Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The girl with the orange top

Guess what? I finally finished my orange silk top that was dangerously close to ending up in the UFO pile.

I finished all except the buttonholes about 2 months ago and then my new machine wouldn't sew the buttonholes without skipping stitches.

I tried putting paper behind, changing machine settings and ended up with general frustration. I then decided to bugger it and do then by hand (eek!).

All in all it didn't turn out too bad and I'm so pleased to have just finished it!

The vital stats (from SewWeekly)
Pattern: Colette Sencha
Fabric: Orange/peach silk from Jack Textile
Cost: $28 for the silk, 50c selfcover buttons (from a garage sale), already had interfacing
Wear again?: yes... I think so. Am wearing to work for the first time today.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Come on baby light my lamp

Ben built me this beautiful lamp stand a while go and ever since I've been looking for a nice round lampshade to put on it. Finally I found a decent priced one in the lighting store down the road (love discount stock!).

I wanted to jazz it up a bit so using a project from 'Printing by Hand' Ben and I set to work.

Ben traced out the stencils using his steady hand skills and I pasted them onto the lampshade. We sprayed it with light blue spray paint, waited for it to dry, peeled off the stencils and volia! Cloudy, blue-sky lamp shade.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Birthday wishes

Well well well what a wonderful weekend I had! Saturday was my birthday which I spent brunching with family, having nanna naps, drinking strawberry daiquiris and Nepalese dinner with friends.

I finished my birthday dress just in time to wear it to the opera Friday night and again for Saturday night dinner.
Luckily remembered to snap a picture at the station!

Pattern: Colette Macaron
Fabric: blue cotton - Jack textiles Marrickille ~$3
Blue spotty something or other - Fabric Cave ~8
Notions: Zipper
Wear again?: yes yes yes!

Sunday I baked a lemon and peach cake using a lovely recipe from my new Donna Hay cookbook from Megan.

Mmmmm delicious!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Moving day

On the weekend the lovely Megan moved out of our house and into a lovely place around the corner.

We helped pack up some of her bits and pieces that were at our house ( most were in Canberra), the largest piece being the new wooden sewing table Ben has just made her!

So we strapped the table to the car and drove it to her new place, hoping dearly it would stay put!

Then in the evening we relaxes with strawberry daiquiris. Yummo!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Cooking up a storm

The other night I cooked finished work early so decided to cook up a treat for me and Megan. I used a delicious stuffed eggplant recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It was a super easy recipe and turned out AH-MUZING!

Then I finished off these little hanging birds for Ben's niece's birthday (she's two!). I found a bird outline on the net, using some scrap fabric cut the outlines out of different colours ( I went with two white, two red).

Sewed the lace on for wings and buttons for eyes, stitched around the outside, stuffed and volia! Little birds!

I had some old beads I was given when we were doing a work clean-out so used these for in between the birds.

They turned out beautiful!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Great Escape

Ben and I decided to make the most of a long weekend and escape to the coast. Of course, it bucketed down but thus just gave me a chance to start my new dress, the Colette Macaron and play on my new toy ( early bday present from ben).

Kindle! I am now officially a Kindle convert. Really loving having books with me all the time.

We also went fishin'!

Caught two delicious fish

Then dropped into Ben's folks house on the way back. Here's their rooster:

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Clogging it

Today Megan and I spent a nice girl day together. First heading to the city for some clogs, zara shopping and myer.

What can I say, we're both suckers for red!

This afternoon we ducked into Marrickville to grab some more fabric (yes, more!) for various projects. My next projects involve a black skirt with red piping, a Blue Macaron and floral dress. Megan is starting on a gorgeous grey skirt, floral dress and some other bits and bobs.

Ben and I also got to look after the gorgeous Poppy this weekend, above is a photo of her looking positively cute!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

To market, to market

Why hello there! The other weekend I stuck my head into Marrickville markets and looky what was sitting right out the front of Reverse Garbage, just waiting for me...

Been looking for one of these recently and it was only $70! Bargain! Here's been looking very happy with his new girlfriend...

