Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Test Sewer... Success!!!!

 designed by Lorelei Jayne

This week I was given the opportunity to be a test sewer for a pattern which was re-launched today.  The Little Girl Bag by Lorelei Jayne is just sooo cute!

It's a quick sew (I made it in an hour with all the interruptions 6 children are likely to give) and very easy to follow.  

This bag is fully lined and can be made from a whole range of fabrics.

Mix and match the pieces in complimentary fabrics or add some embellishments for a bag fit for a princess.  Oh and boys don't miss out either - make it out of plain or boyish fabrics and it is a versatile bag for carrying matchbox cars or blocks or even filling with dirt (as our Toby loves to do) 

Seriously a very easy pattern, quick sew, multiple uses and design applications and FREE!!!!  

Check it out on the Lorelei Jayne Blog HERE  or on their FB Page HERE

Whoops... that didn't go far....

I mean, I did do some work on my "word" and no doubt will sign up for it again next year...  But blogging my crafty ventures didn't go far... once again being a mum took over...  Next year though.... Ahhh famous last words ;)  

In all seriousness I HAVE done some crafty stuff this last few weeks and am putting actions into place for it to continue.  I've dug out some sewing bits and pieces and have been making some items for the kidlets and will soon start stockpiling times to sell in an online store I am opening in early 2015.  The Simple Life is still in the planning stages, however I have several trusted and well loved companies on board to stock their wares and hopefully help build a successful venture.  

I'm making a more concerted effort to do some "me" things... one of these things is crafty stuff.. sewing, knitting, scrapbooking etc etc...  Some ties in with a little business venture which will formally launch early 2015.  It's something that I really feel soothes my soul and allows me to be more me (that probably does't make much sense)

So I unpacked my new sewing machine a couple of weeks ago.  It's nothing flash, a spotlight rebranded machine - Elna 40 (rebranded Janome Magnolia or Janome 8077 - there are differing views) and started cutting into my precious minky to make Toby a tag blanket.  He has a fascination for tags, rubbing them, threading them onto his fingers or just stroking them when falling asleep...  he will scout them out to help sooth him - to the point that I found him snuggling up to a pair of Aerynns knickers one day, stroking their size tag!!!!

Well one blanket evolved from under the sewing machines foot... and Toby LOVED it!  a smallish, patchwork blue minky one one side, quilting cotton the other with numerous different size, thickness and width tags on its outer edges.  I fastened a ribbon tag with a snap on it so the blanket can also be secured to prams and trolls for added reassurance it won't be lost.  

Tag blanket getting the snooze of approval, Adelaide Nov 2014

I thought all was well until Miss Aerynn spotted Toby's new blanket... and insisted she needed one too!  And in princess pink - seriously, she is such a little princess and pink is her favourite colour! So out came the minky stash, scissors and within an hour Miss A had her own matching Taggie blanket :)  

Two very happy little kidlets... and I swept out some of the cobwebs which my creative bug was starting to drown in :)  Now to do Domeniks minecraft weighted blankets, weighted toy, santa sacks for everyone, maybe a few other little projects in between... oh and starting on building up a supply of bits and pieces for the launch of "The Simple Life" online store - opening 2015!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Getting Back Into It!!!

Hello World!!  It's been a while since I've blogged here.  I'm not sure if anyone really reads blogs anymore, but well, I'm going to post here because I can and it stops me annoying friends on FB who aren't crafty and don't understand my enthusiasm for playing with paper, pens, glue, scissors etc etc etc.

Anyways, it's been so long that when I walked down the aisle at spotlight just the ohter day things have changed quite a bit!  My beautiful Epic is now on clearance sale!!!  And things that were new back when are now obsolete or superseded etc etc... so much new stuff, new brands, new ways of scrapping - I mean Project Life!?!!  I've joined a few groups to try and understand it more.. It's about simplifying I get that.. could help me get some memories scrapped in my current time poor state... 

Anyhoos.. Like I said, getting back into things.  Nothing big, but I have started the One Little Word project.  Something simple, once a month and I already had a word for the year so was pretty easy to compulsively hit the "buy now" button and join the crew ;)

So I dug out my smash journal I purchased 2 years ago - was still in it's original wrapping and untouched!  and I'm going to use that.  I brought a Project Life base cardpack, so that will help speed things along ;)   now to get in and watch January's lesson again without kids screaming and crying and get a start on it...

Oh in the meantime.. my word is...