Friday, May 25, 2012

Sew Mama Sew - Giveaway WINNER!!!

Thanks so much for entering the Sew Mama Sew giveaway everyone!!  It was our first one, and very exciting!

We used the random number generator to pick a winner for the prize and it was Lucky Last, Comment Number 84!!!

Congratulations Ana e os Viraventos who loves the boys cuff shorts!!!  You'll be notified soon via email.

Head on over to our Facebook page for ideas of some stock, and there's much more to be uploaded in the coming days...

Congratulations again!  We look forward to the next giveaway day in December!

Take Care,
Cath and Helen

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Corduroy Corner - Giveaway Day!!!

So, I'm having a break from sewing for our next market this Sunday at Hopscotch Sundays Market, a local market in Newcastle, NSW, and decided that it was time to enter Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day (which really lasts a whole week!!!)

Reversible Quick Change Pants - Sizes Available:  0-3 months to 24 months 
One lucky person will be chosen at random to pick from our range of  Reversible Baby Pants, Funky Girls Shorts, 3/4 length Boys Cuff Shorts, Girls Adjustable Waist Skirts, or a Reversible Kimono Dress.  All pieces (except some Cuff Shorts) are OOAK - your kiddies will be the envy of their friends!!
Funky Girls Shorts and Skirts
Funky Girls Shorts - Available Size 1-2 to 6-7

Come on over to our Corduroy Corner Facebook Page page and check out some of our stock.  We are in the process of stocking more and more items both on Facebook and Etsy and as soon as the market is over this weekend, we can focus more on picture taking than on sewing an overlocking!!!  Tags, don't forget the tags!!!

Reversible Kimono Dress - Available Sizes 12m to 4
Back of Reversible Kimono Dress

Our little models are just adorable aren't they - sorry, none of the kidlets are up for grabs, just the garments they're wearing, or variations of them!!

Boys Cuff Shorts - Available Sizes 1-2 to 7-8
And our boys - don't they look smashing!  Such fun is to be had at the beach...

Girls Adjustable Waist Skirts - Available Sizes 1-2 to 7-8
Don't forget, you will get to choose the garment of your choice from our range that will be up on facebook, the images shown here may already have been sold but are to show the clothing on our gorgeous models so you get the best idea of how cute your kids (or friend's kids) will look in their new outfit!!

So, how do you enter?  Simply leave a comment under our blog for one entry to win.  Tell us which is your favourite Corduroy Corner item that you'd just love to win!  (Not compulsory, but would be great to know what people out there are looking for in particular!)

For a second entry, simply come on over and like our Facebook page, or our blog, and leave a comment telling us which one you've done.  (One extra entry in total is available for this, however if you'd like to do both, then you'll get more and more Corduroy Corner)!!

Winners will be drawn by the random number generator.

International entries are more than welcome.  If you're not a blogger, that's ok - just remember to leave your email address so we know how to contact you when you win!  The giveaway closes May 25 at 5pm PST - which is I'm not quite sure in Australian time, but the winner will be announced on Saturday morning 26th May.  OK Update, I found out that 5pm friday PST is 10am Saturday in Australia, so comments posted after then won't count :(  Get your comments in soon!!

Thanks for checking out Corduroy Corner!  We'd love to have you back any time!

Take Care All,
Cath and Helen

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A not so Lazy Sunday...

So it's Sunday.  I thought what better way to add to the 'to do list' than to start writing this blog!  

So I’m the other half of Corduroy Corner, Cath.  I’m the one who is lagging behind in the post stakes!  Let’s do an introduction shall we, since it’s not as daunting as thinking of something witty and exciting to write.  I’m mum of three and a bit: Tim - 8, Matilda - 3 and Annika - 18months, and baby to be, due in November (although by the looks of my belly I’d be due any day now!!)
My love of all things fabric began about 5 years ago when my sister’s wedding was looming, and I had to find a suit for my then 3 year old son.  I was quoted $180 for suit hire, and I figured I could make a suit instead!  So therein began my sewing ‘career’… 

First sewing project - finished jacket!!

I had a break for quite a while until I had a little daughter 2 years later, because let’s face it, it’s always much more exciting to sew things for little girls than for boys…  My fabric hoarding and sewing hasn’t really stopped since then.  I must admit that my husband thought it would be a short lived phase, much like the purchase of my treadmill that I was going to use every day and have probably used 10 times in 3 years!!!  There’s no sign of the sewing slowing down, and with Corduroy Corner up and running, it will get busier and busier, at least that’s what we’re hoping!  I’ve upgraded my sewing machine, which is VERY exciting - I now have a Bernina 550 - woohoo, and we’re looking for a new house with a sewing room as top priority (at least it’s my top priority, and I’m not sure that my husband would endorse it!!)

Today, I’m supposed to be focussing on sewing for our third appearance at Hopscotch Sundays Market in Newcastle, NSW, which is on next weekend.  I was doing so well, until I remembered that I’d make my son a ‘winter wonderland’ cake from the Woman’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book – aargh!!!  It’s for school tomorrow, and I have only just started making the cake.  They take SO long to do, and it’s not even for his birthday…  It’s for news – share your favourite recipe, and he told all his class he was going to bring in the cake…  I need to learn to say no straight away.  

So let’s add to the stress and the tiredness and the feeling of ‘Oh my goodness I have so much to do and so little time to do it’, and have a happy, busy Sunday!!!

Until next time, take care :)

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Edie's Quilt

So I just recently quilted and bound one of my UFQ and was so happy with how it came out that I thought I would enter it in this year's Bloggers Quilt Festival being run over at Amy's Creative Side. There are some amazingly talented people out there quilting and blogging so why not get inspired and have a look at what they are up to with their quilts. My 'bee' buddies Jess from The Elven Garden and Lucy over at Charm About You inspired me to enter as they entered after not too long on the blogging/quilting scene.. So I thought, why not? Check out their scrumptious quilts #46 and #273!!

