The Grand Finalé


The time has finally come with 3 days to the show I have been working towards. My inventory of stock has finally come together! This weekend is the FabMo Textile Art Boutique from 10am to 4pm at the Elks Lodge in Palo Alto. I finally completed my final piece for the day of the show which is a dress made from the cascades of colored fabric I have collected over time which I made into the skirt for the dress. As well the bodice is fabric that I found at FabMo – I love how it turned out and the skirt is a lot of fun to wear as I puffed up the hem with gathers to enhance the differences in the fabric.

My last few garments have been completed somewhat slowly in the last couple of weeks with little bits of time here and there and I finally made all the pieces that I have cut out ready to be sewn. The shift dress in the 1960s green and orange fabric has terrific hanger appeal and is very fun to wear – fancy a bloody mary anyone? The checked yoga PJs are super comfortable to wear and the feel of the fabric is wonderful, I am sure they will find a good home with someone. I know I used my fox yoga PJs all throughout my Australia holiday in the winter mornings doing my yoga sessions.


Close up of the skirt above – I love the detail in this fabric


I found this velvet collection of cascades on my last visit to FabMo and it makes an amazing looking huge tote with denim straps – it is a mix of the luxurious and the utilitarian that will hold a heck load of stuff!


As much as I would like to make more denim totes this is the last one as time is fleeting away and I think I have a lot in my collection and I need to have room on my table too! This beautiful butterfly fabric worked so well with this final bag for the show.


So anyone in the Bay Area who is wanting to check out an inspiring textile show head on over to the FabMo Textile Art Boutique this Saturday, October 22, 2016 – hopefully I will see some of you there. I am looking forward to presenting my ‘Traveling Not So Light’ range inspired by my 8 weeks of travels and coming home to my sewing room.


A piece a Week – Patchwork Snakes and Summer memories in a Photo book

This week did not pan out as I had planned – instead of having a full day to design and create it was down to less than 3 hours on two days and around an hour the other two… I was being the chauffeur to and from the summer camp, two trips daily! After the initial shock of losing all that time, I had to plan those little blocks with projects that had a deadline such as my summer photo book – see the final product here. So that book had a deadline of Wednesday so I could get my $10 Groupon deal – which is just super as I do a book every year of our summer adventures. This year was exceptional with the time we had away up in Northern California. After that was all sorted, it was time to get ready for the rest of the week which was dinner with friends on Saturday night with a vegetarian lasagne to prepare and a fig tart for dessert, both turned out delicious and I am happy to be enjoying figs while they are in season at the moment! I think this was the third week in a row of making this tart – it still tastes so scrumptious!

After all the preparations for the cooking were done that left me a part of an afternoon and a morning over the weekend to do a little bit of sewing. I was inspired to make a patchwork snake as I saw it in this great book Minieco – I cannot wait to do more of the projects in this book especially the macrame which I have started, yet to finish… There are a lot of scraps in my craft room and as I am enjoying the quilting at the moment I decided to give this snake a go and see how it came out. I made one and then of course I had to make another one for child number 2! So far they are being road tested by the kiddos and we will see how they go after a couple of weeks and what I need to do to make them withstand the tests of time as toys!

Helping out with the stuffing

Stuffing away… you will see how long this guy is!

Snake in the succulents

Yikes there is a super long snake near the tomato plants!!

Snake number 2 in red and yellow as requested!

Look out here he comes!

Why not turn your snake into a guitar?!?