Sunday, May 29, 2011

Faux Fur for Homeless Dogs

Just thought I would share a good deed.  My friend at work has made these cosy dog coats for the homeless dogs being cared for by the Animal Welfare League of Queensland.  This is the second lot of  jackets she had made for the dogs awaiting a new home.

 Just a bit of background to the Animal Welfare League:

 The Animal Welfare League of Qld takes care of approximately 10,000 strayed and abandoned animals a year throughout South East Queensland. The AWL receives no state or federal government funding, relying predominantly on the community for support. It is through the continued support of the community that we will achieve a brighter future for every companion animal in need.  \\
But just couldn't help sharing this gorgeous 'family' photo of my friend's pets..the dogs looking very glam in her creations.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Day - Custom Made Girl's Skirt

The Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Day has arrived.  This is the first time I've participated in such an should be exciting. 

Give Away has now closed...Winner advised shortly

If you would like to win a little girl's skirt (sizes 1 - 8), please leave a comment on my blog.  I will email the winner and check on sizing, colour preference, etc. The little skirts above are an example of what I love making.

I am happy to post internationally. 
Give Away now Closed..Thanks for coming to look, though.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Sydney Launch

I decided just a few weeks prior to pop down to Sydney and surprise Liam on the occasion of the launch of his new book of poems.  The launch took place at Glee Books and I am quite sure Liam and his friends got a shock when I wandered up the stairs.  Vagabond Books, through the Rare Object Series, have published more than 50 short collections of Australian poetry since 1999 to the present.  Liam was fortunate to share the launch of "Career" with Felicity Plunkett's Seastrands.  Felicity and Liam read several of their poems and we all shared a nice glass of wine.  How special it is to hear poets read their own works, and hear the stories that lead to the poems.
The little anthologies are indeed "Rare Objects" and are all signed and numbered with a limited print run.

The afternoon didn't end with the launch.  After a drink and a game of ping pong at a very cute bar up the road from the bookshop,  (I didn't play ping pong!)..(photo of Liam and I watching the playing of the ping pong).......

  we headed off to the Red Chilli Restaurant. Now that was an experience. 
Our cooking pot of very hot (chilli) stock
What we cooked in the pot of very hot stock!

 One would think that would be enough to celebrate the launch..but no..we headed off to Chocolateria San Churro for a hot chocolate - Spanish style.
Thanks to Libby, Lucy and Elrig for making the afternoon/evening so special (and Liam for being such a fine poet!). Just have to give Shannon's friend, Phoebe a little mention here.  She made the fabric necklace I was wearing and  I get so many positive comments whenever I wear it.  Another talented young person and you should check out her blog.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Finally Finished the Little Skirts

 I was asked ages ago to make some phil and jack skirts for some special little girls, Zoe, Hannah, Sheldon and Chelsea.  Other things seemed to interrupt my sewing, like going overseas, finishing a long awaited quilt, getting my sewing room in order (will post some photos of my sewing room, which I am just loving).  I love making these little skirts and I ensure that everyone is different.  Such fun choosing the fabric and trying the match colours, themes to the particular little girls. 
 For Zoe and Hannah

For Sheldon and Chelsea
Fabrics included Zoo Babies by Whistler Studios, Riley Blake Rainy Days and Mondays, Riley Blake Sugar and Spice by the Quilterd Fish and Saffron Craig Squiggly Flowers.  And to finish off the 'look' I made some brooches to be worn on a plain Tshirt.
What an enjoyable hobby...and more material came in the mail today.  Can't wait to get started on some new creations.