Completed :: Tessuti Eva Dress – à la Downton Abbey perhaps?

My finished Eva dress

It’s a frustrating bitch of a thing. I’m talking about my weight. To be more specific… my apparent inability to lose it. I don’t eat anything with sugar in it, I don’t eat any grains, not even rice or quinoa or buckwheat or any of those “OK” grains, except once in a blue moon – […]

Completed :: By Hand London | Anna dress for Gita

Preparing an Ayerveda lunch

I really did hope to get this post out on Sunday, but it’s been a little extra busy round at my house. I also don’t know how inspired my blogging content is right now. I’m pretty exhausted, and my brain is a little fried. I’m counting on my lovely photos of my daughter to save […]

An Anna for Gita

Watermelon crepe de chine

My cousin’s daughter is getting married on Cup weekend in Melbourne. The ceremony will be in town, with a reception out in the Mornington Peninsula at one of the wineries. Should be beautiful. I used up my “The Fabric Store” coupon from The Craft Sessions on a beautiful piece of silk crepe de chine, thinking to […]

My new Alpaca Chunky Cowl | Sunspun Yarns

Sunspun Alpaca Cowl | Spunspun Yarns (pattern)

So when everyone else’s hearts are singing for joy as the trees begin to blossom, what have I  just done? I’ve finished a superbly thick, divinely yummy and soft, alpaca cowl that will keep me warm through the chilly nights and days to come. Ahem… what!!! Well, it’s not all bad, because realistically, we do have […]

My current crush – Fashionary


Yep, well, things didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped. I haven’t gotten to start my Lady Skater dress yet, and not only that, but I’ve not been able to do anything crafty for a few months now. Hence, no blog post for weeks and weeks! I developed symptoms of a genetic eye condition I’ve […]

Lady Skater Dress | A Sanctioned Copycat

Sticky-taping pattern for Lady Skater in chocolate brown jersey

It was almost a year ago that I first came across Sophie from the well-read “Cirque-du-Bébé” blog. She had just posted her stunning pics of her Lady Skater dress, a pattern I’d been thinking about making. She’d used a gorgeous chocolate-brown knit from The Fabric Store. After emailing Sophie to ask if she minded my […]

MMM’14 Update plus a little baby news!

Me and baby

Finally! After waiting and waiting and waiting. Due Date + Nineteen Days of waiting! We now have a darling new little grandson! He was born last Sunday in the afternoon. On Mothers Day – perfect, yes? My amazing daughter had stuck to her guns, and allowed her baby to say when he was ready to […]

A hankering for knitted hats & mittens

Wiksten - Snoflinga Hat

I woke this morning to no baby (my daughter is now 16 days past her due date, and doing well). Everyone else in the house was still asleep. I did my usual morning run. Feed the dogs, boil the kettle, make a @Whole30 breakfast, and have some “me-time” with my emails. I actually don’t remember […]

MMMay’14 | Day 4 – Archer Shirt

MMM-14 - Day 4 - 02

Last night, I went out for dinner and then on to the movies, wearing my Grainline Studio Archer shirt. RTW dress, and everything else. Tonight, I’m going to tackle the first of my skirts I am making for MMM’14, the red linen. First task is to sort out the pattern pieces, and lay them out […]