"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Furby Cake...Yes, a Furby Cake!

My lovely Luke asked for a furby cake for his 7th birthday on the weekend! Yep, I had to Google it! What on earth is a furby?! So apparently these little toy pets are all the rage at the moment. I thought it was kind of cute so we bought him a mini one (which has barely left his side since Sunday) and this is the cake I came up with.

This cake was made using 2 tins- a small round one and a pudding steamer. He was then smothered in butter cream for the fur. I made the eyes, beak and feet from fondant and put them in the fridge to harden up a bit before attaching them to the body.  For the ears, I cut the shape out of cardboard and covered them in fondant. The cardboard ensured they stayed nice and stiff.

This was a fun cake to make and Luke loved it.

Happy 7th Birthday Gorgeous Boy! xxx

Friday, March 22, 2013


I think I have a serious addiction to Pinterest! It is a never-ending source of ideas and inspiration for me. I see an item of clothing and think, 'Ooh I like that, I wonder if I could make it?' And then I give it a go.  That's what happened with this dress. I have had the fabric for a long time and stumbled across this pic on Pinterest, originally from HERE

And this is what I came up with. The little black bodice part is lined using the method I described HERE. It works every time! Then I added the stripey part and kept adjusting it until I was happy with the fit.

I have also been loving playing around with PicMonkey to edit my photos. It's a great online photo editing/ collage creating program and it's free! I would highly recommend giving this a go.

Hours of fun to be had with PicMonkey!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Look what we made!

We had a great day on Friday. Three lovely friends were keen to come along, set up their machines and have a crack at making a piece of clothing. They did so well!

Karen cutting in the kitchen

Look at that concentration!

Da-naaaaaaa! Great job girls!
It was lovely to get together and catch up, chat, eat and create! It was fun! Let's do it again sometime, girls!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My practice dress

Some friends are coming over tomorrow so I can try to show them how to make a simple dress. Eeeek! Apparently, I know what I'm doing! See, the thing is, I have taught myself to make things just by fiddling- trial and error (lots of error!) So I'm a little nervous.

Of course I blinked in the best photo of the dress so I cropped my head off. Ha!

Last night I sat down and tried to think through the process a little more clearly instead of just guessing and cutting and hoping for the best. I came up with this little number which is based on the sheath dress pattern that I made a few weeks ago. Tutorial was from HERE. I am happier with the neckline of this one and I managed to work out the sleeves. I'm loving this nude colour at the moment. This fabric was a little bit slippery and my machine didn't love it. I'm happy with how it turned out in the end though.

I'm hoping to be able to show you what we come up with tomorrow. Wish us luck and stay tuned!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pretty dress

Here is the final clothing item I made on Friday when I spent nearly the whole day in my little sewing room. Man, I love this space! This is another dress where I just traced around one I already own. 

I love the colours even though they are not what I would usually wear. The fabric is from Oh Sew Crafty where once again I had excellent price, customer service and fast delivery. It's nice and soft, good quality and thickness.

It's a beautiful day here today. I think I'll spend some time outside with my little girl.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Simple jersey skirt

Here is another project completed with thanks to inspiration from Pinterest. The tutorial can be found HERE. The tutorial has darts in just the back. I added darts in the front too as it was a bit big in the waist but fit well through the hips.

I think I will make 6 more of these- One for each day of the week. It is so comfy, quick and cheap to make and easy to wear. I bought 1 metre of fabric for $8 and I have just enough leftover to make a dress for my girl. We can match! How cute!

I have one more project to show you from my super sewing session last week. See you again soon.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Easy sheath dress

What a perfect weekend for sewing! On Friday, my boys were at school and my husband had a day off work so he took our daughter for the day so I could have some 'me time'. YAY! I made 3 items of clothing throughout the day. Here's the first one:

I saw this picture of a 30 minute jersey sheath on Pinterest the other day using this textured jersey fabric. The tutorial can be found HERE. I had seen some similar fabric in Spotlight so went and nabbed some for the bargain price of $10 per metre (usually $34!)This dress took me less than an hour to make. I originally made it with sleeves, but I made the armholes too small so I just cut them off. I cut the neckline just a little bit too low- a good lesson- always cut less to begin with!

The rolly, rough type fabric was easy to sew with and very forgiving with cutting and sewing seams- great project for a beginner! There is also no need to hem the neckline, sleeves and bottom of the dress, but I did just to neaten it up a bit.

The fabric is also more flattering to wear than normal jersey. Those crinkles hide lumps and bumps really well! I think it will be good for Autumn with a little cardi and boots.

This dress only used 1 metre of fabric so it cost me $10 all up. Bargain! I still have another metre of fabric left so I might try another one with sleeves and higher neckline.

So there is my first little number completed on my super sewing spree day. Stay tuned over the next week or so for more easy clothing! I'd love to see what creative things you are working on at the moment. Feel free to leave a link below.

Thanks for stopping by.