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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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Oops…this year I haven’t really been organised with Halloween and the kids are really looking forward to dressing up and trick or treating. Cue in parent guilt. Funny how this has now become a tradition in my family when it hasn’t really taken off in Australia until recently.

With the hay fever season kicking in, my sinuses are driving me insane with itchiness. So it is becoming difficult to strike up an ounce of motivation to do very much. Hence I have been turning to Pinterest for some easy DIY inspiration and I thought to share some last minute ideas with you. 

Here are some of my favourite Halloween DIYs (these projects were found on Pinterest):

Original photo from Country Living

I like the look of this photo. I imagine it involves a lot of cutting out of different sized bat-shapes using black cardboard. And sticking them in a group, this creates quite an eerie effect. You can place them on the wall, ceiling or at the front of the house.

Image from cuteanddelicious.com blog

I like the idea of white and black pumpkins sitting on a plain mantel. It looks really cute and stylish.

This project look easy too. Looks like a broken branch was spray painted with black paint and cardboard bat cut-outs were hung with some fishing line. Twinkling lights add to the effect too.

Project by http://onecreativemommy.com

In this photo, a ghost outline was drawn on an A3 size white piece of paper. It was cut out and hung from the ceiling with fishing line. This is so cute! I think the kids will like this idea of floating spirits in the house. I’m going to try this one out!

And if you want to ‘spookify’ your own photos and print them out to stick around the home. Try out Picmonkey where you can edit your photos using their special effects and filters.

Here is one of my old pics where I have transformed into a blood-sucking vampire using Picmonkey. Does it scare you? Because I think I just scared myself! LOL. I never knew I could look so pale and lifeless…lol. Seriously need a good slather of self-tan right-hurrrrr.


Will you be DIY-ing your costumes and decorations this year? What will you be going as?

Hope you have fun with the Halloween celebrations and eat lots and lots of lollies! If you come to my house I’ll be sure to fill you with treats :)

E x

Here’s some other Halloween inspired posts:

Halloween 2012 was a hit!

Halloween DIY 2012

Halloween ‘Day of the Dead’ make up look

Two down, one more to go. All my three kids have birthdays within a span of 3 weeks! Yes this time of year is party season in my family. Not forgetting to mention my mother’s and older brother’s fell two days before Lil Moon’s.

So whilst planning to ultimate combined birthday party for the youngest two. I was at one of Spotlight’s fabric sales and came across a bright and colourful birthday bunting panel. Sadly, this wasn’t on sale but it was so cute and adorable I just had to get it. Plus I love bunting and knew I had to make it for Lil Man and Lil Moon’s ‘Space’ themed party.

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Each triangle had a different image and I really liked the vibrant colours!

The panel required me to fork out $9.99 and was made up of 30 triangles each with its own unique design. I chose the one with a dinosaur and robot theme and I thought robots…would definitely fit with the ‘space-y’ party.

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It included a ‘what you’ll need’ list

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It also had 5 step instructions which was clear and simple to the beginner sewer

And there were other panel designs to choose from. I also spotted a pastel colour one which would be more suited for little girls and there were baby themed ones for baby showers.

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A close-up of the panel (isn’t it cute?) 

This was one of the easiest projects I have ever sewn. If I can sew this ‘Happy Birthday’ bunting then ANYONE can! So perfect for parties and I can use it for many more combined birthdays to come :)

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Here are some tips I want to share:

Tip #1: Instead of ribbon, you can also use bias tape to get a cleaner strip across the bunting.

Tip #2: you can choose to use pinking scissors to get ‘zigzag’ border or leave it plain like I did. I just used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine along the side of the triangles to close up any rough edges.

Do you like to make your own decorations or buy them instead?

E x

*This product was bought by me and is not affiliated with Spotlight. The review was written in accordance with the blog’s disclosure policy.

How’s your week moving along everyone? I am back to work for the third week and I still feel like the ‘slow’ kid in the class, the brain is slowly adjusting itself to absorb new information. So far everyone has been nice to me, with two days a week…how much can I really retain?

