Monday, 6 February 2012

Reversible Winter Top

It may be the middle of our hot Summer but I am in the middle of preparing for another cold Melbourne winter!

I have been slowly working on a reversible winter top/dress for O and after putting it off for too long I finally finished it yesterday.

It's not that it wasn't a good pattern, I just struggled finding the motivation to work on it. Perhaps I didn't really comprehend that making it reversible would mean twice the effort :)

But it is finished and I am actually very happy with it. Miss O was in no mood for photos today and these pics were the absolute best I could manage :)

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Happy Australia Day

What better way to celebrate Australia Day then spend the whole day at the beach and share a lovely meal with our family :)

Happy Australia Day everyone!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Easy Peasy Strawberry Jam!

I have found the EASIEST strawberry jam recipe (and yes I'm being very arrogant indeed lol).  It was super easy and unlike another previous not-to-be-mentioned jam experiment, it set perfectly first time :)

Here's the recipe...

1kg strawberries (hulled and quartered)
2 x 500gm packs of jam setting sugar
A scoop of butter

1. Crush strawberries with a potato masher or stick blender
2. Place strawberries and sugar in a large, heavy based pot
3. Heat the mixture over a low heat until the sugar has all dissolved (don't allow it to boil)
4. Add a scoop of butter then bring the mixture to a full boil
5. Boil for 4 minutes only and then remove it from the stove and skim off any foam (I didn't bother with this though). Pour into sterilised jars and you're done!

My four year old had a great time cooking this with me but he loved eating it even more!

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Molly Jacket

I'm thrilled to have finished the Molly Jacket by Violette Field Threads, it all came together so easily and I love how endless the fabric combinations are!

I decided to make the reversible option and chose a nice vibrant red and retro turquoise fabric and added wooden buttons (ah wooden buttons, what don't they coordinate with?).

The only thing I did differently from the pattern was to topstitch the front panels and bottom hem.  I think next time I might also add an inch or two to the jacket just because I like a little extra length for winter.

Happy weekend everyone!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Lacey Summer Nightie

What could be cuter than a simple cotton nightie trimmed with beautiful lace? Nothing of course :) 

Using this tutorial from iCandy Handmade I used some lovely sheer vintage cotton that I'd had stored for a few months and topped it with some beautiful white stretch lace.

It was a fun little project and perfect for our hot Australian summer nights!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Winter jacket fabrics

I've been busy tonight cutting out fabric for Miss O's winter jacket, I'm being very organized and sewing in summer :)

I'm excited already!

Fingerprint necklace

After noticing how popular these were I couldn't help but try and make my own. Getting the kiddies to press their fingers in nice and gently without smudging was the trickiest part! I'm very happy with my first attempt into jewellery making :)

Here's some beautiful fingerprint jewellery from Etsy that I just love :)