ripley the reindeer pdf pattern in my little store

Ripley is a happy kind of reindeer. Lives for the day and enjoys a good knees up. A lot of folk who love Christmas as much as he does…do!P1120379

In his haste to pack up the lights last year he forgot to take care…and be careful with the string of lights and now he’s in a bit of a mess and a muddle. It’s nothing he can’t get himself out of but it is delaying getting the tree decorated. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the lights have to go onto the tree first.

This little felt reindeer is 35cm or 15″ tall and can be made using only simple sewing stitches. You can find his PDF sewing pattern here. The pattern uses safety eyes and all limbs are sewn into seams to give him strength and a durability for play in little hands. The instructions are loaded with diagrams and photographs to help you along the way. He’s a fun and simple project to help kick off the festive season within your home and family.P1120382

i’m dyeing here

I’ve been making some foxes…and some ducklings…and maybe even some goslings depending on your preferences!



I’ve made so many red foxes now that I’m plum out of red wool dang nab it!

Such a shame…I’ve been forced to dust of my dyeing pot and play with colour. Any excuse really! Just wish I had more dyes to play around with but red will have to do for today.

Actually it will probably do tomorrow and the day after and the day after that because I was a bit foolish and plunged my hands into that warm coloured soup and played around with the fabric. I couldn’t help it. It looked too good not to. Now I look like a woman with a stonkingly well developed nicotine habit with no real preference for which fingers she holds her cigarettes in. I’m sure it will wear off by Monday….surely.

…i’m still alive…i’ve even been making things

As the title of the post says. I haven’t popped my clogs. I’ve just been…well elsewhere really. Mostly on Facebook. It’s the time poor bloggers tool of choice. It’s also good for people like me who are shallow as puddles and who seek instant feedback from people (but only if it’s good of course…only if it’s good).

Today as I sit to make some foxie loxies (and contemplate how much my machine needs to be serviced…) I thought I would l pop some photographs on here of things I’ve been rustling up.

Oh! Also, in an attempt to fall back in love with my blog post hacking I’ve FINALLY found out how (you should read that as husband has shown me…) to make my photographs wonderfully full size in my blog again! Happiness and Bliss!

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the gentle art of saying thank you


Thank you photo

A few days ago our daughter asked me what my favourite word was. I wanted to say something like ‘sunshine’ or ‘butterflies’ to appeal to her love of all things pretty. I kind of wanted to say ‘flummoxed’, ‘bamboozled’, ‘haberdashery’ or ‘discombobulated’ because lets face it…they’re just great words. Instead I told her what my favourite word was. Plain and simply it’s ‘thank you’. Technically two words but they go together so well and when they’re said with sincerity combined with just the right amount of happiness they’re the most beautiful words to hear.

So you can imagine how my heart felt when a lovely lady went out of her way to say thank you in such a tangible, tactile and thoughtful way? Giving me the precious time it took to gift me a keepsake of her own making and attaching to it my favourite words. She didn’t need to. The little thing I did was just that…a little thing that I was more than happy to do. What she did was go that extra step that makes the art of saying thankful a gentle and caring thing to do.

Thank you Sarah.

bunny beanie…pattern on the way

Bunny-Beanie-blog Bunny-Beanie-blog-II Bunny-Beanie-blog-IIIIts been an absolute age since I’ve looked at my little blog. I feel sad and embarrassed that I’ve neglected it for so long. Again I go back to the fact that it’s never felt the same for me since it was hacked by people flogging cigarettes but I will am finding a new love of reading other people’s blogs so it seems only right to add a little bit of that love to my own.

I’ve been working on a little Easter project and have come up with a fluffy bunny beanie as sported by The Little Bush Princess above. I’ve got the pattern and pattern sheets finished and only need to sort out a snazzy photograph (that doesn’t have a model wearing a t-shirt with chocolate on the front!), finish the cover and it will be ready to roll off to the printers. Nice to have a bit of momentum back!

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. We’re loving this beautiful mild weather.






I have finally put my money where my mouth is and put some patterns out into the world.

Hatched and Patched in Bathurst was the first to stock the initial 6 patterns. Anni has been terribly encouraging and kind to me as I’ve muttered my way through the long and agonising ‘deciding if I can do it or not’ process.

Marally Craft in Orange also have a supply in store… and my little Etsy store has the little hairclips above as a PDF and will have other patterns listed as time permits.

Baby steps!

I will post photographs of the other patterns over the next few days. Now that I’ve re-learnt how to use my blog the sky is the limit!

everywhere but here…

A while ago my blog was…for want of a better word ‘hacked’ by someone who thought that my little sewing blog offered them a wonderful opportunity to sell Marlboro cigarettes. I know! You don’t have to tell me…you’ve aaaalllll been wondering where you could buy the cheapest ciggies for ages right?

So…to fix this Scott had to remove and reload my blog. The problem was that it could never look or be the same again. The other problem was that I quite liked it how it was.

Now I know change is a good thing and it should come to everything. I guess I would just have preferred to make the choice to have a little renovate rather than having it thrust upon me.

So…here we find ourselves in this new and I think rather boring format. It’s not his fault. This was the template I chose from the zillions there were to decide from. The thing is that I just don’t ‘love’ my blog anymore and I haven’t for a long time. I often wonder if people really read blogs anymore? Do they? Do you? I rarely seem to. I just don’t seem to have the time anymore.

So…I kind of took the things I blogged about here and I took them to Facebook. It seems to work well. It’s rather gratifying (in a shallow as a puddle kind of way) to see how many people look at the mumblings you put out into the world. It’s wonderful to read back the words that people have taken the time to write. In truth I really love Facebook…but of late I’ve been thinking of this little space. Long forgotten. Long neglected but with all the potential it had when I first started rambling here all those many years ago.

However, it all seems different and maybe even a bit wrong to share here as I can’t do it like I did before. There are no children to bake with, no play dough to make or tea parties to cater for. The children are settled in school. Heck! Harry is even in High School now! So, what to share? What to say? How to make the most of the potential this space holds and fall back in love with it again? Perhaps it was time for this space to be a little bit more about me…but that’s rather confronting to someone who tends to withdraw from the world like I do.

Well, in a few days time my next Homespun feature will be out. I will post some photos of that shall I?

I need to sort out pattern covers. They’re ‘doing my head in’ in the most abhorrent fashion at the moment. Maybe someone can point out where I’m going wrong and I will see the light and move forward?

Maybe I will take some snaps of Trinny the crazy hound or a photo or two of the hens as they sail around the yard? Surely someone would like that.

All assuming I figure out how to post a photo to a post. You will notice that there are no images in this one!

I’ll try hard to see you in a few days my little blog. Maybe we can live in this space together again and fall back in love with one another?

We’ll see shall we?