Sunday, May 31, 2009

2nd Giveaway Prize

Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would get so many comments from people wanting to win my Holly Hobbie giveaway!!! Thank you so much! I am having a great time reading all the comments and checking out every ones blogs and profiles.

As promised here are the details of the 2nd giveaway prize...more yummy fabric necklaces from {Bits & Bubs}!

The second prize winner will receive one Fabric necklace made from Amy Butlers honeycomb fabric in linen pictured below. This is a longer length for mummy!! You also get to choose one other fabric necklace (child size) out of the five pictured above.
The 2nd prize will be drawn by random from the comments on my main giveaway post.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Weekend Wishes

image via Benjamin Alexander Huseby

Wishing you much fun with whatever you do this weekend!!!

Monthly Giveaway Day Announcement!

image via You carry my love inside of your heartbeat

Since I am having so much fun with Giveaway Day, I have decided to start a monthly giveaway on my Blog!!!

If you like what you see on my blog don't forget to follow me so you can keep up to date!

My giveaways we will be goodies like crafted/handmade baby, toddler & children's items and accessories from {Bits & Bubs}, maybe fabric, fat quarters (God know I have way too much that will probably never be used and needs a new home to go to) and other sewing and crafting notions, items, buttons, etc etc

My next giveaway will be in June...and since there are so many Holly Hobbie lovers out there maybe she will make another appearance...hmm

Pay It Forward

I thought since there are quite a few readers popping over from Sew Mama Sew it would be a great opportunity to let you know that I still need some comments for my Pay it Forward.

click here to leave your comments if you are interested

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Give Away update...


This give away day stuff is totally addictive!!!

Thank you everybody for such lovely comments- everyone loves to have their ego stroked once in a while, right? As I have not really been blogging for a long time I never dreamed I would get 20 comments let alone over 90!!!

To celebrate I have decided to draw a second prize...what will it be? Stay tuned and I will post some pics tomorrow...

I am having so much fun checking out the other participants in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day- so glad they extended the time as it is taking me forever to check out all the other giveaways. I will probably only finish getting to them all just before closing time on Sunday.

I am loving discovering all these other fantastic new blogs to follow too... aren't you?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's Giveaway Day!!!

OK, I have been through my box of goodies of my items for {Bits & Bubs} and have chosen these 3 items for all you vintage style lovers out there.

The giveaway parcel consists of a white Tank with vintage Holly Hobbie applique (available in size's 1-5: if you win just let me know the size you want), adjustable fabric necklace and a yo-yo broach with vintage fabric covered button detail. (the dark fabric didn't picture too well- its a soft and lightweight dark denim).

How to win? Its easy! Simply comment on this post and you will be in for the chance to win.

Do a post on my giveaway and link back to my blog and your name will be entered an additional 4 times!! ( be sure to let me know!) If you win and have blogged about my giveaway you will also receive a mystery prize!

If you like my giveaway items check out more {Bits & Bubs} items at my madeit shop here (new items will be added over the next few days).

Comments/entries close 5pm Monday 1 June Australian eastern time (12pm Sunday 31st May Pacific Time for U.S. - hope I have converted that right!)

The winner will be chosen at random by a random number generator and announced Tuesday, 2 June 2009.

Please leave your contact details when you comment or check back here on Monday to see if you are a winner!

Oh, and I will ship internationally!

Check out who else is joining in the giveaway day fun here

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Happy little Happy Stacker

Someone looks happy with her Happy Stacker!

I finally finished Addison's Happy Stacker on the weekend- Yeh!!!

It took a while longer than I had anticipated...a lot longer actually...
Hand stitching is not my thing and that sort of turned me off for a while.
Its a little lumpy and bumpy and misshapen but I think it still looks cute and Addison seems to enjoy it.
Who would think stuffing some rings would be such a pain! I thought I could just stuff it in and it would turn out even and perfect like Heather Baileys...hmmm not so.
I even googled how to stuff correctly but I am thinking I just sewed the circles a bit crookedly, oh well.
I also inserted some little jingle bells when stuffing the rings so they have a nice little tingle when shaken- cute!

What do you think?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Make Me Smile Monday - shades of Apricot & Peach

Isn't the smell of new pencils divine?
image by Sasakei

Love the splash of colour of the umbrella
image via four star

Who would think jellyfish could look so pretty and peaceful?
image via design swan

Yum! Creamy peachy frosting...
image by Roboppy

image via twentythree

Love 40's style vintage fashion
image via model couture

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Day!

I am sooo excited to join in my first ever Giveaway Day- this in particular the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day on 27th May.

Stay Tuned for my Giveaway Day post on what special little handmade goodies I will be giving away and how you can have a chance to win.

Well, I better get crafting!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Weekend Wishes

image via lellaandzee blog

Wishing you a calm, relaxing and peaceful weekend...

Update on the week that was

image via pearls and tea on weheartit

Well, it certainly was a very eventful week here.

side note: The pretty picture with nothing to do with anything except I love it...

We had massive storms here on the Gold Coast including a black out for 24 hours (hence no posting yesterday- no power really makes you realise how much you take electricity for granted!), before the storm and blackout had hit we had arranged for my sister to babysit and booked and paid for tickets so we could do date night take 2 (date night last Friday ended before it even started with a fizzer... my sister was at my house ready to watch the kids, I checked the time the movie was starting and low and behold it was booked out! I hadn't thought to book tickets which you do really need to do for Gold class as there are only 24 seats...bugger), on the bright side we ended up going anyway and left my sister at home with the kiddies to enjoy the candle light, Thursday I went down to my mums to work as we still had no power and of course the storm had traveled south was even worse down there (Pottsville) so the Internet kept cutting out (PAINFUL!).

