Saturday, October 28, 2017

More Vintage hexie flowers.



Hello,

New in my etsy shop this week, are 5 more Vintage fabric hexie flowers.  These ones can be worn as a necklace or a brooch, thanks to a special nifty clasp used on the back.


Vintage fabrics used are from my collection and from Mia of The Raisin Did It (used with permission).  The dress I am wearing below is one of Mia's beautiful creations.  Her dresses are so very comfortable, I own many. And pockets - most of them have pockets.


Have a great weekend lovelies.

Cat.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Off to Market

Hello!

I have my first ever Australian market stall tomorrow (I held many when we lived in Hong Kong).

Come on down and say hi, start your Christmas shopping.  Finish you Christmas shopping (I wish!).  Have a yummy Devonshire tea (the scones are seriously AMAZING).

Have a great weekend.

Cat


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Miniature hexie flowers


Hello lovelies,

Lately, I have been hand sewing these sweet miniature hexie flowers.  They can be worn as a hair clip, a brooch or as a necklace.  I wear one in my hair often.

They are therapeutic to make, slowly stitching them together, there is no hurry.  It is lovely to have a little slow in my day, in contrast to all the busy of modern life.

They have been made with vintage fabric scraps I received from Mia of The Raisin Did it. Mia's creations are stunning, We own quite a few items of her clothing (I have a collage top and a few dresses) plus a few kids t-shirts.

They are now available in my etsy shop.

Have a great week.

Cat

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sewing is my therapy.

Deb gift 1


Last week I posted a little parcel of handmade goodies to Deb.   You could call it a random act of kindness.  I wanted to make her something, to say thank you for being herself.  To me, she is so inspiring.  I love reading her blog and following her on Instagram.  She makes beautiful quilts.  She works hard at studying at University and raising her kids.  I really love her honesty on her blog and on Instagram.  She is not afraid to talk about difficult things like her feelings. I wish I could be so honest.

Deb gift 3

I included a letter with the handmade goodies.  I only meant to say a few words, to thank her for being so inspiring and honest. In the end, it was a few pages long, confessing how 2014 had been the worst year of my life and the reasons why.  I talked here about my grief at losing both my Nana and then my Grandma last year.  There were other things that made 2014 an awful year.  I am not ready to talk about them here.  Maybe one day I will be ready.

Deb gift 4

Once I had posted the parcel to Deb, I worried that I'd dumped all my pain on her. She has experienced her own share of pain and grief, she is open and honest about it on her blog and on Instagram. I felt relief to have shared all this in my letter but part of me felt guilty for burdening Deb.

I did not and could not know how she would receive my letter. It was a complete surprise to me that my letter did not burden her but uplifted her.  (She wrote about it here on her blog). I could then see clearly, by sharing my pain and grief with her, I was acknowledging her own pain and grief.  We all feel better when we talk about these things, it is part of the healing process.  It is not healthy to anyone to bottle up their emotions.

Deb has helped to heal me. I feel stronger. I feel supported.  Deb is my friend (even if we have never met).  I loved making all these goodies for her.

Sewing is my therapy. What is yours?

Deb gift 2

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The beautiful simplicity of natural jute rope bowls

Rope bowl 8 

 Hello,

Earlier this year on one of my trips to Sham Shu Po, I chanced upon a new-to-me shop selling ropes and natural trims.  I bought some gorgeous jute/cotton blend rope and proceeded to become obsessed with it.  Within days, I needed more as I'd sewn it all into bowls.
Rope bowl 1

The colour and texture of it are so beautiful, so simple.

rope bowl 6
Rope bowl 4
I have now been sewing the jute into nesting bowls.
Rope bowl 11

They are now in my etsy shop with a blue bowl feature. You can find them here.

Rope bowl 7 

Have a lovely week.

Cat.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Do you want to wear a rainbow?

Hello,

Would you like to wear a rainbow? Well, now you can.  I have been wearing a rainbow for a few years now with my handmade rainbow wooden beaded necklaces.

Rainbow necklaces.

Now in my etsy shop you can choose which rainbow style you would like to wear.  Choose one of the nine different styles I have designed or choose your own rainbow necklace.  You choose your own rainbow adventure (just like the "Choose your own Adventure" books I read as a child).

  Rainbow necklaces.

All beads are wooden and hand painted by me.  They are finished with a gloss varnish (all non-toxic, of course).

You can find them here in my etsy shop.

Have a great day, may it be filled with rainbows (and raspberries).

Cat xox

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A purple quilt for my big girl.

Hello peeps,

Way back in August of 2013, I began planning (on paper) a quilt for my big girl.  At the time she was 7 years old.  I had been collecting different red fabrics for her, as she loved red back then, but she decided her new favourite colour was purple.

She chose the snowball (octagon) quilt block and I was very lucky to find a few metres of the turquoise dotty fabric in my stash, it matched the purples I began collecting beautifully.

The purple quilt.

Over many months I cut fabrics and slowly sewed the blocks.

The purple quilt.

I finally sewed the blocks together in May of this year (2015).  My big girl was thrilled.  I was relieved it was finally (almost) finished.  There are no long arm quilters here in Hong Kong, I arranged for this to be quilted in Melbourne on our next trip (in July/August of 2015).  It was quilted by Anita of Hillside Quilting.  My big girl chose the quilting pattern and the binding too.

Binding time.

I wish I could say why it took so long to finish.  I will admit I get easily distracted and start other projects.

The purple quilt

It is finally finished.  That is all that matters to my big girl.

The backing.

The backing fabric my big girl chose, it is called Unicorn Fable in Balsamtree.  It is from Art Gallery Fabric, designed by Sara Lawson.  The range is called Fantasia.

Finished.

Her new quilt is on her bed, she can snuggle up to her very own quilt, made with love, just for her.

Have a lovely week.

Cat xox.