Sunday, December 30, 2012

All Finished!

BOTH SOLD... I finished both dress sets today, and am quite happy with how they turned out!
I had a bit of fun this evening with the photos, even though it was still sooooo hot!!
Available in my etsy shop.

Two New Dresses...

...almost finished!
I had these two cut out and ready to go!
Just a couple of wip photos...

Friday, December 28, 2012

SOLD  Well, it is all finished now and I think it looks better with a couple of little embroidered touches and some tiny antique looking beads down the front.
Available in my etsy shop.

I really like making my dresses with the tulle overlay on the skirt and a little while ago I cut out a long version of the dress.  With a collar.
I was thinking that the dress would be teastained to bring it all together when it was almost finished.
Now that it is almost finished, I am not quite sure about it!!
I plan to finish it today though as the photos I shared on flickr were pretty well received.  So perhaps it is more a case of the dress not turning out as I thought it would and so it's just a matter of accepting that and getting on with it!!  I really want to make some more of the long ones, so hopefully when this one is finished, I will like the end result and be inspired to keep going with some more.
Anyway, here are a couple of photos and hopefully by tonight, there will be photos of the finished product and I can list it in my shop.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pretty as a Picture...SOLD!

lightly tea-stained, printed seersucker dress for Blythe.
I have used a gorgeous, fine vintage lace and silk ribbon with shimmery beads down the front of the dress.  It has a rough-edged bow tied from the same tea-stained fabric stitched at the base of the ribbon on the bodice.
I have made a petticoat to help emphasize the babydoll style of the dress and it comes with tea-stained pink socks.
Please see my etsy shop for more details or to purchase.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Finished my...
little creative photoshop course.  I did it online with the Open Universities at RMIT.

These were my favourite assignment pieces I did...
this was my final assignment which I wasn't really keen on doing, but it did grow on me!!

These two were my ultimate favs, I really enjoyed trying to pass off the unreal as real.  SO much fun!

I received high distinctions for all my assignments, so I'm quite proud of myself - ha ha!!
Just got to figure out what to do next.  
If anyone has any suggestions for someone who wants to do retouching as a career, in terms of courses or work experience, that would be GREAT!!!  I think I need some career guidance, because I don't really have much of an idea.  I sort of know what I would like to do, but I don't really know how to get there.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Playing with...
This one is for my eldest daughter - her colour choice.  This fur is soooo hard to work with though!  The fluff ends up EVERYWHERE!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

I have started playing around with a Koala hat for Blythe and this is my very first attempt.
I quite like it, though it's too boofy and I think the ears may be too big.  So I will remake and see how the next one turns out!
My sister called it roadkill and it made me laugh!!  Is that bad?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Upcycled Dress for Blythe...SOLD

I have made a sweet little dress from a gorgeous top I found in a thrift shop.  It is lovely and light with a very soft and pretty floral print.
I have used vintage lace and silk ribbon with tiny beads and chain to tizz it up even more.
An unfinished bow at the side gives it a more vintage feel.
I also found a gorgeous pair of earrings which I tampered with to make them a perfect Blythe size and they match the dress beautifully.
Soft off-white socks complete this pretty little set.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Red Dress Set...SOLD
This morning my sister and I took Ellen down to the river for a mini photo shoot with a new all red dress and cute floral socks set I made a little while ago.  Please see my SHOP link above to view details.

I have a few little dress sets all ready to go, but I am struggling for time!  So I just thought as I usually see my sister every Sunday morning for a coffee, it would be a good idea to just do one little photo shoot with a new set every week.

We did a photography basics course together a couple of weeks ago and we need to keep taking photos to keep all the technical info fresh in our minds.  It was a great course, could easily have been a bit longer, but hey, I guess that's photography for you.  It just never ends and it's up to you to keep experimenting and learning and playing.

My photoshop course is almost finished now too, just one week to go 'til my final assignment is due, so I can't WAIT for that!!  I have been getting high distinctions for all my assignments so far, so I am pretty pleased with myself - ha ha!!!  It has been so much fun and I can't wait to start another course next year to learn some more.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Shop Update!

A OOAK set made for the "For the Love of Blythe" project, which didn't make it into the final three outfits for our teams' girl, Coralie!
Please see the shop section for details.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Available in my shop next Sunday, at about 10.30am, Perth, WA time.

This is one of the outfits I created for the project "For the Love of Blythe"  Details of this fantastic Blythe Community Project can be found at
We didn't choose it as one of the final three outfits as it just didn't suit the theme we used for our girl, Coralie.
I spent a fortune on fabrics for the project, so am now trying to recover some funds!!!!!  I got VERY carried away and had WAY too much fun!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

So sorry, it's gone already!

