Cross Stitch for the Guests Room Update

Hooray!  A frame has been found!


Sleek, black and techno-nerdy.


Again, thanks to izacless for sharing 😀

See my progress post here for more details on how I made it.

Now we await the first guest…


Cross Stitch for the Guest Room

And now for something else rather different!

I was into cross stitch as a kid. Not so much as a teen and certainly not in the last 10 years, but when I saw this little number floating around on the interwebs it had to be done!

Home is where the WIFI connects automatically

In all honesty, I actually first saw this design at work. As the only female in an IT department, there’s not a lot girly-ness going on in my workday. One Friday one of the guys thought it would be a larf to replace the web stats screen with the above pic and LO!

I went home, found the pic online and started it that night, with one rather large modification:

Buy a vowel: Home is wh_re th_ WIFI ____cts __tomatically

I added our WIFI password mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Trying to find the right alphabet style was a little tricky. After a few attempts on a scrap I settled on a slightly modified version of this:


I didn’t think it was right for us to have the password in blue or black, so a added a third colour to my design just for the password. In my stash of embroidery threads I had a ton of colours but settled on a neutral similar to #3864 or #841 on this chart:

Thread Color Card 4

No, I’m not publishing my WIFI password on the interwebs.

Home is where the WIFI connects automatically cross stitch

Now I have this wonderful piece awaiting the right frame where after it will hang happily on the guest room wall. The question is, who of our guests will work out that it is indeed our WIFI password..?

Thanks to izacless for sharing 🙂

Update: Check out the finished piece framed and on the wall »


Sew 2012 #020: Cream Satin Stole and Flower Brooch

Red wasn’t the colour for me at the Important Event, so after making my first stole from Weekend Designer I set about modifying it to be more elegant and in a colour to better suit my dress, which I’d established was going to be navy blue matte satin.

Sew 2012 #020: Cream Satin Stol

One thing I’d noticed between the pattern directions and the photograph on the Weekend Designer page was the photograph had a more elongated shape. I set about re-drawing my pattern to mimic a nicely tapered oblong and the above was the result.

I still had a problem with my dress – the one I bought was a size or two too big which I knew I could modify. But being time-poor busy me, I didn’t get up to that and then ran out of time to take to a dressmaker to get it professionally done. I was able to temporarily fix the side seams and hemline without much bother, but the bust as always caused problems.

I found the only way I could do it with out buggering up the whole dress was to safety-pin a bust dart in the neckline and cover it with me-made pretty matching flower!

Sew 2012 #020: Cream Flower Brooch

The flower was a lot of fun to make, I’ve been saving all my scraps since so I can make more.

Of course, with a stole like this it’s hard to get the picture without actually having it on: fortunately I’ve taken such a long time trying to take my own that the official wedding snaps have been processed. 😀

Sew 2012 #020: Cream Satin Stole and Flower Brooch: On Model

Now it is folded away in storage until I should need a lovely cream stole again. Thanks to Missy, it now has a few thread snags from when it was hanging in the lounge room after we returned home and she decided to try climbing it.

Joke’s on her, it fell on the floor so now she believes hanging fabric is not stable for climbing. WIN!

Bundle of Blue: Completed Crochet Project

Here’s another one for the completed & posted pile! A pretty little cowl neck scarf.

Blue Cowl Scarf

Would you believe I made this way back in April this year?! Blog-wise it wasn’t that long ago since I haven’t been posting much over winter, but really it was about six months ago. I’ve gotten quite a bit of wear out of it 🙂

Blue Cowl Scarf

I had a fair amount of wool left over from the scarf I made for a little family member.

The added bonus with this post is I updated my Ravelry profile with it! You can see the project details including pattern here, albeit I’ve forgotten the type of wool I used…

Stay crochetin’


My Handmade Scarf #9: Weirdly Crochet Neck Cowl + FREE Pattern!

When I learned to crochet back in 2010, I didn’t stop. I loved it. One weekend while in Perth, I ran out of ‘travel’ wool and demanded to be shown the nearest craft department store.

Having received my wish, I chose some cheap fun yarns (I was still learning and had not yet discovered the true joy of beautiful and soft yarns) and continued hooking happily. This was made from one of those fun yarns:

My idea baffled the people we were visiting. They couldn’t understand why I wanted an extremely long and thin scarf. I knew though.

In fact, I now think this is such a fantastic beginner project that I wrote the pattern out to share with you!

Download away and have fun! I only ask that you also use this pattern for fun – go crazy for friends, family and yourself, any non-commercial project you like 🙂

If you do make this, I’d love to see your creations! Post a pic on your blog and feel free to leave a comment linking to it on here. One of the great joys of being online is just plain ol’ sharing! 😀

Stay creative!

Sew 2012 #008: Morgan’s Sexy & Royal Moo-moo Dress

Canberra is enjoying a long weekend this weekend! I’m enjoying it too, albeit a little lonely! Not for long though, and I thought to pass the time it would be nice to relax at home and go back to work with not one but two new dresses for my wardrobe!

Here is the first! Morgan’s Sexy & Royal Moo-moo Dress!

Since I decided to make two dresses this weekend, I decided to make one of them really simple so I hunted online for simple and free dress patterns. I found one – the 1-Hour Dress from CraftStylish looked like the ticket! So I grabbed some cheap stretch velvet from my stash and got to work.

Now this is where reading the instructions properly would have saved me some cheap fabric and about 2.5 hours – but that was not to be. So the stretch velvet unwearables go into my scrap bucket – but I’ve gained experience and a great idea to make this simple dress look heaps better on me!

