Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sewing for little girls

Wow still sewing! I have had so much fun creating these little outfits. However the real fun has been giving them away. I think I am actually getting a bit better the more I do. I have guessed a lot but seems to have worked. The top two skirts are dress-up skirts, made from tulle. I made one for my precious granddaughter Cassie; had a bit of tulle left over so made the other for a little friend. The rose set has been made up for my nephews daughter Isabella.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Subway Art

There have been a few variations of subway art around and I am still not sure how one would describe it. I guess it is the placement of text that forms the art?? Anyway thought I would have a go, so I made this up on my computer. An early aniversary present to me! Was really happy with how it turned out. Hubby likes it too!

Skirt with matching bib and headband

Oh my goodness. I can't believe I have been sewing! I have not sewn for about 20 years. When my children were small I did sew for them, more out of necessity than anything. I have never really been that keen to sew. So it surprises me that I am again sewing ...and actually enjoying doing so.
I thank God for my abilities and often feel a bit guilty that I don't put His gifts into practice more often.
I made these little sets for my grand nieces Alyssa and Heidi.
The sets have a skirt, matching bibs a traditional style and a bandana bib. ( I really like the bandana bibs) I also add a headband that I make to match Kinda cute!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

No sew Blanket

Yay no sew! How cool is that. Okay I know...a lot of my family and friends LOVE to sew. Not me ..although I can and have in the past sewn some great things, I have never been able to feel passionate about sewing. So when I discovered this idea it really sparked my interest. I have since found out that this idea has been around a long time..mmm never mind it is now back and I love how these turn out. Also been told that they last for years! Hope so.
This is how it is done. Take two pieces of fleece fabric (make sure selvege or whatever it is called is cut away) the same size. A plain colour and a print work well. Lay them back to back, cut a five inch square from each corner. Cutting this away ensures a nice finish. Then cut one inch wide x 5 inch long strips along each side. Then tie two strips together along each side untill all strips are tied.(a colour and a print strip together)I used a version of a balloon knot (same knot you use when tying balloons) it lays bit flatter than just tying together. Be sure not to pull it too tight.
As it is summer here, there is not a lot of choices in the patterned fleece..must remember to look in the fabric stores when winter arrives.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Home made laundry soap

Well here I am again ..almost the start of a new year. We have so many blessings to give thanks and praise to God for. One blessing is being able to share my creative side with family and friends. Today I learnt how to make homemade laundry soap. This was thanks to all the people that pin things on a site called It is an awesome site with a wealth of shared ideas and knowledge.
Here are some pics of my efforts today. For my first time at making this I am pretty happy with the outcome. Although I have yet to try it. There were several recipes to explore and many are very similar. The one I chose (and I did adapt it a little to suit my quantities)had one cake of pure sunlight soap grated up finely. One and a half cups of both washing soda and baking soda and 500g of Borax. These all get mixed up together and that's it! It is low sudsing so fine for the high efficency washers.
I wash with cold water, however I always disolve washing powder in warm water before adding to a load, so I shall do the same with this.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby Handkerchief Card

Okay so I am not getting here as often as I hoped. However praise to God that I still am able and enjoy being creative. We all have so many blessings to be thankful for. I am thankful to God that I can share my creations with my friends.
I have since the first time I saw one, liked the cards where a handkerchief formed part of the card, usually a brides gown or ladies dress.
On this card the handkerchief is the babies blanket or wrap. It could also be saved to be a special handkerchief later in the babies life....maybe her wedding.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gummy Candy ... ok jellies

Sounding a bit American with the candy bit. Had hubby shaking his head tonight as I work with lollies(candies or sweets)all day long then come home and announce I have a recipe I want to try ...for lollies! Gotta love him.
Came across this recipe for gummi candy. The result was more like jellies than gummi bears but anyway it was fun to make. I used a pkt of aeroplane jelly crystals and an equivalent amount of gelatin and a dessertspoon of flavour essence with half a cup of water. simply mix all together then heat and stir until it is all blended and dissolved. Pour into molds and place in freezer for 10 mins. That's it. I have a trial one that I just left to set with out it going in the freezer and it has set well ...just took longer.
I think they turned out well and edible although I would like them just a little sweeter.