Hand made = Hard work!

I am a little bit passionate about making and buying hand-made items. Especially supporting stay-at-home-Mums and their businesses.

It makes me sad when people complain about the prices of hand-made original items. From gorgeous little outfits for your kids to Quilts like I make. If you want to spend $50 on a doona cover and make a lovely little kids room around that, then that’s great, go for it.
But,Β  if you want to have an original garment or decor piece made with love by a stay at home Mum – or even *gasp* a Mum who HAS an out of the home job and is working extra hard doing something she loves to produce these awesome items, then expect to pay an appropriate price for them!

Seriously.

Here is an example of what I mean … I make Raggy Quilts and am getting into clothing and regular quilts. At the moment I am making Single Raggy Quilts for my own boys room. They would have cost me about $200-$250 so far. Easily! Not to mention the hours that have gone into them. I reckon, even charging $300 I would be making about $5 an hour. But – I will have an original bedding set for my boys that no one else has. Cant help but be happy with that πŸ™‚

This morning one of my favourite suppliers got one of my all time favourite fabrics back in stock. And only $9.25 a yard! For gorgeous designer quilting fabric!
This is the fabric and I was thinking of making this exact quilt :

Pretty, yes? πŸ™‚
Well! I put all the fabrics required except the batting into my online shopping cart and it came to $350 incl. freight! Add the batting which I can get here and it’ll be near $400! I’ve never made a quilt like this one, but I’m guessing it’s not a weekend project, so how can one make and sell something like this? Unfortunately cost implies it could only ever be something extra special for me …

Amy Butler is my all time favourite fabric designer. She makes some gorgeous lines and I wish I could get 10 yards of each! lol

Here are some:

Oh well … with dreams of gorgeous fabrics filling my head I am off to get ready for work 😦 Booooo! lol

Slow news day …

Yup, as the title suggests, I don’t have much of interest to say today. Probably the best thing is :

I have found my sewing Mojo!!! πŸ˜€
… but now I have a heap of things that have to be done ‘before’ I can play 😦 I am itching to get back into it! Its sitting on the table calling me! πŸ™‚
We have a pupil-free day here and I usually enjoy them, because like today, we have PJ days on pupil-free days! Today tho, the boys are driving me batshit crazy! They just wont stop fighting! Definitely a Manic Mumday even tho nothing much is really going on πŸ™‚

The second best thing today is that I have the night off – and I am going to SEW!! Yayy me!
These are the half done projects calling me :

I am going to follow along with one of my favourite blogs,Β Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-A-Day in November. I have done it a few times but just ran out of puff (and fresh ideas) so didn’t participate this month. I am ready and raring to go for the next round tho.

In other news, I am again attempting to quit one of my favourite vices.
I am giving up Diet Coke. *insert devastated face*
My absolute all time favourite drink!
I have finally been convinced of its badness and we are parting ways.
We have been together for decades and I sure will miss it, but the time has come.
I am getting healthy in other areas of my life and this old devil must go too.

Do you have any vices that are bad for you?

Anyhoo ….. G’nite everyone, I’m off to sew! YAYYYY ! πŸ˜€

My Manic Blurt about TV programmes …

I am going to ramble today! lol

Firstly, I love this year’s X Factor! There is so much talent out there!! And some of them are so young! (when did I start to feel so old?! lol)

My favourites since they whittled it down to the final 12 was a list of about 8 contestants!! But in the last few weeks I have 2 clear favourites – Nathanial and Fourtunate. I was shocked when they landed in the bottom 2. Nathaniel has a voice like pure honey! It makes me melt and drool at the same time πŸ™‚ And Fourtunate have so much personality and joy in their performances! IMHO both acts have “The X Factor”. I am so so happy they both made it thru last night! (Fourtunate by the skin of their teeth!) C”MON Boys go for it!!

I am really enjoying some of the shows out there at the moment. It’s a bit sad actually lol But I do cut and sew and iron in front of the TV a lot so its nice to have something good to watch. Here are some of my favourites :

1. Touch – I love, love, love this show. What an amazing concept! I hope whispers that it wont be back for more seasons are false!
2. Modern Family – How freaking FUNNY is this show?!?! I love it πŸ™‚ Cant wait for Sunday and the new season. Gloria pregnant, can’t wait for the laughs surrounding that!
3. Hawaii Five-0 – OMG!!! Alex O’Loughlin is my next husband!! ❀
4. Homeland – Season 1 was amazing and I can’t wait for the next one to start this week!
5. The Good Wife – This one doesn’t appeal to all, but I don’t like to miss it!
6. The Mentalist – Simon Baker, need I say more? lol
7. Person of Interest – This one can be a little repetitive, but I still love it. I blame James Caviezel.
8. Puberty Blues – I really enjoyed this new series. It had a little ‘ick’ factor at some of the things they did and put up with, but I will be watching next season πŸ™‚
9. Revenge – CAN.NOT.WAIT. for next season!
10. The Block – I want to BE on the Block! lol I can’t miss it. Ever.
11. Home and Away – Sad but true. I watch it. πŸ™‚
12. Criminal Minds – A loooong time fave.

I know there are others, but I’m a bit forgetful so if I havent watched it recently I forget it lol

I also have a few that I still kinda watch but I think they’ve lost their lustre and maybe they need to wrap them up. Grey’s Anatomy,Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother spring to mind. For crying out loud – Tell us how you met their mother already!!!! Tho, I will admit to having a cry when Mark died on Grey’s last week 😦

There are some absolute crap shows out there at as well.
Well, in my opinion anyhow. I’m sure they have some followers cos they keep rolling them out each year.
If I have to endure that add with the ‘geek’ growling/hissing/what-the-fuck-ever-it-is ever again I may just boycott channel 7! And I wont even go further than mentioning the Lara Bingle Show – who in the hell ever thought that would be a good idea?? And the Shire – What were they thinking???? I don’t think I need to elaborate there either. And Charlie Sheen – please retire.

I was kinda thinking that the Brynne Eddelstien Bedazzled show might be interesting. Just to see how the other half live. After the first episode last week I came away with a bad taste in my mouth, for 2 reasons : 1. No matter how much money he had I don’t think I could marry that nasty old bastard! He’s so mean to her! and 2. $250,000 on clothing she hadn’t even tried on????? WTF????? I can think of sooooooo many better things to spend A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS on!! I actually feel a bit sorry for Brynne. She seems like a genuinely nice person who wouldn’t intentionally hurt a fly, and she seems sad and lonely.

Anyhoo ….. that’s my rambling and reviewing done for the day haha. Hope everyone is happy and well πŸ™‚ Kate xo