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In The Round
Melbourne
Late thirties mum who loves all things crafty, sporadic exericse, chocolate and a sense of humour. Follow me on a journey of design, stories and zero cooking posts.
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Mar 15, 2010
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I've been hiding this post for a while, not wanting to spoil the surprise for my friend Kate who'd placed a custom cushion order. Kate recently bought a bright orange couch. Cautious as she was to tone it down a bit, I headed off on my fabric hunt with neutrals in mind. Five minutes into the trip, I had inspiration. The couch is in the family/kitchen open plan room, so the pears really appealed. Linen - well it always works. And you know how I feel about dots. (*) I beg your pardon, it's in fact Flamingo. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at In The Round
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Gorgeous siblings in printed tees... A special girl in the original stripey top Annabelle in our Spring/Autumn striped A line play dress Beautiful farm boys on an elephant parade I just love it when my customers send in pictures of their littlies in their ITR purchases. I adore my models, but it's also nice to other kids wearing my gear, and looking so good. (Thanks to the Mum's for letting me share the photos above. If you have any you'd like to share, I love to see them, send them on!) Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at In The Round
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This "break" has been great. I've had the chance to get back to designing, without the rush, and really enjoying sewing again. Helped a bit by this new purchase. Oh it's a wizz banger like no other, and helped me whip up this cushion this afternoon with my very new off the bolt fabric from, you guessed it, Japan. This is linen, with deep red dots (not burnt orange as the photo might depict). The colourway you see on the bolt is blueberry. I ordered this late last year, irresistibly tempted by the colour coordinating webbing. I'll have to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at In The Round
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I've spoken before about the generosity of spirit I've (we've) encountered since Harriet was sick. There's so much on TV and in the papers about the worst side of human nature, that we don't take enough time to cherish the best. I will say that coming out the other side of what we experienced, I really don't take the little things for granted any more. I do stop and smell the roses. Harriet, in fact all three of us, have been Charlie and Lola fans since she was born, when our friends Lou and Yorky gave us taste of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at In The Round
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We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary last year. In some ways it feels longer than that - you'll see what I mean. India, James' brother's little girl, was one of my flower girls. She was 9. And as cute as a button. Well in a few hours, she turns 15. I now feel like an old hag. Waverider put on a great party, with show off cup cakes and lollies in these gorgeous ceramic icecream cups from Spotlight. Harri's gone to bed in anticipation of a massive sugar hangover, while I'm left to ponder why I thought the laughter lines... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at In The Round
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When I had my epiphany and decided to reign ITR in a tad, it did occur to me that I might skip doing a boy's line, instead just focusing on the girls and homewares, because frankly I have more inspiration for those things and they're a damn sight easier to sew. BUT, then I thought of my little friends. In particular, one who graces my website, and couldn't do it. I mean, look at this face. So I've pondered and I've puzzled, and thrown lots of paper in the bin. But soon, I'll have something for you little blokes, something... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at In The Round
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After a few months of house hunting, we've finally found one we love. It's a little out of our price range ($11.5m), and not as close as we'd like to family and friends (Miami Beach), but this room won me over. We might just have to extend ourselves for a few years to cover it. But there's good economic reasoning behind it. In the post today I received a long awaited parcel of tees for my winter range. You've no idea how hard it is to find good quality blank tees for printing. There are a couple of places in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at In The Round
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I'd love to live in an apartment in New York and spend my days designing and screen printing in my studio. Well, perhaps that's not quite true, LA would suit us better, but it seems as though the screen printers of this world reside in New York, and their life sounds fancy. I got this for my birthday the year before last. but other than making this apron for Trish, and using my new found "skills" to test run my tshirts (before having them professionally done), I haven't done as much as I'd like. Until this weekend, when I put... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2010 at In The Round
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This past week oodles of gorgeous winter fabric has been landing on my porch, and I've all but designed the first line of Winter '10. The thing is, I had four colourways picked for the first line, but have only managed to make up three because I can't get the fourth colour way quite right. It then hit me, I seem to get stuck at 3. Want some examples? We have a three bedroom house. I want four. We have three fish, because 2 of the original 5 got stuck in the filter. (Yes, the 5 I bought last week).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2010 at In The Round
