I can’t believe I won

Back in April I stumbled across a competition on Instagram. A post by Brother Australia, makers of sewing machines, printers but most importantly the ScanNCut machine. The competition involved creating a piece for your craft space based on one of the 12 projects Brother had collated. I liked the look of the one.

The 3 words I live by ‘follow your bliss’ would be perfect I thought. Then as I was deciding how to embellish my banner, I couldn’t go past one of my many passions, miniatures. After many hours, of embroidering, quilling, quilting and sewing this was my creation and submission.


I will be sharing shortly a tutorial on how I made this.

In May, I received THE email. I had won. I was in complete shock. Not second prize – which was pretty awesome the ScanNCut machine, but first prize. A sewing and quilting machine, a ScanNCut machine and a make over of my creative space [including services of an interior designer and money to going on a shopping spree]. These are the before shots – somewhat embarrassing but great for comparison once you get to the end of the post. Persevere, it’s worth it – I think it is.

before 1


So then came the fun part – thinking of what would make home office/craft room my ultimate creating sanctuary. Briar asked me to create a board on Pinterest of my wish list. What I became fixated on was a library catalogue style cabinet with thousands [ok maybe not that many] of drawers. Drawers to fill with all my tools and supplies. Although it would have been special to find a pre-loved authentic cabinet I approached a local furniture store to create one. I ordered the finger pulls and made labels just like the ones in libraries many years ago.


cabinet drawer capacity

drawer finger pulls

My mini haberdashery store would take centre stage on the cabinet so the dimensions evolved from there.

window display

sewing machine and mini quilt

mini fabric bolts

knitting and yarn


front door

I also had one cupboard that needed a serious overhaul and sorting. Ikea storage boxes to the rescue. I created laminated tables to keep track what I had stored in each box – orange being tools and purple being supplies. They act as mini ‘white boards’ – that way as supplies are consumed or new tools are acquired I can quickly update my inventory

tracking idea boxes

ikea boxes

My pinboard was in desperate need for a face-lift and the gorgeous Kikki K memory board is just lovely. It dons many beautiful handmade pieces I have received from swaps I have participated in.

memory board

I also dreamed of a reading/crafting nook. I love sitting here, stitching and enjoying my view. My new armchair and cushion.


I initially suggested to Briar I would like some wall art, typography on a blank mission brown wall. Briar encouraged me to create an art piece to frame and hang. What symbolises all craft rooms I thought, a pair scissors. It’s needed for almost every craft I can think of. So following some designs/shapes research on Pinterest I was armed with a rough template. Along with fibrous paper and white cotton [very long] crocheted chain and a needle I  stitched the outline. I displayed it in a shadow box frame. I love this piece, it evolved and exceeded what I first imagined.

close up


Looking more like a home office I needed to soften and pretty up my space up. Photo frames and flowers. I stitched a crocheted mandala on pearlescent card stock and displayed it in a shadow box frame. I printed the word ‘soar’ on pearlescent cardstock. What ever you do in life, soar above the norm, the average and the expected, do better and be better.

desk art piece

crochet art

Of course, my new craft toys, my new sewing and quilting machine and the ScanNCut machine.


I had so much fun, dreaming up a wish list, purchasing the items on the wish list and putting it together. I love my new room. I craft much more and although I make the same mess as before it is sorted in no time as everything has it’s place.


overall 1


I hope I have inspired you to enter a competition – you can win – I did.

the detail is in the dress

The Big Day sure is fun but I must admit the lead up is pretty awesome too. A few weeks ago I spent a lovely afternoon at a friend’s daughter’s bridal shower. I love meeting the wedding guests in advance, say at the bridal shower or hen’s night, then the wedding reception is bound to be extra fun. The afternoon was spent laughing through the obligatory games, eating high tea delights, getting a hand henna tattoo, drinking tea and chatting. The bride has maternal Italian heritage and paternal Indian heritage hence the Indian inspired high tea. A few snap shots from the shower.

collage 1

collage 2

After a little research on Pinterest I saw bridal shower cards had ‘brides’ as the embellishment. I decided to focus on the bride rather than the couple that is typically represented on wedding cards. Bride = wedding gowns, don’t you think. I sketched a gown with the idea of having a quilled skirt, ‘beehive’ effect. And so the gown evolved, grosgrain bodice, satin ribbon waistband and beads as buttons.


card 5

card 2

card 1

And pretty wrapping to complement the pretty dress.


10 more sleeps to the wedding :)

Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!

