Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy birthday Brett!

Brett's birthday being on the 28th usually passes without a huge fuss but being that it was his 40th, his request was for Karoke. So we headed off with a bunch of friends and family to Fat Louie's for an afternoon of pretending we were rock/pop stars and perhaps surprising a few people that I can sing (NOTE: I did not say sing well!). Topped off with white chocolate mud cake (I can feel my clothes starting to strain....)

Happy birthday John

I whipped up this little applique t using the space ship design from a Homespun magazine (meant for a library bag but equally cute for a little boy to wear) for the birthday boy. I'm going to be making a few more of these (or similar) to have on hand for presents during the year.
And Kaiden at the party (yes, he did have a good time!)

Christmas Day

Christmas Day here was a quiet one, having celebrated with Brett's family the weekend prior. Some simple present opening followed by watching a few DVDs and a snooze.

This year while Kaiden now recognises what Santa (aka "my Santy") looks like, he wasn't on friendly-enough terms to take a perch on his knee for a photo when we saw him in the flesh earlier in the week. He loved opening presents, usually accompanied by a "wow wee" and offering to lend a willing hand to everyone else to help them with theirs. Santa filled up his stocking with lots of presents including puzzles, bubble wand, Elmo DVDs (or DBDs as Kaiden calls them), sand play toys (bucket, spade), the dog softie I made earlier this year and a Wiggles CD. We gave him a train set which he loves and he also received a tin train (also a hit) and book from the Wakefields, a camping chair from Nanna and Pop, money from Granddad and Elmo giggle and shake chair from the Marsdens and Lindsays. He also received this cool tote bag filled with "pirate" treasure (books, felt board, finger puppets) from Mackenzie.

Then later in the afternoon we used the bubble mix to make these huge bubbles which floated for ages down the street.

My EB Secret Santa

In return, I loved what I received from my EB Secret Santa, Andrea. There was a Christmas apron (which I loved wearing while making Christmas treats!), coasters, a beach bag (which we have used numerous times already) and a crayon/colouring-in case for Kaptain K. How lucky am I?

I met-up with Andrea and Suzanne from the EB group just before Christmas and it was lovely to meet them and their kids and have a chat about everything and sewing! Andrea also made up a gorgeous bias tote bags for each of us which was a lovely surprise! I hope that we can meet-up again soon early next year.

Friday, December 26, 2008

EB Secret Santa

Merry Christmas to all my blog visitors and online friends. You have indeed helped make this year a special and inspirational one. Before Christmas, I participated in the EB Secret Santa swap making these for Jo. There is a better photo of the package of goodies on her blog.

I made the bookmarks using the tutorial on the One Crafty Mumma blog and the pin cushion shoe and bauble needle holder are from Vol 22 No 9 Handmade. So glad I finally made something from one of those magazines and it was a bit fiddly but easy!
I'm so glad that Jo and her family loved them and wish her all the best for her upcoming birth.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kaiden's birthday presents

Our little boy was certainly spoilt again for his birthday, he is so loved by his friends, family and our street 'family'. His present list:-

*Wiggles book
*Matchbox cars
*Bob the Builder drill set and work apron made by the fabulous Nerida (photo to come soon)
*Soccer ball and $1 coin 2008 uncirculated coin from Desley
*Elmo DVD and Elmo Live from Mummy and Daddy
*Little People garage set
*Floor puzzles and book from Nan and Pop
*Foam alphabet from the Marsdens
*Bowling set from the Lindsays
*Teddy bear puzzle from Picky (aka Vicki and Ian
*Plus money from Cousin Annette and Granddad "Georgey") which will be put to wise use (probably something fun once we work out what that might be after his recent birthday and Christmas present haul).

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Party time!

I was a bit worried at Kaptain K's elmo cake would be featured on cake wrecks so I handed it all over to Brett who has found a new talent. The Elmo was cut out using a template enlarged then copied from a book. Brett said icing it was a bit like plastering. Kaiden had a great time and was so happy that his friends could come along and enjoy the day with him. There was pass the parcel, cake, play in the sandpit, swing and fun in the fort. Everything a little boy wants in a second birthday.

Creamed corn and bacon quichettes

As promised here's my yummy recipe for quichettes. Easy to make and can keep in the freezer for up to a month.

