How To Be Ordinary

Things have been quiet around these parts… too quiet. Too much to do and not enough head space to relax. But I just watched the funniest episode of Big Bang Theory I’ve seen in a while, followed by the most gripping CSI episode I’ve seen. Either TV is getting better or I’m feeling like aΒ weight has lifted – either will please me, and in turn, you! πŸ˜€

After writing my introduction paragraph there I opened up my ‘latest photos’ folder to see what I’ve been doing. It’s delightfully average. So here I have five photos of my luxuriously average life to share with you.

The pool cleaner broke. We’ve reported it, but as yet it’s not fixed. This is semi-acceptable, as it’s the beginning of Autumn and starting to getΒ a bit cool for a swim.


This dumpster was behind a building where I parked my car one evening.


Upon leaving my day job, I found someone had parked their car in front of my car with great care and skill.


And in slightly more interesting news, sewing! Both kinds!

Hand sewing sequins onto my Bat Pencil Skirt to hide the cheap shininess of the fabric which I’ve decided I don’t like now I can actually sew…

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… and busted seams after sewing one of my pencil skirts during a rampage. I never wrote about it here, but you can catch some details on my Kollabora profile.

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And that’s all from the joyous department of my corner. Now look, I’ve made myself want to sew. Yay!

Stay inspired! πŸ™‚


Lovely Lamp for my Dresser

This lamp belonged to my great grandmother. Then it hung around in our house I grew up in. Then it came into my possession…

Through all this I never remember this special class of kitsch ever having a lampshade, so I began regularly including the lampshade section whenever I wandered around opshops.

Eventually I found one that would suffice.

Lovely Lampshade: The Beginnings

Now you might think we’re done here. That looks like a mighty fine match.

No. Nice lampshade made the base look respectable and that’s not what we want. We want over the top kitsch that not even a mother could love.

Queue hot glue and my fabric rose collection.

Lovely Lampshade: Ready for action

I’m not sure if we’ve improved this here but we’re certainly on a path. Never mind that I almost set it on fire.

Once it was in place and turned on I sat gawking at the girly-ness of my dresser for a good 15 minutes.

Lovely Lampshade: Lighting up the Dresser

Lovely Lampshade: In Action

It’s fun being a girl πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

Update: Check out the finished piece framed and on the wallΒ Β»


Feedback for Future Fulfilment


Let’s pretend I was organised enough to put together a feedback form and let’s pretend you all had enough free time to fill it in. He he funny I know.

Anyways, the Imaginary Results to this Imaginary Form go something like this:

  • Regular posts on a variety of crafty posts.
  • Themed projects that get done on time.
  • Tutorials and what I’ve learned posts.
  • Inspiration trends.
  • Pictures of me wearing my stuff instead of just mug shots of it.

For me, this is a weird concept. I’m used to planning creativity for my day job as a designer, so my personal creativity wasn’t meant to be planned out solely for my own enjoyment. However I’ve found this approach means I often skip a project I want to do in favour of project I can do NOW… Case in point, making a corset. I bought the kit almost two years ago and have done nothing with it.

Another point I want to develop this year is crafty networks. Since starting this blog almost three years ago I’ve seen some of my real life friends try a new craft and share that process with me. How lucky and inspired it makes me feel! Who know what else we will learn πŸ˜€

So, now you know my thoughts I’m gonna through this out there and ask: What’s missing from your crafty news feed? Leave your comments below πŸ™‚

β™₯ xx

Sew 2012 #021: Hot Pink Satin Sexy Pencil Skirt

Shakin’ up my trend of pencil skirts and invisible zippers, I used the alternative skirt pattern in the envelop and made this front split version!

Sew 2012 #021: Hot Pink Satin Sexy Pencil Skirt: Back

I also used a regular zipper instead of my usual invisible ones. Having done so I wish I hadn’t on this skirt but oh well.

Sew 2012 #021: Hot Pink Satin Sexy Pencil Skirt

Sew 2012 #021: Hot Pink Satin Sexy Pencil Skirt: The Split

Look at that split!

A Hanging Thing.

The date of this issue of Cotton Time will confirm this has thing has seen a long time sitting in a cupboard un-made. Hence, and for the sake of concealing embarrassment that doesn’t actually exist, I will not be translating the month of issue at this time.

A hanging thing. It sure is pretty.

