Sew Is Life

Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.


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Look what arrived in the post the other week! I have been meaning to take a photo and show it off to you guys. It’s a Thank You prize from Beauty Heaven for participating in their Blogstar Awards 2013, that included the Loreal Infallible 2-step Lipstick in ‘Resolution Red’ and Clearsil Vitamins and Extracts Daily Wash. 

It’s fantastic how BH is supporting the blogging community. It’s a website I have grown to be a part of and met many like minded friends there.

I was shortlisted again this year, which was pretty amazing considering the competition I was up against. Everyone was so good at what they do (vlogging and blogging). I didn’t think I would make it into the pre-lims because I had entered my post at the very last minute.

I can’t wait for next year to roll around. Will you be entering in 2014? You can also start a blog or vlog and share your content! You don’t have anything to lose, blogging is buckets of fun :) But it also takes commitment and hard work. However, the rewards are endless…especially the meeting friends and networking part. 

Did you catch the news that there’s something happening to Sew is Life? Keep in touch via Facebook to hear the latest…

E x

I’m back guys! With two birthdays down and one to go…I feel I am still recovering from post-kids party stress but I am proud of myself for pulling off the dual party of the year. Lil Man and Lil Moon had the best time and I managed to take lots and lots of photos.

Can you believe we’re almost there!! SPRING is on its way. We are mid-way through our Australian Winter and there have been some mornings where no amount of coffee (well in my case…tea) was going to get me out of bed. I have been pretty fortunate not to have fallen sick this Winter and crossing my fingers and toes, I’m hoping my lucky streak continues. How have you been coping with the cold days?

I have some really great news for five lucky winners today. As these were only five entries for the Anti Ox Giveaway (you made it so easy for me!)

BIG Congrats to:


You have all won an Anti Ox Chocolate pack worth AUD$17 each.

Please send through your postal details to me as soon as possible, so I can get Anti Ox to send your yummy sugar-free chocies out to you.

You can email me at evonleearevalo(at)gmail.com

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the cooler months and for my readers abroad…I’m jealous of your Summer dresses and melting ice-creams!

Stay well everyone!

E x

Thank you all of you who entered in the Sew is Life 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway! There were so many funny, creative, inspirational ideas, I enjoyed reading each and every one of them.

The task of judging was not an easy one at all. So I had to call on the big shot judge, Hubz to help me make a decision on the two I was tossing up between. 

And let me get on with it and congratulate..

Tanya please send me a message via Facebook or DM via Twitter to advise where you would like me to send your prize pack to.

Don’t worry if you weren’t lucky this time…I shall be announcing another giveaway very shortly. Stay tuned and thanks for supporting Sew is Life the past two years, here’s to more fun times ahead for all!

E x

How’s everyone’s week shaping up? It’s a public holiday here in W.A, so my weekend feels extra long which is always fun :) Which means this week will feel extra short!

And OH how could I forget…’Sew is Life’ had its second blogversary (I think that is a word slowly making its way into the acceptable terms in social media). I must have missed it amongst all the on goings of May and now we are in June! *Mini freak-out* Why this year has been a BIG year for the both of us! 


It all started one day when I decided to turn my personal love of blogging into something more inspirational, instead of an online rant diary.

From the beginning, being a stay at home mum spending hours with my darling babies…cooking, cleaning, etc didn’t really make me feel ‘useful’. Even though everyone told me I was doing a great job…I didn’t feel stimulated and challenged. So I decided to share my creative side by writing tutorials about my side projects and my love for all things about beauty, design, fashion and art.

I’m really humbled that I am able to do this blogging gig and have met so many friends along the way that makes this so worthwhile. Plus I love it, because it ignited my passion in starting my own business in organic skincare. I have so much more plans in store for this year for SELF Organics. Follow SELF Organics journey on Facebook & Twitter

So to celebrate this exciting second year of blogging. I am running a giveaway with some pretty sweet prizes:


Model Co Gloss & Mascara duo


Daiso false lashes


Vintage ring (to fit any size) 


Country decorating magazines


Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer


Etude House CC Cream in Glow

All you have to do is answer this question in the comments section:

What would be the theme of the next party you host and why?

T&Cs: Sorry this competition is only opened to Australian residents at this time. But I have more giveaways to come for my international fans! This competition is based on how creative and unique your response is. And it will be decided by myself. You must also be a fan of the Sewislife Facebook page or follow 'Sewislife' on Twitter. Please indicate which in the comments. By tweeting about the giveaway and sharing on Facebook can score you more points. Giveaway ends on 23rd June and the one winner will be announced on the blog. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, or another winner will be selected.


Please click the social media buttons below to share :)

Have a great week!