Creamed corn and bacon quichettes
Makes 30.
3 ½ sheets ready-rolled puff pastry, partially thawed
250g shortcut bacon, chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced
420g can creamed corn
2 eggs
2/3 cup cream

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Use a 7cm (diameter) round cutter to cut 30 rounds from pastry. Line a 12 x 1 ½ tbls capacity patty pan with 12 pastry rounds.
Place bacon into a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until light golden. Add green onions. Set aside to cool.
Combine creamed corn, eggs, cream, and salt and pepper in a jug. Whisk with a fork until well comined. Spoon a little bacon mixture into base of each pastry case. Carefully pour corn mixture into cases to 3/4s full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and puffed. Repeat with remaining pastry and fillings to make 30 quichettes. Serve warm or cold.
Can keep frozen for up to 1 month.

Secret Santa with Scrap with V

Aren't I just the luckiest? This bundle of goodies came from my Secret Santa over at Scrap with V. Lots of goodies - stickers, rub-ons, blossoms, coloured staples. Now to have the time to scrap!

Party fun!

For Kaptain K's birthday party I put together ittle thank-you bags. I made these little hair clips to go into the bags for the girls.

Material obsession

This little boy loves fabric as much as his Mummy...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


From the top (sorry I can't get this blog to co-operate)..

I finished off this little outfit for a Secret Santa - Butterick pattern for the pinafore top and pants, and Michael Miller free online pattern for the booties. It was just like sewing little doll's clothes. I hope she likes them!

It's getting to that time of year, with Christmas now not far away and two birthdays coming up in December.

We had Kaiden's daycare Christmas break-up on Saturday at a local park. I finished a pair of Christmas shorts for him, featuring monkeys who are looking a bit Christmassy. Toddlers - can't get them to stay still! The fabric was on sale from Kelani and the pattern is the fabulous Burda pattern which I have used before.

We went into the city on Friday night to see the lighting of the Christmas tree. Here are my two guys. Yes, that is a mo on Brett's face for movember. It very quickly disappeared at the end of the month.

There was a smiley face in the sky last night. It is better in this wonderful photo here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

December class kits

Are now available at Scrapbooking with Vanessa. Seriously these ones were too easy, took 30 minutes per page max. So if you've never scrapbooked and would like to give it a go, these would be great kits for you. End of sales pitch.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Secret Santa stuff

Well this means it isn't secret anymore but the person I'm sending to doesn't read my blog so I think it is pretty safe. Not the best photo, my camera doesn't do close ups well. I decorated a Kaisercraft tree album which can be used for photos or recipes or anything Christmassy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Gotch you!

It's Cybercrop time again over at Scrapbooking with Vanessa and here's the layout I did for my challenge. This little boy does not stop. When he is awake he is constantly on the go and unfortunately he thinks running away is the time for a chase.

Monday, November 3, 2008

EB Secret Santa swap

The ladies in the sewing group over at the Essential Baby are having a Christmas swap. Here are some Q and A's to help my swapee..

Would you like something handmade as a gift? Yes but it doesn't worry me if there is nothing handmade.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? You obviously haven't seen our house at Christmas - any colour goes but I love purple decorations for the tree.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? Yes the whole house, the front lawn, the fence, the deck......

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? We normally just have a family Christmas get-together.

What sizes are your children? Kaiden is a size two.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I like anything that I can actually get around to finishing.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Craft magazines, buttons, patterns, fabric, I'm a shop-a-holic when it comes to sewing!

What fun!



We don't normally get into the Halloween spirit but it was Daddy day on Friday so the boys got a bit dressed up for a BBQ we were going to on Friday night. Unfortunately Brett didn't take a photo of himself - he was dressed as a Zombie priest but here is Kaiden. The story of Brett chasing him around the house with the green hair spray while K was yelling "Stop it" just cracked me up. Oh and sorry Susan there were no gingerbread girls, maybe next time!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Gingerbread man's man

At Mr Smith's request, Kaiden and I spent the other afternoon making gingerbread men. Kaiden loved decorating them with sultanas. Can you pick the boy one?

Little boy shorts

Love this Burda pattern. At my first attempt these shorts are a great fit and look so smart. I feel more pairs of these coming up soon!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Space boy

Not the best photo as I finished this last night..but here he finally is - Space Boy. I actually started him December last year so I'm so glad that he is now ready to live some adventures. This goggles have an elastic back so they are removable.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Not quite a Santa baby

I received gorgeous Christmas-themed scrapping materials in my monthly Scrap with V kit and this is the result. The kit is now for sale. I also made a little card with the scraps, which seems to be the thing at the moment because I have made a few others as well. I did a bit of a clean-out and donated a heap of papers and punched out a tonne of retro flowers for Kaiden's daycare so hopefully they can use them in some art and craft.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Spring fever!

