Tuesday, March 29, 2011

new boots...

oooh did you notice the boots in yesterday's post about my green daisy circle skirt?

they're new, they're from Duo and I LOVE them!

Monday, March 28, 2011

green daisy circle skirt

Taa daa! A newly finished me-made on the last weekend day of me-made-march - the green daisy circle skirt.

This is the same pattern I used for the other two circle skirts I have made - simplicity 4236.

I had originally intended to wear this skirt to work on St Patrick's day, but decided it was a bit too casual/floral - I wish now I had gone with it, because I actually think it's pretty cute.

I bought the fabric at the same time as the pattern thinking it was a lovely soft cotton, but when I got it out to cut I found it is actually quite synthetic - by the time I have finished sewing it I was pretty sure it would be a loser, but it is really surprising nice to wear.

I do still have one more skirt all cut out that I'm hoping to get sewn up in time to sneak in before the end of March - that gives me four days, let's see how I go!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scandinavian Bookfair :: goodies

The Scandinavian book fair yesterday was excellent! The gardens of the Swedish embassy are so pretty they would be a perfect venue for any even, and luckily the weather held up so it was lovely and sunshiney.

We arrived just as things were starting to finish up (we're not morning people on the weekend. actually, we're hardly even early arvo people on weekends), but I still managed to get my hands on four lovely new books - three in Danish, and one in Swedish.

I just had to have the two at the front for their gorgeous illustrations! At the back, the big book has lovely coloured photos of Denmark, and the lyrics of traditional songs, and the smaller book is about art.

They fit perfectly on the shelf I have dedicated to danish books, right between danish design and the royal family! =)


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Me-Made-March update :: days 14 to 26

I'm excited to show you the lovely books I picked up at the book fair today, but first I am way overdue for a Me-Made-March update!

Today I wore the famous pony dress which I am not sure I have ever actually showed in full on the blog here - if so I can't find it!
The pattern is New Look 6586 (which I believe is out of print), and I used a pony print quilting cotton.

I'm also wearing the brooch I made at Brown Owls last weekend - I've been in brown and gold in support of the Hawks, with the AFL season having kicked off this weekend (not that it did them much good...)

And here are my me-mades for days 14 to 25 (click on the days underneath to see the details on flickr):
1. March 14, 2. March 15, 3. March 16,
March 17, 5. March 18, 6. March 19,
March 20, 8. March 21, 9. March 22,
March 23, 11. March 24, 12. March 25

My me-made wardrobe has mostly been made up of my black gore skirt, and purple and grey circle skirts - I do have hopes for at least one new me-made for next week =)


more me-made-March goodness over in the flickr group!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Scandinavian Book Fair

Lovely Katerina from the Scandinavian Australian Association emailed me earlier this week to let me know that they are holding a Scandinavian Bookfair and Fastelavn celebration this weekend!

click on the picture to see it bigger!

It is being held on Saturday (26 March) from 11am-3pm in the gardens of the Swedish Embassy, and as well as books there will be a sausage sizzle from 11 and traditional Scandinavian activities to try!

I can't wait!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

felt flower brooch

This morning, whilst watching the Time Team guys on the search for Liberty's first factory (it was very cool, especially the bit where they were block printing by hand - just amazing), I finished up my brooch from yesterday's Brown Owls meeting:

I used this tutorial, and am pretty pleased with how it turned out - although I was a bit disappointed that it looks so flat.

In any case, I'm sure it will get loads of wear over the winter - a new brown and gold accessory is just what I need in time for the footy season to start this week! ;o)

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Our broochy Brown Owls meeting was this afternoon!
As you can see, I only managed to make a mess...

... but most of the others managed to get something finished up - pop over to the Brown Owls members blog to have a look!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

creative space :: brooch inspiration

Hooray - we have Brown Owls this weekend!
This month we're making brooches, so I've spent the week perusing flickr for some inspiration - here are some of my favourites...

