Monday, December 6, 2010


Just in case you didn't know Puddin's Retreat is on Facebook and we would LOVE it if you dropped by and said Hello!

Here is the Link

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Hey all,

I haven't been around much lately, as i have been very busy preparing for the Market stall which i am going to be at this Friday Night! it will be held at Evergreen Lifestyle Centre in Northlakes and goes from 6pm - 9pm, so if you free and looking for something to do why not come down it will be a great Family night out.

Here are some of the projects i have been working on for the market

Russian Dolls

Tissue box Cover

French Knitted Pink Bracelet

Dogwood rose Hair Clip

These are just a sneek peek of some of the items that will be available there are Heaps more such as Beaded Earring, Phone Charms, Zippered cases, Kitchen hand towels, tea towels, Kitchen oven mitts, bags, waterproof tote bags, Flower brooches, shopping bags, crayon rolls, dummy pods, large zipper cases, wallets with chap stick holders and MORE!

Hoping everyone is have a fantastic day and I hope to see you all on the Night, Just look for the Puddin's Retreat Banner! you won't miss it.......


Monday, September 13, 2010

Shorncliffe Pier

2010-09-11 at 05-20-02a
Originally uploaded by nicc79
I have had my camera - which is a DMC FZ30 panasonic for 3 and half years, and haven't played with it much, untill now, Saturday morning i was invited to go down to shornclifee and take pics of the sunrise, I was assured that my camera was good enough to take really good photo's which i wasn't sure about, Well That soon changed and i managed to snap a few good shots and learnt more about my camera and the AP setting. I still need to learn more and practice. But here is my favour shot :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Key Fobs

Key Fobs
Originally uploaded by nicc79
Lately i have been making things for my etsy shop but today i made these, I just love how these personalized key fobs turned out.

They were really fun to make and i think will make great gifts :). The middle one is for my mum and the other two are for a friend of hers grandchildren i think they will be very happy. ( well i hope so lol)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Knitting Bag

Here is a Knitting Bag espically designs to hold all your knitting supplies.

On the outside there is a pocket to hold a pair of 9" or smaller knitting needles.

A second pocket outside to hold scissors with a piece of ribbon to tie onto the handles so you don't loose your scissors.

The large poacket inside holds your ball of yarn. It has velcro across the entire open to keep the yarn safe, with a large eyelet hole to thread your yarm through for easy knitting without taking the yarn out of the bag.

Also it has a Large over the shoulder strap.

Now Available on my etsy store - see left fo the link to my store

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dark blue denim skirt

Dark blue denim skirt
Originally uploaded by nicc79
Dark Blue Denim Skirt
Made and embroidered by me
This is my first attempt at sewing on stretch denim and also embroidery on it. I must say i am very impressed how it turned out.
It didn't take me very long only about 4 hours tops and i think the next time i do one it will be shorter, But i must add it is very comfy to wear!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Crazy Quilt ATC

Crazy Quilt ATC
Originally uploaded by nicc79
I made one of these a while ago and decided to make another one to send out to a friend and for this Month Sewing Challenge!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Russian Dolls

I made these cute russian dolls I just love them :)look out for them in my Etsy shop soon! I think they would made a great gift.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Little Miss Shabby's Give Away!

For you chance to win some awesome fabric Little Miss Shabby's having a a Swell Giveaway Click Here for you chance to win some Urban Chiks fabric -they design for Moda.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Etsy Store - Reopened!!

Yes you read right - Puddin's Retreat is Now Open again!! Bigger and better than before!

I will be listing a range of different items, all items that are handmade are made with love and care is taken to ensure items are free from any defects.

I hope you enjoy browsing my shop and find what you are looking for.
Feel free to contact with any questions you may have.

I'm a proud member of

Enjoy looking around =) or click on the link to the right hand side of my Blog and it will take you straight there


Friday, July 2, 2010

July Challenge - Pleats - for the 12mths sewing Challenge

This months Challenge is - Pleats - I have never sewn pleats before so i wanted to do something that wasn't too hard and i found the awesome pattern at skiptomylou a Pleated Pouch I added the embroidery name on the front and I very happy with how the pouch turned out and the instructions were easy to follow

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Princess Frog Singlet Top

Princess Frog Singlet Top
Originally uploaded by nicc79
I made this for my niece Milly! I think this design is so adoreable!! She and her mum love it too.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Embossed Towels

Here are some Embossed towels I did on the weekend i am very happy with the way they turned out and think they will make great gifts. :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sewing Up a Storm

I went to a crafting weekend and took my sewing machine with me

Here are some of the things i made

Heart Finger Tip Oven Mitts

Zipper Purse

Zipper Case


A Table Runner

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Give away! - Birthday Book

Julie from Madcraftywoman makes these wonderful birthday books and is giving one lucky person a chance to win one. All you need to do is visit her blog follow and post up about the giveaway on your blog to win!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vote for Dottie!

Vote for my Cat Dottie!!!

