HHmm….fairies you say?

Here, have a look….what can you see? Can you tell what I love most?

Hehe…yes, I absolutely, totally, simply LOVE fairies!!! This is my current fabric collection of fairies. :) I love it so much that I literally just take them out, gaze at them, lovingly stroke them…then store them away for another day. Hahaha! Yes, I just don’t have the heart to chop them up and turn them into something. I just LOVE to buy fairy prints!

Did you know there FAERIES and FAIRIES are totally different?? I never knew until I read it :

1.“Fairy” is a word that has been derived from Latin word “fatum,” which can mean “fate.” “Faerie” is a word that has been derived from Gaelic “fear shidhe,” which means “’man of the shee.”
2.Fairies are considered to be a group of young and pure spirits. These fairies are considered to elevate to higher levels through their impartial and loving service.
3.When compared to faeries, fairies are friendly and nice. When comparing the two spirits, fairies are very playful and kind. The fairies are also cute in comparison to faeries.
4.Unlike the faeries, fairies can be a bit mischievous but are not dangerous.
5.Unlike the fairies, faeries are considered to be evil, horrid, and mischievous creatures. These mythical figures are portrayed as spirits that know easy ways of stealing.
6.The fairies are also good-looking and more handsome then the faeries.

Read more: Difference Between Fairy and Faerie | Difference Between | Fairy vs Faerie http://www.differencebetween.net/language/words-language/difference-between-fairy-and-faerie/#ixzz3DGemq84n

And to tell you how much I love fairies, I’ve already got planned a fairy tattoo somewhere in the near future. ;)

Just slightly busy….

I have to admit that I wished I had more time and energy these days but those are the 2 things that I lack most now that I’m back at work. I miss dyeing a lot but thanks to a good friend who has kicked me back into action, I’ve tied these 2 beauties for her.

Obviously, these were custom made for her. I enjoyed every moment of it and I look forward to dyeing more but first, I need to go on a shopping spree and top up my dye. ;)

Party time!

I love parties! But if you ask me to host one, I’d most likely freak out. lol I’ve very occasionally host parties because I don’t feel as if I’m good at hosting parties. I don’t mind having family and friends over but if its going to be a huge affair, I normally shy away.

But Teena – she is the best host ever! If you cant figure out how to get it all going, Teena is the one to call. She can organize a party with her eyes closed and it’s VERY common for her to hone in on deals for sound systems. Deals such as “Mail your order today!” stick like magnet to her. And this is why her job as an events manager suits her to a T. ;) Reckon Cheeks will be having a helluva 7th birthday this year thanks to Aunty Teena. ;)

Stop, beanie time!

Whooooo….its been cold these days! And I’ve been wanting to make something to keep my head warm as I walk to the station everyday on the way to work. While I absolutely LOVE the slouch my MIL knitted me, I wanted to make something for me – for a change and decided on a pattern I got offline.

Not wanting to spend buy anymore yarn, decided to use some from my stash and while I don’t think it was the right ply, it worked out really nice….except it doesn’t fit me! lol


I really love the color of this yarn – I think it’s called Woolbale.


But what I’m more proud is how the crown turned out! I’ve not done really neats one for as long as I can remember but this, I totally love! :) **pats me on the back**

I might give this pattern my MIL gave me one of these day but in the meantime, this beanie is already getting a nice head to warm. :)

Keeping warm this winter!

Ever noticed how mad Sydney weather can be?? It’s winter now and some days tells ya, it’s so hot, you think spring is already here!! Other days, like today….it’s freezing!! And if you don’t keep warm, you get a snuffly nose and that is so not on!

I love to put the kids in onesies and we were very lucky as we had been given a few pairs from a friend but the kids have out grown them (what’s news??) and the thought of buying 3 pairs at approximately $24 each – is a bit hard to swallow. So I did what I do best – sewed my own! It may not be as good but at least, I can custom them to suit each child and fabric used is from the op-shop so it wasn’t at all pricey! :) Overall, SCORE!!!


Pattern is KwikSew’s footed PJS – custom sewn for the dino loving boy


And a pretty in pink one for the not-so-little Missy. :)

Mister’s new clothes

Being the only boy in the family, he has ended up on numerous occasions, wearing the girls stuff. No, I’m not proud of it but sometimes, I just don’t have the time to sew him stuff hence he ends up a bit lacking in mama made clothes. I have to admit though, with him, I have bought a lot of stuff off the shelves. Not proud of it!!

And funnily enough, kids grown and with all kids, you blink and they have skipped a size or 2 and you have LONG sleeves tops ending up below the elbow and long pants ending up just below the knee!! Who gave them permission to grow??

