Saturday, December 17, 2011

And the winners are...

The three winners for my SMS giveaway have been chosen by the random number generator. Thanks so much to everyone that entered - I wish I could give you all a prize!

The Grand Prize Winner is #400:

Robin said...
My favorites are the Punctuation charm pack and the Lizzie house scraps. I just can't seem to get enough of scraps!

So Robin gets her two picks - Prize #3 - Punctuation Charm Pack, and Prize #2 - Lizzy House scraps (which I've added some more to!). Congratulations Robin!

The next winner is #260:

baukje said...
I would love to win 1 and 3. My favorite salad, very easy. Lentils with oignons , herbs and smokes salmon

Baukje, you get Prize #1 - DS Quilts fabric.

And the last winner is #15:

Katherine said...
And I'm a follower! Have been for a while. :)

And in her comment #14, she wrote:

Katherine said...
Prize #2 and Prize #4 would be my top two picks :)

I always bring something called "Berry Mallow Yam Bake" - it is a casserole that has yams, whole berry cranberries, a oatmeal brown sugar crumble on top and browned marshmallows on top of all of that. Really yummy!

So, Katherine, you have won the Moda scrap bag, and given me a super yummy casserole idea!

I'll email all the winners tomorrow to organise details.
Thanks again!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Crayon Rolls for Christmas

Crayon Rolls
Firstly, a quick hello and thank you to my followers - old and new. You've provided me with such wonderful support, inspiration and assistance in my crafting endeavors (and sometimes life, too)! I'm a bit overwhelmed again by the response to my giveaway - thanks so much, especially for all the food tips; I hope to add some dishes to my repertoire. My giveaway will be open a bit longer than the official time (I'll be sound asleep here in Australia at 6 pm PST); I'll close the comments when I get up in the morning, and draw the winners sometime during the day. I'm so excited to pick and announce the winners!
Crayons galore!
I've made three more crayon rolls, for Christmas presents, using Skip to My Lou's easy-to-follow tutorial. Every bit of it - from the size of the pocket to the length of the ribbon, works great. But what works even better is Lizzy House fabric - those peeps are just the right height for the pocket - don't you love it?
Red Letter Day Ugly Duckling
The above fabric is particularly special to me, and since my little girl loves pink, this one is for her! Lizzy House Red Letter Day Ugly Duckling on the outside; pearl bracelet on the inside; and some DS Quilts for the pocket - I thought they looked great together.
Castle Peeps - for boy
The next two are for a sister and brother - our friends' kids that we're about to meet for the first time when they visit from Holland (for Christmas). So I made coordinating Castle Peeps rolls.
Castle Peeps - for girl
I love how the peeps look like they're guarding the crayons!
On Guard!

So that's three gifts finished, about a dozen I'd like to complete before Christmas. I'll be happy if I finish four more. How many gifts do you still hope to make?

Monday, December 12, 2011

SMS Giveaway Day!


It's finally here, the SMS Giveaway Day - I needed a good excuse for a giveaway! I've got not one, not two, not three, but FOUR prizes to giveaway, to three lucky winners. The first two are pretty special to me, and will be a bit hard to let go! The second two have been sitting in the stash and I hope will find a happier home.
All four prizes
 Prize #1 - DS Quilts fabric

Prize #1 - DS Quilts
Four 1/4 meter+ cuts of DS Quilts fabrics that are exclusive to Australia/New Zealand. More than 1 meter of gorgeousness! Please note that the top two fabrics are pre-washed and dried as I used them to make a dress and a skirt for my little girl.

Prize #2 - Lizzy House scraps
Prize #2 - Lizzy House scraps
My followers and friends know that Lizzy House fabrics are one of the things that got me started sewing. This bundle contains various sized charms and strips from the Red Letter Day and Castle Peeps lines. It weighs about the same as a charm pack. I should be able to add some more when I cut the fabrics for an upcoming project.

Prize #3 - Punctuation Charm Pack
Prize #3 - Punctuation Charm Pack

Prize #4 - Moda Scrap Bag
Prize #4 - Moda Scrap Bag
I only just broke the seal to take this photograph. They're lovely fabrics but not the bright colours I like to use. I've searched a bit to figure out which collection this is, but haven't had any luck. Anyone know?

How to enter
  1. Leave a comment with your first two prize preferences. You could also tell me about the side dish or salad that you like to bring to holiday parties.
  2. Leave a second comment if you follow my blog.

I will randomly pick three winners. The grand prize winner gets their two prize choices. The next two each get one prize.

