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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wearing My Dad On My Heart

My Dad passed away in February this year and it has been a tough year without him. Especially when I needed tips for my Christmas ham! (see previous post).
When someone close to you dies it's hard to know what to do with all of their things. You don't want to throw them out, you don't want to give them away, yet they can't sit in the cupboard forever.

My mum came to visit me last month and I asked her to bring all of Dads ties with her; I didn't explain why.
As a Christmas present I had his ties made into beautiful broaches by Fran at The Seamstress. Now mum can wear a little piece of Dad on her heart whenever she likes.
I'm keeping the purple one for myself, or maybe the navy one, I can't decide.
If you would like some tie broaches made, please contact Fran on missalisonregrets@gmail.com.

I'm also going to make softies out of his woollen jumpers and sock monsters out of his socks.

My Coming of Age

Ok, so I think if I did the Christmas ham this year then that means I'm a fully fledged adult.
I know they say you're an adult when you turn 18 but I think the rules should be changed to when you do your first Christmas turkey, chicken or ham.

Check this baby out! Ham for breakfast lunch and tea, YUM YUM pigs bum, or leg rather.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rocking The Entertainment Centre With Keith Urban


I'm definitely a country girl and last Wednesday I proved that by going to see Keith Urban.
Fantastic concert, I sang along to all the words, oh, and did I mention THAT I TOUCHED HIM! Yes people, I touched Keith Urban, the man who goes home to Nicole freakin Kidman!
Now, I've never been one to drool over Keith but I must say it was a highlight and I would do it again if i could.
A very cool touch during the concert was the you tube clips of people singing his songs on the big screens.

So my fame touches this year are racked up to good old John Farnham and Keith Urban.

Christmas Shopping Done

The last Christmas package posted today, yiihaaa grandma! Why is it that at a time of year when we're supposed to be winding down, everyone seems to be wound up.

This year I thought I would be a true domestic Goddess and do some baking as mini gifts for my colleagues. I attempted to make some of Donna Hays macaroons for the first time in my life.

My first go was a serious flop but after consultation with my chef friend, having my eggs at room temperature and making sure there wasn't a trace of yoke in them, I got somewhere, and they were delicious if i do say so myself.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Faint Impressions Goes Retail

Big news people, my bags are in a shop! Yes that's a real shop with real people.
They're at Monsterthreads in Newtown on King Street. A very funky T'shirt shop that also stocks other cool products, like, my BAGS!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Most Successful Market So Far


I've been a little quiet over the last few weeks because I've been madly getting ready for the Eveleigh Artisan market today. I am happy to report that my efforts were well worth it. Eleven Faint Impressions now have a lovely new home, the best market so far and I am over the moon.
All of my new fortune cookie range sold today, but not to worry if you missed out as I will be making some more.

The next market is not until February 7th, so it's now time for a well earned sewing break, a few days perhaps, I will have some time to make myself some funky summer skirts.

I've also set the date for the next bag workshop, which will be January 24th, so shoot me an email if you would like to book.

I've designed a couple of clutch purses, which I will load onto my online shop today. A lovely gift for a friend or for your kris kringle.


Have a super week, I am off to have some champagne to celebrate the day.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More From Amy Butler



Amy Butler is on fire people! Check out these bags she has just released, they are SOOOOOO noice.
I've been away on holiday in Nelsons Bay last week and busy busy making my new bags for the December 6th Eveleigh Artisan Market. I am being held up though by my new second hand Bernina, which is driving me absolutely crazy! It just won't sew nice and being the perfectionist that I am, I am finding it difficult to cope with.
I will give you a sneak peak at the new bags very soon, watch this space.



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bag Workshop Day

Today was bag workshop day with some new bag buddies. Everyones bag looked fantastic and I was very impressed with the fabric chosen. The finished product looked very funky and was a great achievement by those who attended the class.


I was lucky enough to have my mum here as a guest of honor from Tenterfield. She chose to make a bag from the same fabric as mine.
Endless cups of tea and too much cake had by all, which made for a great day.


Watch this space for upcoming workshop dates or join the Faint Impressions Facebook group. (see right)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This Little Piggy Went to Market....Take Two

I think my stall looked better this month, very colourful
Gorgeous weather today and a great day to be out at the Everleigh Markets. A number of peeps agreed with me as there was a steady flow of shoppers.

The bag workshop list is growing above and beyond my expectations. I hope to have a mail out organised this week with available dates for all you sewers who signed up, so stay tuned.


Cam came to mind my stall whilst I went for a little shop today. I must say, every month I want to spend my profits at the markets before I've even left. There are so many great quality stalls, especially now that good old Saint Nick is on his way soon.

I bought a gorgeous flower broach made from a tie from Francine at The Seamstress and eyed off the eye catching range at Paper Lion. You should definitely check these talented ladeez out.


The Seamstress- Tie-Pins. An excellent Chrissy prezzy for your bestie


handbound notebooks and photo albums, handcut gift tags and fabric journal covers

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Bag Design


Well here we have it, a new Faint Impressions design hot off the machine.

