Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tutu Bag


I made this the other week for a little girl in a Secret Santa swap. A little birdie told me that something with ballerinas would be a hit so this bag instantly came to mind. The pattern is now available as a free download from Jodie Charlton (Ric Rac's blog).
Fabric, tulle, trim: Spotlight
Pattern: Ballerina bag by Jodie Charlton

Funky Friends Koala


Here's my Cameo Koala getting farewell kisses from Kaiden before going to her new home. She is extremely cute and adds to the tribe of Funky Friends patterns that we have made and given away.
Pattern: Kikki Koala by Funky Friends
Fabric: cameo fleece courtesy of my neighbour and funky friend Gail

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Doll's Quilt / Wall Hanging Swap


(Photo by Tina)

It has been quite a while since I have unveiled a major finished item and this is the reason why. I have been concentrating on this wall hanging for the Doll's Quilt Swap on the Essential Baby forum for the past month (apart from a few little projects here and there).

My partner was Tina who requested a wall hanging for her little girl's room. The colours in the room are aqua and red and she was after something with a 'whimsy' feel, think "Alice in Wonderland".

I have such great sewing friends on EB and this lovely lady came to my rescue again with a bundle of aqua and red, including some fabrics which were exactly the same as quilt in Tina's daughter's room.

So I sketched out a design based on a pattern in a Homespun magazine then found this hand embroidery pattern which I happened to already have saved in my files.

Add some fabrics from Spotlight, a few from local quilt shops and some many nights doing the embroidery and she all came together.

But then I had no idea how to quilt it. Fortunately, another very talented EB quilter, Emma, saved me with a diagram and then I set forth to quilt.

There were so many things which were 'new' for me in the process. I'd never made pinwheels (aren't they a type of sandwich?) or pierced together my own patchwork design. I'd never binded a quilt and never made my own label.

But I still gave it a go, and even pierced together fabric to make the backing fabric.

I'm really pleased with how it all turned out. I think would look fantastic on a little girl's wall. Especially if you like aqua and red.

BACK


LABEL IN POSITION

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Blogtoberfest #16 Operation Christmas Child


I'm trying to pull together at least one shoebox to send for Operation Christmas Child.

I had this tee in the sewing stash so traced off an Ottobre applique for it last weekend. This shoebox will be for a three year old boy. Sorry it's a bit blurry...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blogtoberfest #15 10 weeks until Christmas


I can't believe it! But I just love having our house decorated. This photo is from a couple of years ago, we have even more now.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blogtoberfest #12 A working day

It was wet and rainy (still) but I had to head off to work. Because it was a bit gloomy, I wore my new dress which I purchased from Ozsale at the amazing price of $25 plus postage. They often have designer clothes on there all at discount prices as well as jewelery, handbags, kid's clothing, men's clothing, homewares. I've also purchased clothing for Kaiden from the site before but the dress was my first venture into women's wear. I was a bit worried about the fit and if the style would suit but you can return goods for a store credit if it isn't right and you keep the tags on.
If you would like to check it out, please use this link..
http://www.Ozsale.com.au/registration.aspx?invitedby=Brissmiths
And if you don't buy today, but want to down the track, please come back and use this link as I get $10 for every friend who buys...so go do some shopping!!
(sorry photo of the dress isn't all that good - it is hard when you have a baby stuck to your hip)
For extra cheer I add a pink bag (not from ozsale but from my cupboard) />

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Blogtoberfest #9 Well yesterday...

I did cook dinner early. I made lentil bolognese using the DreamPot which was a present from Brett's parents. I'm still experimenting with using it for cooking and I really should have followed the recipe book which says to soak the lentils overnight. Instead the lentils were still a little bit chewy but it was much better the beef stroganoff Brett made the other night which needed alot more stewing. Luckily we are getting some practice in before we take it away for camp cooking. Next I might try rice custard.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dishcloths


Oh boy so tired yesterday but today is a new day and after a sleep I'm feeling a little refreshed. In the Ravelry swap a couple of months ago I received a couple of balls of Peaches and Cream yarn which is excellent for wash clothes. So I knitted up these couple to put away for Christmas gifts - maybe for K's daycare carers.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Our Funky Friends Feature!!

Funky Friends had a facebook competition where by uploading a photo of your finished friend you would go into the draw to win $100 worth of patterns and kits. While we weren't the lucky winner, the boys did end up featuring on their blog with the snake (later rehomed as a birthday present and now lives with Chris) and Mitch the Monkey (later rehomed as a swap item and now resides with Jack). Can you tell that I'm excited just by that? There are lots of Funky Friends to choose from and if you want to see what the different ones are like sewn up and what you can do with them, check out their Facebook gallery. Pauline from Funky Friends will also be at the Craft Show in Brisbane which is on towards the end of October so you can check the patterns out IRL.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Olearia - finally something finished!



