Thursday, 15 November 2012

Crafty Photo Comp Gets Quilty!

Calling all quilters! You too can join in the Crafty Christmas Competition!

We have a huge range of quilters who shop with us, from the traditionalist to the thoroughly modern sewer. As you can see from a snapshot of the entreis so far, nothing is too big a challenege for the Spotlight quilting customer!

Make sure you get your entries in very soon!

Here's some favourites so far...

What have YOU made? Don't miss your chance to enter and win!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Child's Play

Our Crafty Christmas Competition is going gangbusters! Have you submitted your creations yet? We'd love to see what you've been making!

As a kid, some of our favourite toys were those made for us by loved ones and relatives and handed down through the generations. The Snoopy toy that my Dad gave Mum for her 21st birthday warmed my bed for many nights!

My grandmother knitted a doll for my younger sister when she was born; somehow she ended up with the vague name of "Mammy". My favourite thing about Mammy was that she was so darn heavy, I would chase sis around the house and whack her with it any chance I got.

Brotherly love, right?

Today I'm appealing to the big kid in all of us with some of our favourite toys that have been uploaded to the Crafty Christmas Competition. We'd love to hear what you think.


Don't forget to click through and vote if you love these as much as we do!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Spotlight's Crafty Christmas Photo Comp - Day 2

Wow you guys! The response to our Crafty Christmas Competition has been overwhelming. Entries are flooding in and each one is more impressive than the next.

As promised, we've gone through and cherry picked our favourite submissions so far. Today's favourites are all along the theme of Gorgeous Garments. 

Don't forget to click through and vote if you love these as much as we do!

There are seriously so many amazing entries that we could list them all here! Let us know who you voted for (or someone we haven't featured here) in our comments section.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our next set of featured entries!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Spotlight's Crafty Christmas Photo Comp!

That got your attention didn't it? That's right, it's 30% off ALL FABRIC. This week in all Spotlight stores - Monday 12th - Sunday 18th November.

But before your rush into store...

We know you're a crafty bunch - or else you wouldn't be reading this, right? (You're surely not here for my witticisms). We often implore you to share with us what you have created using your haul from Spotlight and from time to time we've featured you here on this very blog!

Well you'll be all stitched up when you hear that we're now giving you the chance to WIN just for sharing your creations with us.

Spotlight's Crafty Photo Competition is on right now! Simply log on to Facebook, click the link on the Spotlight page and upload your latest and greatest projects for us all to see.

Then all you have to do is get voting! Have a browse through the already HUGE selection and vote for your favourite - and leave a comment. The winning entry will take home a MASSIVE $200 Spotlight Gift Card. Awesome!

All of this week we'll be featuring some of our favourite entries from the competition. But it's not up to us- we can coo and gurlge and gasp all we like, YOU need to vote! I swear it's more fun than the US Presidential election.

Here's some awesome contenders to get you inspired (click the links to vote for these and more!)

So wether you're a sewer, quilter, beader, knitter, crotchet-er or cake decorator, send in your entries! We'd love to see what you've made. And maybe you'll be rewarded...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Alto - The Future of Sewing Machines?

For as long as I can remember as a child, we had a vintage Singer sewing machine stand sitting in the hallway at home. The machine had been replaced by a marble top but the cast iron base with it's treadle and wheel were a constant source of amusment for my childhood self (and the occasional snagged finger - ow!)

The first time I laid eyes on the fabled Singer machine that belonged to said treadle was when a mum from school unveiled her prized - and in working order - 1938 Singer machine during rehearsals of "Fiddler on the Roof". In my excitment I proceeded to stab the needle clean through my index finger.

Singer's 160th Anniversary Machine

In the 80-odd years since the hey dey of the gorgeous-yet-functional Singer machine, domestic sewing machines have not been the pack leaders in form and design. With the exception perhaps of the fancy unfolding Elna LOTUS or Singer's 160th Anniversary Edition machine, there have been few truly beautiful and functional sewing machines since.

Elna LOTUS - a design classic.

So when a machine comes along that defies convention of both form and function, we definitely sit up and pay attention!
Introducing "Alto".

British designer Sarah Dickins has come up with an absolutely stunning concept machine that not only changes the way we look at sewing machines - but also the way that we use them!

The Alto eliminates a foot pedal by using a pressure sensor built into the base of the machine. It also allows for a change in speed just by moving the fabric! The simplified threading process and large base area also allow for super-easy sewing.

Alto has been submitted as an entrant for the James Dyson Design Award as a machine to service the "make do and mend" trend of simple home sewing.

Leather casing! Oh my!
 We think it's pretty darn sexy. Check out more pics on the James Dyson site.

Could you see this adorning your sewing table? I sure could (if I had a sewing table, that is...)

Monday, 22 October 2012

DIY Wedding - Alex & Nika

We love a wedding here at W&W and are very proud to announce that our very own Elle tied the knot this weekend - photos still to come! Very special congratulations to her and hubby.

