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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Amy Butler Snuggle-Wrap blanket on: May 13, 2009 03:13:38 AM
i would recommend the test run...especially with this project, as there is no pattern per se`, just a list of measurements. the problem i kept running into was cutting one fabric the 0-3mth size and the other 3-6mth size. sounds stupid, i know, but because they're listed one after the other, it actually is quite easy to mix them up...and that was after reading and re-reading the directions before cutting.

the other thing you have to remember with Amy Butler is that she is a fabric designer first and foremost, and as such a lot of her patterns call for a huge amount of wastage. her placement of the pattern peices is not always worth following.

oh, and one more thing, the size of the hood she suggests is way too small IMHO, so i increased it on this one.

Dont get me wrong though, i LUUUUUUUURVE Amy Butler, and i think all her designs and patterns are fabulous. as with everything, we all have our own little tweaks on things ;-)

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Amy Butler Snuggle-Wrap blanket on: May 12, 2009 04:49:53 AM
One of my friends fiiiinaly had another baby since i recieved the Amy Butler Little Stitches book for a pressie...
So, i got making the yummy blankie. i did a couple of test runs before i used the $28/metre (!) amy butler fabric.

the fabric is from amy's Midwest Modern range.

...couldnt resist the action shot ;-)
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Amy butler bathroom on: March 07, 2009 01:51:04 AM
love it! amy butler is my hero Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My new old house renovated....HUUUGE PIC AMOUNT on: March 07, 2009 01:49:38 AM
thankyou everyone!!!
to answer your question...the floors are originally jarrah, i was looking for a product called 'Black Japan' by Feast Watson and good ol' perth only stocks it in 250ml cans...it would have cost me thousands by the time I had finished the house!!! so I was in A dilemma until i thought 'hey decking and flooring are one in the same so y not use outdoor decking stain!' so i bought 10L of charcoal decking stain and rubbed it on by hand as i didnt want a flat 'painted' feel. it only cost me a tiny portion of what it could have cost, had i used interior products. i then used a semi gloss (two coats) to protect it from wear and tear.
it does show the dust but it doesnt show an inch of dirt...my cleaning time has dropped dramatically as i only need to get out a simple microfibre broom, give it a quick wipe and the floor looks brilliant! and trust me, my floor is continually battered as i have two young boys at home!

thanks again for your comments. there is so much more to do, but for now, im just so happy it feels like *home*.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My new old house renovated....HUUUGE PIC AMOUNT on: March 04, 2009 05:25:09 AM
and the afters....

it is not yet perfect but is liveable for the time being....

the beautiful black floors

phhew, so many pics!!
comments welcome
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My new old house renovated....HUUUGE PIC AMOUNT on: March 04, 2009 04:42:31 AM
well my husband and i bought this old house a couple of weeks ago. As i dont do things in halves, i decided that we would renvate it as much as we can in the whole 5 days he had at home  Tongue (he works away and comes home once a month).

so we got sanding, primeing, painting- from the ceilings to the ornate cornices; the walls; skirtings, doors and frames; and the original jarrah floorboards. we worked way past midnight every night while he was here, then i moved in the day he flew out. was so crazy and hectic, but the house is now comfortable and liveable- for now. there are still a few things to do....

the temporary afters will be in the next post...
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my new (well old) cupboard... on: February 10, 2009 01:07:11 AM
well, sorry but i forgot the *before* photos...i always do, just think of the uglist wooden 40 years+ cupboards you can imagine....

my aunty gave them to me as I am moving into a very old house (with no walk-in robes of course) so these will do until husband flys in from work and decides he NEEDS to build them from scratch...

i sanded, painted a gazzilion layers, then appliqued the ikeas wall decal with extra modge podge for good measure.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / amy butler handbag on: December 11, 2008 02:43:21 AM
not sure whether im in the right spot,
i made this amy butler frenchy bag using heather bailey fabric.
i luurve the brightness Smiley

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / a doiley door hanging on: December 11, 2008 02:38:11 AM
hi everyone,
mum is in love with all things shabby chic so i thought id make this door hanging as part of her xmas pressie.
its as simple as sewing paper doileys together and attaching hem by twine to a long stick i painted white...

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Green wool Eddy Cap -- you HAVE to make one too! So EASY! on: June 22, 2008 11:31:11 PM
this is so funky! i LOVE it...now im off to check out the tute..... Grin
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