Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sprout Design in New Colourways

A couple of weeks ago we received the full collection of the NEW Sprout Design fabrics in gorgeous new fresh and modern colourways. These have proven very popular in store and include many of the original Pamela Walker designs as well as a variety of talented Australian designer prints. Sprout Design fabrics in this category are printed on a wide width 'natural' 100% cotton drill. This new range would suit childrens' bedroom and nursery decor but are also widely used by many of our customers for children's clothing and bags.

Enjoy sewing with Sprout and please email us any of your creations for our inspiration gallery as we would love to see your fabulous handmade items.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Amy Butler Soul Blossoms

Introducing Amy Butler's NEW stunning fabric collection Soul Blossoms - In Store Now!

Amy Butler shares with us her personal travels to India with this exquisite collection. Dreamy jewel toned prints in multi-hued flowers and designs - uplifting and passionate - weave together Amy's ethnic inspired story. Three truly amazing saturated color collections; Passion, Joy and Bliss, work in a harmonious treasure box palette for endless exotic combinations. As with all of Amy's collections, these fabrics look fabulous made into both adult and children's clothing, bags and cushions.

And what better way to show off the Soul Blossoms designs in all its glory than with loads of inspiration from Amy Butler...

One of my personal favourites, this spectacular Sari Blossom design has a beautiful intricate border running along both selvedges and would look lovely at the base of a wrap skirt or kaftan or as a feaure on a bag. .
Soul Blossoms Disco Flower

Soul Blossoms Peacock Feathers
Soul Blossoms Temple Doors

The gorgeous Soul Blossoms Home Decorating fabrics will be available soon. Please pop over here for a visit this weekend to see all our inspiring new fabric arrivals!

Happy sewing & summer decorating!

Elissa x

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vegie Smugglers

A fabulous NEW book arrived on my doorstep the other day! The author Wendy Blume has magically taken away the frustration of finding new menu items our kids will enjoy that are healthy too with this beautifully presented cookbook called Vegie Smugglers.

The kids and I have been enjoying cooking from this book over the past week and I highly recommend it, particularly as it takes the guesswork out of 'what to cook tonite' for a busy mum & more than anything puts the 'fun' back into mealtimes for kids. I was pleasantly surprised and a little excited to see that Wendy had had her gorgeous meals attractively photographed on many of the beautiful fabrics she has purchased from our store.

Soooo, if these gorgeous pics have made you a little hungry and you think this book will assist in adding some interest to your 'feeding time at the zoo' too then head over here to purchase a book...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kelani Inspiration Gallery Winners!

After a fairly long delay due to a number of new store and gallery updates, I am delighted to announce the winners of our inspiration gallery competition..

Louise has shared her lovely creative projects with us and has created some wonderfully unique items!

I absolutely loved Melanie's choice of what many of us would consider a traditional boy's fabric for a girl's sundress. The same dress in Sandi Henderson 'strawberry fields' is also very sweet!

Jenny has made these beautiful lamps and lampshade from our lovely Australian Designer fabrics.

Tamika has created this beautiful linen set from the Good Train japanese fabric for her son.

Katie has designed and sewn her own sleeping bags which have come up a treat, along with a number of Nicole Mallalieu Chunky Purse and Spec Cases. See more in our gallery.

Claire has not only tackled her very first quilt using the 'bumblebub quilt' from the Melly & Me Kaleidoscope book (beautiful!) but she has also sewn these stunning clutches using the Anna Maria Horner Ruthie Clutch pattern as well as this sweet Make It Perfect Uptown Girl Jacket.

Thank you to all our truly talented customers for inspiring so many with your gorgeous handmade creations and for taking the time to email us such fabulous images. I am always blown away by all our entries and we have such a tough time choosing winners!!! Be sure to check out our gallery for more customer creations and details of their fabulous blogs and handmade businesses. I feel like I am now finally back on track and will upload September entries into our gallery next week.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Balloons Over Paris

If you can't visit Paris bring Paris to you with these NEW gorgeous whimsical Paris fabrics! 'Balloons over Paris' is a lovely collection of fabrics with beautiful Paris scenes and hot air balloons on a medium weight natural cotton/linen blend. The design is mirrored on both selvedges with the balloons floating in between.

Also a part of this lovely collection is French Balloons! Our house is set up high and we are fortunate enough to see hot air balloons floating in the distance always bringing much excitement from my daughters in the early hours of the morning! There is something about hot air balloons and the magic feeling of floating above the world!

                                                                         Enjoy xx

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Far Far Away II Now Available

The much anticipated Far Far Away II fabric collection by Heather Ross has arrived and it is absolutely exquisite. An exceptional children's fabric collection featuring wonderful illustrations from well known fairytales Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and The Owl & The Pussycat. Printed on a gorgeous textured linen this collection has three superb colour palettes of meadow, plum and aqua. It is very difficult to choose a favourite from this collection as all the designs and their colourways are incredible. This collection is perfect for children's bedroom decor and clothing and I will be very excited to see what some of our customers create with it.

And isn't the above contemporary quilt made from the Far Far Away II fabrics just beautiful!! This quilt pattern by talented modern quilt designer Rebecca Johnson is on its way to us and will be available in our store for purchase early next week.

We have been receiving many emails from customers requesting notification of the arrival of this collection. I realise it sounds a little like a sales pitch but we do have disappointed customers who sometimes miss out on a popular collection because they sell quickly so if you LOVE Far Far Away II get in quick and order your favourites today.

Keep in touch also with our new arrivals as we will be uploading many new japanese fabrics + more in the coming days!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fabric Love!

Certainly one of my favourite japanese fabrics this year! I have already cut into a couple of colourways for some new barcelona skirts. Forest is a batik-style scattering of trees & apples with the odd bird perched in a tree, in flight or standing beneath these gorgeous trees. Printed on a 100% light weight cotton makes it the perfect dress fabric but any of these colourways would look fabulous made into anything really.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Stylish NEW Sewing Patterns by Jamie Christina

So many of us sew for our children and forget about ourselves and how good it feels to make something for yourself that is a little different to the stock-standard me-too clothing available from many department and chain stores.

I have great pleasure in introducing to our store and Australia the beautiful stylish contemporary sewing patterns by Jamie Christina. I continue to search for ladies patterns that allow the beautiful unique fabrics available today to 'shine' and Jamie Christina sewing patterns certainly 'fit the bill'!

Jamie's latest pattern above, the 'Sunny Day Dress & Skirt' looks divine made up in Nani Iro as on the cover but would look fabulous in any unique light - medium weight fabric for summer. If you are looking for a lovely fabric for a dress or top why not shop our newly created 'dress category'.

The 'Honey Girl Sundress & Top' would make another fabulous addition to the summer wardrobe and there are some great variations with this pattern like sleeveless or adding shoulder straps, with or without ruffle, big buttons or small buttons, and of course your choice of either a dress or top.

Take a look at some of the gorgeous pieces Jamie Christina has sewn from her exquisite patterns using Echino & Nani Iro fabrics below for a little more summer inspiration!

Jamie also has a beautiful 'Pretty Ditty Apron' pattern that you may just want to wear to pick the kids up from school!

not to mention an awesome hooded scarf to brave those cold mornings...

Jamie's patterns present great value for money as they are beautifully presented and written with concise instructions as well as detailed illustrations for you to easily follow.

I hope that you are inspired to create something for yourself very soon and I await the next addition to Jamie Christina's sewing patterns in anticipation.