While we keep that one under wraps, Dora came across a beautiful wedding post over on the Etsy blog last weekend! Even better - it features some Spotty Product!

Cute bridesmaid fabrics made from Create Blenders!
Alex and Nika were married in Rockingham, WA, on a tight budget and even tighter schedule - we know all about those here in the buying office.They rustled up a fabulous affair calling on friends and family to sew, bake, decorate and celebrate with them.

No-sew bunting - use mini pegs to hold up your fave fabrics
We're totally taken with the total DIY feel across the entire event - even "make your own" pizzas for dinner! Awesome!

Local wild flowers keep the tables grounded and earthy

Check out the rest of their gorgeous photos over at the Etsy weddings blog.

Love the layers of rugs! So cosy!

Have you got some fabulous DIY wedding ideas? We'd love to hear all about them!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Little Artists

I think the best thing about Halloween - besides an excuse to get dressed up and PARTY ON A BOAT - is seeing the amazingly cute mini-monsters that your neighbour's kids turn into.
I googled "Best Kid's Halloween Costumes" and decided to not post any of them here - they were equal parts creepy and awesome and I could have hotlinked all of them. So google for yourself and prepare your "awwwwww" face. (Maybe also your "eeew" and "not suitable for children" faces too).

By far the best I've discovered in the lead up to Halloween this year - and maybe ever - is these amazing "Little Artist" costume tutorials over at Oh Happy Day!

Oh Happy Day also has a whole host of awesome costume ideas in their "Handmade Halloween" section - be sure to check them out.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

We're off to see the Wizard...

My boyfriend baulked at me when I told him I've never seen the original 1939 version of "The Wizard of Oz". To be frank, I'm terrified of flying monkeys and the very notion of a pair of sparkly shoes transporting me to a far away place just gives me flashbacks to bad drag shows at the Greyhound (back when it was still a tacky rock joint).

I did however see "Wicked", but that's another story. Literally.

You don't need to have seen the film or mermorised it backwards (Unlike our office resident historian Jane Austen) to recognise the iconic dress worn by Judy Garland's Dorothy in the film. All blue and white gingham and puffy sleeve, it's easily one of the best-known costumes in modern film history.
Thanks to Julien's Auctions in Beverley Hills, it could be yours - for a small US$500,000. That's right, the very same dress worn by Garland in the film is up for sale! Garland's costume is one of several identical outfits made for the movie, but the only one to have been seen on film and the only complete version to have survived intact.

Creepy Wax figure wearing the orignal dress.
For those of you who don't have a spare half mil to splash out on a dress that quite possibly smells like mothballs, you've just enough time before Halloween to crank one of these out for yourself!

Simplicity Pattern 4136 (size 6-22), 4139 (sizes 3-8) & 4024 (sizes 1/2-4) have you covered!

Simplicity 4139

Grab some great gingham in store (we've got HEAPS!) and get stitching! This is the perfect frock to last from Halloween party season right through into breezy summer days.


What are you stitching up for Halloween? We'd love to see! Why not visit us on Facebook?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


I really like dinosaurs.

I mean REALLY REALLY like dinosaurs.

I like dinosaurs so much that I cried when it was established that the Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus were different names the same dinosaur. In my eyes, that was one less dinosaur to love.

While devestated as a child that I could never actually saddle up and ride on a tricerotops, I consoled myself with countless viewings of the 90's cult classic film "We're Back". John Goodman voicing a T-rex? I was in heaven.

File:We're Back! Movie Poster.jpg 

Fast forward past Jurassic Park, the Magic Schoolbus and Steven Spielberg's ill-fated "Terra Nova" (Dean Geyer? Really?), and daily viewings of Dinosaur Comic and finally I've come full circle, the Jurassic age is here, and we present to you...


We're seriously SO excited about this range, it's super cute and so fun and bright!

The last print is my particular favourite - as I'm terrible at spelling, this handy print does it all for you - and even tells you what the dino names mean!

Stuck for a project idea? Try this super cool plush dino tutorial over at Little Black Teapot. Seriously cute, who wouldn't want one of these toys?

Junglesaurus Quilting Fabric, 112cm, 100% Cotton. $16.99m (60x112cm panel $12.99ea)

In stores now!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Friday Sewing Tips

The weather is starting to look a little gloomy over the office here - I feel like I preface so many friday posts with this, but it's typical Melbourne!
For those of you who've been good enough to dedicate some time to sewing today, we've found some fabulous tips over at one of our favourite blogs, Coletterie.

Seamstress' at work in a Melbourne Garment Factory, c1950
The girls have collated a great list of tips lifted from some professional seamstresses - that is, those who work on industrial machines for a living. While the closest I've ever got to an industrial machine is our trusty vintage singer here in the office (it's only for looks, I swear), I'm sure there are some awesome ideas you can adopt for your own sewing room.

If you're not fortunate (?) enough to own one of these babies...

We're all about keeping up the good habits here at W&W, so why not head over to Coletterie and start up a list for yourself?

Click here for the full story.

Have a great weekend!