Travel

A Paris sojourn

We had planned a quick trip to Paris as I hadn’t been since 1982 and then I discovered that Mark had never been. This surprised me as he and his father drove from Tasmania to Yorkshire in the 1960s, and so he’d seen a lot of Europe, but apparently as soon as they hit Switzerland […]

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Sewing

A new travel ensemble

I was busy trying to put together a capsule wardrobe for our trip when Jenny (@joeandroxy on Instagram) offered me some magnificent ponte that she had bought as deadstock years ago from a designer who has since shut down. I measured out enough for a jacket and some trousers and returned the remainder to her, […]

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Making for baby edition 11

I made a big pile of things to take to London for my new grandson, some of which I’ve shown here, but I wanted some to be a surprise so this is a quick roundup of those makes. First of all I had to get them to the UK. There was no way they would […]

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crafting, Embroidery, Sewing

Felt barn and animals

Quite a while ago I saw this lovely felt barn that Kristinasstyle on Instagram made and I knew I needed to make one too. I found the pattern at Little Softie Shoppe on Etsy and immediately bought it. However I accidentally only bought the animals, so asked if I could update my purchase to include […]

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Sewing

Tessuti Helga shirt

This month on Make a Garment a Month sewalong on Instagram the theme is Shirty September. Interpretations vary between making something which causes annoyance (or shirtiness) or making a shirt. I chose a shirt, but it did cause me some shirty moments. I bought the Helga shirt pattern for $1 at the Fibres West garage […]

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crafting, Sewing

Making for baby episode 10

There have been fun times in my sewing room as I got a Cricut Maker 3 for my birthday. I’ve been looking at cutting machines for a couple of years as my right thumb is giving me grief and I have never been good at cutting out small things. As soon as the Maker 3 […]

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Sewing

A zero waste satchel

Liz Haywood, that renowned zero waste designer, published a pattern for a zero waste satchel in her May e-zine, and I was really keen to make it immediately, but events got in the way until this week. I am really pleased with it; it’s a perfect size and I love the design. I was really […]

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A Hobart holiday and new knitted top

A few years ago I bought this sweater knit at Knitwit Fabrics with the intention of making myself a jumper. Then I just couldn’t get around to doing it. This year I have been trying to use all my bulky fabrics to make some empty shelves in the stash, so this got added to the […]

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Sewing

Two piece setacular(s)

The latest challenge with my sewing friends, Megan (meggipeg) and Katherine (sewblooms) was to make a two piece setacular. I loved this idea and immediately started looking at what I had. First up was this mossy green wool which I bought at Knitwit Fabrics some years ago. It took up a lot of room in […]

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Tummy time roller

I have to say at the outset that I had never heard of a tummy time roller, but I’m fully across them now! If you don’t know what it is, it’s for a young baby who should spend a short time each day on its tummy. All the babies I’ve known have hated tummy time, […]

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