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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Thought I would add some sparkle to my hall way & found these gorgeous feathered decorations at bed bath & table.

Thanks to every one who has been following my blog this past year I am so grateful for all your lovely comments wishing you lots of fun for the rest of the Christmas season stay safe & I look forward to seeing you all in 2012.

Lainey :) x

Image: Calico Child

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Creative Space

Haven't had chance to take any picks of my Christmas items so thought I would show you what I had made for my son to wear at a wedding we all went to.

I got the fabric from Thea who kindly let me buy some of her linen before she printed on it, I also have some printed fabric & will show you soon what I will be creating with that.  Thea has just been featured in January's edition of House Beautiful so please go get a copy I'm of to get mine today!!

Perfect fit on the shorts he is such a dot we always have trouble finding a size were the waist  doesn't fall down bless him!!

And here he is arr get up off that floor tee hee, well what can you do he is a boy & had the best time,  any one who has a boy knows what they get up to.

It lasted the day, no seams coming undone, no buttons I covered fell off, a result & I thought a handsome one at that, well I am his mum so I can be biased can't I ???

I will be making some sizes to put up on my made it site in the new year so keep a look out,  or e-mail me your size so I can get one made up for you.

Ps I know my creative space is having a break till next year for the links but I thought I would do my own little one today :))

Lainey :)

Images:  Calico Child

Monday, December 12, 2011

Kris Kringle

Just a little something I made for my Kris Kringle that Jodie from The habby godess had organised it was fun taking part thanks Jodie :)

I am so pleased Ruth loved them I have just recieved an e-mail to say they had arrived the buttons are going to be added to a dress that Ruth is making the heart & flowers are hanging on the tree & her 2 daughters are going to wear the flowers on christmas day so glad I made another one.

Its made my day knowing some one has loved my little Kris Kringle  :)

Lainey :) x

Image: Calico Child

Friday, December 9, 2011

Get noticed

Missed my creative space yesterday as getting the house organised for my mum & dad who are spending Christmas with us YAY!!!  All fetched from the airport so Christmas has begun at my house :))

So here we go a bit late but thought I would share with you  a notice board I created for a friend.  At the top part all the paper work & notes can be added, then at the bottom I made a chalk board so shopping list or messages for the family can be written.

Finally a cute bag for the chalk to go in, it can be hung on the hooks that are holding the chalk board, I might have to make one for myself now.   

I wish I had brought more of that vintage looking fabric looking at it again I'm thinking of all the other things I could have made with it!!!

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the weekend

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Monday

This is were I would like to be today just relaxing with a good book & not having to think about anything but the story I am reading!

Isn't this little pool house cute?   Hope you get to have a Happy Monday what ever you have planed.

Lainey :)

Image :cannot credit picture sorry found it in my file of pictures I put away & forgot to name were it came from.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Busy times!!

Gosh I cannot beleive how the month of November just raced by it was busy times thats for sure I have had basketball, swimming galas, dancing concerts, & graduations to attend & help with (phew) all good fun though.

All my Birthday goodies love the flowers looking forward to going to Myer the shoes are from Witchery sooo comfy, & the dress (not worn with those shoes though) was so cool especially in this heat!!  75% humidity at the moment.  I am so pleased my hydrangeas are not frazzled in this heat. :))

This is the other thing I have been most busy with helping to set up L'Amour Home a new shop with the most gorgeous of furniture & gifts Mackay needed some think different & it has arrived YAY!!!

This is the window display the pink chair & foot stool is just sooo gorgeous I love the hot pink colour, there are so many other yummy products its a pleasure going to work and helping to put all these lovely displays together.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child

Friday, November 4, 2011

It's Friday

It's Friday yay!!!  I have been working all this week getting the shop all ready for Christmas with some gorgeous items that have arrived, all my wages are going on decorations at the moment hee hee.

Thought I would show you some gorgeous flowers I got from a friend a while ago I loved them & was meaning to show you, they smelt so Divine took me ages to get a good pick as it was evening I must keep practising.

Will so be looking forward to Sunday so I can just chilax how about you what will you all be getting up to?  What ever it may be I hope its full of good times :)))

Thanks for stopping by

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child

Monday, October 24, 2011

Royal Albert

I had a surprise sent to me recently from my mum so I thought I would share it with you, I was so excited un packing my goodies.  My mum has kindly given me her Royal Albert Old Country Roses Tea set which she has collected for many years, this design has sold one hundred million pieces since it was launched in 1962 so loads kicking around out there.   The recipe book is so lovely I don't want to write in it for fear of spoiling the gorgeous pages!! 

