Friday, December 29, 2006

Abstract Alice

Two new items on Etsy today. My new red and white pouches. This one feature an abstract design which I drew myself. It has a little Brett Whiteley influence. The only problem with the white ink is I lose the print because the paper sticks to the screen.

Red and white abstract pouch

This is the first of my new lot of 20 badges. These ones are quite pretty. One of them is going on a secret holiday to Amsterdam. This little yellow haired beauty is called Alice and she is currently available on Etsy.

Alice, Alice, Who the ... is Alice?

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Back To Work

I have made some more origami bags today. They have a green theme, with the lining, strap and applique thread all green. The denim is very thick and stiff which means I don't have to iron interfacing on which cuts out a little bit of work. I also have some new badges made and some new red/white purses coming.


Origami Tote Bag: Available at

Friday, December 22, 2006

26 little ladies

I took these badges into Meet Me At Mikes and Kids In Berlin on Monday. These ones had little personals attached to them. The Meet Me At Mikes ladies are a little more refined and natural, where as the Kids In Berlin ladies are loud and proud.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bagging it out in the heat

Sewing when it is hot isn't as much fun as sewing when it isn't hot. I did however create two new bags today, which are quite nice, so the heat isn't all bad.

This one I made today and I think the green and white is another lovely combination. Actually, white and any colour works well. This is a print I have used before and I am quite fond of it. The green polka dot fabric is also great. I love that type of green and find it hard to get anything in that colour at fabric shops, although it is in fashion. I am sure in 18 months they will all be full of it, which isn't a huge issue because it is a nice colour.

Available on Etsy

The next bag I made is using the same canvas fabric but this on has a leather bird applique. I used some of the trim I found in a local op-shop in Belgrave and I think it works well. I have some nice trim but never end up using it. I think I should get over my hording feelings towards trim and use them more often. The lining of this fabric is also great. It has a really soft feel and the pattern is an old fashion folksy style.

Also available on Etsy

Christmas Challenge Presents

I took some little badges into Meet Me At Mikes and Kids In Berlin. I also got some lovely fabric on Lygon Street and my sister got some really nice vintage fabric from Savers. With Christmas only a few days away I am trying to get all my Christmas Challenge Presents for my Brother, Sister and Mum. I went to K-nox yesterday and it wasn't as bad as I expected, but the shopping started to stress me out a little. It's smokey here in Melbourne.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Red Hot Love

I made this little beauty today. One is available on Etsy and the other five will be taken to Kids In Berlin on Monday or Tuesday. I've had the idea of doing a white screen print onto red fabric for a while now.

When I did the design I wasn't sure if I liked it, but I decided to just try it and not get too worried about it. I'm glad I did because I really like the outcome. I was much more disciplined in my screen printing, because too many times I have been stung by not aligning my screen and getting prints which are off the fabric.

This time it went great and I ended up with 12 perfect prints. I have a feeling I could do anything and it would end up looking okay because the two colours work so well together.

It's all Christmas like

Little Art Nouveau Purse

I made this little purse using the same print as the t-shirt in the post below. I made one for my boyfriends Mum and Sister; so they will all have something with the print on it. It's all Charles Rennie MacIntosh, which they really like. I like the colour combo for this purse. The other one has a green zip with green fabric inside. This one has brown, yellow and green which look nice together. Gareth chose the lining, because it was for his Mum.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Little Children Can Be Arty Too

This is the top I just printed for Gareth’s Niece. I was going to go with something cute, but then I looked through my lovely Art Nouveau book from Peter for some different ideas. I've used this book before but this time I just made the design up myself. The t-shirt is so cute and I think it makes prints look so lovely when you see them on miniature clothing.

Christmas Presents

I've have not had a chance to make many Christmas present yet, however I need to get stuff in the mail for Gareth’s family in Scotland. He has a little niece and nephew so I made some things for them last night.

The first item was a baby bib. I’m not sure if the size around the head is okay. It’s been a long while since I have been anywhere near a little baby, so I hope it fits okay. It has a little appliqué fish that I hand stitched onto the fabric.

For his nephew I made a little finger puppet. I was going to make some Thomas The Tank Engine ones but they seemed a little complicated and I surprisingly found it hard to find decent images on the Internet. Plus there seem to be about one hundred characters so I didn’t know which ones were the main ones. So I stuck with a safe option of farm animals and made a little piggy.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Start Of The Long Break

Today is the start of my summer break and I have six and a half weeks to sew, stitch and sell and I'm starting off by doing nothing today. I listed this bag, which I made a few months ago. It is a lovely tote bag with little birds flying.

There is a yellow haze outside and the smoke has all returned, I can see the mountain, but I need to really look hard.

Something that I look forward to doing is op-shopping and I hope to find some treasures this summer. I got some lovely fabric from my Nanna who works in an Op-shop and is able to do some inside work for me.

flying birds

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Hazy Shade Of Summer

Due to the fires in Victoria this is what my view outside is like. The image on the left is a normal view, the middle image is yesterday afternoon and the right image was this morning. It looks like it is clearing a bit because I can see the mountain again, but although the fires are far away (I think/hope) I can feel the smoke in my throat.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Exciting things

I didn't expect this to happen for a second time:

Get all your Christmas shopping at Etsy!

I also have a new batch of lady badges made up. They are all little beauties, some more conventional than others. Hopefully they will make an appearance soon.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Little Red Pouch

This is a new little pouch I made using red and white. I got the red drill from Lincraft and it is very bright. The white ink on it stands out and when you move it it looks like there is blue ink on the wings. I just tried it again and it didn't work, maybe I just had "sewing machine eyes" at the time.

Available at Etsy

Monday, December 04, 2006

I Made It Myself

The Age, Saturday 2nd December 2006

Saturday, December 02, 2006


These little ladies all go to the same hairdresser I think.

I had my little badges in the paper today which was all sorts of exciting. I've been busy the last week finished up at school so I have been neglecting this page a little bit. My sewing machine is also out in the timing, so I am back to the Brother that shakes the house like it is some kind of rhino party. I get it back on Tuesday, as well as the Ebay overlocker. The lady at the machine shop growled at me for buying it from Ebay, I could have got a second hand one from her, under warranty for the same amount (including the cost of service). Oppsies.