Sunday, June 15, 2014


Year around, I come across fabulous little finds around the web that end up on my virtual wishlist. You know... that list of things that catch your eye, that would be nice to stuff, pretty stuff or things you just fancy. Do you have a wishlist? Here are a few things that have jumped onto mine of late...

1. My favourite quote by E.E. Cummings.

2. A yellow vintage ladies bike from Reid Cycles.

3. Queen Bee mug, you can never have too many cups!

4. Ric Rac Ring by Christina Lowry Designs

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Itching to stitch...

Well hello there! I've been away from this blog for such a long time that I thought it was time to pop back in for a moment and show you something pretty.

Thanks to the lovely Tania, I recently came across this new embroidery book by Gail Pan called Patchwork Loves Embroidery. As I also LOVE embroidery, I thought it must be time for another book review.

source: Martingale

I've reviewed this lovely tome over on the Sunbury Stitchers blog so I won't repeat myself here, but suffice to say once my exams are over in the next two weeks, I will be whipping up one or two of these little pincushions. Tania and I have a history of crazy stitching challenges, so I've pledged to make one of these gorgeous pincushions with her as a challenge. I haven't caught up with the Gisborne stitching group in quite a while, purely due to my mad commitments this year...more about that soon, but I do hope to catch them over the semester break.

source: Martingale

Here are some divine versions of these pincushions done by blogger Sameliasmum {see link below}. She recently had a giveaway for this book, but alas I was too late and missed out. Her colour selections are so me, all bold, bright and modern. I LOVE them!

source: Sameliasmum

Sameliasmum on Pinterest

By the way, if you need some embroidery inspiration and these images aren't quite enough for you, take a look at my little collection of pins over here... You'll find lots of links to stitching tutorials too!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

life is a journey....

Someone said to me once (after seeing one of my tattoos) why would you choose to scar your body? I've got enough scars and marks on me already, why would you go and add them on purpose?

I don't normally say anything in response because I've found this topic is one of those great conversational divides. People usually either love tattoos, or hate them and I figure that sometimes it's easier to shrug, smile and walk away.

The reason I decided to write this was because I was thinking some of those sad, deep thoughts about life. About the journey people travel and what makes them the person they are. It got me thinking about my own journey and how scars can sometimes remind us about parts of that journey. The good and the bad, the fair and the foul.

the girl who keeps dreaming - pinterest

I have scars on my legs from growing too tall, too quickly as a teenager that remind me of how much I hated high school swimming carnivals...but loved sitting in the sunshine, talking endlessly with my friends. I have a big squarish scar on my knee that came as a result of a fantastic primary school game of rounders and scars on my belly as a result of pregnancies. They remind me I have three wonderful children and that I probably shouldn't wear bikinis anymore. I have a little, dinted, scar on my forehead that my Mum tells me I got from an accidental bump on a door frame as a baby. There is a 1cm long scar on the back of my left hand that I got because I was scared of the dark...reminding me of the many shenanigans my brother and I got up to growing up.

I have metaphorical scars on my heart from losing friends and loved ones. Sometimes they hurt so badly I feel like I can't breathe. I get terrified, I cry, I wish with all my being that I could talk to them one more time. Tell them about my day, my problems, my triumphs. Tell them how much I love them, just in case they didn't know already. Tell them about everything they've missed and about how much I've missed them.

the girl who keeps dreaming - pinterest

Then there are the scars I put there myself...a butterfly on my ankle to remind me that even though lots of awful, sad, unfair things happen in life, there are lots of unexpected, beautiful, happy things too. And lastly the swallow on my left wrist which reminds me that my heart will always have a home with the man I love and I'll never be truly lost with him in my life.

So as I continue on my journey, I carry these all these scars and memories with me and I feel blessed that I get to travel with so many wonderful people along the way.

Monday, October 29, 2012

playing catch up... {no. 29}

You may have noticed I have a lot of UFO's. I haven't even listed them all on my UFO page, because apart from the sheer embarrassment factor, you might find yourself scrolling and scrolling and scrolling so far down your browser, your arm falls off from the sheer strain of it! the essence of keeping things simple while also trying to shrink my HUGE list of projects (some started, some still in the planning stages and others just twinkles in my eyes) I'm going to endeavour to finish one thing every week (and not start any new ones).

