The panda begins

The panda begins

Hong Kong is a mad mix of old and new, technology and tradition, childhood joy and fiercely competitive “tiger moms”. Once you get past the bright lights and dazzling pace of the city there’s a vintage heart of Hong Kong that I find fascinating....
How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

    April showers, oriental spring, vintage finds and an abundance of green have been inspiring me around Hong Kong this week. So much so that I’m missing my huge garden back in Australia. While I won’t have an outdoor space any time soon, I am hoping to...
Easter Bunny Pouch Tutorial

Easter Bunny Pouch Tutorial

This little Easter Bunny Pouch is the easiest DIY gift bag you’ll ever do! It’s just a single white sock cut, a couple of stitches for eyes and a mouth simply tied with a ribbon or thread at the top. You can fill the pouch with mini easter eggs, a larger...

Why, hello…

I’ve been having a big spring clean and today I can officially say hello from the fresh new Craft Schmaft blog. If you’re perusing this via email or a blog reader you probably won’t notice much of a difference but head to CraftSchmaft.com and you can...

Blog makeover

Over the next few days the Craft Schmaft blog will be moving and getting a whole new look. Woot! After nearly 7 years of blogging I think it’s about time we take it to the next level. So please excuse the appearance while we move this week, better things are...

The lowdown on Toy Stuffing

One of the first questions I’m asked at craft fairs, classes and right here is “what do you use for toy stuffing?” So I thought I’d do a round up here. There are three types of stuffing I’ll cover; The hard stuff The natural soft stuff...
Leopard hot air balloons

Leopard hot air balloons

Not to many words today, just pics of the balloons I’ve made for friends who have a little bubba and a small obsession with Leopard print. I have to say… I did LOVE working with the leopard...
Tale of the missing Sewjo

Tale of the missing Sewjo

Sewjo noun, plural sew·jos, sew·joes. Motivation, reason or inspiration to Sew or Stitch. I love this term, I was reminded of it recently by the lovely Cat of Raspberry Rainbow. Last week I lost my sewjo. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a pretty week. Normally...

Clutching

Oh how relevant this blog title is. Last week I got to sewing up a zipper clutch – it was the last moment of calm before the storm of a very nasty flu knocked myself and the rest of the family out. So while I made a clutch bag I’m also desperately...
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