Archive for May, 2015

A new dress for Audrey

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

I had a hiatus from sewing, but then the bug bit me again and I just had to make something.

My fourth geranium dress.


I lengthened the bodice. I hand sewed the bodice lining down and I hand sewed the hem. This details are definitely worth it. So much nicer.

The lining is red linen cotton blend. The only fabric I could find that co-ordinated with the dress.

I added a round ruffle collar.
I really need to try using the rolled hem foot. I just folded this over, so there was no hem. But it is kind of bulky. Next time I will try that so it will only be single layer.


Finished it off with self cover buttons. I didn’t have any buttons in my stash that were suitable. My arm was twisted, I had to use the self cover buttons I had been meaning to try!

They are sooooo pretty. I want to add them to EVERYTHING now.


Ruffle collars are KING when mixed with cardigans


The colour of the dress is a little hard to co-ordinate with other items! OPPS. What do you think she could wear this with? What coloured tights?? What kind of shoes. The red is also a reddy-orange situation too. Eek. This is why I am not really a fan of red. I don’t know what to do with it.

A look into my screen shots

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Here is a curated look at what has been inspiring me and making me froth at the mouth!

A taste of my style, well what I hope to emulate one day.



Ohh I wish I could sew like this. Totally smitten with smocking at the moment.


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But these are my colours!! The fabric on the armchair is perfection. I would love to upholster my wingback is something like this.


Susan Greenleaf

These are also my colours


Hilary Jones Ceramics

Second from the right is proudly mine now


Kate Marker

I love that cabinet. The details and the colours!


Harbor Home

Ohhh the mirror!! My one will look similar! Can’t wait


Elle Decor Twitter

The curtains!! They slay me. They are gorgeous. I want to make something similar for my living room. A blue like that with trim tape.


Amy Vermillion Interiors

Speaking of trim tape!!! Gorgeous.


Bungalow Classic

This Suzanne Kasler laurent chair for Hickory has my heart!! I really want 2 of them. Do you think they would be ok for a desk chair. An occasional desk chair?


Clay Mclaurin Studio

Love heartey eyes!


Bungalow Classic

White ceramics forever!!


Robyn Mckendry

That ribbon. That linen, the Astier de Villatte in the middle of that plate sandwich!


Kate Marker

These colours or swoon worthy. I am in MAJOR love with houndstooth. Husband hates it. Just says “David Jones shopping bag” to him.


Sissy and Marley

Such a pretty girls room! I love the scallop pillow cases and the bolster.



Ohhhh I wish I could draw like that! Dogwood illustration


CottonWood Interiors

If I am ever fortunate enough to afford the proposed extension on my place, it will have this look and feel. Love the artwork with the light above and the bannister.


Sugar Paper LA

I adore hand cut silhouettes. I went to the Easter show when I was young and had one done. Then when it came to my wedding I really wanted an artist to come the reception as entertainment. Would be a sweet gift for the guests. But I found out that they person from the Easter show had passed away.  :(  and I couldn’t find anyone else who could do it.


Stark Design

Ohh succulents and silver falls. Love.


Caitlin Wilson

I really like this demi lune table and the simple styling.


Cavit & Co

I LOVE these ceramics. No idea where they are from. Love the artwork too.


Holly M Carlisle

Ohhhhh if I was getting married again (I won’t) but if I was, this would be my bouquet. Young white lilacs.


Single Stone LA

and this would be my set!!


Meredith Heron

These look like jewellery too!!


Motif Personnel

Beautiful étoile fabric to make my Audrey something!


Loi Thai

What an entry! Yes Please to everything.


Marianne Smith

I really like this wallpaper. . . . then I saw the price!!! HAHAHAH. Poor me. (If I bought it ahhahah poor)


BM Interiors

Laundry Lust – all that storage!


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Gorgeous details. Brass. Wallpaper and antiqued mirror.


Chris Gursansky

My outdoor patio. . . . one day . . .


Stark Design

Ohhhh ceramics have my heart. I am loving the celadon colour.


Windsor Smith

Traditional fifth year wedding anniversary is wood. And if money was no object. . . . Yep!! ^^^ that. . Please?

Or my beloved Hickory chair cabinet that is 20k PLUS.

Queen Bed Head D.I.Y Upholstery Tutorial

Monday, May 18th, 2015

After close to 10 months, I am here to FINALLY do my bed head tutorial.


To start with I sketched the shape of the bed head on some paper. Full disclosure, I was heavily inspired by a Hickory chair company Fifth Ave bed.



