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

Oliver & S Sailboat pants

At first when I tried these on Kaiden they were half-made and not looking too good. But now they are finished they look better on and are quite smart looking for a little boy. An easy pattern to sew, especially the second time around.
Pattern: Oliver & S Sailboat pants
Fabric: Purchased on sale from Sewco early 2010

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

Friday, November 5, 2010

Doll Quilt Swap # 4 Received

We received our swap quilt in the post today, which is also the opening day. It is for the boy's room and handmade by Tina (who I also quilted for). It is a scene with cars which will fit nicely with the theme of the boy's room (once I get onto actually decorating it). Kaiden especially loves the different textures on the quilt and Jordan loves the buttons!

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.



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..
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 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


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.

Jordy turns one

Our little guy turned one a couple of weeks ago and celebrated with a special party with family. Kaiden picked out the birthday cake, of course from the Women's Weekly cake book, and it had to be a train.

A whole afternoon of work was spent cutting, icing and decorating by Brett and his special helper Kaiden. Kaiden especially thought it was alot of fun.

Laying down the tracks and wheels

In the morning ready for the cake even before the party has begun

The cake (notice all the wheels are on.. one by one they slowly started to fall off)

Front view

Kaiden also made jelly cups, after all he is known as the "jelly king".

Getting ready to blow out the candle.

Nothing like a good feed of cake!

Opening presents

Happy birthday to our little guy. May you have many more wonderful years surrounded by the love of family and friends.

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 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.

Friday, August 13, 2010

EB Kids sewing swap item #2

I'm breathing a big sigh of relief as I have finished one of the two outfits for the EB kids sewing swap. And the second outfit is nearly there, just a bit on the top and a bit on the side to finish. Please excuse the flash photography (and the fabric pen which will be gone after a wash), but here's a couple of sneak peeks of the first outfit which is ready for a wash and a press before being sent on its way.