Monday, September 20, 2010

We're going to Bonnie Doon......

Well maybe not to Bonnie Doon like they did in 'The Castle' but It was very tempting to sing that ditty as we set off on our family holiday.
Not to France, not to America just a lovely little drive, a couple of hours out of Melbourne.

Ahhhhh the serenity.

Much deserved after my mad dash getting the shop fully stocked before I left.

with new jools,

new clothes....

new cards...

new earrings and bitses galore....

So creativity will be on hold for a week whilst I enjoy the school holidays with the wee ones.
Back to normal speed soon.

Jay xx

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My creative space...

Getting in early for this weeks 'my creative space' and this time it's all about skirts.....

I'm finishing off some delightful strawberry wraps...

and whipping up some jersey skirts that I screen printed with my favourite dragonfly.

See more great blogs joining in on 'my creative space' over at Kootoyoo....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's a wrap.....

After a week of trial and error and a few dodgy prototypes I have finally finished my new skirts.

I'm not sure why it took me so long............ no actually, I do know.

In my head, a wrap skirt is a big long piece of fabric that wraps around your hips. But in reality we all have a waist to take into account, so unless you want a gaping waistline with excess fabric swimming around a bit of shaping is required.....
Then you gotta get enough overlap so that you're not exposing all in the summer breeze or when sitting down to sip some chai.

So it was back to square one to create the perfect skirt pattern.

I have abandoned my previous skirt pattern, as it was based on a plus size scale, was a hipster and was a bit too flared.
The new design is slimmer in the hips, but still A-line, finishes just past the knee, sits at the waist nicely and.....starts at a standard size 10/12.

So now that I've done the hard yard and got the pattern 100%, the fun begins.
Making some new skirts.

The first one is quite neutral in shades of charcoal and black, with just a hint of spring displayed through my screen printed dragonfly's chasing each other across the front.

(Worn here with a 'Finki' wool vest and 'Ena designs' L/S tee)

I know I said I'd steer away from black, but it's just so darn versatile. I have already worn this one twice. Day one with teal and day two with red..... it's so easy to add color and keep it fresh.

Next, I hit the summer stash and cut into my bolt of 'Palm fan' by Kaffe Fassett.

(Worn here with a fab teal crotchet tank by Ena Designs)

Teamed with a light weight denim it turned out to be a perfect skirt to start spring with. My plan is to have a cool chartreuse top in store soon to match.

Lastly I just had to get some red going on. It's my absolute favorite color to wear with denim.

(Worn here with L/S tee and black vest by Ena Designs)

I chose this fabulous floral I had been eying off for ages it's 'Zest' by Donna Wilder.

All the new skirts were dropped off at the store yesterday adding a nice little splash of spring to the handmade offerings down at the Grove.

Next up will be some strawberries on blue. A very cool fabric I just got off the boat from Japan.
I see a fabric addiction starting here........or just continuing I should say !

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Here's looking at you kiddo......

Looking with fresh eyes, in my first time ever reading glasses.....

Does it mean I'm getting old....

More mature looking perhaps.....


Coming from a family of 8 who all wear glasses, I was bound to need some eventually.

Now I just have to get used to the fact that when i glance up from the computer every thing is fuzzy. Have to figure out just the right resting place so I can peer over the top to see both distances clearly and..... boy oh boy, am I looking more and more like my mother when I do that....