This little girl's cardie with the gathered bodice was a relatively quick knit (well three weeks is quick for me). It features a gathered bodice and elbow length sleeves. I used a hand-dyed wool based on Bendigo Wool called "Eleanor Rigby" from Whimsical Wool. I think this pattern would look even nicer in a solid colour but I love still how it turned out. Unfortunately, it isn't staying in this household and will be making it's way to a new home soon. Georgie Hallam who wrote both the Milo and Olearia pattern is certainly a very talented designer and I would certainly recommend this pattern to others as it comes with lots of options - shrug, cardigan - all over gathering and different sleeve lengths. I believe she has boy patterns in the pipeline - I can't wait to see what she will release.

Puppy cake


The other week Brett decorated a puppy cake for twins who were celebrating their third birthday. The bones were my idea but he did the puppy design based on a photo of a similar cake on the internet. The bones were my contribution! We happened to have 'Arnie' visiting from Kaiden's daycare. He was suitably impressed by the cake.

EB Doll's Quilt Swap - fabrics


Here's a sneaky look at some of my fabrics for the doll's quilt. There are a few more than these which arrived in the post the other day thanks to a generous EB friend.

Monday, September 6, 2010

In the boy zone - EB Kid's sewing swap - sent item #2



I challenged myself to make for two people in the swap. After all, it wasn't fair for one of our boys to receive and not the other? The second person I made for was Claire's little boy who is just a little bit younger than Jordan.

I made a pair of Oliver & S shorts and embroidered them with an applique and words in a car theme. The t-shirt was made using an Ottobre pattern and embellished with an applique. I finished off the outfit with a little vest, still going with the car theme.



Fabric: See I am using fabric from my stash!! Shorts made with denim from a Gardams sale purchased 2009. It had been folded for storage so had some fold marks in it which were only slightly noticeable but I couldn't remove them so I created more marks by distressing the fabric some more! I wanted to do some form of distressing anyway. I stitched some seams, then ran over them with sandpaper dipped in bleach, let them dry then unpicked the stitching.



T-shirt made with stretch fabric from Spotlight purchased 2006.



Vest made with Michael Miller fabric purchased from Sewco 2007, lined with denim same as the shorts.



Notions: buttons from a Ravelry swap.

Embroidery: Car and lettering from Bunnycup designs

Patterns: Oliver & S Sailbox pants size 12 - 18 months. I hadn't used this pattern before despite it being in my cupboard for a year. I found these easy to sew but next time would use a lighter weight denim as it was quite thick in parts. The fit is quite trim so if I was making these for Jordan I would increase them in the rise.

Shirt pattern:
Ottobre 1/2008 I found the neck too tight so cut it lower either that or my tester Jordan has a big head. Made a little car applique which is appliqued onto cotton fabric first then straight-stitched to the shirt. I don't think this is my best effort, I don't like stretch sewing!! I don't think making a baby's t-shirt will be in my future again.

Vest pattern:
Free pattern download from Leila & Ben

EB Kid's sewing swap - received for Jordan





We received this very cute little outfit (I now have the best-dressed boys in town) from Naomi who lives in Maryborough. And yes, Naomi I hope I can pop in one day when we are up their visiting to say 'hi'. Naomi admitted that was just getting back into sewing again but when you see this outfit you would never know! Unfortunately it was a bit hard to photograph on a little boy who would not sit still but there is a denim vest with pockets and topstitching, a pair of denim shorts (I love the topstitching on these especially), a t-shirt with a cute puppy embellishment and hat. Naomi also crochets and sent a beanie for the cooler weather and some special treats for me - a pincushion and some chocolates!!!
Thanks Naomi - the way you styled this outfit is just amazing. There are some closer looks on Naomi's blog

EB Kid's sewing swap - received for Kaiden



Kaiden received a 'Woody' inspired outfit from Penny in the eb sewing swap. Penny has some great photos over on her blog showing all the detail in these. The shorts have adjustable elastic in the waitband, are top stitched and have little rivets. The top is western-style with pearl snaps and topstitching. She did an amazing job. Brett commented that it looked so professional! Thank you Penny. We love the outfit and the 'Woody' vest was a great surprise.

I believe you can fly




I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly


Kaiden, at 3 and 3/4 you take a footpath and turn it into a runway. A box is a car. Fireworks aren't red and yellow - they are apples and bananas. My gorgeous boy.

Releasing my inner girl.....



The EB kid's sewing swap is the one time of the year that I can go "girly" with my sewing. This year I sewed two outfits, one was for Lisa's little girl Ashley. Lisa has included a pic of the dress I made being worn, plus the photo from the Ottobre magazine on her blog Beetlehouse Designs. I also took a photo of the dress before it left but it was hard to photograph well.

