Christmas Tree

Wow it seems we all like to spoil ourselves as much as others over the Festive season …  a quick look over the comments would seem that the ‘Keepers’ are beating the ‘givers’ however there are certainly a lot of you who seem willing to share the love!

Not long till the competition closes so be sure to keep an eye out for the winner posted this Friday PST and Saturday here in Australia.

I will be assigning each comment a number from 1 to …, first comment is 1, 2nd comment 2 etc. I will then use a random number picker to pick the winner.

In the mean time feel free to check out my other items on the Machine and a Dream Etsy Store x

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day – Necklace!

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!

Summer Days1

Summer Days2

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!


Etsy Excitement

Yea Yea I know it has been waaaay too long since I did a post. And that is not to say that I haven’t been busy, in fact quite the opposite! I have been a bit of a machine over the last few months popping out new products and projects here there and every where! It will take me a while to get them all up to date on here but in the mean time I have launched an Etsy store! So go check it out at Machineandadream. I only have necklaces listed at the moment but hopefully there will be a heap of new products over the coming weeks. I am also happy to do custom orders so let me know!

Hoping to update my blog over the Christmas break with what I have been up to as well as a bit of a fresh new look – so watch this space!

The air feels a bit prickly …

So my TAFE College Pattern Drafting teacher always warned us of the perils of holding pins in your mouth. She scolded us every time we put one of those shiny little buggers near our lips. Now every time I’m sewing with a mouthful of metal I always think of her warning, but I will be honest it doesn’t stop me from doing it. That was until I read this article … I Inhaled a Pin!

I think it is fair to say I will no longer be using my mouth as my pin cushion and may this be a lesson to us all!

Nifty Kneeler

My mum and dad are in the process of building and planting a series of raised herb and vegie boxes out the back of their house. So when thinking of something to make my dear mum for Mother’s Day I was pleased to come across this Nifty Kneeler in Kelly Doust’s book The Crafty Kid.

There was nothing too tricky about this nifty little number except the difficulties that sewing with oilcloth can cause.  If you would like some tips on sewing with oilcloth check out these from Sew, Mama, Sew.  Regardless I was happy with the results and so was mum … and her dicky knees 🙂

Necklace Top

So after about 2 hours of rummaging through fabrics and patterns and the mess that is my sewing space I finally settled for a basic top from McCalls pattern M6519. I bought this black ikat print silk Country Road top (below) some months ago and I absolutely love it.  It is just a simple pattern design with a cute print and so easy to wear. The kind of top that you can throw on with some casual shorts or dress it up in the evening with skinny jeans and some pretty accessories.  I adore this sleeve length and it makes a nice change from the tank style that is so popular … Not that I want to diss my beloved Wiksten Tanks!

With this said I was looking to recreate this style in some other pretty prints.  Obviously I could have quite easily drafted the pattern straight from the top as there isn’t a great deal to it, but I decided to try one of my newer patterns for a very similar look.  McCalls M6519 has a slightly higher neckline at the front and no panel on the back. I love the high neckline with this particular print because it looks as though the top has it’s own built in necklace … which is why I have named it the ‘Necklace Top’.

I will definitely be making this style again. The most difficult part about the top was having to make my own neck and arm binding. Not usually a super skilled task with my clover binding maker but with the silky rayon fabric this lot challenged me. I made twice as much as I needed and I am glad I did because it meant I could be selective and only use the nice straight bits 🙂