Archive for the ‘crafty things’ Category


Spring Dress Making

August 30, 2009
Blue Butterfly Party Dress

Blue Butterfly Party Dress

Here’s some rough (sorry) snaps of our new spring party dresses…..

These are a great slip on dress with tie-up straps – for every occasion – but especially for the little girl that never wants to wear pants!!

We are making these in a range of sweet and eccentric fabrics – so lots of choices for each little babushka!! 

Next week….we will have some skirts and some more frocks to show you!!

Love your comments as always – feel free to post



Kiwi Party Dress

Yellow Birds Party Dress


Gingerbread Men

December 12, 2008

ginger-bread-menI am getting so excited about christmas.. more so than any other year.  I came across the recipe in the West Australia dated 29th Nov.  It’s very simple and tasty (note the missing men)


175g unsalted butter, softened

4 tsp brown sugar

8 tbsp treacle

3 cups flour

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground allspice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

6 tbsp milk

Cream butter and sugar, add the treacle, then stir in the sifted flour, spices and salt, followed by the milk.  Knead the dough on a lightly floured bench, cover and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Preheat oven at 180C.

Cut the dough into flour and roll  out to a thickness of 5mm.

Cut out your gingerbread men and lay eight or nine in a circle on a baking paper-covered tray, with their feet and hands overlapping, dabbing a little water on their hands and feet to make them stick.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Cool and thread ribbon through.

xx Frankie


Mathilda’s Markets!

October 16, 2008

It was sooo exciting to see us added to the “Mathilda’s Market” website not to mention Tia’s squeals of delight to see her photo on the ‘web’.

so we are off to market to sell soon – 5 weeks to go. cant wait to see the response to our stuff. the labels for the balms and essences are looking gorgeous. headbands are underway…will upload a pic shortly. bag designs are funky and fun! loving our fabrics…

Cessie & Frankie  …



September 30, 2008

What a wonderful and full long weekend we had with family! Had to a great finger painting session. Of course we made the paint ourselves (1 cup of flour, a little cold water to mix to a paste and then slowly add the hot water to get the right consistency.

I added raspberry juice for colour!). Big tip though – wash it off the little-ones before it dries too much (fun in the bath lol!)


Got the new sewing machine…yee-hah! have had a heap of fun learning all over again what I did at school all those years ago. Look at these cute bag tags I managed to sew up (no Frankie they didn’t take me 10mins! x). Think I might do some in beautiful kiddy fabrics for daycare and kindy bags – what do you think??

Also had to throw in a picture of the cute strawberry skirt Frankie made up a couple of weeks ago. I was hanging up our dresses when my little girl walked in and saw the skirt. She squealed ‘strawberries’.

of course I had to put it on her and take a pic for you                           (sorry ’bout the amateur photo!!)

Off to visit Frankie and show her some of my sewing efforts!!!

x Cessie


Enid Gilchrist

September 29, 2008

I had a win today.  A friends Mum Marilyn has kindly lent me her collection of Enid Gilchrist sewing books.  There are some great designs in there,  I’ll have fun playing around and making changes to suit.   I think that I might try my hand at this one;

It Might turn out to be a quickie. Not to much cutting or sewing involved with this one. I’ll let you know how I go, I might just have to eat my words.  Marilyn also gave me some fabric that she has had for about 50 plus years. It’s in great condition and is currently in the washing machine, just to make sure it passes the test of life.  I hope it does it is an amazing green! I might just make the peasant top with it.  But I can’t be sure until I hang it in the sewing room for a few days, so it can “talk to me”.. just to make sure.

I finished my first “swirl” dress last night.  The patten needs a little tweaking, just to get more “swirl”. Tia wouldn’t take it off after a chocolate bribe to get it on… chocolatia. A sign that it’s a winner.  I drafted the pattern from a picture in my head, so I was pretty proud of myself. It took me back to my childhood, I would make clothes out of paper, while Mum was at the sewing machine.  It would keep me amused for hours or so it would seem at the time, I would put on my paper dress and run across the road to Pina’s house to flaunt my new creation.  Pina was the Diva in my eyes and her encouragement would spur on my creativity.  She will be impressed with my latest creations, I’ll have to get Tia go over for a visit and model one for her.

Ciao for now, Frankie x


Just Making Things….

September 16, 2008

Funky, fun and just for the little one….

I’ve spent the day perfecting my essences and lip balms. How much fun. They look bright and cute and the kiddies will love them.  Now for the packaging. Tubes, tins, pots??? Little hands?? Frankie and I will have some fun with that too.  Photo’s to come!!

Promised to publish my awesome choco’cake recipe…spelt flour, good sweetners etc….hope you like!

  • 180g melted butter
  • 1/3 cup macadamia oil
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup raw castor
  • dash of stevia or 1/3 cup of other sweetner (demera/brown rice syrup/rapadura)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups coconut
  • 1.5 cups spelt
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk

Mix and cook……YUMMO!

Had to upload a pic of ‘that dress’. The one the girls love and everyone seems to adore. Don’t know why I’m calling it the ‘chasing the sunshine’ dress/tunic. Frankies making it in heaps of different funky fabrics. Already had requests to upsize it for the grown-ups!!

Chasing The Sunshine Dress

Chasing The Sunshine Dress