May 17, 2011

Apples for sale….

These cotton/linen canvas fat-quarters are now for sale in my felt shop.

Each one measures approx 45cm x 68cm (18″ x 21″).


May 16, 2011

Monday Morning Coffee

What a better way to start the week….I packed the kids off to school and kindergarden, did a few jobs and then took a quiet moment with a nice pot of Pomeroy’s ‘Toxic Soul’ and a notebook (to make some plans for this week.)

Yesterday I found a little time to make our coffee pot this warm and cosy jacket. I used a great tutorial from my lovely friend at  tinyhappy – though I adapted it a little because my pot has a slightly different handle. My ageing sewing machine was a bit unhappy about top stitching through this many layers but we got there.

I used my kitchen scales cotton/linen fabric for the front, together with some gingham lining and odd buttons (from the stash), small lengths of elastic and part of an old felted wooly jumper for insulation.


 I hope you have a happy start this week too.

May 9, 2011

Pretty Russian Doll Doorstop

…made for someone special using up some of my stash.

Check out some of my other little ‘makes’ here….   What are you crafting at the moment?

May 7, 2011

Another Nelson Neighbour….

With much Royal Wedding talk in the air recently, I thought I would introduce you to another one of my lovely creative neighbours.

Jill Alexander of Puss Puss, creates the most amazing bridal corsets. Her historically inspired designs are beautifully crafted from her studio in Founder’s park, Nelson, NZ.


Enough to make any woman feel incredible on her special day.

For more information about the whole range or products and services, her website is

May 2, 2011

Things I love about Autumn…..

It’s hard not to feel a bit sad once the summer starts to fade. But instead of getting down, I’ve said ‘Goodbye Summer. See you next year. Thank you for all the lovely times’ …and then had a think about the things I am really enjoying now that autumn is here ….

in no particular order…..

  • Kicking dry crunchy leaves whilst walking along.
  • Fantails busy doing their thing  in our garden.
  • Also in the garden – yummy Feijoas are ready.
  • Making soup. Actually I love cooking anything in one pot!
  • Lots of kids (young and old) meeting up at our house to hang out and play hide and seek, as well as other games they make up – like the ones they call ‘crazy bacon’  and ‘ninjas on the tramp(oline)’!
  • Changing light, warm colours & a gentler sun.
  • Walking along the beach on a breezy day.
  • Knitting  small things for our family in readiness for colder days ahead – last year it was hats all round, this year; finger-less mittens.
  • Everyone helping to stack a big delivery of wood and making up a fire in the evenings.
  • Reading a few more books and doing other indoor pursuits –  like jigsaw puzzles, baking, watching DVD’s, getting the paints out, making play dough, table-football tournaments, clearing out some cupboards…. 
  • Sitting on the verandah with a friend and a cup of tea .
  • Slowing down.  

What’s on your list? I hope you are enjoying autumn too – or loving spring if you are in the northern hemisphere.

April 11, 2011

Up, up and away….

I’ve been wanting to design a fabric specifically for boys for a little while now.  Something that a boy’s mother, aunt, family friend or grandmother might like to sew with.

Something light and fancy but not too traditional – there’s plenty of bright coloured trains and cars in this house and I didn’t want to add to the noise particularly.

So I got thinking about paper planes gently darting around.

and ended up with these three – same design on 3 different blue skies….

They look a bit bright on the screen but I got some little swatches printed they came out very nice. I made a couple of  mini canvases and a panelled pillow to match a plain blue duvet cover we have – lovely for a little boy’s bedroom.


The most fun thing about the design is the continuous doodle lines left by the paper planes – little fingers can follow them on and on and on till they run out of fabric.

I plan to order some more of these, so please email me or leave a comment if you would like some too – or order direct from my spoonflower marketplace.

April 11, 2011


Design Crafty was featured on the Print Pattern blog last week.

You can check it out here….

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’  to the lovely editor ‘bowiestyle’ for posting it up!

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend.

It’s the last week of school term here, so I’m looking forward to completing a few projects and planning a new one for the Easter Hols.

April 8, 2011

Vote for April Showers

My! this has been a busy blogging week and YAY it’s Friday!

Just to end the week, I had to tell you about this….

A little while ago I worked on a design for the ‘April Rain’ Spoonflower design competition.

We’ve had plenty of April showers this way so it was quite easy to get inspired. This is my design here…’s called ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’.

You can have a look at all the great entries (and vote for me if you feel inclined) over here. My little flowers and rain clouds are nestled in amongst 23 (!!) pages of entries so enjoy all the great talent that Spoonflower has to offer.

I hope you have a lovely weekend without too much rain.

April 7, 2011

Blue & White

A little while ago I mentioned I would try an alternate colour for my Patchwork/Cheater cloth fabrics. And its done!

Fresh and clean blues, with a touch of white, turquoise, jade, lime and grey.

Just right to brighten up our little coffee table on an overcast autumn day.

..and perfect teamed up with some of these Japanese Anemones that are growing in our garden at the moment.

Hope you are having a lovely week.

April 7, 2011


Another little branch of my Kitchen Crafty story, which started here…. and has now arrived at these four linen fabrics…..

Hand-drawn apples placed on doilies and polka dots.

I haven’t quite decided what to do with them yet but I think they might look quite nice as bags or pouches. Any ideas?