Welcome, and thanks for visiting. I have to keep my creative juices flowing, so these are some of my creations!
If you are a miniature or fairy garden enthusiast, like I am, please visit my Facebook page, Away With The Fairies, for ideas and inspiration.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ruby's quiet book

I made this quiet book for Ruby's first birthday, using mostly scraps of fabric and felt, ribbon, buttons, iron-on appliques, etc.  There are lots of "hidden" bits/lift up/sliding.  It was such fun to make but took ages 😊!  A real labour of love ❤












Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Just playing with scraps

I have a few quilting friends who kindly 'donate' their scraps to my pile!  Even the little bits are useful.  These cards are both orders I finished today.



Monday, April 9, 2018

Chilly day here

Our first autumn fire of the year!  Not really beach weather 😊


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Something different

When we were travelling in Namibia and Botswana last year I just HAD to stop at the outdoor markets that we saw in some of the towns we passed through, and get myself a few of the beautiful fabrics sold there.  I have previously used them to mak cushion covers and tablecloths, but wanted a medium sized casual bag this time.  Here's the finished product, which I'm really pleased with.  The pattern is a free download called a Hobo Reversible Bag on verypurpleperson.com   It's a reversible pattern but I just lined mine with a black shirt from a thrift shop.  Easy and fab!







Sunday, April 1, 2018

More bits

As we have "no fixed abode", as the saying goes 😃, and are using this year to travel around New Zealand housesitting for people's homes and pets while they are away, and while we decide where we want to settle permanently, I've brought along my trusty old 47 year old Elna sewing machine and bag of fabric scraps, and will use this time to build up my card stash in the hope of selling them at markets in the future, as I've done previously.  Housesitting is a wonderful way of spending time with dogs, cats and other animals while we can't have any of our own.  At the moment we're on a little farm in a cosy house taking care of a delightful Labrador, a 3 legged ginger cat, and a few calves.  We're loving the walks on the farm with the dog and the green hills dotted with sheep all around us, wonderful fresh country air and blue skies.  Anyway, some pics . . .







Friday, March 2, 2018

I'm baaaaack . . .

Yes, it's been a long time since I posted here, but we've been travelling and also house and pet sitting for the past 7 months so our lives have been rather nomadic.  We are now back in New Zealand and although we'll be housesitting in various places (mostly farms), I have my trusty old sewing machine with me and will continue to make applique and free motion cards to give away or sell at markets when the opportunity arises.  
This is a new card I made to send to my 102 year old motherinlaw in Canada, depicting the beautiful coastline near to where we are currently house and dog sitting on the Coromandel Peninsula, not far from Auckland.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Surfer chicks!

Hello again from my happy place! 
I've been distracted from card making recently, concentrating on knitting winter woollies for my grandchildren, and sewing dolls clothes for a baby doll we've got for our 2 and a half year old granddaughter for next Christmas.  Yes, I know it's only the 1st of June today, but we'll soon be off travelling for a few months so I need to be "Christmas-prepared" well in advance!
However, I have made a few commissions that turned out happily!  I enjoyed making these cards, the 2 surfer girls set at Mangawhai beach, for 2 sisters whose Mum gave me the colours of their surfboards and their hair.  
The other card was for a special 11 year old's birthday, set at the wharf at Port Albert, where they live and where he goes fishing with his older brother and their labrador.  As with a lot of the cards I sell, these will be put into frames.
I love these challenges and the creative process involved to get them "just right".  And yes, it takes ages, and no, I don't charge nearly enough, but the fun of choosing the right fabric or textile scrap and colour combination is payment enough for me.  It may not feed my belly but it certainly feeds my soul!