My name is Miss Leela
Welcome to my handmade world at Little Dream Homestead
I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Australia with my Husband Tim, our children Matilda & Leo, & Daschund Indie.
For as long as I can remember I have filled my time with creative pursuits. As a child and teen, I enjoyed drawing and paper crafts, until my twenties when I discovered a passion for fabric and thread.
I grew up an only child to two creative parents, both of whom have encouraged me with my creative endeavours. For fifteen years I worked as an Interior Designer. I love interiors and styling and working as a designer allowed me to challenge my creative mind in new and exciting ways, creating spaces for people to work, socialise, eat, shop, play and live.
After a long day at the office, I would come home and escape into my world of Slow Stitching. I had discovered the gentle craft of English Paper Piecing and I would sit and quietly stitch the hours away. I have always enjoyed creating with my hands, and the slow nature of stitching by hand helps to calm my mind and soothe my soul.
I fell so in-love with English Paper Piecing that I started my own little business selling the paper templates. I sold them in my Etsy shop alongside my handmade items. In 2013 I opened The Maker’s Stash, an online shop home to all things English Paper Piecing. Here I sell my templates, notions, threads, and patterns.
As well as Patchwork I enjoy crochet, knitting, embroidery and doing art and crafts with my kids. I also love pottering around in my home and garden, reading, watching, writing, and drinking tea.
My passion for handmade led me to join the Blue Mountains Makers, a local community and Etsy group that ran markets and provided a network for local handmade businesses. After residing on the committee for four years the remaining committee members and I decided to take a leap of faith and open a retail shop, selling predominately local handmade products. I am now a proud owner of this wonderful little shop located at Wentworth Falls.
I am passionate about keeping traditional crafts and artisan trades alive. I feel its so important in the digital world we find ourselves living in, full of mechanised industry, to remember where everything began. It all comes back to an idea, ingenuity, a will to try something and of course, a pair of hands.
This blog is a space for me to share my journey of creating a handmade home. Like many I am becoming increasingly aware of my impact on our planet. I wish to leave the world a better place for my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I am at the beginning of my journey to becoming low tox and eating, living, and growing a more sustainable life. I hope to share my lessons learnt, discoveries made, and ideas fostered with you.
Miss Leela x
I invite you into my shops…
You can find my handmade items for sale in my Etsy shop. You can find my English Paper Piecing patterns and sewing notions at my The Maker’s Stash Shop