I am soo looking forward to a quiet weekend and hopefully catching up on some reading...
oh, and cleaning out my crafting shelves...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Name and Shame

I am hereby naming and shaming myself in the hopes that I will finally take some time out to sort and tidy my embarrassing fabric stash and crafting/sewing area.
Then I can post some pretty pics of my lovely fabric collection!

Image 1. Piles of singlets, tshirts and onesies for planned items to make for {Bits & Bubs}
Images 2, 4, 5 Disgustingly messy fabric stash's
Image 3. My shelves that hold my fabric, crafting and sewing supplies.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Tale of the 30 Year Old Quilt

Once upon a time there was a quilt; to be precise, lots of pretty little squares hoping to one day grow up into a quilt.

Now these little squares were born from their talented mama who cut them lovingly from various fabric she had used over the years to make clothing for herself and her babies. Some were lucky enough to be joined together with their sisters not long after they were born.

Unfortunately, mama was very busy running a household with 4 little children and a family business so the little squares were left huddled together in various cupboards, baskets and boxes. The pretty little squares sat forlorn and lonely for 30 years.

They sat patiently waiting, waiting, waiting for some love and attention from their mama who would one day help them transform into the beautiful quilt they so much wanted to be.

One day, mama was cleaning out her sewing bundles and boxes of fabric and came across the little squares. She gathered them all together and gave them a new home in a little basket on her table where she could see them- she even started ironing some of them.

Maybe one day the little fabric squares will become beautiful, cosy, lovingly made quilts for 2 lucky little girls to enjoy...

Yes, the mama this story is my mum and yes, this is obviously where I get my sewing procrastination from- it's in my genes. I just hope my many unfinished projects do not sit for 30 years! Yes, you heard right, 30 years! Mum started making these quilts for my sister and I when we were toddlers...

We try to steal these gorgeous, now vintage, squares of fabric in various shades of pink, white, florals and spots but she just wont part with them. She is absolutely determined to finish these quilts and maybe this post will give her the push she needs (yes I know, pot calling the kettle black). I just love that every square of fabric is from something she has already made and that this quilt will tell a story.

Well now, I guess I better get off the laptop and hop to it then...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Make Me Smile Monday - White

Wow, Julene creates these delicate paper cuttings by hand, so talented
image by MadebyJulene see more here

image via for the books

A grand old house...imagine what it must be like inside...

image via {this is glamorous}

Cuartos- how absolutely light and fluffy and delicious do these look?
image via flagrante delicia

Her dress reminds me of a Camellia flower...and I love it against the background of grass
image found via twentythree

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lazy Sunday...

image via this is me becca

This is how I plan to spend a good part of my lazy Sunday (power of positive thinking with fingers crossed!)

I am finally starting Twilight- I have been putting it off because if I love it as much as I loved the movie the sooner I start, the sooner I will have to finish and like any book you are totally captivated with, you don't want it to end...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekend Wishes

image from All Posters
Well I hope you have a more exciting weekend planned then I do.
My weekend is shaping up to be quite...draining. Catching up on work, cleaning up around the house and starting to sort and pack our embarrassingly large mountainful of "stuff" as our settlement date is fast approaching (Yes, our house is now under contact. Yippee!).

Save for tonight!

I am taking my guy out on a much needed date to the Gold Class Cinemas (love the fully reclining chairs!) We have been so busy lately with the kids, work, stress of selling and trying to find a new house to buy blah blah blah...that we desperately need a night off.
We have barely seen each other lately...ships passing in the night and all that.

Have fun with whatever you are planning this weekend!

Pay It Forward

I just found this on a lovely little Blog called John's Daughter here.
I love the "Pay it Forward" concept and couldn't wait to join in!
Play with me!!!

Here's what happens

~I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 interested people who comment on this post.
~I have 365 days to do it in…
~What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise!

The catch is that you must participate as well:

~you must have a blog
~and before you leave your comment here, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going.

Just cut and paste this one if you like, which I did!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Confessions of a Compulsive Fabric Stasher

Heather Bailey's Studio. image here

1. When I walk into a fabric store I get so excited, my heart starts to race, and I can never remember why or what I am there for- even if I have a list. (Now if you are not a fabric stasher or sewer/crafter you will think "OMG, get a life!" but I assure you I am not alone on this!)

2. I buy fabric I never intend to use because it is pretty or I just have to have it

Image via Anna Maria Horner here

3. I like to rearrange and refold my fabric so they are coordinated into categories like colours, prints, floral's, vintage, by designer etc

4. ...and I very rarely put them back in the right spot

image by Jenny B Allsorts here

5. I love to look at my neatly folded fabric stashes- they make me smile

6. I love to look at pics of other peoples fabric stashes and how they organise them

image via Creative Little Daisy here

7. I do not throw out any fabric- I have a massive bag of scraps that is growing and growing- why would I throw them out? There are buttons that can be covered, appliques sewed, yo-yos made...

8. I can not even throw out fabric I no longer even like!

image via Spring Chick here

9. I buy fabric for a purpose but never get around to making it or only half finish it...then buy more fabric for something else I plan making but inevitably never do.

10. I buy fabric because it is pretty... I buy fabric just because...