I decided to do a piped edge instead of nail head, like in the picture. I love nail head, but at the time, the interiors world was saturated with nail heads and I didn’t want the bed head to be too trend based and look sad shortly after. But I definitely LOVE nail head. I also have a chair in the room that has nail head trim.

I chose to make mine taller and not do the border. The border is waaaaayyy out of my amateur upholstery skills.

Then I handed over my drawing with measurements to my husband. My bed head is about 170cm tall and about 5 cm wider on each side of a queen mattress.

He then drew it out in his CAD software and sent it to the factory to be cut out.


The 3 beams were 45mm thick from bunnings. The plywood backing is 9mm thick and the fancy shape top are 9 mm thick ply stacked up on top of each other. All glued and screwed together.

This step is obviously not an option for everyone. So you can get out rulers, protractors and pair of compasses to draw the fancy curve shape. It is definitely not impossible and how things use to be done back in the olden days!

Then use a jigsaw to cut it out.

Luckily my brother works at a factory and he ran the project on a CNC machine. He also constructed it for me.

Then my husband also sent his file for the inner part of the bed head for the foam shape to a foam shop who accepts .dxf files and they cut it out so the fit was perfection.


Again, this is also not necessary. You can cut foam to shape like you cut plywood with a jigsaw. You just use an electric bread knife for the foam. This doesn’t even need to be exact. It is going to be inside the bed head, not visible and it is a squishy product.


Once you have the wooden frame constructed and the foam inside. The next thing to do is to cover the rest of it.

Lay it horizontally on a couple of work horses which can be picked up fairly cheaply at Bunnings.


I covered it with a foam mattress topper from Target. I got this for half price when a target was closing down.

The packet says “Foam underlay” and the price is $39 (I paid $19.50) for a queen bed size. But I can’t see it on their website. (They have similar stuff, but it is memory foam, mine is not memory foam) Moving on. You can use a thin foam all over. 2 or so centimetres thick.

You don’t have to use foam here though (as it is expensive!) You can use high loft batting here which can be purchased from spotlight. But use 2 layers.

I went with the thin foam. Lay it on top


The pointy side down. Then with a staple gun (I STRONGLY recommend investing in an electric staple gun, due to the amount of stapling you will be doing. Unless you’re fond of hand cramps or have amazing palm strength then you can use a $20 manual one)

Staple around the perimetre of the bed head minus the legs. Use your fingers to push the foam to find the edge of the timber.


Then trim the excess foam off with good scissors.


Next, lay your fabric over the top. Make sure it is ironed and free from wrinkles. I laid my fabric on its side. So the selvedge (self finish edge) of the fabric is at the top and bottom, not the sides of the head board. As the fabric width was not wide enough to accommodate my bed head. So if you are using patterned fabric, keep this in mind. If pattern is not directional, i.e works in any direction it is then that is fine, but if it needs to go a certain direction and is not wide enough the way it is, you will have to sew pieces together and you will have a seam or seams. So make sure you measure and line it up so that it is centred to the bed head.


You can see the selvedge edge at the top there and just resting on the bed head leg. Then begin to staple! I started at the bottom of the bed head. I just put a few staples in. Then I went to the top of the bed head and pulled the fabric smooth and firmly taut. Not overly taut though, just smooth the fabric up and over the edge and pulling slightly, put a staple in a few places to anchor it. Then move to the sides and place some there. Once you have the fabric stapled on all 4 sides, make sure it is smooth, free of ripples or loose fabric. If it is nice and tight, move in. if you’ve got issues, use needle nose pliers and pull some staples out and try again. Then go around the fill in the gaps with staples.


Obviously, this complies with all the known OH&S regulations.


Close up


You may need to cut the fabric to ease it around the pointy parts. Then trim the excess fabric off.

We next move on to covering the legs. For this part. Cut fabric that is big enough to cover the leg the whole way around.

For this part you will need cardboard backtacking strips. These are sold per metre strips. $0.45 per metre.


I bought them from here


Cut the strips to length. BUT DO NOT USE DRESS MAKING SHEARS HERE. Under no circumstances use your scissors for paper/cardboard.

Place your cut fabric so that the wrong side of the fabric is facing up. My picture is too cropped. But you place your piece of fabric on the body of your head board. So the edge of the fabric is lined up with the trimmed edge of the body fabric. Not sitting on the bed head leg. Then place your strip and put a few staples in it. You use the strips to get a nice straight edge. Then you pick up your cut piece of fabric and it folds over the backtack strip and conceals it and you can then drape it over the leg. Staple it in place on the of the leg. There is not foam or batting used on the legs, it is not necessary in my opinion.

Next we move to the sewing machine. (I was scared of this part, but trust me, YOU CAN DO IT!) You are going to make the piping/cording.


