Thursday, January 18, 2018

It all became clear

This week I had to go to the doctor. I had a few other things to do on the same day so I planned out my itinerary.
Now, at my house if you want to go somewhere and NOT be covered in dog hair when you get there...then you get dressed at the last possible minute which I did.
I set off, it was a lovely day - kinda warm but manageable. It became apparent that I was wearing really uncomfortable pants. I was squirming in the car seat as I drove. I stopped at the post office and did my posting and paused for a sneaky readjustment as I got back into the car. 
Nope, still ridiculously uncomfortable. I tried driving one handed while fudging around the back of my pants to no avail. Did I have a burr in my pants ? why were they all sideways ?
I did a bunch of small drop-offs and pick ups all the while getting crankier at the state of the stupid pants, determined I would throw the bastards into the bin as soon as I got home. 
I finally got to the Very Important Doctors place... and I waited. I squirmed a bit and waited some more. I waited until I started to feel the sweat rolling down my butt crack.
It was like my arse was having a hot flush. 
After more than hour I get escorted into the Nurses office, where she bangs on and on and on and on about how hard it is to be a woman. I smiled a lot and squirmed, and really really wanted to deal with the pants. She talked a lot, basically warning me of every possible disease I could and would probably have as my body falls apart between now and my inevitably horrible death.
(I don't think she was having a good day).
Finally it is time to go behind the curtain and remove the lower half (yeah, one of THOSE visits). I rip off the pants with glee only to find, I was wearing a pair of brand new pants! So new in fact that they had two safety pins, three ribbons, three cardboard tags, a couple of those plastic string things and a little plastic bag containing spare buttons all tucked inside.....

I laughed so much I think the grumpy nurse will need stress counselling




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pin pennant, banner and hoop (worlds most boring blog title)

 I made you a thing friends. Well not a thing but a pattern of sorts. 
It is super basic but it contains the templates for the words used on the hoop, curving for either the top or bottom.

it also includes the template for the words plus a diagram giving the dimensions of the banner


and a diagram and template for the pennant. There are no actual instructions but I figure anyone reading here can probably knock these out of the park without any hassle. There are a very limited amount of those finished pennants listed for sale in my Etsy shop as well if you are not inclined to make your own.

I made all these using 100% pure wool felt and I bought the glittertastic felt from

To download the file just click here:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

December

I keep wanting to pop in and say Hi, and show you all the new fun stuff I have been up to - but there is none. 
I had some surgery in late November and am on the slow recovery. No sweeping, vacuuming, stretching. You get it ! 
I feel good and am well enough to be getting frustrated.
I could say as a result of this, Christmas will be a low key affair and the house is a mess, but surgery or not, the state of the house and the Christmas plans would be the same.


How about your Christmas ? Big plans, an enormous table of food for lots of friends and family? Or small plans with quiet times or no plans at all.
Whichever way you spend the time, I hope it is stress free.

This is where I say I am going to try harder next year and blog more often but we all know that I will stumble in and out with no schedule or plan.



Don't forget to pat the dog.

Friday, November 10, 2017

look the other way

I am not really here. I am actually sewing things for Australian Quilt Market.
I am cutting and planning and measuring and painting.





This is Calamine, he is brand spanking new. He is a busy yet cheerful little man. 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pins and thoughts

It turns out I can't keep my crafty patterny fabric life and my enamel pin collecting and designing lives as separate as I thought. Apparently there are a bunch of people like me who swing both ways - they love a bit of making, they love a bit of pin collecting. No judgements.
If you are more kinda one way than the other please feel free to sign up to the appropriate newsletter over there on the right.  The newsletter gets you first dibs on new design and discounts and sales and all that stuff.










Some of these may be sold out (certain colours) but this is the collection at the moment.  You can see them in the shop or you can sail on by and ignore them if they are not your thing.

Wanna guess what the next crafty pin is ???



Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Piece of Cake or why I am not your best choice

I will attempt not to ramble. 
My mate Peta Peace wrote a book  - it is an EXCELLENT book. (Much like Peta herself). I only ever get to see Peta at quilt show type things 'cause we live at opposite ends of the country but Peta is the kind of person who would be the same, whether you rocked up to her door for a coffee or you were sitting at some posh dinner party with her. She is ace bananas all the way !!! She is one of the most genuine people in craftland.

Months and months and months ago Peta asked if I would like to join her blog hop.... I must have been under the pump at the time because I remember flippantly responding "sure, just so long as I don't have to actually make anything" (maybe I knew that future me would have broken her sew).


A Piece of Cake – Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

So the blog-hop starts and everyone looks like they are having a ball and making cool stuff and I start to feel like a cow for not wanting to make something... and yet my sew is completely ratshit...
However I do have stay at Sewjourn planned, so that would be the perfect time to make a project for the book would it not ?



Don't get me wrong, there are loads of super things to choose from in the book. I particularly love the Modern Spools and the Square peg mini quilt. Peta has 14 patterns in her book – including quilts, mini quilts, a table runner, and pillows. There is even a quilt using my bunnytrail fabric !!!  
The book is super clear, easy to understand and has loads of diagrams (which I love). 

   So I decide to make the square peg mini quilt and get out my cutter sizzix bizzo and cut some squares and throw some linen in the bag and head off to sewjourn, where I realise I forgot all the grey squares which were going to be in the centre.  


So you need to look at this photo and just pretend is somewhat similar to the one in the book... they both have squares at least.
For the record I also forgot to take matching thread to quilt this, my bobbins, my stuffing and any pins. It kind of became hilarious to see just how many things I didn't take with me for a sewing weekend.

If you would like to follow along the rest of the blog hop and see things that actually look like they were made from the book you can catch the last week of the blog hop with the links below.


1 Sept Kate - Never Enough Hours
2 Sept Jodie - Vintage Ric Rac
3 Sept Sharon - Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)
4 Sept Amanda - Material Girl Quilts
5 Sept Amber - A Little Bit Biased
6 Sept Xanthe - Wife Made
7 Sept Rachel - Family Ever After
8 Sept Jenny - Martingale
9 Sept Amy - Nana Company
10 Sept Peta - She Quilts A Lot

Book Details:Publisher: That Patchwork Place, Martingale
IBSN: 978-1604688573