Friday, December 14, 2012

{swimsuit giveaway} re-draw . . . and the winner is . . .

If this is your comment below - you are our re-draw winner.
And I already like and follow you on facebook :) Renae Moseling
Congratulations Renae - please email me; ASAP with your chosen size/colour and postal address so I can get your new swimsuit for your little princess in the post before the big man in the red suits arrives!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

{swimsuit giveaway} and the winner is . . .

If this is your comment - congratulations you are our winner!!!

The Aqua would look gorgeous on my little girl. Tanks for the chance.

Please email me: letting me know your preferred colour/size and postal address and your new swimsuit for your little princess will be in the post this week, just in time for Christmas.

Thank you everyone for entering the competition, stay tuned for more regular comps via the blog in 2013 : )

Friday, November 30, 2012

{tillytom swimwear collection 2012} giveaway time!

I recently launched my first release of girls Swimwear. A new direction for my tillytom label - stayed tuned for more styles in 2013 with the introduction of a boys line as well as some more new styles for the girls.

The swimwear is all handmade here in Australia, using the most gorgeous bright swimsuit fabrics that are manufactured here in Australia.

The fabrics are chlorine resistant and UPF 50+.

The swimsuits offer generous coverage for a halter style swimsuit, are fully lined both front and back and feature the cutest ruffles across the bottom as well as a single ruffle across the bodice.

Finished in white binding, the swimsuits are available in 3 colours; yellow, pink and aqua in sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Swimsuits are available to purchase from the online store now -


If you would like to win for the little girl in your life one of our gorgeous new swimsuits - simply enter to win following the instruction below. Open to Australian residents only : )

For one entry - Please comment below, by simply telling us which colour swimsuit is your favourite!

For a second entry - please like and follow us on facebook!

For a third entry - please share our original facebook post about the giveaway on your personal or business facebook page! (Find the post here; )

The prize - winner's choice of 1 (one) swimsuit chosen from available stock.
Prize included registered trackable postage within Australia to the winner.

Competition closes Monday 10th December 2012 at 7pm (Victorian time) - with the winner drawn at 8pm (Victorian time) here on the blog. Winner will by chosen by tillytom via drawing names from a hat (bowls or other suitable container). tillytom's decision of the winner will be final, no correspondence will be entered in to.

Thank you and good luck!

{Dolls Quilt Swap 2012} Sent and Received

I once again participated in a Dolls Quilt Swap (DQS) with some quilting friends this year. My fourth year I think now, and I love the challenge of coming up with something interesting, colourful, to the taste and requests of the recipient.

This year I was making for AJ, who requested a wall hanging. So my mind wandered through AJ's blog, checked out what she had received in past years and also spent quite a bit of time on pinterest for some inspiration!

I made AJ a small rectangle size dolls quilt with scrappy houses, a rolling hill, dark skies with the sun poking through and some pretty rain drop quilting with a combination of variegated and metallic threads which sparkle in the light.

I received this year from Rachel, who made a little dolls quilt for Miss 4 - which quickly found a new home on her bed keeping a selection of her dolls all snuggled up for bedtime.

Monday, July 23, 2012

{how to . . .} make a storage/cutting table combo

After posting a photo of my new storage/cutting table combo on my facebook page a few days ago, I've had quite a few requests for info on how to make/what it cost? So here it is!

Your shopping list!
(you'll need to go to Ikea and Bunnings)

Ikea - 2 x Expedit Shelving Units
$119.00 each
 Ikea - 1 x Vika Amon Table Top (150cm x 75cm - perfect fit!)
$59.00 each
Bunnings - Length of Structural Pine - MGP10
70x45mm 2.4 length (and ask the lovely sales person to cut it into 3 x 750mm (75cm) lengths)
$7.39 for the 2.4m length

Bunnings - Double Sided Tape (any will do). I used an outdoor strength one by Norton.
$8.56 roll

How to make!
Assemble your two expedit units and place them in your desired location on their sides, and side by side to each other to create your rectangle bench.

Lay your table top with the wrong side facing up and place your 3 lengths of pine cut to fit just in from each end and in the middle and mark with a pencil where they are.

Cut your lengths of double sided tape to fit the length of each piece of pine and attached to one side (the 45mm width side of the timber). Stick these down on your marked areas of the wrong side of the table top.

