Wednesday, 31 August 2011

mini polaroid magnets

a while ago, i came across this tutorial for these gorgeous little polaroid magnets. my wedding anniversary was today, so i thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give my amazing husband a handmade present.
 I picked out a few of my favourite photos from our adventures we have had together and minimised and squared them all, and just got them printed off at the local printing shop.
 these were so simple and quick to make.

 i think it's a fun little way to add more photos to the fridge can never have enough fun happy photos around the house!
these would make a gorgeous gift for any occasion.

Monday, 29 August 2011


Paullie and I are on a little holiday break to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary! We are spending a few days at the sunshine coast before just hanging out at home together. We had the most beautiful day today...

After a sleep in we made some breakfast and then headed off to beautiful montville. Paullie had discovered a shortcut that involved a winding dirt road and passing through a cow paddock, but that all just added to the adventure! There are so many gorgeous little shops in Montville with everything from candles to homewares to a pretty little lolly shop. We couldn't go past fudgyboombahs. We loaded up a little package with handmade fudge and then set off to a gorgeous lake that we spotted.

 we came across lake baroom on our way to montville, and wanted to stop because it just looked absolutely beautiful.
 The sun was shining, and the lake was just relaxing.
 such a perfect day...i love holidays!

Friday, 26 August 2011

lillypilly tree peg bag tutorial

today i have a gorgeous tutorial from my beautiful sister catherine. She made one of these peg bags for me a while ago, which i use to house my socks in my wardrobe, and i love it! So, now you all can have one to house whatever you like!
This peg bag is pretty easy to make and is one of the first projects I undertook when I got my first sewing machine a couple of years ago. It was the first sewing I’d done since home economics class in about 1989.
You will need:
  • A child’s coat hanger
  • 0.5 metre bias binding (I’ve used 1 inch wide as I’ve found the wider it is, the easier it is to work with)
  • 3 pieces of contrasting fabric, each 55cm x 30cm
  • Thread
    Step 1.
Make a template. Lay the coat hanger on a piece of paper and draw around it, leaving approximately 1.5cm extra on top of and at the sides of the coat hanger. Make it as long or short as you want (this one is 40cm long). Draw a circle (approx. 12cm in diameter) in the top third of the template and cut it out (I drew around a small saucer).

Step 2.
Cut your fabric using your template as a guide. I’m lining mine so I need to cut 3 pieces, but alternatively you could just use 2 pieces which does make the whole thing a bit easier. Cut the circular hole out of the front piece of fabric and leave the other two intact.

Step 3. 
Iron a small double hem down on the top edge of the front piece and sew using a straight stitch.

Step 4. 
Sew a straight stitch all the way around the hole, about 0.5cm from the edge. Then sew a zig zag stitch all the way around the whole of the front piece to stop in from fraying.

Step 5.
Iron the bias binding in half and pin it around the hole, making sure you tuck the edge of the fabric right into the bias fold. Make sure you iron one end of the bias down to make a neat finish. Sew a straight stitch all the way around the bias binding. Sometimes when I turn the fabric over, I’ve found that I’ve missed bits of the bias on the other side (especially when I’ve used thin bias binding). Don’t worry – just flip it over and sew another straight stitch all the way around. This double stitching also looks quite good. Alternatively, you could hand sew the bias onto the fabric.
The front of the peg bag is now done… you’re actually more than halfway there…

Step 6.

Now for the back of the bag. Sew the right sides of the remaining two pieces of fabric together, leaving a hole at the side to turn it the right way around. Try to sew fairly close to the edge (I left about 0.5cm). Turn it the right side out, push out the corners with your fingers and iron flat. Sew a little label to the back if you fancy it (I’ve used Bec’s idea for labels).

