Monday, August 30, 2010


I am about to head off on tour again with work, for a few months.

This is what I will miss most: special dinners with The Betrothed.

This particular dinner was Fish Tacos, a specialty of the Mexican state of Baja California (where he is from). Delicious.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New designs

I don't normally post about my wares for sale at NeverEver, but I am just so in love with my newest design, I couldn't help posting a picture. I seriously considered keeping them for myself, but then remembered that I don't have a baby to wear them!

They are a one-off - the gorgeous red and white stripe trim is one of my purchases from Japan, and I used it all up!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Just the thing for a grey day

My favourite thing about August:


Friday, August 20, 2010

More goodies from Japan

I have been sorting out my bags of fabric, trims, and assorted other fun bits to go into my new sewing room. And I have been inspired by some lovely trims that I bought in Japan and had forgotten about.

I think some new designs are in the works...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Baby Gocco Steps

A little while ago you may remember that I purchased a Print Gocco machine to make our engagement party invites. It didn't arrive in time, so I used other methods... and then I found myself with a lovely package of Gocco goodness with nothing to print. Until now!

With the party over, I took off to Brisbane with work, and then we decided to move house. So it was only yesterday that we took the plunge and set up the Gocco for his first trial run.
...Am I pleased? Yes - to get the initial testing out of the way. Did I have problems? Yes, with photocopies sticking to the master, and ink bleeding. But overall, I like our little design - even though it may look a bit "rustic" - and I think that there is vast room for improvement. I have read so many inspirational blog posts of savvy ladies tackling the Gocco for their wedding invites, and I really want to be one of them!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Getting on a (fabric) roll

One of the best things about my new house is that it has a second bedroom. Great for when we have people to stay over...

Who am I trying to fool?! It is the best because I now have a SEWING ROOM!! Yippeeee!

So, I thought I would share some photos of my organisational bender I have had over the past few days.
Firstly, I started with some new drawers from IKEA. I posted about them yonks ago here... well, I finally got them. In this state!

The room pre-sorting

A little selection of the lovely prints I bought in Japan, folded and ready for drawers

In the end, I decided to put my plain colours in the new drawers, so they are easy to access.

Now I need to put up some pictures, and find a nice chair for my sewing desk... and we'll be in action!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Trying out new toys

Hello everyone!

Between engagement parties, travelling to Brisbane with work, and moving house, I have been a bit absent. My apologies! We are now somewhat settled in our new home, with internet connected, bookshelves stacked, and towels folded in the linen cupboard.

So it is a good time to share with you a meal created in one of our engagement presents, a lovely Le Creuset casserole.

Before: vegetables and herbs ready to saute before adding meat, wine, and tomatoes. It was a Jamie Oliver recipe for a beef shin stew.

After three hours of simmering away in the oven, imagine the smell in the house! ... and when I lifted the lid:Delicious!