Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Finish Line

I handed my thesis in yesterday!! Thank you for all your support throughout - it has been a slog.

I'm pretty adrenaline-y still and I bet it'll take a while to calm down, but for now, it feels pretty good.

If you'll excuse me, I have an appointment with some podcasts, bad DVDs, some new iphone apps and a late afternoon snooze!

I wish you all a wonderfully happy Easter and see you soon.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Cushions

Ok, so this is one of the most exciting projects I've done in a while. Inspired by this most excellent and instructive post on how to make pillows, I made two throw cushions from some more of my new fabric.
The inspiration was in part brought on by a slight disappointment in some of the new pillows I bought late last year. Specifically, the crocheted ones (second from the right in that post) never 'sat' right, and always looked lumpy and sad.

So I 'borrowed' their purple zippers (which, by the way, I love with the yellows and limes of the fabric) and some Ikea heavy duty white fabric I picked up ages ago and got to work. I have never felt so gratified sewing for such a short amount of time!
Even if you think that zippers are beyond you (I thought they were) - you should definitely try them out. You'll be surprised at how easy it is! I want to put zippers on EVERYTHING!

By the way, some of you may be wondering why I've been making so much lately. I have had a week of no writing while my supervisors read over my latest thesis draft, so I've been frantically doing paid work, all the while getting up early to craft. I know. Attention surplus disorder strikes again!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Image from the most excellent THXTHXTHX blog. You should really check it out.

I might be a bit absent from blogland for a little while. I've been reticent to talk about it here for fear of jinxing it, but I really am going into the scary tunnel of the end of the PhD.

I've pre-posted a few bits and pieces, and will hopefully be PhD-less when I come back. Which will be incredibly, amazingly, delightfully, refreshingly good.

Thanks always for your lovely comments. It's truly a delight having a blog, and I appreciate it more than you could know.

See you soon!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dinner Napkins

Apologies for the slightly dark photo. I've already started to use up some of my new fabric: I made six lovely serviettes with some of my stash. Very easy and very satisfying - I wonder why I've never done this before?!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Purple Rug Quilt

I have a confession to make. It might upset you quilting purists, or even people who like angora rugs. I was given two magnificent rugs for my 21st birthday (now some years ago!). I love them: they are the perfect weight and warmth and for years I've snuggled with them. But I've never been able to cuddle them without being covered in tremendous amounts of fluff. I mean fluff like you've never BELIEVED. If I happened to be wearing black, I looked like a lamington post- cuddle. So I decided to do something rash and quilt one, just to see if it worked. That way, I figured, the blanket would be more useable, and I would still love its weight and warmth without the fear of the fluff.
Here are some in-progress pictures. I used Tula Pink's Hush a Bye range for Moda and the backing is from the same range. I'm really thrilled with how it's turned out, and am really happy it'll be all ready for when winter arrives.
And finally, the finished product, bound and ready to go!
I know the pictures of quilts of this chair must be getting old. But it's hard to take pictures by yourself in good light, and here just seems to work!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

La Cuisine

I have no need to be looking at kitchens - my own is perfectly lovely - but I was taken with these pretty ones.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Tray: Before and After

I've been looking for a large tray with edges for ages and was really unsuccessful in my search. The other day, I found this tray put out with the garbage near my house. Horrendously decoupaged, I saw some potential behind the ugly turquoise...

I spent a good hour or so stripping back the layers (layers! I tell you!) of lacquer and sealant to reveal a knobbly tray with no paper left on it.I sanded it back, then sprayed some black gloss enamel paint all over.
And, ta da!
I made a place mat with some of my new fabric just to cover up some of the bumpy parts of the top of the tray, but I'm really happy with it. It now makes our ottoman a lot more useful - half ottoman, half coffee table. Hurrah!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Modern Compact House in Tokyo

This house just blows me away. In busy Tokyo but sheltered away with private and spacious insides. Love, love, love.
All images from here via here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday Morning Brunch

A close friend's farewell was even lovelier with yummy, yummy pastries. So. Good.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

1940s London

The lovely Alice pointed me towards these incredible photos of 1940s London in colour. I can't get over how exciting and bustling it looks post-war - I had always imagined it as much less busy and more 'drab'. Thanks Ali!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Fabric Splurge!

Well I did it. After falling in love with the Nani Iro fabric, I put an order in with the lovely Matatabi from Japan and went on a little spree! I'm not even sure I can make myself cut up these pretties, but I'll keep you posted on what I make with them. In the meantime, thought you might like a vicarious swoon.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

On My Morning Walk III

Playing around with new lenses and effects on my morning walk. Love the pinks and the sun's patterns on the grass.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tiny House: Buzan, Japan

This tiny house is so perfect in its little pod-like structures. I am all about pods, although I'm not sure how practical it would be to live in. The glass ceilings are so pretty and unusual.

By the way, thank you so much for all your lovely words about my quilt yesterday. It really made my day!

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

New Quilt

This is a gift for one of my best friends. She's been unwell for a while and I hoped that this would be a good comfort for her to snuggle with. I made it from Moda Authentic fabric and am really happy with how it turned out. I chose the fabrics for her based on the fact that she loves reading and maths (hence words and numbers) and the environment (hence flowers and the highlight colour of green). Hope she likes it!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jacaranda Tree

One of the schools where I coach has the most beautiful, old Jacaranda tree. It's incredibly majestic, even when not in flower. I snapped this shot really quickly one evening and was amazed at the deep greens and the contrast of the dark bricks and stony footpath.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Appendage: Emily Hunt

I have written before of how much I love Emily's work, but last week I was lucky enough to visit her first solo exhibition at metalab in Surry Hills. Called 'Appendage', it is full of incredible pieces which look like parts of the body, coral, and at times, tribal necklaces.
This piece (above) was my favourite: it is made from silicon, thread and beads and it took over five weeks to sew the beads and to wrap the thread over the silicon base. Breathtaking in real life: this photo just doesn't do it justice.

Beautiful work, Em - I am speechless!
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mossy Greens and Whites

Really enjoying this picture. I love the texture of the white porcelain, the moss and the colour combination. And yes, it's from a wedding blog: I've been helping a friend with some ideas for her table decorations and came across these. Pretties!

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Fabric Longing

So I've been obsessed with these new fabrics from Nani Iro, one of my favourite Japanese labels designed by Naomi Ito called 'Antique Label'. I can't work out exactly what I'm going to make with them, but I am excited nonetheless.
I have been neglecting to show you my latest crafty projects, primarily because they're all gifts for people who read this blog! Hopefully I show you some sneak-peeks soon.