Its the first day of winter here in Queensland, the mornings have started to have a bit more of a nip to them so the other day, I found my good, old jeans from the back of the wardrobe. I do love Queensland winters, there is normally only a few days that I’m feeling quite unhappy with the weather, the rest of the time I can wear my winter warm things comfortably without feeling as though I’m going to freeze. As you may be able to tell I love the heat of Summer rather than the temperatures of winter. Living in the UK, I was always wrapped up even in the Summer months.
Anyway, getting back on track. My jeans!! I had forgotten that when I put them away at the end of last winter, holes were starting to appear in some embarrassing places. The first time I put them on, I tried to get away with the gaping holes but I did get a comment. Therefore I decided that something needed to be done but what! I didn’t just want to sew on a patch and be done with it. I needed to inject some of my style into it!
Here is the result!! Total Wardrobe Care loved the result on Instagram and I was thrilled to be asked by them to do a guest blog post on my jeans repair. To read the blog post about my inspiration for the first pair of jeans and how to make the little Suffolk puffs, check outhttp://www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/blog/
My jeans have now been washed a few times and they have stood up to the rigours of a washing machine, I felt confident about tackling the next pair of jeans.
This pair had even more holes!!
I used teals, olives, turquoise and eau-de-nil with sparkling beads and sequins. First I repaired the hole with cotton to bring the fabric together and then for the re-enforcement, I used Suffolk puffs / yo-yos. I started using the antique gold beads but soon decided that they were going to be too big and it would make sitting down a bit uncomfortable. The colour scheme will go beautifully with a new cardigan I bought from Next when I was in the UK last Autumn.
I have finished the back tear, just under the pocket. I have added some lazy daisy embroidery stitches so now the Suffolk puffs look like flowers and the stitching looks like leaves.
Just have to keep going until all the beads and sequins are on, it’s a working progress but what do you think?!!
Until next time.
I was very excited on Monday to receive my very first custom order on Etsy. A lovely customer wanted bunting in peaches, pinks, golds and creams. I worked with her with all the different colour combinations and finally came up with a Peach, Pale Peach and Cream combination in my triangular bunting range for her daughter’s birthday.I enjoyed packaging the order up and just hoped it would meet with her approval!
I included a new item in my shop, the horse bunting as a big thank you for being my first customer and my first custom order customer!
I enjoy making things look beautiful!
When my customer received her parcel, she said “Love them!!! Beautiful job. Colours are perfect and beautifully presented!!”. I was thrilled with her remarks! If you too want custom-made bunting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Until next time.
Merry Christmas Everyone!! I hope you are almost ready for the big day!! Do you like my Merry Bunting I made? aswell as my Lilibet Decoration? My table cloth was a lovely prezzie from my lovely Mum a few years ago from John Lewis. Oh, how I miss going for a mooch in John Lewis especially at Christmas time!!
I know I have been a bit quiet recently with my blog, I have been struggling to combine work and homelife, since I put a lot of effort into my exhibition at Ashgrove Library. If you want to still see my exhibition, it will be on until about the 30th/31st December.
2014 has been a year of learning for me especially about social media!!! Instagram is my favourite form, I have managed to keep up my Instagram posts so if you have been missing me, check me out there! I have a huge thanks to make to a dear friend who has given up her time to help me with social media and give me confidence when I have felt discouraged.
I hope that 2015 will bring more regular posts from me, especially when school goes back!
Wishing you a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year!
On my walk back from school, I am fortunate to go past some lovely Gum trees with sumptious tree bark. I love tree bark for it has beautiful texture and colours.
I think the texture of bark has always amazed me since I was a teenager and I started looking at the world around me in a new way! I would wonder how can I use it as inspiration in my textile work! I would start trying to come up with ways of replicating it with paper, wax and fabric.
They are just so textural!! My high school textiles teacher’s enthusiasm for texture has given me a life long love!
I see new ideas every time I walk past this series of trees!
I’m not sure what the name of this tree is but the colour of these berries and seedpods are divine especially against the greens of the trees and the brilliant blue sky!
This beautiful Magnolia flower has just started to bloom near by, it is so stylish and classic!
When I got home, I collected the eggs from our chickens and sat down to have a lovely cup of tea and to think about all the work I need to get on with today.
Until next time.
The weather is really starting to feel more like summer than spring. The heat has really hit me this week!
The jacarandas are starting to lose some of their bloom but I thought I would get a few more photos of their decadent colour before any storms decide to hit and send their beauty cascading to the purple carpet beneath!
I really can’t get enough of the purple blooms, they make me smile everytime I see them!
It’s such a lovely time to visit Brisbane.
This week, I have been doing some dead heading of my geraniums.
Once I had a whole posy worth in my hand, I noticed the delicate, subtle, lovely colours- beige, pinky beige and berry tones.
The Lilipilly trees in my back garden are starting to flower. The tiny little flowers remind me of fireworks bursting into the sky.
The Pelegoniums in my terracotta pot are starting to put on a show of colour! The garden is constantly changing even though in my mind, I feel it stays the same.
Until next time!