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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The First Step Is To Take Action

Are you one of those people that says "I'm gonna I'm gonna I'm gonna" and you still haven't got there 12 months later? Well it's time to stop talking honey and start walking.

I find if I have an idea and the idea is quite big, then I just don't get started on making it happen as it's too overwhelming. The trick is to break it down into smaller, not so overwhelming chunks and then take action.

So stop just talking about it and actually take the first step to making it happen. If you keep taking small action steps toward your goal then you will eventually get there.

It feels so good to know that you are actually moving forward toward your goal.

Just take the first step and the others will follow.

So if you've been thinking about doing a market, book that stall, or if you want to write a book, start the first page.

Check out this video of April from Blacksburg Belle at the Etsy Symposium. She has some great tips for getting you started.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Goodies On The Way

My lovely new fabric is all cut up and ready for me to sew sew sew. So...that is what I will be doing for the rest of the week.

What do you think of the new scalloped edge with frill detail?

This pretty one is going to be a silent auction item for a benefit night that a friend of mine is helping organise.

Adding a frill is an easy way to make your bag nice and lady like. 
Measure the length of where you want to put the frill on your bag and then cut your fabric double that length. A good width for the frill is 4.5cm wide. With right sides facing match the long raw edge. Sew 1cm across both ends and turn out the right way. Iron flat with raw edges matching. With a 1cm seam sew along the long raw edge with tension on about 3 and length on about 3.5, leaving 10cm of cotton tail on each end. Pulling the bobbin cotton (bottom cotton) gather your frill until it is the right length. Play with it until it's even and looks nice. Match raw edge of frill to raw edge of your bag and sew on with a 1 cm seam. Done.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Amy Butler's Style Stitches

It's been quite a while since I made a bag from a bought pattern but Amy Butler is pretty hard to resist for me. Of course I had to make a few of my own modifications.

I added the little flap closure because who do you think put the snap on the wrong side!
(you can download the posters from Amy Butler's website) 

My good friend Rachel doesn't like shoulder bags and was looking for a bag with a long strap to put across her body. So I whipped this up for her....when I say whipped I really mean it took me about 6 months to get around to doing it.

How nice is Liz's (left) dress she made! 

Lizy and Zoe looking very pleased with their new frame purses from the workshop last Sunday. It was so hot and sweaty but we got there in the end.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Five Pretty Frame Purses All In A Row

Everyone is always telling me to start my own sweat shop.....well today I did.

We were all sweating it out in the heat wave whilst sewing up a storm in the frame purse workshop on Sunday.

Of course the cool change came just as we'd finished.

Everyone did a really great job and left feeling quite proud of themselves I think.

Well done ladies, I'm sure you'll be making many more of those.

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