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Happy New Year!

Look what I stumbled across... how fitting! Vintage postcard 
Back of vintage postcard 
It is postmarked Dec. 18th, 1910, so almost exactly 100 years ago! This...

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Stitching hijinks…

I thought I would show you a little snippet of what I've been making with the "blues" I showed you back in November. Remember these? Blues 
Well, I'm quite taken with Art nouveau at the moment... all those swirling, free form flowers,...

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Knee deep in gingerbread…

It's been very busy on the home front this past month, and I really was beginning to doubt whether or not the Christmas tree would make it out of the cupboard, let alone be decorated. But somehow, we all managed to be at home, at the same time as each other, and the Christmas...

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Christmas past…

I hate to admit it publicly, but I seem to have mislaid my Christmas spirit! So, I've been on the hunt today, rummaging through boxes of photos for memories of Christmas past.

Of course, my fondest Christmas memories are of family, particularly travelling to Grandma and Grandpa's for the big family get together. But today, I'd...

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Hidden treasure…

Last week, Andrew and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary! After many weeks of being unable to decide on how to spend the day.... we went shopping!

Actually, we spent a wonderful day together, wandering through the arcades of inner city Melbourne. There are little galleries, book shops, gorgeous jewellers (some featuring...

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A little excited…

... quite a big bit excited actually!

As those of you who read my facebook page would know, this week I have been on the receiving end of some very exciting news. "One Day In May" now has a distributor. Yaaaay! What's more, my first two patterns will be...

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Playing with blue…

Yup! I have the blues... and I'm loving it.

My favourite things are usually 2 toned. I really like to pick a couple of colours and then work with pattern and texture variation. So this week it's "murky blue" and cream...mind you a little grey and brown have crept in also, as they tend to make the blue shine a...

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Inspiration…

I have really enjoyed the research aspect of designing lately. I have come across some beautiful waterlily artworks in recent months, which just made my desire to create "Waterlily Dreaming" that much stronger.

This beautiful illustration is by Jessie Wilcox Smith. Look at how she has captured the reflection. I didn't notice...

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Dreaming of waterlilies…

I'd like to share my first design with you. It combines the basics of fabric folding, stitchery, applique and machine sewing.

Named "Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep", this pattern is designed to store those "hard to put your finger on" notions required for any project. I couldn't tell you how...

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A bit of a lengthy introduction…

Even as a child I had a love of buttons, lengths of ribbon and lace, cotton reels and anything else I could find in Mum's sewing box. These little collections of notions were perfect for sorting and arranging. My favorites were the tiny little plastic novelty buttons - clowns, boats, ducks.... I...

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