Out comes the lovely blue jersey I found in an op-shop a few weeks ago. As I marvel at its lovely colour in the mid-day light, I hope I don’t screw this up. One of the things I’ve learned about dressing myself is that my shape seems to prefer symmetrical styles. With this in mind, I modified CraftStylish’s pattern to have the pleated shoulders on both sides and got cutting!

This dress was so quick to sew!! I can’t wait to make another, as I’m sure there’ll be much less fussing next time.

Next up was dress-ups – I tried every belt I owned around the middle of this dress and loved all of them. There was even enough blue jersey left to create a nice long sash I could also use, and enough for a handmade belt using some belting I had in my stash.

The belt took a long time as I hand-stitched it all, but it was quite relaxing sitting listening to the birds with Felix using me as a pillow. My only concern was if I ever have to set the dinner table for 12, someone will be missing their napkin ring because I don’t think I’ll be cutting this belt up.


New project: Magical Crochet Scarf Shawl Blanket

As it transpires, I am an Insufferable Serial Crochet Project Starter (ISCPS). This means that today, I started a new crochet project.

Why? Aside from ISCPS, I found I’ve outgrown my collection of hand made scarves I’d started as a teenager and new scarves were in order. It’s also entering Autumn here, so they will be needed soon. Finally, the air-conditioning in the office seems to think it needs to be cold so I need something to wrap around me when that happens.

The solution is simple: a crochet shawl scarf wrap blanket that can be resized as desired. It will involve buttons.

So while this idea evolves I’ll get closer to deciding what to sew up next and get started on some new dresses!

Stay happy 🙂

Morganisation with Free Printable Sewing Pattern Envelope Template

Through all my experimenting and winging it over the years I’ve accumulated quite a few “self-drafted” patterns. At the moment they’re all rolled up in a big mess at the top of the cupboard, some yet to be taped.


To fix this problem, I designed my own pattern envelope and I thought it was so cute I have to share it! It’s a bit smaller than the commercial pattern envelopes as I wanted it to fit on an A4 sheet for easy printing at home.

As I do, I got a bit carried away and designed some more for you! Download your favourite design and print away!



When you print set Page Scaling to None, or depending on your computer just print at 100%. This will make sure your envelope doesn’t get shrunk when you print it. Also, there’s an optional page 2 with each design – if you’d like to have a nice pattern inside the envelope, print them double-sided.

It’s pretty simple to make up the envelope, but here is a quick tutorial on how to stick them together. You’ll need:

  • Sharp craft knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue
  • Pens or pencils

After you’ve made sure you’ve got them printed on the right sides, set up!

Cut the rounded corners with the craft knife.

Then cut all the straight edges with the knife and ruler.

Tada! You should have something like the above.

Then, using the BACK of the craft knife blade, VERY LIGHTLY score the paper along the 4 white dotted lines. Don’t cut through the paper, you just want to define the fold line for a crisp fold. Notice that the back panel of the envelope is about 1.5mm shorter than the score lines at the top and bottom – this is so it will fold together nicely.

In order, fold the back panel, side flap and bottom flap over to form the envelope. With the back panel closed, glue down the bottom flap then the side flap.

Fold over the top flap, or the opening flap, and envelope DONE!

I recommend letting the glue dry before you put your patterns in else it might pop open. In the meantime, you can label your envelopes and perhaps draw a little picture to help you remember what they look like!

Aren’t they cute! I wonder how many I’ll use… How many will you use? 😀

I’d love to hear how you organise your patterns, be they sewing, knitting or whatever – How do you do it?

Stay happy!

Completed Crochet Project: Lacey Wristlets

Remember these?

I finally finished them!

Lovely! I think if I were to make these again I would make them longer at both ends, but they are great as they are. I still have some of the yarn left, and it will be used to finish the Great Doily, probably into a beret methinks… 😀

You can find the free crochet pattern I used for the lacy fingerless gloves here on Ravelry!

Thanks to number19 for the inspiration!

Completed Project: Orsome Ottomans

It starts out simple enough. You think, oh before I start sewing this skirt I’ll just draft up this really easy pattern for ottomans I saw online. Then you start thinking about the skirt some more and then think, you know, it would be really easy to whip up one or two of those cute ottomans right now, who cares if the skirt is already cut. Then BAM! before you know it it’s midnight and you have two of these beauties:

Aren’t they divine! I’m so happy with them, and I know Sweetheart likes them too: instead of his usual ‘cool, baby’ he smiled and looked at them for a while. Then he tried sitting both at once and promptly fell off. 🙂 *love*

Like most things I make these have a back story too. The fabric is from an old doona cover that was given to me about 3 years ago. I cut it up soon after with the intention of making several large floor cushions, but I never finished making them all because I didn’t really like them that much. After that, the cut up pieces of fabric went from fabric stash to throw-out pile and back again more times than I care to count.

Then on Saturday, I found we faced a dilemma. We’d bought some new furniture, and the Sunshine Seat was just too big for our space. Plus, we also have a seating shortage when guests visti and two ugly corners in the living area: cables and powerpoints made me want to claw my eyes out. So I had an idea for ottomans… and found this great tutorial over on Living with Punks!

I worked out my own dimensions and skipped the handle, and found some neat gold bead piping in my stash that I thought I’d use in a dress but decided it would be better used in these. Then sew sew sew and when they’re done, half the beans from the Sunshine Seat go on the floor and a small amount make it into the new ottomans. I just love them. Here’s a close up of the fabric and piping combo:

I now have enough pieces of cut-up doona cover left to make two more in smaller sizes, and I’m considering some complementary ones in leather look vinyl… oh to  creative, ’tis a joy and a curse!