October 12, 2011

Blogtoberfest day 12

I've been thinking about different ways I can expand my little handmade business over the past few months, more so since I got sick a few months back. I had all intentions of doing every market I could possibly do leading up to christmas and beyond to try and build things up a little, that just isn't possible with all the physical lifting I needed to do with huge containers of stock and the setting up of tents.
I'm totally in love with the way things work for me at Shop Handmade in Canberra, and what could be better than another shop which works in the same sort of way.......only in Mosman Sydney.
So from today onwards (providing my stock arrived on time) all the lovely people in Mosman will be able to find some Red Stitch Designs goodies on the shelf at in.cube8r.
Now I have two amazing stores to keep stocked, if this doesn't keep me busy nothing will!

October 11, 2011

Blogtoberfest day11

Today was clean up day in my work space. It was a disastrous, when I needed to find something I'd have to rummage through bags and containers, It drove me crazy! I wouldn't say that it looks like an amazingly organised sewing space ( one can only dream ) but atleast the desk is clear and I can find things.

I received this cute little fella in the post today! It came from my sister who saw it in a cute shop and thought I'd like it........she was right!
Can you believe christmas is only 10 and a half weeks away!
Thanks for stopping by

October 10, 2011

Blogtoberfest day 10

Today was all about the kids going back to school and Toy Soldiers.
 It was a race to get these and another few big boxes of goodies completed in time for the post this afternoon. These Toy Soldiers are marching all the way to Shop Handmade.
I am literally exhausted after completing a huge amount of work over the past three days, now I need to have a coffee, browse a few blogs and think about cleaning the huge mess I've somehow created....... I wish I had a cleaning fairy!

October 9, 2011

Blogtoberfest day 9

Yep I totally missed a few days of blogtoberfest, but I kid you not I have been sewing like a mad woman for the past few days.........the crazy christmas rush is starting a little early.

I sent a huge box of goodies including these advent calendars off to Shop Handmade on Friday, hopefully they'll arrive safely tomorrow or Tuesday.
 I made this one for the boys!
 This one for the girls!
 And this one is a bit neutral!
 The lining on this one looks amazing, the skinny arm belongs to Megan not me!
 I'm going to try to get a few more made over the next month, not sure if I'll do the same colours or not. What do you think, should I do a different colour theme?
Even though I have a few things I need to finish off today, I need to devote a few hours to preparations for school tomorrow. I need to do some baking and ironing of uniforms!

Thanks for visiting.

October 5, 2011

Blogtoberfest day 5

I'm the type of person who can't sit and do nothing, my hands always need to be busy! So when I'm having a bit of down time watching some TV with the kids this is what happens to my coffee table.....
  These little owl friends are waiting for their feet and wings, and I don't know why it is but I always make them in pairs. Probably so they don't get lonely!
Here are some delicious Spinach and Feta Triangles that my son made for us. Super easy and perfect for the kids to make. Only difference between our and the recipe and this one is we added some bacon.........even yummier!

Spinach and Feta Triangles

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
315g frozen spinach - thawed, drained, chopped and squeezed dry
1 teaspoon salt
100g feta cheese, crumbled
125g cottage cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 packet puff pastry
50g unsalted butter, melted

How to
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and slowly cook and stir 5 minutes until tender. Add Spinach and salt and making sure all liquid has evaporated from spinach, stir in feta, cottage cheese and egg. Cook and stir until thickened, 5 - 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200 C

Unwrap pastry and lay out on flat surface. Cut each piece into 4, then brush the edges with melted butter. Place a heaped tablespoon of the mixture on each square. Fold one end of the square over so it forms a triangle, press the edges together. Brush with melted butter then bake for approx 12 to 15 minutes or until golden and crunchy.

Happy Blogtoberfest!

October 4, 2011

Blogtoberfest day 4

Well it appears that I've been on another planet ( like some other people I know ) for the past few days because I missed the beginning of Blogtoberfest! Arrrrrrgh! How ever I did a post yesterday which was overloaded with pretty pictures so that might make up for it :)

So here we go.....day 4 and I'm sharing a few pics of some little birds I made last week.
 I know I wasn't going to do any markets this year just a bit of online stuff and Shop Handmade, but a gorgeous friend of mine is having an open garden on her property and she wanted to have a few stalls as well. I thought about it for a week or  two, had a look at my stock levels which had suffered severely in the past few months due to my time off, then decided that my stall might not be as fully stocked as I'd usually like but it's going to be beautiful!
I hope you are all enjoying the last week of the school holidays, and if you want to meet some lovely bloggers join in with Blogtoberfest.......you'll have a great time!