 It is believed that Anna, Duchess of Bedford began the ritual  of afternoon tea, women would dress up & have there finest china & silverware presented to show there success & Stature.  I just like to have my friends round for a good gossip & catch up but I am sure that still hasn't changed in some house holds.

It has its own home now in my dresser & I will be using it to have my tea in that's for sure, how could you not?  So mum when you next come to stay we shall have a nice cup of Tea  a yummy cake & a good old catch up!! Can't wait :)

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Coffee Devine

Well hello there long time hey!!! Well I had a great time with the in- laws out showing them around the Whitsunday's & Pioneer Valley were I live.  
On the way to Finch Hatton & Eungella we came across this cute little coffee place which opened a year ago. Gosh I must get out that way more often it is so beautiful.

The little detail in the wood work on the deck was so pretty.

I loved the arch door way it was a little country church at one time.

Love the bell to ring for service they do great coffee by the way.

And what a view to sit & eat your own cupcake it's all home made food, great service & they also have a face book page so you can find out how to get there or what events are going on, so if you ever head to this part of the world please pop in to Coffee Devine it will be so worth it!! 

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child & Petro Van Loggerenberg

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


So sorry I have not been able to catch up with all your lovely blogs lately, due to having family stay with us for a while I haven't had chance to get on my computer.

Once I get a chance I will definitely do some posts & swing by to say hi to you all.

I had this bottle of perfume given to me as a gift, I love Marc Jacob's bottles they are so exquisite & have a flower as its lid, it's quite a sweet floral smelling perfume when sprayed  but as it goes into skin it softens & is quite nice.

Hope you all have a great week & look forward in catching up with you all soon.

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Creative Space

The other day my daughter produced this picture to me & asked if I could make this out fit for a project that they are working on at school for a boat regatta, apparently they have all built boats out of card board boxes & are doing a race with them on land so the kid's are all in the boats but running with them.

My daughter & her friend are playing the roll of cheerleaders  so on Sunday I found out I had to make 2 costumes (phew) so off I ran to Spotlight to get all my supplies I needed as I was working Mon & Tue I could only make them in the evening so after 2 nights I finished.  HOORAY.

I should say we finished as my mother in law came to stay with us on Saturday for 5 weeks so she was a great help pinning, ironing & helping with other things, I said "you timed your visit just at the right time" hee.

The skirt is my favourite it turned out really well, go go girls have fun, they have sorted out a routine shame we cannot be there to see it, I didn't do the binding stripes on the top as I ran out of time, more notice next time please Soph!!  hee.

Happy Creating

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Creative Space

Thought I would have a go at covering my bedroom lamp shades today to give them a bit of a lift as they looked so plain.

Fabric all cut spray ready be careful with that spray I thought my room was well ventilated but ended up having to go out side, then I didn't check the wind direction first hee.

 I was thinking what have I started?  If I work with the spray glue again I think a mask will be purchased. I entertained myself making them, thank god I didn't video it you would have had a laugh.

I am so pleased how they turned out the glue does hold well on the fabric as one of the shades I realised I had put the fabric on upside down as you can see by the run of the pattern that would have been wrong told ya I was having fun & games hee.

Happy Creating.

Lainey :) x

Images: Calico Child

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Just a little something

Spring is not to far off so thought I would make some fabric flowers they turned out really well just got to decide what to create with them, headband, or a cushion? Ooh let me think!!!

Will get the light bulb going & think of something unless you have any ideas?

Never made booties before so pleased how they turned out I think I will call them Bootylicious.

Have a great week what ever you have planed, I'm getting ready for the in laws to stay for 5 weeks so busy sorting out the house, we are all so looking forward to their visit.  

Might not get chance to blog too much in September but will try & squeeze some post's in.

Lainey :) x

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thinking of my Deck

Just finished building the deck, well not me personally I'm not that good at wood work hee.  I am so looking forward to getting idea's together,  I keep changing my mind though as there are so many wonderful looks to create.

I found this lovely picture over Here thanks to A.M  she did a post the other day so I got the link vie her,  its so inviting isn't it?  I could see myself sitting there with a nice glass of wine on a Sunday afternoon!!

We haven't got a covered roof on the deck though so this look probably won't work,  I will keep searching  any suggestions will be gratefully appreciated.

Have a great weekend

Lainey :)

Images: Calico Child & HGTV

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Creative Space

I love making notice boards, I don't know why I ever stopped making them! I suppose it's just time flying by!!  Well I think I might start making them again and wanted to share with you what I did for my friends daughter.

Her dad brought her a dress from Hong Kong which didn't fit any more & she just didn't want to throw it out so I suggested making some things out of it we managed to get 2 boards & ran them on the wall length ways.  I loved the top part & wanted to keep that in the board as such a shame to cut it out.

