Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Newest Creation! Pussy-cat Pussy-cat.

Here's my newest embroidery design. I have made it into a little pillow this time. But this little pillow holds a secret! It has a secret pocket! Perfect for a little tooth, or a treasure that your little miss wants to hide away in its own little hidy hole.

I'd love some advice, do you think people would be more interested in buying just the embroidery design or the whole patterns? Or should I offer them already made or in a kit?

I have just a few things to adjust on my secret pocket cushion pattern and it will be in my etsy shop, I'd love to know what you think.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Extra Giveaway!!

Ok I'm totally blown away by the amount of visitors and comments, so i'll definately giveaway a PDF copy of the wallhanging or the Teacup Carrier (winners choice). I'd love you to click on the follow button (I feel like I'm talking to myself alot :)) and then just say hi in the original competition post, not this one. Make sure I can contact you too. Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting! Come back soon!
Paula x

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Owl Wallhanging, Giveaway Day (week) is here!

Ok so It is finally here! You're chance to win the very first Sew Little Fabric Wallhanging!!!
Designed by myself and beautifully stitched out by Lesley (my mum and co-creator of SLF) this is the very first design we are offering for sale. We will be selling the pattern as a PDF on etsy, complete with the easy to follow instructions of how to complete this cute little wallhanging, the embroidery design and colour chart. Measuring around 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, it looks so cute hanging from a branch. It is also a great candidate for Redwork or Blackwork and we are also working on six other co-ordinating designs, each with it's own project, that will be able to be combined into a gorgeous lap or cot quilt.

Ok so here's how to win, simple really! All we want you to do is leave us a comment telling us about the last pattern you bought and where you got it from. Thats it! Easy Peasy!

Depending on how many comments we get, we may also offer a PDF copy of the design as an extra giveaway!

Entry's will be open until the 31st of May (Australian time)and the winner will be drawn randomly on the 1st of June. We will post internationally so enter now! Good Luck!

Click here to go to our Etsy Shop!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sneek Peek!

Here's a sneek peek at the first Sew Little Fabric embroidered wallhanging. We will be selling the pattern for this and more patterns on Etsy, and tune in, in a few days for the Sew mama Sew Giveaway! You could win this cutie pie.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Giveaway Day!!!

My absolute favourite blog ever is Sew Mama Sew, they are the place that I have found sooo many tutorials and patterns. If I need inspiration or a tutorial this is where I look.
Anyway they are having a giveaway day on May 27th and as we at Sew Little Fabric are about to launch our Etsy shop, we though that this would be a fabulous way to get some traffic to our new store, so we will be giving away one of our gorgeous new stitchery wallhangings. Featuring a cute little owl and saying this wallhanging will be the first pattern that we will be selling, also coming soon in the same series will be a coffee mug bag to take your mug to classes, a note book cover, needlecase, a gorgeous little pillow, and a lined purse. These will be available as a pattern or you can order a kit or a made to order product.
Come back soon for more details, and don't forget to check out Sew Mama Sew.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sew much time again.... (more surgery)

If you a little squemish I suggest you don't read on, I need to get this out though, so this is what is happening with my knee. In case you missed it, here is the original story.

Ok, so the problem is that I can just be walking (rather limping) along and all of a sudden my knee will just pop out to the side. The doctors call it an unstable knee. I call it a pain in the neck. Basically the original reconstruction didn't take, this was due to many reasons one of which was that I was pregnant and carrying the extra weight was not very helpful. Anyway I was sent to a specialist at the start of April and he said that my knee was so bad that he couldn't help me, but refered me to the head honcho at the Royal North Shore in Sydney. The original specialist was awesome and personally contacted this surgeon and made sure he would see me in a hurry. So I had an appointment set up for the end of May. A minor miracle to be seen so quickly in the public health system. Anyway I got a phone call last Tuesday from the new surgeons receptionist who asked if I was available to see him on Thursday!!! Apparently the first Dr sent an email to get the appointment moved up.... wow did I feel special hehe.
Anyway that feeling didn't last long as two different doctors examined and photographed and video taped every movement of the examination. I had two lots of x-rays and lots of pushing and pulling and tears, then the bad bits. They told me what they were going to do.

Apparently all the ligaments, tendons, muscles etc from the side of my knee right round the back to the other side are torn and useless. They aren't doing their job and holding my knee together, so my knee actually goes backwards, so when a normal knee straightens your leg is straight, my knee goes back to a 20 to 30 degree angle. It also goes about the same to the right.
A normal knee recon is not going to do anything because my fractures have healed and there is nothing wrong with the joints, its all the tissues. So they say because all my bits are useless, they are going to have to use doner tendons, ligaments etc.... Now I have always been a very loud advocate for organ donation! When I go, anyone is welcome to any bits of my body that may help them. I always said imagine if my kids need a kidney! Anyway the thing is I never imagined that I would need anything. I don't know how I feel about it.... even as I write this I feel really uneasy. I still haven't come to grips with it, because it's not a life threatening problem, it's just a walking problem.
As I read that back it seems incredibly selfish, a quadraplegic would do anything to have my knee I'm sure, but I still feel really uneasy about it.
Anyway they also have to remove my Fibular bone and somehow (my eyes had glazed over by this stage and I didn't really take it all in) drill a hole in my bones and fit the fibular back in somewhere straightening something or other..... no idea really. The end result being after a 5 hour operation I will be fitted with a brace that will be screwed into my bones. This is what terrifys me. My kids will be petrified by the sight of it and I don't know how it will feel when they take it off, and how will I get my knickers on hehehe.....
I'll be in the brace for from 6 weeks to 3 months, basically as long as possible. This means I'm back in the wheelchair for around 3 to 6 months, depending on how it all goes. Surgery is set for July.
All because of a bloody spilt bit of cordial.... beware of wet tiles people!!!!!
Anyway don't feel sorry for me, their are people worse off than me!! I just needed to get this out there, anyone with any experience in this I'd love to hear from you....

Thanks for listening...
Paula x

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Birthday Party Nightmare!

Well what a weekend! Thank God its over!!!
Chloe's 3rd birthday party was held on Sunday afternoon and everything was going amazingly well, (too well) we had everything organised, all the games were ready, the house was as clean as it was going to get. Then me being me I had to have a disaster! Being the drama queen I am (totally unintentionally mined you) I had to once again go down in a screaming heap.
All the Aussies might remember that tv add, the little boy saying "his legs went this way and his head went that way". Well that was me
My darling husband had moped the bathroom floor and as I was walking out my leg went this way, my bad knee slamed into the bathroom door, my shoulder into the wall and my head ended up on the bathroom floor. hahaha what a sight I must have been as my mum and sister ran in to see what I had done. My body being spread over 3 different rooms. Anyway with a lot of help from my family, the kids had a great day! We had too much food left over and the kids were still on a sugar high the next day, but fun was had by all. Even if 3/4 of my body is now black and blue :)

I'm quite proud of the cake, what do you think?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Owl Tutorials and Patterns

A Lady who lost everything in the Victorian bushfires had a beloved collection of Owls that she unfortunately lost. So an online group that I belong to (Scquilters) has decided to try and repopulate her Parliment. As you can imagine with all I have going on at the moment I have no time to make some myself, but what I can do is put together a list a sites that have some free tutorials and patterns, so those that do have a few free minutes can maybe whip up a few.

I've added my own tutorial here
These are really easy tutorials:
Abraham Owl
Owl Plushie

Video Tutorial:
Owl Softie

Rediculously cute!

These have some great inspiration:

I'll add more as I find them so check back often...
Paula x