Category Archives: Things to do with leftovers

New address

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Hi there, if you’re interested I’ve moved over here

Keeping it simple, this is just sewing project show and tell.

Naomi x

Every day is Christmas – 3/5

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Getting bored yet? I’m not 😉

Day 11 – a vintage plastic sewing box full of vintage buttons – score!; day 12 – some very cute earrings (I’m going to say they’re snowflakes); day 13 – a lovely peace dove Christmas decoration made from recycled fabric; day 14 – Moroccan inspired post-its in a variety of sizes; day 15 – goats milk soap.

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I didn’t give Zara as much useful info about what I like, but I actually have quite an obsession with soap. For instance when we went to Holland last year, I took all the lovely soaps I’d been saving (mostly gifts) and put them in my suitcase to scent it on it’s travels and then used them all while we were there.

What I gave: another vintage tea towel, some more golden books (can a girl have too many? I hope not), some vintage forks and a little handmade purse.

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And I’ve also whipped up anther purse for my Secret Santa Christmas party with my friends. I hope other people love homemade as much as I do – it’s always a risk!
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Shopping mishaps

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Pop does the shopping online. Consequently there are sometimes mishaps. Like last week when he accidentally ordered 1kg of root ginger! Not to worry. It was a great excuse to make crystallised/candied ginger. Which is delish and will be coated in chocolate at some point too.

I also made a batch of my own biscuit/cookie recipe – Wholemeal chocolate chip and pumpkin seed. It’s been ages since I made them, and boy are they good. Sometimes I use sunflower seeds too, but unfortunately when these were ordered from the supermarket 500g of VitaPet Sunflower Seeds in Husks turned up! Oops! It will keep the birds in the back garden happy though.

As we’re getting near to Advent, I thought I’d have a little giveaway. I was given this pattern by a friend as she accidentally got two. It’s just not me. I know it won’t suit my shape so I thought I would have a little giveaway. I’m happy to post internationally so if you want to win this pattern, leave your email address and a comment below with a story of one of your own shopping mishaps. I’ll draw the winner next week so the pattern can arrive before Christmas.

Linking in here.

Cushions for Mum

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My mum had a stack of sewing requests when I got home and one of the jobs she requested I do (nicely, in return for free accommodation) was make her some cushion covers.

It was the first time I have made a concealed zip and also the first time I’ve piped on a large scale like this. I’m really happy with the results.

(They are going to get a little more stuffing in them so they are a bit more inviting.)

The benefits of unemployment

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For the last ten months I’ve been unemployed. Not by choice, but by law. But just because you aren’t allowed to earn money doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. So here’s the list of what me and my trusty sewing machine have achieved since November 2011.

For me:

2 pairs of trousers

1 pair of shorts

2 dresses

1 blouse

2 long sleeved t-shirts

4 skirts

3 sleeveless tops

2 t-shirts

1 caftan

1 tunic

3 pairs of underpants

A quilt

6 napkins

For other people:

2 dresses

1 pair of African print trousers

2 pincushions

2 embroideries

1 gardening apron

1 pair of shorts

2 blouses

6 bags

7 purses

1 baby feely-mat

1 Christmas decoration

A wallet on a strap (for under clothing) for our travels

And a garter for a bride-to-be

And I’ll be off-line and having a blogiday (blogging holiday?) for a month or so, so thanks for you support and comments over the last few months and I look forward to connecting with you from the Southern Hemisphere in September some time.

I’ll show you mine. Show me yours?

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Anyone else out there make underpants? After a friend sent me this link which included a link to this blog I thought I’d give it a go!

The result: fun, super-comfy and custom sized knickers. The only down-side? Realising my inner thigh measurement is only 20cm smaller than my waist measurement!

Just one tip: underpants really need to made from two way stretch fabric as I found out when I tried to make my first pair – workman’s crack, oh yes!

Other people’s projects

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You may remember I was sewing with my lovely neighbour Ingeborg. Here’s the finished result:

Don’t she and her new bag look gorgeous together?

Also another beautiful lady Joanne came over and did some sewing with me. We made a pillowcase for a rather unusual shaped pillow she had. We did a very basic patchwork style border on the nautical style piece of fabric she chose. Turned out very well we thought.

Travel wear

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My blog is rather dominated by sewing posts at the moment. Rest assured we have a song on the way, and also I will endeavour to photograph some more food soon but in the mean time please indulge my frenetic pre-emigration sewing output.

In between leaving Holland and returning to New Zealand we will be ‘on the road’ for five weeks. And a lot of that time will be spent in Cambodia. I have to confess I don’t enjoy heat! I’m not a sun-worshiper and tend to get a little testy when overheated. Part of my coping strategy is knowing when I’m going to be hot and wearing the right clothing. So I’ve been making some travel wear recently.

I’m a low-maintenance traveler. I don’t bring makeup, heels or fancy clothes with me when traveling unless I know that an evening out somewhere swish is on the cards. My travel wear reflects this. I wear shapes and colours that I might otherwise consider not my best work. Comfort at all costs is my mantra!

I got the opportunity to road test three garments from my Travel Wear ’12 collection over the last few days in the very hot and sunny city of Barcelona (try not to hate me too much!) I was very pleased with how they fared.

Pictured: Harem pants – homemade; black T – free; jandles (thongs) – free; skirt – homemade; white singlet (tank) – free; green dress – homemade; green shoes – market find; bag – vintage from a shop Antwerp. Art by Gaudi and Miro.

Linking in with ladies who are not so warm here.
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Sewing with Inge

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I have a lovely next door neighbour. We have lots of fun sewing together and sharing our projects. It’s nice.

Last week we made a bag that she had seen on a blog she liked and we decided to have a go with some of the fabric from the great influx of May. Here are some photos of our progress.

I am wearing: Jeans – Vila; tank – homemade; cardi – Jason King in Utrecht; necklace – up-cycled vintage earring of my Gran’s; smile – stylists own.

Inge has also decided to have a blog too and you can see it here. It means At Home with Inge – it’s in Dutch, but you’ll get an idea in Google Translate.

Linking in here with Southern Hemisphere belles.


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Wardrobe Wednesday

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Since arriving in Holland with only a suitcase of clothes and three pairs of shoes (true story) I’ve been sewing like mad. I bought a second hand Singer (very appropriate) soon after arriving and what with the infamous fabric influx which just keeps on giving, there’s no reason to shop.

Today I premiered a new top. The fabric has a silk like feel and the coral colour was just delicious. Only a small remnant though so a little creative thinking was required. I’m very happy with the result.

Shoes: cheap and cheerful from the market; Jeans: free from a recent clothing swap; Top: hand made; Earrings: Peter Lang; Watch: Marc Jacobs; Rings: All vintage/estate.

Linking up here.

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