Monday, November 26, 2012

What's On!

Skip Chasey is having a Festive Market with all things for the season. Stockings, hair clips, hair ties and festive singlets. Also there is a sale section with items dramatically reduced in price. Come along and
grab a bargain!

Three Little Chickens and Sakurako/Minkie Baby will be together at the Sydney Boutique Markets at Rouse Hill Town Centre this Sunday 2nd December, 10am - 4pm. Three Little Chickens will have a selection of Christmas outfits for boys and girls; Sakurako will have tree skirts, bunting and wreaths plus baby quilts, fabric-covered diaries and beaded charm bracelets; and Minkie Baby AIO modern cloth nappies will also be on display. 

Or Elsie! have this one-of-a-kind ladies wrap dress available in The Whimsy Wood First Birthday Peace & Love Celebration which is tomorrow night (27th November) at 7pm. 

The My Obsession store at OZ Handmade is now open again - but only for one more week. All items are reduced by 20% for in the giant Relocation Sale. Must end on Friday! Stop by and pick up something Handmade for under your Christmas Tree.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Handmade Love Lillybelle Showcase

Tonight is the latest Handmade Love showcase, featuring Lillybelle fabric by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. A number of entries are from Sewing Sisterhood members.

Sakurako has made a single bed quilt with matching quilted standard pillowcase and 12 flag bunting. Measuring approx 80" x 55", the quilt fits a single or king single bed as a full cover or a double or queen bed as a bed runner. 

The co-ordinating pillowcase features a matching patched and stippled top and is bound in teal. The back features 3 self covered buttons and ribbon loops. It fits a standard rectangle bed pillow. The 12 flag bunting features one flag from each fabric used in the quilt.

This gorgeous tote bag and wallet set is from My Obsession Designs. The tote has two 'jean style' pockets on the front of the bag. The inner contains two pockets for little things which would otherwise be lost in the bottom of the back. It had a quality magnetic fastener to close the bag, and the tote is embellished with 2 hand crocheted doilies and 3 imitation pearl buttons. 

The tote is accompanied by a folded wallet with 6 card slots, 1 large zippered pocket for coins and 3 full width pockets for cash, notes, receipts etc. A quality magnetic snap is attached to the flap for hassle free closure. The wallet is also embellished with a hand crocheted doily and an imitation pearl button.

This cute little superhero softie is by Perigren Creations. Made using an Original Little Sew & Sews design, he measures approximately 34cm tall and features an attached superhero cape and felt eye mask. He is stuffed firm for active play using low-allergen toy fill. 

Or Elsie has submitted a fully reversible kitchen set which includes an apron with tie back and pocket detail, a quilted Kitchenaid cover and a matching double oven mitt.

And finally from Puppy Dogs Tails there are these funky boys shorts in size 4. Dressy style shorts for stylish boys, they feature an adjustable elastic waist, faux fly detailing and mock buttoned cuffs.

The Lillybelle Showcase is open from 9pm AEDST tonight until November 25th. To purchase items simply be the first to comment "SOLD" under each item. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What's On

Relocation Sale!

My Obsession Designs and Four Frogs on a Log are relocating interstate!  For the remainder of November there is 20% off storewide. 

For a range of quality handmade items (including Nappy Bags, Totes, Wallets and Fabric Baskets) visit My Obsession Designs here.

At Four Frogs on a Log you will find threads including Rasant, Mettler, Maxilock Swirls, general overlocking threads and Schmetz Sewing Needles - all at 20% off.

Three of the sisters will be at Maribrynong Maker's Market on Saturday 24th November. Come down to enjoy this beautiful outdoor market with stalls that offer something for everyone including free children's activities. Make sure you say hi to Baby Chilli, Lil Pip and Little Magnolia Button while you are there!

Little Magnolia Button will have their usual range of clothing, bibs and soft toys as well as some special Christmas edition outfits.

Monday, November 12, 2012

What's On

Relocation Sale!

My Obsession Designs and Four Frogs on a Log are relocating interstate!  For the remainder of November there is 20% off storewide. 

For a range of quality handmade items (including Nappy Bags, Totes, Wallets and Fabric Baskets) visit My Obsession Designs here.

At Four Frogs on a Log you will find threads including Rasant, Mettler, Maxilock Swirls, general overlocking threads and Schmetz Sewing Needles - all at 20% off.

Apple Pigeon Pear are off to marked this weekend! Come on down to 5th Avenue Sandgate from 9am-12pm AEST on Saturday November 17th and check it out. There will be a sausage sizzle, live music and plenty of stalls. Apple Pigeon Pear will have for the little girls dresses and skirts, skirt and top sets, and ruffled nappy covers in sizes NB to 18 months. For the boys, funky cargo style shorts in a variety of prints and some shorts and shirt sets. Christmas outfits will also be available!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

TINKmas Showcase

A few of the Sisters are involved in the Tink Handmade TINKmas Showcase this Friday night. There's a great selection of Christmas-theme goods available at very reasonable prices and is well worth checking out.

