I wasn't going to post over these few days - but just had to mention my
8 year old daughter's new blog post!
She made the tastiest Rainbow Lamingtons!
Do go check them out and say hi to her at:
|Sun protection swimwear designed and made for my boys|
|The meggipeg party skirt|
|Flower girl dresses I made for a friend|
Recently I have made myself a dress inspired by Aussie label Metalicus and a couple of weeks ago I made my first ever pair of jeans! I could hardly believe I had made them, but the pattern I used by Jalie made the whole process pretty easy really, despite my many modifications. It is very exciting to try new sewing challenges and see them come to life.
I was lucky enough to go fabric shopping in Bali earlier this year, but I buy most of my fabrics from local fabric stores and op shops (thrift stores). I also love buying clothes from op shops that I can refashion into something new. So much fun!
Sewing is the thing I do the most, but I also dabble in jewellery making, painting and other crafts. I often get asked to help out with art activities at my boys' school, which I love! The children there are creative, energetic and endlessly fascinating. Recently I have opened my Etsy shop where I sell my creations. I'm still feeling my way with what to sell, how to price items and how to take the best photos. Etsy have lots of good tips and advice for sellers, so I'm gradually getting there.
So what's next? In the short term I am focussing on building up my blog readership and increasing the number of items in my online shop. I am also really keen to make some patterns from my own designs to sell and give away on my blog. I need to learn more about how to make different sizes and getting them to look a bit more professional - you know, like real ones!
Jill asked me to define what 'success' means to me and whether I have achieved it yet. Well, I haven't made much money from my creations or my blog and my house is messy and chaotic (and choc-full of stuff that I can't bear to throw away in case I can make something out of it one day)...BUT...I am living my dream - I have a beautiful, loving family, I live in a fabulous place and I spend my days sewing and crafting. If success is happiness, I have it in abundance and I am so thankful that my husband makes my lifestyle possible for me.
Thank you so much for reading about my sewing and craft adventures. I hope I have inspired someone to try something new - usually it's so much easier than you think. Please drop me a line if I can help with anything, I would love to 'see' you on my blog sometime.