**NOTE: If you are a s shorter person, you may find the finished height of this table too high, so you could put your tape on the 70mm width side of the pine lengths to bring the finished height down 2.5cm.

Cut 3 more length of the double sided tape to fit the pine and place them on the side of pine that will rest on the expedit unit tops. Remove the backing and with the help of a friend, flip the top over and position correctly on top of the expedit units to centre the table top.

The way I positioned my pine pieces was so there was an overhang of the table each end and two shelves in the middle (great spot for storage of rulers, pattern pieces, etc.)

Total cost: $312.95

The finished height of the table is 90cm, which is the same as our kitchen bench and I find a good working height for cutting out fabric.

Any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Happy crafting : )

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

{yes dear - give and take} my 'take'

I received this gorgeous package of handmade goodies from Sarah this week as my 'take' in this years Give and Take hosted by Ange of Yes Dear.

All beautiful Australian handmade items, I've been very spoilt!
'the gorgeous bundle off handmade goodies I received'

'stunning purse and brooch by sally and jane'

'fantastic games for the kids by mollydagmade'

'beautiful chevron earrings by Henrietta And Morty'

'pretty hair accessories by Izzy B designs'

I'm justing waiting on one more item to arrive before I post off my 'give' hopefully later this week : )

Saturday, May 26, 2012

{quilting} Master T's quilt completed

Today I got around to finishing off Master T's quilt. Apologies for the terrible lighting on the photos, it is very dark and stormy here. The focus of this quilt was reds and blues and I used mostly the stars and stripes fabrics by Riley Blake, as well as scraps of fabrics from my stash in reds and linens. Sashing in white and finished with a sand herringbone backing and pale blue stripe/spot binding.

By far the biggest quilt I have made so far, it measures 74 inches x 85 inches (190cm x 220cm). Master T's bed is a king single and there is plenty of overhang both sides as well as extra folded up at the end. I went that extra bit bigger so that it will still fit a double bed for him should he decide to move up to a double bed down the track.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

{swaps} mother's day swap received

I received a little parcel of loveliness from Rachel this week.

A gorgeous stitch marker and a very cute pin cushion Rachel had made, plus some yummy choccies.

Friday, May 18, 2012

{vintage finds} children's fabrics

My mother-in-law visited us this week, and each time she comes she comes bearing vintage fabric and haby finds from down her way in Tasmania.

This trip some vintage children's upholstery fabrics, loving the bright bold colours - can see some great pillows and floor cushions coming from these fabrics.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

{first fabric collection release} circus love

Introducing my first fabric collection release - Circus Love.

I'm so excited to be heading down the road of designing my own fabric and patterns, its just the start of something fabulous and I am excited to be sharing the very first release with you today!

Circus Love is all about the boys - a mix of aqua and rust with white, basic prints - stripes, chevrons, bunting flags and more - I can see these becoming gorgeous quilts, pillows, and room accessories for little boys as wells as cute summer clothing like shorts and applique t's. 

I'm in the process of designing a cot size quilt pattern to go with this first fabric collection release that I hope to have ready very soon. In the meantime, if you really love these new fabrics, you can purchase them through my Spoonflower shop here : )

Stay tuned for more fabric releases down the road - I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head and sketch books full of images and objects I've pick up in my travels - even a simple leaf can be scanned and transformed into a beautiful fabric design . . .

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

{quilting with Amy Butler}

So she's not really here in the sewing room, but her gorgeous fabrics are. Enjoying some quilting time this afternoon.

I'm also attempting my first blog post from my iPhone using the blogpress app and also (if i have set it up correctly) linked the blog post to my facebook page, so lets see how it turns out!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

{back again . . .}

Seriously having trouble finding the time to be a mum, work from home, and do all that boring stuff like housework in between! Not to mention finding time to blog! So, here is yet another attempt at getting back to blogging. I have been up to lots! Just no time to sit at the computer and write posts, upload photos, etc....

So what's been happening since my last blog post in January . . . really? that long ago?!

The Cubby House/Fort was finished = 3 very happy and busy little people!

Winter Collection 2012 was released = very busy mama on the sewing machine!

Road-tripping to markets around the country side (here's my stall at the Square Handmade Market in Bendigo in March) = busy mama lucky to have super hubby to stay home with the little people!

New sewing machine = VERY HAPPY SEWING MAMA HERE!!!

