Archive | March, 2011

logo development

29 Mar


nth melbourne market

28 Mar

Totally inspired after the North Melbourne Market yesterday!

braised tofu with tomatoes

19 Mar

i hope kitty approves…

folded purse

19 Mar

I’d been messing around with some sketches for a folded purse, just simple design of a rectangle folded inwards at both ends to form some pockets.  Easy straight lines on the sewing machine….but maybe I need to practice sewing straight lines for a while longer as my stitches are zigging and zagging, pulling fabric and making for a messy finish!


14 Mar

My partner and I recently married.  I’d poo-pooed people for a long time who said it was “the best day of their lives”…but it kinda is!  We were married 13 months after we got engaged, which is quite a long time.  I didn’t feel like I needed that long to actually prepare and plan, particularly as I work in the events industry, but as the months ticked by it became apparent that those extra months really counted as it gave us a chance to really formulate a “look” and “feel” for the whole day. I felt like we needed an overriding theme to tie the whole day together…just to give us a sense of purpose when trying to make decisions on every little aspect.  Our theme ended up being hearts….possibly the simplest thing imaginable, but for us it was the ultimate image of love. 

Here’s some shots of the hand-made things that were part of our day…

And just because….a fab shot from our spectacular photographer..

The most magical day!

sushi bowl dinner

14 Mar

lesson one

14 Mar

I’ve recently inherited a sewing machine, it’s about 30 years old.  It still seems to work ok and probably suits my skill level at the moment.  I’ve been wanting to sew for a long time, but horror images from high school textile class keep popping up in my mind, putting me off.  But it’s a goal for 2011.  Before jumping in head first, and potentially ruining the machine, I signed up for a basics course at Thread Den which was a brilliant idea as I learnt lots of little tips and tricks to get me on my way.  One of which was how to thread the machine, might seem easy for some but was a daunting task for a novice like myself! Once we’d learnt some basic stitches and some more complex seams, it was time to complete our project for the evening which was a small bag, kind of like a clutch.  I lost my way a couple of times but it was a great sense of achievement to actually make something that looked a) reasonably straight and b) like it wasn’t going to fall instantly to pieces.

So it was with much confidence that I sat down after the class and threaded my sewing machine for the first time.  All seemed to go ok until I started doing some practice sewing and this happened…

Not a great start!  Half an hour later, with the help of some scissors, tweezers and a chopstick and I was ready for take two!  I’m someone who likes to try and finish something straight away, rather than just practising, so I set myself the challenge of making a heat bag.  I figured this would be fairly straightforward considering I really only needed to sew four straight lines!

I’m pretty happy with the end result!  I used a printed cotton for the front, and a natural linen on the back.  There is also some interfacing to give it a bit of cushy-ness.  The only trouble was how to close the end once I had filled the bag.  I tried to tuck the edges in and sew quite close to the edge, which was difficult because of all the layers.  It’s not the neatest finish and is something I’ll have to do some reading on, but overall I think it looks quite good!