So here is my entry, called simply Edie's Quilt because I made it for my daughter and it is the first 'full size' I have made for her big girl's bed--

The fabrics are a collection of bright colours I had collected that were in my stash--I think they work really well together, don't you? I am not sure of designers because I was not so 'designer savvy' when I started quilting--I am a bit less clueless these days.. I do think the colours are perfect for my little lass as they are not too girly but girly enough, always a hard negotiation!

The pattern is a Quick Easy Version of a Log Cabin, using 4 1/2" strips, which I made with a friend of my mother-in-law's Chris Timmins. It was a simple quilt to make and fast project. I added two borders (1" and 5") and backed it with a cute 'candy apple' fabric I found at my local. The final yield was 58" x 70".

I quilted it myself with a simple diagonal cross hatch, which I think compliments the simplicity of the design and the patterns in the fabric. If you feel like voting for me in the festival then pop over to the Bloggers Quilt Festival and give me your tick of approval, I am lucky #400.

Blessings to all

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Just like the white rabbit!

You know the white rabbit I mean don't you? The one in Alice in Wonderland who rushes around with his stop watch and says he has too much to do! Well, that's me at the moment although I can't say it's not my fault and a lot of it is lovely things I need to find the time for but, well, I just feel a little bouncy--maybe that was why Carroll made it a rabbit in the book!

So this week I joined a Fat Quarter Swap Group--an Aussie one, yes, imagine that!! See my new shiny button on the blog--it sounds like a lovely group of souls who swap and talk fabric and just enjoy their obsession with this wonderful world of quilting!

AND I joined a bee! Yes, I truly did. Very exciting and loving the fact that the gals all seem so diverse yet several of us have only been quilting a short time--some very clever people out there let me tell you! See my other new shiny button *beam* for the bee--it is a scrappy bee--lovely!

AND I am organising a sewing retreat weekend for me and about 20 others at a monastery not far from where we live--that is happening in about 4 weeks time and we just found out we could move forward to that date so very excited! My sister-in-law is actually doing lots of the organising too and my mother-in-law is coming so it will be lots of fun!

AND did you all know that Corduroy Corner have a market coming up?! Yes in just over a weeks time Hopscotch Sundays Market is happening again here in Newcastle and we have lots to do to get ready, many little shorts and jackets and pants still part way done! Right. After This. I promise!

AND well, I am still a wife and a mum and have things like this to do...

Ahh, and it's nearly 3 pm so that means school pick up for my eldest!

Hurried blessings to all

Monday, May 14, 2012

A fugly winner on a warm Autumn Day

So my first post has been and gone. Up to the second post now, and so begins the real test of this blogging adventure! You see, every so often in my younger years I would start a diary or a journal. It would start wonderfully, pages upon pages of waxing poetic (or so I thought) and then the second day it was shorter and less poetic, and the third day usually didn't happen and by week two the whole thing was over! Does anyone else ever have this problem? Anyway, I think with blogging it will be different for a few reasons but mainly because I can include photos (love taking them but don't seem to do it enough) and because I am going to share this adventure with a friend. Hopefully we can get each other through those low productivity times, right Cath?!

OK. the winner of my fugly fabric is #5 commenter Jodi! Sorry couldn't manage to cut and paste the random generator screen grab. There were actually 2 Jodi's out of the lovely people who entered which meant that there was a 4/15 chance the winner would be a Jodi--I think that is pretty cool--but hopefully the other Jodi is OK with missing out this time. I am pretty sure she will be OK :)

Meanwhile, some pics? Well here are a few that kind of capture the week that was...hope yours was just as sunny!
--getting ready to cut some more boys shorts for Corduroy Corner--

--sewing more boys pants--
--home made Anzac bikkies from a lovely friend--

--the joy of cloth nappies--
So Congratulations #5 commenter Jodi #1 (clear as mud!)--I will be in touch to get your address to send off your prize!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

An inaugural post and a fugly party

So I am joining in with the Fugly Party being organised by Lucy over at Charm About You. Last time this party lead to me not only winning some not so fugly fabric (my first giveaway prize) but also saw me make a lovely new friend.. More on that another time!

For now I just want to get in there and write this blog. It has been in the works for some time as I am a bit of a quilter who has been busy lurking in many gorgeous blogs. Finally Cath (my friend and business partner at Corduroy Corner) and I decided to jump in and explore this new land together!

I should note that neither of us knows much about writing a blog, so please, grin and bear with us...

So, what have I got on offer for you my new fugly friends?

How about;
  • Some fussy cut Dick and Jane by Michael Miller fabric (about 1/3 yard, like I said I fussy cut it, see the detail shot--wouldn't you not want to waste it too?)
  • 20 x 5 1/2 inch yellow and white polka dot charms. I cut these for a quilt I made this month for a friend who had her first bubba, I have posted a pic below because I was just very happy with how it turned out! As I cut too many I thought you might like to use them in a project.

OK, back to the giveaway..

How do you enter?

Well, since we are a new blog, and we want to get to know everyone participating, this fugly giveaway is only open to those who follow our blog. If you are a follower then entering is easy! Simply leave us a comment letting us know what your inaugural post was about (if you're a blogger) or what you would write about if you did dip your toes in the land of blog.

Bonus Entry
(because we all love an extra entry!)

Head over and like Corduroy Corner on Facebook and come back here to leave us a comment. You will see a bonus surprise over there too (wink, wink)!

That's 2 chances--YIPEE!!

Giveaway ends 15 May to coincide with Lucy's giveaway and I will post the prize anywhere!

Blessings to all new friends