Holly from Puppy Dogs Tails has submitted the "Blue Christmas" nappy cover set in size 6-12 months. This set includes a 100% cotton decorative nappy cover with contrasting leg trim and a matching applique singlet. Perfect for a hot Christmas day!

Leigh from Sakurako has created a Christmas home d├ęcor set comprising of a quilted tree skirt and matching card display. The quilt skirt is pieced 100% cotton and quilted all over in a meandering stipple with a variegated red and white thread. It is backed and bound in cream cotton. It features 3 self-covered buttons with red ribbon loops at the back.

The card display features two raw-edge scrappy pieced birds stippled with variegated red and white thread and featuring a white ribbon hanging loop. From each birds beak comes a red ribbon for displaying Christmas cards. Included is 10 raw miniature pegs for hanging the cards.

Jodie from Three Little Chickens has entered the "Grace" Dress in size 12-18 Months. A cute, cool and comfortable style with puff sleeves and a waist ribbon, this Grace dress is made from hot pink candy cane print and accented with lime green. 

Jade from Perfectly Piper has created the "Merri" Dress in size 3. This girly dress is made from 100% designer cotton and features a fully lined bodice, twirly skirt, and button closure. It also has fully adjustable straps and a sash for a custom fit. Perfect to get a little princess into the Christmas spirit. 

In other showcase news, the Handmade Love Lillybelle Showcase is rapidly approaching. Scheduled for the weekend of 24th-25th of November, again a number of Sisters are involved and will have a variety of items for sale including quilts, home decor, and children's clothing. Keep your eye on the Handmade Love Facebook page for sneak peeks and previews. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

What's On!

Relocation Sale!

My Obsession Designs and Four Frogs on a Log are relocating interstate!  For the remainder of November there is 20% off storewide. 

For a range of quality handmade items (including Nappy Bags, Totes, Wallets and Fabric Baskets) visit My Obsession Designs here.

At Four Frogs on a Log you will find threads including Rasant, Mettler, Maxilock Swirls, general overlocking threads and Schmetz Sewing Needles - all at 20% off.

Handmade By 3 Little B’s is feeling festive and creating a range of beautiful Christmas pieces. To order, please contact Handmade By 3 Little B’s through their Facebook page and take something special home today. Only available while current fabrics lasts.

Little Magnolia Button is excited to have released the beginning of their Christmas range. Rara skirts and little girls shorts are ready to purchase on the Facebook page. Keep an eye out for ruffled playsuits and boys shorts coming soon!

Sakurako have a new baby quilt listed for sale this week - Hummingbird Spring is finally up and available for purchase. A modern square pattern quilt in pink, black and pale green with flowers, paisley, and hummingbirds. Top is pieced using quality quilting cotton and quilted using a meandering stipple in pink thread. Backed with pink and pale green dot minky and bound in a solid pink fabric, it is100cm x 110cm in size.

Sakurako also have opened up the Christmas 2012 album for sales. Items are being added regularly and include quilted tree skirts, fabric wreaths, table runners, Christmas bunting and card displays, so keep an eye out!

In other news, quite a few of the Sewing Sisterhood have submitted entries into the TINKmas Christmas Showcase which is this Friday the 9th November at Tink Handmade. Stay tuned here for another post showcasing what's in the showcase!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Last weekend, some of the sisters, plus one gorgeous 8 week old boy, gathered in Queensland for a Sewing Sisterhood retreat. The sisters traveled from three different states to be there. It was a great opportunity to catch up in person, enjoy some lovely meals, learn some new sewing skills and have some beautiful baby cuddles!

The gorgeous Rebecca from Baby Chilli wrote this quickfire version of events from her perspective!

