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Skipping Boy

One budget white t-shirt. One Sprout Skipping Boy appliqued on = Super cool t-shirt!


Here's a close-up of my applique'ing. I tried with a darning foot but with the lowered feed dogs there was shuddering and shaking, and NOT the good kind ;)
Least to say I wasn't tempted to continue with this method.
So I reverted to what I know how to do. Which is to use my applique foot (clear plastic foot) and use the first of my buttonhole stitches to do a so-called satin-stitch.
Feed dogs were up and it was fairly easy to manoeuvre around the curves.


This was the end product. One happy skipping boy.

Note: I did use Lite Steam-A-Seam in between the boy and the t-shirt to keep it in place.

Now... what else can I get away with while the kids are watching t.v?


33weeks and trust me, I'm counting...


Stitches and Craft Goodness

I sooo enjoyed the Stitches and Craft Show in Rosehill. Luckily for me it's only a 15min drive and I had my lovely sister to help me out. The other great thing about going on the second last show day was that there were marked down prices. There were 4 levels of craftiness and even though we got there after midday I was exhausted by the end of the day.

I met the really wonderful Fiona of Dearfii (whom I won my free ticket from) and I couldn't leave this lovely pincushion in her stall. I was drawn to it immediately and had to take it home.


Funnily enough, I bought some scrapbooking supplies. A friend of mine had given me a scrapbooking album when I was pregnant with my first and I just never got around to using it. Now that I have some supplies I am definately going to get creative.
It also helped that sis subscribed to a scrapbook magazine for just $36/yr with two back issues we got to take home that day. Awesome.


Ink and Spindle fat qtr and a dotty fat qtr.


This is the pack I got …

The Blind Hem

Wow, wow, wow! That's how I felt when I figured out how to do the Blind Hem on my Janome 521. I needed to hem up some pants for father-in-law and didn't want to do them by hand. It's a machine alternative to the catch-stitch I believe but don't quote me on that.
There's a super cool tutorial on Hoppo Bumpo about how to do it. I've just added some of my own pictures here to show you the process I went through. There's varied fabrics featured as I ended up doing three pairs of pants.

Above: This is my blind hem foot (G). The edge of the white part needs to stay aligned with the fold so your needle just catches this line when sewing. See my lovely bamboo stick pointing to the folded edge! You will be working on the wrong side of your pant leg.
^ To begin what I did was overlock the raw-cut edge of the pair of pants I was hemming.
I folded it to the length of what I wanted it to end up to be, pressed that and pinned a line about an inch from the folded edge. This li…

Happy Dancing

You know that I make things for my children and myself but what about hubby? He is my most avid fan so I just had to start something especially for him.
Even though we're nearing the end of Winter but it's better late than never. I searched for a scarf pattern and found this cutie. It's the Irish Hiking Scarfand my first cable ever.
But I didn't have a dpn so I improvised and made one of my own out of this bamboo skewer which was really close in size to my size 4 knitting needles.
I must say it's incredibly easy to do but it's just taking forever to finish.
Plus I keep forgetting what row I am up to... is there an easy way to do this?

What fabric ban? Some lovelies arrived today from Sew Mama Sew.


Japanese Folklore by Lecien.
I'm thinking this will be my backpack tote.

Pussy Willow in Cream - Full Bloom Definately for Little Miss' birthday dress in September.
Butterflies on Cream - Porcelina
A cute little lazy days skirt for this summer. Other great news... I wo…

Spoonful of Sugar Giveaway

Crafting and Cooking! Yes please.



I've spotted a Dujour Cookbook giveaway from Spoonful of Sugar.
Open to Australian Residents only.

Check out her blog. She has a gorgeous String Quilt made using Amy Butler fabrics. It's beautiful.


Which reminds me that I need to stop procrastinating on my baby quilt and get it finished before bub arrives. I'll get it done by October, right?



I've decided today that I need to create something ... anything using my sewing machine.
So I should get off this laptop and just CUT UP SOME FABRIC.

Winners are Grinners

The Bloggerversary winner is.... Rachael who said:
"I love reading other crafty peoples blogs, it inspires me so much. If I can inspire someone who reads my blog to try something new then I have succeeded."

So true. I love it when people get inspired by seeing things on my blog.
Her beautiful blog features a gorgeous vest she knitted for her daughter. I've been admiring so many vests out there for the bubs and this one is just perfect for our winter weather. Not that it's a true winter just yet. The sun is still shining brightly like it was Spring. I think we have a hot summer coming.. yuck.

Thankyou for all who commented. Now I have some new inspiring blogs to read!

E-mail me your address Rachael and I will post out the book to you this week!