Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jot Kids

Jot magazine had a kids challenge for the school holidays.  Check out the Jot blog for more info. 

I love the mood board and Tassy was happy to have a go at scrapbooking a page of her beloved, inspired by the mood board. 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Jot Magazine June Mood Board

Check out the gorgeous June Mood Board for Jot Magazine.  If you will the Mood Board challenge you'll win a $20 gift voucher to Dizzy Lizzy


The Mood Board inspired me to come up with this.  I found a scrap of paper on my desk documenting Tassy's first trip to the cinema.  I'm sure it couldn't have been floating around on my desk for nine years... but maybe!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Jot Magazine Birthday Issue

The latest issue of Jot Magazine is out now and it's our first birthday edition!  You can check it out here, with its bright giftbox cover.  There are so many beautiful inspiring things in there!


I have a couple of pages in there...

This one is in the Mega Photos gallery.  I took this photo with my phone and printed it on textured cardstock. This is one of my favourite colour combos - I have done quite a few pages like this!

 This one's in the Winter Tales gallery.  Our first family trip to the snow two years ago.  The weather was perfect and we had a fantastic day!  Tassy wanted to know why I put a photo of me at the beach with some photos of the snow LOL. 

And this pillow box is in the gift boxes gallery.  

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Embellishing tops

Tassy lamented recently that she had no long sleeved tops.  I had a look around the shops and boy, I wasn't keen on what I found!  I ended up buying three plain tops in Kmart for $4 and $6 each, with a mind to pretty them up.

When I bought this marle grey I really wanted to add neutrals to it.  I didn't have something specific in mind but thought I'd try some doilies and vintage trims.  I love the offcut trim on the neckline.  It would have been great to have enough to go all the way around, but I think this is still OK.  I wanted the doilies to overlap and casually flow up towards the shoulder, and scattered a few buttons around.  I stuck everything down with a glue stick first, then machine stitched the trims and doilies and hand sewed the buttons.  The wooden bonjoir button came from the underground markets in Wellington when I was there with my family 18 months ago.

Twice at the op shops I have scored tins of vintage buttons.  It's so exciting to rummage through to find really special gems.  I will have to post some pics of special button finds on my blog soon.  Anyway, along with gems there's a plethora of plain buttons.  They're still pretty because they're so shiny and nice and heavy, not like cheap modern plastic buttons.  For this top I gathered all the plain buttons on the table and roughly made them into a heart shape.  I used this to gauge the right size to make my hand drawn heart, then drew the heart on the Tshirt with a water soluble pen. I cut a piece of vintage sheeting the same size and attached it to the inside of the Tshirt for some extra stability.  Then I used a glue stick to attach all the buttons to the heart.  It didn't really take much rearranging to make them fit.  Once the glue was dry I sat on the couch and hand sewed the buttons in place. 

This was actually the first one I did, and if I was going to do it again I'd make the bow smaller.  But to tell the truth, I can't bring myself to pull this apart and do it again, so it's going to stay a big bow. :)  I used leftover fabric from a dress I made Tassy last summer.  I sewed a long rectangle for the loops of the bow, a small rectangle for the centre of the bow and a long rectangle for the ties.

She's got a few new wardrobe pieces now, and all up they only cost $14.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


I was super lucky recently - as a Jot Girl I received a package of Heidi Swapp and Becky Higgins Project Life products, to help promote their recent tour down under.  It's a long time since I've played with new products and I had a ball! 

I started with this old photo of my sisters and I with our cousins, who visited us about once a year in Grafton.  We lived so far from all our family and we LOVED having them come to stay with us!  We were really lucky we lived in an elevated house with the underneath all enclosed so there was plenty of room for two big families!

Mum said me this photo ages ago after she had stayed with my sister.  She was blow drying her hair and litle 2yo Xander watched her for a bit then raced off and came back with his toy drill, which he then used to blowdry his hair too.  TOO CUTE!

There were some Project Life page protectors in my package, and since I'm not doing Project Life I decided to use a page to display some of the photos from our hot air ballooning adventure from my 40th birthday last year.  I hand drew the title on one of the Project Life cards, inspired by chalkboard typography.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Jot Issue 5

Jot magazine is out now, packed full of paper crafting inspiration.  Read it for free on the Jot magazine website here

I have two scrapbooking layouts in there...