Cat Profiles - Dottie | WHISKAS.COM.AU

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sent and Received - Apron Swap

As i have mention in previous post I'm in an Apron swap, On the 27/4/10 I packaged up the apron I made (see early post for pics of the apron) and cook book and have send it off to my partner.

and in mail today I received my apron from Jo. ( Thank you so much I love it)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tote Bags & Jumper

We had a long weekend in queensland and I planned to craft all weekend long but it didn't go as planned, I didn't get much time to craft but i did manage to embroider a jumper for my nephew (he loves it so much as he picked the design) and i made some in the hoop tote bags.

Monday, April 19, 2010

My Apron is Finshed!

On Friday Afternoon i sat down with my sewing machine and decided i wasn't moving untll my apron was made :D, luck for me I finshed it friday night at around 11pm, so it wasn't too late (lol). I hope my partner likes what i have made for her, she said liked all colours and also collected teapots.

A big thankyou goes out to my mum for modeling the Apron while I took the picture :)
Love ya!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sneek Peek

On the First of May I have to send out my Apron, for those of you who don't know I'm in an Apron Blog Swap :) - I'm so excited and on the weekend I picked out the fabric that i am going to use to make my partners apron.
Can't wait to start stitching!! SO watch this space!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Knitted Bracelets

I learnt how to make these bracelets awhile ago but never quite master the art untill now, and i am very impressed with how they turned out and i also must add they are very very addictive. I think they are a great idea to give as gifts to your Family and Friends.

All you need is

A Bead Soup

Threaded on to 28 Gauge Wire

And a Wonder Knitter to Knit them.

Monday, April 5, 2010

And The Winner Is..........


Thank you to everybody who entered, Be sure to check back soon for the next giveaway :D

Glenda if you could please contact me with your address that would be great.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I'm giving one lucky person a chance to win the lastest Handmade magazine.

To Win:

1. Leave a comment for an entry.

2. Blog about this giveaway to receive another entry and also let me know in the comments.

I will leave it open until Monday April 5 . I will announce the winner on Tuesday 6/4/10.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shawnee's Flirty Apron Swap 9

I have just joined Shawnee's Flity Apron Swap 9

Sign up before April 24 But Mail Before: May 1
Create a handmade "Polka Dot Pretties" apron, and include a marvelous cookbook in your package – new, thrifted, re-gifted … as long as the cookbook looks and feels brand new, it’s a good one. Make your package pretty … wrap it in tissue, tie it up with a polka-dotted bow, and include a personal little note card please.

I can't wait to see who my partner is so i can make her an Apron!! Super Excited abou this swap

To join click here Flity Apron Swap

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Knitting Needle Roll

What I hear you say.. What would I be doing making Knitting Needle Rolls when I don't even knit.. LoL.. The answers is For a Swap of Course!!! - Well as you know I make most of my stuff for swaps and I stumpled across a picture on flickr of a Silk and cotton yarn crocheted scarf made by Secret Sheep.

It's Fantastic, so I sent her a message saying I would swap anything for one and all she asked for in return was for a Knitting Needle Roll. I was so excited I got stuck in straight away and here is the finshed product.

Well as some of you are aware I have had this on my flickr for about a week or two and since then I have had been asked to make two more for swaps!!! One if for a crocheted needle roll (basically a smaller version of this one for crochet needles) and another one of these.

If you haven't done so check out Secret Sheeps Blog.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An Award

Thank you very much Lisajhoney for my award. Its very sweet of you :) Check out her Awesome Blog and handmade goodies!

This is a fun little award, but its comes with some rules:

1. Thank the person who gave this to you.

2. Copy the logo and place it in your blog.

3. Link the person who nominated you.

4. Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know.

5.Nominate seven 'Kreativ Bloggers'

6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Ok so 7 things about me:

1) I swap on Crafster

2) I Love Ferrari and always watch the F1

3) I have been to the USA for 5 weeks

4) I am Married

5) I only started sewing at the end of last year and LOVE it

6) I am a fabricaholic

7) I have 3 cats that i consider my kids.

Now for the 7 I nominate

1) A day in the life of...

2) Sassymoo does Japan

3) Rosita

4) Karensketchbook

5) World of loulou

6) My life my values my art

7) Tip Junkie

Monday, March 15, 2010


I think i am just getting this in On time


You will have a Chance to win some really Pretty Fabric!!! But be quick today the last day for entries and only a few hours left!!!! Click on the stitches and scissor button for your chance to win!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Fabric Post Card

This is for a swap on I did - we had to do a design and sent it to our partners and then stitch the design we received and make it into a post card - Here is what I made for the swap with the design I received.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fabric ART Journals

I am currently in a Fabric Art Journal round robin with some friends in a swapping group i am in here is my first page i have done for my friend

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Still Love dotee Dolls

Here are some dotee dolls I did about 2 weeks ago for a swap on Craftster, If you haven't visted craftser yet do so it is an awesome craft website where you can do swaps, show of you work and chat with other crafters.

Monday, February 22, 2010

More Tea Towels

Here are some more Tea Towels i have done on my embroidery machine - I hope you like them. The designs are by laurel Birch - "Seaside Afternoon" - I think they are bright and fresh :)