Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sewing #20, #21 and the 80/20 rule


I have this innate belief in the 80/20 rule. It was also reinforced by the book Sorted (which is excellent) which mentions that the 80/20 rule also applies to your 'stuff'. Like 20% of the clothes in your wardrobe you wear 80% of the time. Then the question is which of the 80% can you get rid off to declutter your life. I have started putting some into practise although I'm finding it hard to part with some clothes - you just never know!

Anyway, the 80/20 rule as far as I'm concerned also applies to people. Like 20% of the people in this world spoil it for the other 80%. A couple of weekends ago our car had an encounter with the 20%. It was innocently parked outside Brett sister's house when we staying over on Saturday night and idiots who were partying up the road decided to karate kick each of the doors. Result = police = four doors being replaced = insurance claim. And while the police took a report, photos, footprints, these people will no doubt get away with vandalising other people's property and will do it again. Lock up your cars people!!

In other news, Kaiden had his 18 month injections and while there was a slight hurt, it was quickly forgotten with a jelly bean. He has started to string more words together like "Mummy read book" with a few new words as well like "pretty". He kisses properly and can point out his head, shoulders, nose, mouth and eyes. I think helped by the fact that they are learning "head and shoulders" at daycare. Trucks, tractors and big machinery are his favourites and he loves the book from his Grandad which has pictures of all of these.

And in crafty news, I finished this pair of pants from the Ottabre Summer 08 pattern book I received for Mother's Day. They are meant to be made from lighter weight stretch material but I had this fabric so thought I'd do a test. They turned out well. The binding on the pockets gives it a nice finish. I'm also trying to finish of something in my pile of "to do" each week so #21 was fixing up a pair of trackpants. Hardly exciting but it's done!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Papercraft #41


My June class kit for Scrap with V. These are our wonderful neighbours Ian and Vicki.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Papercraft #40


A layout completed at the Scrap with V retreat, I just needed to name and date it and that took three weeks!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Papercraft #39


Using photos from Roma Street on Sunday.

Last Sunday


We went into Roma Street to drop Dad off at the bus then over to the Queensland Day celebrations. It was busy as, too busy. So we had a quick walk around then spent some time exploring the gardens which Kaiden loved.

Sewing #16, #17, #18, #19

Yet another applique. Also using a free Ottobre pattern.
A bit boring but I also repaired one of Kaiden's shirts (but at least it's out of the "to do" pile), finished off some nappy wipes I had cut out but not sewen up and finally made this really cute little apron for a little girl.

Papercraft #38


Using crop sketch by Kerry over at Scrap with V.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Update and Sewing #15

We're back from a weekend up at Caloundra. The plan was for Dad, Brett and Kaiden to enjoy a weekend at the coast, playing in the park and the beach while I spent a weekend scrapping at the Scrap with V retreat. So we would all have fun.
Didn't quite go to plan. Dad caught the bad, bad gastro that is going around ending up with a drive to hospital in the early morning hours. Weather was unpleasant, wet and windy with most of the time spent inside. But I did have a good time with the lovely ladies in the group and did do some scrapping although my mojo seemed to be elsewhere. I did a gorgeous class with Kerry using stamping and watercolour pencils. Can't share now as Kerry's original is going to be published but will put up a photo down the track.
I was lucky enough to win the raffle. A huge basket of goodies.
I've finished a couple of more appliques during the week. This one using a free Ottobre pattern.

Kaiden had his first hair cut the other Friday. He sat still like a good boy and didn't mind the attention at all! Kaiden is adding new words every day. His last favourite was "Harrywee" except everyone was "Harrywee" luckily including the dog. Last night he said "lift up" and a bird (or a plane) is a "ba".