Thursday, March 27, 2014


It's about time I shared a few scrapbooking pages I've done in the last few months.

This one is for my niece Venice's album - her smash cake.  We weren't at her party but I heard the smash cake was a big hit!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

I loved this reproduction 1960s shirt dress pattern, and bought some cute bird and leaf fabric along with some royal blue for a contrasting collar. (Butterick 5747)

I thought some matching buttons would be cute. :)  They're so easy to make. 

The dress was too small to start with but after letting out the seams it fits OK.  Not awesome, but OK.  I'm really happy I went with a contrasting colour.  I ditched the dickey (he he) cos that made the neckline too high and I already liked the shape of the neckline with the collar, so I bought a cheap singlet top to wear underneath which only shows a little. I wish the skirt wasn't so deceptively full in the drawing - otherwise I would have made it much fuller!  I didn't realise until it was too late.

 Dress - Made by me
Singlet - Kmart
Necklace - Diva
Crocket Bracelet -  Made by me
Shoes - Yes Style

I just googled my pattern number and found some gorgeous dresses made from this pattern.
Love this red and white one.
The close ups in this apple fabric are gorgeous.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

I went through mum's vintage patterns when we stayed with them at Christmas, and came away with a few to play with.  I tackled the bottom right pattern first.

I took the pattern pieces out of the packet and almost threw away the first couple of small pieces, since they had no printing on them.  I thought they were rubbish.  Then I realised ALL the pieces were like that, and they had little holes punched in them.  I did freak out a little at first, but after reading the instructions I realised it was easy to cut and mark up.

I do love this fabric, but I've decided the style doesn't really suit me.  It does look better with a belt tho.

 And a cardi breaks it up a bit too.

Here are some pics of mum in 1969 wearing a dress Grandma made her using the same pattern. She has the version with sleeves, which I actually tried with mine, but it looked too utilitarian so I removed them.

Mum's dress has the neckline according to the pattern.  I altered mine cos it was SO high and choking me!

Dress - Made by me
Belts - Unknown
Shoes - ASOS
Crochet Necklace - Made by me
Cardi - Hand me down from my sister in law

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bedside table makeover

I've been looking for a bedside table for our spare room for a long time.  I didn't have anything in particular in mind, but I did want it to be vintage and to be wanting a makeover.  In a quick stop in a Goulburn Op Shop recently I found this for $20.  That was more than I wanted to pay at an op shop, but I knew I already had paint at home so the only other expense would be a new knob for the drawer.  I remembered Charlotte buying some beautiful vintage wallpaper when we were in Wellington NZ, so I asked her if she could spare a little bit for me.  I had plans...

So in one day I gave it a sand, undercoat and two top coats.  I used aquadhere to attach the wallpaper (isn't it so beautiful!!), and the next day I bought the knob.  It was done in no time!  I am SO happy with it!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

I found some barkcloth in an op shop recently and ummed and ahhed for a little while before finally deciding to buy it.  After all, they had 50% off everything in the store and there were 5.3m for, in the end, $5! 

I wasn't sure what I'd do with it but in the end decided to make old faithful - another dress. :)  I'm so glad I did.  I just love it, so much more than I expected!  I wasn't too thrilled on all the brown, so I chose to have a yellow trim to bring out the yellow flowers.  I think it makes the dress so happy.

I changed the pattern a little - I made the neckline higher, the shoulders wider, the skirt has more volume and I gave it unpressed box pleats instead of gathers.  The box pleats took a bit of fiddling but I love them.  The sash with a bow is something new too.

The fabric was so nice to sew with, and is so nice to wear.  Barkcloth is quite thick and textured.  I had to trim a few bulky seems - in some places six layers thick, which is a bit much when the fabric is so thick!  It feels so nice to wear though.


I was careful with the placement of the pattern pieces so the bodice pieces would have the same print on both sides, front and back.  I was glad I had so much fabric to play with!

The dress cost me about $8.  Less than $3 worth of barkcloth, $3 for the yellow fabric and $2 for the zipper.

Dress - Made by me
Shoes - Pierre Fontaine (these poor shoes have no soles and are too far gone to be repaired... and yet I continue to wear them... I haven't found a replacement pair yet!)
Necklace - gift from Mum, from the Stitches and Craft Fair I think