Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Early to rise....

Thought I'd share this beautiful sunrise that greeted me as I walked (stumbled) into our lounge at 5.30am this morning. Seeing this made it worth getting up so very early. My eldest has a baby sitting job at some nearby neighbours 3 mornings a week and as she does not have an alarm on her clock it is up to me to get her up, which truth be told I actually don't mind too much since I usually go for a run at 6am anyway. I feel super organised getting up that early though. It was a beautiful clear, sunny day here today making it very hard for me to stay indoors although I did manage to get a little sewing and cutting out done on a couple of projects I'm working on. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The "Boho" bag

So this is the second bag I made with the same pattern I drafted for the bag in the previous post. I have a lovely collection of batik fabrics that I purchased a few years back on a holiday in Bali and because I don't go to Bali as often as I would like these fabrics are in the "precious category" of my stash but I thought they would be perfectly suited to this type of bag. I wanted a sort of bohemian look so pieced some small pieces of batik scraps together onto some light interfacing then embellished each seam with a variety of machine embroidery stitches. I added a flap to the top with a magnetic enclosure simply because I didn't have a zip in the correct colour or length.

A simply made soft 'button' was added to the flap front on top of the magnetic stud which I think goes nicely with these ethnic looking fabrics.

This is the back of the bag and also one of the side pockets which I made slightly bigger than the original pattern, added an inverted pleat to the bottom and elastic to the top which makes the pocket more secure and perfect for holding things like sunglasses or a cellphone.
The straps are done the same way although pieced together from 3 different prints.

The fabric used on the inside of the bag is an African fabric called "shwe shwe" and I think it coordinates nicely with the batiks. I did the same zippered inner pocket but also added a hooked clasp on some woven ribbon to one of the inside side seams for holding/securing keys.

And here is my beautiful model once again in our garden doing a great job of modelling this bag.

The boho bag is now available to purchase here in my Etsy shop.

A new bag for spring/summer

 I made this shoulder/ messenger bag about 3 weeks ago now but couldn't find time to blog about it so yeah 3 weeks later here it is. Its a type of bag that I've been wanting to make for a while now. The pretty floral fabric I used has been in my stash for a few years, actually I bought it before I had kids as I can remember the dress I made it up in. I don't have the dress any more but thankfully had quite a bit of the fabric leftover patiently waiting for the perfect project.

It is a lovely roomy bag with 2 outside pockets and 1 zippered inner pocket. The straps are generously lengthy and tie at the top so you can adjust their length to where you want the bag to sit. I like to have it strung across my body with it sitting nicely on my hip and leaving my hands free.

I originally strung some beads onto the zip but then found this little dragonfly charm that I had forgotten I had bought some time ago. I think it fits in perfectly with the floral almost botanical look of this print.

And here is my beautiful 15 year old modelling the bag for me in out garden last Sunday which was a warm but breezy spring day here.  Notice the tail of my ever present photography assistant.
I have since made another one of these bags with a few extra features but that is a whole other post :-)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Keeping busy....

So looks like I've had an unintentional break from blogging lately. I've been keeping busy with school holidays, doing a spring clean-up in my garden, quite a bit of sewing, and oh yeah I've just celebrated a birthday :-) My girls made me feel loved and special with presents, artwork, and thoughtful words written in my birthday cards. My parents took me out shopping and to lunch for the day and 2 girlfriends organised a casual dinner of home made burgers and wine. I whipped up the above Strawberry chocolate tart for dessert and it was the perfect decadent ending to a perfect birthday. You can find the recipe here. Be warned that the only thing healthy about it is the 2 punnets of strawberries underneath the white and dark drizzled chocolate layer. Although dark chocolate has some health benefits too right??

Okay I shall be back very soon with a post or 3 to share what I have been sewing.

Monday, October 1, 2012

What goes around comes around.......

I had the pleasure of working with some pretty fabrics from my stash last week to up-cycle this thrifted lamp for a very good friend and neighbour last week.  She has been a very supportive friend to me in these past months, and has the ability to make me smile and laugh when I need to and always comes out with the wisest of words to uplift my spirit. 

Re-cycled lamp
The lamp is for her daughters room who just happens to be a very good friend of my youngest daughter. For her birthday 2 years ago I made her this cushion so we used similar fabrics and colours for the shade.

Re-cycled lamp
The fabrics are mostly Heather Bailey because like me my friend has good taste in fabrics :-)

Re-cycled lamp Re-cycled lamp
She painted the base white which I think makes the pretty fabrics in the shade stand out well and don't you just love that beautiful mirror hanging above the drawers.
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