Sugar Skulls Anyone?

Another quiet weekend that has turned into a super productive two days.

I started my weekend with an early rise & a workout, then I headed off to my monthly acupuncture session. By the time all of that was done it wasn’t even 10am, so off we headed to do our weekly grocery shop & then settled in for a relaxing afternoon.

This morning we had our usual Sunday morning pancakes & tea, then headed into the garage to do some serious sorting & culling. The result is another 60 items ready for donation on Thursday plus another 43 items thrown out. So that brings my total donation/throw out number to 190 (my goal was 200…so close!!). Not bad for mid-February, the only issue is, there really is not a lot at all left to get rid of around the house, so I’m not entirely sure where the other 175 items are going to come from throughout the rest of the year.

After a morning tea break I headed into the sewing room & knocked out a couple of gifts for another amazing colleague, who also happens to be a friend. My friend is a real girly girl, however she also loves horror films & all things skulls. So when I stumbled upon some sugar skull fabric during my Boxing Day sale shopping, I just had to pick some up.

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In addition to the sugar skulls, I also picked up some other fabric with some skulls, flowers & Americana due to my friends recent travels to the US.

A lunch bag type arrangement was requested & because I can, I added another zipper pouch to the gift.

I am really happy with how they both turned out, sweet & a little quirky, just like the gift recipient.

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Have a fab week peeps! It’s another crazy busy one for me but I guess it keeps me out of trouble!

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A My Little Pony Project

We have been lucky enough to have a very quiet weekend, so after an amazing breakfast date on Saturday morning, I got stuck into a little project for a young friend.

A beloved colleague & friend asked if I would make a zipper pouch & drawstring bag for his daughter, and when the fabric was already purchased and ready to go, well, how could I say no!?!

It wasn’t a stress free project, I made an incorrect cut on the lining fabric of the drawstring bag, so some emergency repairs ensued, which proved challenging due to the zig-zag nature of the pattern, but hey, it kept the afternoon interesting haha.

I also really struggled with inserting the zip into the zipper pouch. I’m definitely no expert when it comes to zips, with this being my 3rd ever zip installation, however, the others seemed easier.

Overall I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, so fingers crossed the person who they have been made for is also happy with the final product.

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I decided to style my makes with home grown roses, we seem to be getting a final flush in the front garden before the Autumn weather starts to creep in (which I’m not going to lie, I am super excited about hehe).

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I’m also a bit over the warm weather as 2015 is my year of looking after my health, which involves a lot of working out & this is just a little bit more pleasant when the weather is cool. I’m a bit shy when it comes to talking about stuff like this, but perhaps in a few months, if I feel I’ve found a good recipe for success & balance, then I will share how I’m trying to improve my overall well-being.

Upcoming projects include another tote bag for a special someone. This time with black & white chevron & chocolate suede, I’m scared & excited at the same time. Will post when it is done!

Hope you all have a fab week. Mine involves 10 pin bowling, hopefully a stay at a fancy city hotel, lots of working out & eating clean, along with a few treat meals and LOTS of talking on Thursday. Bring it on xxx

The Tote Bag

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After my little mitten adventure yesterday, I thought I would make something nice & simple for myself today.

Again, I took inspiration & direction from a Craftsy course. The instructor is Kristen Link & the free course also has instructions on how to make a small zipper pouch which is another simple project I am hoping to embark on as soon as I get over my fear of zippers (soon I hope!).

I really love how this bag came out. I used the last of the denim that I had left from Mum’s bucket bag & I think it worked really well with the neutral patterned fabric. The only thing I really changed from the pattern was that I made the pocket significantly bigger. I wanted to be able to drop my keys & phone in there to avoid the inevitable fishing expedition I have to embark on every time I get back to the car.

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You could have a lot of fun with this bag, using different patterns, colours etc. It is designed to be fully reversible so you could have two completely different fabrics & make it a true two-in-one bag, however, I just chose a plain fabric for my lining as I’m happy not to take advantage of the reversible design this time.

I can see this bag getting a lot of use, especially for market visits & quick bike rides to the supermarket. I also think this would be a great gift & I think I will make a few for that very purpose this year.

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Well, that’s it for another weekend, back to the real world tomorrow.

Hoping to update the blog with some natural health remedies that I’ve been trying lately. I will try to get that up in the next couple of weeks.