Monday, May 21, 2012

Life lately...

Nicasso's latest masterpiece on display at the school art show.  Sold to Mummy for the princely sum of $20.  It is called  "Mr Peacock feather"

Money well spent I say, it will look fabulous hanging in our house!

Library bags that I have been busy whipping up for the school fair and would you believe... I made all of them in a week.  Considering I don't sew, this was no easy task!  I even lined them all.  My Grandma would have been so proud of me for this.  I copied the ones that she made me when I started school,  a long long time ago... in the 1970s (shudder) and that I still use to this day.

 Lastly, me modelling my lovely Mother's Day gift.  A gorgeous necklace from Dinosaur Designs, thank you my beautiful boys.

Now that the school fair is out of the way I kind of feel, for the first time in ages that I have a bit of spare time on my hands again.  Woohoo, and now that I am getting into sewing (so can't believe I just typed that) I am thinking of trying to make some cushions.  Is it hard... does anyone out there know how to make them?  I really want to learn as firstly lovely cushions are always super expensive and half the time the inserts are still polyester rubbish, grrrrr.  I would rather buy some decent feather inserts and make my own cushions from gorgeous fabrics if it isn't ridiculously hard.   Although, I do have to start planning the little one's 4th birthday party.  How can he be nearly 4 already?  I am going to have to stop calling him the Baby. Oh  no, does this mean I will have to change the blog title to Two Pirates.... they are hardly little anymore. Sob!


  1. I am so with you on the cushion thingy. I have had it in the back of my head that I want to start sewing again. I did it in high school for about 5 minutes and quite a bit with my mum. There is a lady here in Av who teaches it and when I have some $$$$ I will call her I think. Have a great week

  2. I tried making cushions once, the less said about that the better. Your library bags are fab! So hard to fine nice ones in the shops that don't have Lightning McQueen or Ben 10 plastered all over them!

  3. Wow. What a talented family. From the painting to your bags...I'm blown away.

    Love your necklace.
    Love the chair you're sitting in.
    Love your house.
    You are very pretty.
    This is starting to sound creepy. :)

  4. Nick's artwork is so lovely Emma and a bargain at $20. You are very clever getting all of those bags sewn. I can't sew well at all. I don't have the patience but if I want something bad enough and I think it is overpriced I have been known to give it a go. Good luck I am sure you will be whipping up gorgeous cushions in no time. xx

  5. I forgot to say that if you are coming to Orange email me and I will give you our recommendations. It is a great food and wine destination but cold in winter. xx

  6. Nick's artwork is gorgeous! I would have bought it too, he is very creative :)
    Great job with the bags, if you can manage lining and sewing those a cushion will be easy. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I agree on the inserts, I spent $60 on a cushion I loved a few months ago which considering the fabric is really thin and the insert particularly nasty, was not money well spent :(
    Love your necklace and the whole photo! You are gorgeous and everything in view looks perfect :)

  7. Try this link for making pillows, looks fairly simple to follow

  8. Oh my goodness, that painting is beautiful. I would have snapped it up myself! Totally agree with you on the cushion front. I used a sewing machine for the first time making bits and pieces for my son's 4th birthday earlier in the year, but haven't used it since!

  9. I can't really sew but I can manage cushion covers. If you are doing it for the first time it is probably easiest making them "envelope" style (with overlapping flaps on the back) rather than with a zip. There are a bunch of easy tutorials out there, I can't remember which one I used last time I was doing covers, but this one looks fairly straightforward:

  10. so great!!!


  11. Firstly the feather water colour artwork is very artistic, it will look great when it's framed. I adore Dinasour Designs, how very special getting a necklace for Mother's Day, what goodctastecthose men in your life have. Lastly, cushion making is a rad thing to do, it gets very addictive. I buy my inserts at Ikea, made with feathers (always lovely and puffy). Have a ball creating your cushions! X Roberta

  12. I love the necklace. Very gorgeous.

    As for the sewing - no good asking me anything. I am hopeless. I buy my cushion covers on Etsy (lots of homemade by someone else type covers on there) and then pop the insert in when they arrive. I figure it is a win-win situation!!

    Take care

  13. Oh Em, how delightful to see your glowing face! That necklace is just stunning. And Nick's artwork is the bees' knees. I would love to make cushions as well - can't wait to see what you come up with! J x

  14. Thank you lovely people for all the fantastic tips and links! Watch this space to see what I come up with! Fingers crossed it is not a disaster! xx

  15. That artwork is just gorgeous Emma, lots of time and effort has gone into creating such a wonderful masterpiece:) And I am very impressed with all of your sewing that is an amazing amount of work that you've done. I look forward to seeing what other creations you make with your new found sewing talent. xx

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    1. Hi Amanda! I didn't delete your comment so blogger must be misbehaving again! I am sure you said all sorts of lovely things!!! xx



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