Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Lots of people have been asking where I got my labels printed.

A lovely mum from our kinder called Lindy Barda works for Paxar / Avery Dennison

If you are in Melbourne, I can recommend you do what I did and go in and meet Lindy to see the huge range of options:
  • printed or woven
  • folded edges or fused edges
  • damask weave or another kind of weave
  • choices, choices, choices
It's good to see actual samples of all the different options to make a choice.
(Mine are damask weave with fused edges).

Lindy's contact details are: 0411699314 or

Thanks for all the lovely comments about them.

Andi :-)

PS Forgot to mention that a minimum order is 5000 labels but I got 1000 each of the 5 different colourways.
Won't be buying labels again anytime soon!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010


My rather Jewish son has done RATHER well at his school's Easter raffle today.

Those are BOTH his prizes.

Happy boy!!

Andi :-)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Are you getting sick of these yet?

It seems that the majority of current orders (business-wise) are for smaller pieces like this matzah cover for passover (which starts next week).

This one is actually for my dentist (bless her) who has a neutral coloured dining room with moss green chairs. Her table is usually set with white and silver. I hope this combination works for her.

The back has some extra pockets built in to hold 3 pieces of matzah.

And if you look closely, you'll see one of my new labels.
Here's a better shot ...

And here are the 5 colour ways I've chosen to have printed:

Happy passover / easter / whatever you are celebrating this month.

Andi :-)

Friday, March 19, 2010

We're all going on a ....

... cyclone holiday.

Booked months ago. Let's hope Fiji can offer up some better weather in a few weeks time.

In a spirit of optimism, I have made a pouch for our family's passport collection.

With a section for each of us ...

Still waiting for the kids' passports to arrive to fill their pockets.

It's my first time sewing with plastic stuff. 

It took me a little while to work out I would need to use my machine's walking foot (doofus!) but after that it was relatively smooth sailing.

Of course, we are not only thinking of ourselves and our family at this time, but of all the families who are now in need as a result of Cyclone Tomas. If you would like to provide some financial support to victims of this disaster, you could try UNICEF or the ANZ Bank. (I'm certain there will be others too).

Give your loved ones an extra tight squeeze tonight.

Andi :-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pincushion swap

Miss Kate is organising a pincushion swap..... a much bigger one than she anticipated.

It seems lots of us out there in blogsville are keen to connect and share. Hooray for that!!

My pincushion partner requested neutrals with colour. Also, she wanted a fabric pincushion rather than a crocheted one.
No problems!!!

It's large-ish .... about 5 inches across each side.

I hope she likes it.

Andi :-)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


A dear friend of mine had a butterfly themed wedding.

She described in her speech how butterflies symbolise nature, beauty and a kind of magical regeneration.
These were themes that were significant in some way to the bridal couple.

Her dress was covered with little butterflies ... each made by a different wedding guest.
And there were other beautiful butterflies as part of this most beautiful of weddings.

And now, they are expecting their first baby.

When I saw this, I knew what I had to do ....

I don't know if they are having a boy or a girl so I hope this colour scheme works either way.

(For those of you reading who know the couple I'm writing about .... Shhhhhh. Please help me keep this a secret).

Andi :-)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The tiniest quilt

I'm starting to get excited about Sew It Together coming up in a couple of months.

Sheridan has done an amazing job organising all the logistics and some amazing sponsors.

And Gypsy has organised a name-tag swap. Fun!!!

In the 'sewing' spirit of things, I have made my secret partner a tiny little quilt to use as her name tag.
Complete with mitred binding and everything!!

The name has been obscured to keep my partner in the dark.

For the letter stitching, I used Kirsty's stem stitch technique.

With a safety pin fastener at the back.

So very tiny but lots of fun to make.

Hope you like it  %$^*&&#.

Andi :-)

Monday, March 8, 2010

A wedding gift

Commissioned by a friend ....


Incorporating photos of the bridal couple ...

... and a personalised label on the back.

Such a personal gift!

Andi :-)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Charlie

A gift for a 3-year old friend ...



.... so she can stop and draw whenever she fancies!!

I first saw this design at Tanya's.
Original tutorial can be found here.
I made a few minor modifications but the basic process is the same.

Have a stitchin Thursday.

Andi :-)

Looking for love

Someone I care about is looking for a new relationship.

Thought I'd make her something to use as a looking-for-love-notebook.



Fabric found here after reading this post.
Andi :-)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

T-shirt dresses

I bought some plain T-shirts for Ella from Target recently.

Then I found this tutorial and voila!!


An Autumn weight dress for Ella using some yummy voile.

Then I had a go at a non-gathered version using some el-cheapo stretch fabric from here.

A little ric rac added and I suspect we will have one very happy little camper!

How are you going with your change-of-season wardrobes?

Andi :-)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Another commission

With a beautiful japanese fabric purchased at Amitie.



A unique wedding gift. Have a ball at the wedding T!!!
Andi :-)