Photo a Day : February 2 : Pattern


My Pattern photo is of the new Pyjama shorts I made. The back story?  Well these shorts were a skirt. A skirt that has hung in my wardrobe for exactly 10 years. I know this because I bought this skirt specifically to take on my around the world trip in 2003. I loved the print on this skirt, unfortunately I never much liked the style of the skirt. The style did nothing for me and it was always on of those pieces that you put on in the hope of it looking amazing but end up going out wearing something else. So it hung there … for 10 years!

As some of my Instagram followers already know I have vowed in 2013 to not buy any new clothes … gasp! I know right what am I thinking? Well for those who know me personally they can testify that my wardrobe hoarding is abominable. I also need to save some money this year as I hope to go to South America. So alas here we are. I am also a sewer with enough fabric to sew a quilt the size of Africa and so I decided if I can’t sew it I can’t have it! Anyway back to the skirt …

The Skirt. The pattern.  So like I said I have always loved the print on this skirt. On a major wardrobe purge last week I decided it was time for this one to go, I never wore it, and frankly never will. But that print! I just couldn’t let it go! This skirt was pin-tucked the entire way around the top, so I painstakingly undid all the pin-tucks, the side seams and the hem and ended up with about 1.2 metres of fabric. I am also in desperate need of some new pyjama shorts so I decided that this heavenly soft cotton voile would do just the trick. Ta-Da these little beauties  were born! I am now completely in love with these pj shorts and posed the question on Instagram … to cute for pyjamas? NEVER. I love cute pj’s and these make me smile when I go to bed. Totally worth the work and now I get to continue to enjoy this pretty boho print.

Photo a Day : February 1 : Fork

Photo a Day : February 1 : Fork

I am joining in ‘a photo a day’ for the month of February, and decided to use this opportunity to get back in the habit of updating my blog … regularly. 2012 was a bit useless in the blog department and I am determined to get back on track. I have decided to keep them short and sweet so that the task doesn’t feel too daunting. So here goes …

{ F O R K } Well actually it is a spork, or foon I have been told. I always thought these things were a bit stupid in all honesty. Why not just bring both? Well I plan later this year to travel to South America with a dear friend of mine from the UK. In my research of what to see, do, pack and most importantly what NOT to pack I was surprised at how many guide books and blogs mentioned that a spork is an essential travel tool for South America …really? well it seems yes. Apparently the plethora of delicious street food is not to be missed and unless you want to walk around with Argentinian bean sauce down your top then pack a spork! So I will.

Join me in the fun here.

And check out the Instagram fun here.

Vintage Green

I naughtily bought this cute vintage green typewriter today and it made me realise how much I love this colour! Sure there are hundreds of shades and hues but there is something so delicious looking about this drowsy shade that I just love!








My Typewriter – Sperry Remington 100

Vintage Green Radio

Vintage Brush Set

Vintage Green Toilet

Vintage Green Telephone 

Vintage Green bike

Vintage Green Buttons

And the Winner is … Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

We have a winner! Congratulations to Cynthia ‘The Sewing Dork’!

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For the record I don’t think you are a dork at all, but congrats you were the 78th comment on the post and the winner as chosen by the random number generator.


Check out your inbox for an email from me so that I can post the necklace to you!

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments and sorry I couldn’t have sent you all one. But if you love it don’t forget to stop by the Machine and a Dream Etsy store to check out the full range of colours.

Have a blessed and safe Holiday everybody!

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For my participation in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (week) I am giving away one of my handcrafted polymer beaded necklaces on a silver plated chain.
Since it’s a scorcher today here in Perth, Western Australia I couldn’t go past ‘Summer Days’ for the giveaway!

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To enter simply comment on the post and tell me if you win will you be keeping this one for yourself or gifting it over the festive season?
Can’t wait to hear form you and good luck!

Be sure to check out all of the other fabulous giveaways at Sew Mama Sew


Also check THIS GIVEAWAY out … from someone I might know.

Winner will be randomly drawn at 5pm PST on December 7 . Thats 9am on December 8 here in Perth Western Australia!