I bought my cording from Spotlight. You can get a vast range of thickness for your cording. I chose something quite thick. I wanted it to be prominent. I can’t remember the size number though. Sorry. This is cotton cording. If you are going to do piped edge on something that you will wash, I have been advised to stay away from the type of cording I chose. As it takes FOREVER to dry. In that case you can use soft hollow core plastic.


Measure the perimetre of your project for the amount of cording to buy.

Change the foot on your machine to the zipper foot.


Cut long strips of fabric that is wide enough to wrap around your cording and have over hang. This youtube video shows you how to do it.


I am certain that I didn’t cut my strips on the bias though. I just cut straight strips and it worked fine. In the youtube video it shows you how to sew the strips together so you have one big long continuance piece of fabric.


Wrap the strips of fabric around the cording and line the cut edges up. Make sure your cording is in there snugly and sew with your zipper foot as close to the cording as possible. You don’t want it loose in the channel. I had to move the needle on my machine over to get closer. Once you have it right, it is super easy. Just sew the entire length in one straight stitch. EASY!!!

Then you have piping!!!

Find the middle of the long strip of cording. Place that at the top middle of the headboard. Secure it. Then follow it along the edge of your bed head to the bottom of the leg to make sure you have made enough. Do this on both sides. You don’t want one leg to have a puddle of piping left over and then not enough of the other leg when you get to it. You can’t just cut it off and add it to the other side without a bad obvious join.

Then start to staple the piping in place. You want the piping to rest just on the front edge. You are stapling into the over hang of the fabric.



Continue all the way down.

Cut more strips of fabric. This is to cover the top and side edges of your head board. You may have to sew 2 or more together. I have 1 seam. Be smart about it. place the seam/s somewhere inconspicuous. You don’t want them to be too visible. So lining them up with other joins is best.


Next up. You will need your cardboard backtacking strips.


We are going to be covering up all the staples and raw edges of fabric from the piping to make a nice finish.

Lay your fabric the wrong side up, just like we did with the legs and place your cardboard strip butted up with the piping/cording.


Place staples into the cardboard.

Next up, cut strips of high loft batting. I purchased this at spotlight. Cut strips slightly bigger then the depth of your head board. You need this so you don’t feel/see the staples,the cardboard strips or excess fabric under the finished fabric edge. To give it a nice smooth finish.


Fold back the fabric you just attached. Place the strip of the batting there. Lift a layer of the batting and place the staples inside it. You don’t want to feel these staples or see the bumps when you attach it.


As you can see in the picture above, I am placing the staples in the middle of the batting. Just separating it with my fingers.


Go the whole way around.

Then fold your fabric back over and staple it on the very back of the head board. VOILA! A piped edge that is concealed and the top edge looks beautiful.



Trim excess hanging fabric.


Stand it up and be all like, f**k, I am a f**king GENIUS! Bask in the glory of being an amazing d.i.y QUEEN!!

Lay something over your work horses to protect the front of your bed head. Lay your bed head face down to close up the back of the leg fabric that you can see hanging in the above picture.

I used this metal back tack strip to close the leg fabric over so there are no visible staples.


And to close up the back up, I purchased shark trim to do it neatly, so that there is no visible staples.


I attempted to use it and became frustrated and then I came to my senses – “It is the back Laura, no one will ever see it. Just staple it!”


I purchased an off cut of fabric from the upholstery store that was enough to cover the back for like $4. It doesn’t matter what it looks like.

AND THEN IT IS FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then insist on nagging your husband the minute he walks in the door from work to help you bring it inside the house and place it behind your ensemble mattress. The weight of the mattress and base has been enough to keep it in place for us. I did not attach it to the wall at all. It is simply just leaning.

You can make bed heads minus the legs and then hang them on the wall, but I have no idea why you would do that. You can see it is missing legs and it looks kind of silly and then you have to go to the trouble of hanging it on the wall with brackets and hardware, I would just make your head board with legs.


Then snap a picture because you are proud as punch!

Materials and Cost:

Timber beams: Around $30 from bunnings.

Plywood: Free.

Frame cutting: Freebie.

Foam: $50 for 50mm medium density foam.

Foam Cutting: $120 for cutting. That is pretty expensive and I did “umm & ahh” over doing this. I could have cut it myself and it would have cost $0 but I wanted to make a professional looking head board and that meant it was guaranteed to be the right and perfect shape and I didn’t have to mess around trying to cut it myself, so I personally thought it was worth spending money on. But It is definitely doable. Make a template and trace in on the foam with black texta.  Then cut it out with an electric bread knife.

