Combining contempory Fabrics with Funtional uses

Individually handcrafted clothes and accessories, designed especially for fun, fantastic - slightly whimsical children and their like minded Mummys

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

and the winner is ........

two hundred & fifty two
A huge congratulations to NETTI !!!!
I'm really pleased that she has won...Netti has been an ever vigilant viewer on facebook, always leaving comments and 'thumbs up' . Netti guessed 230 and just pipped Melanie O'Brien by 2 ...As I don't have your email address Netti, please e-mail me to organise what you may like!!
To all those who missed out - NEVER FEAR - as I will be announcing another giveaway in April!
PS - sorry for my tardiness I know I said 8pm, but the kids had ideas to stay up late....

Monday, March 29, 2010

Yipee Yipee 25 followers.....$100 voucher coming someones way TONIGHT

Competition ends tonight 8pm

This is the last chance to enter my first competition for $100 voucher to spend on ANYTHING you like from Fairy Goat Mumma. I will be announcing the winner at 8pm tonight. So that's 6 hours to get your answer listed under the comments section.... Remember if you haven't become a follower then you are NOT eligible..... I wonder who will win!!!!! very exciting....... send an email to any friends that you think might like to enter too...only 6 more hours left xxx

Sunday, March 28, 2010

From little things big things grow ....

'Gather round people gonna tell you a story. 'bout .......

Some of you might be able to have picked that my blog heading and above line is from the wonderful song 'from little things, big thing grow' a collaboration of talents by renown Australia singer and story/song writers Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody. Not only is this a 'song protest' but the title bears a simple message to all. Nothing in life can be what you strive for, unless you are willing to undertake a journey which will only come into fruition by courage ,commitment and of course 'PASSION"
All journeys begin with trepidation, self doubt, nerves, excitement, laughter, joy and to some point success!!! Success is only determined by ones ability to understand ones journey from beginning (little things) to to the end(big things). This can be applied to everything we do. Before we start a 'journey' we need to give ourselves a pat on the back and congratulate ourselves for taking the first step - that step in itself is a 'success' - having the guts to give it a go.

Please take the time to read this famous speech by Theodore Roosevelt

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"Citizenship in a Republic,"Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Right - obviously feeling extremely TIRED and philosophical when I began blogging last night!!
I truly love the above speech as well as the Poem ' If ' by Rudyard Kipling please read if you have a few minutes...

First off, apologises for the lack of photos on the post (well actually NONE) my camera has gone to "heaven" and as I have been flat out with sewing for the Market which was on last Saturday and work at Hill Street, I haven't had a chance to moosey into town and scout around for a newbie... But tomorrow I have the day off - So excited, plan to spend time with my little man, buy a camera and begin the task of filling all the orders I took at Mathilda's on Saturday. For those who didn't check out the first inaugural market, make sure you don't miss the next one in June or is it July??
I was a great venue and a solid crowd right from the start at 9am. I was lucky enough to score 2 trestle tables to display my wares (stall holder next to me cancelled) so when I arrive Anne informed me I had 2 trestles. Lucky really, as the allnighters ( well 5am bedtime on Friday up at 7am and bed around 3.30am Saturday up at 6) I did on Thursday and Friday well and truly paid off. I was inundated with customer from the start, and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and number of sales. What has surprised me more is the number of orders I have since received via e-mail since Saturday!!! Which is GREAT - I did say I would get all orders sent out by end of next week - I still hope to achieve this. It was a fun and busy market day and my only two regrets are

1. I didn't have anyone helping me serve and was unable to see ANY of the other stallholders and I really wish I could have - though my wallet is probably thanking me as I'm sure I would have burnt a hole in it...and that I was unable to give all customers 'good service' a few got tired of waiting and walked away...but I simply could not of done anymore

2. I didn't get my a**e into gear and cut all the wonderful boys fabrics I had bought and made into my groovy pants and long shorts (i had full intentions) so to all Mums with little boys I promise to have lots next time!

