Saturday, 3 March 2012


Lately, people have been telling me that when I post on FB, they immediately know that it is mine before they see the name.  I never really thought I had a unique style, I just make what I want when I feel like it, but seemingly I have a bit of a signature!  I thought about some of the other pages that I love and it dawned on me that most of them have a signature style too.  How well do you know your ‘handmade’?

I wanted to give away a rainbow dress when I got to 2000 liker’s and I thought, why not team it with a competition!
Here are 13 pictures from some of my favourite FB pages.  Now, you have to guess who makes the item in the picture.  Every day, I will release one more business name until all 12 (hint) names are released.

To enter the competition, you need to send me the list of business names that correspond with the numbers on the pictures.  Don’t guess on FB or give it away, because that will decrease your chance of winning!!!  Once you are happy with your list and think you have it right, send me an email to with the title 2000. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!

All correct entries will go in a draw where the winner will get a rainbow twirl dress for FREE (Size 0-8)!
The winner will be drawn at the launch of my ‘Splash of Colour’ market night (date and time to be confirmed).

Tell your friends, because I will only give away a dress if I reach 2000 liker’s before all business names are released!

Sunday, 26 February 2012


Every Sunday my Mum, her best friend and my beautiful Aunty set out at 5am to go shopping.  They start with a local market that has local produce and 2nd hand gear.  My mum takes her time to make sure she doesn’t miss anything good, so she never makes it from the 2nd hand bit to the fruit & veg bit before her partner’s in crime hunt her down and tell her it is time to move on to the next activity. 

The next activity is garage saleing.  It is a very carefully planned event where mum’s friend, Carole, sits down the night before to plan out what is the most logical order to hit them and puts big stars on the ‘best’ ones (no bric-a-brac – very bad word!).  Before the days of the GPS, she would also look up the UBD to get all the navigation from one to the next as write it all down as well.  Now there is a GPS, they take great pride in going different ways to the poor navigator and listening to her say “wrong way, do a u-turn, GO BACK”.  In addition to completely ignoring the navigator, they usually debate over the best way to get to the next destination.  On the way home, they hit any fete’s that might be on, which usually results in a couple of yummy home made cakes or biscuits.  I know all this because I used to go, before the kids and before the sewing, but now I get to sleep in til 6am instead!  I could usually be found in the backseat of the car with a sandpit, matress, trampoline or similar on my head.
You would think that all sounded like a pretty big day, but when they get home, the real party starts.  Mum and Dad’s place is a hive of activity on a Sunday.  The extended family and friends all come for a visit to see what garage sale find they can fight over.  Dad cooks up a Sunday brunch of scrambled eggs, pizza, frittatas or sausages on the BBQ for all to enjoy.  There can be anywhere between 5 and 35 people show up throughout the day.  I take the kids and give my husband some ‘alone time’ and usually take any sewing I have got done that week to show off before it gets listed and sent off to new homes.

Sadly this week, Mum and Dad are on holiday’s, which is very inconsiderate of them, there was no Sunday get together and everyone was responsible for arranging their own breakfast... oh well, there is always next week!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Last night my friend Fiona and had dinner together and then went to the Roxette concert who were more than adequately supported by 1927.  With the audience basically screaming the first few songs, I started to wonder whether we would actually get to hear Roxette themselves sing at all!  The atmosphere was awesome.  Lots of singing, lots of standing and dancing (which I don't normally do, but it is a little hard not to when everyone in the entire place is doing exactly that)!  A big fat boo goes out to the party poopers who grabbed onto the beach balls that were intended to be hit around and kept them as collectables.   Today I had the Roxette album in the car and the kids were dancing on the way to kindy.  Jesse didn't even mind Aaron and I singing or dancing when normally we get told very clearly "STOP that, I don't like it!".

I couldn't help but admire the europeaness of Per's outfit and started daydreaming about a new euro style dress and by the end of the concert had a lovely little image of a dress in my head which I really need to sketch before I forget it... might even get time to make it one day... if you see a 'concert dress' sometime, that is where it comes from! ha!!
I had planned to release my Splash of Colour Collection before now, which will be my 2nd official collection, but the handmade market has been a bit inundated with market nights around Valentine's Day, so I thought I would hold off for a few weeks and try to get a few rainbow dresses made to pop in the collection as well.  I have had a lot of requests for matching shirts, so the collection includes some lovely mix and match separates and so far 13 pairs of frequently requested shorts!

I have been working on a new little mission with a friend too, so keep your eyes peeled for some clues to that soon!  So exciting!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


A few seasons ago on an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, one of the girls had this cute little costume which was covered in paint splats and I LOVED it.  I couldn’t quite remember what it looked like and looked online but never found a picture of it.  Since then I have had a image in my head of what it looked like and decided that I needed some like it.  

Every time I went fabric shopping, I would look for it or ask the sales assistant’s if they had anything like it (which was met with some very puzzled expressions).  I searched high and low in shops and online, but always came up with nothing.  I had gotten to the point where I didn’t think it existed... then I found SPLAT!  I nearly fell off my chair when I found it while doing random searches. 
I showed Mum and she looked at me as though I was mad and said
“YUK, it is revolting, just ask your fans!”
So I did!

Only 40% liked it, so sadly, I lost.  This did not discourage me one bit, in fact it made me want to do something awesome with it, however, when I went to buy it, it was GONE.  I looked everywhere and asked a bunch of places, but couldn’t find any more of it until someone kindly offered to order more in for me.  Phew!
So, I got it and I loved it more than any other fabric on my shelf.  I was a bit scared of it as I wanted to do something different with it and make it rock, so it sat on my shelf looking at me for some time.
My 11 year old niece flew in from Darwin for Christms and I offered to make her a dress out of any fabric on my bulging shelves and she picked this one!   I told her that her Grandma HATED it and that made her love it more as well! 
My beautiful niece, Kirralee
My niece said to me that since Grandma hated it so much, it would be soooo funny if I made something for Holly out of it too... so I did!
My baby girl, Holly
Here is a dress I made in an alternate colour way as well... oh splat, how I love thee!