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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The beginning of my simple homemade living started today with making these knitted dishcloths. I just LOVE them. What great gifts they will make too.


I found the pattern on another blog here. It's so easy and quick to do. I made it with organic cotton. My local wool shop had 30% off so I even saved there. Apparently they last for ages.

I've also been enjoying making fresh bread daily. I have every now and again in the past with different recipies, but I have finally found a favorite. It makes a fabulously light and fluffy (and very yummy with butter and golden syrup) loaf of bread. I found the recipie here. I'm afraid I can't paste a photo of it because it was eaten before I could take a snap of it! Maybe tomorrows loaf.

Well, it is the last day of 2010. So wishing you all a Happy New Year. Hope 2011 is good to you
















Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year Resolutions

Ok it's nearly time for New Year Resolutions.
I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by.
It has been a year of allsorts and ups and downs.
I haven't managed to do this blog this year.
And so my New Years Resolution will be to really try and get to it more.

I am wanting to create for my family, a simple life.
To live more simply is something I yearn for and dream of.
Starting in 2011, I want to stop dreaming of it,
and start to live it more so than we are now.

I shall turn off that TV and stop reading magazines that make me WANT things.
I want to get out in the garden more, cook from scratch more, preserve my own produce. Sew and mend our clothes and the list goes on.

This year I had so much pleasure in making gifts for friends and relatives. I made cakes, buiscuts, chutneys, jams, and made a table top cubby house for my neices.
Finding creative ways of packaging, and presenting these items was half the fun.
It gave such a sense of pride and great pleasure to give something that I had made with love for those that I love.
So I want to continue this way as much as possible and teach my children to do the same.
What are your New Years Resolutions this year?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ok,

I am so not good at this blogging thing.

Seems to take me forever to write anything.

Actually, I don't like posting anything without pictures and my computer is too slow at

uploading them. However, I am soon to get a new computer and hoping that shall

solve the problem.

So just wait a little longer and then I shall join this blogging world hopefully a little

more regularly.

In the meantime, I am busy sewing, cooking, gardening and caring for my family!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Compliments

Oh my Goodness.
Since doing the market I have had so many
lovely compliments and no greater compliment
than someone wanting you to make something for them.
I have had several people ask me to do a quilt for them. Also to make some of the skirts and pants but in larger sizes because their older children would just LOVE them!!!!
A lady I know turned up at my door thismorning because she had heard about my stuff, and had a look, bought some and ordered others!

SO HAPPY!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Product photos

There it is.....my stall! I put up the bunting as part of my shop display and so many people wanted to buy it, so I guess I will have to make a few of them to sell for the next market! I still haven't figured out how to get the photos off my phone, so fortunately my husband came along and took one of the stall. Will be getting a slightly larger marquee for the next one so that I can fit more in. It was a bit squashy.
...and here is my name and the sign that I hung on the marquee.


The aprons are always a big hit.

My `Tickle Blankies' , also a huge hit. With the minkee on one side, people just couldn't keep their hands off them!
The giant single log cabin cot quilts are a favorite of mine to make. This is the girls one that I made for the market.


Just one of the many storage stashes of fabrics calling me to make them into something for the next market....better get started.





Saturday, January 9, 2010

Market Day

Whoo hoo!

Market day finally arrived

After a late late night of finishing touches, and a sleepless night
it was up early to drive down to Pacific Palms with much anticipation and great expectations!
Despite the humidity and sweltering heat, it went really well. The biggest hoot being that I was approached by a shop owner who wants to stock my items!
I was ready for a break from the sewing machine for awhile after today, however, after an overwhelming boost to my confidence from comments today, and a short lay down, I'm right and ready to get back to my beautiful fabrics and machine.
Will definitely do the markets again. The whole atmosphere was very exciting and actually quite relaxing.
So here are some photos finally of just a few of the things I had for sale today. Unfortunately, I can't figure out my new phone and how to download photos yet, so images of my stall aren't going to be up today. My 16 month old found my mobile phone and deposited it through a small hole in the flywire of the backdoor for our dog to munch on!! If anyone decided to call me....my dog might have rung!





Twirly three tiered skirts, tiered dresses, little jackets, funky pants and frilly hemmed ones for the girls, aprons, cot quilts, bean bags, hair clips, pencil rolls, and one of the biggest hits were my `tickle blankies`.





Now to go and figure out my phone!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sew Busy

Sew busy busy busy at the moment. I don't think I have stopped sewing except for christmas day since back in September. This Sunday is the really big market for Pacific Palms. I finally have a site booked. I have done car boot sales and the likes but this will actually be my first market under the name `mimagirl creations'. I am nervous but sooooo excited. The market organiser really liked my products and thinks I should do really well. So that is a confidence booster. So much to do still before then though.

Have been making my labels, and buisness cards, and setting up an email address

mimagirlcreations@gmail.com


This is so that people who see my things at the market can email me if they would like to make an order.
I'll put up some photos in the next couple of days as I set up everything for the stall. At the moment there is stuff everywhere all over the lounges and the dinning table. I will be lucky soon to have a dedicated sewing/craft room that I have been longing for.