Monday, December 10, 2012


Now that the Auckland Art and Craft Fair is over, I'm on holiday: time to seriously start thinking about Christmas. Look what I've made so far to decorate the mantelpiece: an advent calendar and a putz house. The advent calendar is a very simple project; it took me a couple of hours and I only used felt that I had in my stash.  I am a huge fan of Rachel Castle and took my inspiration from her work when I did the numbers.  I glued them to the felt bags and then sewed the lot to some ribbon. I like the fact that my colours aren't all 'Christmassy'.  I filled the bags with stickers, decorations for the tree and chocolate coins.  Elizabeth from ZippityDooDah gave the idea to also include notes like 'today we are sending Christmas cards' or 'today we are decorating the glitter house'.

The glitter house... How I love this little building! I've got a bit of an obsession with houses and have always thought that one day I might make a few glitter houses. Last week I couldn't wait any longer and made one from a Martha Stewart pattern.  It was so much easier than I had imagined; I have a few patterns I'd like to try next. It might be a new Christmas tradition in our house to add to the collection every year. Do you have any special traditions this time of the year?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Today I am super-excited to show you a book I've only seen online but am dying to get my hands on... It's called Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric in the US and How to Decorate and Embellish Your Fabrics in the UK edition. More importantly, it's by the talented Laurie Wistbrun from Scarlet Fig and you can read more about the book in this post

Why am I so excited? Well, a few of my photos made their way into this lovely book.  Two for sure, and one only made it to what I think must be a proof cover. Here's a photo from Laurie's blog showing a double page, and if you look closely, you'll see my embroidered brooches on the left-hand page, and my zip pouches on the right.  See?

And this is the phantom cover; I took a screen-shot off Amazon, because I don't think it will be there for much longer.  Still, for now it's there, on the cover! My photo top left, showing some more embroidered brooches.

I will have to add this book to my Christmas list, not only for the obvious reason but also to actually read it! Looks like it covers some very interesting and useful techniques like fabric printing, embellishing and embroidery.