Red floral Bettine dress

When I bought this fabric in Japan, I originally had plans of making a 1950s style fit-and-flare dress with it… but I ended up making another Bettine dress because I just love this pattern so, so much!

all the little happy things - red floral Bettine dress

all the little happy things - red floral Bettine dress

I made the pocket skirt version again, and used a couple of Japanese floral buttons on the cuff sleeve tabs.

all the little happy things - red floral Bettine dress

The fabric is a lovely textured cotton with a bit of drape but also a bit of structure, which I think is particularly nice for the tulip shape of the skirt. I also just love the colours in the print – so autumnal!

all the little happy things - red floral Bettine dress

all the little happy things - red floral Bettine dress

I’m super happy to add another Bettine to my handmade wardrobe – thank you Tilly for producing such a gorgeous and flattering pattern!!

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Project Life 2018 – April pages

Today I’m sharing my April pages from my 2018 Project Life album! I ended up keeping things really simple for a lot of this month’s pages, and tried to focus a bit more on journalling, as I had a few stories that I wanted to make sure I captured properly in words.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - April

I used a mix of stamps from past Studio Calico Documenter kits to embellish the 4×6 card. The centre card is my favourite thing on this page – I love how perfectly it captures what was going on in my life in April 2018!

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Scrapbook layout – Hello Gorgeous

Today I’m sharing a traditional scrapbook layout, which I based off this sketch from the Studio Calico blog!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello gorgeous

I like the simplicity and clean lines of this layout, and the way the eye is drawn down the page to the photos of my adorable niece. The pyramid shape made it super easy to work out where to place my embellishments.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello gorgeous

The photos featured pink and green very heavily, so I leaned into that when selecting my colour palette – and I just so happened to have this cute pink and green plaid paper in my stash that matched perfectly!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello gorgeous

All in all this layout took less than half an hour to put together, and most of that time was spent selecting which pieces of ephemera I wanted to include. I love it when a pretty project comes together quickly!

Supplies used:

  • Plaid paper from my stash (I think an old paper pack from Big W)
  • Gold foil washi tape from my stash
  • Textured white cardstock and plastic ‘hello gorgeous’ die cut from past Studio Calico kits
  • Ephemera from the ‘Hazelwood’ collection by One Canoe Two, purchased from Studio Calico

Scrapbook layout – Hello, you’re just as cute as a button

Last weekend was (inter)National Scrapbooking Day, and to celebrate, I made this traditional layout inspired by these three crop challenges on the Studio Calico blog!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - cute as a button

I mixed things up with the title by incorporating a die-cut, my favourite gold Thickers, and a 3×4 card from a past Studio Calico kit.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - cute as a button

This was a great project for using up bits and pieces from my craft and scrapbooking stash – buttons and gold thread from my sewing box, a bit of leftover patterned wrapping paper, a random doily that I had lying around… the ‘Layers’ challenged really pushed me to find all kinds of bits and pieces to use on my layout!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - cute as a button

I’m so glad I participated in the crop challenges this year – it was so much fun!

Supplies used:

  • Kraft paper, 3×4 card and wood veneer confetti from past Studio Calico kits
  • Patterned vellum, patterned paper, buttons, gold thread, and lace tape from my stash
  • ‘Hello’ die cut from 1canoe2’s ‘Hazelwood’ range, purchased from Studio Calico
  • Dear Lizzy gold foam thickers purchased from Spotlight

Enamel pin fabric bunting display

Do you collect enamel pins? I started my collection a year or two ago, and until recently had them all pinned to a tote bag. I started getting worried about scratching up my pins when using the bag, which I carry with me every day, so I started to brainstorm other ways to store and display my pin collection.

I saw this beautiful pin pennant project idea on the Frankie blog, and then had a brainwave – why not display my pins on fabric bunting?!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

To make sure the bunting was sturdy enough for my pins, I opted to quilt each individual flag. This was a great way to use up some of the scraps of fabric and batting from my past quilt projects!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

These are the steps I followed to make my bunting:

  1. I first drew and cut out a paper template for my flags, then cut my fabric and batting – one piece of batting and two pieces of fabric for each flag.
  2. For each flag, I places the fabric pieces right sides together with the batting on top, then sewed around the sides, leaving the top edge unstitched.
  3. I then flipped each flag inside out so the batting was sandwiched between the fabric, pushing out the corners with the end of a chopstick.
  4. I pressed each flag flat, then quilted around all of the edges, about 1cm in from the edge.
  5. I cut out a long length of gold ready-made bias binding, then enclosed the top of each flag with the binding.
  6. The last step was to fold and sew down the rest of the bias binding to enclose the raw edges, and then my bunting was ready to hang!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

The picture ledge in our lounge room was the perfect place to hang the bunting, and I had a lot of fun arranging my little pin collection on the flags! And when I want to wear one or two of my pins, it’s super easy to remove the pin I want from the display.

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

I’ve listed out each of my pins below, in case you’re interested in any specific ones!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

  • Charlie Brown and Snoopy pins purchased from Snoopy Town in Kiddy Land, Harajuku
  • Toy Story alien pins purchased at Tokyo DisneySea
  • Mini Genie pin purchased at the Disney Store in Japan

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

  • Cactus pin came free with a purchase from the old A Beautiful Mess shop
  • Bob’s Burgers Louise Belcher and Erotic Friend Fiction pins from Newbury Comics
  • All My Friends Are Dead pin from Newbury Comics

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

I’m so happy to have a proper home for my little pin collection, and I love that this project is both functional and beautiful!

Japan 2017 trip highlights – Tokyo DisneySea!

This post is part of a series on the highlights from our 2017 trip to Japan. You can find the other posts here!

My absolute favourite part of our trip to Japan was the two days we spent at Tokyo DisneySea! I’d never been to a Disney park before, and was extremely skeptical of the claim that Disney parks are “the happiest place on earth”… but you know what? Tokyo DisneySea actually was the happiest place I have ever experienced!

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 highlights - DisneySea

We were lucky enough to visit DisneySea during the Halloween season, so there were themed decorations, food and shows all about the Disney villains. And this year, guests were allowed to dress up in Disney costumes for the entire Halloween season – it was pretty amazing to walk around the park and see so many people dressed up as their favourite characters!

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 highlights - DisneySea

DisneySea is unique to Tokyo, which is why we chose to spend our two days there rather than at Tokyo Disneyland. There are a lot of other websites that give you a super in-depth guide to the Tokyo Disney Resort to help you plan your own visit (like TDR Explorer or the Disney Tourist Blog), so this post will just run through my favourite things about DisneySea!

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Project Life 2018 – March pages

Today I’m sharing my March pages from my 2018 Project Life album! This month I played around a bit with making my own journal cards using washi tape, paper scraps and stamping, which made these pages a lot of fun to pull together!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - March

March is the beginning of autumn here in Australia, so I put together an autumn leaves-inspired title page for the month. I used elements from past Studio Calico kits and some lovely washi tape I bought in Japan to embellish the journal cards.

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