Extra Information
  • I will ship prizes internationally.
  • Giveaway starts now and is open until December 16 at approximately 5 p.m. PST
  • I will post about the winners and email winners.
Good luck and happy giveaway day entering!

SMS Giveaway Day

Ruffled Skirt

This skirt has already gotten a lot of wear; it's about time that I posted about it!
I made it without a pattern - a long strip gathered to make the ruffle, and a rectangle for the top section, 'gathered' by the elastic waistband. The only reason it took me a while to make is that I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to things like gathering.
Striking a Pose
The fabric is DS Quilts and I love how the two prints work together (the blue is an Australian-only print - be sure to check out my SMS Giveaway post for a chance to win some). I got the best compliment from my husband - he asked where I'd bought the skirt!
Brotherly love
Coming up next, my SMS Giveaway Day post. If you don't know what Giveaway Day is, click the link below to find out. Good luck to everyone entering giveaways!
SMS Giveaway Day

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Another sweet little dress

Sweet Little Dress #2 has been gifted. I made it for a good friend's one-year-old. I let her choose the fabric (mum, not the 1 year old!) and was really happy when she chose this fabric from the Habitat line. I think it makes a pretty hip urban baby dress.
I made the 18 month size and added a bit of length to the elastic, with the hope that it will also fit next summer as a top.
I got to see her in it the other day and it looked great - a little bit big but that's better than small!

In WIP news I finally cut the fabric for Mimi's flower girl dress - it's from the Bliss line. I really hope it fits. I added a bit of length to both the bodice and the skirt for my very tall girl. I figure if I make it now and it doesn't work, that gives me time to make something else or buy something! I'm using the Oliver + S bubble dress pattern. Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sweet Little Dress

I rarely sew (or knit) a pattern more than once. I enjoy the challenge of figuring something out the first time, and usually find it a bit boring to repeat the same motions again. This pattern, however, is different - it is very simple and quick to put together, and the result is exceptionally cute! I've already made two more (but they're gifts so still a secret). The only challenge was getting this little one to stop and pose!
The pattern is called Sweet Little Dress by Leila & Ben. I definitely recommend it!
I used fabric from the DS Quilts line sold here in Australia and am really happy with how it looks. I would love to make myself a dress using the same fabric (I have a great new Japanese pattern book with the perfect pattern in mind).
So in future posts expect to see some more sweet little dresses. And I'm still planning on a tutorial for a ruffled skirt made out of fat quarters. And finishing the wheels quilt. And, most importantly, sewing Miriam's dress for her Aunt and Uncle's wedding! That's only some of what's planned in my head. Does anyone else need more time to sew and less time to daydream about sewing?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Castle Peeps Skirt

I thought about making this skirt for a long time. I really need to start using my precious fabric so I finally got it out, cut it and made this. It was so much fun! And it turned out just as I wanted. I only had fat quarters of the Castle Peeps fabric, so I made this up as I went along, using the amounts of fabric I had. The bottom ruffle is from Riley Blake Bloom and Grow - I think it compliments the Castle Peeps perfectly.
Miriam loves to wear it. We call it her princess skirt and she sings the theme song to the show Little Princess while she wears it. As you can see (and as I'm sure many of you experience), it's impossible to get her to stay still and pose for a photo!
I have so many cute fat quarters, but no skirt patterns that use the right sizes. That's why I've made up some patterns myself. I could write up a tutorial and measurements for how to make ruffled skirts using only fat quarters. Anyone interested?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mimi's Miffy Birthday Party

My beautiful girl recently turned two (well, about 5 weeks ago now). I had lots of fun preparing a Miffy party for her. It's actually really hard to find Miffy things to buy, so I focused on the colours and made my own paper bunting:
And used colour-coordinated balloons:
Now, the cake wasn't perfect (I was frantically cutting and icing it about an hour before the party!), but everyone knew who it was, and the birthday girl was happy. I must thank the talented and generous knitknotnat for the cake inspiration and template that she kindly emailed me. You must check out her cake, which is much more impressive than mine!
Notice the cute little Miffy cookies - a good friend lent me her cookie cutters - these were so much fun to make, and the kids loved them:
I try to make 'lolly bags' reusable; I found cute containers and decorated them with personalized stickers:
I know my kids are now using theirs as little treasure boxes.
Warning: upcoming posts shall feature my cute little girl in cute little handmade skirts and dresses - I've been having way too much fun now that the weather is warming up!
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