back after a little break

or a long break maybe. It has been quite a while since I posted on this blog but that does not mean that I haven’t been sewing!

In my absence I have broadened my sewing horizons by sewing up three dresses (all washii’s) and a skirt to wear, along with quite a few bags and little bits and pieces for around the house. 

At the start of this year I made a little pact with myself to sew one thing per month and then during the month of january I sewed up quite a few things. Last weekend I made a new dress which has already seen some wear but which I have yet to take any pictures of so might try and get some pictures tomorrow and post them up here. Tomorrow I think I will start on another sewing project but I cant be to sure what that will be yet!

 

heres to 2014 the year of the sewlution!!

A journal cover

So it seems I have been a bit of an absent blogger recently. I have been really busy with organizing stuff for work and haven’t really felt like recording my creations, however now that the holidays are upon us I found some time to write before heading off to Bali tonight.

I have not done much sewing lately however yesterday whilst reading lots of blogs I came across and interesting sew along hosted by Ginny at Darling Adventures

The sew along involves sewing a cute little journal or notebook cover with or without applique and posting some photos to the flickr group. I had see this pattern before, when Ginny originally posted however I hadn’t really thought any more about making one until i started packing for my trip. I knew I wanted to take a journal to write about the holiday but all the ones I could find were just plain and boring.

So to participate in the sew along I decided to make a nice travel themed cover.

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In the pipeline

I have been thinking tonight about lots of projects swirling around in my head that I would like to sew up whilst I have some creative energy. I thought I should maybe make a list of the ones I am interested in because then I might actually get around to making them.

Mothers day presents for;

  • Mum
  • Nana
  • My dads fiance
  • possibly also my boyfriends mother if I can find the time

Wedding presents for some good friends of mine who are going overseas to get married

Also want to finish my pretty quilt for myself before winter rolls around

I would like to make some curtains for my bedroom (and to paint my bedroom, but that’s another story)

Make a scissor roll for my sewing scissors and rotary cutters

And not to be forgetting I still want to make some lovely skirts with the discount fabric I bought a few weeks ago. I have found the perfect tutorial too:

image credit: http://www.running-w-scissors.com/2011/06/tutorial-shirred-pocket-skirt.htmlimage credit: Running with scissors

So I know it sounds ambitious but I think if I try and get these projects done then I will be able to stockpile many beautiful fabrics when I am in Bali later in the year without feeling too guilty.

killing time

So I am trying to squeeze all that I can from the last of my holidays. I go back to work on Monday and as much as I am looking forward to it I will miss the blog reading time I have enjoyed over the last two weeks. In the past few days I have been feeling much better and I decided to start a new sewing project that could fill some time until next holidays roll around. Inspired by all the blogs I have been reading I decided I wanted to make my first real deal quilt and I wanted it to be kind of like the scrappy trip ones that every one is making.

The only thing is I don’t really have that make scraps yet because obviously I haven’t done enough sewing haha. Anyway I started to make one anyway and have decided to make it quite big with 24 blocks. So far I have completed 5 blocks and I am really loving it.

They might not line up perfectly but it is nice and authentic. I thought maybe I could share a little preview of what I have so far.
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not perfect but all mine all the same🙂
Tomorrow I want to share a list of some of my new found bloggy loves but for now bed time I think.

*Just an edit to say I also linked this post up to Marissa’s linky Wednesday party (never mind that its Saturday). Her blog is awesome you can visit it here

Stash enhancement

This has certainly been a miserable week. Last Thursday i had the unfortunate pleasure of getting all four of my wisdom teeth out. This lead to lots of smoothies, soup, and sitting about on the couch with not much to do. As an added bonus the medication I am taking for pain relief makes me feel extremely dizzy, dizzy, dizzy so I havent really been up to much creative work other than sitting on the couch perusing craft blogs and pinterest.

In a big to cheer myself up (pre surgury) I decided to take advantage of a sale that was being held at my local fabric store. 40% off all fabrics. I think that is a pretty good excuse to go shopping if ever there was one. So I set out with one goal in mind. To find a lovely fabric that I could turn into my very first clothing item, a gathered waist skirt. I have had this skirt on the brain for quite some time however, I am a massive stinge and never wanted to pay full price of wearable fabric.
Unfortunately for me I was not the only seamstress who knew of this glorious sale and the line for purchase was very long so I tried to get in and out as fast as I could. (Mr G was also rushing me because he wanted to go to a football game that afternoon and if i took to long we would miss it).

Anyway….

I forgot to buy some elastic thread so I think I might have to go back this afternoon and source some so I can make my dreams a reality. In the meantime I thought I would share the wonderful purchases that I did make. 6 special fabrics just waiting to be sewn.


Number one – A Japanese cotton. Very light weight and soft. This was $4 a metre so I bought 3


Number two – blue japanese print with big flowers. Very pretty and a bit heavier than the first print, again want to make a skirt with this one.


Number three – silky flowers another skirt in the making


Number four – a quilting cotton I hope to make some mothers day gifts with


Number five – a pretty red cotton I think this may become a new apron for me


and six – some plain poplin to fill my cupboards at $1.50 a metre why not

so thats my new fabrics ready and waiting to go, now I just need to get started.

bag bag

Today i was feeling really bored and a little bit crafty. With those two ingredients i decided to tackle a little project that was well overdue.

Every week when i go shopping i end up with 10000000000000000 plastic bags that need a home. These bags eventually come in hand for moving things, taking to work or using as rubbish bags, however then still need to live somewhere in the mean time. A few months ago I saw a tutorial online for making a bag bag and I thought that quite little project would be a perfect way to brighten up the kitchen on a Sunday afternoon.

Now, we did already have a bag bag however it was very old and stained so i decided to just piff it once the pretty new bag was complete. The original tutorial can be found at Craftiness is not optional
and here are my photos of my finished product


I think these would make nice pretty yet practical mothers day gifts to go along with flowers or something else special