Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Summer antics...

Wishing you all a very merry sew lovely christmas and holiday season. Be safe on the roads, eat well, take time to breathe & relax. Look out for some colourful crafting in a park near you this summer, come say hello and pick up a needle n thread. xx Sarah Sew Love xx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Looking through a new lens

This year's been one epic adventure! Starting my business, my dream, changing relationship status, living town vs country lifestyle between AKL & Coro. I am so so grateful to have been supported so well from friends and family and you Sew Love-rs too I thank you immensely! 

I have met some incredible people this year, one in particular is the wonderful Laura Forest: Inspiring, encouraging & SO hardworking - She is a very caring soul, not just for other human beings but flowers and dogfaces too. She continually strives to uplift the arts community and is super supportive of new ventures like Sew Love. I am blessed to have such a friend, a cheerleader, and amazing homemade muesli maker!

The photos in this post are all taken by her lovely self. Amongst loads of amazing talents, her profession is a photographer and she's a beauty! Have a look at her website and Facebook then go prepare yourself for her amazing instagram feed. Laura & her partner Ed also have a blog together the chef and the photographer. Head on over asap to drool at the devine art on a plate.

Now you can see how talented this lovely lass is, You can imagine the nerves and the gratefulness I had as I got to spend a day with her shooting for up & coming Sew Love antics, and receiving great training on my new camera too. Feeling dressed as a cartoon rainbow we bundled up every ounce of colour that we could carry in baskets and totes, Laura was laden with tripod, camera, step ladder the lot. We manoeuvred our way through poo and freakin' crazy swan necks of Western Springs Park at 9am. To find our perfect meadow...
 You will see some pics soon as we have MUCHO EXCITING things to come in 2014... but here are a couple of  the outtakes from our morning. Laura Forest you are a star! One intelligent, creative, quirky soul who I am constantly inspired by in my work and life. Thank you xx
P.S. This skirt, I wore when I was 5yrs old for a jazz dance recital, the elastic waistband is still in great order.
Me & the lovely Laura at First Thursdays Fiesta recently. You're awesome girl! 
xx Sarah Sew Love xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Wrapping up Xmas by Recycling & Upcycling

It's an exciting time of year for everyone, especially lovers of craftyness me thinks. Don't give in to that so-called plastic fantasticness, glittery, shimmery shiny ribbons and bows, tinsel on your toes, speed shopping, speed wrapping, and screaming kids (I took one look at a mall because I had to and freaked out!) THIS XMAS try to stop and get in a true spirit of christmas, (try to) take time to think about family and friends, a time to be grateful for them, and to thank them with a beautiful treat that makes them smile and feel warm fuzzies. Opting for handmade & up-cycled gift giving keeps smiles all around. No need to make a dent on your wallet, nor on our beautiful mother earth.
I popped up an eco xmas wrapping station in St Kevins arcade last weekend. I was wrapping with sewing pattern tissue, wallpaper, old duraseal (that I always thought started with a 'J') cut into strips for tape, & strings of wool for ribbons. Doilys, and magazine clippings for adorning the present tops, some had pom poms instead of bows. Some small treats were just slotted into pre folded envelopes no tape necessary. I made these out of old retro wallpaper (a little quick and simple tute is coming soon)
Wrap: I love using old sewing patterns as tissue & the instructions as wrap, these are worse for wear (or incredibly uggllyyy patterns not destined to be used for sewing again (ofcourse I wouldn't cut up good sewing patterns now dont be silly!). Or try wallpaper, newspaper, patch up last years paper, fabric offcuts, totebags, pillowcases, floral sheets even?
Ribbon: Glossy plastic curly ribbon is what we're used to and usually throw it away, add some more handmade charm and texture by looking elsewhere to tie up your present. Use some wool or crochet thread from the op shop, gardners twine, or better yet some think strips of flax which you could compost after christmas. If you're good with your tying, you may get away without any cello tape! fantastic!
Gift tags: You can make these out of any offcuts of card (last years cards?) or paper, perhaps write on a paper doily, or colour in a piece of paper with crayons and pencils. Clippings from newspapers & magazines are great resources too. Go colourful retro & vintage for a good laugh. I found these recipe cards, Instead of glueing plain paper on the backs I have hole punched them and punched a (recycled) metal eyelit in to secure scrap paper on the reverse to write on. The receiver can still read & use the recipe should they wish to.
Gift Bags: Sometimes with a collection of sorts its easier to pop things in a gift bag instead of wrapping. I used to get chocolates, trinkets, a hanky etc from nanna in a chocolate box every year. I loved it. Instead of opting for the mass produced snowman glossy bag that has strings that break as soon as you throw in a bottle of wine... maybe you could make your own pouch or bag like these. I've taken pages from books, and using pinking shears trimmed one side of the opening so you can see the opening, and sewed down the three other sides. (ok probably wont hold you bottle of wine, but everything else just fine)
So go forth and eco-wrap little beauties :-) Have a loooveelly christmas, and as you unwrap your pressies have a think whether you could use that twine again, that wrapping? or string that giftcard some where pretty? MERRY MERRY CHEERY CHRISTMAS! xx Sarah xx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Sew love a FIESTA, First Thursdays on K'Road

Here's some pics from thursday night in St Kevins arcade.
It was such a fun night meeting lovely new smiling eager-to-craft faces, 
and some returning from previous classes to come and make with me again. 
Sew grand!
Planning a festive flower crown for the summer? Say no to plastic flowers from the $2 store... 
I'ts pretty easy, fun & pretty to recycle fabric scraps into your own flowers :-)
xx Sarah xx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Picnic Crafting by the seaside

 A leisurely Sunday was had sprawled on cushions, making pom poms and xmas cards. The sun was shining, I could SEE the sea. I could smell the sea, and the breeze was beaut. Just up the coast from Thames is a small grassy reserve by the Arts Centre. Today was their special market day. It was a pretty cruisy day and I lay back a couple of times into the cloud of orange and purple woolly snuggly pillows and took a few minutes rest. Its coming into the busy season, but coming out of a busy year. It was time to stare at the many metres of colourful bunting flap flapping in the wind above my head. Here's to the start of many picnic-y crafting adventures for the summer ahead!

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