E x

Thanks to everyone who joined in the ‘Facial Fresh Masks’ Giveaway! It was great to read all your responses as to which mask you would pick. If it was me, I would probably choose the Aloe Vera one, only because my skin is in some desperate need of some hydration and nourishment.

I wish I could give a mask to you all to try, because I know we all need a bit of pampering sometimes. If you like, you can purchase Facial Fresh masks from here.

You can read about my review on Facial Fresh masks here.

So without further ado, the 3 winners selected using the random number generator are:

1. Melinda Soo-Shi

3. Katy Potaty

6. Sarah B

Congratulations! The selection of the masks are on a first come, first serve basis. So if you had entered earlier on in the competition and picked your favourite, you will be give first choice.

Please contact me within 24 hours either via Facebook or Twitter with your email and mailing address so I can get these out to your straight away and you can start spoiling your skin :)

Keep checking back for new giveaways! 

E x


I just want to say a BIG Thank You to you all for sharing your comments on what Spring essence means to you. Reading each of them made me smile and gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling :) 

I am so excited to host this giveaway because I love being generous and give when I can. It is a nice feeling to make someone else happy and give them a ‘spring in their step’. These prizes were personally picked and bought with my own money for the lucky person.

So without further ado, the winner that was selected at random (via rafflecopter) is:

                                                  Michelle Katherine Tan

Thanks again everyone for participating in this giveaway. Stay tuned, as there is another giveaway coming up shortly!!

E x

Besides sharing my beauty and fashion addiction on this blog, I also admit to having a problem with fabric. Yes, beautiful, uncut, soft and flowing fabric that in sense has been ‘untamed’ or not tampered with. A piece of fabric to me is like a DREAM…waiting to be moulded into a beautiful shape to fit a form such as the human physique. It is waiting to be transformed from something so basic to something very extraordinary! So here I am sharing my newest ‘fabric haul’ :)

My latest fabric buy comes from Tessuti Fabrics in Melbourne. I have bought fabric online before, but it is such a shame I am unable to touch the fabric when buying textiles this way. Tessuti made the experience easy by showing images online on how the fabric drapes and how large the pattern appears.

The main reason for me buying fabric from Tessuti is because they are currently running the annual Tessuti Awards, which is an international competition for sewing/fashion enthusiasts to work towards a brief. This year is all about Spring Racing fashion and the return of ‘Stripes and Spots’. Stripes and spots are my favourite pattern, it is so versatile and striking! 100% of the garment’s outer fabric must be made from Tessuti Fabrics. I was particularly inspired by Marc Jacobs recent Spring 2013 fashion show for New York Fashion week, he described his collection as “Very brutal, very sexy, very straightforward, no romance, no emotion, just real power and force and simplicity,”, undoubtedly resurrecting the Mod-era.

Photo courtesy of Dawn.com

Photo courtesy of Stylebakery.com

Here was what I bought from Tessuti, Ivory Yuki Small and Ivory Yuki Big. Both have a polka dot pattern, just one is bigger than the other.

You won’t believe how much this little package made me light up! :)

Such a sweet message from team Tessuti

My lovelies, how I love to work with you

The unveiling 

Come back to check on my progress and see how I transform this fabric into something wearable! This will be my first attempt at sewing a dress using a pattern…so I’m fretting just a little (OK A LOT!!) and the thought of inserting an invisible zipper gives me nightmares!! Only 4 days left to go to get in my entry…and I’m pulling my hair at the thought of it. I can’t wait to reveal the end result to you guys. Stay tuned ;)

So tell me…are you more of a spots or stripes person?

E x

Snap out of those Winter woes…take some time out to smell the flowers, because yes Spring is just at our Australian door step. Plants are so smart, they naturally react to the changing seasons. I wonder if we humans do the same too. My lemon tree is definitely responding with cute, little pink buds on the branches. Can’t you tell I’m really excited that Spring is less than 15 days? Well my reaction to SPRING is to hold another giveaway for my loyal readers :)

Not too long ago I told the bloggerverse that I started a new Facebook Page for ‘Sewislife’. Hi and thanks to all my new followers for ‘LIKING’ my page, I have been posting a lot of photos and interesting links on a daily basis…but not too much that I am bombarding your feeds. *looks sheepish* I hope I am not! Please spread the word out there so others can join in the Spring ‘Essence’ giveaway too.

Here are some items that have put together for the giveaway, that I feel expresses what the ‘SPRING’ essence means to me. See anything you like?

- Essence Season of Extremes colour3 nail polish in ‘06 My best nude friends and me’

- SELF Organics ‘AM to PM’ soap, handmade using organic coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil and grapefruit essential oil

- Handmade colourful bag

- Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow Palette in Urban Flower

For your chance to win this ‘SPRING’ essence prize CLICK on the Rafflecopter entry form below and ENTER!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The competition is opened worldwide. It commences on Thursday, 30th August and ends at Midnight Sunday, 16th September. Make sure you leave your email address in the comments section so I can contact the winner.

