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Frocktober (day 13) October 13, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, cosy, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, home made, kings cross, me, recycle, refashion, Second Hand, sewing, thrifty, wool.
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Today’s Frock is one that I made for myself last year for Frocktober.  I wear it far more often than I ever thought that I would, which is a nice surprise.  It’s super comfortable, and goes really well with my bright pink tights!

Dress:  Wool crepe, handmade by me.
Cardigan:  Ruby, NZ

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

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Frocktober (day 8) October 8, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, crochet, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty.
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Today’s dress is one that I made for myself last year.  To be honest, it never quite fitted me properly.  I had made it in haste, and with no pattern, so the elastic in the waist bands ended up being way too big.  Unflatteringly so.  Today I decided to see if I could fix it and make it more wearable, and I have to say that I’m quite pleased with the result.

I started by sewing in the waist elastic by about 4 inches so that it sits where I want it.  Then I cut the top 4 inches off and made another elastic band.  It fits so much better now, I think I’ll wear it tons this summer.  I’m going to wear it with the split up the back now rather than at the side.  I went out to get some shots and ended up walking all the way to Paddington and back in it.  It’s really comfortable!

Dress:  Handmade by me, then fixed by me a year later!
Brooch:  Gift from my Mum – I think she got it from a market somewhere in Auckland.  As I was putting it on today I accidentally broke off the little plastic diamante from the centre of it.  Oops!  I may or may not repair it.  I quite like it the way it is now actually.  I don’t wear it often, as it’s quite big to wear up on my chest.  I think it works really well on my dress ‘belt’ though.

You’ll have to excuse my facial expression in the second photo – it’s difficult to pose for a photo when you can see another pedestrian coming along the alley towards you!

 

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

Frocktober (day 6) October 6, 2010

Posted by Sarah in apron, business, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, home made, me, recycle, Saponify, sewing, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today I’m wearing a little stretch cotton dress that I made last year.  Super comfortable, but quite short!  It’s a wear-with-shorts-or-leggings kind of number.

You can see right behind my behind there’s a couple of my handmade soaps.  I’m just setting up to take some product shots so they can go into the shop this afternoon.

Dress:  Handmade by me with fabric found in my Mum’s stash
Apron:  Most probably made by my Nana, given to me by Mum last time I visited home.  It’s awesome fabric, I love it!  It’s fraying on the tie at the back and is badly in need of some repairs, but I that’s part of what I love about it.  The wide waist band makes this apron so comfortable to wear.  It’s great when I’m photographing my products as it stops me getting tiny pieces of soap all over my dress.

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

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!

The blockade September 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, food, fruit, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, preserving, strawberries.
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The 212 glass jam jars I ordered arrived about an hour ago, and I already have two pots of Strawberry Jam bubbling away.

(Just in case you were wondering what I’m going to be spending the next few months doing)

Right now they’re making quite an excellent blockade for our front door.  I’ll have to work our a better place to put them before the Mr gets home tonight.

I’ll be selling jars full of Jam and Relish this holiday season – stay tuned for more information!

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!

Allie’s Attic handmade market September 19, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Allie's Attic handmade market, Baby Bath Tea, Bath Salts, business, craft fair, Cronulla, hand made, home made, markets, Saponify, soap, whipped sugar scrubs.
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Yesterday I headed down to Cronulla with my Saponify goodies for the 4th Allie’s Attic handmade market.

Allie also did a lovely little write up of Saponify products on her blog.

I’ll be updating the website in the next couple of days with some new products so stay tuned!

I hope everyone that took home some of my handmade goodies enjoys using them!

Power animals September 13, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, Bear, birthday, friends, friendship, gift, hand made, home made, Ilustration, llama, love, Polar Bear, Rosa-May.
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Rosa-May wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday this year, and I asked her to draw something for me.

I cried when I opened this on the night.  So special.

I sanded back an old blue frame and repainted it brown last week.  I love it!

(In case you’re wondering, it’s supposed to be the Mr and I).  So sweet!

The awesomeness that is Rosa-may August 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, birthday, Frank and Dean, friends, gift, giveaway, hand made, home made, Ilustration, love, Store.
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My dear friend Rosa-May is a very talented artist and photographer.  Right now she’s running a giveaway on her beautiful blog, and I think you should head over there and check it out.

She and her sister Stella also have a store full of beautiful illustrated stationary.  I highly recommend you head over there and stock up on their beautiful things.  It would make me so happy if you supported my sweet friends!

The giveaway will be drawn this coming Friday, the 6th of August.  That, my friends, is my birthday!  Go there, enter her giveaway and win something.  I dare you!

Little Elephant for a little friend July 30, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, buttons, Craft, Elephant, fabric, family, gift, hand made, home made, love, Pattern, recycle, refashion, sewing, toy.
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I made this Elephant for my Great-Nephew Felix’s 1st birthday.

I used a pattern from the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.  It was good using a pattern for a change.  I learnt quite a lot about construction while I was working on it.  I think the pattern could have had some better instructions at times, but mostly it was easy to follow.

The fabric that I used to make the Elephant came from my massive stash.  I believe this particular piece came from Reverse Garbage.  It’s a lovely soft thick knit, wool I think.  I must have thrown away the tag when I washed the fabric, so there’s no way to tell really.  The fabric inside the ears is the same wool that I used for this Kitty, a present for another little Nephew of mine.

My lovely big Sister was visiting this week, so I gave this little Elephant to her to take home to her Grandson.  I hope he likes it!