting!  I have missed it!  I love creating and sharing what I do each day.

I chose not to share with you what I have been doing this year as it has not been textile work.  Preparing the family home for sale has required considerable energy and time.  Transforming it into a blank canvas for another family has been bloody hard work.

...don't get me started!  Now the inside of the house is pretty much done, painted, repaired, wallpapered, carpeted.....its time to style and stage! After so much time of emptying the house it seems ironic that we are now filling it with styled coordinated goodies from my house and several trips to IKEA!

One of the tasks I gave myself was to cover my Nan's old wing chair.





 I decided to go with plain heavy canvas but didn't like it so used up some favourite vintage Sanderson linen pieces.  The fit is not perfect, but I have another chair in mind to use the cover for later!



Nothing like counteracting busy fabrics by introducing another pattern - the 'go-to' black and white check piping!

I love it!  We will wait and see what the agent thinks when they view it...the trend for super styled homes is the go at the moment, but I wanted to have our house a bit quirky still...not every family has incredibly new furniture and totally coordinated colour schemes.....or do they?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

havent forgotten you......caught up in "life" at the moment...

No sewing going on at the moment......I miss my daily fix at the sewing machine.  I have projects on the desk ready to go and the intention but no time due to renovation commitments and utter exhaustion.

don't go away completely..... I'll be back...


I really dont enjoy prep work.... but I will share after shots of mums house, later...
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A LITTLE SOMETHING, USING LITTLE NOTHINGS!

Hi Dear Reader!
Just a quick post to show you what I did with the small triangle off-cuts from the sashing around my recent quilt top!  Nothing can be wasted...and a bit of mindless sewing is always good I think....

quick pic and upload - no glamour shot editing here!

.....may end up as a mini quilt for Miss 4's doll house, or a mega mug rug!  20 cm x 20 cm....a big T2 cup I think...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jelly roll and layer cake, and not a kilojoule in sight!

I love those names!
I have had some days away from school for a number of reasons. Together with the school commitments, I have and a range of other things I am doing and there has been very little sewing at 'Yellow Fibro'!...and little at school at the moment!

But I have been slowly working on another fashion doll - to be revealed later - not too much later I hope - and I spent a day with Mum (Her at the iron and sitting next to me passing the next strip and piece!)  As it is, it covers the top of a queen size bed.  Not my usual colour way but there was something about some of the fabrics and colours that appealed.

...forgive the early evening sun through the tree 

Missouri Quilt company tutorial - Double Slice Layer cake pattern - completely random piecing
Fabric - V and Co by Moda - 'Colour me Happy' for both layer cake and jelly roll

Now to work out a backing with the remaining jelly roll strips and I think I'll wait for the fabric to be released by the metre and pick one out.  Then a 'scrappy'' binding to keep it simple!  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Long time, no see....

Hi Dear Reader....it seems all I am doing at the moment is letting you know I am still here....

Back to school I have hit the ground running and have made a large number of commitments that are taking my energies...

BUT, I did get a Spoonflower delivery today of a fabric I have wanted to create for some time.  I have a very talented artist mother.  I had a watercolour Mum had done for her Christmas card last season, but didnt quite get around to putting the finishing touches onto it.
...enter me...always on the lookout for fabric.  I loved it and thought the 'Spoonflower treatment' was in order.

The Postie delivered it today!

30cm high Leucadendron and Protea repeated in a half tile pattern, watercolour by Vivienne

I had it printed onto the linen cotton canvas with the thought of cushion covers for the sofa or at the least a bag - surprise!  Mum was amazed and completely surprised,.....and I could tell by her expression she was very happy with the product!  I am very proud of her work...and I think seeing it in this new light, she was too!

"I never thought of that application before"

Well, Mum, guess what....you are my fabric go to girl from now on!  many sketchbooks and ideas  will keep us in fabric ideas for ever!  I left mum over her hot chocolate thinking about 'toile de jouy' using her cottages and landscapes, and how she could repeat patterns.....I'll get her into that studio again!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Back to school...and all that entails.



So sorry, Dear Reader, to have neglected you recently.

I am still here.

Reasons for my absence:

I am in the midst of a sea of planning, reworking, testing and trialling.....

matching the curriculum to the learning and activities I want ot offer.....

.....and I have more 'food' classes now, which means food orders, different teaching style and the opportunities to sew and make are somewhat limited...

The 'to-do' list for the next week, or two:

I am making another doll - now quite slowly.

Who might this be?
I have the February Bag of the Month to play with....lovely work Janelle!

just a teaser...still not too late to join us!
I want to make a sample of another wallet pattern to  to add to this one provide the Year 11 girls some options...




...and I picked up ANOTHER layer cake on the weekend because I loved the fabrics.....so some time will need to be spent mulling over what to do with it...



....pretty much 'the usual'.....I will get back into the swing of it once the weather here in Adelaide doesn't keep popping in to the 40's (Celsius)...way too energy draining in a sewing room without an air-conditioner!


I'll be in touch.....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Adventures in red leather......

Working on ideas for new projects for my senior school students I have been playing around with the fabulous pattern from Janelle at Emmaline Bags - the Necessary Clutch Wallet.

Ive made it a number of times using fabrics and differing interfacings.  To date, using Soft and Stable has been a favourite for the outer shell - adds structure without weight and crush...I'm thinking the year 11's might like to make this one as a first assessment task.