Step 7.
Pin the right sides together – the front will be a bit bigger than the back. Just make sure you line the two pieces up so that they are even at the very top of the bag (the hole where the coat hanger hook will poke out). Sew a straight stitch all the way around, leaving the coat hanger hole unstitched. Turn right side out (via the round hole) and iron. Put the coat hanger in and you’re done!
For a gorgeous gift, pair with some painted pegs or a matching teacup pincushion (inspired by smallbirdie, thanks Bec).
Lots of love Catherine from lillypillytree xxx

Saturday, 20 August 2011

silver service

saturday is one of my favourite days ever...especially when we have nothing planned. today was a beautiful sunny day, and i couldn't resist the thought of pottering around one of my favourite op shops. i found a pile of crockery and started sorting though it...and i in amongst some dirty old plates and bowls, i found these...
 the silver tea spoons have the most gorgeous detail on them. i'd love to know who used to use them to stir their tea!
 i also found these beautiful dessert plates.
 none of them match, but that's what i like most about them. they are all made in england, which makes them so much nicer to eat off!
 now that they're all polished up and clean, i need to bake something scrumptious to eat so we can try them out.
 i get so excited when i find things like this that others no longer want. i think i might go back another day and collect more to make up little presents for friends.

happy saturday!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

baby play mat

today i went to meet my beautiful friend's new little bubby. Bri has been my friend for years, and we have grown up together and 2 weeks ago, she gave birth to gorgeous  little cooper. he is just the most perfect amazingly cute! i had the best cuddles with him today!

so...i thought i should make something as a little gift to take on my visit...a padded play mat with his name appliqu├ęd on it.
 it was so simple to make. i just picked up some material from the local op shop and covered some wadding with it. i then finished it off with this gorgeous striped bias binding. 
hopefully he has lots of fun plays on this little mat!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

tea cup candles

on many of my outings to the markets, i have come across quite a few people who make their own candles. i have always been fascinated with them, but always thought it would be far too hard for me to do...until...

my beautiful friend jo started making her own candles in tea cups!

so, i though i would give it a go. i bought this little candle making kit from spotlight with everything i needed...wax, wicks and scents.
the instructions were so easy to follow. i picked up a couple gorgeous little tea cups from a second hand store down the road for $1 and filled them with my wax and made candles!
 such a cute little gift for a friend.
my friend jo is making lots of these gorgeous little gifts, and getting them ready to start selling. so..i'll keep you posted on where you can buy them!

Monday, 15 August 2011

ruffle skirt WINNER!!

thanks to everyone who joined in the ruffle skirt and matching tee giveaway!! after 61 entries, we have two lucky winners...
Congratulations to tara from Comfy & Pretty
one cute little outfit is coming your way!!

happy monday!

Friday, 12 August 2011

glass jar lanterns

i have come across a few photos of glass jar lanterns. they are so simple and look so gorgeous...i just had to have a go at making one for myself.
they were so simple to make. i just picked up a few old jam jars from an op shop, and using some old wire i found in the shed, made a little handle with a pair of pliers. 
 now, i want to make lots of little ones and put the in our tree next to the deck to make it look prettier at night.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

the simple things

the other day we had the most perfect day. we didn't have any grand plans, or expensive meals out, we just filled it with the simple things that we love doing together.

paullie had to work for a couple hours in the morning, and he came home by lunch time. it was a beautiful warm sunny day and paullie made a little picnic for us in our was so good just soaking up the sunshine. we then went for a drive to the tender centre and the dump shop and picked up these beauties...

 we have been looking for a table just like this...and it's perfect!
 i couldn't go past this gorgeous cane basket...i love it!
 paullie always rummages through the vinyl section and he found these treasures! old records that we both used to listen to as kids. we played them when we got home and were singing along to them for a while!
 while paullie was busy with his vinyls, i was going through the books, and i found this gorgeous 60's cake decorating book.
 on our way home, we stopped and picked up a movie and a slush puppie! we were definitely reliving childhood memories!
the movie was one of those really nice movies. paullie then drew me a bath and filled the bathroom with candles and my favourite relaxing! and, we finished off our dinner with a round of churros. it was the most perfect day. it's easy to forget that it's the simple things we so often treasure.
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