I won't name names here, but you should see one post every week showcasing a finished UFO item. It's a big ask, but I do need to get things moving along a little. So here goes... the first item to be crossed off the list is the prototype of the Little Mister Softie and Cushion pattern. He's been sitting amongst my sewing things as finished back and front pieces for a few months now and here he is...ta da....finished! I've embellished him a little, with specs and some buttons on his shirt, but you can make him up as is, straight from the pattern.

My little mister has specs, because he's for my Gabriel who also wears them...

The most exciting thing about this particular project being finished is that this Little Mister was my final run through of the Little Miss/Little Mister patterns. Now that I'm happy with them and Little Miss is all finalised in my Etsy store, ready for crafty peeps to buy, I can finish off Little Mister and list him too! 

To celebrate, I'm going to giveaway a copy of your choice of either my Little Miss or Little Mister pattern, along with a fabric kit to make one up (colour way will depend on your choice of pattern).

All you need to do to enter is to leave me a comment mentioning what fabrics or colours you might use to make a Little Miss/Little Mister softie. Extra entry if you like my facebook page. Because this giveaway started a little later than I wanted it to, you have until the Sunday, 4 November to enter... yay!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

red - part two {no. 27}

Here I am...with very red hair. Where my natural colour had grown out (about three inches) is incredibly bright.

I feel like a bit of a beacon (check out the part). I'm not sure that I like the result, but I'll give it a while to grow on me before I decide whether or not to keep it. These photos were taken with my iPhone, but without IG filters...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

blown off course... {no. 25}'s been a few days since I posted, but I've been a mite busy. Today I went to the orthodontist for what I thought was a minor repair {read: attach a new retainer wire, because the old one broke off} and she tells me some of my teeth have moved back towards their old places! Grrr, naughty, it looks like I'll be getting a few of my braces back on temporarily to convince them to get back on the straight and narrow again.

In other news, I found a gorgeous, plain white dinner set while I was killing time between appointments today. I've been looking for a new set for a while now. Slowly but surely over the last 13 years my beautiful Wedgwood has been dropped, chipped, broken, etc. until we now only have about five plates left. This new one is a white, quite modern, but classically shaped set by Salt & Pepper. I can't wait to unpack and wash it all...a change will be nice.

Day six - a face a day...

While blogging took a mini hiatus, so did my little faces, but here is the next one...I really like the way her lips have come up. Quite curvy and luscious. I could imagine her standing in the prow of her little sailing boat, looking out to sea with her hair streaming in the breeze.

Monday, October 22, 2012

ho ho hold onto that tree {no. 22}

Here are the fruits of my labour at the Sit & Sew on Sunday. I think he's pretty cute!

ho, ho, ho...

There's one project crossed off my list. Now there's just 597 to go...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

petals & pedis {no. 21}

Yesterday Cameron and I spent the day with my Mum {which I posted about yesterday} and today I managed to upload some of the photos I took. It was a gorgeous day and there were lots of beautiful blooms about.

Once we {and by we, I mean Cameron} had enough of watering the newly potted up petunias, we went inside and gave each other pedicures...and watched a cute movie.


Granny them...

The most beautiful lilac tree...

Cameron...sweet baby!

close up of those gorgeous blooms...

Today we all popped on down to my Aunty's house for another one of our family 'sit & sew' days. I managed to get an entire Christmas block {minus Santa's face} finished.

This year's Sunbury Stitcher's Kris Kringle involves a secret block swap...everyone taking part, makes a 12 and a half inch Xmas block and {here's the secret part} somehow we all swap. I'm not sure how that part works, but at least I've finished mine, so that's one less thing to stress over, come Christmas! Now, if only I could finish my teacher gifts early...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

happy things {no. 19 & 20}

Day four & five - a face a day...
I love the story of Peter Pan. The idea of happy thoughts making you fly is very sweet and I think, even if not physically possible... it's definitely capable of making your spirit soar!

I spent some time out in the sunshine in my Mum's garden today...with Cameron and Mum. For some reason though, I couldn't get IG to work properly...{all the glorious blooms will have to wait for tomorrow's feed}. My heart was certainly flying on it's wings though. It was lovely to enjoy the gorgeous day with my two favorite girls, some flowers, digging in the dirt and squirting some water around!


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