The market I participated in previously I 'debuted' my nappy clutches and sold out of them. So I was committed to making at least 20 for Mathilda's - but I sold only 1!! I did find that the 'punters' we defiantly a different bunch that would normally attend other markets, certainly they were buying products that aren't as popular elsewhere. i think that's great as it keeps stallholders and fellow crafters on our toes to try new and exciting things concepts.
"one mans trash is another mans treasure" - saying so true, as a florist I used to HATE making bouquets of carnations and gyp (even thinking about it makes me want to puke) but everyone tastes are different and we the suppliers, need to remember that there is no point designing/creating only things that we like, as its no good to us if it doesn't sell.

I was so happy to get home to my family on Saturday afternoon and was so glad to see Ava who was busking at the school fair the same day (i was so sad to have missed her, but mum informs me she was a HIT!!!) she sang songs by Taylor swift and Abba - too cute.

Ive managed to fill this post with not much really - just my usual blah blah blah. Its 11pm and I'm ready for a nap so goodnight to all and I'll update you tomorrow with some great recipes I cooked up tonight - think porcupines and layered choc banana cake xx'

Click on link below to hear Missy Higgins acoustic version of (you can always leave) your shoes under my bed

PS - tried to upload some photos of Ava busking but no joy!!! Kept placing at top of page and I couldn't move it - TOO FRUSTRATING which so much that I knew my way around a computer better, can anyone tell me how you can highlight certain words that once licked directs to relevant websites etc??? ( I'm blonde remember)

Its now Tuesday morning and I have just returned from school drop off and a trip to purchase a few items to get started on my orders - all this achieved in the comfort of my ugg boots.... a bit i looked a sight pushing the pram with jeans, cardi and ugg boots (perhaps I even fitted in to the mall scene quite well)...that comment was a bit snobby - sorry!!! Still without camera - couldn't make a decision. little bit more thought into which one yet.

By the looks of it I will be announcing the winner of a $100 voucher sometime today (only need one more follower) so please everyone who has either made a guess without following blog OR followed blog but not made a guess, you must do so to be eligible to win.
Stay tuned for the winner to be announced TONIGHT thats presuming I get another follower between time.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wallflower pillowcase dress

This little dress is fabulous for any season. Modelled here in size 4 by little Lily. It can be worn in Winter with footless tights, leggings and teamed with a long-sleeve tee or skivvy. I will be making them in size 1-4. The dress ties at the side with a handmade matching ribbon tie in co-ordinationg designer fabric.
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"We'll all be rooned"

I have been thinking and wanting to blog for so so long, but as I have just started a second part- time job, 'free hours' are pretty few and very far between. I have began working a few shifts back at Hill Street in West Hobart I got to know the proprietors, Marco and Nick from when I basically 'lived' at their Augusta Road Store (now sold) in Lenah Valley, they are two hard working brothers who have custom built and launched what I believe to be the best 'one stop shop'. After I sold my florist True Colors in 2003 I began supplying their two stores with fresh Bunches of flowers from home .When I returned back to to Hobart from Perth, Western Australia almost 3 years ago, I was lucky enough to continue supplying them with flowers. As I was working from home I began to really miss the interaction and conversations with the public - so I began doing a couple of shifts a week behind the counter. For people who know me personally I'm pretty well known for talking flat out, some people refer to me as 'have a chat', which says it all... I can actually get quite caught up in conversations with customers at Hill Street and forget that there is a line a mile long 'patiently' and 'not so patiently' waiting to be served. I'm often reminded to 'stop talking so much' ( sorry Marco) and serve faster.. It is a great place to work, lovely colleagues and customers and of course being surrounded by gorgeous fresh produce, deliciously sweet homemade cakes, biscuits etc, wines, moo beer Ahhhhh the list is endless... Did I mention simply stunning flowers??? If you are lucky to live in Hobart and haven't been to Hill Street - please do so and I guarantee that you will soon become one of their many loyal customers. But, I'll give you a hint don't come with an 'empty tummy' - as you WILL go home with an 'empty wallet'.