Thin foam: $19.50

Fabric: $200 (I think it was around $50 a metre and I used around 4 metres) Remember, you need upholstery fabric, you can’t/should go to just spotlight or lincraft and buy any ol’ thing.

Staples: ~$10

Cording: ~$20 (I can’t remember, but something like this)

It was around $450 to make it. You can buy bed heads for this price. . . maybe, but it won’t be anywhere near as nice. The fabric will be sad, there won’t be piping and the foam will be thin and hard. My husband questioned me making this one when the price was mounting and slightly begged me to have someone else make it. I was shocked. I trusted my ability, especially after doing the diamond tufted banquette and the professional upholsterer who made the cushion cover for me praised it to no end. Once I completed it, My husband was really pleased with the result and did admit he had made a mistake in not having faith in me. To have someone make this bed head up for you in your own custom shape, you are probably looking at $1200 at least. I think I did well.

Time: This bed head took me around 2.5 days to upholster. I was the primary carer of my 1 year old whilst doing it too. I did it on my own. (besided the construction of the frame)I got my husband to help me put it on the work horses before he left for work. But when it came to flipping the bed head over onto its front. I did that on my own and I could have really used another set of hands, but I am too determined. And I have plastic work horses and a couple collapsed as I was exercising poor judgment and restraint, but I managed to get it on and get it done because it was so close to being finished.

If any Aus peeps want to give making a custom shaped bed head a go and need some assistance getting the bed head frame made, you can speak to me, even if your aren’t in Sydney.


Dinner idea

Friday, May 15th, 2015

I made this for dinner tonight!!!





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But I made a few adjustments.

I added mushrooms. But not just any old mushrooms. I added MY favourite mushrooms in the whole wide world. Saffron Milk Caps. Hand picked by my in laws from Oberon, NSW.


Image source and more info of the mushrooms

I used smoked salmon instead of trout, as that is what I had on hand. I used about 4 tablespoons of thickened cream stirred through instead of creme fraiche as I didn’t have any. I used just ordinary green shallots. And I stirred through some parsley. MY GOD, It was yum!

Probably the best pasta I have made in a long time!

Do try it.

Have you tried saffron milk caps? Or pine mushrooms. They are seriously delicious.

Do you like mushrooms? I love them!

I’m back! I’m trying.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to whoever wants to take my well wishes!

Hope you had a good day.

My day was a wee bit terrible. I slept at my sister’s house the night before because she hosted a games night that was ace and she lives nearby to where I work, It only made sense.

I went to work and my husband and Audrey visited for lunch. My husband did a fabulous job! He went to my favourite deli and bakery and put together a scrumptious picnic! I walked over to the park in my lunch break and spent it with the people I love!


Like this one ^^

She’s two! and she’s acting like it!

She wasn’t great company. The only time she was happy was when she was standing in the rose garden and I’m worried she will get hurt by a thorn. Otherwise she was throwing herself on the ground.

She was a little dolly when I took her to the office and I let her sit on my knee and scribble with the highlighter. Then they went off to see his mother and family. I was at work late and then I went home and he wasn’t home yet. .  Then when he arrived, Audrey was asleep.

Ho hum. So I only saw her for an hour. . on mother’s day. Then my husband asked me to put a load of washing on. DAGGERS FROM MY EYES DIRECTED RIGHT AT HIM!

He did a wonderful job considering the circumstances though.


These are the beautiful bunch of flowers that he got me. He claims he picked all the flowers and they did the foliage. Bless him!


A little gift!!! It is in a nice aqua blue glass. He also got me a new blade/box cutter. I am LOST without that tool. I use it often! And my last one slowly fell apart as I put new blades in. Plus a hot water bottle. How cute!


I am taking too many #shelfies (NEVER!) on my mantle. Loving it sick.

Talking about mantle. I have ordered a new mirror for it. It is a few weeks away as it is being custom made.


It will look something like this one. But with more antiquing done. As you enter the living room you are faced with the fireplace and a big mirror staring back at you. It would frighten me every time! I wanted a bit of distortion. Ha!

The one above is from Amy Vermillion blog and is a Hickory Chair company mirror.





These pictures have been saved in my living room pinterest board for quite some time.

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My new throw cushion. Excuse the low light and the *shock* WRINKLES.

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The process of my new throw cushion. I just used a feather cushion insert that was too big. Cut it. Pulled out some feathers and sewed it back up. Then vacuumed my entire house.

Used what I had and didn’t spend any money!

I am on a mission. Decrease mindless spending and decluttering this house. More about that later.

How was you mother’s day? Or how did you spend the day?