Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone !

I have neglected posting for nearly a month as its bedlam around here.

But I did want to share some of my handmade christmas gifts with you.   I made tons of little zippered bags, and purses etc.   but my favourite new thing is bunting:

As for received gifts, well the most heartwarming gift was our beautiful new puss cat.   About 3 weeks ago, this very gaunt and bony black cat came on the scene and although his gauntness gave him a bit of an evil leer, he was just the most affectionate and sweet cat.  Obviously not a feral cat, but definitely one who had lost his way from home.   I couldnt have it on my conscience to let a cat starve, so I made sure he was well nourished.

We took this picture and letterboxed the neighbourhood,

And I rang the local pound to see what the procedure was for strays.   I was told to bring him in and if he's not microchipped, he would be kept for 7 days to give the owners time to make contact, and if he was microchipped, he'd be kept for 14 days.

So we took him to the local vet to see whether he had a chip and he did.  Talk about devastation.  I had prepped the kids 'you know if he's chipped that is the best result for him because then he gets to go back to his family, yada yada yada'.   And my girls were sad but ok about it.  Me - I was heartbroken!

Anyway, after 2 weeks of trying to contact the owners to no avail, and me making daily calls to the vet (we even visited him!) I finally got the call to come and collect him if we wanted him!   Did we ?!   So that's how he came to our house.  Its been since 22 December now since he moved in and he's every bit as affectionate and loving as he ever was.   And Slinky (the existing cat) has been adjusting slowly, he's keeping out of Slinky's way.

And get this - his name was "Karma".  But we've renamed him "Snoop Dogg Nelson Karma" because Slinky and Snoopy sound so good together.

Here's the two of them together.  Awww !
Oh - and I bought myself some indigenous art.   One piece I've had framed already, the other is still just the plain canvas

They're Dreamtime Sisters by Colleen Wallace Nungari.   I LOVE THEM !

So that's it from me. I have family up from Hobart, so its all a bit squashy here right now, and not really optimal for sewing, especially now the weather's turned bleak and everyone has to stay inside.  Bring back the sunshine!

Merry Christmas to everyone and have a happy new year etc.   I look forward to following you all next year and making some great kick ass vintage dresses!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bag making frenzy, oh and an apron too.

I do manage to squeeze a bit of sewing in between my hair pulling dress projects.  Behold the latest swag of goodies.

Request from friend going away for a holiday, she wanted something with a zip so pickpockets couldnt get in.   I used the Nicole Mallalieu Sling bag pattern but used her instructions for zippered gusset from the Day Bag pattern.

We had a hot pink lining and zips.   The added bonus of the dropped gusset as you can see is that it fits a water bottle perfectly.  So easy access for your water bottle but everything else safely zipped inside.   She was thrilled of course.

Next up I made another Sling for a friend who chose the Fruit Bowl pattern Daisy Janie Rio Grand fabric from Tonic Living.   My alltime favourite online fabric shop.
This is beautiful fabric to work with.  Its really crisp and sturdy but in a nice way, not cardboardy.  Its organic too.   I highly recommend it, perfect for bags.

And a little makeup bag (also a Nicole M pattern here) from the leftover scraps
Then a request from one of my daughter's friends for a coin purse.  She picked the fabric from my stash.  I suggested a contrast lining but she was having none of that.  So this lovely little Thai silk number from yet another *gasp* Nicole M pattern:

And lastly an Apron for a Kris Kringle / Secret Santa gift swap for yet another work Christmas do.  This gift was for a high flying corporate lawyer who has lived in her house for 2 years and had never used the oven!   She had used the stove top a few times apparently.  So I got her a kids step by step cookbook and made the half skirt apron from Butterick 4945 (which I made another apron from here) in cute polka dot spot with contrast red trim.
It looked gorgeous !
I don't think its going to turn her into a domestic homebody, but it was funny and she does love it.

So that's about it for me - I think I've caught up with myself now.