Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thrifted Sheet Dress For My Girl

I made a dress for my girl.
I used a thrifted sheet for the fabric and
some lace from a top of mine which I no longer wear.
I was very easy to make.
My girl likes it.
It's been a while since I made anything.
I think I'll make her another one for winter.

Linking with: NZ Handmade and Show and Tell.

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Teal Chairs

It all started with spotting a St Vinnie's op-shop on a child free city visit
with the Dr and requesting a quick stop.
Then I spied the teal armchair in the window.
As soon as I saw it I knew it would be coming with us.
Once inside I discovered there was a matching chair
and a 3 seat couch as part of the set.
After convincing the sales lady to split the set and
then the Dr to let me buy it, we put it in the car and went on our way.
An afterthought, phone call, sold sticker and quick trip back to the city
with my girl a few days later resulted in the
matching armchair coming home with us too.
They were in great condition under the grime and
cleaned up beautifully with a fair bit of scrubbing and new squabs.
I had some vintage fabric in my stash, with which
I sewed the new covers for the squabs.
They now sit side by side in my thrifted living room
with the thrifted Retro couch.
Both tie in well with the thrifted Lyonel Feininger art on the wall.

Those teal chairs really do belong together.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vintage Green Husqvarna Sewing Machine

A little while ago, I spied a lovely case at an op-shop.
To my delight, I discovered this lovely
vintage green Husqvarna sewing machine inside it.
It works well.
I love the colour, shape and detail on the dials.
And, I love the little folding foot support on the extension plate.
It came with the original instructions, including a book of
real samples of different stitches on pieces of fabric. 
There is also a stitch wheel for selecting a
surprising number of different stitches.

I found a fantastic Bernina machine at an op-shop last year,
which I now use as my main sewing machine.
This one is perfect for my boys to use when they want to sew,
which they occasionally do.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Things I'm Loving

 Here are some things I'm loving and am thankful for lately:
*  Family time at the beach.
*  And, skiing with these 3 and the Dr from the top of a mountain.
*  No people or property damage done
when a massive gust of wind took our trampoline flying
over some fences, part of a paddock and over a house,
stopping here.
*  Another vintage Kokeshi doll for my growing collection.
*  And, my very own Tiny Eyes doll made by Dee.
*  A new bracelet and Salt Water sandals, ready for summer.
*  Swedish linen from my Mum,
reminding me of my childhood years in Scandinavia.
I'm toying with framing some in embroidery hoops.
I hope you have much to be thankful for in your life too.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vintage Sheet Quilt

I've finally finished my vintage sheet quilt.
It is the first proper quilt I've made.
All the fabric used was either thrifted, swapped or gifted to me.
The cotton wadding was someone else's cast off.
I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
It has taken a while to make
and I have stalled several times along the way.
But, I have enjoyed the process and learnt a lot,
especially about how to compile and finish the quilt
after sewing all my squares together,
 including pinning, quilting and binding. 

I initially set out to learn how to free motion quilt,
but ended up quilting by stitching either side of my seams.
I'm pleased I did.
I'll have to try free motion quilting on the next one.
I'm sure there will be one.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Vintage Sheet Cards

My good friend Leonie from Kiwi at Heart
gave me a card she had made for my birthday.
I loved it and the other week, when I needed a card,
I used her great idea and went to make one,
but ended up making eight cards.
I used plain cards from my local Warehouse Stationary
and vintage sheets from my collection.
I sewed the fabric to the card using zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine.

I've already used these cards up.
They are quick to make, so I will have to make some more.
Thanks Leonie, for such a great idea and for letting me share it.


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