Sunday, January 15, 2012

Minoru Fabric Choice

Just a quick post today to give you a bit of an idea about my fabric choice for the Minoru Jacket (a fabulous Sewaholic pattern). The Sewalong starts Monday (or Tuesday Australian time) and I cannot wait! This is a whole bunch of firsts for me, first sewalong, first jacket, first separating zipper and I am sure there may be a few more firsts before the time is over.

Ta da.......
 (insert photo here??? Oops, no down there)

The outer fabric is a denim in a bright coral, picked up on my visit to The Fabric Store and the lining is just a basic Bemsilk lining fabric in Ivory, picked up at a chain fabric store . unfortunately, I haven't been able to take a good photo of the fabric and so I can only offer you this photo with flash that makes my fabric look more orange instead of coral and the lining white instead of ivory. Sigh....

If you are interested in the sewalong just head on over to Tasia's site, you can click on the badgy thing on the right or the links at the beginning of this post.... but what am I saying you already know it right???

I leave you with a photo of Tasia of Sewaholic in her Minoru jacket.

Click for the introduction post on Tasia's blog.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Sewing Adventure

I recently went on a bit of a sewing adventure, well, that is what I like to call it anyway. In order to qualify for this adventure the shops I visited had to be....

1. Never before been seen by myself.
2. A little bit more exciting than a chain store fabric shop.

As far as I am aware these 2 basic qualifications are hard to find in the areas surrounding my abode.

The story goes something like this.... We set out on a fine and sunny day, the first destination was The Fabric Store. With map in hand we ventured forth, until a parking spot was found.

I loved the feel of this store, especially the old leather seats in the window for browsing pattern books. I picked up the main fabric for a jacket pattern I will be making soon.

Next stop.........

Tessuti Fabrics was not far from the fabric store, equally quirky and I picked up some chiffon for an up coming project. 

 Both stores are worth a look.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Moo to you!

I have been hearing a lot of good things about Moo cards of late from a lot of online bloggers/sellers. Moo have some great options for multiple images and I am loving the Mini Cards!!!

As oft happens in life, I am feeling the card love and wondering if I might in fact be in need of such an item to hand out during conversations that may be struck with strangers, in relation to my Etsy store.

Thanks to a special offer Etsy store owners can have a sample Etsy branded pack for the cost of shipping only! Woo Hoo.

Since I am unable to pass up any offer of great value, and since I was planning to get some Mini Cards anyway. I thought I would grab a sample pack of business cards to test out quality etc.
For my sample pack I opted for the Green (100% recycled) option knowing that it would have a more matt finish. Cost of delivery was cheap, the estimated wait time was surprisingly long but they turned up 3 weeks earlier than estimated!!!! Perhaps the estimated wait time was extended as I ordered over the Christmas period.

Without further ado......

Sturdy carry box included. Post received without any damage.
The Etsy branding is reasonably discreet.
Front and back view
 I am really happy with the outcome.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Accidental Tourist

Well I guess you have to start somewhere, and here is as good a place as any.....
New Years day and an accidental hike in inappropriate footwear

left our feet open to attack from all sorts of unfriendly creatures.

Our destination was this lovely waterfall.

 After which a lovely drive in the country side and picnic was had.

Happy New Year.