Anyway - I either make another sample to show them the finished product, or try something new and my existing wallet (I use the NCW for my gear) becomes the sample.
Enter the red leather!

A lovely dress weight red kid.  A Moda fabric for the lining.  Bronze purse twist clasp from Emmaline also. Top stitching thread at the ready.  Leather needle in the machine.


Adventure 1:  Cursing the thicker top stitching thread and poor tension...grrrr

stitching not catching on the flap facing I later did not use.

now that the leather was perforated I decided to try a zig zag
 as a decorative cover  of the sewing line...yuk effect...
Adventure 2:  Stitching dissatisfaction - thread not always catching and then the leather is punctured...

more low growling at the corner.....

Adventure 3:  Marrying the fabric with and reducing bulk

decided against the inner 'flaps' in leather...but needed to stitch the top flap in....slowly
Adventure 4:  Manoeuvring in the machine

decided not to try stiching the lining and pockets through the centre and leather...so a small 'dart' was sewn across the lining at the foldline to form an anchor point

...so the anchor point became the spot to stitch all the layers together



...but them I had to hand sew all the layers together tp anchor the pockets on the side flaps

But, it all fits, including the emergency reading glasses



But when all said and done. there is room for more - the mobile phone fits in nicely too!  and I have a funky new red leather wallet!  Woo-hoo!
...now that title should get some reader interest!  :-)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Not quite earth shattering busy work....or 'how to fit even MORE into the sewing room'!

I am lucky!  I have a sewing room, devoted to the pusuit of all things sewing,home to the computer, the sewing machines, all the fabric and everything crafty that I need and use...and Miss 4 loves to use too!

You may remember Dear Reader that I am always on the look out for nifty ways to organise and retrieve 'stuff'....you will notice I do NOT call it storage!   (Storage means putting it away and never going back to it again while you think you will use it, all the time in denial about becoming one of those secret hoarders soon to be seen on a TV show coming to you! :-) )
While this is NOT an 'earth shattering' post, I thought I'd better check in with you to let you know I'm still here and so you can see the silly but useful thing I did this afternoon....




'How to fit more into the sewing room' instructions:
  1. Turn on computer and locate 'The Paradise' episodes....channel your 'inner Denise'...
  2. Cover the three shoe boxes that really are too good to throw into the recycle bin with some freebie tourist info maps you picked up in Sydney recently (....unfortunately I didn't get to go to the places IN the maps....)
  3. Reorganise the bag hardware into zip lock bags and label them - get rid of the recycled custard tart plastic containers as they didn't fit the cubby hole properly and wasted space...
  4. Slide them into the cubby hole and think to yourself , "Not quite Pinterest but I'm happier with these sturdy boxes than what I used before"....or words to that effect! 
  5. Admire how much room these save and begin planning purchase of next bag hardware order!  (...They'll get used, dont you worry! )
  6. Start looking for more maps and boxes to better put all the purse frames into....

Told you it wasn't earth shattering.....

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Still here?...

I do hope I didn't scare you off yesterday with my mammoth post as I played with new classroom I.T. tools....

Today is very short.

NEW BOOKS!

Once again via Booktopia - speedy delivery too!
...just in time too I was about to cut out another doll, but will try another pattern from one of these!  


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Mural . ly" ....and I don't mean the Indian spin bowler either! (cricket reference)

Looking for ideas and working on stuff for school....found another cool site that I am going to try with the Year 10 and 11's for our doll making ideas.  Like Glogster but not, like Prezi, but not, a moodboard with links and  you can invite others to add and collaborate!
THATS the cool bit !.....well, just go and have a look!

I have embedded an image below!



I tried to embed it here for you but I am going to place it in the left hand column for you to click and link into...worked in the preview of the post but not when its really posted....need to learn a bit more about that....

OK try again - too big for the LH column...Ive tried now to pop it in the bottom of the post....see if that works - sorry this post is very much a learning work in progress!

Click on it (left hand column of this blog) and travel around it! I have organised the info into 'slides' and the first few are links to online resources!  Oooooo, clever! See how you could use this?  Think of all those '21st century learning' boxes you could tick! Online collaboration!

So, I spent  a lot of time fiddling with it - learning the ropes, popping in pictures,framing each shot for the presentation -  it will take you through a directed order....yes, just like Prezi ...but you can invite people to join it, they can add things, they can add comments along with you throughout the presentation....at the moment this is just my input...if I invited you you could add comments and info to it!  This would mean friends, colleagues, however you decided to do it!

I think it will be a great tool for class brainstorming or recording of plans and ideas once the teacher or students have uploaded their information or links or other bits...

 Free join up for 2 murals...I have to decide do I subscribe and will I use it all the time in class....my access to a large screen is limited in the food prep areas...I suppose given they can all add to it, individual screens on laptops may make it easier...and then everyone has a copy, and everyone has had a part in it!

....hmmmmm, just thinking out loud...let me know if you have seen it used or use it yourself...I'd love to know!

I'm no expert, so expect to see me fiddling around with these over the next few months!  I'll let you know how it goes!


Wooo-hooo!  It worked! The two photos on the left of the mural take you to links if you double click on them...the rest are my progress photos and images from making the doll, without titles or notes....I dint like how they sat on the screen, but I will keep fiddling...

Now, back to the last few days of the school holidays - and another doll -  for me!

1 hour later.....apologies if you view via a mobile device...my tablet wont allow me to access it...so it's off to the PC for you if you are interested....
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