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Fishy dish

Ben made a lovely green fish curry for dinner tonight. He always says I take photos of my dinner and clothes it was about time I took photos of his! so here you go...

And on my plate..


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bundles of goodies

Guess what arrived in the mail last night?

That's right! Three wonderful collette patterns. I'm so lookin forward to starting on these. I've discovered all the second hand patterns I've been buying recently require some major drafting around the waist and I'm not quite at that stage yet so excited to have patterns in the right sizing.

Speaking of Collette patterns, I recently whipped up a Sorbet with sleeves after being inspired by Mena on SewWeekly. Was so easy and quick!

Am very much in love with my new machine.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Tea Picasso-style

Well, it has been a while!
A lot has happened I'll be updating this with lots of photos in the next few days.

I finally finished the Picasso teacosy.

Managed to snag a big enough tea pot in my work move/clean up.

First I knitted individual square and then had to felt each square. For this I put marbles inside each red square and then left then in whilst drying.
When sewing together I may have forgotten to leave a gap for the handle and spout but that was quickly resolved!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Baby it's so cold outside

One of the lovely lady from my brown owls groups made this delightful Martha Stewart neck tie scarf a while back and I loved it so much decided to make one myself. I used Noro wool and 4mm needles.
Sorry about the weird face! Not used to having my photo taken!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Marmalade jam

Upon returning from my grandparents a few weekends ago I was given a giant box of oranges. Now I love oranges and all but I'm not quite sure what to do with a giant box full.

So I decides to try my hand at making marmalade.

I found a basic recipe on the ABC site here to follow roughly.

Orange Marmalade
500g Oranges
1 Lemon
4 Cups water
2 Cups orange juice
4 ish cups sugar
2 tsp jamsetta

Chop the orange and lemon finely and add water and orange juice. Cook until orange is soft. This took about 40 minutes for me. Then add the sugar and jamsetta and boil for 35 min.
Sanitise your jars in boiling water.
Then let the marmalade sit for 10 minutes and pour into your jars.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Tea cosies party

Last night was a good friends 30th. As she rather enjoys her green tea I thought I would make a colourful tea cosy.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Chalk board jars

I've been meaning to post this for a few days but haven't had time to buy chalk!
I saw this idea on Meet Me at Mikes a while back and thought it may come in handy at our place. I can never tell the plain flour from the self raising! Plus, as I kept telling Ben, it just looked pretty.

Got some chalkboard paint from a hardware on Gundagai (we just happened to be passing through).

Painted them up

And volia! Chalk board jars! So lovely.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

By the campfire

Last weekend Ben and I went camping with two friends at a lovely spot by the river in Kangaroo Valley. It was lovely, not too cold but cold enough for a nice warm fire.
I remembered to bring my camera for a change and had a play around with the night settings.

Water bottler warmer

Got home tonight and the lovely boyfriend had made me a water bottle cover. Ok so he made it all with the overlocker and might need a bit more practice but it's the thought that counts right?!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Reverse Garbage pillows

This evening I got home earlier than usual (yay!) so after finishing dinner decided to do a little crafting. I've had this gorgeous scraps of fabric from reversegarbage for a while and have been meaning to make some pillows with them.

So I quickly whipped around them with a sewing machine, stuffed them with stuffing and volia! Lovely colorful pillows for my love couch.


I've been meaning to start a blog forever and a day and as I craft more and follow more crafty types it's about time I get involved.
Might start by posting some older photos of previous crafty projects. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, 2 February 2011



I'm Bohdana.Originally a born and bred Canberran I moved to Sydney in 2010 for a job. With a bit of spare time on my hands I discovered my love of all things sewing, knitting and generally crafty. Since then I've been mostly sewing clothes, and decided to document the process on this here blog.

I like to have BBQs, take photos of dogs, eat (a lot), drink tea and cruise around in the Beetle with the windows down.

By the way, Poppet Hill is named after my old street which backed onto a forest with a big hill my ma would run up each morning, called Poppet Hill.