Friday, 26 May 2017


Melissa Gaggiano Photography
    On a complete and utter whim I made this mock Twister board game miniature for the girls doll house. They love it when I make little bits and pieces to add to their doll house, and this one was so simple in concept. As I was sewing the dots onto the white felt I realised how nice the pattern would look on a doll apron or skirt.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Winona ♡

© Melissa Gaggiano
    If you're into a little eighties nostalgia you will enjoy this piece on coming of age themed piece about Winona Ryder.

Sixties Love + Missing Sharpener

© Melissa Gaggiano
    There is a curse in this house. The same curse that afflicts every household I would imagine. There is always that one thing that disappears. Even though you tell yourself that the you will put away that one thing in the same spot, it still manages to disappear into oblivion.

    Over the years many random things have disappeared into that void. There was a time when the cat was a klepto, but she has since grown out of that phase, and yet, things still disappear a Gruffalo plate, Spiderman spoon, erasers, my trusty sharpener. I'm thinking of installing a black hole proof safety box for housing my next sharpener. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Talk About... Pop Cactus

My Poppet tutorial

Talk about, pop cactus
Talk about, pop cactus
Pop, pop, pop, pop cactus

It's another proud day for me, as a new tute of mine is now available at My Poppet. If you love pop, felt craft and cacti then this is the perfect thing for you. Check it out now!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Sick Day Things

    The littlest has been under the weather, but her day is made a whole lot better by watching The Adventures of Abney and Teal, playing some Lego and getting in lots of sleep. She also put in a request for her own lil Poc-Poc which I quickly sewed together.

    For those not in the know a Poc-Poc is a rather curious little ground creature, much like wood toys or what I imagine to be hardy seeds.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Drawing from the Heart

© Keira Gaggiano
    I love the illustrations and little handmade books my kids gift to me. The worlds and characters drawn have so much personality and speak volumes of who they are and what they want to be.

    As a treat my eldest offers the below illustration as a printable colour-in picture. Thanks Gwen! You're awesome!

© Gwen Gaggiano

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Sun in Autumn

© Melissa Gaggiano
    The cold season is always a welcome distraction in this house, particularly when we've been watching the weather bureau for blessed signs that the temperature is actually going to turn and drop below 25ºC.

    Now that Autumn actually feels like a real Autumn my family relishes in eating hot homemade pies and drinking hot chocolate. During the cold seasons I also have the urge to knit scarves. This is funny because it would make more sense to knit the scarf when it is still warm. Then the scarf can be ready to be worn at the first sign of frosty Melbourne winds.

    Right now I am knitting a sunny, yellow scarf from yarn left over from another craft project. I want this scarf to be super long, so in all likelihood I will be revisiting the craft store to buy a second skein.

    What do you look forward to doing during the cold seasons?

© Melissa Gaggiano

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

On the Street

© Melissa Gaggiano
    Stepping out for fresh air I like to look at people. Paying attention to the details – the clothes they wear, how they do their hair, the accessories they carry. Sometimes clothes are just clothes, but what we choose to wear can sometimes speak volumes of how we are feeling, and what we are like.

    Today I saw this girl and she was a bright spot on the map, when most other pedestrians are dressed in the corporate colour of Melbourne – all black. She caught my eye because she wore Converse shoes [I like wearing Converse too], blue aged wide leg straight cut 3/4 denim pants, and a very long pea green knitted coat. Her fringe was severe, but her face was so gentle that it somehow balanced out.