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As you know Jacq, I’ve started selling bits and pieces online on the Aussie version of ETSY called Madeit. It is a fantastic place for us poor crafters who live in the Southern Hemisphere to buy and sell handmade without the shipping expense or poor exchange rate (although recently we are at parity with the US$, for how long, who knows!). The store is called MollydagMade (button on the left) and Bec is selling there too.

So far, I have sold 2 felted egg shakers!!! They are winging their way to Queensland. Fingers crossed others love the things I’ve made as much as I have. I’ll keep you posted as I keep sewing…..

Thank you Shirly for you’re bag of clothes that were destined for the Salvos. This is the first of our ‘upcycled’ clothes, a pair of stretch denim shorts. I have to fiddle a bit with the waistband as it wound up a bit big but the fit & length are great. I love the “be a hero ribbon” trim on his pockets. And best of all, he loves them.

PS. this last pose was uninitiated, I caught him while we were having lunch today at mum’s work-park. Too funny!!

Amalee’s birthday is today and this is the dress I made for her. A simple shirred summer dress made following this tutorial by (why oh why don’t I bookmark these things! I can’t find it…..I’ll keep looking). I wasn’t sure if I liked the final result but after bribing Giles to try it on for me, I think it turned out ok. I wish that I had some white elastic thread though. The store only had black and I didn’t have time to shop around for more. Oh well, it isn’t noticeable when it is being worn, it just stick out like dogs ‘you-know-whats’ on the hanger.

Another week, another party. I had better wrap it up now as we are heading off soon. Stay tuned for the next 4 year old’s present!

It’s been a frenzy of activity here over the past weekend.

Felted wool egg shakers

More felted egg shakers - Available for sale soon!

I felted 15 sets of egg shakers on the weekend before running out of wool roving. Bummer. Luckily, that meant I could make a trip down to my favourite supplier Bilby Yarns to buy some new colours. Their 100% merino wool is just to die for – it is so soft and dyed in some stunning colours. Apparently the wool breeders have won Grand Champion in two of the categories at the Perth Royal Show. Means nothing to me but they nice guy in the store was pretty excited!

These eggs are going to going to be sold at the Perth Upmarkets and possibly some other upcoming Perth handcraft markets so keep your eyes out for the MillaRuby Designs stall. I think they are a bargain at $12/pair – don’t you?! (If you can’t wait for the markets, a few sets have been listed at the online store MillaRuby Designs)

Anyhoo, that’s enough self-promotion…….

So, while I waited to make the trip to buy more wool, I whipped up 4 pair of summer PJ shorts for Giles and one of his little buddies who is having his birthday weekend after next. I liked the mass-production, it felt a little like a sweat shop, without the sweating!

Aggghh! sorry these are upside down. I've imported this pic twice - not sure why wordpress is doing this to me??

I used Rebecca’s pattern for the shorts. She is selling a bunch of her summer ‘lounge’ pants & tops, also through the online seller MillaRuby Designs.

Rodeo Shorts & Top, on sale at MillaRuby Designs

These Rodeo pair have to be my favourite. If I’m lucky, Bec might just make Giles a pair of shorts for his birthday! Here’s hoping.

I’m off to get my hands wet & soapy and felt some more egg shakers. I have to make something for one of Giles’s girlfriends from daycare too, her birthday is this SUNDAY!! Hmmmm, still not sure what to make. What about some shirred dresses liked these. Think a 4 yr old will like them for the summer??

I can’t get enough of this pattern! I’ve just finished my 5th Oliver + S Swing set top. I really must post them to their Flickr pool huh?

With the onslaught 4 year old birthdays this coming month, I had to get cracking and start some serious sewing. First up was a top & skirt for Giles’s buddy Amelia (I forgot to photograph that! Bec has to take some for me). I made it from a beautiful double muslin with fairy print from Calico & Ivy. It turned out really well, I just hope it fits. As expected, Amelia threw the dress aside without much of a glance but LOVED the hand-me-down My Little Pony & accessories. Typical! Hee Hee! I’m sure Bec will make her wear the top & skirt once or twice before it gets handed down to Tilly.

Next up was another of Giles’s girl friends, whose party was this afternoon. Remember this fabric Jacq? I had enough to make one in size 5 for the birthday girl & just enough left over (with some creative piecing on the back placard – no close-ups I’m afraid) to make a size 2 for Tilly.

I made two chiffon flowers which can be used as hair-clips, or can embellish the front of the dress. I can’t find a link right now but there are tonnes of tutorials out there, I know you’ve tagged it before Jacq. All you do is rough cut a bunch of circles, melt the edges of each circle with a candle or lighter, then stack them up gluing each one with hot glue. I put some sparkles in the center but you could put anything – buttons, sequins, seed-beads etc.

Tilly wore her outfit to the party – too cute – although I am very biased.

I’m going on a sewing frenzy in the next few weeks. With a birthday every weekend for the next 5 weekends I’m going to be busy. Next is a girl party, then 3 boys….Hmmmm what to sew next…….Ideas?

Ok, this post isn’t going backwards in time, I made this today. A headband to go with my new, much shorter, hair-do.

I made it from true ‘vintage’ ribbon – it came from mums sewing stash so it has to be vintage!! Ha!

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