I've been sewing for a long time. Long enough to have built up a sizeable stash of fabric and to have seen many trends come and go. Yet I'm always impressed (and tempted!) by the creativity of fabric designers. I was delighted to discover a new Australian designer, Amanda Brandl, who's Taking Flight fabric range… Continue reading Taking Flight Blog tour!
I spotted this great article on the real cost of fast fashion by Nina Gbor for the Riot Act. It's wonderful seeing the issue of sustainable fashion and the rise of fast fashion getting discussed and explored. Fast fashion has really taken the world by storm and sadly has reduced quality and accelerated the rate we… Continue reading What do your clothes really cost?
It's probably not a surprise that I love sewing! I find it relaxing to spend time at my machine, sewing something beautiful and destined to be worn over and over again. Something I'm guilty of though is not always being so mindful of my lovely sewing machine. This year, I've resolved to take better care… Continue reading When to change that needle…
I was after some greenery for my market stall, and while browsing for plastic plants (which I didn't really want), I hit upon the idea of knitting some for myself. This way, I would avoid more plastic in my life and get a chance to use some of the green wool that I always seem… Continue reading How to knit a cactus!
This time of year feels so full of promise for the warm weather to come. Here in Canberra, the days are getting longer and warmer, the woollen jumpers are being shelved for another year and the sunscreen and hats are coming out. I've been busy making dresses for upcoming markets, and stocking in Trove Canberra in Civic… Continue reading Summer time
Do you like the idea of sipping on cups of tea (or coffee) and eating freshly baked cakes while learning the ins-and-outs of knitting in a small group, at a pace and level suited to you? After many years of saying "I'll run a knitting workshop", I finally did it! I guess it took me… Continue reading Who likes crafternoon tea?
I'm excited to have a selection of my organic cotton and bamboo wash-cloths available in Bamboo Lulu's beautiful online store. These wash-cloths are so versatile! Use them instead of disposable wipes at nappy change time, for bathing baby, cleaning up after feeding time, as a burp cloth and cleaning the inevitable spills and messes with… Continue reading New stockist: Bamboo lulu
The Handmade Cooperative have put together a great list of Australiana for babies and children. I was delighted to see my koala baby pants featured along with gorgeous items by other Australian makers. You can find details of the items in the picture here: Emu print by Nicole Barros Vegemite earrings by FMAU Floral journal by Sarah Emily… Continue reading Fabulous Australiana
One thing I love about living in Canberra is how easy it is to get away, either to the coast or into the bush. There's something about wandering about in nature that I always find inspiring, from breathing the fresh air, exploring the landscape and sharing the joy of spotting plants and animals with my little… Continue reading Inspiration from Nature
Receiving a hamper is always a lovely surprise! There's the joy of unwrapping and finding treasures within. Knowing they are featuring some of the best of what your local region offers is a bonus. Sharwood Hampers are based in the town of Bungendore and each hamper is carefully put together by the lovely Sharon Isherwood, using fabulous Canberra-region… Continue reading New Stockist: Sharwood Hampers