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Been doing some sewing this week! Thought I would show the cute dress I made for a friend’s daughter!
I love anything scandinavian - so this bright pink dala horse fabric was a great find!
Also tried out using trim for the first time - so had some sweet little pink pom-pom trim!

Been doing some sewing this week! Thought I would show the cute dress I made for a friend’s daughter!

I love anything scandinavian - so this bright pink dala horse fabric was a great find!

Also tried out using trim for the first time - so had some sweet little pink pom-pom trim!

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#olympics on the big screen in #britomart on the #verticalgarden - very cool! (Taken with Instagram)

#olympics on the big screen in #britomart on the #verticalgarden - very cool! (Taken with Instagram)

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Perfect Pants for a Tea Party.

I have been on a sewing role this week!

Love coming home from a day filled with people and numbers and be able to catch up on some downtime and have a creative outlet!

Tonight I whipped up some pants with a ‘tea party’ fabric I have had sitting around for awhile. I decided that I need to clean out my fabric drawer to allow for new fabrics to be purchased… :) …. and I think this fabric made for some fancy pants!

I also took the time to review my Janome instruction book and pulled out the overedge foot and using a ‘serger’ stitch to finish off the seams and love how tidy the finish is - who needs an overlocker!

Tags: diy sewing craft
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A wee dress.

Yesterday I started to sew a wee pinafore dress.

Then disaster struck when I realised the buttons I had were too small.

So after a trip to spotlight this evening… the dress is completed!

Sorry for the dodgy iPhone photos - I get too excited and want to quickly photograph, so I can wrap it up to be sent down south!

(This is the first time I have used a sewing machine to sew a buttonhole - super easy! Also used the self-cover buttons - also super easy!)

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Ekkkk been awhile since I posted! Been super busy with work and life!
Saw this quote the other day and it definitely sums me up - crazy how life goes by so quirky!
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Ekkkk been awhile since I posted! Been super busy with work and life!

Saw this quote the other day and it definitely sums me up - crazy how life goes by so quirky!

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Bit of Sewing.

Managed to fit in some time of the sewing machine yesterday - and whipped up some baby pants and shoes for a good friend! Was my first attempt at baby shoes… the second shoe was definitely an improvement on the first!

Haven’t really done much sewing (apart from repairs!) since I started my new job… so good to get back into it and looking for any good sewing books with great ‘how-to’ instructions - so if you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them!

Sorry for the poor night-time iPhone photos! x

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Colour Me Happy - May

Oh nearly the end of May! 

This month’s challenge for Colour Me Happy by Colour Me There was to ‘create a colourful blanket fort’!

So on this cold and rainy day in Auckland - I convinced Guy that we need to get our ‘creative hats’ on and come up with a fort!

We incorporated our two couches, the giant lamp, blankets and numerous cushions and of course - we positioned it directly in front of the TV - for a comfy area to watch some TV together!

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Rabbit Lights.

I heart rabbits. And especially rabbit lights.

UK shop Maiden has three of my favourite rabbit lamps!

I think the Miffy light will be on my ‘one-day-must-buy’ list! It’s 50cm tall!!

(Clockwise: Bunny Baby Lamp, Rabbit Night Light, Miffy Light

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Yum! I found a lovely 'two vanilla cupcakes' recipe and they came out perfectly! Covered them with cream cheese icing and some white chocolate buttons!

Yum! I found a lovely 'two vanilla cupcakes' recipe and they came out perfectly! Covered them with cream cheese icing and some white chocolate buttons!

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Ooooh new issue of Inside Out with a page of beautiful tea towels destined for my walls or new cushions!

Ooooh new issue of Inside Out with a page of beautiful tea towels destined for my walls or new cushions!

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Cushions.

Ahhh I decided to make the most of my Friday afternoon off work and dig out the sewing machine and whip up some new cushions for our bed!

We purchased the Citta Design Chiya duvet cover set with the matching euro cushions the other week - and we love it! Great quality and it is super comfy… think I may of managed to convince Guy that we should buy a new Citta duvet each season release :)

Here is their stunning photo of it:

(I wish our room looked as tidy at the moment!)

So we ended up getting the matching euro cushion covers instead of the Megura euro covers - so when my darling mother got me a Megura tea towel - I decided to get crafty!

Using the tea towel and some white drill cotton fabric, I made the most of my new invisible zipper foot to whip up some cushions!

And the finished product…..

To be honest…. I think they look great! And they look fantastic on our bed (will upload some pictures when I get the chance for some daylight!)! I have been sewing invisible zips using a normal zipper foot, so the new foot makes it a lot easier and gives a really clean final result! I definitely advise to use feather-inner cushions - gives a great plump look and very comfy to snuggle into!

Total cost of the two cushions:

- Citta Design Megura tea towel $11.50

- White Cotton Drill Fabric $2.5

- Invisible Zips $10

Great bargain! 

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A quick photo I took on my phone at Wynyard Quarter this weekend - had a lovely lunch and planning another one for this Friday - will take more photos and if you haven’t been down there - check it out! And if you are not in Auckland, the webcam is just as interesting!

A quick photo I took on my phone at Wynyard Quarter this weekend - had a lovely lunch and planning another one for this Friday - will take more photos and if you haven’t been down there - check it out! And if you are not in Auckland, the webcam is just as interesting!

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Lazy Sunday

Ah I have been enjoying a lazy relaxing day! Can never have too many of those!

Today has been spent catching up on some TV, spot of supermarket shopping and following the realtime twitter updates of the RMS Titanic!

I’m not much of a history buff - but it has been really interesting following the story of the Titanic as it is the 100-year anniversary of its sinking - check out TitanicRealTime on twitter, created by The History Press - it has been giving a perspective from the captain, crew, officers and passengers from the final engineer testing of the Titanic, through to the current stage of the Carpathia rescuing the passengers that were lucky enough to make it onto a lifeboat.

Right…. so that’s my History story for the year….

While following the tweets I got a little crafting in the Kitchen tonight. 

After watching Masterchef NZ’s Masterclass last night, we were craving risotto - so made a yummy spinach & mushroom risotto! 

And some yummy muffins for this weeks lunches!

Now I think an early night is best for a week of work, spending time with my Mum who is heading up to Auckland and no-doubt a spot of shopping (thank-you Mum in advance!)!

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Super Happy!

I am feeling very grateful, happy and spoiled this month as my ‘Canterbury Plains' embroidery won the 'Colour Me Happy' prize for March over at Colour Me There!

So I am looking forward to doing some online shopping with my prize vouchers! Some new lunch boxes and pretty jewellery will be on the list!

Make sure you enter in for April - super easy! - just ‘like’ Colour Me There’s facebook page and follow through the details to enter through the Rafflecopter link and all you need to do is tell Maddie ‘something that makes you smile’!

Easy Peasy! Must get my entry in!

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Lyla Quilt

Thought I would share a quilting project I completed a month or so ago and recently gifted to a friends beautiful daughter - Lyla!

Was my first attempt at using paper-pieced letters and found it all quite straight-forward! 

Haven’t had a chance to do any sewing since I started working full-time… but my lovely mother taught me how to cut out a sewing pattern, so think I shall attempt fashion sewing… hmmm!