Monthly Archives: January 2012

Things We’ve Made: To give or not to give

Hello friends.

We enjoy blogging here in this little space and sharing the behind the scenes of our blossoming little business. Up until now things have all been rather focused on shop happenings and product developments – Cool, we hear you say, but we wouldn’t mind you shaking it up and getting a little personal on us …. Got it.

In our endearingly random blogging fashion, today we bring you the first of our somewhat-regualar posts ‘Things We’ve Made’. It’s true – we do make other stuff. Usually for other people (Christmas was  a whirlwind of present making), but sometimes we even manage to treat ourselves to something just for us. Like this bag (no whimsical name sorry, unless you consider ‘Mummy’s bag’ a suitable moniker):

Action shot, forgive the awkward disjointed shoulder look

I (Megan) began this project intending to give it to my Mum for her December birthday. Taking inspiration loosely from this one, I imagined a simple and quick project that would produce  a jaunty little bag just right for Mum to take on a much anticipated upcoming cruise. Snip snip, stitch stitch, wrap it up, back to the pile of Christmas present making – right?. Errr, not quite.

  • I don’t  like to follow the rules.
  • If there is a long, frustrating yet sometimes successful way of doing an otherwise simple thing, I will find it.
  • Things have to be just so.
Determined to use my existing stash, I sliced up the legs of my favourite jeans that had ripped through the seat (here’s a tip folks – don’t sit on the sharp heel edges of your favourite boots a billion times a day, unless you are looking for some backside airconditioning vents to appear). I also found one of Hubby’s old shirts with some rather nice squared off pockets for the lining. Got to have pockets, my Mum.
I sliced out the pockets from the shirt, and a back pocket from the jeans, and added them to the outer and inner layers…. a tiny tucked under allowance, a bit of topstitching and presto!
Here’s the bag ready for the handles to be threaded through:
A tricky bit of not-quite-straight-but-blow-it-it’s-handmade detailing here:
and here on the handles (I lashed out on some webbing for strength – my Mum works her bags hard).
Not exactly a simple rope bag as you can see, but I was really chuffed with how it came out…. there was even a little part of me that was a bit sad to be parting with it. Never mind, I happily imagined Mum sauntering around the cruise ship with it dangling off her arm, and prepared myself for parting ways.
Unbeknown to me, my sister had had a similar idea, and had spontaneously taken Mum shopping for  a new bag two days before her actual birthday…. drat! As she giddily showed me all the pockets and compartments and dangly bits of her new treasure, I realised that a plan B was in order – so a delicious massage voucher it was. Everyone was happy, and I have a new bag. Nice.
I am sure if I had set out to make it for myself in the beginning, it would still be languishing atop an unfinished avalanche of projects while I moved on to something else that had a gift-giving deadline. Hooray for lack of family present buying communication!
M & A

Tutorial Motherload

Hello Friends.

A quickie today to pay forward a wonderful find. The wonderful Ellen from The Long Thread (a must read on Megan’ s blog roll) has outdone herself with a massive post chock-full of tutorials.

Sewing projects, quilting, paper crafts and crafts – our heads are spinning with all the possibilities!

We particularly love the watercolour on fabric idea from The Girl Creative:

and one on the top of Megan’ s sewing to do list for this year, the free download for the Sorbetto top from the divine Coletterie:

Boil the kettle, put your phone on silent, and start browsing. Not only will you find a wealth of project ideas,  but you will find many new blogs to add to your reading list (after our good selves, of course!).

Enjoy 🙂

M & A

Happy New Year and all that

Hello friends.

What a whirlwind of a month! We hope your festive season was full of good people, great food and a fair bit of nanna napping – ours certainly was.

The need to power down and cosy up meant the Christmas break included some much-needed down time for both Ali and Megan, with our Etsy shop closed for a bit of a stitching reprieve. We are well and truly open for business again now though, and a scorching hot start to 2012 (several days of 40C – eek!) had us flaked out in front of the aircon with nothing to do but sew and eat = heaven.

In a nice start to the year, we have nabbed ourselves a nifty little spot in the local artist display case at the Stirling Library. From now until February 13 you can pop in and have a peek at a rotating selection of our Snuggly Seed Pillows.

There may even be a little discount code tucked away there for use in the shop, just to make it worth your while…

As usual, we have more ideas and grand sewing plans than we have free hands or hours in the day…. Still, we hope to bring them to you as they make their way to fruition, so stick around – it’s going to be a great year!

M & A