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A year between posts is *totally* reasonable… (let’s try this again).

I’ve been doing more sewing than anything else, but there’s been zero photography and documentation. It’s probably about time for that to change – camera, timer, here I come.

I’ve just put a few projects up over at Kollabora… I signed up when it first started but haven’t really been using it. It seems like there’s a good little community getting going though, and I like that there’s some variety in the kind of things that people post.

I’m still hosting semi-regular make + do afternoons, but at a slightly less frenetic pace than last year. At the last one I had a crack at this cuff tutorial from the Purl Bee, and I’m pleased to say that (on the second try) it turned out brilliantly. Here are some instagram snapees..



The other thing I have been (slowly) working on is my Archer shirt.  I started it at a make + do afternoon months ago and only recently finished it on a trip to fetch the dog from holidays with my mum. I don’t really think of my sewing machine as portable, but it was actually really easy to pack up everything I needed, and I got this pretty much finished while I was away. More sewing holidays might await…


Anyway, look, this thing is my favourite. I’m sooooo proud of it, it’s a beautiful pattern and the sewalong makes it really straightforward to put together. The fabric is a silk print from The Fabric Store, with a teensy bit of stretch (the walking foot for my sewing machine helped a great deal while putting this together).  I had to narrow the shoulders a little, and I forgot to put the pockets on (I’ve decided I’m happy without them now), but otherwise, no drastic changes :o).


I’m definitely going to make more of these. Probably in a cream silk or cotton next, which I think will be a serious workhorse in my wardrobe.

Finally, my puppy is home after a rather long ‘holiday’ with my mum, and I’m excited about it, so here’s some puppy in an adorable jacket we got him in Japan last year…

Q in jacket

Loads more projects to cover, but that’s enough for now. ciao!


long earrings

I meant to part with these, but somehow I ended up wearing them…


I’ve been on a bit of an earring kick lately… I blame the short hair.

Excuse the shoddy iPhone photos, I keep forgetting to properly document things…


new earrings

mmmmmm. claw settings, how tricky you are…

Asymmetrical earrings – garnet and sterling silver.

Very much a beginner with the claw settings and in no way confident with them yet, but practice makes perfect, right? Really pleased with how these turned out…

The photos are a bit blah, sorry. Below gives a better idea of the garnet colour in the light – they’re particularly nice garnets – the colour isn’t always as rich as this.


i be back.

I know I know, this is looking suspiciously like another one of those ‘start but don’t finish’ things that I do. Well. FEAR NOT! I have returned! Stronger and more powerful than before! And Make + Do V is happening this weekend!

Well. Similar in strength and power… perhaps slightly better fed and more knowledgeable about Star Wars?

Last month’s Make + Do broke all attendance records to date, and we barely had space in our work room! What a stunning day to be out on the balcony though – it was super lovely.

Everyone was very much left to their own devices, sorry if anyone felt lost! In the future, we’re planning to mix up the afternoons so that sometimes they’re free-for-all, and sometimes more focused on an organised project/activity, which might be a bit easier for you if you’re stuck for something to do. Having said that, BYO projects are always welcome! You can sit in the corner with a glass of wine and laugh at the rest of us :o).

So yes… last month…

good tunes…

and a workroom that went from empty…

to just me…


I was racing around actually being quite productive this time, so I missed out on photographing some seriously awesome paper-bead-necklace making, bangle wrapping, and some super-cute cloud and lightning earrings. Sorry to those involved – everyone else will just have to imagine the fabulosity.

There was some impressive super-speedy dress re-fashioning, and some patient seam-ripping to rescue a top that got mauled by an over-exuberant puppy (not mine! I’m looking at you, Matilda!)…

Also plenty of drawing again…

And a TARDIS tissue box – YES! (have you been watching the reruns on ABC2 and iview? we have!).

I’m STILL finishing the earrings I nearly completed on the day (*shame!*). I’m really digging these – they’ll be enormous on, but they’re great fun. I must be unconsciously absorbing all this triangle/geometric business that’s going on at the moment… sigh.

No dog photos this month – he’s in Rockhampton with the parents, getting spoilt rotten. We miss him – waking up is dull and without face-licks. boo. hiss.

April has passed me by, so Make + Do is being squeezed in this Saturday – April 28th. Not theming this month, but I was contemplating doing something totally useless like making a really big marble run, so if anyone wants to help me, please come along :o)

Next month will definitely be a Stop Motion theme. It will be later in May, and I’ll be giving much more notice on the date. In the meantime, I promise not quite so long between drinks ;o). I’ve been sewing, and learning to knit, so I have plenty to show and tell!



More make n do, more funtimes…

This afternoon I managed to finish some stuff (WEEEEOWWWW). I mended like, 3 things, and they each took less than 10 minutes to fix. I officially have no reason for having put them off for the last 6 months.

I was not alone in my mending endeavours – look! that is some serious pant-hemming happening.

In other “ohmygodthingsactuallygotfinished” news, I put the final touches on a ring that I promised would be done, well, a long time ago. It’s been awhile, but I finally got there…

…and just so you know you’re getting the genuine article…

…if something’s made from a precious metal it’s stamped (usually somewhere discreet, like on the inside of a ring) to identify its content. For sterling silver that’s “925” or “SSIL”. Look at that sneaky lil 925 hiding on the inside…

Even better, hopefully this ring helped with some super-mad illustration skills, because it was later seen assisting in the drawing of this…

Brad also got some time to get his workbench a joint or two closer to completion…

Personally, I’m impressed with the ability to hit a chisel with a hammer rather than one’s hand, but the square-ness of that square is equally astounding.

OH! and ball of dog.

He made a new friend, and had lots of happy sleeping times.