Archive for October, 2009

Little Shop of Handmade

After a quick trip to Spotlight in Carnegie to pick up some supplies for tomorrow I popped around the corner to this gorgeous little shop.  It’s stocked with all sorts of lovely items – all handmade by Melbourne designers – AND nothing over $50.  Bec, the owner, makes resin jewellery and scrabble tile necklaces. I bought two beautiful prints by Print Space.  One’s for our bedroom……and the other will probably be a gift.  I’ll post a photo when I frame them……….

And if you are free tomorrow the first Northside Makers Market  is on and judging by all the amazing stall holders going it’s sure to be a good day……..

Image uploaded from Northside Makers Market blog

Don’t Look Now….

Willow main

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I’m sure you’ve seen Kellie’s gorgeous work……..even though she’s only been quilting for a couple of years she produces the most amazing quilts and has had quite a few published in Homespun


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And the exciting news is that Kellie is coming to Sewjourn in February for a Weekend Workshop.  Further details will be available very soon but I can tell you it will be on the weekend of 5-7 Feburary 2010 and places will be limited.  So if you think you might be interested in coming along to spend the weekend at Sewjourn AND do workshops with Kellie then leave me a comment or email me.   Me……..I can’t wait!!!



Day out in Brunswick

A couple of  weeks ago Bron and I had a nice day out in Brunswick – visiting Nikki and GJ fabrics.  And we both managed to come away with quite a few goodies.  I particuarly wanted the Lap Top Bag pattern but as it fits into the ‘advanced bag’ category I bought a simpler one to start with.  (I’ve made bags before but Nikki’s patterns are so much more comprehensive and the end result is so much more professional – well hers are anyway!)  And whilst I was at it I picked up a couple of purse patterns too.  So stay tuned for some new bags and purses…….

Quilting Bee

As we had some fabric and blocks left over from the Bushfires Quilting Bee and because we all had so much fun on our Quilting Bee days we decided to get together a few times a year to make quilts for different charities.  Additionally Victorian Textiles kindly donated another roll of batting for us to use.  So I’d promised to organise another get-together for October but time has gotten away and October is here! 


So……it’s short notice but there are a few of us getting together on Saturday 10th October (yep that’s right THIS Saturday!) from 12 noon to 5pm at Ashburton Uniting Church, 7 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton 3147.  Our aim is to complete a quilt top (or two if there are lots of people able to come along) in the afternoon and being October we are making it for a local Mum recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer.


Anyone who would like to join us is most welcome – just drop me an email so I know to expect you.  And there will even be yummy afternoon tea…………




Operation Christmas Child

We’re into October so like it or not Christmas is just around the corner.  Lots of bloggers have been talking about having a handmade Christmas or a non-corporate Christmas but here’s a another way to give to a worthwhile cause at Christmas time. Operation Christmas Child involves packing a shoe box full of gifts which are shipped to children in need overseas – often these are the only gifts the child will receive all year!  The link gives suggestions of what to pack – simple things like pencils, paper, t-shirts, hats, tennis balls, soap or stickers.  It’s amazing what you can fit into a shoe box.  Our family has packed a couple of boxes each year for a few years now and the girls really enjoy doing it.  Boxes need to be dropped off to collection points by the end of October.  So if you are looking for another way to share the joy of Christmas to those that really need it please take the time to have a look.

Sunday Stash No. 45

From Amy Butler’s Nigella range…….

This one is destined for our dining chairs.


And these are for coordinating cushions for the couches.



(PS Yoyo total for the weekend = 12)


At Sewjourn……….well needed.




Lots of hard work………


….looking good!


Break in transmission…

Oh dear, only three days into Blogtoberfest and I miss a day!  It wasn’t for lack of trying though – just couldn’t get internet access at all in Lancefield!!!  So two posts today (plus this little one!) to make up for it…..

Yoyo Curtain


Original idea – Yoyo curtain for the Princess Room at Sewjourn.

Photo – old as left camera up in Lancefield tonight whilst popping home for work and netball tomorrow.

Found (by daughters in cupboard under stairs whilst converting into a cubby house during school holidays) – extra bag of yoyos for curtain.

Measured – window in door of Princess Room to calculate how many yoyos needed – answer 504.

Counted – yoyos done – 236!!!  Not even half way there!

Aim – 4 yoyos per day and it will be finished by Christmas (?wishful thinking!)

New shop in town


When I read that there was a new shop in town I wondered how I’d missed it!  But since I was working full time trips to Sewjourn to clean were in the dark and straight there and back……so the next time I came up I drove down the main street and had a look.  But I had to wait until today to be able to check it out properly!  Sea of Love  is a gorgeous new shop stocking artwork and vintage goods – it’s a lovely addition to Lancefield.





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