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Reenie and Daniel September 28, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blanket, embroidery, Engagement, fabric, friends, friendship, gift, green, hand made, home made, picnic, Picnic Blanket, Reenie and Daniel, sewing.
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My sweet, supportive, totally awesome friend Reenie got engaged to her man Daniel recently.  Yay!

This is what I made for them as an engagement present – a picnic blanket embroidered with their names.  I was going to stitch a heart around the text but decided to leave it more subtle.

Congratulations Reenie and Dan!  Here’s to many happy days in the sunshine together!

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Mexican Wrestler embroidered boxing hand wraps bag July 12, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, bag, boxing, embroidery, fabric, hand wraps, Jenny Hart, Mexican Wrestler, sewing, Sublime Stitching.
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I had the sewing machine out yesterday, so I decided to finally finish something I started months ago.  A bag to keep our boxing hand wraps in.

I picked up Sublime Stitching, Craft Pad by Jenny Hart last year from Ariel Books last year.

I used her transfer as a guide, and embroidered these Mexican Wrestlers onto an old pillowcase.

The pillowcase wasn’t great for keeping the wraps in though, they kept falling out.

What it really needed was to be turned into a bag.  I cut the pillowcase to make it smaller, and sewed a drawstring into the top of it.  Now the wraps all sit happily in the bag, hanging off a hook in the laundry.  No more last second rushing around the house trying to find a set of wraps!

New Crafty Llama ‘Made It’ store open now April 7, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, blanket, buttons, cosy, Craft, embroidery, home made, Made It store, recycle, sewing, whale.
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If you liked the look of my Whales, you should head over to my new Made It store.

Wilma, Wanda, Waldrick and the rest of the fine family of Whales can’t wait to meet you.

Keeping busy March 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, blanket, buttons, Craft, draft snake, embroidery, fabric, home made, homemade jam, markets, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, strawberries, whale.
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This weekend I’ll be at the Surry Hills Markets selling, among other things, these sweet little whale softies.  If you’re in Sydney this weekend come and visit me!

I’ll also be selling my handmade soaps, jams, draft snakes, and even some handmade picnic blankets.  Wish me luck!

My weekend February 8, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, clothes, cosy, Craft, custom order, dining in, embroidery, fabric, felt, food, friends, fruit, gift, green, home made, jam, preserving, sewing, toy.
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It rained for days this past weekend.  It was the perfect weather for staying indoors and creating.

This is what my weekend looked like:

I made Jam.

And a sweet little bear for a sweet friend.

We have a bear who sits on our couch to keep us warm and humble.

A friend loved him so much that I was asked to make another for someone’s birthday.

We had said friend’s over to adopt their new Bear.  I made buttermilk scones.

We had the scones with my homemade jam – plum and cinnamon, and boysenberry.

I made this little peas in a pod toy for another friend.

And I stitched this jar cover while we watched a video last night.

I also made some extremely cute and very short sleep shorts.  Which I slept in last night, all smuggly proud of myself for having made them without a pattern.  Or measuring myself!

How was your weekend?  I hope yours was as gloriously peaceful as mine.

December 6, 2009

Posted by Sarah in blue, Craft, embroidery, fabric, felt, gift, home made, kittens, love, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty, toy.
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My newest newphew Sacha was welcomed into the world on the 23rd of November!  A little brother for my niece Sofia to dote on.

I made this kitty soft toy for him a few months ago, in anticipation for his arrival.  I finally posted it over to him in New Zealand last week, and his Grandma and Grandad took it over to him yesterday.  I used a pattern from the lovely Meet Me at Mike’s book.

The face of the kitty in the pattern is quite different to what I ended up sewing.  I think my kitty has more of a traditional cat’s face, I like this more.

The pattern didn’t include a tail, so I fashioned one for the Sacha’s kitty.  I think every kitty needs a tail, don’t you?!

The main fabric of the kitty came from an enormous thrifted woolen skirt I discovered at a local Salvation Army charity store recently.  The mushroom print on the belly is from a piece of heavy Japanese cotton from my stash.

(The stitching on the side of the belly looks a little rough because of my dodgy hand-finishing stitches.  If I made this pattern again I’d use the tail opening as the turning-right-side-out seam to fix that problem).

And they lived happily ever after November 2, 2009

Posted by Sarah in embroidery, fabric, gift, home made, love, sewing, wedding.
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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Stannard!

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Here’s to your fairytale life together, happily ever after.

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I hand embroidered these pillowcases as our wedding gift to the happy couple.  I hope they like them!