I basically only have Saturdays and Tuesdays free as of last week, and between 2 jobs, housework and kids, I simply know something will have to 'give' and unfortunately my sewing is suffering. I have however managed to design some new pillowcase dresses for winter. I had some gorgeous fabrics delivered early last week and have plans to make bibs, dummy clips, nappy clutches, pinafores, dresses, hair clips, shorts, grow suits and finally boys trousers by the end of next week - ready for Mathilda's on the 27th of this Month. Deep breath - total tally I have made from new fabric is 4 x dresses..... think I better stay up late tonight, but then again I'm so tired from staring work at 7am this morning. Matt's' cricket team are in to the Grand Final this Saturday, so our BIG plan for our monster garage sale has gone out the window... We had been planning this from the time the election was called (as our house is 4 doors up from the Lindisfarne polling station) so I guess we will have to wait a few weeks. Let hope that the SVC old boys become victors, instead of being the usual bridesmaids. I'm not expecting a sober and well behaved 'better half' next weekend regardless of the outcome...gotta love boys sports teams... just thought...Bugger!! I guess I won't have much support this weekend to look after the kids sew I can sew - what with cricket and the boozy day to follow - ahh well, if there is one thing I know ( but not always, well..generally NEVER but in to practise is you 'can only do what you can do'..... why is it us girls are great 'preachers' and hopeless in 'practise'

My biggest decision is trying to decide what to concentrate on making for Mathilda's. I had planned on making lots of reversible pinafores which I have been 'creating' for almost 2 years, but have since found out a while ago that someone is 'designing' the exact same...( the pinafore design is not my own, nor have i ever claimed it to be. I bought it online from America) so I'm thinking I might diversify and use it as a great opportunity to do something new... so that's great!!! I will include some pinafores due to their popularity but look out for some other beauties too...

With all that I'm going to put in an hour or two before bed tonight (its 10.35pm) then tomorrow will bring work, school drop off, and little gorgeous (but teething) Billy to his Grandmas (bit of Mother guilt there) but we all have to do what we have to do, and I have to look at the positive that I have been lucky enough to have lots of time up until now at home with him.

I should be seeing "the glass half full"...but generally ONLY see "glass half empty"

Take the time to have a read of this poem below, Matt gave it to me a few years ago now and still refers to me at times as HANRAHAN


"We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
In accents most forlorn,
Outside the church, ere Mass began,
One frosty Sunday morn.
The congregation stood about,
Coat-collars to the ears,
And talked of stock, and crops, and drought,
As it had done for years.
"It's looking crook," said Daniel Croke;
"Bedad, it's cruke, me lad,
For never since the banks went broke
Has seasons been so bad."
"It's dry, all right," said young O'Neil,
With which astute remark
He squatted down upon his heel
And chewed a piece of bark.
And so around the chorus ran
"It's keepin' dry, no doubt."
"We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"Before the year is out."
"The crops are done; ye'll have your work
To save one bag of grain;
From here way out to Back-o'-Bourke
They're singin' out for rain.
"They're singin' out for rain," he said,
"And all the tanks are dry."
The congregation scratched its head,
And gazed around the sky.
"There won't be grass, in any case,
Enough to feed an ass;
There's not a blade on Casey's place
As I came down to Mass."
"If rain don't come this month," said Dan,
And cleared his throat to speak -
"We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"If rain don't come this week."
A heavy silence seemed to steal
On all at this remark;
And each man squatted on his heel,
And chewed a piece of bark.
"We want an inch of rain, we do,"
O'Neil observed at last;
But Croke "maintained" we wanted two
To put the danger past.
"If we don't get three inches, man,
Or four to break this drought,
We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"Before the year is out."
In God's good time down came the rain;
And all the afternoon
On iron roof and window-pane
It drummed a homely tune.
And through the night it pattered still,
And lightsome, gladsome elves
On dripping spout and window-sill
Kept talking to themselves.
It pelted, pelted all day long,
A-singing at its work,
Till every heart took up the song
Way out to Back-o'-Bourke.
And every creek a banker ran,
And dams filled overtop;
"We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"If this rain doesn't stop."
And stop it did, in God's good time;
And spring came in to fold
A mantle o'er the hills sublime
Of green and pink and gold.
And days went by on dancing feet,
With harvest-hopes immense,
And laughing eyes beheld the wheat
Nid-nodding o'er the fence.
And, oh, the smiles on every face,
As happy lad and lass
Through grass knee-deep on Casey's place
Went riding down to Mass.
While round the church in clothes genteel
Discoursed the men of mark,
And each man squatted on his heel,
And chewed his piece of bark.
"There'll be bush-fires for sure, me man,
There will, without a doubt;
We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"Before the year is out."
Around the Boree Log and Other Verses, 1921
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