Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TSS Photo Challenge - Special Challenge Week

An interruption to our usual Photo Challenge schedule - tools will have to wait until next week because something much more exciting has been happening!

Over at our friends The Sewing Library they have had a May Sewalong in their FB Group featuring the Cluck Cluck Sew Sprocket Pillow. A lot of the Sisters are also members of the Library and saw all the gorgeous cushions being created and couldn't help but jump on the Sprocket Pillow bandwagon and make our own. Especially since most of us had it pinned on Pinterest already anyway!

One of the Sisters is going to do a Tutorial Review for the Sprocket Pillow in the coming weeks to let you all know how we found it.

Here's our versions:

Holly -  Or Elsie!

Leigh - Sakurako

Sharon - Lil Moo & Mee

We have another Special Challenge week in the works but its not due until August so you have a bit of a wait. If you are keen to play along at home keep an eye on our Facebook Page for the announcement of what it is. We'd love to see your creations too! In the mean time, we will return to our regularly scheduled photo challenge and pick up next with with 'Our Favourite Crafting Tools.'

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tutorial Review: Menu Board

Enough was enough!!  I was sick of not knowing what to cook for dinner each night, being totally unmotivated to cook and staring into a pantry full of food saying ‘There’s no food in here!!’.  And not to mention spending more on groceries than needed and doubling up on food we already had.  I needed some inspiration – so I went surfing and pinning!!  I came across heaps of ideas, and then found this awesome menu board from the Clair's Fairytale blog.  How cool is it!!

Clair writes about her search for the ultimate menu planning idea and created one that combines all the elements she likes about others into one.  Lucky for me she had done the hard yards!
It was very easy to make and Claire outlines everything very clearly on her blog.  I happened to have all the materials I needed in my craft supplies and put it altogether in one night.  I did however make a few minor changes to suit my own needs.
Firstly I didn’t bother laminating the menu cards – I do own a laminator, but if I waited to do that, the board would never have got finished!  Instead, I cut up heaps of blank cards and have left them in the box.  For the next few months I’ll fill them up with meals and before I know it I’ll have a whole library of meals to chose from. Plus I didn’t have the time to sit and choose a heap of meals and write them down in one go as Claire suggests. 

Secondly I decided to replace one of the boxes with a space for a baking list.  Claire uses her boxes to rotate the menu cards.  I like to bake each fortnight so instead I added an extra peg, cut larger pieces of card out and I use them to write a list of baking recipes for the fortnight.
I really love that on the back of each menu card, there is a basic list of ingredients.  This makes for writing the shopping list much easier.  Also, as I shop fortnightly, I just peg two menu cards into each peg and remove the top one when I’m done with it.  I added a card label ‘toast night’ and ‘night out’ for those easy night or take away.  Here’s my finished board:
All in all I’m loving this!  It was easy to make, someone else had put in the hard yards already (with four of my own kids why re-invent the wheel?),  it has taking out the stress each night for cooking and so far has even saved us some money!  What’s not to love!
 -Sarah C, independent crafter. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

What's On!

Its the last days for the sale at Four Frogs on a Log! 10% off all Rasant and Isacord threads. Sale ends on Thursday so don't miss out! 

This week Unique Babeez has entered the WAHM Market showcase to be held on the 31st May with this gorgeous Kimono Wrap Dress available! Album is up for viewing now on all the gorgeous WAHM works! With lots of customs being completed recently there is lots of new photos to see on their Facebook page and more to come throughout this week. Unique Babeez have also begun a new booster making service helping to support other cloth nappy making WAHMs around Australia - available through the website

Lil Pip Designs is off to the Substation Artist Market in Newport this weekend!
When: Saturday 2 June, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Substation Artist Market, 1 Market Street, Newport

Be sure to visit this gorgeous little boutique market to see Lil Pip's winter pinny with round and square yoke and winter cord skirts. Plus as always, lots of dinosaurs, elephants, owls, Boobooks and gorgeous clothes and accessories. With a cafe, live music and face painting, it is a great outing (inside out of the cold!) for the families in the inner west of Melbourne. Hope to see you there! 

This week for all of you have bought Appleseed fabrics in the past here is your opportunity to be rewarded!
  • Share a photo of something you have made with fabric you purchased from us on YOUR page on Facebook and tag Appleseed
  • All photos will be added to an album on the Appleseed page
  • Entries close Sunday 3rd June at 12pm 
  • If you haven't purchased Appleseed fabric before, purchase today from (be sure to check out the "Bargain Box" of fabrics!) and it will be posted tomorrow :)
  • An entrant will be randomly chosen to win a 15% voucher
  • Winner will be drawn evening of Sunday 4th June
TOO EASY! We look forward to seeing all the gorgeous Appleseed creations!