1. little boat brooch, 2. Brooches, 3. little pear brooch,
Black Cat Brooch, 5. Shamrock Brooch, 6. Crafting 365 / 56 - new brooches!,
Stitch (blue) : Love Token Brooch, 8. Fliegenpilz-Broschen, 9. Floral Experiments

So cute! I love them all, but I'm not certain I'll be able to resist the measuring tape flower for a crafternoon!

For some more lovely brooch inspiration there are a couple of tutorial links on the Brown Owls post, or pop over to pinterest where I've collected a whole pinboard of lovely brooches! And to check out loads more creative spaces do head over to Kirsty's!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

In March I am reading...

The month is halfway over, but to be honest I've been holding off on my bloggy book clubbing until I had something to report - sneaky, I know!
The thing is I knew the bus trip to Sydney would be the perfect opportunity to get some serious reading done on my book from last month - The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - and sure enough I finished it up on Monday morning.

his and hers on the bus to Sydney

I have to say, I really enjoyed the entire Millenium series. Although the series is made up of 3 books it is really two very distinct stories, which I think had fairly different feelings about them. I liked in the second and third books that you are seeing the story unfold from the perspective of characters on both 'sides' - so a lot of tension is built by the fact that to some extent you know what is going to happen, but just not when.

Now that I have finished the books I'm looking forward to seeing the films (although there are some bits that I think might just be to scary on the big screen!)

Next up I have started reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.
My Mum loaned it to me ages ago, after it went through her book club, and I've heard loads of good things about it so I can't wait to get into it!

I'd love to know what you're reading, so do let us know in the comments, and leave a link if you post on your blog, to join our bloggy book club for March!!

Enjoy your reading!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sydney - eats

I've you've been hanging around here for a little while then you probably know that a trip anywhere for me is at least a bit about the food!

These are my highlights from our weekend in Sydney

Saturday night ice cream and tea at passionflower
cookies and cream with passionfruit gelato, and rose grey tea mmmmm John, on the other side of the table, had summer fruit crepes with passionfruit sauce - delish!

Sunday breakfast at Fountain 77 in Glebe
Rome omlette (with chorizo, fetta and spinach) and lovely buttery toast!

The food and service were perfect at both, and the Fountain 77 is in an old home which is just beautiful.

I have written before about how I'm never quite sure where to go for cafes when I'm in Sydney, so staying in Glebe this time was a very pleasant discovery. Food and bookshops is pretty much weekend for heaven for us, and it was lovely to have such a good range of choice for both!
Top of the list to try for next time is Sappho Cafe, which is hidden at the back of the book store we were browsing at yesterday =)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Me-Made on the road

Saturday March 12 - bus to Sydney and a night at the theatre
Me-made spotty dress
(Simplicity 2886 blogged here and here)

Sunday March 13 - breakfast and book shopping in Glebe
Me-made purple circle skirt
(Simplicity 4236, blogged here)

Friday, March 11, 2011

grey circle skirt

Taadaa - a new skirt!

The pattern is Simplicity 4236 the same as the purple circle skirt.
I have worn the purple one to work a couple of time, and it is so nice to wear (and quick to make!) that I was keen to whip up another one.
And this was a very quick finish - I didn't bother with a zip (I can put it on over my head easily enough) and did a very rough zigzag stitch hem on the top and bottom just by eyeing it. You can see the result of this is that the bottom hem it a bit stiff and kind of sticky-outy, but I kind of like that =)

The fabric is some kind of super cheap drapey grey suiting-y kind of stuff. Despite the soft drape in it I'm not completely happy with how it falls from the hip - it kind of sticks out a bit around the seams.
I tried to insert pockets in the sides, but they were just to bulky (in a place where I really don't need more bulk!)

I cut this out earlier in the week, then sewed it all up last night.
Just in time too - I was in desperate need of a new me-made work skirt after wearing my black one for 4 out of 8 work days in me-Made-March so far!
I am keeping up with the challenge - check out a round-up of my outfits below.
Click on the day links below to have a closer look at any of the pics, and for details of what I'm wearing =)

1. March 3, 2. March 4, 3. March 5, 4. March 6,
March 7, 6. March 8, 7. March 9, 8. March 10

Taking the photos has just about been the trickiest bit! I've been taking so many each day to try and get something where I look remotely normal - and as you can see from those shots I'm not quite sure I've achieved that anyway! haha

I have plans for at least one more circle skirt really soon, then I might revisit an old nemesis!