The outfit is the Romantic Dress and underskirt from Ottobre Issue 3/2007. It was quite easy to make once I worked out how to sew it up as the instructions in Ottobre are quite basic and there are no pictures / diagrams to guide you as you go along. It has given me more confidence in sewing from the Ottobre magazine and I loved making something different to what I normally might sew.

The dress can be worn with the underskirt although I put an extra button down lower as I thought it could always be undone to let the underskirt show through.

A special thank you to Karen for her advise with button placement and the girls over at Crafty Mama's who gave me lots of help with my Ottobre questions!

And I can't forget Kaiden...about half-way through making the dress I realised the Kaiden and Lisa's little girl were very similar with their measurements. While Kaiden did think the dress was very pretty, there was only so many times I could bribe him with chocolate to try it on for size.

Pattern: Ottobre Romantic Dress and underskirt Issue 3/2007
Fabric: Lincraft purchased July 2010
Notions: Ribbon, lace trim from Lincraft. Lace dyed grey to match the fabric. Buttons from Spotlight

Monday, August 16, 2010

The best thing about my Mum's kitchen


...is the tupperware drawer!!



One of Jordan's favourite spots is the tupperware drawer. He loves to pull out different containers and transport them around the house.

Dog's day at playgroup





One of the Dad's at playgroup is a police officer with the dog squad and he organised some puppies to come to playgroup to show the kids. The squad car came as well and it was a big hit, even more so than the puppies.

Being a big brother means...


sharing your fruit rope.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Little houses


I've finally found the better photo of the applique picture I made for the Ravelry swap. Pattern from Australian Homesewn magazine and using fabric bits and pieces from my stash.

Friday, July 23, 2010

EB Kids sewing swap


This is the one time of the year when I get to play with little girl sewing - ribbon and gathers, lace and pinks. I'm making two items for this person and I have finished one. Here's a blurry sneak peek.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Visit by the Fire Brigade




Most Mondays we head off to playgroup where Kaiden gets to spend time playing with his best friend Luke, while his Mummy (or Daddy) gets to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat and Jordan gets to crawl around and explore. At our last playgroup we received a visit from the local fire brigade who after giving a brief talk (as best you can to an audience of mostly two and three year-olds) then a quick departure to see to a fire, returned to show the kids their big red truck. The kids (and some of their parents)then had a go at using the hose which was lots of fun but a bit scary as there was alot of water coming out!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mary Poppins Festival

A couple of weekends ago we visited my Dad in Maryborough and went to the Mary Poppins Festival which was a festival to celebrate the town's heritage as the birthplace of the author of "Mary Poppins". We all had a great time and it was a very well-organised festival with lots for kids (and adults) to do. There was chalk art on the pavement

Making your own tie-dye t-shirt (photo of shirt to come once it is washed)

Steam train rides

A puppet show (this was the scariest puppet)


Then making your own puppet. Kaiden ran right over to the tent to make his own after he saw the show.

And Kaiden's very first dodgem ride. I'm not sure who had the most fun - Kaiden or Brett?

Unlike some events in Brisbane, we didn't have to queue to do activities and we could get good seats to see the shows. The weather was beautiful too!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

11 months


mmmm chocolate mousse!
And where did the last couple of months go? The last few have just flown by with 10 months seeing Jordan reach a few milestones including:
* second lot of two top teeth coming through
* clapping
* pointing
* waving

Now at 11 months he is looking more and more like a little boy.

* He loves to stand and uses EVERYTHING as a standing post, and especially loves using your leg if you stand still for more than 30 seconds.

* Is now in size one clothes. He can no longer squeeze into 0's. They are too short in the arms and legs.

* Is very determined..the tanties are starting already if he doesn't get his own way

* Still loves his big brother. Kaiden still calls him "his baby" or "baby Jordan". They just adore each other and love making each other laugh.

* Knows what food he likes. If you are eating something he thinks would be better (like chocolate mousse) he throws his food away and looks for some of yours.

* Is very clingy (or should that be cuddly?), more than what Kaiden ever was. He loves to be picked up and held.

* Is a fidget and can't sit still for a second.

* Hates being in his cot and stands up in their yelling and jumping up and down to be taken out.

* Is starting to have one, longer nap in the afternoon.

Monday, June 14, 2010

I must be crazy...

for going camping in winter. But the boys (Brett, Kaiden, Jordan and Harry) had a ball, and to be honest, I had a good time too although I do prefer the warmer weather.

We used a playpen for camping only - handy when setting up/pulling down or when you need to keep a little one in safe place. Except this one tried to break out...



Kaiden and his buddy Luke played together all weekend, and even then we came home he asked if he could go over to his place.



Our camp set up...


And mega baby cuteness..pity the hat didn't stay on for more than five seconds.




We went to Brooloo Park which is a cattle property near Kenilworth.