Making for baby · Sewing · Uncategorized

Baby bibs using upcycled t-shirts

As I was making these bibs this afternoon, I was thinking of my good friend Mira who lives very, very far away, in Finland. Too far! She made a set of these DIY baby bibs for her boy K. when he was young; I remember them being easy to snap on and off, and he always… Continue reading Baby bibs using upcycled t-shirts

Making for baby · Sewing · Soft toys · Uncategorized

Denim whale and felt seagull soft toys

I recently made this denim whale and flock of felt seagulls for our baby. The whale was based on a design by a talented Finnish woman, and the seagulls were inspired by some artwork I purchased from a clever friend, Greg Straight. When we discovered a baby was on the way I thought (for a very brief moment) “ooooh … I… Continue reading Denim whale and felt seagull soft toys

Local Love · Sewing · Uncategorized

Local Love: Global Fabrics

My top-favourite local store Global Fabrics is holding its first 2013 meeting of Fabriholics Anonymous. This means 30% off in a one-day sale, on Thursday 23 May (0930 – 2000 NZ time, also online sales). Whooop! I’m planning to go after work that night, so I visited on the weekend to do a little forward… Continue reading Local Love: Global Fabrics


Super Sweet Blog Award – yay!

My day started in the sweetest way; I woke up to my first blog award, from Angela at PrettyLittleThingsInABox. She’s a crafty type who makes nice things in Singapore and I think its very kind of her to give me a shout out. Thank you, Angela 🙂 This award comes with some sweet follow-up steps,… Continue reading Super Sweet Blog Award – yay!


Music to stitch by: Laura Mvula

I’ve recently stumbled upon Laura Mvula, thanks to Southbound Record‘s brilliant ‘From the Crate’ feature on Auckland’s 95bfm. Laura’s ‘That’s Alright’ sweetened my drive home and the rest of the album has been filling my sewing room with honey, moon beams and morning dew ever since. When I’m creating, I like music that has a… Continue reading Music to stitch by: Laura Mvula

Sewing · Uncategorized

5 tips for sewing with vintage lace

These delicate, unusual vintage lace doilies were wasted, hidden away in the dark of my linen drawer like a dinner set being kept for company and never seen. I think its so much better to use beautiful things in daily life, where they have the chance to be appreciated and loved. Somewhere like, say …… Continue reading 5 tips for sewing with vintage lace