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.
Enjoy!

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

Manic!





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.