Archive for the month “May, 2012”

My First Quilt

My little possum turns 2 next week and I couldn’t let that go by without making her something special. When she saw some Maisy fabric in Spotlight she was beside herself with excitement so I decided to make her a quilt.

I’ve kept it quite simple. It’s got a purple corduroy border and green corduroy back. For the inside I chose a beautifully soft 50/50 bamboo cotton mix. It was the first time I’ve had a chance to use my Janome walking foot and it made things so much easier. Frustratingly there were no instructions on how to attach it to the sewing machine but there’s some great photo instructions here.

To make it a bit more’quilty’ I choose a few squares to stitch around…

I’m so excited to give my daughter this quilt that it’s going to be hard to wait until next week!


Upcycled go kart

My husband knocked up this go kart last weekend and I was very impressed that it is 100% upcycled, so I thought I’d share it.

The wooden frame and metal handle were picked up from hard rubbish some time ago. Actually I just remembered we’d used it once before – Christmas Day 2008, for picnic down by the beach.

The funky orange vinyl seat is from a 1970s highchair we were given. It wasn’t very practical for our daughter but I was adamant that we should keep it for some other use. The seat belt is actually an infants lap belt from a flight on Jetstar and we accidently took it with us – at least she’ll be very secure in it!

The basket at the back is from a broken plastic toolbox.

All in all a very clever design I think – now we could just do with some nice weather to try it out!


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