Happy Hours Sewing!

I’ve spent some time cutting out a pile of white cotton circles, ready for me to spend some happy hours sewing!

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Making a Suffolk puff is easy. All you have to do is cut out circles of fabric. The size of the circle that I am using is 6.5cm in diametre and it creates a Suffolk puff that is 3cm in diametre. I think they are looking like little peppermints!!

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Using a small needle, start by stitching a few little stitches in one spot to make your thread firm, then using running stitch go around the edge.

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Once you have completed running stitch all around the edge, draw the thread up into a little bag.

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To finish off, make a few little stitches in one spot so the stitches can’t come undone.

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Voila!!! One Suffolk Puff!! Now repeat over and over again!! Once you have enough of the little treasures, sew them together to form a throw/quilt. I will show you that stage later.

Until next time.

Lilibet x


Suffolk puff crazy!

One of my long standing projects is making a colourful throw for my little lady’s bed. I am making it out of Suffolk puffs as we Brits call them or as Americans call them Yo-yos. A Suffolk puff is a circle of fabric sewed around the edge and then drawn up into a little bag and then flattened.

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I love how easy I can pick up and put down this project at a moment’s notice. I have got a little sewing box that goes with me wherever I go. It is full of fabric circles ready to sew and already made suffolk puffs. I really do not like wasting time so I can happily sew in the park or watching ballet lessons!

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I have been busy sewing lots of colourful squares. Now I need to sew a large pile of white cotton circles in preparation for  sewing all the squares together to create my throw. It’s really starting to look really fresh and colourful.

Until next time.

Lilibet x

Trip to the garden centre

This beautiful morning, I took a trip to my local garden centre with my Mum-in-law. I wanted to find a few new plants for my front garden. I was met with a such a splash of colour!

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Colour everywhere!

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Sunshine yellow, oranges, pinks, purples and reds!

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I love geraniums and pelargoniums as they are so easy to look after and have a glorious splash of colour!

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In the end, I decided on two different types of Salvias. I have found that Salvias are drought-tolerant, which is important in the harsh Queensland sun and yet have an English cottage garden feel about them. I’m looking forward to getting my plants into my garden bed and watching them grow.

Until next time.

Lilibet x


Walk back from school

My walk to school in the morning is always full of bustle of my children telling me about what their day is going to hold, whereas my walk back from school is a lot more leisurely so I have time to appreciate my little corner of Queensland. It was lovely this morning to feel no need for a jacket. The weather is warming up, so soon there won’t be need for jumpers. Hooray!

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I love these beautiful purple Bauhinias.

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The little bits of pink and purple dotting the sky lifts my spirits to know that Spring is well and truly here.

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The white Bauhinia’s look amazing too.

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It’s lovely to see flowering buds about to burst with life!

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As I was about to start the ascent of the last hill before home, I was met with a riot of yellow. The golden yellow of the blooms were striking against the blue Queensland sky.

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I don’t know the name of this flowering tree, I’m still learning all the flora and fauna of Queensland even after 10 years. I have tried “Googling it” but the images I found don’t fit with my photo. If anyone does know the name I would be interested to know!

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The golden blooms are starting to fade and fall off the tree but it creates a colourful edging to the road going up the hill.

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Last year, we planted a Jacaranda tree outside our house to help create an avenue of lilac Jacaranda trees along our road in October time. At the moment, the tree looks more like a stick but right at the top is the smallest evidence of life. It is going to be some time before this stick looks more like a tree but all life has to start somewhere!

Until next time.

Lilibet x




Upcycling Embroidery

Last week, I mentioned that I love using bits and pieces that I have collected and giving them a new lease of life -chocolate wrappers, tiny bits of fabric, kitchen roll paper, small bits of Vliesofix that I have left over from applique work. One piece of work that I produced a few years ago highlights what I am talking about. Here is the story about it!

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I get so excited over rust, rust is beautiful with all the colours and texture!

Rust inspiration - Lilibet Stanley

As soon as I saw this old rusty post box at my friend’s house, I thought that I would have to get to work using my threads and bits of fabrics!

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I could see encrusted french knots where the flaky rust was disintegrating. I love french knots especially on mass!

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Lots of little bits of fabrics including silk, velvet, organza are trapped down by free machine embroidery using metallic threads with washers, sequins, beads which are embellished on top.

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Paper and painted Vliesofix are layered over the little bits of fabric. By adding french knots and detached chain stitch in various thickness of threads, helps to give an encrusted, rich quality.

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I love the texture of bubbled-up chocolate wrappers with a coating of non-tarnishing wax gilt.By holding chocolate wrappers over a candle in a well-ventilated room and using a face mask, it crinkles up which creates the look of rust peeling (Be careful not to burn the fabric, your hands or even your house!) .

The work by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn has been a big influence in my free-machine embroidery work. Please check them out at http://doubletrouble-ent.com/, their work is amazing!

Well until next time.


Delicious Lemon Drizzle Cake

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My hubby came back from work the other day with 5 huge, delicious looking lemons that his work colleague had grown in his garden, in exchange for 18 eggs from our lovely chickens.

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I decided to use up one of the lemons and some of our eggs to make my Mum’s Lemon Drizzle Cake. It truly is delicious, very zesty and perfect with a cup of tea! My Mum was trying to recall where this recipe came from and she reckons it was from my Great-Aunt, so it is a long standing favourite in my family. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed unless you are my son who doesn’t like lemons but that’s fine, it means there is more for the rest of us!!

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170g (6 oz) Self-raising flour

170g (6 oz) Caster Sugar

1 level tsp Baking Powder

1 finely grated Lemon Rind

110g (4 oz) Soft Margarine (at room temperature)

2 eggs

4 tbsp Milk


Juice of the Lemon.

110g (4 oz) Caster Sugar


1.Line cake tin with baking paper.

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2. Beat all ingredients together for about 2 minutes, increasing speed throughout.

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3. Spread mixture in tin.

4. Bake in fan oven at 180 degrees C for about 25-35 minutes.

5. Make the icing whilst the cake is in the oven.

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1. Mix the lemon juice and caster sugar together.

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2. Pour icing over the cake whilst still hot in the baking tin.

3. Allow to cool.

4. Remove from the tin.

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Take a break and enjoy a piece of my Mum’s Lemon Drizzle Cake with a lovely cup of tea!

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My hubby wanted seconds!!

I hope when you give it a go, it’s a tremendous success!

Lilibet x










Creative Mess

Creative Mess - Lilibet Stanley


I love collecting threads-thick and thin; fabric from teeni-weeni bits to yardage that people don’t want any more; paper-old and new, brightly coloured or subtle. You never know when you might be able to use the cellophane that tea comes wrapped in or the brown paper that a parcel may have arrived in. It can drive my hubby crazy! Some of the work that I produce is a form of recycling using all of the above to make beautiful embroideries. Sometimes I use new pieces of paper and embellish with thread.

At the moment, my creative mess is expanding as I rip hearts, flowers and circles from KAISERcard from Kaisercraft to make into an artwork for a girl’s bedroom. I will be selling my artwork on Etsy. Please bear with me as I am finalising all the things I need to get myself up and running.

Looking forward to next time!!