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Fabric Backgammon Board Game October 26, 2010

Posted by Sarah in backgammon, birthday, buttons, fabric, game, gift, green, hand made, home made, Pattern, recycle, reuse, sewing, thrifty.
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If you had asked me a week ago if I’d ever played backgammon my answer would have been no.

This is what I said to the Mr when he asked me if I had played before.  I said that I’d like to learn though, so he downloaded an iphone app for it and taught me to play.  We both agree that it’s a great game.  It’s one of the oldest board games around.

Fast forward one week and we’re both slightly addicted to the game!

I wanted to do something special for J for his birthday this year.  He turned 30 today you see, it’s a pretty special day.

I had originally planned on buying a vintage set online, but after some searching I found them to be way out of my rather meagre current budget.

This is what made me decide to make my own backgammon board for him.  I remember seeing one on a blog many moons ago that someone had made.  I couldn’t find the link, or any free patterns online yesterday, so I decided to design it myself.

Yesterday afternoon I drew up a pattern, cut out my fabric, and pieced it together.  I made the board the exact size of our coffee table so that we can play while we sit on the couch at night.

I made the board entirely from things that I found about the house.  A very thrifty project indeed!

The green fabric came from a thrift store in Batemans Bay.  It’s very thick felt, like what you would find on a snooker or pool table.

The white fabric is a thin wool, perhaps from a blanket.  I purchased that from Reverse Garbage in one of my fabric gathering outings.

The backing fabric is a Japanese cotton, something that I bought from Tessuti ages ago.  I had been waiting for the perfect project to use it on, and I think it works really well.

The pieces/chips are buttons that I picked up from a local thrift shop ages ago.  I got about 150 of them for $1 I think.  I plan to sew or glue little circles of coloured felt into the tops of the buttons, but the white stickers are doing a fine job for now.  I found the organza bag in amongst my craft goodies, perfect for storing the pieces.

The only thing that I don’t have is the 4 dice, but they can wait.  In the meantime we’re using an iphone dice app!

I’m off to pack a picnic lunch for us to share today.  It’s a glorious day for a birthday picnic I think.  Happy birthday honey!


Frocktober (day 5) October 5, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, green, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.

I’m a little late posting today.  I spent the morning in my exercise gear as it’s the only way I can guarantee I wont chicken out of my boxing class.  I had a great class, got home, showered and ate, then headed out to take today’s Frock shot.

Today’s Frocktober challenge is an old favourite of mine.  It has no zippers to struggle with – it just pops on right over my head.  I love it.  It’s so very easy to wear.

It’s a really unusual shade of hospital green.  It makes me feel a bit like I’m wearing a nurses outfit.  Or a girl guides uniform.  Or a weird combination of both.

Dress:  Op-shopped cotton 80’s find – $7
Brooch – miniature knitted brooch – Kitty Came Home

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge you can head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999

And, just so you know that I’m not alone in this challenge – here’s a link to some other ladies Frocking up for the month:






Handmade napkins October 4, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, blue, cotton, dining in, dining out, Engagement, estate sale, fabric, friends, friendship, fruit, gift, green, home made, picnic, recycle, sewing, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Our lovely friends Fiona and Tarek recently got engaged, and had an party yesterday afternoon to celebrate.

We took along a little engagement present of some of my handmade napkins.

The fabric I used came from an estate sale that I went to recently.  I’m guessing it’s probably from the late 60’s?  It’s an amazing cotton print, the purple watermelon is so cool.  I used an old sheet to back these napkins – that way they’re double-sided and they’ll last for ages.

Fabric napkins are perfect for picnics, dinner parties, and everyday use.  We use fabric napkins all the time at home- we just love them.

Congratulation Fiona and Tarek!  We’re so very happy for you both!

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.

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!

Winter woolies – new listing on Made It July 12, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blanket, blanket stitch, cosy, doilies, fabric, green, hand made, home made, Made It store, recycle, refashion, sewing, Store, wool.
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Made from a pre-loved 100% pure wool blanket.  Trimmed down to a better shape, blanket stitched around the edges, doilies for added kitsch!

For sale now in my Made It store

July 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, black, business, green, Hammer, home made, kings cross, Letterpress, recycle, refashion, Saponify, Second Hand, soap, vintage.

I’ve been indecisive for some time about how to brand and package my soaps for Saponify.  After much discussion with friends, customers and family I feel like I have in my head a clear idea and direction for what I want.  I want my soap to look like what they are.  Handmade.  Rustic.  Natural.  Covering them up with excessive packaging goes against what I want for Saponify and also what I want for this planet.  Yesterday I wandered into the most beautiful store called David Met Nicole.  I just wanted to stay in the store all day, poring over their collection of vintage stamps.  The store is tiny, but filled to the brim with exciting treasures.  The sales assistant was so lovely, and helped me to find just the right S for my soaps.  It’s a very old letterpress piece, I think that it was from the 1950’s but can’t be sure.

So, what do you think of the new look?  Do you love it or do you loathe it?

These little rubber stamps are teaching stamps from schools.  How great is that!  I’m going to use them on my notes to customers.  I need to find ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ stamps next.

Comments appreciated.

The Caterer July 1, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, bread, business, butter, cake, catering, chocolate, custom order, food, fruit, green, home made, homemade jam, jam.

I had a catering job yesterday.  12 people for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.  Of course, although I took my camera with me, I managed to forget to take photos of most of the food I provided.  Here’s what I did manage to capture:

The olive oil dough resting before being cut into Panini buns.

The cooked Panini buns.

You’ll just have to imagine them filled with Free Range Roast Pork, my home made Harissa, crisp Lettuce and fresh Tomato.  Or Free Range Roast Chicken, Avocado, home made Basil Aioli and crisp Lettuce.  Or Rare Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream and Rocket.

This fruit platter looked so pretty I had to take a photograph of it, even though it was all secured in plastic wrap.  This platter accompanied a platter of freshly baked scones, home made jams and whipped cream.  A very lavish start to the day.

Double chocolate and toasted walnut brownie.

A close up of the decadent brownie.

The afternoon fruit platter to accompany said decadent chocolate brownie.

If you’re in Sydney, and are interested in having me cater your next function send me a message or comment on this post.

A very pretty visitor February 18, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, beetle, blue, garden, green, nature.

Yesterday while I was on the phone I noticed this incredible beetle in our courtyard.  Then I finished my phone call and promptly forgot that I’d seen him/her.

A friend popped in for a visit, and as he was leaving I noticed that the beetle was still here.  It had been circling this tin for about an hour by this stage.

Note – this is not an ordinary sized tin, it’s a big catering sized one that I brought home with me from my last job to store things in.  The beetle was very big, about 2cm long.

The beetle kept circling as we were admiring it, then I realised that it couldn’t work out how to get down from the rim of the tin!  It must have been so exhausted doing laps of the tin on those tiny legs, holding up that enormous body.

You can’t quite see it in the photos, but it’s legs were the most vivid shiny metallic blue colour.

I gently put the tin on it’s side so that the beetle could find it’s way again.  When I came back 30 minutes later he had vanished.

After a quick Google search this morning I think he/she might have been a Paropsine Beetle, though I couldn’t find any photographs that matched this one’s colouring.

Edit 19.02.10

Check out my friend Larissa’s blog Ameblah for a photograph of the spectacular beetle she noticed in her yard yesterday.  So very cool.

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.

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.

Aotearoa (part 4) January 23, 2010

Posted by Sarah in family, flowers, garden, green, holiday, love.
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Photographs from my dear Aunty Margo’s beautiful garden.