Friday, November 27


It's time for our big Christmas Giveaway, and this time my son Dion & I have teamed up to bring you our biggest giveaway ever.

You can win.....

1 Bright flower design Notebook
1 Christmas Owl
1 Set of Snowman Hair Buttons
1 Pair of Japanese fabric button Earrings

Ok here is how it is going to work....

  1.  Follow either my blog or Dion's Button Blog. Leave a comment to say that you are now following. 1 entry.

  2. Leave a comment on either my blog or on Dion's Button Blog please make sure to also leave a way of contacting you should you win, eg, blog, email, store. 1 entry.

  3. To earn 5 extra entries make a purchase from my Etsy Store or My Madeit Store or Dion's Buttons Madeit Store. 5 entries.

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on the morning of the 11th December on both my blog and on Dion's.


Blog News......

To celebrate Christmas we have changed our blog template to a more Christmasy theme.

I have been very bad the last 2 weeks and have not been able to bring you a Weekly Handmade Christmas Update due to a large amount of orders and illness. This weekend they will return.

I also hope to bring you another part of the Tree Skirt tutorial this week coming.

Tuesday, November 17

Weekly Handmade Christmas Pledge Update - Tree Skirt

Another week down and another week closer to Christmas (Only 37 days to go). I'm a bit late with this weeks update but I have had orders coming in left, right and centre (not that I am complaining in anyway).

This week I am bring you the first instalment of my tutorial on how to make a Felt Tree Skirt.

Materials needed this week......
  • 2m of Thick felt (the felt that I bought was 92cm wide so all I needed was 2m. This pattern is customizable, so if you want a larger skirt and can get wider felt buy more length)
  • Batting (I bought a cot size traditional polyfil batting 114cm x 152cm. It fit my size skirt but if you are going to make it bigger you might have to get a larger size of batting)
  • Red thread
  • Green thread
1. Marking the circle
          • Measure 46cm (half way across your circle if you are making a different
            size) from the outer edge of the fabric towards the centre.
          • Pin the start of you measuring tape to the 46cm mark.
          • Now you might need a bit of help with this part. Using your measuring
            tape as a compass mark out your circle. Take your time. I only made
            little dash marks all the way around. Then after went back and carefully
            joined up the dashes.

2. Cut out the red felt circle you have just made.

3. Cutting out the 2nd felt circle
          • Place your first circle on top of the felt for you second circle.
          • Carefully cut out your second circle using the first as a guide.
          • Before taking the two circles apart place a pin in each circle facing
            towards the centre in the exact same place on each circle.

4. Cutting out the batting circle
          • Place the first circle on top of the batting
          • Carefully cut out the batting.
          • Doing the same as you did with the second circle place a pin in the
            batting in the same place as your first circle.

5. Making a felt and batting sandwich.
          • Place one circle of felt, then the batting making sure to line up the
            pins and making sure that both the felt and the batting are
            completely flat.
          • Place the second circle of felt on top of the batting, once again
            making sure to line up the pins and getting the felt completely flat.

6. Pinning the outer edge of the circle
          • Pin around the outer edge of your circle sandwich
          • While you are pinning around make sure that all the layers line
             up and are even.

 7. Marking up the divides (you need to divide up the circle so that you
place designs evenly around the circle)

          • Using a large ruler or something large with a straight edge, mark
             a line going from one side of the circle through the centre mark
             to the other side of the circle using tailors chalk or something
             like it.
          • To mark the line crossing the first, fold the line over on itself and
             place pins on the outer edge of the circle in the folds.
          • Using the ruler mark a line going from 1 of the pins to the other
            going through the centre mark.
          • Measure across the circle from one marked line to the next
            (see below, measure the red line) and divide the measurement
            in half and place a pin in facing towards the centre.
          • Repeat the last step in the 3 remaining sections of the circle
          • Using the ruler mark a line going from 1 pin to the other pin
            across the circle making sure to go through the centre mark. Then
            remove the pins
          • Repeat the last step on the last 2 pins

8. Making the back split
          • Pin either side of 1 line from outer edge to the centre mark. Approx
            1 cm either side
          • Cut down the marked line in the middle of the pinned lines to centre.

9. Making the inner circle (We have a fiberoptic tree so the centre circle is
quite large (55cm around) to go around the electronic base that we need to
 access every day while the tree is up. You will need to change the
measurements if you have a different type of tree)

          • Using the same method as when you marked out the outer circle,
            measure out from the centre 8.75cm and mark the circle.
          • Pin the outside of inner circle
          • Cut out the inner circle

10. Tack the chalk divide lines with a contrasting colour to the red
felt (I used Black)

11. Using your sewing machine stitch approximately 1 cm from the edge
around the outside of the circle, down either side of the slit and around
the inner circle using red thread.

12. Trimming the batting

          • Pushing the felt to either side snip away to batting up to the seam,
            making sure not to cut the seam or the felt.
          • Do this all the way around the sewn seam.

13. Sewing the decorative stitching around the tree skirt
          • Insert your needle and thread between the two pieces of felt and
            then outwards to hide the ends of the thread
          • Roll in the two pieces of felt from the seam allowance inwards on
            the edges as you go and either whip stitch or blanket stitch using
            a couple of strands of green thread. I've done mine in whip stitch.

Here is an over all idea of the layout. This drawing is almost completely
to scale, the only thing is that the pattern for the presents have now been
worked out yet so they might look a little different.

Next week, we will start cutting out the pieces and sewing them on.

