I wanted to share some of the pretty photos from baby Eva’s Christening last month. My sister hosted the Afternoon Tea Garden Party in her back yard after the church ceremony, and did such a great job of making everything so pretty.
The sweet treats were delish. Emma helped herself to SO many cakes, she was bouncing off the walls!
A great time was had all round.
You can see a close up of the christening dress I made her here.
Thanks to From Genevieve Photography for the lovely photos, there are more photos of the day on her blog here.
If you live in Melbourne and haven’t been to Little Shop Of…what are you waiting for? It’s a treasure trove of local handmade goodness by amazing Victorian craftisans.
Bec, manages to fill every little nook and cranny of the tiny space with all manner of desirable objects (including some of mine, yay!), and I challenge you to walk out of there empty handed. Most items are under $50 which makes it a great place to find the perfect gift on a budget. But don’t be to sad if you can’t make it into the store, the online store is just as pretty as the shop with convenient shipping right to your very door!
Pop over and Like their facebook page
8 Woorayl St Carnegie
Melbourne, Australia, 3163
Opposite Carnegie train station
Now with new extended Christmas trading hours
starting from Mon 12th Dec all the way to Christmas Eve
Monday 11- 5.30pm
Tuesday 11- 5.30pm
Wednesday 11- 6pm
Thursday 10 – 6pm
Friday 11 – 5.30pm
Saturday 10 – 4.30
The shop is full of little gift ideas under $10 each that would make great stocking fillers this Christmas. There are little knitted animals from Peru, lots of lovely paper goods from Japan and even some bits and pieces I’ve made myself here in Melbourne town.
Oh and if facebook is your thing, pop over and Like the My Poppet page, I’ll be having random ‘Happy Hours’ with free shipping on offer in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
This pretty storybook soap is an easy and inexpensive gift idea or party favour. You can use this wrapping technique to make any small gift look extra special.
You will need:
-A lovely bar of soap, the handmade kind would be even better.
-A scanned and printed image out of a vintage story book. I’ve just used normal office paper to print on, some pretty gift wrap would work well too.
-Double sided tape
-2 x metal eyelets
-eyelet tool (usually comes in pack of eyelets) or eyelet pliers
-gather your supplies
-trim your paper to size so the edges overlap when wrapped around the soap, affix with a piece of double sided tape.
-with the ends (about 2 inches on each side), flatten them out and fold over twice as pictured.
-With your eyelet tool, insert eyelets as per instructions on packet. Try to keep them centered.
Now you have a pretty and unique gift that you’ll want to keep for yourself.
You may also like to make a Vintage Storybook Coin Purse
I made Emma this skirt yesterday from some of the remnants left over from the latest batch of Retro cushions (yes some new designs coming soon). There was no rhyme or reason to the fabric combination, but I think that’s what makes it so special. Emma seems to like it.
Just like most of my sewing projects, this one started with some scraps and remnants. I have a sewing hierarchy: scraps, remnants, small pieces, then as a last resort, yardage. Waste not want not, is my motto when it comes to fabric.
Did you notice Emma’s ‘bandaid’? She had an ‘injury’ and hurt her arm. Because real bandaids are reserved for blood only (yes I’m a hard ass like that), we improvised and I whipped up a sewing room special. I feel a faux first aid tutorial coming on…
Since I started teaching my freestyle quilting classes I’ve become a little addicted to making mini/doll quilts. I can’t bare to throw even the tiniest fabric scraps away, so I love the idea of making something pretty out of them all. Here are number 3 and 4.
The bright purple one has some of my all time fave fabrics in it.
Don’t have a dolly? These also make great place mats or table centerpieces.
Want to buy them? Yes? Head over to the shop and start your Christmas shopping now.
I’ve felt a little absent from the blog of late, I was getting a little overwhelmed and needed a break. I know I have been blogging, but I haven’t felt like really talking. Sometimes its hard to keep sharing when your real life is sapping all the energy you have, and the truth is, a little time to ‘just be’ is good for all involved. Emma went/has been going through a super challenging defiant stage a the moment, which had me pulling out my hair. But I think I can see a glimpse of light at the end of the dark tunnel, which is giving me hope that she may not need to be sent to boarding school after all, phew! We have actually been having lots of fun in the last few days…
So here is a recap of what you may have missed:
-giant strawberry season, from the shop, not my garden
-new viking softies for Little Sparrow
-Emma and her love of markers, a tiger apparently
-New shoes from here
-Oh dear, broken nail!
-Quilting classes at Little Sparrow
-just having fun
-cute vintage spec frames from the op-shop
-Yay! new nails
-Street art outside Modern Times
-Architect’s model of our upcoming build. Yes there will be demolition here soon, no walls, no kitchen…I’m in for a world of pain.
So add all that to shop orders and other boring stuff, and you can see why I needed to crawl under a virtual digital rock.
This is a very easy and pretty project for those new to needle felting. Make as many hearts as you like to decorate with love this festive season.
For a beginners guide to needle felting you should check out my previous post: Needle Felting Basics
You will need:
Wool roving (assorted colors)
felting needle and pad
Heart shaped cookie cutter (metal or plastic)
embroidery thread in a complementary colour
Tapestry (long) needle
1. Gather your supplies, we will be using the cookie cutter as a mould for our felt shape.
2. Stuff the mould with some wool, to avoid the risk of needle breaking make sure the thicker lip of the cutter is up most.
3&4. Start needling the wool to flatten and compact, add more wool if required. To avoid felting the shape into pad, lift it out of the mould and turn over regularly as you needle. Remember to keep your needle at a 90 degree angle to the pad so there is no risk of breaking the needle against the metal cutter.
5&6. Once you are happy with the thickness you can remove the mould and do some surface needling to tidy up the fuzzy stray wool fibers.
7. Repeat in assorted colours until you have as many hearts as you like. I’ve made seven.
8. Arrange your coloured hearts. Don’t they look pretty? Take a long strand of embroidery thread and thread your needle. Make a big knot in the end
9. Thread on your hearts.
10. Space your hearts out on the thread and make a loop for hanging at the top.
This garland looks lovely hanging from a door knob, or make a long one and string around your Christmas tree. You could even try using different shaped cutters for a fun assortment of different themed garlands, stars, spots, or even little gingerbread men maybe?
I’m sure you will enjoy this project. Please feel free to leave any question in the comments.