November 28, 2012

of facebook and cupcakes.

Well, I have news. Alice's Place is now on Facebook! Aye, Facebook. Ain't I modern?

Well, if you don't believe me, go and have a look (you could do me a favour and 'like' the page while you're at it!)! You'll even be able to have a peak at some gorgeous photos of Kitty in her bonnet!


Well? What do you think? 

And also. Do you like cupcakes?

My Mum has recently returned to the blogging world and has been posting millions of photos of the billions of amazing cupcakes she's been making! Her blog is called Mama Bear's Kitchen and she'd love you to leave a comment or follow! *hint hint*


Several friends and I - who all enjoy creative writing - have returned to Just So Stories. However, it is now called 'the Inklings' and has just experienced a mini makeover! Not to mention the captivating new stories, book reports and essays that have been posted. We'd love you to have a look! ;)

And also.
If you still have nothing better to do (heh heh), check out our spy blog, Elite Secret Force! It's very awesome.

Well, that is all for now, my friends. Thanks for visiting!

Alice xo

Over and Out.

P.s. What do you think of the new design?

October 20, 2012

The Edwardian Tea Gown

Last month a friend of mine turned 16 and had an Edwardian Garden party.
I've always (like, always) wanted to make an old fashioned dress so it was the perfect excuse to make a lacy Edwardian tea gown! 
I looked around for a pattern for a while and finally settled with Sense & Sensibility's 1910's Tea Gown pattern, though I altered it to make it more like Katrina's gown on Edelweiss Patterns
The pattern was pretty straightforward and simple, though if I did it again I'd do the sleeves differently. (The sleeves and bodice were the same piece so it puckered and didn't really sit nicely). But apart from that, I had heaps of fun finally making an old-fashioned dress!
I bought the hat from Big W and tied a matching dusty-pink satin ribbon around it with a few fake flowers.
The pearl necklace and gloves I already had, and the lace shawl was a gift from a friend.
The party itself was lovely - out in the garden under the blossoming trees... everyone put a wonderful effort into their costumes and looked absolutely fabulous!
My dear friend Kenzie (in the red dress below) looked like she'd just stepped out of a book (simply smashingly gorgeous! She even looked like Diana Barry, in fact.) and India made her and Holly's skirts. Aye. They all looked lovely!
And so, my dream came true. 
And we all lived happily ever after.


P.S. There are many more photos of the wonderful party here and here

August 31, 2012

Pinwheel Baby Quilt

My latest creation... a pinwheel baby quilt! Based on the tutorial found here.

Here in Australia we're enjoying the last day of Winter while still looking forward to Spring... the flowers and trees have just started blossoming and it's just so beautiful!

How I love Spring. :)

I'm currently about 2/3 of the way through making an Edwardian gown for a friend's 16th birthday party next month, so stay tuned for some photos! (That is, if the dress works :P).

What's your favourite part about Spring?

Alice xo

July 10, 2012

Camera Journal Covers

Three journal covers made from Janelle Wind's fabulous pattern... what do you think?

would you like these?

Bri is giving away these two sets of hair-ties and double sided headband from Alice's Place!

June 18, 2012

A Bright + Colourful Wall-hanging

Now this is kinda cheating, since I didn't actually make this wall-hanging. But it's so awesome that I just had to share it with y'all. 
A friend made it as a birthday present for my Mum last (?) year, and after months of faithful stitching, finished it just a few days ago. Since then, it has been hanging proudly by our front door for all our visitors to admire upon entering the house. :)
(The wall-hanging was made to match our house which is very colourful-- there are no white walls.)

Pretty cute, hey?

What are your favourite colours?

June 11, 2012

Gabriel's Quilt

It has been a looong time since I last posted. Not because of a shortage of sewing, but because of a shortage of, well... time for blogging. Over the past month our family has had sickness to the full extent with about 5 trips to the hospital, 2 of my sisters admitted to hospital, coughs, colds, croup, bronchiolitis.... etc etc. 
Ahh, winter! I do so love winter, but not exactly the sickness that comes with it. :P

 This is Gabriel's quilt; made from 100% cotton Hooty-Hoot fabric for an adorable 12 week old dude called Gabriel. Love that name. :)
Must apologise for the quality of the photos; evidently they were rushed and the colour itself is quite horrific. One day, I hope, my photos will actually look normal *sniff*.
The quilt itself was a rather simple pattern, square-in-a-square, with a patchy sort of border. 
I had to use my imagination for the backing because the piece I had set apart wasn't big enough.

What do you think??

May 12, 2012

A Collection of Children's Apparel

As you know, I'm no expert at sewing clothes, but I can officially sew shorts
Earlier on in the year my cousin asked me if I'd make some pre-school shorts for her son, who had grown out of his old ones. I said I'd give it a go; I did, and they worked!! Yes, I was very, very happy. Not only did they work, but they were quite simple and easy, and remarkably fun to make.

I also made another dress like this one, with just a couple of changes. I gathered the top instead of pleating it; added a tie/straps, some ric-rac, and a zip at the back. 

I have a whole stack of different dresses on my 'To Make' list. So HOPEFULLY I'll be able to show you some more photos soon!

Have a blessed weekend, and remember to spoil your Mama tomorrow! Got any plans? My brother and I are going to make a three course meal for dinner -- it shall be interesting!
Alice xx

May 04, 2012

It's a Girl!

Kitty Jemimah Grace
was born on Tuesday, 10th April, 2012.
She is the most beautiful // adorable // cute little bubsie and a most precious gift from God!

Another little model for my bonnets and dresses, eh wot?

April 06, 2012

It is finished.

"With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard His cry and saw how He died, he said, 
"Surely this man was the Son of God!" 
Mark 15:37-39

May you all have a wonderful Easter weekend as we remember and celebrate what our Lord and Saviour did for us -- He sacrificed His LIFE for US so that we may have life and have it to the FULL.

Jesus said, "Take heart, I have overcome the world..." (John 16:33)

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends..."

March 09, 2012

My Mini Card Collection

Happy March! Summer has gone, Autumn has come! Or perhaps, for most of my readers, Winter has gone and Spring has sprung. ;)

Well, I have discovered that I quite enjoy making cards! And I have decided that handmade ones are much nicer and more personal than store-bought ones. I've actually been making cards for quite a few years, but after receiving some gorgeous scrapbooking paper for Christmas and birthday presents combined, I thought I'd get back into it! So over the past couple of months, I have been building up a mini collection of thank-you and birthday cards. Though I find that just as soon as I make them I find somebody to give them to, so at the moment it's safe to say that... my collection is quite reduced in size. :P

Nevertheless, I took photos of them all before sending them away, and this is my mini card collection!


January 31, 2012

dr seuss quilt

A couple of months ago I told you about my Dr. Seuss quilt which I made in a day... and remember, I said I had some photos coming soon? Well, it's not 'soon' anymore, quite the opposite I believe, but this morning I finally managed to take some photos. :)
I had fun!

(Note - I couldn't decide which photos to upload, so I thought I'd... er, upload them all. I hope you don't mind.)

Dr Seuss and the Fresh Flowers quilt.

The backing. ^^

I made an owl for the friend's baby as well... and I also stitched a Dr Seuss thingy onto a little shirt for him and his big sister. Cute, eh? 

A couple of my sisters glued 'eggs' to a white box and Mum tied these ribbons around it... and the quilt went inside. :) 
Thus, I only got to see my beloved quilt completed for a couple of minutes before handing it over... *sniff*

But, it was worth it. She loved it. :)