My favourite design so far and a great versatile handbag with all the necessary bells and whistles. Depending on the fabric it can be a day or night bag.

This bag will be available at the Everleigh Artisans' Markets December 6th.
I think it looks great in this fabric. This is the bag that my workshop buddies will be making!

I took a quick trip to Martin Place for a photo-shoot with my gorgeous model. Thanks for braving the public stairs at the height of lunch time Olivia.

Let me know what you think below by making a comment.

P.S There are some really cool installations in random laneways throughout Sydney at the moment. See bird cages below, this one includes lovely bird sounds like in the bush. Ahh home sweet home..... nearly. Do something different at lunch time and check them out-Laneways by George


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bag Workshop Numero Uno









Today was my idea of a perfect Sunday; pouring rain, an endless supply of cups of tea, chocolate, fabric and great friends. Today was my trial bag workshop day!

The girls arrived at 12pm, escaping the cats and dogs that were falling from the sky; loaded up with their machines and fabric supplies, ready to teach their machines a thing or two. Everyone selected great fabric with complimentary colour combinations.

I got some valuable feedback from the day and the girls impressed themselves and me with the new skills they learnt.

I can't wait to do it again!


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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Night Noodle Markets



Cam and I went to the last night of the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park on Friday night.

Too much champagne and beer whilst walking through Hyde Park, one ipod ear phone each singing Elton John made for a great night out!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Amy Butler Fabric Fix




Amy has just released her latest fabric range called LOVE. The "inspiration" pieces she has put together look amazing as always. I'm inspired to get creative from just a quick glance.
It seems there is even a range that is laminated, which would be just awesome for making matching toiletry/make up bags with a main bag. Thanks Amy! I've yet to see, touch and sniff them (self confessed fabric addict) but will pop down to my local as I think they may have them now.
Warning, seeing these fabrics whilst in possession of a credit card could be dangerous!



Sunday, October 11, 2009

Botanical Gardens Photo Shoot


I spent the mildly sunny day today taking photos of my latest bags in the Botanical Gardens. All the tulips have gone already so I'm glad Cam & I went a few weeks ago.
I also did a photo shoot yesterday for my Bag Workshops, which will be starting in the very near future! I've sent out an invite to a couple of friends for the first workshop to be my guinea pigs, woo hoo! Express your interest in the workshop by leaving your comment below.
Lots to do at the moment; things just seem to be rolling into place these last few weeks and man it feels gooooooood!
Hope you all have a super week.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Everleigh Markets Debut




I did it!
I finally did a market and I loved it! In the morning I was feeling nervous but by the time everything started I was fine. So many people came to look at the bags and commented on how nice they were and how much they liked the fabrics. It was great to get feedback from the market place.
I chatted with lots of people and it was just so nice to be surrounded by others who were also getting out there with a stall. The vibe was great and I could have easily spent the money I made on some lovely hand crafted wares.
I am most excited about the 15 people that signed up to my bag making class list! THANK YOU to those people and I will be in touch with news very soon.
I plan to return to the markets next month when the weather is warmer and the shoppers are a plenty.



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Johnny's still got it!


I had the privilege of seeing John Farnham in concert when he was in Sydney a few weeks ago. He was unbelievable!
I had third row seats and could practically touch the stage. I have been waiting 10 years to see him and was more than happy to fork out the cash to get close.
Oh, did I mention that he came over to shake my hand whilst I was dancing in the isle! Oh yes, I know you are jealous.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

12 New babies close to their debut


Now these babies are taking me a lot longer than I thought. I had hoped to have 12 bags completed when I was on holiday at my mums house, but they are still in the making.
Not long to go though and they are starting to look rather nice if I do say so myself.
So here is a sneek peek for you all.


Botanical Gardens

When is the last time you visited the Botanical Gardens?
If it's been a while I recommend you get down there in a jiffy to check out the amazing flowers. Spring has definitely arrived.
Why not take some cheese, bickies and champas to make an afternoon of it.
You won't regret it.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Trip to the Cutters



Whilst on holidays a focus of my trip was to "pretend" I was working for myself full time and see how productive I was. So I lugged down fabric, interfacing, bag feet, cotton.... to make twelve bags for Faint Impressions.
Before I got to this stage I had much to prepare. I bought all of the fabric and bits and bobs and then off I went to the cutter for the first time! It's only been on my goals list for a year! So with boyfriend in tow we get to the factory thingy at 7.30am, we walk in and there is a table about 10 meters long with one roll of fabric running the length of it! We show the man my 1.5 meter of this and 2 meters of that and he says to me "I don't usually try to talk myself out of work, but don't you want to do this yourself to save money"!!! He OBVIOUSLY didn't know that one day he would be saying "I did the first cut for that famous designer chick at Faint Impressions".
I picked them up a few days later and was so excited to see all my little baggies cut out and wrapped up, I finally did it!


