Friday, November 6, 2009

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou - Eb Doll Quilt Swap Opening Day

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou to Anna (tomsmum06). My youngest daughter and I have just received the most wonderful package from you (eldest daughter is away so we will show her when she gets home)...

Inside is the most adorable little dolls quilt, some gorgeous little hairbands (or buttons as Abbie has named them) and a fantastic Patchwork Kids Special magazine which I looove as this is only a new hobby of mine and dont own any magazines yet to help me on my way...the ballerina bags in there are definately going to be tried for christmas presents so thankyou thankyou again....

I have tried to take some photos of the gorgeous little birdies who look like they are wearing little tutu's for their is just so so sweet.

Again thankyou so much for all your effort you have put in, it is amazing.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

FINISHED EB Doll Quilt Swap Quilt

Yeah, after some early frustrations with my binding and after doing a lot of unpicking...I am finally happy with my little dolls quilt, it is all ready to be posted off very soon..

Here are some more pictures hoping not to give too much away but trying to get some feedback on how the binding looks now....yes the pics are awful as I had to turn the flash off or they were just reflecting back white light....

The first photo is of the quilt being tested for its purpose, for use by a gorgeous little girls dolly. The next are some close ups of the binding front and back. I hope it is well liked.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

EB Doll Quilt Swap

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It has been a little while since I have been able to do any sewing as I have been rather busy with study and life in general however, last month I signed up to take part in the EB Doll Quilt Swap so I have finally made a start and tonight have finished my top layer of the quilt.

The rules of the swap allow me only to provide a sneek peek until opening day which isnt until the first week of november so here is my first sneek peek photo.

This is the first quilt I have ever made and I have to say that I am quiet pleased with how it is turning out so far and I think that it will be quiet cute for its intended purpose for my recipient who at moment must remain a secret... so here is the sneek peek, Enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hope you like it....

As my swap partner has now received her is a picture of what I sent her...I was a little worried about the bag being simple in design so I also included a couple of little surprises for her...a lovely kimono doll pen, diary planner and a smelly satchet, hope you like it.


I am in love with my new part of the EB Bag Swap we were allowed to open our parcels today and I am ever so grateful to you BeebeeJayBee.....the bag is more than I expected and you would have put an oustanding amount of time into this bag....I am starting my study on Monday and this bag is going to come in so handy....You have thought of everything...It is a messenger style bag that has a zipped pocket at the back, lots of pockets for pens, my wallet and a mobile phone on the inside of the flap and even a smaller zippered compartment and then a zippered compartment in the bag itself which also had inside more pockets and another zippered pocket and then a large velcro pocket on the back of the messenger bag...My brief said I would love a bag to take to Tafe and use to carry some pens and a textbook around with me....This is the ultimate study bag...and to top it all off, I even got a surprise bonus of a folder made with a matching cover and a small zippered truly are a genius and I am so appreciative of the amount of work you have put into this bag....It has gone to a very good home.....Thank you Thank you Thank you I havn't received word yet as to whether my swap partner has received her bag yet so I cant post a picture of the completed product yet but I hope you like it when you do.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Birthday Gift

I made this cute little chef's outfit as a birthday present for a close friends daughters 4th birthday...we added in some gorgeous pink cooking utensils and a packet of fairy cake mix with sprinkles....

This is a photo of my youngest daughter modelling it for me....

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mermaid Costume for Kindy

My twins had a Fancy Dress Day at Kindy today so I thought I would finally make Abbie her Little Mermaid Costume that I had planned to do for sometime....

She loves it especially the tail and I think she looks so cute....she loves her little stars on her little top....shame it is in winter though, so this little Ariel had to wear tights and a long sleeve shirt as well..

There is also a little pic of her Superman Hero who promised Mummy he would scare all the "badies" away today from Ariel because he loves her.....Precious!

Excuse the loose threads on the skirt...I only noticed them after I took the photos.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

EB Sewing Swap - June 2009

I am taking part in my very first EB Sewing Swap. The idea is to make a bag for someone you dont know using some of their personal preferences with colour etc... and post it off. In return someone who I dont know, will make one for me.

The opening date of the parcels is the 10th July so until that date I cant show a photo of the finished product but here is a sneak peak which is allowed.

I love the colours in this bag, I just hope my swap partner loves it as well.

Mothers Day Gifts

For mothers day this year I made my mother a PVC coated tote bag. I put a clear pvc on the outside of the material as she goes to the beach a fair bit and thought that she would be able to put it down on the sand without it getting wet and could then be wiped clean easily...she also uses it daily to carry their mail and some groceries in....Hope you like it mum.

A Special Outfit for a Special Girl

For my youngest daughters 4th Birthday I made her a new outfit for her birthday party...
I made the skirt as part of the EB Monthly Challenge and bought the long sleeve top and embellished it.

My First Projects

Whilst I was growing up I have always watched my mother sew....I remember her making me dresses for special occassions such as flowergirl or to attend my uncle's wedding in NSW and then lots of things for her first born grandchild. It was a skill I thought I would like like to learn so took Home Economics as a school subject. I did ok and remember making a pair of shorts here and there and then forgot all about sewing once I finished high school.

In view of my recent frustration over the years at buying gifts for my family "just because" and not because it was what I wanted to get them...I thought I would try my hand at sewing again so that I might be able to make personalised gifts for my family and friends....I bought a second hand sewing machine from a garage sale to find it didnt work, maybe this was a hint. At a visit to Spotlight one day, I noticed they had a simple sewing machine on sale for around $180.00 I bought it and took it home. From there I just googled and looked up free sewing tutorials and patterns and went to work...

I have to admit I have had a couple of minor learning points along the way which have led to me becoming a great friend with the unpicker however I am pleased to admit that these are getting fewer as I go along.

Here are the first things that I have learnt to make.
My very first project....was part of the EB Monthly Sewing Challenge.
The Margaret Bag..
I accidently printed the pattern in the wrong size and the bag turned out a little smaller that I wanted but apart from that it made a great 8th birthday present for one of my nieces.

My next gift was a birthday present for a very special Great Aunt. I made this bag lined with pink satin so that she would have something nice to take her with her when she went to play cards....

My next gift to make was for a friend of mine's little boys birthday he was turning 2. What does every little boy need when you are two.....a reversible Superman / Batman cape to run around with of course....(modelled here by my gorgeous boy)