When life gets in the way of your sewing…

The stunning coastline of northern NSW

…. I get mad. But sometimes it just can’t be helped! For the last week and a bit I’ve been stuck interstate for work, which means I’m over 1000km’s away from my beloved sewing machine (and Mr. poppykettle, of course). 

The only good thing about this? I’m at least somewhere nice. With beautiful beaches!

So I’ll be back to regular programming next week…

But in the mean time – the gorgeous Natalie from Splatastic has awarded me the Leibster Blog Award! Aw, thankyou!

“The origins of the Liebster Blog Award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it means favourite or dearest to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.” 

And it comes with the following ‘rules’:

1 – Thank your liebster blog award presenter on your blog. 
2 – Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you. 
3 – Copy/paste the blog award on your blog. 
4 – Present the liebster blog award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less). 
5 – Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment.

So, who to pass this onto? The easiest five decisions I’ve made, fo’ sho.

Firstly – the ever-beautiful Mary of Idle Fancy. I’m addicted to your Pinterest feed and your blog is a constant source of visual loveliness. I just adore your creations and your aesthetic :)

Secondly – the lovely Zoe of ZoSews. She’s only been blogging for a short while, but as a fellow sewing classmate – she’s one of the small few people who share my love for sewing that I’ve actually met in real life!

Thirdly? A blog I’ve only just come across. But I know already I’m going to love checking back on it. Welcome to the fold, Sue from Sewin’ Steady!

Fouth(ly?) – Evelyn from Hand Sewn Home Grown. Apart from acknowledging everything made by you always looks so well made (and you have such a gorgeous garden!), I love popping into Tessuti on my lunchbreak to have a chat. 

And Fifth! – Clio from Clio & Phineas. Always a kickass creation – that colour block dress was totally awesome. Love your work (and your blog).

And a big thank you to everyone for making blogging such a wonderful thing to indulge in :)



  1. Hi Melanie! Thanks so much for your comment over on my recent Mad Men post. It makes me so happy to hear from fellow sewing-crazed ladies.:)I'm honored that you've chosen me as one of your Liebster Blog Award recipients! The thing is, I've already received the Liebster award (from Suzie of Su Sews So-So) – just a few days ago! I'm not sure if there are secret rules that prohibit me from being awarded it twice, though by different bloggers…? I'll leave it up to you. If you'd like to brighten another blogger's day with it instead, that's fine! Or you can give it to me and I'll pass it on to five more of my favorites. :)Thanks again!

  2. Oh, wow! Thank you so, so much for including me in your list, Melanie. You are the best. I am beyond thrilled that you loved Idle Fancy enough to mention it and, I've got to be honest, my Pinterest feed. Sometimes, I fear that people open up their Pinterest accounts and think: "Mary, please stop posting so many blasted clothes!" So, it's nice to know someone else appreciates all that sartorial eye candy. ;) Thank you again. You rock. Incidentally, I'm also really excited about the other recommendations. None of them were on my radar before! New sewing reads are always such a day-brightener. Thanks for the recs! Hope you enjoy the beach, despite the sewing withdrawals!

  3. Hi Melanie – thanks so much for nominating me for this award – truly humbled. There are so many other sewers who do great works – nice to know that you like my sewing too. I always look forward to reading your posts and will also checkout the other nominees. Thanks again!!!

  4. I found out about your blog through Goodbye Valentino. I'm your newest follower and I can't wait to see what you have next! I've just recently rejoined the sewing world through refashioning and I just can't get enough!Happy Saturday!Bethwww.chicenvelopements.wordpress.com

  5. They certainly do Steph! That particular beach is at Kingscliff. Mr beau was lucky enough to grow up in Byron Bay – and his mum still lives there so I get to visit (and swim!) frequently!

  6. Thanks Beth! How gorgeous are the garments made by Sarah? I'm so taken by her latest white tunic incorporating her grandmothers table cloth. So unique! Like you… I'm an addict for the online sewing world. Hope you had a fabulous weekend :)

  7. Congratulations on the award! From the looks of the picture, I'd rather be on a beach than at work! Everyone has those weeks; you'll get back into the swing of things in no time!

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