Saturday, November 14

New Christmas Decorations

Well it's taken longer than I wanted but I now have new Christmas Decorations listed on Madeit.

These are so cute that I will be making a bunch for my own Christmas tree this year and at only $10 for a set of 5 they are a great way to get some new decorations for your Christmas tree. As these are made all by hand every set will have different shaped decorations in it.

Monday, November 9

The Toy Society

The other day I was reading a post on Lulufroufrou's blog about Chunky Chooky Toy Society drop. I had never heard of The Toy Society but after reading Lulufroufrou's post and then Chunky Chooky's post I had to find out what it was all about.

The Toy Society spreads the love throughout the streets of the world by us crafters. It started in Australia but now is worldwide. It's really is about giving something for nothing. About giving joy.
I loved the idea so much that I signed up right away and got sewing.

Here is my second toy I made but my first drop - now up on The Toy Society site

We decided to wait till we went out on Saturday and as we were driving through Sandgate I noticed that there was no kids playing in the park. Which is not very normal. We got my mum to quickly stop the car and then my son and I got out and made our way over to the park. At the same time there was a two kids with their grandparents approaching the park (but ended up going to a car beside the park). we quickly made our way in and sat on the bench, tied on the toy, took the photo and quickly fled again. It must have looked really weird but we did it.

Here is Dion sitting on the bench with the Toy.

We still have the first toy that I made to drop which we have tried to do since Saturday but we still need to work out where to do it.

The Toy Society is running a World Wide Christmas Drop on the last weekend before Christmas. We will be participating in this and have decided to set a goal of 50 toys. So far we have made one of those 50, and when I have finished typing this post I will be making toy two. My son loves this idea so much that he wants to help out, so I think I have found my very own toy stuffer, lol.

Stay tuned for updates.

AND THE WINNER IS....................

The giveaway is now closed and we had some really wonderful entries.

Before I announce the winner I thought that I would let you know a couple of our traditions.

My son Dion makes decorations for all the people in our family. This way everyone gets something handmade and Dion gets give his own present to all the family. It also give Dion a project to work on during the holidays.

Puzzles, we love them. We always get a new one for Christmas. We sit around watching movies and doing puzzles. The ones that we love the most are the Wasgij puzzles because the picture that is on the box is not what the picture on the puzzle is. Also they are cartoon puzzles.

Our newest tradition that we started last year and will be doing again this year is we stay at home. I know this sounds a bit weird but until last year we had never had Christmas day in our own home. Last year we said nope we will not travel. We want to vege out, not over eat. A couple of hours into last years Christmas day we made the pledge that we always have Christmas like this.

Ok so the winner is.............. Lulufroufrou

Thanks everyone for the great entries. We will be having another giveaway before Christmas so stay tuned.

Sunday, November 8

Kreativ Blogger Award

The wonderful Michelle over at Michelle Art and Photography awarded me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Which is so wonderful, Thanks Michelle.

7 rules to keep it growing:

1) Copy picture and post on your blog ✓

2) thank the person who gave it to you and link to their blog ✓

3) write 7 things about yourself we don't know: ✓

1. I don't drive. Haven't ever got my licence beyond my L's
2. I have my sons name tattooed on my right wrist (and its not my only tattoo)
3. I have lived in the same house for 9 years, which is the longest I have lived in any house
4. I hate mushrooms.
5. I used to volunteer full time at my sons school in the school office.
6. I have been trekking in Nepal (Not fun by the way)
7. I love to bake sweets but I don't necessarily have to eat them

4) choose 7 other bloggers to pass the award to ✓

5) link to those 7 other bloggers ✓

1. Epheriell Designs

2. Emma Rose Art
3. Billy Boy and Mia
4. Ruby Victoria
5. Chunky Chooky
6. Lulu frou frou
7. Lillipilli Lane

6) notify your 7 bloggers ✓(doing that right now)

Thanks again Michelle.

Weekly Handmade Christmas Pledge Update

Bit late this week with my post but I have a really good excuse, lol. My mum who lives down in northern New South Wales (Dunoon to be exact) came up yesterday for a flying visit. We stopped by, picked up my Gran and all four of us took a trip to Spotlight (I ended up spend way too much money, so nothing new there).

OK this week we are back to the normal weekly update.

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a bunch of button pins, not long after a receive a beautiful little package containing two of the button pins. I really wish that I had taken a photo of the packaging. I am not into supporting elaborate packaging but this was so wonderful in it simplicity and care. And to top it off the button pins were even better than the pictures.

Here in Australia tree skirts are not very common. On my last trip to Kmart and I found one type but it was not very nice and too keep in the spirit of Handmade I have decided to make my own (Scary). After looking a couple of different sites and kits I worked out the basic design of what I would like. I have decided to make it out of felt as I think its a bit more forgiving.
Below is my design so far, I still need to draw on the presents under the trees and I have been think of snowflakes coming down from the centre towards the trees but I am still not completely sure on that.
Feel free to use any part of my design, I will have the completed design in next weeks post for you all to see.

Well this is it for this weeks post. Only 47 days left till Christmas and lots of work to be done.


Blog News..............

The current giveaway is finishing today so get in now and leave comment on your favourite Christmas Tradition to be in the running.

I will have a couple extra posts this week, so stay tuned for some great news.


Shop News..............

Last week I had wanted to load up some decorations that i had been working on but I had had a lot of problems finding the right ribbon for the decorations to hang from. Now that I have finally found it the decorations will be up very soon.


Personal News..............

I would like to say a big thank you to all the followers that showed my son such great support in starting his own shop. I has been wonderful so see.