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it takes a couple of hours to get from this... to this. And then another few weeks to get to...well, you'll see. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at In The Round
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Having sold our house just before Christmas, we're on the look out for a new pad. I'll miss our place, but circumstance made us move out so onwards and upwards I say. Still, it was our first home, and we were so proud the day we bought it. I thought it would be so much fun looking for a new place, but only a few weeks (or say a few months) in and it's tough. I am astounded at how much it costs to buy a home in Australia. Astounded. And we're not being terribly picky. When we bought our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at In The Round
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Amy Butler recently released a new range, Love. I love it. I've already made a few things with it, like these skirts. On my recent trip to Hawthorne Threads (in breach of my self imposed non fabric buying month) I discovered that Amy has released some of the range in flannelette, that beautiful soft fabric which is reminiscent of the pastel stripy sheets I slept in at my Grandmother's house. Well my packaged arrived this week, and after lugging some hefty floor cushions all the way from Ikea back to work in my lunch hour (only a km but in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at In The Round
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I tell you, today was a lovely day. With Christmas and New Year, and working four (yes FOUR) days a week, it feels like forever since me and my best girl have just hung around the house doing "fings." And we had fun. I really want a kitten, but given we'll be moving house this year (sooner rather than later I hope), I don't want to uproot a pet. Still, it is a bit quiet with just the three of us, so Harri and I have been talking about goldfish. She had three star last night (meaning asleep sans hysteria... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2010 at In The Round
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Yep, that's the final tally from ITR's December challenge to raise money for our charity (and in a substantial way, our raison d'etre), the Stroke Clinic at the RCH. I had so many of my lovely loyal customers come back one, two even three times in December, in addition to a whole host of new people. I can now say that I'd secretly hoped to raise $1000 - $1500, so it goes without saying that you are all terrific. I'm going to freshen up a bit, spend a bit of time working on my winter range (shaping up pretty nicely... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at In The Round
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I've been throwing around a few ideas as to what shape the new ITR will take. I've had a bit of help along the way, in the form of these fantastic books that I got for Christmas. These two lovelies from my lovely husband... And this from my lovely Mum... I've hardly had the chance to absorb all of the detail, but have come up with a plan for January. And maybe February. I've decided that I'm going to tackle some of the great projects in the books without buying any more fabric. That's right, making them all from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2009 at In The Round
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There won't be a single one of my blog readers who hasn't heard that I've decided to downsize ITR for a while. I made that decision at about 6am this morning, having gone to bed at 1am, but then been awake with a "stirring" Harriet for the next 5 hours, 'til I gave up and got up. I don't function well on 5 meagre messy hours sleep, but more often than not that's all I get(*), because I need to stay up late to work on ITR and then get up early for my day job. So it's not a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2009 at In The Round
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Four is such a great Christmas age. Harri couldn't believe that Santa had delivered exactly what she wanted - Cinderella dress up and new paints. Actually, that's not true. I think she quite expected him not to stuff it up (we'd done the letter and all), but nonetheless was suitably impressed that he got it right on the day. Hope yours was Merry and Fun. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2009 at In The Round
Posted Dec 25, 2009 at In The Round
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ITR hit the $1000 mark tonight in our quest to raise a fair stack of money this month for the RCH Stroke Clinic. I'm thrilled. The boxing day sale is only 36 hours away, can we make it $1500 by NYE? Until then, Merry Christmas to you all! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2009 at In The Round
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Dec 24, 2009
Trish put me on to this. Makes me feel rather dull actually. 1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Sold a house. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No and yes. 3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, everyone in fact. 4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, of sorts, Uncle Roger. 5. What countries did you visit? None. 6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A slightly less edgy demeanour. 7. What dates from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2009 at In The Round
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I know two very lovely boys, and their Mum knows In the Round. Jack and Cameron are very special boys. And yes, by that I do mean that they are a little bit more special than most kids, in the same way that Harriet is. Thanks Caryn for taking the boys out on the farm and creating such special memories. I hope they like elephants. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2009 at In The Round