I was so pleased with how they turned out I so love this colour & matched up the ribbon with the piping beautifully.

Happy Creative space day!!

Lainey :) x

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


So excited got home from work to find all these gorgeous ribbons waiting for me just got to get creating now, my next delivery will be some bias binding from Simone at Beach Vintage.  Oh Mr post man hurry up :)))

The shed is all stocked for me moving in just got to sort it all now will post some pictures when its looking organised :)

Lainey :) x

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Monday

Just had these tasty pancakes so all happy to start off a great week :)


1 1/2  cups milk
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups self raising flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup caster sugar
butter for pan

Whisk milk, egg & vanilla together. Sift flour & bicarbonate of soda in a bowl mix in sugar to bowl make a well add milk mix until combined.

Heat frying pan with little bit of the butter add required amount of mixture and cook away.

You can add sultanas to mixture (my Grandad loved that) I like squeezed lemon juice with a little sprinkle of caster sugar, my son loves maple syrup & my daughter loves nutella.

What do you like with your pancakes?

Have a great Monday

Lainey :) x

Image: Calico Child

Friday, August 19, 2011

Gingerbread Men

Well my boy is 9 today  he asked me if I could make some  Gingerbread Men for him to take to school today so last night I baked & baked these little fellows the recipe was easy it was the cutting out that was hard as the mixture was so soft I think a few had broken legs which made me think of the poor gingerbread man in shrek!!

I patched them up well apart from the poor fellow bottom left I forgot to sort his head out :( I am sure the kids wouldn't think twice as they bite into them hee hee.

Hope the basket I sent comes home empty.

Lainey :) x

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Creative Space

Well Spring is nearly here so I think why not make some nice bright flower headbands I have been going crazy making up all these in different colours.

Just couldn't stop there had to make an apron to match, I grabbed my neighbours daughter to help with wearing the item's for me, your cooking up a treat there H thanks for being a great model :))

Happy sewing to all the Creative space people!!

Lainey :) x

Images: calico Child

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Room make over

Rumpas room!

I just had to show you this picture my daughter & her friend who are both 13yrs got together for the weekend  decided that they wanted to have there sleep over in our rumpas room as we haven't even started organising that space from the move yet I said it would be okay.
I had to pop out for a couple of hours (hubby left in charge)  when I got back I started to notice quite a few items missing from around the place & it was very quiet so I opened up the rumpas room doors to find there creation.

She begged me could this be her bedroom but alas even though they had done a great job I had to say no, I did however for her hard work let her sleep there for 4 nights so she was happy about that :)))

I think the Block & a few other lifestyle Channels we have watched together might have rubbed off don't you think?

Hope you have a great weekend

Lainey x

Image: Calico Child

Friday, August 12, 2011


Thought I would share with you my curtains I have made for the new house I was so scared cutting into this gorgeous fabric, I measured it all so many times to be perfectly accurate It was so easy when I got going  as it had a pattern that was a big help to get the perfect cut.

Love my Janome the fabric glided through like butter, it was a dream, there was so much fabric though so I had to use my ironing board to take the weight as my studio isn't finished yet but not to worry my kitchen top was just the trick.   Will show you the studio once it's complete.

All hung made some Sheree's too it just softens the window & compliments the fabric ideally.

There we go, I cannot stop looking at it at the moment  oh I'm so sad aren't I hee hee

All closed and cosy ready for a good night sleep all the Fabric is from Harry Harry the width was 240cm so I never had to make a join which is great, they have so many wide width fabrics I was spoilt for choice but this one was just perfect for me.

Lainey x

Images: Calico Child

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My Creative Space

Gosh its Thursday already  so here we go, I have quite a few scraps of fabric which I have kept in a huge basket & thought I better put it to use now I am settled into my new home. I have more time to start organising my fabrics better.

Hope you like it I think its sooo cute isn't it?  Never throw your scraps out when you can use them to make this little number!   Hope you are finding a creative Space on this lovely Thursday.  Happy sewing!

Lainey x

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Monday

Well I am so excited my Linen bags I made have just been featured on for there Monday finds Yay!!!

It's made my day so had to share it with you take a look HERE hope you have had a good Monday too!

Lainey x

Image: Calico Child

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Relaxing Sunday

Thought I would bake a cake for when I found time to sit & relax I did get chance for some of the day, how about you did you get to have a relaxing sunday or were you rushed off your feet?

Mmmm the smell of coffee & that cake it was delicious, I could eat it all again :)   I am celebrating my hubby has decided the shed is for me he moves out this week & I get  all that space  to create, will post some pictures of the make over A.S.A.P

Hope you Sunday was a good day.

Lainey x

Images: Calico Child