Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Odd One Out -winner!

It seems almost unanimous; #6 bites the dust. Also, I think I will rework #5 a little, since everyone is right, it doesn't quite fit in with the other designs. I do love a good strapless 'prom' dress though, so it might just need a play before it fits well... i'll be back with options, don't you worry!

Thanks so much to everyone who made comments (even if they were left in the wrong place, lulupants!), I really appreciate it!
The humble prize goes to Levine as per this random hat pick,
pls let me know what address you would like the goodies sent to, so I can post asap.

And because I hate to leave a post without a picture, the little man having fun in the park:


Friday, 20 March 2009

Odd One Out Givaway

Soooo, I have too many ideas for my new range. Part of design is knowing how to cull to get the best possible end result. Of course, this is the part I find the hardest!
So I need your help please.
I can only include 5 out of these 6 dresses in my new range. Which one do you like the most? Which the Least? and Why?
Personally I'm leaning towards removing #6, as I don't really wear blouson-y shapes so much. But I know not everyone likes their clothes slim cut with low necks, like me! Oh and the colours and prints are all substitute at this stage, but just representative of what I would like. (I've butchered the lovely Lara Cameron's ginko print, but I think it would be lovely in a black base with jade leaves, and will most likely get this fabric printed up by Ink & Spindle for the range.)
As an incentive to get all you lurkers to help me out, I am offering a givaway to one random commenter: an assorted bundle of cute scrap fabrics and notions for making and crafting. It's not much, but I hope it will help get some ideas flowing for you!
5 fabrics (about 1/2m of each), 2 vintage pieces of lace, some vintage buttons and a 'home companion' dated 18th dec 1948

Oh, and comments close Monday march 23rd 10pm EST, so I can post your goodies out on Wed.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Happy Anniversary

I have a confession to make: both Jim and I forgot our anniversary this year. and last year. and the two years before that. we suck. but in fairness, we've been together three times as long as we've been married, so it's just not the be-all-and-end-all for us. king's birthday is more important(which we haven't forgotten). oh, we have no idea when we first started seeing each other either. all we know is 'july sometime 1995'. we really suck.
what important date don't you remember that you really should?


Tuesday, 17 March 2009

game on moles

it's that time of year again- derby time!!!!
alas i wont be skating (still getting fit post baby), but some amazingly fit and skilled skaters will be. please show your support and come along, it's fantastic to watch: a real sport, not just hot chicks on skates.
04 April 2009
19:00 - 22:00
Cnr Davis and Blake Streets
Reservoir, Victoria, Australia

more info here
see you there!


Monday, 16 March 2009

did it!

Dress achieved!
The stitches and craft show was great, too; As well the ubiquitous old lady floral quilting and scrapbooking extravaganza, there were some fantastic modern craftsters with some amazing talent. If we weren't completely broke, I would have bought too many things from some great local artisans. I wanted to take lots of photos too, but I didn't want anyone to think I was planning on stealing their ideas!
There's too many to mention everyone, but my favorites included:
Ink & Spindle
Fantastic quality fabrics with really original and beautiful prints.

Audrey & Maude
I fell in love with their robot softies.
I am sooo making one of her ear flap hats for king
(sorry, i'd buy one if i could!)

Well, right now I am drained and knackered from a looong night with the wee little man, so I might go curl up with a good book for an hour (and maybe snooze if I'm lucky)
Who was your favorite at the fair?


Tuesday, 10 March 2009

A miracle happened: crafting enabled!

SOoooo King decided that he's a big boy now and is ok to sleep by himself during the day.

oh. my. god. i have my hands free again! woooooooooooooooo.

i know, it's a bit over the top, but i don't care, i can make things again! yay! so i ransacked a couple of opshops on wednesday (my car day-i get to leave the house), and found a couple of bits and pieces, including this quilt cover, which is going to be turned into a dress by the end of the day if it kills me:

I'm thinking something retro and house-dressy (i'm living in jeans and tanks and the jeans don't quite fit any more which is a good thing as they're a size bigger than i pre-preggers wear) so i want some dresses to wear around the house that are comfy, and cute and i can breastfeed in. the last one's the killer! so i've come up with the below idea, and hopefully i can get it done for the weekend. (i want something nice for the stitches and craft show) so wish me luck, and speedy fingers!

Oh, and there's a cute meme via Meet Me at Mike's - have a go! You just google "Unfortunately Cherry" - or whatever YOUR name is and then cut and paste your favorite quotes! Here are the more ridiculous of my unfortunates -


Cherry's problems are many, so many.

unfortunately Cherry seems to be too cement headed to see that.

Cherry 2000 is an old model, and replacement parts can only be found in the anarchic, post-apocalyptic "Zone 7."

Unfortunately, Cherry’s punishment doesn’t stop there. ...

Cherry did not report the actual numbers of insects (s)he obtained, (s0)

Unfortunately, Cherry’s book is a bit of a “doorstop”.

Unfortunately, Cherry gets her leg amputated by the mad Dr. William Block...

Unfortunately, Cherry doesn√Ęt have a rich uncle or wealthy parents that help pay for her musical endeavors

Unfortunately, Cherry becomes all the more emotionally dependent while Fish is never going learn to control himself

ha aha ha, what's your favorite 'unfortunate' for your name?


Friday, 6 March 2009

Don't think I haven't been trying,..

Ok, I'll admit it. I was naive. I thought i would be able to get back to normalcy post kid. um nup. all you mums can go ahead and point and laugh now. After 10 weeks you'd think I would be able to have SOME time to myself right? ah, no. best i get is the odd half an hour here and there when he's playing by himself or the rare occasion when he's asleep somewhere other than on me. (he's a really crappy day sleeper) Hence no posting because there's nothing to show for the last two months other than a fatty little elephant and a tired mum.
So we finally got a baby bjorn and now i can make things while he happily sleeps on me. (we tried the sling, but he's 6kg and really just too heavy for me in it, and he doesn't really like it much anyways.)
What did i do with myself? i made a new nappy bag! i love the cake bag, but it's a bit heavy for me to carry around on its' own, separate from the pram. such a shame, as it really is gorgeous!

The fabric is 'bamboo' print on broadcloth from spotlight, with stash shinyish black nylon twill for the bows. i really wanted washed nappa leather for the bows, but i don't have that. oh well.
i'm loving it so far, so much lighter to carry, with good sized straps and HUGE inner pockets to fit everything i need, without being too big overall. i'm really really happy with it. especially since I completely dodgied up the pattern as i went along (i'm too lazy to make full patterns). apologies for the poor lighting, it's been rather overcast here.

Business plan is nearly complete, just the boring money planning part to go (yes i know the most vital part is the most boring). Range planning is going really well-it will be a small 12 outfit range to start with, and i'll post some pics of what i'm planning soon, as i need some feedback on a couple of print ideas.

thanks again to everyone who posted/emailed comments while we've been all full of baby time. it's really lovely! just a quick pic to show how much he's grown!


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