Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Zipper Dumpling

Yesterday I made a birthday card for my Dad and actually mailed it before his birthday. And then I had a go at making this:

 This is what is looks like upzipped.

I found the tutorial for the Zip-itself coin purse at Craft Passion . My zipper was slightly longer than specified in the tutorial so I had to fold in the ends which made it a bit messier. I followed the link from Craft Passion to Haha Plaza, who sell these little purses and found they call them zipper dumpling coin purses.  Is that not a cute name?

Of course then I started wanting some ribbon to make another one and found this lovely shop Ribbons Galore. I may have ordered some ribbon from here, you'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

New skirt

 I've had a copy of 49 sensational skirts by Alison Willoughby for yonks and I have finally made something from it.  Apologies for the bad photos, it was a rush job before racing my lovely photographer to school and then Ginger decided that he was meant to be in the photos.

Anyway I hope you can see what I've done.  It's the Catherine Wheel design, and the fabric scraps are either from clothes I no longer fit or wear, or pieces that weren't big enough to make a whole garment.
 Instead of using the wrap skirt pattern provided with the book I've used a favourite pattern from Burda magazine 1/2004. 

There were meant to be buttons in the middle of the wheels but I left them off as I thought they might be uncomfortable to sit on and also I couldn't be bothered sewing the buttons on, I just wanted to wear the skirt.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Felty Monsters

My daughter's school runs a Privilege programme, where if you behave yourself for the week or something like that, you get to do Privilege on Friday afternoons.  There are a variety of options to choose from, ranging from Jump Jam to Origami.  Anyway, the last school newsletter asked if any parents had skills they would like to share for Privilege, so I have offered to take a class making little felt toys if any of the kids are interested.  The monster on the left is one of the samples for the class, the pattern is from a Sew Hip issue 7 which I've shrunk it down.

Other random bits and pieces

I was interested in an article in the latest New Scientist, Welcome to the 'algoworld', which is an interview with Kevin Slavin.  Heres's link to a TED talk he gave in July "How algorithms shape our world"

Have you heard of the Live Below the Line campaign that is running this week. It aim is to raise awareness about the grim reality of global poverty home by asking young people to live for five days on $2.25 a day for food. That's the global extreme poverty line, where 1.4 billion people live every day. If you want to know more, then click here  or here. There is a cookbook that could be handy, even if you're not doing the challenge.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Cupcake Fun

Today, my daughter and I have been to a Flowering Cupcakes class.  We're very pleased with our efforts.

 And they taste yummy too.

The class was at Strawberry Sky cakes in Pukekohe.

Sunday, 14 August 2011


Have you heard of Sugru?  It looks quite handy.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Fresh Bread

There's a polar blast hitting the country and snow may even make it up this end of the island, but at least we have hot, fresh bread and a fire to keep warm.  This is the easiest bread to make, you can find the recipe here (just remember that an Aussie tablespoon = 20mL)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Clothkits doorstop
Another Sew Hip subscription gift that has sat around for far too long waiting to be made up.
Today I'm reading about Camila Batmanghelidjh and Kids Company. Here's her take on the London riots.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

In the garden

Garlic shoots
Today is good, I've been out in the garden enjoying the sunshine.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Clothkits Washbag

The kit was a subscription gift from Sew Hip, last year. I can't find it on the Clothkits website but there are lots of other gorgeous things so go and have a look.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

I Love Linen Stitch

I have been trying out Linen Stitch and it's awesome.  I'm using the left-overs from these socks and I love the way Linen Stitch blends the colours together, muting the brightness, and how it looks like a woven fabric (which probably explains the name).
Linen Stitch front
Linen Stitch back

Here's the stitch pattern.

Multiple of 2 stitches plus 3

Row 1: *K1, Slip 1 with yarn to front; repeat from * to last stitch, K1
Row 2: P2, *Slip 1 with yarn to back, P1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, P2

Repeat these two rows for pattern.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Paper Bracelet

Inspired to make one after reading Making, issue 8. However, I think there is a folding step missing from their instructions so I ended up searching the internet. Look for instructions for candy wrapper bracelets if you're interested in making one for yourself. I'm not sure how well the bracelet will last, so I've sprayed it with varnish.

Dimensions for paper pieces: 3.5cm x 8.5cm
Paper used: glossy magazine