January birthstone – Garnet

I am back at my keyboard after a refreshing break over the festive season and am ready & rearing to go for 2010. I hope you all had  great Christmas and New Year celebrations!

Lots of ideas for this year and this post is one of my new themes.

I thought each month I would look at the birthstone and talk about it a little, look for goodies made with it or using the colour – a good way for me to learn more about gemstones and their meanings.

Garnets are typically recognised as beinga deep, dark brownish – red colour.  They can also be yellow, red, purple, pink, orange, multi colour, green & more. Glass beads that are a similar colour are also called “garnet”

Here is a link to some “garnet” goodies from one of my online groups – Etsy DUST (Down Under Street Team)



Another successful BiDM!

What a truly fantastic day I had last Saturday at the BiDM (BrisStyle Indie Designers Market)

Beautiful Brissie weather

Fantastic crowds of enthusiastic shoppers

Awesome organisation by the committee – particularly the wonderful Helen of ruby2gogo

Looking forward to next year’s markets!!!

Photos courtesy of the very friendly Darren of Kish Photography & Design (also partner to our very own Daneve of Chicuff


To Market To Market…..

To Market To Market….

I will be a marketeer at The Handmade Expo

who are celebrating their first birthday this Saturday

Yaaay – big congrats to Liesa, Micky & Miriam – fantastic effort!!

It is all happening at a very new venue for The Handmade Expo

– at the Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Road, Bundamba

what a grrrrrrrrrrrrreat location!

I also hear they are having stallholders selling lots of fresh yummy produce and foods too

So….the deets again…..

The Handmade Expo, Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Rd, Bundamba

8-2pm plenty of parking

Come and say hi to me – I would love to see you!

Good intentions


The title of this post is …..”Good Intentions”

I had them, for this blog, good intentions I mean, yet I note that my last post was done ages ago.

I forgive myself for not posting for so long as I remember the blur of school holidays, and other family commitments which have distracted me from you, dear blog.

Yet, I am back to it but probably not for long…

My baby girl is leaving the nest and heading off to the US in mid November

I am helping organise & attending a conference which is near the end of November.

I am attending an interstate family wedding at the end of November. This one involves much organising of clothes for young & old and guess what? I haven’t organised myself yet. I can see that that one will happen for me at the last minute…sigh…

Then it’s just a quiet downhill run to Christmas. yay..

Anyhoo…I shall talk about some things I have achieved over the past weeks 🙂

I made this pretty hair comb with my fav spotty aqua fabric

I have relisted this cutie below on my fav Aussie auction/sales site – oztion.com.au

Check out my Flickr file in the left sidebar for more pics!



I also finished this blouse pattern from Vogue (7281)

I am so happy with the fit….absolutely perfect first go!

(except I need to shorten the pattern by 2.5cm)

I made the short sleeved top.

Love it!!




Disco cuff


I had a lot of fun stitching this project.

I have seen cuffs made by other sewers so I thought I’d try one of my own.

I have been fiddling with this “dance” fabric lately

and having lots of fun with it.

This cuff was a practice one. It doesn’t even fit me : (

No worries…I’ll find someone who fits it, who can try it on to show me.


Hmmmm……….. what else have I been doing?


Making  hair clips / accessories

Here’s a pic of one below – the rest I’ll put in my Flickr photos in the sidebar.

Hair Comb

I have been busy again with the fabric flowers. This time I have made another decorated hair comb. It is a little different to the ones I made previously (earlier in this blog).

If you check out my flickr photos here you can see the photo. I will be adding it to my Etsy shop shortly. I will try to make some more combs with different colours and different flowers – I have lilac and red, which are both gorgeous colours.