It’s a hanging thing you can put stuff in. Some might call it an Organiser.

I don’t like these sorts of things. But I made one.

A hanging thing bottom detail


Pockets galore! Twelve of them in fact.

A hanging thing top detail


The pretty flowery fabric came with the issue of Cotton Time pictured. They have a little tutorial for making a lunch bag with it but I’m more of the type to make a hanging organiser I’ll never actually use.

The back of the hanging thing.


The back. Secured over the coat hanger with ribbons and buttons.

Who knows, I might use it one day. My flicker of a maternal instinct suggests she wants to hang on to it.

The hanging thing on a tree.

It’s also good to know that if I ever need to hang it outside on a tree, I can.

Stay happy!

What is this, a bean bag for ants?! No!

It’s a doorstop! For people sized doors. It’s made from the bean bag pattern.

Mini bag!

With a little shaping it can look like this:

Lovely blob

This pretty blue fabric came from an op shop a few months ago. I think it’s lovely but it’s a bit hard to photograph here.

Blue blob blob

It’s made from a fabric scrap from a top in working on. I’m almost through with the fit frustrations and am excited to show you soon!

Working hard or hardly working?

Lil’ bag of rice doin’ its job.

Stay happy!

I am 2.

My blog is now two years old. Oh my!

While it has been much quieter on this front in the last few months, my creative exploits have seldom been far from my mind. Whether I’m wishing I had the energy to make something or working on something to post later, it’s still been a happy thought to think about writing here and sharing my fun with you.

The biggest block I’ve faced during my silence here is how to take photos! We’ve moved into a lovely house but I haven’t yet worked out how, where and when I’m to take pictures of the things I’ve finished. With other events in my life I regularly got distracted while trying to solve this dilemma.

Very soon I will have FIVE finished skirts to tell you about! When that happens, photos will need to be taken so I must figure it out!

In the meantime, here’s the only picture I took while in Singapore in April this year.


I’ve also been pottering in the garden a bit, removing weeds and thinking up grand designs for the wonderful flower and vegetable beds I’ll have. This garden has been fairly unkempt for three or fours years but it’s clear that at one point it was loved dearly. Among the overgrown shrubs I found these two:



I pretty sure the top one is white silverbeet and I suspect the other bottom one might be a chilli of some kind. Time will tell!

Stay calm πŸ™‚

Happy Holidays and a Merry 2013!

Wool Dreams

Odd now that the holidays are over I can finally make time to update you on my crafty exploits! Hoorah!

While December was by far my worst-posting month, I did get pretty crafty towards the end of 2012 again, and even made it to Sew 2012 wearable items! (Three were still in progress as of 12am 31 December 2012…) Which in fact gets me past the half-way point of my goal to sew 52 wearable items in 2012! Pretty awesome effort, considering the year also included a promotion at work, an interstate move and unprecedented stress levels :/ I have lots of photos to take πŸ™‚

In the meantime, the holidays were very relaxing. Sweetheart gave me some new alpaca yarn πŸ˜€

A Rouge Vegetable!

I found a rouge vegetable in the ex-vegetable patch.

Pool View

We watched the New Year fireworks from our balcony.

The Twelve Apostles, Victoria Australia

And went for a drive to the Twelve Apostles. Very beautiful but slightly misleading.

Stay tuned, 2013 will be even craftier!

More Sketching Fun and My Personalised Croqui!

My textured pencil skirt ideas in the Sketch Club app!

I am totally in awe of the Sketch Club app. No more will I be in transit cataloguing ideas in my head – I can get them out and in a queue I don’t have to try to remember!

I’m still having a play with it, and the app continues to blow my mind. The possibilities!

For a fashion drawing exercise, I finally decided to draw up my croqui after reading about them over a year ago. (Here’s a handy tutorial from Lladybird!) I drew on a Hot Pink Pencil Skirt* and went to see what this app could do with fashion textures.

Well, if you looked at the image above you can see it was AWESOME. What’s even better is you can create your own textures!!! TOTALLY AWESOME!

If you have an iPad, you can download it here. You don’t have to sign up to their community to get started – when I explore all of its features I’ll be sure to let you know! Sadly they don’t seem to have an Android option so I’ll have to hunt again when I switch back in a month or two.

In the meantime, stay creative!

* Note I already have two since learning how to sew and after this exercise it seems I’m in for a few more.