Friday, December 17, 2010

Remember This

I did a post sometime ago (family tree) about a cushion for my mother in law.
Well I finally finished it.
Each branch and each leaf represents a member of the family.

Check out our branch
very heavy lol

My Brother in Law was killed in a road accident about 3 years ago so his branch has a little blue bird on it.

I'm giving it to her for Christmas, hope she likes it :D

Monday, December 13, 2010

Note Book Tutorial

Here goes my first sewing tutorial :D

Things you will need
Wrapping paper 1 sheet 24cm x 19cm
Card stock 1 piece 22cm x 17cm
Copy paper 10 pieces 21cm x 16cm
Sewing machine
Before we get started please note that all my seem allowances are the side of my machine foot.
Lets get going.

First place the wrapping paper picture side down.
Put the cardboard on top in the centre.
I just do this by sight it doesn't need to be perfect.
Fold up the top and the bottom like you are wrapping a present
Using a medium size straight stitch sew along the top and bottom.
Do this with the print facing up the stitches look nicer that side.
Do check before you start sewing that the cardboard is in the centre and not to one edge.
Now wrap the sides like a present.
I fold the corners then fold the sides.
Sew like the top and bottom, remember print side up :)
Now mark the centre of your card at the top and bottom.
This is your guide for sewing I do use a ruler for this :)
Put your sheets of copy paper on top.
The outside should line up with your stitches :)
Now just sew down the middle.
Fold in Half
Now you could stop there and it would be great but I do have one final step
I then sew down the spine to make it really flat.
I have made a note book with 20 sheets of paper but if you are going to use more than 10 sheets you can't sew along the spine as the machine doesn't like it :(

These are so fun to make and really quick.
I can make one in around 10 minutes how about you?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Something quick

I have been busy sewing gifts and so forth for Christmas ( will show you at some point) but I felt like a needed a quick project.
So I picked books.

(I tried to look for the page where I first got the idea but can't find it oops)
These are so much fun to make.
It is much easier to sew paper than material lol

size b5 pink

size b5 green

size b5 black

smaller ones using scraps.

Seeya going to make some more :)

Answers to a couple of questions
1 Are there pages? Yes between 20 and 40 they are blank.
2. Are the covers material or paper? They are paper 
3. Do you make them from scratch or just cover them? I made them from scratch and they are so easy!!!!!

Maybe I will do a tutorial, I'll think about it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Too Hot

OK so this is supposed to be a quilting blog and I haven't been quilting, oops
I have been thinking about cooking though.
The main thing I've been thinking is its too hot to cook.
So in honor of this thought here is my favourite quick easy delicious meal

SHAKE and BAKE quiche

Tools needed
1 large bowl with airtight lid
measuring implements
quiche flan
teenager (optional)


1/2 cup of cheese
250 grams of bacon pieces
1 cup of milk
1 tin of corn (425g)
1 tablespoon of melted butter/margarine
4 eggs
1/2 cup of self raising flour

Pre-heat your oven to 180/360 degrees

put the flour and cheese in the bowl

put the corn and the bacon in the bowl

put the butter, milk and eggs in the bowl
(I suggest breaking the eggs and getting rid of the shell lol)

put the lid on the bowl
(very important you make sure the lid is on right trust me)

now get your teenager (or yourself) to shake the bowl like crazy
I find 30 sec to a minute is enough

now pour the mixture into your flan
and place in the oven at 180/360 degrees for 30 minutes

The top should be a beautiful golden colour.

Here is my serving suggestion

Light and Easy
Not a lot of washing up either YAY!
p.s. Jack calls this egg pizza

Saturday, November 20, 2010

More Fun with 2

Caught myself another Mermaid
I think this one's a swimmer

It's no fun on your own...

It's good to have friends

"These are awesome!"

"Check them out"
hehehe :)

Friday, November 19, 2010


So my friend Kate (terribly talented friend) has been making Mermaid dolls.
They are so cute (look here)
Anyway seeing as she was kind enough to post a link for the mermaid pattern 
I decided to give it a go.
 Isn't she cute

I thought she should have a photo shoot.

 Down at the warf

 Being a mermaid is a dangerous thing

 at home under the sea

 Thought we would try a little land exploration

Such a great little model!
Want to make one of your own?
Here is the link
Now I'm off to make some more I think :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Done and Dusted

Well I'm back from my trip to Adelaide.

After all my worry and anxiety mum liked her quilt.

Looks nice in her room too.

The birthday party was a big success as well.
Now back to real life.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What an old bag (not you mum hahaha)

I wasn't going to post pictures of this quilt until after Mums birthday on Friday but couldn't help myself.
The deal with this quilt was
Mum picked 14 different prints, 25cm of each
I wasn't to use white ( that material is cream with a pattern)
I put it together then pulled it apart and started again :(
I am now happy with it
I hope she is
 Just a little on the back this time
 I thought I would add the shadow of my clothesline lol

Here it is on my bed.
Mum wanted a bag as well
 Yes that is a pocket
And its reversible.
I also made the straps tie up so she could adjust the length
Now off to Adelaide to deliver it
Wish me luck

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Newcastle Stake Ball

I have been sooooo busy lately. Finished quilting mums quilt just have to bind it.
Made a money apron (my first special custom order, YAY)
I'm working on the kids school 25th Anniversary Gala Day ( fancy name for a fete, this Saturday)
and I helped with the Stake Ball last Friday night. It was a 1920's Gala 
(what is with that word it's everywhere)
It was awesome and here are some pics to prove it!!!!!

First up the food was amazing!

they tasted as good as they look, mmmm yum

The decorations where cool too, This was my favourite silhouette.

We had a live band
I know that this isn't a great photo for detail but if you look at the dancers on the floor it's like they aren't really there, like they are ghosts from the 1920's (cool hey?)

So what did I do on the night?
I ran a photobooth 
here it is

People got to take away a black and white photo in a lovely little folder as a souvenir

Here is Marty and me.
I made my costume and I got his at the op shop.
It really was awesome!