My kids are also slowly getting used to the idea of me being away from the house, but the youngest is at the clingiest stage…so she is well aware of when Mummy needs to say bye-bye. So there are still plenty of tears before going to work, which makes it so hard for me to realise this ‘sacrifice’.

Today, I want to share a little sewing project I whipped up a few weeks ago. Something that I have longed for, and that was to touch my precious sewing machine! The poor thing is collecting dust in the corner…

So with the idea of making my life a little easier in the morning, instead of rushing about to find a HAIR CLIP for Lil Miss S, I started on a mission to make a hair clip organiser.

I add a couple of buttons and flowers to make it 3D, also I could hang hair ties off the buttons.

If you would like to read more about how to make your very own hair clip organiser or for your little girls please click below

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Good morning lovely people on this glorious Monday! I have the most exciting news to share! The ‘Tickle the imagination’, an Australian designer & maker magazine for handmade creatives will be available in newsagencies today (18th March).

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This magazine has grown an cult following of DIY and lovers of handmade across the nation. With over 7000 fans on their Facebook Page and increasing daily. I am a great supporter of this magazine because it was created here, in my home town - Perth by a lady by the name of Tanya Collier. 

Tanya has supported small businesses around the country by featuring their handmade wares in this beautifully photographed magazine. The pages are full of inspiration, colour and a delight to sit down and relax to.

'Tickle the imagination' has come a long way to reach its goal of achieving its first print issue. As it began as an online e-zine. It has been made possible by the many supporters who have given a pledge to Tanya’s pozible project. Now Tanya is hoping to turn the ‘celebrations issue’ into print. You can help out by pledging here.

For now, you can pick up their annual issue from newsagents or order online for delivery straight to your doorstep. 

I woke up feeling this is such great news. It’s fantastic that more magazines like these are making print…let’s keep our print industry alive and buy magazines and books! We can’t let technology take over our love of paper and prose…

Are you fan of magazines or e-zines?

E x

I have unwrapped the brown packages. Gorgeous #stationary from #curlytree , mini blackboards, wooden stamping kit and twine! #craft #cute #stamps

I have had fabric ideas flying through my mind all weekend for my #sewingdares challenge. Read the previous post to find out more about this ‘DARE’. And this is what I came up with, I couldn’t find any oil cloth in my current fabric library so I headed down to Spotlight and picked up this beige/white spotty number. The oil cloth will be perfect for the interior of the makeup bag, so spills and powders can be easily wiped away.

For the exterior I decided on a houndstooth tweed. I bought a plain black zip and now I am looking for a red ribbon…maybe a velvet one to finish it off. 

It’s very ‘London-esque’ inspired. If you have been following Sewislife for a while, you would probably know I’m very much a Cath Kidston fan, and this polka oil cloth reminds me of her bag designs.

I shall be back soon to share my step-by-step process of sewing this makeup bag. I can’t wait to get started and show you guys the end result!!

Wish me luck ;)

What would be your ideal small sewing project?

E x

I am currently stuck in a sewing/DIY rut…due to factors outside of this blog. But I promised myself in 2013 to not let stress get me down and I would put some time aside for my favourite hobby, sewing - it is the one thing that truely relaxes me because it’s when I am in my creative element :)

So I caught onto the bug that is #sewingdares on Twitter. It all started with Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow throwing the tagline out there and a whole heap of sewinistas in the Twitterverse heard! I actually caught on from Leila at Three Dresses Project and she has dished me the dare to sew a ‘make up bag/case’. 

I haven’t sewn one before, so it will be a new challenge! I love it! That is the purpose of #sewingdares. To have fun and not take things too seriously.

Care to join in?

If you are up for it, jump onto twitter and demand a dare by including the hashtag #sewingdares in your tweet and you will receive your next sewing mission from one of the girls or I’m happy to ‘dare you’ (you just have to let me know your level of sewing, and if you have a blog I can check it out and give you a challenge that you haven’t done before).

Head over here to see what all the fuss is about. The love of sewing is spreading worldwide!

My #Sewingdares challenge

A make up bag is the perfect dare, given I am such a beauty buff and into my skincare. Honestly I can never have too many cosmetic bags! Plus they are such cute gifts to give to a girlfriend.