Good morning!
I finally have a little time to breathe.

Two of my kids had their birthdays this month and a lot of my time was spent trying to give them a party to remember.
My eldest girl turned 13 and I really wanted to make her birthday special.  She had an 80's disco at home and invited 14 of her closest girlfriends round.  We set up a disco ball, got a couple of pinspots and moved our entire lounge room out under the patio to make a nice cosy corner!  She played a few games, like the chocolate block one, minute to win it ping pong ball bounce, and chuck the parcel!!  She had a lot of fun and was so good, even letting her younger brother and sister join in the fun.  I didn't realise, however, just how much mess a bunch of 12 and 13 year olds could make!!!  There was a BIG clean the next day!!
I bought a silver charm bracelet with some special charms on it for her.  I also got my sister, Stacey, to make one for her in the shape of a little moustache - she has a slight moustache obsession at the moment.  She LOVED it!!  I was so happy!

For my boys' 11th birthday party, we held a big scavenger/amazing race party at an awesome park about 15 minutes away from our house.  I got there early to plant clues around the place and the race lasted about an hour and the kids had an absolute BALL!!  My hubby, daughter Bellsye and my sis each took a group around the park hunting for the clues and doing the activities.  It took a LOT of organising, but was SO worth it!  If I had to organise another one, I could do it in less than half the time!  I will have to post about what we did, just in case anyone else out there would like to try one for a party.
My sister took some gorgeous photos for me - thank you SO much Stace!!  They are fantastic!

Opening his presents.  Obie's Nerf gun collection doubled in size!!

 Weirdo Glasses from the cool Auntie in London!

 Sticky Date for his birthday cake - his favourite.

Finn on the massive flying fox!!  Best playground EVER!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Well, I'm happy to say that my four little Vintage Tulle sets sold out today and they are just about all packaged up and ready to go!

I'm quite happy with how they turned out.  Definitely a few tweaks to be made here and there, but you get the idea!
Ahhh, bedtime for me!  Night-night.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I'm still working on my packaging, but I am getting very close now!  I think I've changed my mind a few zillion times about it, but I just want everything to flow, but also be able to use different stuff for different things…like sets or single pieces, and prints and cards and one-off original drawings and one-off outfits too.  I am having a great time playing with photoshop and doing tutorials off and since I start my first course next week, this has been really good practice for me I think.
Here is a picture of my idea so far…
Just need to figure out where to put "Trio" and change the size of the fold over bit, but I like the swing tags.  I want to have lots of different ones.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The three little maid dress sets are almost ready and I can't wait to list them!!  Just have to sew poppers on and attach the crochet flowers to little clips, then they're all ready to go.

STILL trying to organise new packaging and tiny tags.  I'm not the greatest decision maker and I keep thinking that there has to be a better way of doing things.  I'm never happy with my packaging, that's why it's different every time I send something out!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Made one of the dresses today and I think it's turned out quite nice.  The tea-dye really pulled it all together.  Can't wait to try the next one!

A new sketch of three little dresses, all the same pattern, but in three, maybe four different colours.  Then gently tea-dyed to look aged…

Hopefully, sometime soon, I'll be able to throw them together!  Ha ha!!  I have already tweaked my pattern so that the bodice fits quite snugly, so it's now just a matter of cutting and sewing and dyeing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Finally, I have decided to begin my journey to building a career for myself, to make me feel more fulfilled and to be able to contribute financially to our little family.
I knew it would be tough to even decide what I could possibly do, but I never realized just how tough it would be when you don't really have the support you REALLY need.
I wanted to be excited and get stuck in, but I'm finding that when there are so many doubts at the back of your mind - time issues, time management issues, kids, no confidence in yourself that you can do it, disruption to normal day-to-day routines - it's pretty hard!  I haven't studied or been in the workforce since my first baby (who is almost 13) was one and a half.  O_O
But I guess there will always be hurdles and I know I just have to keep jumping as high as I can.

Anyway, this was just a short note, I have so much on my mind, I just wanted to air a little bit of my stress.

I would love to know how people get past all these insecurities.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Well, it's all official!  Tickets booked and about to go off and get four vaccination needles!!
It's off to Africa for me, my partner, sisters and Mum and Dad!  I'm so excited and a wee bit apprehensive too.
We're off to Zimbabwe first, where I was born, Bulawayo, Harare, Chipinge, Mutare, Victoria Falls and then down to South Africa - Joburg and Cape Town and also a little stay in Krueger.  We have so much family and friends to catch up with.  It will be struggle to make sure we have time for everyone!
I would really love to buy a decent camera before I go, so I will be really working the elves hard for the next few weeks.
Ooooooo!!!  :D