Really, more than one month since my last post. Well it’s definitely not because I have nothing to blog about it’s because I have been so busy, many craft projects in the making and craft news to share. The first one being my first published project and pattern. And it made on the front cover. I am so excited to see my hexie Christmas tree on the cover. And to share with Greg Sukendro’s angel – a dream cover true.

I used Print Charming Original Fabrics to make the hexies. All hand basted, hand sewn together and then running stitch to add the felt backing.

Here is the link to the magazine on their facebook page.

And here is my Christmas tree!

handmade magazine

My first guest blogger post!

I can now share with you some exciting news. I have been creating some projects for Lincraft. Lincraft is a wonderful craft shop that sells everything you possibly need to get creating. For my first project I made a shopping tote which folds up neatly for your handbag.

I have listed this one my tutorial page but I’ll save you a step or two, here is the link.

shopping tote

Miniature Monday – hexie to quilt

As part of the #igneedlebookswap I received a lovely solitary hexie – it was the cutest. I asked my lovely Instagram community for any ideas and my lovely Instagram friend, Margaret, suggested I turn it into a miniature quilt. Perfect, that’s what I’ll make, a miniature quilt, so I can hang on the wall of my haberdashery shop. I drew some pieces, rectangles and corners, cut out pieces of paper and using the EPP method, created EPP so that I could ‘complete’ the quilt with the hexie as the main focal point. After sewing all the EPP pieces together I machine sewed the 6mm [1/4 inch] bias binding. I then finished the binding by hand and also added further focus on the hexie by accenting it with a running stitch. My father had made me some miniature coat hangers many years ago so this was perfect to hang my quilt on the back wall of the store.

hexie quilt close up

hexie quilt

Hand-stitched Hoops

The Craft and Quilt Fair [Sydney] ran from June 17 – 21. I went along on the Sunday, with my neighbour and also met up with a new craft friend I met at a recent wedding I attended. I didn’t buy much except for some bias binding, loads and loads of metres in various colours for the yet to be made mini quilts, runners, pouches I have listed on growing to do list. I sat in the ‘wonderful one fabric quilts’ workshop. It was very interesting to learn that where cuts are placed and how the pieces are positioned produce a wonderful result with stunning effects.

The one display that took my breath away was by the Embroiderers’ Guild of NSW.

These hoops caught my eye. The colours. The stitches. The creativity.

main display 1

main display 3

hoops 1

hoops 2

hoops 3

hoops 4

hoop 1

hoop 2

These are crocheted button flowers – so so pretty.

hoop 3

hoop 4

It is fair to say I am drawn to bright colours but the simplicity of this sophisticated stitch in white I find stunning.

hoop 5

hoop 6

hoop 7

hoop 8

There were  so many quilts. Each one beautiful and/or intricate in different ways. These made it onto my camera’s memory.

bookshelf quilt

hexie love

little birds quilts

little houses quilt

major hexie crush

tree quilt

And this – 50 years of ‘Flower Power’ – freeform crochet hand stitched by Prudence Mapstone.

flower power 1

flower power 2

Hope you enjoyed this little re-cap of the show.

Elephants out to dry!

Here’s a quick little tutorial for a card I made for a friend’s sons Baptism last week. It was my first Instagram tutorial.

I love this colour combination. Orange and navy blue were used on Luke’s Baptism invitation – as it turned out it was carried right through, coordinating chocolate favours given at church, the balloons, centre pieces and party favours.

elephant card tutorial


1. Inspiration from the invitation.
2. I used my Cuttle bug die to cut felt elephants. You could use any shape and even cut the shapes by hand. The materials needed  are coordinating embroidery floss, orange cord and  miniature pegs. You’ll also need small hole punch, cardsotck and double sided tape.
3. Mark the letters on the felt pieces [E]. Embroider the letters in contrasting floss using back-stitch [U, K]. These little elephants measure 2.5cm [1in], and the head is as big as the body ;) so a simple stitch was required.
4. Fold card cardstock in half. Punch 4 holes in top left and right hand corners of card front. Thread cord through both holes and secure with a knot. Repeat with the other end. Place small piece of double sided tape on back of peg.
Clip peg and felt piece on the cord. Clip all, space and position. Peel off tape and secure pegs to card.

close up elephant baptism card

I made it so the bunting-like embellishment could be removed and hung elsewhere if desired.

baptism elephant card

Couldn’t resist these party favour’s are so cute – even adults made sure they took their’s home. Apologies, my son has already made a dent in the contents.

party favour