Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cafe latte skirt

You’ve already seen this skirt, but, until now, I haven’t told you all the fascinating details about its construction. [It has been ironed, very rigorously, but it’s a metallic poly cotton blend, and those metal threads just love crinkling up … Continue reading

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Wrapped with my blouse

I loved this blouse when the September 2010 issue of BurdaStyle arrived in my letterbox, but, as is a common occurrence for me, I’ve taken over a year to make it up. I blame part of this on getting the … Continue reading

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Cinnamon cookies

Mmm yum, cinnamon cookies A very easy recipe from Ms Gourmet at Gourmet Warrior.   Chewy Cinnamon Cookies Ingredients 75gm unsalted butter 1/3 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed 1/3 cup golden syrup 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 ½ cups … Continue reading

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Back to work

I’ve had a lovely short summer break with my sewing machines my family. But it has come to an end. The dining room needs to turn back into a dining room from this: I did a bit of reorganising on … Continue reading

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A table shared is a pleasure doubled

Whether it’s a ride in the country, an umbrella in the rain, or a heavy load to lift, a problem shared is a problem halved and a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled. A recent invite to come up to … Continue reading

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Non flattery 101: How to look older and fatter than I am

Small floral patterns, A-line knee length skirts, and buttons or zips over my stomach. All things I generally avoid in garments for me. I’ve learnt they are not usually flattering. So what possessed me to combine all three of these … Continue reading

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Gifts from Canada

The postie delivered a parcel from Canada today. No it wasn’t snow, but it wouldn’t have lasted long if it were! It was MezzoCouture‘s give away chiffon PLUS two Vogue Designer patterns!! Lucky lucky me! Thank you TiaDia!

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More Ikea fabulousity*

We went to Ikea to buy a bookcase last week. Two metres of fabric come home. I am ridiculously pleased with how this has turned out. The back story to this is a white A line sleeveless shift that I … Continue reading

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2011 Sewing Year in Review

So much for blog stats. The four top viewed posts all time are still all about cooking. The Jacket that took Forever only just squeaks in, in fifth place. So lets get the focus back to where it should be. … Continue reading

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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a … Continue reading

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