Friday, 27 June 2008

New Nappy Bag

Originally uploaded by Sewchristine
I've just finished this bag which could be used for a nappy (diaper) bag, toddler bag or shopper. It has two roomy pockets on the outside back and front and 5 extra roomy pockets inside. The bag is fully lined and interlined with quilters fleece - soft but sturdy! Also has stiff interfacing in the bottom. It has a flap closure with magnetic snap. As you can see it can fit nappys (or diapers), baby wipes, muslin (or burp cloth), sippy cup/bottle, toy, change mat or bib. There's still room for Mummy's things too. I love this fabric - so reminiscent of a bygone age.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Prize winner and New Fabric

Thank you sew much to everyone who left a comment for this prize draw. I always read all your comments, and this time there were just so many really good and exciting ideas left. I did the draw using the random number generator as this seems the fairest way to do these things. The winner is number 16 Sewing Passion who left this comment: How about key fobs to clip inside a purse/bag? I'm always losing my keys in the bottom of my bag!How about hair clips?(By the way I love your bags!) If she would like to contact me with her real name and address I'll post off the goodies. I'm sorry I couldn't give you all a prize! But I'll be having another giveaway soon. I saw this fabric on Etsy Fabric Shop and I knew I HAD to have it. Do you ever the feeling that some fabric just speaks to you? Well this lot certainly spoke to me. It said "Buy me and make me into bags!" I can't wait to get started.
This is some of the stuff I've got ready for my exhibition. As well as bags I've got quilts, lavender hearts, rice/lavender heat bags with cotton covers, little felt brooches, bunting, tea and egg cosies, etc. It's all adding to my stock but I can't sew fast enough!

Friday, 20 June 2008


You've got a couple of days to enter the prize draw, just leave some comments.
I've been busy making some frame purses. These are little bags with a detachable handle that lets them go from a bag(or purse) to a clutch. I'm pretty happy with them but I've got one frame left. I can see I need to vary my colour scheme!

Monday, 16 June 2008

I've been tagged

Yes I've been tagged by Jo of Blissed Out. I'm not quite sure if I use the same questions as she did, but they are as good as any so that's what I'll do.

The rules: I answer 6 questions about myself. At the end of the post, I tag 6 people and post their names. I then go to their blogs and leave them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read my blog. Finally, I let the person who tagged me know when I’ve posted my answers.

What was I doing ten years ago-1998?
I was working in a Prison (as a Governor) which I loved, and suffering at the same from empty nest syndrome as my youngest was in her second year at University. She went to North Carolina for 6 months on an exchange and I really missed her. Craft wise I was sewing clothes which I mostly don't do now, and keeping chickens (well it's a kind of craft!)

5 things on my to do list for today
1. Take Jessie the wonder sewing dog for a walk
2. Start photographing the stock I've made for my exhibition
3. Fill the hearts I've made with lavendar
4. Phone each of my children (I do this most days)
5. Make some chicken wire covers for my budding plants to keep the rabbits off

Things that I would do if I was a billionaire
Although I live in the UK, I originate from Australia and my Twiggy Twin sister still lives there. So I would fly over and see her more often but go first class! For a 23 hour flight it would be sooo much better!

I would buy Winston Churchill's House Chartwell from the National Trust and live in it. It is a wonderful place with a fantastic story and a truly amazing previous owner.

I would take personal lessons from people like Amy Butler and Lisa Lam.

Places I have lived
I lived in and around Melboune, Victoria until i came to the UK 23 years ago. Since then I have lived in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Canterbury and Pluckley. Pluckley is a little village in the middle of the Kent countryside. For anyone from the UK it's where they filmed the "Darling Buds of May".

Snacks I like
Licorice, olives, fruit especially pineapple, mango, red berries, Vegemite on toast. This is an Australian acquired taste mentioned in the Men at Work song Do you come from the land downunder? as in "..she just smiled and gave me a Vegemite Sandwich..."

6 people I want to know more about
Like Jo says this is a bit of a challenge because so many people have already done this. Still here are my picks:

Flossie teacakes

Plump Pudding


Sunday, 8 June 2008

Frame purses and new giveaway

I've been making some frame purses to add to my stock for my exhibition.
I get my frames from Lisa of uhandbag. She also has a tutorial on making these types of bags which is easy to follow. My first one was the hardest but once you get the hang of making the bag bit and then the hang of stuffing it into the frame the rest is easy!

I'm having a new giveaway and as usual I am going to get you to leave a comment. I would appreciate your coments to include suggestions for items other than bags/purses/wallets for my upcoming exhibition. I will be drawing the winner on the 23rd of June so check back to see if you've won. Instead of giving away something I have made I am giving away a little pile of craftiness. This includes pieces of fabric, grossgrain ribbon, buttons, a pair of bag handles and a vintage style brooch

Monday, 2 June 2008

New winner

Well I have had a redraw for the stripey bag and Mannequin is the new winner. To claim your prize just email me with your name and address!

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Second Chance

On Wednesday 28th May I announced the winner of the green stripey bag. Winner post. Sadly, Tyketto hasn't contacted me. If I haven't heard by tomorrow (Monday) I will redraw this prize.

Remember that Owls on a whim fabric I got by mistake? Well I was drooling looking at some lovely stuff on Etsy and I came across this.
This is from Gypsy Rose Handbags. Hasn't she made a lovely job of this? And don't the fabrics go well together?