The winner will be announced on the blog on Monday, 17th September 2012.

The winner must respond to their email within 24 hours of the announcement to claim their prize. Otherwise another winner will be selected.

Best of Luck my Lovelies!!! Start spreading the word about THIS giveaway :)

E xx

Wondered what it would be like to be a spy? To play a mysterious, sexy double agent with the intel of the secret service working for your country on a dangerous and life threatening mission. Ok, well maybe you would want to risk your life but you would like to exude that same amount of ‘Cool’ and ‘Cunning’ of a beautiful Lady Spy. 

You can express your inner spy with these amazing red hot heels from Squire Shoes, named ‘Lady Spy’. These 7 inch red patent platforms are surprisingly comfy, they come with a thick heel that supports the feet and posture. The front ball of the foot sits on a platform that reduces pressure in the feet, so you could wear these for hours without feeling the pain of ‘walking on knives’. The sole of the heels are purple, which is my favourite colour too. Imagine heading off on a secret rendezvous with a hot Spy Guy in these babies.


I was ‘in love’ when I received these gorgeous heels from Squire Shoes to play with. At $179, it is the ultimate statement shoe to have for the upcoming Spring season. It is definitely going on my wardrobe wishlist for 2012! 

And head on over to the Squire Shoes Facebook Page, where they are currently running a competition to win a Squire Wardrobe. LIKE their page and answer the question 'Why do you need a Squire Wardrobe?'. One lucky winner will win the ultimate prize pack which includes a choice of 3 pairs of Squire Shoes at the value of over $600!! So what are you waiting for?? Stop dreaming about these heels already and ENTER!


'Lady Spy' comes in 5 others different colours/styles, in patent, solid calf leather and nubuk material. Check out the website to view their entire collection. Squire Shoes offer free shipping on all Australian orders.

So tell me…how would you channel your inner Spy?

E x

*This review was 100% my own opinion. I was not paid or compensated for writing this review. Products were provided by Squire Shoes. 

A month ago, before little Luna arrived I entered a competition that was hosted by Facial Company. It was to win a Burt’s Bees ‘Baby Bee - Getting Started Kit’. I was so lucky to be one of the chosen winners, this prize couldn’t have come at a better time! Thanks Facial Company :D

I have heard a lot about the brand Burt’s Bees through word of mouth but I have never actually tried their products. Being a fan of earth-friendly and natural products I wondered why I have never come across their range before. Thanks to Facial Company I discovered this fantastic kit!

The Baby Bees Getting Started Kit contains the following in travel size:

- Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion 25g

- Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash 50ml

- Baby Bee Diaper Ointment 20g

- Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil 30ml

- Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap 20g

I have been using these products on Luna since day one. The smell of the range is a sweet, honey and cocoa scent that is calming for both baby and me. In the past using other supermarket branded shampoos and washes on Sofia’s and Leo’s skin  left them dry, red, irritated and they usually have ‘cradle cap’ within the first week. But since using the Burt’s Bees Baby Bee products for Luna’s daily bath, she has not had any of those issues with her skin or scalp. I should have stumbled across this sooner!

The nourishing lotion is light and quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving baby’s skin very well hydrated. It contains natural beeswax, sunflower seed oil and shea butter.

The shampoo & wash is a gentle formula that is perfect for everyday use, there isn’t too much foam as it doesn’t include the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate. Baby’s hair is instantly clean, soft and fluffy.

Diaper ointment is great to use after each nappy change, it contains zinc oxide, lavendar, jojoba, rosemary, sunflower and soybean oils that nourish and repair baby’s skin. It helps create an emollient layer to seal out wetness.

I love the nourishing baby oil because it allows me to give Luna a massage after her bath, she loves it! It’s such a great way to bond with baby and make her feel comfortable. The ingredients include apricot kernal oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, rosemary leaf extract, soybean oil, wheat germ oil and canola oil.

The soap is so cute, it is a little round cake of buttermilk goodness! It also includes oat that soothes the skin. It is a French-milled soap that is gentle for everyday use.

I would have to give this kit a 5 out of 5 rating! I love it so much, I wish to buy the full sized bottles so I can use them too. 

Have you tried Burt’s Bees products before? Which ones would you recommend?

E x

You can grab the Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Getting Started Kit for $22.46 from Facial Company who offer FREE STANDARD SHIPPING (for order over $140) within Australia. This is the ultimate baby shower gift!

*This review was 100% my own opinion. I was not paid or compensated for writing this review. Products were won via a competition run by Facial Company.