Tuesday, August 31, 2010


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Is the colour of the Ribbon Rose Bag I chose to giveaway, so that means out of the 2 people who chose this colour the winner is…


Congratulations! Please email me via the ‘Contact Us’ button on the sidebar so I can pop it in the post to your place – Enjoy. I am also going to send a runner up prize to TJ, she will be receiving one of my Roll Up Shopping Bags.

More Book Depository finds

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I have been a huge fan of Lisa Lam of U-handbag for quite a while. She has some excellent bag patterns and great ‘how to’ tutorials on her blog. So when she wrote about publishing a book, I knew I wanted to get my hands on a copy. Here are a few pics

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If you are only going to buy one bag making book, this would be a great resource to own. It is full of techniques, tips, patterns and great photography.

I am making some children's PVC bags to match some of the gorgeous Boutique Toddler Clothing by Anna of Gooseberry Bush Kidz.

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She will be having a market stall at the Kalamunda Kids, Children’s and Families Expo on Friday 10th September 9am-12 noon @ Hartfield Park Rec Centre, Hale Road, Forrestfield.

15 sleeps till Melbourne, and counting…

With Love


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bags, bags, bags, they’re very useful things…

…if we didn’t have bags, what we use to put a lot of things in! Hands up if you knew that was a ‘Play School’ song (and you sang it)? My family would say it’s kind of my theme song :) This post has a lot to do with bags, firstly this arrived in the mail yesterday.

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I pre-ordered this from The Book Depository for less than the price of one of her bag patterns. It is full of delicious Amy Butler fabric made into stunning bags. Here are a few.

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Secondly I have been putting together a tutorial for a Roll Up Shopping Bag I am teaching at a Craft Night this Friday night.

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I made the prototype out of flocked taffeta and herringbone tape from work. If you would like to download a copy of the pattern, you can click on this LINK or click on the photo on the sidebar.

Lastly, as a way to celebrate my new bag shop, I am giving away one of my Ribbon Rose Bags.

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If you would like a chance to win one just leave a comment with the colour bag you think I might be giving away!!! For those of you who choose the correct colour, you names will go into a hat and a winner will be drawn.

With Love


Friday, August 20, 2010

Don’t you just love Bloggy Friends

I had the joy of winning a blog giveaway recently. My bloggy friend Clare (who has also won one of our giveaway’s) was giving away a 2nd copy of ‘Crafting Tilda’s Friends’ that she had received from The Book Depository. The funny thing about me winning her giveaway is the fact that I was the one who told her about ‘The Book Depository’ in the first place :) I also received an extra special surprise in my parcel, a DVD copy of ‘Julie and Julia’

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This movie holds a special place in my heart. It was the first ‘Chick Flick’ that my DH has volunteered to see in a VERY long time. After seeing the movie, he also asked for Mastering the Art of French Cooking for Christmas and has been using it – Mmmm.

Clare is having ANOTHER craft book giveaway, go and enter here & tell her I sent ya (the winner is drawn on Monday 23rd August).

I want to say a HUGE Thank You to some other bloggy friends who have been promoting my Janellybelly Bags and Things shop. Love ya heaps!

 Ros (aka Bloom, aka Muriel)

Susan (aka Suzitee)

I am just about to add a few ‘Things’ to the shop

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With Love


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Birthday girl, presents, cake, party etc.

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She’s 12 now, and has celebrated in style. The Gelati quilt and pillowcases are now on her bed and have already been slept under.

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She has partied with her friends, they all created a photo canvas under the fantastic instruction of Susan.

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Then there was cake – white chocolate PiƱata cake to be exact.

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& of course there was presents. She has been wanting a selvedge bag like Mum, but wanted to be able to wear it across her body.

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(bag modeled by my new mannequin ‘Celeste’)

With Love


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Don’t have the Crochet Gene

But fortunately my Mother does! She has just returned Rachel’s crocheted pillowcases in time for the birthday girl this Friday, and they look ever so beautiful.

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The Posh Pillowcase pattern is by You Go Girl.

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Mum also managed to crochet me a queen sized granny rug, I just love it and it’s so cozy! Thanks Mum xx

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Rachel is having a Papercraft 12th Birthday Party this Saturday, the guest teacher is none other than the fabulous Suzitee. Rachel is so excited to be having an “actual” Scrapbooking Teacher come to teach at her party. Susan has put together a gorgeous mini canvas project, I’ll share the photos after the big day.

Many Thanks for the lovely encouraging comments about my bags and my online bag shop – you are all sweeties :)

Much Love


Monday, August 2, 2010

Janellybelly Bags and Things – Now Open!

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After 6 years of serious bag making, and lots of procrastination, I am pleased to announce the opening of my online shop – Yay. I have started with a Blog based Shop and I am really excited about it. I am passionate about bags and love creating with fabric. Here are a few samples of the bags I will be selling.


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Ribbon Rose bags

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I will also be selling fabric covered notebooks and key rings, as well as some of my de-stashed fabric (there is plenty to go around). I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my special bloggy friends who have encouraged me to spread my wings and sell my bags online.  

Vikki has had her Irish Chain quilt quilt by Kathy, it looks ever so beautiful.

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With Love