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Hand stitched Netbook sleeve March 14, 2011

Posted by Sarah in backstitch, bag, buttons, cosy, cotton, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, Letters, Pattern, recycle, reuse, Saponify, sewing, thrifty, wool.
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Finally – I’ve actually managed to take a photo of something I’ve made and post it on here!

This little Netbook sleeve was made by me last night while sitting on the couch watching television.  I stitched the entire thing by hand, as we’re in the process of packing up our house for a move and I can’t find the sewing machine.  Even if I could find the machine, finding a flat surface to use it on that’s not covered in curing soap for my business would prove to be quite the challenge!

I’ve held on to this piece of fabric for about 4 years, waiting for the right project for it.  It is a sample piece by Kvadart, called Letters.  It’s quite thick and strong – made from a blend of 50% cotton, 42% new wool and 8% nylon.  Perfect for keeping our tiny new Netbook safe from scratches and bumps.

I pinned the fabric right sides together with the Netbook inside, and then backstitched up the sides with embroidery floss.  I then used my pinking shares to cut off the excess fabric, turned it right side out and slid the computer into it’s new sleeve.  I added the button and tie to prevent any unfortunate accidents of the laptop-sliding-out-of-pretty-new-case-and-heavily-hitting-the-ground variety.

Fabric – gifted
Button – gifted
Embroidery thread – $0.15
Yarn tie – $0.01
Total cost for this project – $0.16!

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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.

Frocktober (day 3) October 3, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, dress, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Second Hand, sewing, shoes, silk, vintage, wool.
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Today’s Frocktober photo was taken in the pouring rain this morning Paddington.

It’s now a lovely afternoon and we’re headed to Woolloomooloo to help our friends celebrate their engagement.  Fun!

Dress:  Silk – handmade for me in Vietnam
Jacket:  ‘Jaeger’ lined tailored woolen jacket – vintage find
Shoes:  Converse All Stars
Umbrella:  Minty Meets Munt

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend as much as I am!

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

Vintage blankets given new life July 27, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blanket, blanket stitch, cosy, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, Made It store, recycle, refashion, Shop, Store, wool.
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I’ve been helping to metamorphisise old into new, unloved into treasured.  Breathing new life into vintage blankets left unwanted on the shelves of country op-shops.

I particularly like this combination of pale yellow blanket matched with variegated wool.

I’ll stitch a little something else on to this beauty.  Perhaps a doilie, we’ll see.  It will come to me in time; it always does.

This bottom one is a smaller version, a baby blanket for wrapping up your smallest, littlest, newest friends or family members.

Both will be available for purchase in my Made It store later this week.

Wrap up, and stay warm friends.

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

The making of a warm, snuggly house May 24, 2010

Posted by Sarah in cosy, draft snake, fabric, home made, Made It store, recycle, refashion, sewing, slug, snake, thrifty, wool.
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Yesterday I noticed that J had nestled Leopold under the bathroom door to stop the draft coming though.

Leopold looked rather uncomfortable with his tail bent at an unnatural angle.  Also, upon further inspection I found that he was a little thin for that door, and we would be better with something there that was a bit fatter.

I got to work on the sewing machine and whipped up something more suitable for the door.  He’s not a snake you see, more of a slug.

He’s doing an excellent job keeping the cold drafts out of our bedroom, and I can’t help but giggle each time I pass him on the way to the bathroom.

He’s made out of a piece of sample wool I picked up from Reverse Garbage, and stuffed with Polyfil.  What do you think we should name him?  Suggestions welcome…

Archibald the draft snake November 10, 2009

Posted by Sarah in blue, cosy, draft snake, fabric, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, wool.
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I’ve just listed Archibald in my Esty store!

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He likes: naps, Narwhals and nachos

He dislikes: navel oranges, Naruto and nasty people

Archibald is hanging out with Harriet and Leopold in the craftyllama store.

Edit 17.12.09

Archibald has been sold!  He’s heading back to New Zealand with us to meet his new family this week.


Leopold the draft snake November 9, 2009

Posted by Sarah in blue, cosy, draft snake, fabric, felt, green, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, thrifty, toy, wool.
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I’ve just listed this very sweet draft snake in my etsy store.

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His name is Leopold.

He likes: croquet, croquettes and croque monsieurs

He disklies: crocodiles, croquembouche, and crocs

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He’s keeping Harriet company at the moment, Archibald will be joining them shortly!

Bedside October 26, 2009

Posted by Sarah in art, blanket, clothes, cosy, Craft, crochet, fabric, flowers, gift, home made, kittens, knitting, markets, meme, My place and yours, scarf, sewing, silk, toy, vintage, wool.
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Playing along with Pip from Meet me at Mikes.  This weeks theme is bedside and was chosen by Pottymouthmama.

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The shelf that holds all kinds of fun things:

The Narwhal toy I bought for Joh in San Francisco

The French kitty my beautiful friend Josephine made for my birthday this year

Assorted Plush Microbes, and a zombie kitty

The enormous blanket that took almost an entire year to knit

Assorted warm things, hand made and vintage

My collection of PJ’s and nighties

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My friend Rosa-may drew this incredible picture of me, wearing the crochet scarf she made for me.  I love it so much!

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The set of drawers that my grandfather made for my mother, that I repainted blue as a teenager.  I had been holding on to the lamp stand for years without a shade waiting for the perfect thing, then one day I found this at the Surry Hills Markets.  It’s perfect in so many ways.  I’m so glad I waited until I found something I really liked.

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On the wall is the gorgeous print entitled ‘making friends’ from the artists APAK.  I purchased it from the lovely Outre Gallery.  A little gift for Joh a few years back.  Just because I love him so.

Wisdom Tooth softie October 20, 2009

Posted by Sarah in book, fabric, felt, gift, home made, sewing, wool.
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I made this little wisdom tooth softie April this year for my friend Lydia, who was having her wisdom teeth removed.  Ouch!

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I used light blue embroidery floss to make the eyes and mouth, complete with a set of healthy looking teeth.

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Of course if you’re going to have a wisdom tooth you need to make him look wise.  I looked around on the internet for photos of graduation caps, then made one for my tooth out of wool felt.

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And I added a piece of wool to imitate the look of the tassel.

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I found the idea in this lovely inspiring book.  Yay!!