Thanks for stopping by.

October 3, 2011

Building houses!

Building a house can be completely overwhelming at times. You have a bit of an idea whether you've picked the right tiles, colours and trims when you lay them all out on the table, but you aren't completely sure until you see the finished product.

Fortunately when making a house cushion it's a bit easier to change my mind.
 I had planned on the pom pom trim for my latest batch of house cushions.......but after attaching them all I had a change of heart. Not so easy to do that on a real house.
 This is going to be our indoor cricket pitch, runway, bowling alley, according to the kids.
 I think the house cushions look so much better with a pretty little scalloped edge and a twill trim bow.
 This is our family room which will include the kitchen, meals and lounge all looking straight through to the formal lounge.
 I love watching our new home change a little each week, it's very satisfying to see that the choices made on paper were the right choices.
 This is one half of our back veranda, a place where we'll spend many leisurely afternoons.
 I'm so please with how things are going with the house, just as I'm so pleased with how my house cushions turned out. I took this picture of them all lined up on Megan's bed head where she already had the little birdy living on a stick ...... watching over her nest.
 I know this is a slow process, but I'd rather that so the builders get it right the first time.
 A couple of these house cushions have been listed in my madeit store if anyone is looking for a bit of cuteness! 
Thanks for stopping by.

Edit: Cusions have just sold, I'll try to get a few more made soon if anyone is interested.

September 27, 2011

New Baby.

 About a week ago Mark took Megan down to the farm for the day to check the cattle. Later in the day he took her to visit her cousins not knowing that there a few new additions at their house. You can imagine the show Megan put on when she saw a big basket with kittens curled up inside. I think Mark had a moment of weakness because she came home with one.

This is Millie.
We've had her for a week now and she has just turned 7 weeks old. 
 She gets treated like a real baby, loads of cuddles and totally spoiled. She is one happy cat!!!
 Not forgetting Lulu.....she is one pissed off cat!
Just look at that face, I've never seen a cat look so disgusted.

Just wondering if anyone else is having trouble commenting on other blogs. I try and sometimes I have to sign into my google account a number of times to comment, sometimes I can't comment at all.........far out blogger you are driving me mad!

September 25, 2011

Toy Soldiers

Here is a new item I've been working on for Shop Handmade. I wasn't going to share them until about Wednesday when I think they'll arrive in Shop, but because I've been super slack with my blogging lately and the fact that I was so excited about how they turned out.....I just had to share.
Toy Soldiers
 This is typically a boy thing but I didn't have a five year old boy to take a picture of it with, instead I used my nine year old daughter. As you can tell from the picture it's kind of huge!!
 They were a lot of fun to make, the yetti on his head was a bit messy to deal with when cutting but once that was done it was easy.
 I always make one to start with, just to make sure I get every thing right and in proportion so I can make changes if needed. Once I have my pattern done it's all systems go.
Did I mention these Toy Soldiers are huge, they stand approximately73cm tall! Perfect for a bit of a cuddle.
 So here are the four boys all lined up on Ryan's bed, look out for them in Shop Handmade mid week.
I hope you are all enjoying the school holidays.

September 8, 2011

Our creative spaces.

There are a few things I like collecting, anything that's old with a bit of character usually fits the bill. I've been on the hunt for some old bird cages of late, different shapes and sizes as I wanted to put a bit of a display together for my new sewing room. 
After watching Renovators the other night when one of the guys doing the panic room hung 2 bright red bird cages as a display in the corner of his room, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I needed to find another cage and yesterday while in Tamworth I found the metal one in a furniture store. It's not a real one but it will work beautifully with what I want to do.
 First thing I needed to do is choose a colour. I had planned on a red and had all intentions of buying  pot of red paint when I went into the store this morning ......I came out with a pot of half strength Whitsunday Blue.
 I really should have been sewing up a few orders instead of doing this, but I was busting to see what it would look like.
 Totally in love with it! I think that I might change my game plan next time I decide to paint wire, it's not so easy and very slow going. Next time if I can find the colour I want it'll come out of a spray can.
If you want to see some more creative spaces go here.

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