my creative space/shameless shop promotion

My creative space was the shop today. Lots of tidying and cleaning! 
 Not very productive as far as sewing goes as we are all getting ready for our xmas bash tommorow night.

It has been a busy month for me with markets at Eltham ans also the lovely Sprout market In Thornbury.
Some images below of some of the work of the clever artists at olive grove.
We  would love to see you all for a glass of champers and chat tommorrow night down at at the shop.
We are giving away two x $50 gift vouchers and lots of other goodies.
Members of the shop include labels Polly pratt, Debfellover, starashan, Pieces of you, ubulala, Roze elizabeth, Finki, Troika and me!! MiM Hope to see you all there! mimx x 

My creative Space

My studio is rather chaotic with piles and piles of 'to do' items :/
So, I decided to move out to the kitchen! The Kitchen table has been my creative space this afternoon.
What been happening there? Lots and lots of screen printing.
Firstly my new 'feathers' print onto a pair of denim shorts for a very special little person, a birthday present for my beautiful little son who is turning two today.
The white opaque ink really does not like the hot weather! I have to print very quickly so that the ink doesn't dry in the screen and block it.
The red print is my new leaf design which I have been printing onto womens tops and dresses.
I love the combination of dark denim and red print, especially once a bit of red stitch has been added...
mim x


What a joy is op shopping! Look at these treasures I came across. All in the one oppy and all for a grand total of $3.50! Two vintage 'sally-Ann' girls make your own apron kits complete with trim and instructions.
A make your own 'Sunday Bag' with cute little felt dog appliqué.
And the most glorious of all- A vintage 'Educational Toy' embroidery set that had never been opened, resplendent with coloured embroidery threads, instructions, beads etc.

Sometimes I get an op shop 'feeling', like I know there is something delicious treasure just waiting for me to go and rescue it.
Todays Haul was so great! my little Ruby loves the apron Kit.
as for the Sunday bag, well, thats all mine ;)

I'm still here ;)

Yup, thats me, looking rather silly and Hilarious at an 80's party earlier in the year.
I am still here , but have been crazily pumping out clothes for Christmas, a la production line style.
so, I have been exhausted!
Time to get back to blogging and have some fun now.
This morning I took a long time making MYSELF a top for summer.

Show and tell next week of all the stuff I have been making x x x

mim is back :)

We arrived back in Melbourne almost two weeks ago after having a brilliant time in the UK and Thailand.
Unfortunately we got some kind of horrid bug on the plane on the way back, so have been hideously sick and out of action for quite some time... Boring!
here are a few photos of the beautiful town where we stayed called Penryn in Cornwall.
I have returned inspired and full of new ideas :)
I am determinmed to start using up my rather enormous stash of scraps of vintage fabrics.
These are the new style of spring /summer tops I am making, stretch fabric with a panel of vintage patchwork, they are all one offs, lots of fun!
looking forward to seeing what everyone hasd been making! x x 


These are some of my latest Jumper/vest type transformed thingys.

I think the brown and blue is my favourite so far, it was for my lovely singning teacher.

The lovley Andrea is modeling the red vest which lived its former life as an 80's Italian jumper, I like it much better as a vest, I cut little sticky outy shoulder bits which I quite like also.

The last picture is my two lovelys, R and K.

We are about to get on a plane to Thailand , then on to Uk for a month to see family.
Long haul flight.Two children. Wish me luck.
I will try to post whilst away if I can manage to work out how to do it on another computer.

love MiM

Attachment ..

"Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached'
Simone Weil
French social philosipher

This is another of the jumper/vest type creations I have been making.
Silly old me forgot to take a before photo again...
It was a very puffy sleeved 80's looking hand knit jumper, mohair I believe.
I have felted ,hacked, added and recontructed to form the vest you now see.
Every moment of the process is pure bliss.
By the end of the process I find myself a little sad to be selling them.
This one sold the day after i put it in the shop, I was there when the lovely lady purchased it, I like getting to meet the people that buy my work .

So, goodbye for now little assymetrical vest friend, I hope your enjoy your new life . . . . .

More Jumper transformations

Since enjoying this jumper transformation so much, I have been unstoppable, I cant stop, I am addicted.
They have been really popular in the shop and selling like hotcakes.
I really feel like people can tell when you have enjoyed making something. If I ever get bored with something I am creating to sell, I stop and try something new.

I have spent countless hours cutting, felting , deconstructing and re-constucting many old jumpers over the last couple of months, it has been so much fun!

Alas, spring will soon be here so I might have to stop for a while :(

Here is my lovely girl wearing her very own , made last week.
more show and tell soon x x


"But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day."
~Benjamin Disraeli

Time certainly does pass by very quickly, its been a long time between posts.
It seems I have had one of those unintentional little breaks.

In these last few weeks I have been a busy little bee in the studio, the kids and I were also lucky enough to have a week in Queensland, it was glorious spending time in the ocean and being shone on by the warm sun.

I have posted here, photos of some eco- printing I did before going to QLD.
All credit for this method goes to the extremely talented and very inspiring India Flint .

I made a felt scarf with merino wool and silk and then laid Eucalyptus leaves on top.

Then the whole lot was rolled bundled and tied before being put in the steamer for a couple of hours.

The leaves give amazing colours and patterns.

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to!

mim x


Hi Peeps,
I want to make
lovely with my own two very
creative hands

Here's the deal:

I will make somethinng special for the first 5 people to comment on this blog.

If you would like to copy and paste and do the same on yours, go for it!

I am willing to post overseas (I am
in Australia, )

1. I make no
that you will like what
I make. (but I know you will!)

2. What I create will be just for you, with love.

3. It’ll be done this year (2009).

4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful.
Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.
7. Send your mailing address - after I contact you.

Welcome to everyone. I will however, make an effort to do something that you like based on what I see on your blog, BUT there are no guarantees.
So that's that!!
Brilliant, I'm excited - who's on board???

peace and love to you x x x x

Felting worksop no.1

Felting workshop number one! A success!

I was very blessed to have a wonderful group of eager learners and creative types.

We first made a sheet of pre-felt all together,
then cut it up to felt onto individual scarves etc.

There were lots of laughs and
everyone made something unique and beautiful.

I still find it amazing how different everyones pieces are.
We had scarves, skirt panels and other lovely pieces.

To my wonderful students , I was a little nervous but I feel it was a roaring success.

my heartFELT thanks to you all
x x x

Nuno Felted scarves

On sunny days I like to head outside with one, or both children and make some felt.

Here is my beautiful kai playing with some wooltops and 'helping' with the felting.

I had some thrifted scarves and some tissue silk as a base and then I used white merino wooltops to felt on top.

Nuno felting fab, i love the fineness you can achieve

Have a lovely week x x