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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My First Crafternoon

So it was up again early Saturday morning to load up the van for Paddington Markets. No ass muscle was pulled this time, instead I woke up Sunday morning with a kinked neck. Oh the pleasures of getting old.

The sun was beaming down, I paid a little more for my stand this time and scored a super spot, right near the food, which is where all roads lead, so that was great. I also got to borrow an umbrella, which made my stall look good and after taking it down I noticed it also saved me and my beautiful girls (bags) from a mountain of Ibis poo!

I have often wondered when the time will come that I spot someone walking down the street with a Faint Impression and Saturday turned out to be the day. When I saw this lady (Rebecca) with an early Faint Impression, my jaw physically dropped open. What an awesome feeling it was and the bag still looked so good after all this time.

Sunday I got to go to my first Crafternoon at Frans place. There were seven of us crafting and chatting away around a table full of delish homemade goodies. Frans apartment is so nice and I fell in love with it in an instant. Check out the pics, how cool is it! She has it all decked out with her vintage finds.

Some of the things being made were bird mobiles, mini mice skull sculptures out of porcelain, crocheted blankets and I was making a camera strap.

Now you may be surprised to hear this but I really don't have many crafty friends. None in Sydney anyway, so it was just so nice to be surrounded by other crafty peeps, just chilling, eating chocolate and sipping tea. I'm looking forward to the next one.

You should have seen the dresses and skirts in these old "Australian Home Journal" magazines, I wanted to make them all.

Another cool part of Fans apartment

And here's another, just to finish you off.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My First Market At Paddington

Up at 7am, load up the van, pull my left ass muscle in the process, yes I said ass muscle and then down at the markets by 8:30am.
First stop, the market office to pay for my stall and to be shown where to get the legs for my table. I was in the "new designer" section, which was a little courtyard with beautiful morning sun.

My friend Chihiro came down to say hi

It took quite a while to set up as I had to work out how I wanted the stall to look. By 10am I was ready to go. Lucky I have Cam to help me out, I wouldn't have been able to do it without him as I couldn't lift anything after pulling my muscle.

My lovely Aunty Lorraine, the retail queen, came down to help me out for a while.

Tao is a fashion designer and had a stall next to mine. He's there every week and his label is Oat Designs. Check out his designs and he's only in his second year of study. Oh so funky and reasonably priced. He's also a life saver in his spare time! Check out the cepts people, they're huge!

Not a great day for sales but all went quite smoothly for my first Paddington Market. I'll definitely give it another go next month.

I'm off on my first freeby photography assistant shoot tomorrow. I have no idea what it is yet but I'm pumped I've got a foot in the door.

Have a great week.

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Paddington Debut Tomorrow

Well it's here, my first Paddington Market is tomorrow and I am super excited. I have no idea how it's going to go but I have a good feeling about it. I hope the weather is like today, how nice is this sunshine?

Yesterday I met with a new fabric store in East Redfern, Remnant House, they would like to stock some of my bags and have already bought four. That's really awesome news for me, I feel like I have taken a step forward.

Picked up some gorgeous upholstery fabrics yesterday as well and I'm crazily trying to get them ready for tomorrows market.
Here is a sneak peek at a half made clutch, isn't she just beautiful!

I know I know, it doesn't match my spring/summer colour selection but perhaps my thing will be to have mini collections. I have this fabric in black and red too, so maybe that's how I will work it.

Check out these beauties, how cool is this! So Australiana 
(said in best Kath & Kim accent)

I'm also working on a new design, here is the first finished sample. I'm not 100% happy with it yet but we're getting there. I'd love to know what you think of it, any suggestions are welcome.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Some Much Needed Nutrition For My Fabric Stash

A few weeks ago I finally got to the shop "No Chintz" in Woollahra, which has been on my list for at least a year now. I walked in, no hello from the staff at any point, even though it's a tiny shop and they were standing at the counter, not impressed Jan.
I perused the many different fabrics all lined up in a row around the shop. Some lovely fabrics available but you better have been a VERY good girl all year as it is very pricey. I knew this before I went but honestly, an extra $10mtr for Amy Butler compared to my usual shop!

So what's a girl in need of inspiration do in this situation? Go to the remnant basket of course.
These are some of the pretty pieces I found. Unfortunately they have small strips of paper glued to the back of them as they must have been sample swatches at some point.

This goes with a piece that has giant tea pots on it

Can you see the lovely detail in the actual fabric? So pretty

This is a lovely soft linen

Now..... I just have to come up with something good enough to chop them up for.

P.S Don't forget it's my first week at Paddington Markets this week 10am-4pm, hope to see you there.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Want To Make A Designer Wallet?

Designer Wallet Workshop
Sunday 26th September 9am-4:30pm

Come along for a fun and fabulous day of sewing and learn how to make a Designer Wallet. You will learn how to add leather detail to your project, add a zipper pocket and work with stiff interfacing to add structure.
Very versatile, this wallet is large enough to fit your passport, boarding pass, iphone, money and has twelve card places. 
Use it as a stylish clutch for a night out on the town or your next trip to Paris; it will even travel domestic if you wish.

Cost: $185 - includes full kit and preparation time, fabric may vary from the picture shown but style and awesomeness will not be compromised, 7.5 hours of step by step instruction with one on one help, decadent afternoon tea and a great day of sewing.

For bookings click on the Workshop page tab at the top of this blog.
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