Friday, December 3, 2010

Plunger cozy

Sorry/jammer/ 미안해요. I realise this is an old post (just reshuffeling on my blog abit :)
Coffee Plunger Cozy

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Carli and baby Kotze's booties

The booties I have made before are all exactly from the pattern, so these ones are my first experiment with adjusting the sizes - these are made to fit a newborn - they are teeny, can't believe that humans can be that small...And I got to use my Japanese fabric. Looking forward to baby Kotze making his entrance in to the world!

I made these booties for a special little lady called Carli. And I got to try out my new fabric stamps from Japan: note the cupcake:)

a minute to spare

So I needed a break and decided to make something small, easy and quick from my felting book. The result: a bookmark. It might not be very challenging but I'm sure it would be useful if you needed to have your kids do something entertaining.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Birthday present!!!

I got this amazing felting book from my hubby for my birthday!!!! So many things that I want to do, so little time....


So Japan was absolutely amazing and although craft shopping did occur it was not at the top of the agenda. I did however realise that Korea's fabrics are just as good as Japans, if not better in some cases - so I only bought one (shocking I know.)
Another of the many obsessions that I have is stamps, and I found some cute ones that I can use on my fabrics. I also found that most of the craft stuff had stickers on that said, made in China - I will be visiting China in Feb 2011!!!!!!

One of the main things I wanted to buy was a Japanese sewing book, and I got this great one about baby clothes, booties, bibs etc. Japan was a great inspiration and I'm excited to get started with the next project.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sam's booties

So I have started experimenting with an old obsession again - baby booties. These I made for a friend who is having a baby soon.  My husband and I are on our way to Japan for a week so I will make some more when I get home.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New fabric!!

So I haven't blogged in a while - we have been pretty busy travelling. We recently went to singapore and malaysia and this past weekend we were on an island called Jeju-do. Next week we are off to Japan for a week:) I thought I would put my new fabrics on the blog so long, hopefully I get some more amazing ones in Japan. I should have a new project up on the blog in a week.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bags coming to SA!!

So I have had a lot of time the last week, seeing as it is summer vacation.
I finally had enough time to sew and I could finish a few orders that I had. 
I never even intended to make this many handbags when I started out, but I got a little carried away. I think I'm all bagged out for the moment though:)  
I am sending most of these bags to SA with my parents, who we will be seeing in a week!!!! The bags are going to a market at the end of the year, but if you like one of the bags and want it, and live in SA, please send me a mail at I will put a temporary page, with prices, on the blog (top right) called SA bags.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

fabric flowers

So i have been experimenting with fabric flowers the last few days, after finding this great tutorial on pink paper peppermints, It shows you exactly how to make fabric flowers. Here are two versions that I have made using the tutorial, The one is still under construction...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Coffee plunger cozy

Hey all - I finally put a tutorial for my coffee plunger cozy on the blog. Its under tutorials:)
Please send me photos if you use the tut - I would love to see. You can mail it to me at

Thursday, July 15, 2010


I know I have already posted a version of this bag - but this new one is officially my first order (hence the deviation of my usual colour scheme:). I am so excited that someone actually wanted one of my bags, I was just having fun making them. THANK YOU so much to all of you for your support!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bag no.2

So with the help of my new book and google I have made this reversible bag. I realised I needed a reversible bag because some days I need colour and other days I prefer plain - this way I get the best of both. Making it did cause a bit of a brain cramp though, but its worth the effort. You can't see it from the photos but the straps tie at the top. The printed cloth and ribbon that are on the bag are newly acquired - I was at dongdaemun market in Seoul again... That place gives me what my dad calls 'choice anxiety' - there is just so much to choose from and I want it all.
I'm starting to get interested in summer dresses so I'm hoping I will get the time to try one soon...

Some new inspiration

So I went to daegu and searched around in one of their massive bookstores called kyoto. Where I found this book - which was the last one on the shelf. So I had to convince the sales lady that she should give me the sample copy. I did get it for a small discount. Afterwards I realised that apart from inspiration this book is of little value. The diagrams are not very helpful.  BUT with the help of google I can figure most of the patterns out.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

FINALLY a handbag!

I haven't had a handbag for four months now (I left mine in South Africa). So this is my first attempt at making a handbag. I bought the leather straps at dongdaemun market in Seoul.
Let me know what you think.

Coffee plunger cozy

I made this cozy about two weeks ago. I do realise that everything i make has the same fabric in it:) I'm trying not to waste fabric while I experiment. AND I'm semi-obsessed with these colours at the moment. Give me time, I'll move on soon...
AND if you give me more time i'll make a "how to.." for this cozy.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Yay purse!!

I'm so glad this worked! been wanting to make a purse since I bought the sewing machine. I bought the clasp at Dongdaemun in Seoul - luckily I only had 30min at the market otherwise I would have been bankrupt - it was any crafters dream!

slowly getting somewhere

I found some really nice fabric at the Daegu market on Sunday. So I was inspired to make something. I'm quite proud of my apron - and my husbands photographic skills:)

Monday, May 31, 2010

experiment no.2

Here is another attempt at a baby shoe - made from felt and a bit floopy but its okay. I'll keep trying.
These are ceramics that I found in Insadong - Seoul, at the market. I LOVE them. This is the link to the guys website: the cool stuff is from page 3 onwards on his blog.

Monday, May 17, 2010


And then I made these. I'm not 100% happy, although it's okay for my 1st effort. Thanks to my husbands amazing photography skills I think they look pretty good:)


Next thing I did was buy this sewing machine! It's great. It's tiny and probably good for small children to learn to sew on, which is perfect for me because I know practically nothing and really want  to learn. And it's very cute - made in china:)


Great, so I have finally started doing something here in Korea. I have discovered that Japanese and korean craft books are the way to go. They are amazing, and seem to have enough pictures so that you can figure the patterns out. So first thing I did was buy a craft book. Crafts here are called DIY. I think I will be buying quite a few of them while I am here. The reason I stumbled across the book is because I tried going for sewing classes but because the instructor is TERRIFIED of me - due to her lack of english, she said I can't go to the classes:) The classes happened to be close to a book shop, so I just browsed around and found a HUGE treasure!

Monday, March 22, 2010

okay i have made nothing since arriving in Korea but im trying to build some inspiration. google patchworkpottery - its incredible!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010


I made this because Marti likes peter rabbit, then I saw a similar bunny in a shop and made my own version - with help from my mom. I even knitted him a jersey.


This blog is just so that I can show you what I make - whether its a flop or not:)