Thursday, 18 December 2014


Since we returned to Sydney a little over three years ago, we have started a tradition of visiting the city at this time of the year to soak up the Christmas atmosphere and to do some shopping.  Little did we know that two days after our visit Sydney would be thrown into turmoil with the hostage situation and the terrible consequences.

All Sydneysiders are feeling pretty crushed and the events are still raw in our minds.  I'm finding it difficult to come to grips with the fact that three innocent little children are today without their mother or that a young coffee shop manager just doing his job has lost his life.  God bless you both.

Despite these tragic circumstances, our city is rising above it all and life is slowly returning to normal. Therefore I have decided to show what it was like here last Saturday, before we grabbed the world's attention for all the wrong reasons.

Our first port of call was the Queen Victoria Building, with its stunning Christmas tree soaring through three levels and ending under the magnificent glass dome.

The upper level has the most wonderful toy shop which I suspect is designed more for doting grandparents than children.

A little further along we came across these gorgeous glass baubles waiting to be personalised.

Imagine my delight when we emerged from the Queen Victoria Building to discover that the streets were festooned with patchwork banners.

After a refreshing coffee and wholemeal scone, we did a little more window shopping.


Part of the ritual is to visit the David Jones' Food Hall ...

... if for no other reason, just to see what ridiculous price they have put on their cherries each year.

Still, they make everything look so wonderfully tempting, we quickly get over the cherries.

We had already purchased our panettone, but were sorely tempted to buy one of these, even if we threw away the contents and kept the box.  However, sanity prevailed.

The Christmas display windows had children of all ages enchanted.

This lovely young lass and her colleagues bopped along to the music and sold reindeer antlers in aid of children's cancer research.

I wish you a very happy Christmas and most importantly, hug your loved ones.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A moving experience

I know, it's been a long time between drinks, but moving house during the busiest time of the year was... challenging; particularly without a broadband connection for twelve days.  However, we came through the whole experience relatively unscathed and here we are in our sunny new apartment taking deep breaths.

My new sewing room is roomier than my previous one, with lots of light coming in through three widows.  So after unpacking the essentials (sewing machine, serger, fabrics, etc) I hit the ground running in an effort to keep up with the custom orders which kept flowing through my Etsy and Madeit stores.

We decided to have a mini break on Sunday morning and took ourselves off to the local village Christmas fair.

We arrived early so that we could hear the local high school Pipes and Drums Band.  Ah, what is it about men in kilts?  I blame my Scottish heritage.

What a glorious morning it was, but we knew from previous years that the odds were that a storm would break some time later in the day.

So many tempting goodies ...

We certainly made the right decision to leave early, as that afternoon we were hit by a severely damaging hail, rain and wind storm which caused havoc throughout the city.  I just hope those poor stallholders managed to pack up safely before it struck.

Then it was back to filling in the orders.

There were lots of Christmas dresses and skirts to make.

 And so many garlands that I had to close production in order to catch up.

There were several orders for cool summer dresses as the weather warmed up.

This dress is on its way today and now that I am almost on top of the backlog of orders with only a couple of dresses, knit tops and garlands to complete, I can finally see my way to attacking the Christmas cakes, mince pies, shortbread, etc.  Help!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Hot off the machine

My frenzied activity at the machine today can only mean one thing; our moving day is looming large.  I know I should be packing boxes and culling the mountain of magazines, but I felt the urge to sew today and now I feel so much better.

Last week our granddaughter came to visit with her two younger brothers and she took a shine to a pair of shorts I had asked her to try on.  Naturally, they went home with her and they looked so lovely on her that I felt the urge to make up the design in another fabric.

Summer will be here in a couple of weeks, or so they say.  That means holidays, trips to the beach and lots of outdoor activities.  So I selected some seaside fabric and made them up in a size 8.

The pattern is by Brownie Goose and I love the design details, such as the buttoned tabs at the cuff.

And the faux pockets.

I love them coupled with a red peasant top.

The shorts are ready to ship in size 8 here, or they can be made to order in sizes 1 to 5 in limited numbers, as it's the last of this particular fabric.  The peasant top can also be ordered through my store.  

But hurry - my granddaughter's on the prowl ...

Friday, 24 October 2014

You better watch out

You better watch out ...
Images: Sara Sprague

You better not cry ...

You better not pout ...

I'm telling you why ...

Santa Claus is comin' to town!

I just received these delightful images from talented Californian photographer Sara Sprague whose two little girls bring a smile to my face. 

I've watched big sister Lyric grow from a toddler to the beautiful young miss she is today.  This was one of the first shots her wonderful mother took for Hot Fudge back in 2011.  And now she has a gorgeous little sister who at a tender age has already graced the pages of Vogue Magazine. 

 I was wondering why this ruffled skirt appealed to me so much, and then I remembered.

We're moving next month and I was going through old photographs in an unsuccessful attempt to cull.  And there it was - taken in the late 1980s during my Big Hair period.  What goes around comes around!

From experience I can fairly confidently predict that things will get a little frantic in the sewing studio between now and Christmas and with a house move thrown into the formula, early Christmas shopping is recommended.

If you are after Christmas listings, you can find them in my Etsy or my Madeit stores.

If you are shopping for dresses, try here for Etsy or here for Madeit.

There are several other sections to explore, so pop on here for Etsy or here for Madeit.

Happy shopping.