'We're here... Where are you? Baggage claim one, umm no... You sure you’re in Brisbane... Ahh Jodie!
Long walk to the car,
Wow it's hot!
Get to the shops, meet the others, take off my leggings 'cause I'm boiling in black... Ohh this dress is too short... I need to buy some clothes!... Target here we come... Where's the maternity department? :-) ... Same skirt as Jodie, and as Bridie!
Food court lunch, I think we need more wine!
On our way... Nice freeway,
Lets go to the pub! Umm how much further?!
Get to accommodation, lovely guy, hmm which cabin shall we take?..
More drinks....
Lets go canoeing, what no oars? How about those logs.. Lets have a fire... Is the tide out?
The others arrive, chocolate and nibbles time.. Brownies!!!
Crazy chat, so much to say.
Dinner time, up and up and up the stairs we go...
Parma or steak....
Water stop... Ohh can we buy a big bottle...
Wow so tired off to bed for me!
Ugh don't drink the shower water, it's brown!
Do I snore?? Wake each other up when we roll over at night, plastic mattresses, no curtains so wake up at 5.30!!!
Chat time, yummy cooked breakfast, thanks Angela
Off to market, love it! So much walking, hi Sarah and Naomi
Lets all try on clothes! Hot under here!
Chicken satay, cookie, crepe with Nutella and banana, a banana, Florentine cookie... How can I still be hungry?
Hi Karen and family.
Where's the chocolate shop?
Mel is buying dresses and more dresses, looks great!
Bracelet making,
Are we going to go to the beach?
Cheese and kabanna stop
Back to camp for nibbles, cheese, kabana, dip, crackers and cupcakes and brownies!! And more baby cuddles!
Gift swap.. Angela got a headband, brownie mix! Ohh such nice things, awesome wall art for sewing room, thanks Sarah.
Let's do some crafting...
Set up machines, ruffles, rolled hem foot, feed dogs, button sewing.. Ahh the things we learnt!
Off to the beach! Pity it's raining and dark! Look there's the waves!
Tavern dinner, $9.50 cruisers!!
Hey they took our table! Mmm salmon!
Back to camp, still no drinking... What's wrong with us!
More chatting... Off to bed
What's that noise? Geckos! Oh and Mosquitoes!
Sleep in, get up to find girls crafting in pjs
Food chat with Angela, clean up kitchen. Off to spotty! Hi we're near Sarah, busy! Hmm what shall I buy...
We need a coffee.. Sneaky lunch..
More crafting, scrappy pin cushion, frayed roses, pack up time. Ahh the fly the fly...
Photo time, posing time, laugh till we almost wet our pants!
Say our goodbyes, on our way back down freeway.
Stop at officeworks, pick n pay hypermarket, clothes shopping, bargains!
Arrive at airport, more goodbyes, hi Jodie, dinner and chat with Jodie, walk to gates, say goodbye. Gah delayed flights all round!
Back in Melbourne, coffee in international arrivals as only coffee shop open, Bridie arrives, on my way home. Clean shower, ahh can drink the water! Now off to bed, I'm tired!
Awesome weekend, thanks so much guys!!’

Fancy some more detail? Here are some photos to show you what the sisters and baby got up to...

The very organised and generous Sarah (independent crafter) looked after every detail of the retreat for us - even personalised mugs!

Each of the sisters made a little gift for a sister gift swap. Numbers were randomly selected and yet each gift suited it's recipient perfectly!

For each of the sisters, the retreat meant time away from children. The opportunity for going out for dinner was seized with both hands and greatly enjoyed!

Crafting made an appearance between chatting, shopping, baby cuddles and more chatting. This is Sarah's gorgeous pin cushion. Some of the other sisters went home with frayed roses (thanks Nat from Patooties Boutique and Rebecca from Baby Chilli) and some felt strawberries (thanks Angela from Perigren Creations). Thanks to Rebecca and Patricia (Unique Babeez) some of the sisters also went home with new knowledge of lesser known sewing machine functions and plans to buy new fancy feet!

Before we said our goodbyes we managed to get this group photo. It might help you put some faces to names and businesses! From left to right: Michelle (M's Cute Bottoms), Mel (MelliMoo Creations), Patricia (Unique Babeez), Bridie (Little Magnolia Button), Rebecca (Baby Chilli), Nat (Patooties Boutique), Sarah (Independent crafter), Jodie (Three Little Chickens) holding Nat's very special baby boy and Angela (Perigren Creations).

All in all the retreat was a lovely weekend that brought together some like minded friends. The Sewing Sisterhood encourages you to surround yourself with people who inspire you to be creative!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Showcase Shoutout - Little Magnolia Button

Next we have Little Magnolia Button. Bridie is the face behind Little Magnolia Button and started it just after her daughter Imogen was born. Inspired by the things she was making for her daughter to wear and play with, she has gradually expanded her collection of items on offer. Bridie makes clothing, bibs, hats and soft toys, and her signature is the use of bright, happy colours.

Rose is the latest cloth doll from Little Magnolia Button. She is 13" tall. Her body is made from 100% cotton muslin and her outfit, including a removable skirt, is made from quality quilter's cotton from My Mind's Eye's Willow range. Rose has a hand drawn face and golden cotton/acrylic blend hair. Rose enjoys tea parties and gentle cuddles but not water fights. While her face has been heat sealed please avoid contact with water on the off chance that the colours might run. Spot clean only. Rose is made based on a pattern from a Claire Bear's Folly pattern.

Rose would make a great Christmas gift.

You will see more cloth dolls from Little Magnolia Button. They are not available for custom order at this stage, but will be added to the 'for sale' photo album as they are completed. Rose is listed at the introductory price: $40 plus $7.20 tracked postage.

Clothing items in the fabric worn by Rose will be available on the Little Magnolia Button Facebook page this summer.

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