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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Sewn table number cards and homemade stands on: July 13, 2010 11:45:36 PM
Thats cool! What a great idea. I may borrow this for my wedding. Your wedding colours look similar to mine.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Pop Up Wedding Cake Card on: July 13, 2010 11:44:49 PM
OMG!!! That is so awesome.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Gingham Dress on: April 11, 2010 04:25:04 AM
 finally finished this dress this morning that I have been working on now for about 3 weeks. I have been taking it a bit slowly as the idea that I had first did not work. Originally I wanted the skirt to be really full and gathered but when I tried that because the fabric is so soft it did not hold its shape very well and looked a bit dodgy. So I decided to make it a bit less full and pleat it a little.
The skirt was made using Vogue 8184 for the bodice and the skirt I just made up. This is my first time using a fabric that I have to pattern match. and I am pretty impressed with my results. I showed my mum at afternoon tea this afternoon and she said I did a really good job! I was a little scared going into it but I realised that it really isn't as hard as I thought it would be.

I added some white love heart buttons to the front to add a little more detail. I bought these a while ago from Spotlight because they were so cute and this is the first project I have thought to use them on. I am so happy I did because they look so cute! I love this dress. I feel a little country in it. It looks really good with my cowboy boots too so it will be getting a lot of wear when the weather cools down.

Now i have conquered my first pattern matching project I think I will be doing it a lot more!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple Corduroy Dress on: April 11, 2010 04:23:26 AM
I have been sewing this dress for the past 2 weeks and I am so so so happy that it is finished! I have been imagining wearing it for so long now and I have so many outfit ideas in mind. After having great success with my first 2 Colette Patterns (Beignet and Eclair) I just could not resist buying a few more. I now have Macaron, Parfait and Ceylon. The first I chose to make was Parfait. I made it up in purple corduroy because I wanted it to be a winter version.

This picture does not show the true colour of this dress at all but I couldn't be bothered waiting until tomorrow to take photos with sunlight. It is more of a brighter purple.

I love this dress so much! It was super easy to make and only took me a while because I was trying to fit it in around writing uni assignments and studying. I am definately going to be making a summer version of this dress as well. I highly recommend Colette Patterns to anyone. All the ones I have used have been so easy to put together and have fit perfectly without any adjustments. And no this is not a paid or sponsored advertisement for Colette.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sunshine Skirt on: April 11, 2010 04:22:07 AM

I just loved the colour combo of the outfit but was not entirely sure I would be able to pull off yellow shorts so decided to make a skirt instead. This one is a lot more gathered then the other skirts I have made. The skirt part is 2.5 times the width of the waistband so there is a lot of gathering.

I quite like the outfit aswell. It made me feel a little bit schoolgirl but not in a bad way. I am just so excited to be back in the sewing room. I can't wait to make more stuff!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ruby Red Crop Cardi - Jen by Kim Hargreaves pattern on: January 06, 2010 03:36:43 AM
I have been working on this project since my birthday in october and I have no idea why it took me so long to do. I had the back, both sleeves and one half of the front completed within 3 weeks of starting. Then for some reason I just stopped working on it. So the either night I finally picked up my needles and knitted the last piece.

I am really impressed with the finished product. I think it looks really great and I am super glad that I chose to make it in red. It is going to look so cute over some dresses that I have when it starts to cool down a bit.

I am thinking of making another one in yellow and possible grey. They are just such versatile cardigans. And if I make it all in one go next time it really shouldn't take too long.

I used the Jen pattern from Kim Hargreaves book Precious and the wool is 8ply Merino from Spotlight Basics.  I didn't put the buttons on because I do not think I will actually use them at all so I decided to leave them off.
7  COOKING / Dessert / My First Ever Gingerbread House on: January 03, 2010 01:51:47 AM
I was so excited when I found out that the Daring Baker's challenge was to make a gingerbread house. This is something that I really wanted to do this christmas so this was the perfect oppurtunity. I used the recipe which Anna suggested from Good Housekeeping which can be found here http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/spicy-gingerbread-dough-1571?kw=ist. I chose to assemble my house using royal icing instead of sugar syrup and it stayed together great. Bear in mind this is my first time ever making a gingerbread house so it is not a spectacular work of art but I love it!

I used royal icing to draw windows on the front and side walls. I used musk sticks to make a door on the front.

I also used royal icing and smarties to make the lattice pattern on the roof. My lines are not very straight but this is only like the second time I have tried to do piping. Even though it is not perfect the roof is actually my favourite part of the house!

And I used spearmint leaves along both sides of the house to make little gardens. I had so much fun making this house. A lot of other people said that ran into problems when rolling out the dough because it was dry but I didn't have any trouble at all. I am so looking forward to next christmas because I think this gingerbread house making thing might become a christmas tradition!  I already have ideas for next years house.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floral Circle Skirt - Super Easy! Made in 1 hour! on: January 03, 2010 01:41:02 AM
I hate summer! For someone that lives on the Gold Coast this is a very strange thing. I find summer really hard to dress for and this year it has been super hard.  So I decided to bite the bullet and make myself a some summer clothes that I actually like to wear and with this skirt I definately succeeded. 

Here is a close up of the fabric:-

Not only is the skirt super easy to wear it is also super easy to make.  It took me about 1 hour to make.  I used this tutorial by Lady Melbourne http://ladymelbourne.blogspot.com/2009/11/sewing-lady-melbournes-diy-circle-skirt.html  The fabric was bought on sale so all in all this skirt was made for less then $10.  At that price I am definately going to be making a few more!  I am thinking a red and white polka dot one next.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: navy wool crepe dress - mccall's 5971 on: December 19, 2009 09:18:25 PM
that dress is gorgeous! I love the shoes too.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Can you keep a secret? My sister's christmas present!! Shhhhh! on: December 19, 2009 09:14:28 PM
That is gorgeous! I have a wanted a pattern for a top like this for ages. I will definately be checking this pattern out.
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