This week Oz Handmade are in it to win a $5,000 Small Business Grant from Suncorp Bank. Its easy to help, all you need to do is go to the Suncorp Helping Hand webpage and click on VOTE. You can vote once a day and every vote counts!

Baby Chilli has launched their Minky nappy range this week with 10 colours and prints.  Available in small, medium and large these all in one nappies have the fast drying qualities of a pocket nappy but with the convenience of an all in one.  Plus with the pocket at the back you can add extra boosting if required. Check out their range now on sale at!

Also Baby Chilli is off to market on Saturday 2nd June,  visit them at the Newport Substation Market, 10am - 4pm, 1 Market Street Newport
The Chilli Tree clothing and apron range is now available on line at!  Check out all her latest creations and contact Bec for custom creations from her large range of fabrics available. You can also check out her past work at

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TSS Photo Challenge - Week 13

So this weeks theme WAS "Something you made for yourself" but it seems to have mutated into "Something for yourself." That's ok though, we got lots of great submissions!

Angela -  Perigren Creations: Sprocket cushion

 Jane - Lil Pip: PJs & chocolate

 Leigh - Sakurako - Hand-stamped labels

Natalie - Independent crafter - 30th birthday cake

 Sarah - Independent crafter: Menu planning board
Sarah - Skip Chasey:  New handbag

 Shelli - Shelli Morse Design: Portrait of husband

Tina - The Sewing Fairy: Chalkcloth noteboard and fabric clock

Next week is our favourite craft tools, you never know, you might discover one you never knew existed that you just HAVE to have!

Monday, May 21, 2012

What's On!

With the Biggest Morning Tea auction now over - My Obsession will be spending this week getting all sorted for The Mummy Tree Markets at Morningside next Sunday (27th May). Tracey will have a selection of these new Mini Messenger "Adventurer" bags in stock as a new release for the market. Would love to see you there!

M's Cute Bottoms is off to the The Mummy Tree Markets this week. If you are in the Brisbane area between 9am and 1pm please make sure to pop in and say hello. Michelle has new designs available at this market, the training pull-up style nappies and the side snapping nappies.

It has been a very big week this week for M's Cute Creations too. Michelle had a very amazing photo shoot to show off the brand new items. These items will also be available at The Mummy Tree Markets this Sunday. Be sure to come and see it all in person.

This week Unique Babeez are taking some custom orders through their Facebook Page as well as creating lots of new goodies to stock up the website. With the new Hand-covered Wipes Boxes along with the other perfect goodies for a new baby you will see some of our Baby Shower & New Baby Gift Packs coming up in matching sets! With some custom spots open now as well, you can email to become a part of the list to have the perfect set in your choice of themes & prints. Limited spots available and will be processed in order of contact and interest confirmation.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

TSS Photo Challenge - Week 12

So a HUGE (if slightly belated) Happy Mother's Day to all the mummies and mummies to be in blogland. This weeks photo challenge theme was Mother's Day and as you will see, we have some VERY spoiled mummies in the Sisterhood!

 Amy - Independent crafter

 Holly - Or Elsie!

Jane - Lil Pip

 Sharon - Lil Moo & Mee

 Naomi - Ohana Trends

Leigh - Sakurako

Next weeks theme is 'Something you made this week for yourself' - this might be a challenge for many of the Sisters to fit in around their regular commitments so there might be some interesting submissions!

Monday, May 14, 2012

What's On!

Custom orders are now open at LA Crafts.  What does this mean??  Take a look through our fabrics in stock folder, choose a fabric, a product and La Crafts will create something unique for you or your children.

Little Magnolia Button has almost raised $1000 for SIDS and KIDS Victoria from the sale of owls for the Little Laurence and Friends owl project. In celebration of Mother's Day, some new owls have been added to the collection, including the Miss Elizabeth owl, inspired by a special little girl. Lots of bibs are being sewn up and beanies crocheted to keep little heads warm this winter.

The Biggest Morning Tea Charity Auction being held by My Obsession Designs starts tonight.  Bidding opens at 8pm and will continue through until 8pm on Wednesday night (16th May).  Lots of beautiful handmade items have been donated by many generous businesses and independent crafters.  Please stop by and place a bid to support the Cancer Council.  All items up for auction can be previewed here

The May Sale continues at Four Frogs on a Log.  For the entire month of May get 10% off all Rasant sewing threads and Isacord Embroidery Threads.  That is 10% off the already lower than retail price!  Stop my their store on Oz Handmade to view the current range of thread colours.  Special orders can also be taken for colours currently not in stock.

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