Here are some ‘brainstorming’ drawings I did the other day to get me started (please forgive my scribbles, I used to study art in school but it’s pretty clear that I have lost ALL my drawing ability).

Next step, to fish through my fabric stash and pick out some favourites.

Which design do you think I should go with?

Too be continued :)

Enjoy your weekend All! 

E x

Well here we are again! 3 more days till December and Christmas is merely a hop and step away! Some people tell me they are already organised with their Christmas shopping this year…I’m shocked! What are they? Super humans?? I’m almost halfway there with the kids presents wrapped and ready to sit under the tree. Now about that tree… I must get a move on with the decorations because we will be away on holidays early December which means I won’t have the energy or time to trim the house when I return. So time to get my Christmas cheer on early!!

Have you started your Christmas decorating yet? Is your tree up yet? Are you sending cards to your loved ones? I’m a card person, I like receiving cards and giving them out. However it has become a lost tradition in this day and age of technology. E-cards just don’t produce the same warm, fuzzy feelings don’t you think?

If your budget is to spend most of your dough on the gifts and holidays this year, why not DIY the decorations? It’s simple to do, looks pretty and warms your house :) All you really need is some card, ribbons, paints and old decorations.

Here are some inspiring photos I came across on Pinterest

My all time favourite - bunting! This looks so chic!

 

Decorate your own wreath and place on your door

Sew your own Christmas stockings using the same colour palette but in different patterns

Brown paper and ribbons, and use wooden rubber stamps

Paint a tree branch white and hang ornaments off it

A DIY screen-printed reindeer sweater (isn’t this cute?)

Hope these images have inspired you to get your ‘craft’ on and transform your personal space into something you can be proud of and show off to your friends and family :)

Let the official countdown begin!

Do you take Christmas decorating into your own hands or do you invite the rest of the family to help out?

E x

Last night during the wee hours of the morning, whilst I was waiting for my internet speed to pick up, since we have used up all the downloads for the month and have 2 weeks left to go! Well Hubz got the evils from me for the whole day just because he was the culprit…can’t believe how much the internet is a part of our lives now!

Anyways…yes back to being awake during the witching hour…it was rather appropriate I decided to make some Halloween decorations. I made a Halloween bunting banner and just cut out some creepy spiders and jack o lanterns to stick onto the light shades. 

It was so easy to make, and so cheap. All you need is a bit of colour paper and twining string. Then I printed the words ‘Happy Halloween’ using the font ‘Post Crypt’ from Microsoft Word onto plain white paper. Cut them out and traced them onto the colour card and used a stanley knife to cut out the letters on the flags. 

This is a cheap and fun way of dressing up your place for the scary festivities tomorrow! It is nice to hang this bunting outside to let the kids know you welcome ‘trick or treaters’ :)

Have a great night tomorrow whatever you get up to!

E x

This year I decided NO MATTER what…I’m going to enter the Tessuti Awards 2012. I am not sure I managed to muster up the motivation and strength to complete this sewing project, there were a few late nights, sore back and sore hands but I finished it!

This competition runs every year, by Tessuti Fabrics, a company based in Melbourne. They sell designer fabrics to the keen sewinista and each year they run competition with a specific theme, this year’s was ‘Spots & Stripes’ and it had to be a dress suitable for race wear. The 1st prize this year was $5000 to spend on a trip of the winner’s choice.

For me, it wasn’t about the money or winning in the end. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could sew a dress and wear it. In the past 2 years, since I started sewing I would only sew PJ pants and skirts for myself. The rest of the sewing projects were clothing for the kids, bags and homewares.

When I finished the project my inner sewinista was jumping for joy, throwing confetti into the air! It was such a great feeling to finally say I sewed a dress. However, I couldn’t take photos of me wearing the dress because I still had baby weight to lose. The photos I uploaded to the voting site were pretty crap, as the dress hung on a hanger behind my bathroom door…

So one beautiful, sunny day this week I decided to try the dress on again and it fits. Woot woot! And just when the competition has come to an end…*sigh*.Here they are anyway, Hubby helped me to take the photos in my parent’s backyard :) 

And did you notice it has a peplum! I love peplums…

What do you guys think? Would you wear something like this to the races?

E x