Recently I’ve been doing some speaking (in real life) to groups (of real people) about Upcycling, Refashioning and Re-imagining old stuff into new stuff. It’s been a great experience to share examples of my work and inspire others to give old objects new uses. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it was very encouraging to meet enthusiastic people wanting to consume less and improvise more.
In one of the workshops I taught attendees how to make these decorative tassels from old unwanted t-shirts, they take about 15 minutes and you only need a pair of sharp scissors. Read on for instructions (more…)
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I was lucky enough to be invited to a High Tea at the MasterChef pop-up restaurant in Melbourne to mark the release of the new Lipton Pyramid Tea range. Tea and cake are two of my favourite things, so no need to ask me twice, nor did I have to twist the arm of my ‘plus one’ Flo, long time pal and fellow cake lover.
I recently spoke on a video webinar hosted by Kidspot Voices of 2013 on the topic of blog design – 10 Simple Ways to Make Your Blog Look 10 Times Better. One of the hints that really generated a lot of interest was ‘Use your footer’.
It generated questions on twitter like: When you say use footer…use it for what?
Yes, it’s true, we often take the footer of our blogs for granted, often it may have some copyright information or a link to your blog theme, but that’s it, a big wasted opportunity in my eyes. (more…)
The other day Emma asked me if she could do some sewing. Hooray! After watching me stitch she is finally taking an interest in trying it herself. She described to me in detail how she would push the ‘very sharp’ needle in the fabric and not get hurt because she is ‘a big girl now and knows how to do it’.
Lack of confidence has never been Emma’s problem, but the reality is her fine motor skills still need some work, so going straight to a needle and thread would be super frustrating for her. So I improvised a weaving activity that would develop her motor skills and the very basic concept of sewing with a plastic canvas and pipecleaners. (more…)
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I’m a city girl at heart, but sometimes it’s nice to get out into the fresh air and wide open spaces. Luckily in Melbourne we don’t have to drive for hours to experience the country life, we have a farm in the heart of the city just on the banks of the Yarra river. The Collingwood Children’s Farm was the setting for a delightful bloggers’ brunch hosted by Dairy Farmers to celebrate the launch of Dairy Farmers new Thick and Creamy Yoghurt. And what a lovely day it was. Melbourne weather played nice for a change the air was warm and the sun was shining bright. The entertainment was provided by a photo bombing chicken, and we all got to fill our hungry bellies with some delicious Thick and Creamy Yoghurt and a brunch feast in the most gorgeous of settings.
I’ve had a few e-mails recently from readers looking for my Bat Wing Tutorial, it’s very popular at this time of year. So I thought I’d post a little Halloween Costume roundup from the archives of My Poppet.
All of these costumes can be put together with clothing and accessories that you may already have at home, and only require you to make one inexpensive accessory which takes less than a hour, making them ideal for last minute late night costume emergencies.
Click on the pictures to take you to the full tutorial. (more…)
What do you get when you combine a pile of fabric scraps, a bit of spare time and a vintage sewing pattern? A stashbusting, scraptastic, patchwork dress of course!
This was a project that started off with no real objective, apart from sorting through and minimizing my excessive stockpile of fabric scraps and remnants. Then as I was separating the bigger scraps I had the urge to piece them together to create a fabric that I could make a garment from. Originally I was thinking about making a skirt, but as the patchwork grew, I decided a dress to wear on my holiday in Hong Kong would be perfect.
Woolworths has teamed up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to launch a collection of Aussie Animals collector cards, available exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets. There are 108 trading cards for your children to collect.
We love playing dress ups at home, and with Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to make a cute Koala Mask inspired by the Aussie Animal cards we’ve been collecting. Get the kids involved with tracing, colouring, cutting and pasting, it will keep them entertained for a little while and will hardly cost you a cent.
This mask is easy to make and it’s likely you’ll have most of the materials required at home already. It’s a great way to upcycle cereal boxes, and I used the faux fur from the collar of an old coat I picked up at the op-shop (thrift store) for only $1. If you can’t find faux fur inexpensively try fluffing up some cotton balls.