Stitches & Craft Show (Sydney)

The stitches and craft show was awesome!!! A lot of inspiring people there doing their thing.
I saw some great clutch purses from Berlinski, had a chat with the girls from Ink & Spindle and ran into Kristen Doran again, I swear she must think I'm stalking her.
I did it the right way this time. I arrived when the gates opened, thinking there wouldn't be many people there yet. Ohhhhh lordy was I wrong! Hoards of people where there by 9.30am and the doors didn't open until 10:00am. I started with my MUST SEE stands and then moved onto browsing others. Stopped for a yummo baked lunch, followed by a few studio sessions on blogging, how to turn your craft into a business and reupholstering a chair. All which were very cool. I finished the day at 4pm being quite proud of myself for not buying everything I liked. If you didn't go this year, you should definitely go next!


I like collecting pretty business cards when I visit craft shops and shows, here are a few

Friday, August 28, 2009

Blogging is not as easy as it looks


Ok, so I have realised that this whole blogging thing is not as easy to keep up with as it seems. I keep seeing things and taking photos and thinking, ooo, that will do nicely for my blog but then never get around to loading it up.
I've witnessed a LOT of craftyness over the past month. I've been on holidays for two weeks, some of which was spent at my parents beautiful house, which I prefer to call my craft retreat.
The mountains, the fire, the cooking, the love, mmmmm goodness.

My parents house is full of lovely "stuff" collected over many years, which gave me an opportunity to practice my photography.


One of the many nice little features in the house

Something I love about good old Tenta (Tenterfield), yes yes, the Tenterfield Sadler, blah blah, anyway, the thing I love is the buzzing craft community. My mum has two craft groups that meet once a week. They bring their own projects to do, usually quilting, and they have this amazing space to work in. Huge tables for laying your projects out on and cutting fabric, industrial overlockers that go super fast and of course there's the leader of the pack to answer all crafty questions, Fran. I really hope to have my own craft group soon. Of course you have to have a cool name; I was thinking "Sew Impressed" to link in with Faint Impressions, ya ha, what do ya think about that one eh?


Mum, toiling away
Fran & friend working out the next step

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Warm Fuzzies This Week

This week I have had to work in Manly for a few days. Although I wasn't looking forward to the long trip from my apartment, I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed the trip each day.
Firstly, on the bus I actually get to just sit for thirty minutes, which trust me, doesn't happen very often. Then I enjoy a fifteen minute ferry ride across the harbour. Sydney really does have a stunning harbour. The first day I saw 4 dolphins and today a stunning sunset. Look out tomorrow!

On the bus trip I have been reading my new book, The Creative Entrepreneur, which is a guide to creating a visual diary to help you create a business plan. Now that I have actually read some of the book I can say that I am quite excited about getting started. To get me warmed up I bought some acrylic paints from a nice man in Manly today. I was on the look out for the perfect visual diary book but I just didn't find THE ONE. She and I will know each other when we meet.
I must say I am surprised how nice the people are in Manly and I am surprised that that surprises me as it never used to, which means I used to talk to more nice people.





Something else that has made me smile this week is the Frankie Magazine. I don't buy a large number of mags as most just don't inspire me, but FRANKIE, oooooooooo she is my new love! Where has she been all my life? Something about the styling, photography and the whole presentation reminds me of my childhood in some way. I even set a reminder in my phone for the next issue date!
Today on the Frankie blog I found some wallpaper downloads. There are a few very cool ones there, so pop over to the site and download your own pet Blythe doll to stare at you all day, make you smile and remind you that it's just a job not your life.



Sunday, July 12, 2009

It All Starts Here

Well, where to start! I have been putting off my first post for a while now. There's a lot of pressure on a girl for her first post, but I guess I have to start somewhere. At least I've worked out how to use it! Ha!

So, for those of you who will actually read my first post, which will be difficult as I'm not telling anyone about it, here goes.

My name is Sasha and I am slowly turning into my mother! Two years ago I wasn't crafty at all (my mum is), in fact I was convinced there wasn't a creative bone in my body. What started out as just something to do, has now overtaken my lounge room.
I mainly sew bags but I also dabble in screen printing when I can get the screen to work and on the odd occasion I make myself an outfit.

Fabric is my inspiration and addiction and I love trotting down to my local fabric shop and browsing for hours. This is made easier by the offer of minties, cups of tea and the lull of 1950's (a guess) French music.

I hope to fill my blog with helpful tutorials, cool podcasts, insights in to my journey along the small business road and whatever else takes my fancy.
I make no apologies for spelling or grammar errors as I will have plenty.

So my first thing I want to tell you about is the podcasts I have listened to lately (link on page). I love downloading these and listening to them on the bus or whilst sewing. They offer great inspiration and good tips if you are starting your own crafty business.
Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner are two of my favourite fabric designers. So if you are in to these gals I'm sure you'll enjoy the podcasts with the kooky Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood.

There, now that wasn't so bad was it?
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