This is about the 10th time I've written this post as our internet keeps dropping out. So here it is, Scrap with V are having a cyber crop this weekend and the theme is Spring. These cards are for a card challenge which were to make a boy card and a girl card.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

This is family...

How lucky am I to get these gorgeous papers in my monthly kit for Scrap with V. The kit is for sale now....

Monday, September 22, 2008

A day out at the Museum

On Sunday we went to the Museum for a walk around and see a few of Kaiden's favourite things...bubbles, bees, dinosaurs, fish and trains!

Felt food!!!

These are truely good enough to eat...hand-made from felt by me! Everytime I see the doughnuts I get hungry. I made a couple of each type to give away as presents and a set for Kaiden to cook with.

Talking babies...

Here's a little something I made for a neighbour's little boy who was born *ahem* back in June.
And a layout I started back at the Scrap with V retreat (back in March) which I finally added the finishing touches to the other day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tutu Bag

Despite sewing on the handles the wrong way - yes it is possible! I have finished my ballerina bag. I think it looks so cute - perfect for a little girl. Oh and I sewed a button on a shirt - it's out of my "to do" pile so it counts towards my tally for the year which now sits at 28. I'm about three months behind in my goal of completing one sewing project per week. It will take a huge effort to catch that up!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Crafty goodness!

On Thursday last week I was amazed to find a wonderful surprise on my desk when I arrived at work. This gorgeous, so terrifically boyish, fabric is a RAK from my friend and crafter-in-crime Nerida which she said she couldn't resist from TokyoMommy. It's just perfect, thanks N - it's going straight to the craft room!
Nerida was also generous in loaning me her little girl's apron pattern designed by The Apron Lady. Here's my final version, the half-reversible Little Flirty Skirty. Oh la la!
And I thought I'd better applique this pullover before a) winter was over b) Kaiden was no longer a size one. This time I used my sewing machine to applique so it didn't take as long.
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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Class kit - August

Here's my August class kit for Scrap with V. It was fishing themed so here's some photos of our houseboat holiday with friends about three years ago. Time flies...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

For Ben's birthday..

I made this stand-up photo thingy using one of the Kaisercraft goodies in the hamper I won at the Scrap with V retreat. It features his two very-much loved pets - Fudge and Marshmellow. Cute names.

For a bit of fun...

And something different I joined in the cybercrop over at Chook Scraps. While I didn't have much time to chat, I did complete two challenges. This one was an Olympic challenge to use circles (or something similar like blossoms), something silver and an Olympic colour as the base colour.

And this challenge was to be inspired by this painting. Took some thinking...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ekka Wednesday

We went to Queen's Park in Ipswich and had a great day exploring their nature park. Kaiden especially loved the reptiles - we saw lizards and snakes (behind glass thank goodness). His favourite word (and person) at the moment is "Daddy", closely followed by "Elmo" and then "big truck". He also loves say "apple" and "nana" and every dog is called "Harry".

Ottabre goodness!

I finally finished this pair of shorts for Kaiden using another pattern from my Ottabre magazine. Seemed like I unpicked every seam at some stage, don't know why the pattern was pretty straight forward! I'm pretty proud that this is the first item of clothing that I have machine-embroidered and it turned out really well. I also love the yoke, top-stitching and pockets. I have some more baby cord here so will get around to making another pair at some stage.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Puppy love

Just finished off this applique t for Kaiden. Luckily it's a size two as it seemed to take me ages to do. I think machine rather than hand sewing would definately be quicker.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Scrap with V Cybercrop

There's a cybercrop on this weekend over at Scrap with V. The theme is "Showtime" given that the Ekka is in town so here's a layout about our visit to Farmfest.
And one using a sketch which is a bit like a ferris wheel. This is about how much fun Jared and Kaiden have when the two get together.

Monday, July 28, 2008

We love to sing...

and dance..and clap..and stomp! This morning we went to the Justine Clarke concert and had a great time! It was Kaiden's first concert, complete with keyboard, double bass and percussion. He crashed in the car on the way home (as I had predicted) so I finished off this layout.