Exciting news….

Last week I saw a blog on our local markets – They were reaching out, looking for local artists to take up stalls rent free.  In order to be in with a chance you had to send an email and sell yourself, along with a showcase of your work.

I thought it would be great to have a joint stall with my other half (Pete)  he is a watercolour artist he is the ‘art’ part of Wattscreative – check out his Facebook page and give him a ‘Like’.

So I sent in a ‘resume’ and today we got some exciting news that we have been approved for the ‘rent free’ section at the market!  Happy days.  So hopefully next month we can get our items together and head on down to Carrara Markets



Pretty Flamingo Clutch Bag

This morning we headed out to Broadbeach, unknowingly that the Arts and Craft markets were on.  Had a little mooch around there, ho-hum there are so many bag sellers, so don’t think I stand a look in getting into that scene!  But I can try, application is in.

This afternoon I was intent on completing my Flamingo design bag.  I put a top zip in this one, took a bit of working out, but got there in the end, but….ooPs I forgot something!  Anyway, here is the Flamingo Clutch bag, I think it looks pretty cool!  Nobody will ever know there was meant to be handles!!!  That’s between you and me….

Flamingo Clutch

Pretty Flamingo Clutch Bag

This will be on Etsy for sale shortly for AU$39.95.

I post internationally (postage to be paid by they Buyer).  To give you an idea postage to the UK is around AU$20 (around £11.00)


A calavera is Spanish for “skull” is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). (courtesy of wikipedia)

This fabric is designed by Alexander Henry renowned for his take on skeletal figure design fabrics.  I loved this one it is so eye-catching.

So here is the completed “Coco” bag by ChrisWdesigns.  This pattern was relatively easy to follow, and only took a few hours to make.

It is a nice size bag.  I opted for flat handles as opposed to the piped version with metal accessories (only because I didn’t have any to hand!).  I think I shall be making a few more of these for my Etsy shop.  I have ideas to change the front too, maybe adding an external zip pocket – watch this space!

Sugar Skull 'Coco' Bag                   Coco Bag


New ‘free’ pattern trial

I have got a new pattern to try.  This is a free one by ChrisW designs Link for anyone interested  It is called Coco – it is an everyday bag design.

I have chosen to use the fabric I purchased from Black Tulip Quilts a little while ago.  The fabric is Folkloric Fabric by Alexander Henry – Orange Sugar Skulls, I thought it was pretty cool, and I got it cheap in the sale $14 for nearly 2 metres as it was the end of roll!

Here are the pattern piece cut out (except the handles, which I am undecided about at the moment!)


Medium Tote Bag

As my new walking foot arrived last week, I was able to tackle putting the medium tote bag together, and did so with ease, the walking foot makes going through layers easy.


Walking foot attached

Here is the result, my third Two Pretty Poppets Stand up and Tote notice bag, the medium size, which is pretty large.  I love this tweed / check fabric which was a cheap op shop find, 2m of fabric for about $3 a few years ago, it has been great to work with.


Medium sized ‘Stand up and Tote Notice’ bag, pattern by Two Pretty Poppets

Ssh….don’t tell my Father!

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a great Easter Break, we were away camping, hence why there have been no blog posts for just over a week.

The other man in my life (my Dad) has a birthday coming up later this month.  I never know what to get him.  He likes receiving Marks & Spencer gift vouchers, but that’s a bit same(y), right?

Since I found a pretty good box bag tutorial, and had some of the nice tweed wool fabric left over in my stash, I thought I’d have a go at making a larger ‘Shaver’ Bag.  I have lined it with a contrast dark blue fabric, with some fusible stabiliser to give it some shape. Added the zipper top.  I also had a small piece of leather that I had picked up from the reverse garbage store in Woollangabba quite a while ago.  I have never sewn leather before, so bought some 90/14 machine needles to do the job, and thought I would give it a go.

The sewing machine went through the leather better than expected.

I added a leather tab zip pull and a leather handle to the shaver bag, and it has turned out brilliant.  Now to send it back to England in time for Dad’s birthday – hope he likes it.


Gents Shaver Bag