Welcome, and thanks for visiting. I have to keep my creative juices flowing, so these are some of my creations!
If you are a miniature or fairy garden enthusiast, like I am, please visit my Facebook page, Away With The Fairies, for ideas and inspiration.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

LOVE African fabric ❤

When we were on our camping safari in Botswana and Namibia last year I loved stopping and exploring the many outdoor markets in the towns and villages we passed through, and managed to squeeze some of these beautiful fabrics into my suitcase!  Here are an infinity scarf and reversible grocery tote I made for a friend yesterday (free patterns from Pinterest 😊), but I've made quite a few in the past few months for myself and friends who also have African roots and love the vibrant colours.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Brrrrrr . . .

It's so cold here now.  Winter has hit us at last!  I would like to be cuddled up in bed with a good book and plenty of cats today 😊

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018

New today

I've had a few days of "playing cards", as I like to think of my creative outbursts!  We are housesitting in a lovely little country town for a month, looking after and enjoying the company of 2 elderly dogs and a gorgeous smoochy happy gray cat.  The home even has a sewing room 😊!  How lucky can one get?  I've got my sewing machine out, and my bag of fabric scraps, and am as happy as can be!  Here are a few new creations.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ruby's quiet book

I made this quiet book for Ruby's first birthday, using mostly scraps of fabric and felt, ribbon, buttons, iron-on appliques, etc.  There are lots of "hidden" bits/lift up/sliding.  It was such fun to make but took ages 😊!  A real labour of love ❤

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Just playing with scraps

I have a few quilting friends who kindly 'donate' their scraps to my pile!  Even the little bits are useful.  These cards are both orders I finished today.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chilly day here

Our first autumn fire of the year!  Not really beach weather 😊

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Something different

When we were travelling in Namibia and Botswana last year I just HAD to stop at the outdoor markets that we saw in some of the towns we passed through, and get myself a few of the beautiful fabrics sold there.  I have previously used them to mak cushion covers and tablecloths, but wanted a medium sized casual bag this time.  Here's the finished product, which I'm really pleased with.  The pattern is a free download called a Hobo Reversible Bag on verypurpleperson.com   It's a reversible pattern but I just lined mine with a black shirt from a thrift shop.  Easy and fab!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

More bits

As we have "no fixed abode", as the saying goes 😃, and are using this year to travel around New Zealand housesitting for people's homes and pets while they are away, and while we decide where we want to settle permanently, I've brought along my trusty old 47 year old Elna sewing machine and bag of fabric scraps, and will use this time to build up my card stash in the hope of selling them at markets in the future, as I've done previously.  Housesitting is a wonderful way of spending time with dogs, cats and other animals while we can't have any of our own.  At the moment we're on a little farm in a cosy house taking care of a delightful Labrador, a 3 legged ginger cat, and a few calves.  We're loving the walks on the farm with the dog and the green hills dotted with sheep all around us, wonderful fresh country air and blue skies.  Anyway, some pics . . .