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.Linen Circle Scarf Kit Giveaway – The Drapery.

I’m back tonight with a little more from The Drapery.  As a lovely surprise, The Drapery girls also sent me a Linen Scarf Kit from their store to try out. This kit is a super simple sew and the end result is a stylish and warm circle scarf (cowl). The kit includes absolutely everything you need to compete the cowl – yep, even the needle! It would be a great portable project to take away with you on a little holiday.

 I love a bit of hand-sewing on the couch when I’m watching telly, and this scarf is completely sewn by hand! Of course, if you are a bit impatient or don’t want to sew by hand, you can make the scarf on the sewing machine and it would probably take you less than 15 minutes from start to finish!

I personally prefer the hand-stitched look. The contrast thread shows up in little irregular stitches on the cowl and gives it some interesting detail.

Not only is the cowl lovely to look at, it is also so, so warm. The one I used is made from a washed Lithuanian double-sided linen and is really soft and not at all itchy.

The Drapery is giving away TWO LINEN SCARF KITS to two lucky winners! The kits are valued between $20-$25. Simply leave a comment on this blog post to be in the running! Entries close Sunday 16th March. Please leave an email address with your comment.


.Things I’m Crushing…Christmas.

Hello December 1st! We’ve put up our tree, had a visit from Elfy, opened the first chocolate advent calendar window and the Christmas carols are playing around the clock…it really does feel like Christmas now! Oh, and for the first time ever I’m organised with my Christmas present shopping and sewing! Just a few little things to finish off and I’m done!

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a “Things I’m Crushing” post and I’ve found lots of great Christmasy ideas lately, here are some of my faves:

One day I want to decorate my tree all white
Lil would love her own tree to colour and decorate
Love these glitter candle jars
When we make gingerbread men, we’re gonna do them jumbo this year!
Beautiful handmade decorations
This is always a family favourite game
I made these fruit mince shortbread cups last year and they were delicious
This year, instead of making biscuit gingerbread houses we are going to make our own lolly nativities instead
If I had hundreds of felt balls I would be making this wreath

My blogging is pretty dismal at the moment, but I’ll try and share pics of our Christmas celebrations, there’s a lot more going on over at Instagram lately if you want to keep up with me that way though!

You can find links to these pics and more Christmas ideas on my Christmas Pinterest board.

.Mabel and George.

I was recently sent some sweet fabric by Sarah Bulkeley of Mabel and George.Sarah is a secondary art and textiles teacher by day and engulfs herself in drawing, fabric design and sewing. Her fabric designs unique and her colour palette is soft and pretty.
Mabel and George fabrics are printed on high quality Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman perfect for all sewing projects, big or small.
I haven’t had much sewing time lately, but have been admiring these lovely prints and hope to work with them sometime soon!
Thanks Sarah for sharing your talents with us!



.Destash Sale.

Once again my fabric stash overfloweth! I’ve had a clean out and have some of my fabric for sale on my Facebook page. Check it out here and get in quick!


.Nanna’s tea towel.

My mother-in-law recently celebrated her birthday. We never know what to get her. But after seeing this tea towel I was inspired to do something similar.

 I cut a rectangle out of some white linen and, using fabric paint I got each of the kids to make their hand print along the bottom. We thought that a little heart on the end would be cute to represent the baby too!

To finish the edges, I bound it using some homemade binding. Easy, personal and useful! I’m going to get the kids busy making more tea towels during the school holidays…some to put away for presents later on in the year and others for me to use. They are so simple and inexpensive to make that I won’t have a problem with them becoming worn and used. Much nicer to have a tea towel that means something hanging in my kitchen anyway!