So pressed to step up and put in some effort to dress my only son sensibly, I made a couple of tops for him. I don’t think I will make him any pants….I’ll leave that to store bought stuff! :P


Imke for boys – straight sleeves and straight cut body


Ottobre raglan tshirt


Ottobre Tshirt as well with a hood on


I really love how this one turned out – I actually love how I played with the trim and matching ribbing!! lol O did I tell you the lines match up??? SCORE~~!!! :D

I still owe him a couple of things, but I think I might have to stop the winter sewing and focus on summer coz we are heading back home for a holiday….and it’s HOT there!! :)

Sewing for the Little Miss

It’s been awhile since I last updated this blog but things have been so hectic, to sit long enough to blog is a real luxury! I’ve been trying my best to stay offline and focus more on sewing and tie dyeing, anything that is crafty just so I use my time wisely rather than spend it on FB doing nothing but stalk people! lol

FB is seriously dangerous and just too addictive. One click ALWAYS leads to another and before you know it, the hour(s) just literally disappears before your very eyes. Time lost is time lost. Can’t get it back no more!

Even though Miss G has a lot of clothes, they are mainly hand-me-downs and I think it unfair not to own her own stuff so I’ve been sewing bits and pieces for her.


This is a pinny sewed in knit using Otto pattern. The fabric itself is medium weight and double sided prints. The other side is stripes.


Love how it turned out! A note to myself though – leave out the elastic waist, too tight on my little puddin’! lol :P

What’s even sweeter is that this fabric was free! Gotta love them freebies. :)


Another set of Ottobre patterns – Acrobatic harem pants (from memory) and the tshirt is also from the same issue.


The ONLY time she can sit still long enough for me to snap a shot!! lol

These are basically my knit fabric that I’ve sewn up for Miss G. You can already know that I am no fan of wovens but sometimes, you just have to use it…so coming up next is my woven pattern after a very very long time!!

The perfect gift

One of the things I find most difficult to do is buying presents for people. For the past few birthdays, I’ve been making personalized gifts – simple stuff that I sew up that are quick but also personal.

The most difficult is looking for stuff for teenagers. But I think I may have found the perfect gift for Lynden, my godson. He’s 15 going on 16 years old and he is as fussy as any teenagers but he has been carrying on about wanting new headphones and voila, thanks to Keira who told me about musiciansfriend.com, I’m so going to be his FAVOURITE aunty forever! lol

Bus pass tags for the girls

So the girls have been taking the local school bus to school since mid last term. They are nore confident now and I just thought (mainly because I can!), why not make it fun to have bus pass tags that were actually pretty??

And so I modified this version of travel tags (Thankyou!) so that the girls could loop it around their wrist when they get on the bus and put it away after.

I followed all the instruction in the tute except that instead of leaving the strap long, I simply inserted 12mm elastic through the strap before sewing it down. I used the measurement of my wrist to get the length.


Bonus is that these are scraps! ;)

Selfish sewing : Fano tops

It must be a ‘mum’ thing. Once you have kids, everything you takes a backseat. Hence I spend most of my sewing time sewing up stuff for the kids. I must be thankful that my kids enjoy wearing what I make for them and can sometimes be too demanding!!! Poor me cannot keep up with what they want…lol It’s not my fault they are growing up faster than I can sew them stuff!

Anyway, I reckon it was about time I did some selfish sewing. Sewing for me, for a change and mainly because I really wanted something to wear to work!! I’m a simple dresser and don’t like fuss. Ted must be very happy with me as I take very little time to dress up as I don’t doll myself up much. Moisturiser, lipstick and we are good to go! Good thing I have eyebrows that are noticeable or I’d have to draw my brows too. :P

I like making stuff that I know looks good on me and that I am comfy with hence I turned to my good ol’ Farbenmix pattern, Fano.


This is pretty much me right after work! lol It’s winter so boots and leggings is a must. :) This lawn knit is something I bought from Spotlight, our local fabric store. It was on sale and I fell in love with the print first. But after sewing this up, I think I’ll be getting more of this in the future as I like how it drapes. It’s soft and a little thin, but it would definitely make great summer wear.


This is also a Fano but I made a mistake with the size – its one size too big! I had apparently picked the wrong size up when I was in my cutting zone. Hence this slightly baggy top but still comfy! Not too sure what type of fabric this is, but I’m thinking along the lines of sweatshirt or double knitted? It’s medium weight and definitely warm and perfect for winter. I got this from a crafts and fabric op shop, Fabric Cave. I’m definitely planning another visit soon. Love this place!! :)