Saturday, February 26, 2011

I {heart} sewing machines

I obviously love sewing and where would I be without my trusty sewing machine? Mine is called Jenny, have you named yours?

1. i {heart} this super dreamy sewing pic. I wish I looked this good when I am sewing...


2. i {heart} sewing machines that come with your name one them!

3. i {heart} retro sewing machine illustrations
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4. i {heart} weird vintage sewing machine illustrations too!
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5. if you heart your sewing machine you should protect it with a sweet cover

Crystal x

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Introducing :: Penguin and Fish!



I am so excited to have Penguin & Fish in store! Alyssa make the cutest little embroidery patterns and a lucky alligator softie too! Use the patterns any which way you desire - on a babies bib, shirt, hat, pants, linen or any where else you can fit it! There are also some wall art kits so you can get started straight away on your new animal friend.

Enlarge the pattern to make a plush pillow, or shrink for a small detail on that material that is looking for a way to be brightened up. If your sewing skills are more advanced you can turn them into a quilt, wall hanging etc. I would love to hear what you come up with!


See the whole range in store here. Just try stopping at one! Also, if you would like some more inspiration, check out Alyssa's blog here. She has some inspiring posts on there it's definately worth a visit - and a follow!


Because I am so excited - I am having a giveaway! For your chance to enter - sign up for the newsletter to the right, or if you already get it, forward it onto your friends! Easy!

Crystal x

Monday, February 21, 2011

old photos

This weekend I flew into Perth (on my own - a new experience!) to help mum and dad celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. I found all these really cool old photos - and thought I would share them with you! In no particular order, here they are...







The last photo's my dad using the latest technology in Cameras. I know he can tell you who all the people are in the photos... I love going through all the old photos at my parents house. They remind me of a bygone era and that photos are really important! Also, writing names on the back, a date and a place really help with the photo's origin, as photos aren't the only things that fade!
Must dash, time to get ready for my flight home to see my own family for lots of cuddles...
Crystal x

Thursday, February 17, 2011

bookworm sale


As my mum would say: head stuckus in bookus. I love reading books, looking at books, stacking books, sorting books, smelling books... well ok that's getting a bit weird, but don't pretend you haven't either!

For the rest of February, all the books in store are 10% off. Click here to shop the bookworm sale

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentines tutorial round up

Valentines day is approaching and how better to say I heart you than with something crafted with your own hands! I've found 5 quick and easy tutorials and patterns that won't cost the earthShow that special boy (or girl!) how much you really care with these DIY valentine inspired crafts::

1. crocheted mini heart garland by Molly via design sponge {tutorial here}
2. hug-bot embroidery pattern by Jenny at Sublime Stitching {pattern here}

3. cupids arrow cupcake and treat topper by creatures comfort {download via here}

4. foxy favour bag by paper source {how to here}

5. valentine heart chains by betz white {click here for the tutorial}

Hope you have a great twenty eleven valentines day! 

Crystal x

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

i {heart} yellow!

I have been really inspired by yellow lately: hope you are too!

1. i {heart} yellow sweaters a'la Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde
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2. i {heart} yellow umbrellas

3. i {heart} yellow backgrounds, like behind this beautiful couple

4. i {heart} yellow wedding accessories

5. i {heart} yellow at central market, Cambodia
{photo by me}

Crystal x
 
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