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

focus on Danish film

Good evening fellow Scandophiles!
You know I love any opportunity to talk to you about Denmark, so I could hardly let this one go by ;o)

March is all about Danish film with SBS Film Focus: Denmark: SBS two has a Danish film is showing at 9:30 each Tuesday for the month.

I'm a little late on this one - After the Wedding was on last week - but there are still 4 more films to go, starting with Just Another Love Story tonight. =)

And speaking of the fabulous Danish film industry, Susanne Bier's In a Better World won the Academy Award for best foreign language film last week - I'm hoping to see it here soon! =)

Monday, March 07, 2011

basic skirt muslin

I posted on Thursday that I had finally broken out the Cal Patch book and got to doing some pattern drafting, so I thought I would share the week's progress.

This is the muslin I've sewn up using my self-drafted pattern for the first project in the book - the basic skirt.

ok, so I look a little grainy, but hopefully you get the idea =)

Overall I'm actually pretty pleased with how it came up on the first draft & sew!
It is a little big in the waist - I think I'll fix this by increasing the darts in the front, rather than bringing it in at the side seams any more - I want the skirt to fall fairly straight from the hip (rather than a-line) so I think there is enough of a curve over the hip is already.
Hopefully this will take care of the wrinkles across the front there too (I think that's mostly how I'm holding it.)

The actual drafting was really easy, and quicker than I expected. The instructions in the book were super clear, and I was able to draw up the pattern in about an hour after dinner one night, and the cutting and sewing of the skirt in about the same amount of time the following night.

Hopefully I'll have a finished skirt to show soon =)

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Perfect Sunday

My perfect Sunday:

- a 'week-end' sized coffee,
- lemon cake (I modified my favourite cupcake recipe. It is AMAZING), and
- some stitching - the ducks are done, its pony time! =)

(of course, Sunday really would be perfecter if it wasn't for the unpictured laundry, dishes and vacuuming dragging me away from my crafty stuff, but out of sight out of mind, right ;o))

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Giveaway for Christchurch

Michelle at Poppy Bean and Bloss is giving away of one of her gorgeous dolls (and a blue ribbon winner, no less!) to help raise money for the Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake Appeal 2011.

For your chance to win Molly, pop over to Michelle's blog before Friday 11th March.
Good luck!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Creative Space :: drafting

Me-made-March. was the final shove inspiration I needed to actually get out the paper and pencils and try out the Cal Patch book.
The beginning seemed like a very good place to start, so first up is the basic skirt - you can see some cute ones other sewists have created in the Design-It-Yourself flickr group.

See who else is getting their creative on this week at Kootoyoo.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

purple circle skirt

taadaa - my purple circle skirt is all finished - I wore it to work today:

I used Simplicity 4236 - and wrote a bit about the problems I had with it in my blog post a few weeks ago.
Now that I have the sizing pretty much figured out it will be easy to whip up a couple more of these, and since it was so nice to wear today, I think I will do just that!

Like yesterday, my favourite part of my outfit was my brooch!

I bought this in York at a gorgeous shop, Ness. They're online here - I want to buy it all!!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

one down...

taadaa my first Me-Made-March outfit, and of course it had to be the skirt I was wearing last week!

(Can you tell the trickiest part was getting a photo?
It was this or one I took using mirror in the lift at work, where I'm wearing my concentrating face and holding up my iphone haha we'll have to work on that!)

It's a super simple gore skirt using a similar pattern to this one.

My favourite part of the outfit though is that little brooch....

I bought it in Cambridge - with a tortoiseshell and a little black & white guy like my two I just couldn't leave it behind!

don't forget to check out the flickr group for more MMM goodness!