Finding more time for quilting = happy sewing mama : )

Finding more time for other sewing projects = again happy sewing mama : )

I'll be attempting to blog more often, so stay tuned for some new projects in the pipeline that I have to share with you, some giveaways I'm a part of that you will have the chance to enter to win something, and the ramblings of this busy sewing mama x

Friday, January 13, 2012

{handmade find} Josephene's Bags

My lovely friend Jo makes the most gorgeous bags, clutches and accessories - but as yet isn't one to blog, facebook, twitter about her brand - so here I am to tell you all about her amazing designs!
Late last year I asked Jo to make my mum one of her beautiful Hobo bags as a present for her 60th birthday. Mum was in desperate need of a new bag and I knew she had been eyeing off Jo's fabulous bags. So I put in the order and Jo hand delivered the bag for mum's birthday. Mum is wrapped, the workmanship is amazing and Jo did a beautiful job.

So go on - head on over to Jo's Website, have a browse and hopefully I can convince Jo to come along to some markets with me this year when I travel so she can show off her fabulous products.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

{photo a day challenge} Day #12 - close up

My littlest man Master N - who isn't all that little! At 21 months, he is rapidly gaining on Master T and Miss M and already in Size 3's. Slow down beautiful bubba x

Monday, January 9, 2012

{challenge} 12 WIP's in 2012 - completed quilt #1

My first quilt completed this year, and as part of AJ's challenge of 12 WIP's in 2012.

Generous Pram size (approx. 65cm x 85cm) - with all the fabrics used, found in my scraps tub. Completed with a simple stipple quilting, machine binded and finished with one of my new labels. This little quilt is for a friend of mine who has recently had baby #3, a little boy called Spencer.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

{sewing room} time to clean!

Its that job seems to get put off each week until it becomes unbearable to work in, then I do a half hearted clean up to keep me going, but it alway seems to end up like this;
So, time for a change. I moved tables, created space and now I am happy. With some empty shelves ready for the 65 metres of winter fabrics that are on the way!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{photo a day challenge} Day #4 - letterbox

We don't have a letterbox at our place as we live in a rural area where Australia Post doesn't deliver. But I did find this pretty pink letterbox on pinterest that I thought we look lovely on our front fence - although not quite big enough for the fabric parcels that come my way ; )

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

{challenge} 12 WIP's in 2012

AJ has set the challenge - can it be done?! 12 Quilting WIP's to be completed in 2012. The rules are 6 projects must be already underway and the other 6 in the pipeline. Well, I definitely have 6 project underway but not quite 6 in the pipeline but I am sure I will add to that list in the coming weeks as I add more projects to my to-do list.

So I pulled out my tubs of WIP's and found 7 quilting projects on the go that I hadn't completed. And yes I do say TUBS of WIP's as I have a few things half done, just started and almost there - and not just quilting projects ; )

The list - 7 projects underway;
1. Cot size girls jelly roll quilt - front pieced, just needs sandwiching, quilting, binding.
2. Cot size boys quilt - blocks need sashing, then sandwiching, quilting, binding.
3. Pram size girls jelly roll quilt - front pieced, just needs sandwiching, quilting, binding.
4. Pram size girls Japanese Patchwork Quilt - just needs sandwiching, quilting, binding.
5. Small Oh Cherry quilt - everything done, binding half on, just needs to be sewn down on the back.
6. & 7. 2 x Quilted nappy change wallets (one boys & one girls) - ready to be sandwiched and quilted.

The list - projects in the pipeline;
8. Red quilt for couch in theatre room - fabrics coming via our Fat Quarter Birthday Swap (so June for me).
9. Quilt for Nate's big boy bed he is moving into around April - pattern chosen, need to add some more fabrics to my stash I already have for this one.
10. Quilt for Tom's big boy bed he is already in - pattern chosen, need more fabrics.
11. Quilt for Couch in Lounge room - already have the fabrics, pattern not yet decided but might just make it a scrappy type quilt.
12. Pram Quilt for friend's new baby boy (who is already two weeks old so need to get cracking on this one!) - pattern chosen, need fabrics.

I'll add photos of the projects shortly when I decide which one to do each month, including which one I am going to tackle first this year (which I think needs to be number 12!).

{photo a day challenge} Day #1 - You/Me

To get myself back into blogging in 2012, I have signed up with Fat Mum Slim for her January Photo a Day Challenge, so here we are - each day a pic to blog about.
Pop on over, take the challenge and leave me a link to your blog so I can follow you too!