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How to make a paper bag star

I posted some Christmas decoration stars on Instagram that I had made from paper bags and was asked by several people for a tutorial. I need to say at the outset that these are not my invention. My Mum used to make them with us but I had forgotten how until I saw them on […]

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It’s feeling like Christmas

I began my Christmas sewing with a stocking for my granddaughter, which I posted about here. When I delivered the new and improved stocking I did notice that the red stocking didn’t coordinate well with the ones that Tom and Bridgette have, so I set about making some for them. I had run out of […]

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Closet core patterns Cielo top

It’s Natural November on Magamsewalong over on Instagram, so I thought I’d make a top as naturally as I could. I made the Closet Core Patterns Cielo top for the first time. In this iteration it’s very similar to other patterns I own, and I would have liked a fancier sleeve but didn’t have enough […]

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Making for babies

I may have mentioned once or twice that I have a proper aversion to giving babies and children anything with polyester content, and if you think I’m being a bit precious, google it for yourself, or at least read this article, which doesn’t delve too deeply but does give a reasonable overview. Anyway, I’m slightly […]

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Perth Frocktails Dress 2021

I wasn’t going to make a new dress for Perth Frocktails this year, but then Kathryn from Blooms Endless Summer gave me some fabric, so I did! The fabric came from the Fibres West Garage Sale and was a six metre length that kept sliding to the floor off the table and finished up being […]

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Fit for a precious baby

Ever since my granddaughter was born I’ve been wanting to make her a little dress, and as summer is coming, I’ve finally done it! You might be wondering why it’s taken me nearly four months to do this, but this baby possibly has more clothes than I do and I’m aware of not burdening her […]

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Darwin roundup

I’ve now written a few posts about our holiday in Darwin, but inevitably I feel as though I’ve missed some elements that I’d like to record for posterity, so this is a roundup of those odds and sods. There is some wonderful street art in Darwin, here is just a sample. We visited the Art […]

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Lost City and Litchfield National Park

We drove into Litchfield National Park intending to visit the waterfalls, but it was a Saturday and there was no room. All the pools were full of people floating around on pool noodles, and swimming was impossible. We did manage to squeeze into the Buley Rockhole which has pools on several levels. We walked to […]

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Possum Land dress

This dress is made from some fabric that Archie bought me when he had a holiday in Darwin a few weeks before we did. Imagine my surprise when he produced it, like a rabbit out of a hat, upon his return home! And imagine my extreme fear of cutting into this precious fabric. I was […]

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Dreamtime stories of the top end

As we have been moving around in the National Parks of the Northern Territory (known as the top end) I have noticed quite a few Dreamtime Stories on boards. I am a collector of Dreamtime Stories; I have a few stories of the Noongar people of Perth and am endlessly fascinated. The Dreamtime is the […]

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